Spring 2020 Performing Arts Series

"Cave Man""

February 24, 2020 – 7:30pm
Philip Lynch Theatre



Tim Mooney, of "Breakneck Hamlet" and "Breakneck Julius Caesar" fame, leaves behind his tales of the distant past, jumping ahead to the looming existential comedy awaiting us all at the tail end of climate change.

From his narrow, lonely bunker, what may be last man on Earth plays out his own theatre of the absurd to the scattered remnants of a vast, empty planet. Realizing there may not be anybody left listening, Tim turns his attention to those corners of the universe that may yet be picking up radio waves, sharing lessons in how NOT to end up like we did! Along the way, he dreams up his own radical collection of "Ten Commandments" for whatever Klingons or Vulcans might still be out there listening!

This is how the world ends: not with a bang, but a few final stabs at last-minute gallows humor. It's the performance of a lifetime… the one where we all hope the last joke's not on us…!

Pianist, Matthew McCright

March 24, 2020 – 7:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall



Matthew McCright's performs a piano concert, "Forward Looking Back," at Lewis University. Recently performed by McCright at Carnegie Hall, the titular work by Dorothy Hindman serves as the anchor point to this program that explores the cycles of time —both of the future and our collective pasts. Andrea Mazzariello's As Far As You Can Stretch a Web visits his remembered past in relation to the piano while Mike McFerron loops us through the infinite series in ...apprehension of the eternal will. The pianist's own past and current love of jazz swirls through works by Terry Riley and Laura Caviani, flanked by the persistence of Rob Voisey's work and the 25th Anniversary of Paul Dresher's masterpiece Blue Diamonds.

Zodiac Trio

April 7, 2020 – 7:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall



Hailed as "uncompromising musicianship... breathtaking precision and dimension...Nuances of phrasing that place the Trio among the world's finest chamber ensemble" (San Angelo Standard Times) the Zodiac Trio closes out the 2019-2020 Arts&Ideas Performing Arts Series with an eclectic concert that will include a little something for everyone. One of today's premiere clarinet-violin-piano ensembles, the Zodiac Trio is known for presenting masterpieces for their unconventional instrumentation alongside hidden gems, arrangements, and the occasional duo/solo in a concert experience marked with a special gusto, virtuosity and energy.