New Chinese Acrobats

New Chinese AcrobatsOctober 21, 2018
7:30 p.m.

Created in association with the world-famous Cirque Eloize company, The New Chinese Acrobats represent the next step in the evolution of acrobatic companies from the East. Mixing new techniques and acts with ancient traditions, The New Chinese Acrobats present the opportunity to view the best of China’s ancient folk art, mixed with the style and virtuosity of today’s generation. With performers selected from across China for their high-level acrobatic skills and innovative staging, the show includes award-winning acts from prestigious circus festivals such as Monte Carlo Circus Festival and World Circus Festival of Paris.

We Shall Overcome

Damien Sneed - We Shall OvercomeFebruary 11, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We Shall Overcome” by Damien Sneed showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. This production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals.  From Aretha Franklin, to Wynton Marsalis; Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder; Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway; and traditional spirituals and music from “the Wiz”, Damien’s unique understanding of each genre allows him to fluidly cover so much musical ground in a single performance. Sneed will be accompanied by additional vocalists and instrumentalists.

Steel Magnolias

Steel MagnoliasFebruary 22, 2019
7:30 p.m.

Steel Magnolias remains one of the great stories of female empowerment and resilience. The L.A. Theatre Works national tour features a diverse cast of six extraordinary women. Within the walls of Truvy’s beauty shop, set in the deep Bayou of Louisiana, are six strong women whose lives increasingly hinge on the existence of one another.  At turns both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, the L.A. Theatre Works radio-style production of Steel Magnolias reveals the strength of the human condition and our shared need for companionship.

Currents

CurrentsMonday, April 1, 2019
7:30 p.m.

‘Currents’ is a spectacular show that inspired by the historical Battle of Currents between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla in their quest to find energy sources for the world. Audience members will be taken on a journey between two troops, each representing a different view of the essence of light and electricity and each inspired by a different esthetic and artistic approach, all of which are presented as a dialogue, through unique sounds, lights, and visual effects.

The show combines a variety of elements: specially made musical instruments, massive video art projections and eleven skilled performers in constant movement, playing on different instruments and musically juggling between different sounds.

Jack Hanna’s Into The Wild Live

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October 27, 2017
7:30 p.m.

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America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award winning television series to the live stage with Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures. From the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia, Jack has explored the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors. You’ve seen his countless appearances on David Letterman, Good Morning America and so many more  – now you can enjoy Jungle Jack’s infectious energy as he takes you “into the wild!” to see some of the world’s most fascinating animals, LIVE!

 

 

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Dublin Irish Dance

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February 17, 2018
7:30 p.m.
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A dance troupe of world champion Irish step dancers together with a sensational eight member traditional Irish band and vocalist. Dublin Irish Dance is an exhilarating company whose members have performed throughout the world with Riverdance, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, and Celtic Woman. Production/Direction by Eric Cunningham and original Choreography by Siobhán Manson. The all-star cast brings to life the epic tale of Celtic culture, carrying its traditional melodies and steps to the New World with a Gala celebration of Irish Music and Dance. 

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Tao: Drum Heart

 

Drum HeartMarch 4, 2018
7:30 p.m.

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TAO: Drum Heart is the latest production from TAO, internationally-acclaimed percussion artists. TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals, the performers of TAO: Drum Heart create an energetic and unforgettable production.

“Extraordinarily talented percussion artists, and they’re seductive, alluring performers…The crowd was unmistakably wowed.” – Chicago Tribune
“[An] extraordinary performance… Undoubtedly one of the finest shows on offer.” – Edinburgh Evening News

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Cameron Carpenter

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April 3, 2018
7:30 p.m.

