Coe's 2012-13 Marquis Series features diverse performances from critically acclaimed artists, enlightening speakers

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The Coe College Marquis Series has a long tradition of bringing high quality entertainment to the Cedar Rapids community. The 2012-13 Marquis Series features the best in diverse speakers and talent, ranging from internationally renowned science writers Robert Sapolsky and Margaret Wertheim, to the innovative theatrical approach of Izumi Ashizawa and the traditional percussion of the Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi, to accomplished American pianist Jonathan Biss and the critically acclaimed Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet.

Marquis Series patrons can purchase individual tickets and reserve seats for $15 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors. For ticket information, call the Coe College Box Office at 319-399-8600, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (summer hours).

This season's Marquis Series events include:

"Dreams in the Arms of the Binding Lady" by Izumi Ashizawa - Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Dows Theatre
Izumi Ashizawa and her company present a bold theatrical invention, which combines the atmospheric quality of a Japanese ghost story and that of a ritualistic ceremony. Izumi has performed her pieces throughout the world, including residencies in Iran, Romania, Peru and Australia. She has won numerous awards, including the Director's Award at the 2011 Capital Fringe Festival for her piece, "KilL." She grew up studying traditional Japanese theatre forms (No, Kabuki, Bunraku) and eventually branched off to work directly with the great director and teacher, Tadashi Suzuki. A graduate of the Yale Drama School, Izumi is presently an assistant professor of acting, movement and devised theatre at the State University of New York - Stony Brook.

Robert Sapolsky - Monday, September 10, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium
Robert Sapolsky is one of the leading neuroscientists in the world, and has been called "one of the best scientist-writers of our time" by Oliver Sacks and "one of the finest natural history writers around" by The New York Times. In addition to numerous scientific papers, Professor Sapolsky has produced books for broader audiences, including "A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons," "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress Disease and Coping," and "The Trouble with Testosterone." His articles have appeared in publications such as Discover and The New Yorker. Currently, he is working on a book to be titled: "Human Aggression, Human Compassion and the Ambiguities of Biology."

Royal Drummers & Dancers of Burundi - Monday, October 29, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium
The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi is one of the greatest percussion troupes in the world, rooted in centuries of tradition. Traditions and techniques of the Burundi are passed down from father to son and such performances were part of ceremonies, like births, funerals and the enthronement of kings. The sacred and symbolic drums are central to the Burundi. The thunderous sounds of the four drums, "Ingoma," "Amashako," "Ibishikiso" and "Inkiranya" represent, along with the king, the powers of fertility and regeneration. Performances are a fusion of grace and athleticism executed with energy and creative spirit, creating a masterful representation of Burundi musical heritage.

Margaret Wertheim - Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium
Internationally renowned science writer and commentator Margaret Wertheim is originally from Australia, but now lives in Los Angeles. Her work includes extensive texts about science and society for magazines, television and radio. In addition to these works, she is the author of two books: "Pythagoras' Trousers," a history of the relationship between physics, religion and women, and "The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace," a cultural history of space from Dante to the Internet. Aside from writing, Wertheim frequently lectures at universities and colleges across the globe about science and society, and science and religion. Most recently, she toured in South Africa lecturing about physics and religion, historically and today.

Jonathan Biss presents "Schumann: Under the Influence" – Friday, March 15, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium
The artistry and musical intelligence of American pianist Jonathan Biss has resulted in The New Yorker describing him as playing with "unerring sophistication." He has gained international recognition for his orchestral, recital and chamber music performances and award-winning recordings. His performances show a repertoire of diverse range from Mozart and Beethoven, through the Romantics to works by contemporary composers. At Coe, Biss' performance will include the music of Robert Schumann, Leos Janacek and Alban Berg. Biss made his New York Philharmonic debut in 2001, and since has performed with the foremost orchestras of North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. He frequently performs at leading international music festivals and gives recitals in major music capitals both at home and abroad.

Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet – Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium
Founded in 1988, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet was the first permanently established wind quintet in the famous orchestra’s rich tradition of chamber music. Listeners and critics agree that the ensemble has succeeded in redefining the sound of the classic wind quintet. With their tonal spectrum and conceptual unity, the quintet leaves audiences astounded. The group's repertoire is what contributes to pushing beyond the classic sound of wind quintets. While it covers the entire spectrum of the wind quintet, works for enlarged ensembles are also performed. The Berlin Philharmonic is passionate and committed to its repertoire, and in 1991 found a perfect recording partner, the Swedish company BIS records. This collaboration has produced critical accolades worldwide. The group's Coe program will include music by Franz Danzi, Kalevi Aho, Darius Milhaud and Carl Nielsen.

The Coe College Lecture and Performance Series is funded in part by a gift from the estate of Sarah Marquis in honor of her father, Dr. John A. Marquis, who was president of Coe College from 1909-1920. The purpose of the series is to bring entertainment and educational experiences to the Coe campus for the benefit of the entire community.