New Year brings ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ Lila Downs to Signature Series

Signature Series

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The new year will offer patrons a rich array of music and dance to the Signature Series at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College.

Standout jazz vibraphonist Stefon Harris will bring his program entitled “90 Miles” on Saturday, Jan. 19. In “90 Miles” the distance from the Key West to Cuba, Harris explores the possibilities of his signature instrument with David Sanchez on saxophone and Christian Scott on trumpet.

Another dose of Latin tradition – this time with classical as well as Caribbean roots – is served up Thursday, Feb. 7, in a performance by the Dalí String Quartet. The show features works by both South American and classical composers.

“Tradition” is also a hit song from the Broadway musical classic “Fiddler on the Roof,” coming Thursday, March 7, to The Arts Center. Theater-lovers will be singing along to favorites tunes such as “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset” in this production featuring Broadway veteran Jimmy Ferraro as Tevye.

Oaxacan-born Latin Grammy winner Lila Downs is scheduled to perform Saturday, April 6, in a show that features traditional Mexican music as well as original compositions with her band, La Misteriosa. Downs, who performed the Oscar-nominated song “Burn It Blue,” from a film biography of Frida Kahlo, also has performed in the soundtracks of several other feature films, including “Real Women Have Curves” and “Tortilla Soup.”

The season ends with a multi-sensory Indian flourish Saturday, April 27 with the dance production of “Ragamala: Sacred Earth.” A mesmerizing journey into the Indian arts that includes an optional, reservation-only Indian dinner, this performance celebrates the natural world with live music, dance and costume. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m.

This is the Signature Series’ third season at The Arts Center, UTB and TSC’s state-of-the-art performance hall. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, visit or call (956) UTB-TKTS, 882-8587.

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