Bill Cosby

Photo by: Erinn Chalene Cosby

Photo by: Erinn Chalene Cosby

September 26, 2013
7:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT

Few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of Bill Cosby, with a career spanning five decades and virtually all media.  In the 1960s, his stand-up act was a coast-to-coast sensation, spawning a string of hilarious, best-selling comedy albums, which went on to win eight Gold Records, five Platinum records and five Grammy Awards. His role on TV’s “I Spy” made him the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic series, and in the 1980s, he again rocked the television world with the “The Cosby Show”.

With hit movies like “Uptown Saturday Night” and best-selling books like Fatherhood, Bill Cosby is quite simply a national treasure with the unique ability to touch people’s hearts.  In the course of his remarkable career, Bill Cosby has earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, received the Kennedy Center Honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.  Along the way he has also amassed 4 Emmys and 9 Grammys.

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Paul Taylor Dance Company

October 8, 2013
7:30 p.m.

paul taylorThe Paul Taylor Dance Company, formed in 1954, was one of the early touring companies of American modern dance.  The Company has performed in more than 500 cities in 62 countries and still spends more than half of each performance season touring in American cities.  The inspiration behind the company and still one of its major choreographers, Paul Taylor was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, received an Emmy Award for Speaking in Tongues, and was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton in 1993. Awards for lifetime achievement include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship – often called the “genius award” – and the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award. Other awards include the New York State Governor’s Arts Award and the New York City Mayor’s Award of Honor for Art and Culture. In 1989 Taylor was elected one of ten honorary American members of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

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Audra McDonald

Audra McDonaldNovember 2, 2013
7:30 p.m.

Audra Ann McDonald didn’t waste any time starting her career.  She made her Broadway debut as a replacement in The Secret Garden while she was still in school at Juilliard, won three Tony awards in five years, and, at age 27, became the first person to win three before the age of 30.  She has appeared on the stage in both musicals and dramas, including leading roles in Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, and Carousel.  Her first starring role on Broadway was in Marie Christine, written specifically for her by Michael John LaChiusa after he saw her audition for Carousel.  In 2007 she joined the cast of Private Practice as Dr. Naomi Bennett, and spent the first 9 months of 2012 singing Bess in Porgy and Bess on Broadway. She has won five Tony Awards, sharing the record for most Tonys won by an actor with Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury.

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Vadym Kholodenko – Winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn Piano Competition

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February 11, 2014
7:30 p.m.

We are excited to be able to present Ukrainian Vadym Kholodenko, the winner of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, in a concert which will include both solo piano works and a concerto accompanied by the Conway Symphony Orchestra.

From the hundreds of pianists who applied to be in the Van Cliburn competition, 133 were heard by a screening jury and 30 were selected to be in the Competition.  At the competition, all competitors performed two 45-minute solo recitals, and then 12 semifinalists were selected to perform a 60-minute solo recital. The six finalists performed two piano concerti with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the winner, Vadym Kholodenko, will come to Reynolds Performance Hall in February 2014.

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The Haifa Symphony Orchestra

The Haifa Symphony OrchestraMarch 3, 2014
7:30 p.m.

Concert will take place as scheduled!

The Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel was founded in 1950 and in recent years has become the focal point of musical life in Haifa and the north of Israel. The Orchestra, long the most significant musical institute in the north of Israel, has recently expanded its activities throughout the country. Celebrated as one of Israel’s finest, the Haifa orchestra has begun sharing its talents across a broader stage.  Under the baton of Maestro Noam Sheriff, one of Israel’s most versatile musicians, the Orchestra is embarking on its first ever tour of the United States.  The program will include the Overture to Euryanthe by Carl Maria von Weber, Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G-minor and Tchaikovsky’s wonderful Symphony No. 4.

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