From the Director

December 1, 2021

Dear Hop Friends,

It's been a wonderful few months of welcoming you back into our theaters, enjoying vibrant performances together, and setting the stage for artists to return to live audiences for the first time in almost two years. For all that, we are grateful.

Looking ahead, you will notice that the coming months are packed with artists from all corners of the world—Angelique Kidjo, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Dublin Guitar Quartet and Small Island Big Song are but a few. Many of these engagements were rescheduled from pre-pandemic times, and this expanding global reach stands testament to our commitment to our artists as well as to bringing the rich diversity of the arts to the Hop. 

You will also notice that many of the works being presented are premieres that were commissioned, fully or partially, by the Hop. We're very excited to experience new musical compositions such as Amir ElSaffar's Emergence rooted in the Middle Eastern Maqam tradition; the rethinking of Purcell's beloved opera in Dido Reimagined by Brentano String Quartet; the multidisciplinary Welcome to Indian Country featuring a wide range of Indigenous artists; and the proscenium version of Haint Blu which Urban Bush Women developed during their fall residency right here at Dartmouth. Over the years, we are proud to have partnered with these, and many more, artists to foster new creations across different genres. In addition to opening up new worlds to us, these commissions demonstrate our ongoing commitment to support artists throughout various stages of their creative process.

We look forward to sharing these experiences with you soon.


Mary Lou Aleskie
Howard L. Gilman '44 Director of the Hopkins Center for the Arts
on behalf of the Hop staff & faculty

While we celebrate our ability to continue sharing the arts at Dartmouth, we acknowledge that the Hopkins Center is situated upon the ancestral and unceded lands of the Abenaki people. We seek to honor and amplify their contributions to our region and to build deeper relationships with the Indigenous peoples who call these lands home.