Coe's 2009-2010 Marquis Series features diverse performances

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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2009-08-06 09:25:29 - General

The Coe College Marquis Series has a long tradition of bringing high quality entertainment to the Cedar Rapids community. The 2009-2010 Coe College Marquis Series features events representing the best in diverse international talent, including the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company and the Romeo & Julia Kören.

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, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

This season's Marquis Series events include:

Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company - Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium
The Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company is a renowned folk dance ensemble famous for its bright colors, the unity of content and form, and the vivid embodiment of its stage concept. This magnificent artistic group has embraced the beauty of its native Ukraine and the wisdom of its people as well as the folk tradition of humor and optimism. Each and every performance is a romantic, elevated, passionate and exciting show. The ensemble's diverse concert programs presenting the exquisite charm of Ukranian folk dancing and the wealth of its traditions have been warmly received by audiences all over the world. Founded by well-known Ukranian ballet-masters Pavlo Virsky and Mykola Bolotov in 1937, the group continues to create new dances, full of surprises and delight, under the direction of Myroslav Vantaukh.

Romeo & Julia Kören - Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 8 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium
Since its founding in 1991, the 13-member Romeo & Julia Kören (Romeo and Juliet Choir) has gained an international reputation as guardian and renewer of the rich musical treasure of the Renaissance. Under the direction of Benoit Malmberg, the Swedish ensemble gives theatrical expression to a wide range of courtly and burlesque songs, revives a European cultural heritage, and effectively offers audiences a new and inspiring theatrical experience. A performance given by the Romeo & Julia Kören transports its audience into a sparklingly colorful musical adventure, where lyrics and music are spun into imagery that fires the imagination. Musical pieces are combined, evoking a story, which then reciprocates, fortifying the expressive context of the music. The dramatic power and musical impact of the work thrills audiences and critics alike.

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.