AMHERST – One of the nation’s foremost dance companies, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performs in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. Proclaimed a “vital American cultural ambassador to the world” by the United States Congress, the company combines masterful technique, great expressiveness, brilliant choreography, and a unique take on the African American cultural experience. The evening program will be a mixed repertory of modern dance and classical ballet, closing with the audience favorite Revelations.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African American modern dancers, that performance forever changed the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents and has reached millions more online and through television broadcasts.
Tickets are $70, $65, and $30; Five College student and youth (17-and-under) tickets, $$30, $25, $20; and are available for a subscription discount. For tickets, call the box office at 413-545-2511 (toll-free: 800-999-UMAS) or purchase them online at fineartscenter.com. This event is sponsored by Applewood, Davis Practice Management, Westfield News Group, NEPR 88.5FM, WGBY TV 57, and UMass Dining Services.
The FAC and select area restaurants offer great discounts through our Artful Palate & Pillow program (“Pillow” discounts for hotel accommodations). Single-ticket buyers receive a discount on the nights of performances. Subscribers receive discounts on any night, not just performance nights, throughout the FAC season. Details and links to participating hotels and restaurants at www.fineartscenter.com/artfulpalate.