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Name: Purdue University Convocations (1876-)

Historical Note: Purdue Convocations began in 1902 with the “Lecture Concert and Course” and today offers a wide-variety of performers in the genres of ballet and dance, Broadway-style shows, cinema, comedy, popular and classical music, and stage theatre.  A number of performers have made multiple appearances at Purdue University, courtesy of Purdue Convocations, including Bill Cosby, the Oak Ridge Boys, the Beach Boys, Amy Grant, Chicago, Alan Jackson, STOMP, and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra.  The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performed on over forty-five occasions between 1932 and 2002.  During its rich history, Purdue Convocations has also offered students, faculty, and local residents an opportunity to see a number of overseas performers, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Chinese Acrobats of Taiwan, Danzas Venezuela, the Hungarian Quartet, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada, the National Chinese Opera Theatre, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stars of Soviet and Eastern European Ballet, and the Warsaw Philharmonic.  Notable lecturers have included Dean Acheson, George Ade, Clement Attlee, Jimmy Carter, Barry Goldwater, John F. Kennedy, and Alex Haley.  Purdue Convocations continues to provide the university and local community with quality entertainment presented in a wide-variety of genres.

Purdue Convocations Performance Database, at http://www.purdue.edu/convocations/performance-database/

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Note Author: John Michael Foster

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