Reconnect, Rejoice and Rediscover with KU Presents!

Singer on stage with choir behind.

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – KU Presents! at Kutztown University’s Schaeffer Auditorium welcomes everyone to the 2022-2023 season with 10 breath-taking performances across three series. Established to be the center of cultural life at Kutztown University, KU Presents! serves the campus and community by bringing world-class live arts that can entertain, educate and enrich.

The Performing Artists Series opens Wednesday, Oct. 5, with mandolin master Sam Bush performing the Newgrass style he helped establish. Ring in the holidays with traditional Irish ensemble Danú and An Emerald Isle Christmas Thursday, Dec. 1. A fun and funny slice of nostalgia is brought to our stage Wednesday, Feb. 8, by former Seinfeld writer and comedian Pat Hazell in his one-man show The Wonder Bread Years.

Thursday, March 9, the world-renowned Kingdom Choir of London will perform works from the traditional Gospel songbook as well as their take on contemporary hit tunes. In collaboration with Berks Jazz Fest, Grammy Award-winning Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and stunning vocalist Catherine Russell perform Nat King Cole and the Ladies of Song Wednesday, March 29. The season closes in grand style Wednesday, April 19, with Tony Award winner Laura Benanti.

Special events also take to the Schaeffer stage this fall. Berks County poet Laureate Anthony Orozco narrates Carnival of the Animals, featuring the Kutztown University Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Peter Isaacson Sunday, Oct. 23. Monday, Nov. 7, Heartland Marimba Quartet with the Reading Pops celebrate the opening of the Wells-Rapp Center for Mallet Percussion Research at Kutztown University.

Audiences of all ages are sure to enjoy the return of the Family Series in Spring 2023. Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, as featured on America’s Got Talent, will bring an amazing show with a cast of 30 rescue animals Sunday, Feb. 5. World class performer Jason Bishop, with grand illusions and slight-of hand magic, will leave you totally astonished Sunday, March 19.