The inaugural season of the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center will feature eclectic dance troupes, a one-man drama, an electric string quartet and top talents from the United States and abroad, gracing the stage all within a series of months.
In a lineup unveiled earlier this month, 13 shows were announced between Sept. 13 and May 15, 2020. Each will bring a unique style to the facility that debuted in April.
“This season is really going to show off how versatile the Coughlin Theater is … and how great the sound and acoustics are,” said Peter Rossing, marketing manager for the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center.
The Coughlin Theater, named after former Gonzaga University President Bernard Coughlin, is the building's mainstage theater and concert hall.
Upcoming artists will be some of the first to take the stage in the new $30 million facility on the western end of campus.
Performers on the docket during the fall include Taylor 2 Dance Company (Sept. 13), Carlene Carter (Sept. 26), Post Comedy Theatre (Oct. 10), Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till (Oct. 17), California Guitar Trio + Montreal Guitar Trio (Nov. 14), Turtle Island Quartet: Winter’s Eve (Dec. 14) and The Night Before Christmas Carol (Dec. 19).
Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center Director Laura Sims consulted performing arts faculty at GU to bring acts to Spokane that have never been to the area and will be of interest to the greater community. Some of the performers will host sessions and workshops with students during their trips to Spokane.
Rossing is most excited for the opening show featuring Taylor 2 Dance Company, a six-member, contemporary dance group that will pay tribute to dance visionary and company founder Paul Taylor, who died last year.
He also anticipates the performances of the Hiplet Ballerinas, a combination classical ballet and hip-hop group on their first U.S. tour, and the Arcis Saxophone Quartet from Munich, Germany.
“It is a lot of variety,” Rossing said.
During the academic year, the building will also host concerts, recitals and productions from GU’s theatre, choirs, orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz band and dance ensembles.
In preparation for the season, the Performing Arts Center is hosting a free Season Preview Presentation at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Tickets for all upcoming performances are on sale now and can be purchased through the box office at 211 E. Desmet Ave. or by phone at 509-313-2787.
Discounted ticket prices are available for students, faculty and staff, but must be purchased in-person at the box office, which is open Monday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and 90 minutes before all performances.