Grand Dérangement will bring its fusions of traditional Acadian music, rock, jazz, and Louisiana and Irish Celtic rhythms to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth main auditorium stage on Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m.
Hailing from St. Mary’s Bay in Nova Scotia, Grand Dérangement won the 2000 East Coast Music Association Francophone Recording of the Year award for Danse dans les flammes. They were also nominated as Group of the Year by the ECMA, an association that recognizes musicians throughout the Atlantic/Canadian region.
Formed in 1998, Grand Dérangement combines vocals, instrumentals on guitar, fiddle, piano, drums and other percussion with the artistry of three accomplished step dancers. Following the release of their debut work, Tournons la page, the group has toured extensively in the United States, France, Canada and Northwest Territories.
On Wednesday, April 24 at 8 p.m. in the main auditorium, The National Shakespeare Company (NSC) will present William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, As You Like It. Each year, the company travels 25,000 miles, offering more than 125 performances in 40 states.
Based in New York City, NSC is America’s oldest professional touring company, bringing live classical theatre and arts education to audiences. They first began performing at UMass Dartmouth in 1972 and have appeared consecutively on campus for the past 10 years.
Tickets for each Performing Arts Series presentation cost $8 at the box office, $7 with a series subscription and $5 for students. For more information, call (508) 999-8133.