ASU Gammage announces 50th anniversary BEYOND series

April 24, 2014

ASU Gammage has just announced its 50th anniversary 2014-2015 BEYOND season. Patrons are invited to join Gammage as it celebrates 50 years of connecting communities and a season of arts experiences.

The four-show series features world renowned artists in dance and music, including the iconic ballet troupe Dance Theatre of Harlem and composer Philip Glass. For 22 years, the BEYOND series has evolved into a carefully curated series that brings world-class artists into the community by presenting compelling work while connecting with Valley residents through artist residency programs, master classes and public performances. ballet dancers from the Dance Theatre of Harlem performing on stage Download Full Image

Subscriptions are on sale now and start at $75. Single tickets go on sale July 14. Subscriptions are available by calling 480-965-3434, or at the ASU Gammage Box Office.

ASU Symphony Orchestra – Salute to ASU Gammage
7 p.m., Sept. 23, 2014
Tickets $20 (Students $10)

The ASU School of Music commemorates the 50th Anniversary of ASU Gammage with a blockbuster concert celebrating the dedication of the building in 1964. The ASU Concert Jazz Band welcomes patrons before the Wind Orchestra performs music by Ingolf Dahl and other leading American composers. The ASU Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs offer music by Bach, Beethoven and Richard Strauss, whose music was played by Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra at the grand opening concert in 1964.

Daniel Roumain – with the Arizona High School All-Star Symphony
7 p.m., Sept. 27, 2014
Tickets $20 (Students $10)

Equally at ease conducting a symphony orchestra or sampling Hip Hop alongside a DJ, composer/violinist Daniel Roumain returns to ASU Gammage for the second time after serving as the ASU Gammage Residency artist from 2003-2006. Roumain’s acclaimed work as a composer and a performer has spanned more than two decades, and has been commissioned by venerable artists and institutions worldwide. Roumain is also perhaps the only composer/performer whose collaborations span the worlds of Lady Gaga, Philip Glass, Cassandra Wilson, Bill T. Jones and Savion Glover. Roumain will collaborate with some of Arizona’s most talented high school musicians from around the state in a very special concert honoring ASU Gammage’s 50th Anniversary.

Dance Theatre of Harlem
7 p.m., Oct. 25, 2014
Tickets $35 (Students $10)

ASU Gammage is proud to welcome back Dance Theatre of Harlem, an iconic American dance company. The company will perform an eclectic mix of new and traditional dances that will highlight the brilliance of this one-of-a-kind American dance treasure. Shortly after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Dance Theater of Harlem was founded with the goal of starting a school in Harlem in which students could learn about dance and other art forms. In addition to encompassing the performance group and education center, Dance Theatre of Harlem also has a national and international education and community outreach program, Dancing Through Barriers. Each piece commits to bringing the arts to the lives of adults and children alike. Dance Theatre of Harlem is an unparalleled institution in the world of dance not only in this country, but around the world.

Philip Glass
7 p.m., Feb. 28, 2015
Tickets $35 (Students $10)

Philip Glass is one of the world’s most influential composers whose works are included in major motion picture, opera, theater and dance, and are routinely performed around the globe. Glass has written music for experimental theater directed by celebrated director Robert Wilson and for Academy Award-winning motion pictures such as “The Hours” and Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun.” ASU Gammage has a longtime partnership with Glass, having presented his Robert Wilson collaborations “Monsters of Grace” and “Dracula,” as well as his “The Hours” piano concerto and other works. Glass will perform newly written work and his complete set of piano etudes along with two guest pianists.

Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug Hug Dance Company
7 p.m., April 11, 2015
Tickets $20 (Students $10)

ASU Gammage will be the world premiere site for Kota Yamazaki’s OQ. OQ is the sound for “palace” in Japanese, and this new work will include aspects of architecture and Japanese poetry to evoke Eastern and Western ideas and rituals around the idea of the palace. Kota Yamazaki makes dances that you can’t take your eyes off of through his unique and singular style. Yamazaki’s Fluid Technique seamlessly fuses the physical with the spiritual and emotional, and defies what we would think is possible of the human body. Yamazaki has worked with dance companies in Africa, Japan, New York and other places around the globe to great critical acclaim, but perhaps his true gift is the ability to excite non-dancer and dancer audiences alike.

Financing the future of our cities

April 24, 2014

The promise of technology-driven, “smart” cities offers a genuine opportunity to improve the livability of the world’s cities, but the challenge of financing infrastructure updates can be daunting.

A new report released by the Smart Cities Council and Arizona State University’s Center for Urban Innovation outlines some of the most promising tools to help cities improve the efficiency of large-scale systems, such as water and transportation, to smaller projects. construction workers overlooking a city street Download Full Image

“Knowledge of financial instruments and the processes to engage in sustainable financing of technologies is vital, yet few know how to navigate these complexities,” says Kevin Desouza, associate dean for research in the College of Public Programs at ASU. “This guide provides practitioners, whether it be local governments or businesses, with an insight into the myriad of financial options that one can use to underwrite investments in smart technologies.”

“The problem is rarely the technology, which has been proven in thousands of projects around the world,” said Smart Cities Council chairman Jesse Berst. “So often, the biggest barrier is how to pay for it.”

The findings in the guide, which outlines 28 tools for municipal financing, will be a focal point of discussion at the upcoming ASU Annual Public Finance Conference on May 8-9. Berst and Sandra Baer, director, public sector transformation and research, Smart Cities Council, will lead the opening panel discussion.

“More than two dozen creative techniques have emerged in recent years. Arizona State University was the perfect partner to develop this guide, given their international reputation for insight into municipal governments and finance,” Berst says.

Addressing a changing landscape

While the federal government is the leading source for public financing, alternative approaches are increasing.

“Financial capacity in the public sector is one of the key challenges in governance,” says Jonathan Koppell, dean of the College of Public Programs. “We are looking at innovative approaches to help city officials implement the infrastructure needed to build strong communities.”

“This is an issue that affects local and global communities. This conference is one of the many ways we bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss solutions and implement best practices,” says Koppell.

At the conference, keynote speaker Georgia Levenson Keohane, a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, will explore innovations in the public finance space, including novel approaches to financing for catastrophe bonds and the growing use of social impact bonds and pay-for-success in social finance.

Complexities in the financing sector go beyond navigating the options. The Securities and Exchange Commission implemented new rules and regulations governing municipal bond disclosure.

Other sessions will bring experts from around the country to discuss their experience with large-scale projects, including sports and amenities and transit financing.

The closing session will be led by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy’s incoming director, Thom Reilly, who will address current challenges in financing public pensions. Reilly formerly served as county manager and CEO of Clark County, Nevada’s most populated county with 1.8 million people.

For more information on the ASU Public Finance Conference, visit

Heather Beshears

director marketing and communications, College of Public Service and Community Solutions