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Cameron Carpenter is having a ball smashing the stereotypes of organists and organ music, and all the while generating international acclaim and controversy unprecedented in his field. Cameron’s repertoire – from the complete works of J. S. Bach to film scores, his original compositions and hundreds of transcriptions and arrangements – is probably the largest and most diverse of any organist. He is the first ‘concert organist’ in history to prefer the digital organ to the pipe organ, and to champion it as the future of the instrument. In 2014, Cameron launched his International Touring Organ – a monumental cross-genre digital organ built by Marshall & Ogletree to his own design – in extensive tours in Europe and the USA. His Sony Music debut album If You Could Read My Mind entered Billboard’s Traditional Classical chart at No. 1 on its US release. A former child prodigy, Cameron Carpenter trained at the American Boychoir School, the North Carolina School of the Arts and has two degrees from The Juilliard School. He holds the 2012 Leonard Bernstein Award, is the first solo organist ever nominated for a GRAMMY® Award for a solo album, and has appeared with many of the great orchestras around the world; he has spoken and debated at think tanks and conferences including TED, IdeaCity, The Entertainment Gathering, and many more. For more information please visit www.cameroncarpenter.com.

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The Aluminum Show


October 24, 2016
7:30 p.m.

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This new and unique show brings the material, the music and the artists together on stage in a magical, mystery-filled creation combining visual theater, dance, and humor into an exciting, multi-sensory experience, the likes of which audiences have never before seen.

This is the story of one man’s incredible journey to a parallel universe – a futuristic planet made entirely of aluminum. At first glance this world seems vastly different than ours, but a second glance reveals it is actually quite similar.

Aluminum pipes come to life right before the audience’s very eyes, transforming into imaginary, mysterious, and playful characters. Much like in our world, the aluminum universe is also plagued by a fight between good and evil, where the forces of beauty and compassion strive to triumph over the forces of intrigue and fear.

The new show was written and directed by Lior Kalfo, creator of the internationally successful shows “Voca People,” “Fantasy,” and “Glow,” with choreography by Ido Tadmor, one of Israel’s foremost choreographers, and under the artistic direction of Ilan Azriel, co-creator of the international Aluminum Show.

The show is suitable for all ages and languages.

 

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VOCES8

November 10, 2016
7:30 p.m.

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VOCES8 is delighted to present Sing Joyfully, a program that celebrates the joy and beauty of voices in harmony. With music from the Renaissance to Jazz and Pop, this concert combines ethereal and angelic voices with VOCES8 renowned stage presence in a unique presentation which sees the group perform both acoustically and amplified. Sing Joyfully will include pieces by Felix Mendelssohn, William Byrd and Henry Purcell as well as versions of “Moondance” by Van Morrison, “Ain’t that a Kick in the Head” by Jimmy Van Heusen, and “It Don’t Mean a Thing” by Duke Ellington.

VOCES8 is one of the most exciting and versatile vocal groups performing today. Formed in 2003 by former Westminster Abbey choristers, the British octet performs repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to modern jazz and pop arrangements.

 

VOCES8 tours extensively throughout the world. The award-winning ensemble has performed at major international venues including: Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House, National Concert Hall Taipei, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Dijon Opera House, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing and Shanghai Concert Hall. They have also appeared with the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic orchestras.

Education and outreach are fundamental to the mission of VOCES8. The group is proud to be the flagship performance and education ensemble of the charitable foundation Voces Cantabiles Music (VCM) whose innovative education work has been praised by UNESCO. Inspiring creativity and excellence through music, VOCES8 leads a series of workshops reaching over 20,000 people annually worldwide. VCM, in partnership with the Diocese of London, established The Gresham Centre in 2013. A vocal Centre for Excellence, The Gresham Centre is housed at Sir Christopher Wren’s beautiful St Anne & St Agnes Church. VOCES8 is also resident ensemble at Bedford School, Ardingly College, The Grey Coat Hospital and Milton Abbey.

VOCES8 has received support from Arts Council England, the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Worshipful Company of Musicians. The group is also grateful for the support of clothier and official sponsor T.M.Lewin.

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Cirque Eloize Saloon

February 14, 2017
7:30 p.m.

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WELCOME TO SALOON, AN EPIC JOURNEY INSPIRED BY THE WILD WEST.

