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2014-2015 Season:

Musical group WSO on stage with instruments

The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is a thrilling 11-piece salsa group which plays dynamic arrangements of indie rock tunes we love. This is innovative, astonishing salsa with a new, vibrant aesthetic. The WSO has taken the typical salsa form and infused it with a completely modern identity. These explosive arrangements have established the band as a groundbreaking force in the New York underground, and have led to international acclaim for this completely new approach to the genre. The WSO has been featured recently in Rolling Stone Magazine, on MTV, Telemundo, Univision, and on the nationally syndicated program LatiNation on Fox. Recent shows include the Blue Note Jazz Festival at B.B.Kings 42nd Street, The Kennedy Center, The Brooklyn Bowl, The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and many more.

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Gaelic Storm

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 8 p.m.


In 1997, Gaelic Storm appeared in the film Titanic as the steerage band. This appearance catapulted them into the touring scene; their performances were met with critical praise and popularity. Gaelic Storm is back with the #1 Billboard World Album The Boathouse, a seafaring collection of traditional songs of the ocean, recorded in one week in a converted boathouse on the Chesapeake Bay. With catalog sales of more than one million, the group has now had four consecutive albums debut at #1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart. The group’s ability to deftly incorporate a rock sensibility into their sound affords them rare crossover appeal. With their signature acoustic production, Gaelic Storm blends indie-folk and world grooves with Celtic tradition to bring you a memorable night of music.

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Voca People

Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

You won’t believe your ears! No instruments, no sound tricks. Just eight incredible talents breathing life into the greatest music on Earth! Full of energy and bursting with fun, this international hit features over 70 a cappella and beat box versions of the songs you and your whole family love, including favorites from Madonna, Queen, and even Mozart!

This award-winning, musical, theatrical spectacle had a year-long run in NYC and enjoyed its first 35 city-wide US Tour in 2013. Now the Voca People are back for their 2nd American Tour. What began as an overnight YouTube sensation (with 40 million hits and counting!) is now a world-renowned show that has excited and delighted audiences in over 20 countries around the globe since 2009 from South America, to the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. Now is the chance to take part and experience this ingenious, entertaining show LIVE.

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National Marionette Theatre



Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 2 p.m.


Carlo Collodi's epic about a puppet who wants to become a real boy is a classic example of storytelling at its best. Our adaptation is a faithful re-telling of this childhood favorite. Follow Pinocchio as he goes on a series of adventures and discovers that only by being truthful, selfless, and kind to others will he realize his dream of becoming a real live boy. National Marionette Theatre is one of the oldest continually running touring marionette theaters in the United States. Recommended for family audiences ages four and up. Running time for this production is approximately one hour.

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Vertical Current

Friday, December 12, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Vertical Current (also known as “VC”) brings the mass appeal of pop music, the charisma of jazz, the groove of funk, and the soul of gospel. Individually, the members of VC  have performed or recorded with a variety of top-billed artists, including Earth Wind & Fire, Roberta Flack, The Roots, Michael McDonald, Lauryn Hill, Faith Evans, Miley Cyrus, Sara Bareilles, Jill Scott, Tye Tribbett, and Mary Mary, to name a few. In addition to performing material from their album Bright Side of Midnight, VC will help usher in the Christmas spirit at West Chester University with fresh renditions of holiday favorites! Vocalists Chartel and Lee Mo will join VC for this performance, as well as other surprise special guests. Stay tuned and prepare yourselves for a night of music and entertainment that will be nothing short of amazing. If you love live music, you will absolutely love this!

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Black Violin

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.


Back by popular demand, Black Violin is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013, Black Violin was invited to perform at Bonnaroo and returned to SXSW this past year to SRO crowds. Their groundbreaking collaboration has seen them play their music for everybody from the troops in Iraq to both the official President’s Inaugural Ball and the Kids Inaugural in Washington, D.C., where Barack Obama himself gave each a hearty handshake.  Individually and together, Black Violin has collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, and The Eagles.

Musician Brian Conway with violin

An Evening of Traditional Irish Music and Dance

Brian Conway

with Mary Courtney, Brendan Dolan, and John Whelan

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.


Brian Conway, premier Irish-American fiddler, performs with skill, grace, and force that are steeped in tradition but distinctively his own. Well known in the Irish/Celtic community, Conway has won numerous All-Ireland fiddling competitions and has been called one of the best fiddlers of his generation. Nothing is missed or missing in Brian Conway's Sligo-style fiddling.

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Masters of Soul

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.


Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. This 90-minute show features stylishly costumed, fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live band. Masters of Soul performs The Temptations, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Four Tops, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Jackson Five, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, Wilson Pickett, Lou Rawls, Barry White, The Commodores, Arthur Conley, and many more!

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Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Each of the show's 15 cats and 10 dogs were once strays, rescued from animal shelters. Now, they love to show off onstage by performing a variety of stunts and skits! Audiences will be delighted to see this extravaganza of European-style clowns, amazing juggling and balancing acts, and of course, very talented performing pets. It's a show that both adults and kids of all ages enjoy!

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Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.


Nearly 30 drummers and dancers from Tamagawa University, Japan, make a return appearance on our campus for an athletic and graceful performance that includes thundering Taiko drumming and Japanese folkloric dance. As one of the top-ranking taiko groups in Japan, their amazing stage show has received rave reviews from the New York Times and other media. With growing numbers of fans every year, they return to the U.S. to perform at the Cherry Blossom Festivals in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. as one of the top-ranking taiko groups in Japan.


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Missoula Children’s Theatre Company


The Jungle Book

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.


Back by popular demand, The country's preeminent professional children's theatre company, The Missoula Children's Theatre,  returns to West Chester University and will be recruiting more than 50 local children to stage an original musical adaptation.

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