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W&L’s Lenfest Center for the Arts Presents 2023-24 Season, Live the Arts! Tickets for the entire season will be available to purchase beginning Sept. 11.

Lenfest-23-24-season-header-3 W&L’s Lenfest Center for the Arts Presents 2023-24 Season, Live the Arts!

Washington and Lee University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts is looking forward to its 2023-24 season, “Live the Arts!” inspired by the classical, the entertaining and the magical. Tickets for the entire season are available to buy online at my.wlu.edu/lenfest-center or in person at the Lenfest Box Office beginning Sept. 11.

To open the season, W&L will welcome four international performing and recording artists to campus for “Honoring Our Roots of Influence.” Hosted by Chapman Roberts, the event will feature Scarlet Rivera, Chris Van Cleave, Daryl Davis and Ray Shell in concert on Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Keller Theatre, with a reception to follow in Lykes Atrium. The concert will honor the various early roots that have influenced the performers while showcasing how they continue to expand their artistry with their own unique styles. Tickets are required.

W&L’s SonoKlect Series, a program dedicated to bringing modern music to local audiences in Lexington, will open with the Kenny Werner Trio on Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Wilson Concert Hall, followed by a reception in Lykes Atrium. Featuring composer and pianist Kenny Werner, bassist Johannes Weidenmueller and Arie Hoenig on drums, the ensemble will perform music filled with passion, surprise and cutting-edge rhythm.

To kick off October, W&L hosts the Acting Company’s “Odyssey” on Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Keller Theatre. The Acting Company is the only professional theater principally dedicated to the development of young classical actors. Adapted and directed by Lisa Peterson and translated by Emily Wilson, “Odyssey” brings new life to the ancient epic, following the story of four young women in a refugee camp who retell Odysseus’s adventures as they struggle with their own search for a home. Tickets are required.

Other events this season include the 30th-anniversary performance of Step Afrika!; illusionist Rick Thomas; the Simon Shaheen Trio; and W&L’s Concert Guild series. Performances by the university’s student ensembles will round out the season.

For a full list of performances, visit the Lenfest Center’s website.

The Lenfest Center for the Arts, home of the Department of Theater, Dance, and Film Studies and the Department of Music and Department of Art and Art History is a multi-use facility designed and equipped to accommodate a broad spectrum of the performing arts, including theater, musical theater, opera and operetta, choral and band music, dance and performance art in one energizing complex.