As audacious and innovative as ever, Cirque Éloize brings you an intoxicating mix of theatre, music, acrobatics and emotion. It’s a whole new kind of Old West get-together. Saloon is the story of a piano tuner’s adventures in a bar full of gold diggers, rail workers, chorus girls, and cowboys. He leads us on a chaotic, fun-filled journey through a world of comedy, spectacle, dance, music, and whiskey fumes. It’s a dazzling ride, more thrilling than a galloping mustang, and one that culminates in a genuinely breathtaking finale. It’s an authentic, festive and above all fun night out on the town for everyone.

 

 

For its 12th original creation, Cirque Éloize invites you to enjoy an exuberant music-driven event in its very own Saloon. Featuring a mix of well-known tracks and original numbers, this production blends the euphoric energy and live folk music of classic Old West saloons with cutting-edge mise-en-scène, acrobatics and physical theatre. Burst through the swinging doors to discover Cirque Éloize’s unique genre-defying take on this mythical environment.

CIRQUE ELOIZE: Positioned at the heart of the renewal of circus arts, Cirque Éloize has been creating spectacular performances filled with magic since 1993.Continually striving for artistic perfection, Cirque Éloize is one of today’s leaders in contemporary circus arts with 11 original creations to its credit. Cirque Éloize expresses its innovative nature through theatricality and humanity, and combines circus arts with music, dance, and theatre in a path-breaking and original manner.The company has won multiple international awards and toured over 500 cities and visited 50 different countries.

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Sleeping Beauty – Russian National Ballet Theatre

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7:30 p.m.

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Artistic Director: Elena Radchenko

Sleeping Beauty has a special place in the Russian National Ballet Theatre’s repertoire. With its huge cast, fairytale settings, original choreography of Marius Petipa and the glorious Tchaikovsky score, Sleeping Beauty remains the very essence of classical grandeur and one of the most popular full-length ballets of all time. This version has all the elements of an enduring fairy tale, and the audience will lose themselves in the soaring music as the premier danseur, prima ballerina and corps de ballet tell the tale of royal intrigue, love and passion in a magical kingdom.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union’s ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet but to invigorate this tradition as the Russians began to accept new developments in the dance from around the world.

Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre has over 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception. In addition to their extensive tour history, beginning in January 2017 the company will embark upon a 4-month coast-to-coast tour of the United States.

 

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The National Circus & Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China

China National Circus and AcrobatsOctober 8, 2015
7:30 p.m.

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Direct from Beijing! One of China’s most celebrated circus troupes will present Peking Dreams, a program filled with extraordinary acrobatic grace. The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China has been performing in its unique style for over sixty years, influencing circuses the world over, including Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Since the company’s inception in 1951, more than 200 of its artists have won gold and silver medals at national and international competitions.

The group is especially acclaimed in China because of the unique acts in their program such as Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion, Straw Hats Juggling, Girls’ Balance with Bowls and many other outstanding acts.

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The Blind Boys of Alabama

Blind Boys of AlabamaDecember 6, 2015
3:00 p.m.

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The Blind Boys “Talkin’ Christmas!” Tour

“A breath of fresh winter air.” – LOS ANGELES TIMES

The Blind Boys of Alabama are an American treasure.  Known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material, including songs by writers such as Prince and Tom Waits, the band was recently called “a superweapon of roots-music uplift” by Rolling Stone magazine.

This holiday season, the Blind Boys are touring in support of their latest Christmas album, “Talkin’ Christmas!” on Sony Masterworks.  It features blues legend Taj Mahal and includes several original holiday songs.   This special concert will feature songs from the “Talkin’ Christmas!” album as well as the band’s previous Grammy-winning Christmas recording, “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” along with Blind Boys’ Gospel classics.

After touring in the gospel caravans of the 1940’s and 50’s, the Blind Boys have since enjoyed accolades and awards from all parts of the music world, including a remarkable five Grammy Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), and an induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The Blind Boys have appeared on recordings with Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Susan Tedeschi, Aaron Neville, Ben Harper, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and many other great artists.  The band has also been featured on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, The Grammy® Awards telecast, 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, and were co-stars in the Broadway musical The Gospel At Colonus with Morgan Freeman.

The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Tour will showcase the band performing selections from “Talkin’ Christmas!” along with Christmas classics and other gems from a 70-plus-year career.

 

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