|2014-2015 Performance Descriptions
Friday, August 8, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $77 / $67 / $62 / $52
Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD “When I Fall In Love,” trumpeter Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four No. 1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold and Platinum records, and multiple Grammy Awards. He has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Sting, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli and Joshua Bell. Most recently, his latest album, “Impressions,” won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Performing worldwide, and selling more than three million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.
MICHAEL MCDONALD + TOTO
Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $99 / $82 /$69 / $59
The mixture of great voices, lyrics and music never sounded more pure than when it came from superstars Michael McDonald or TOTO. Now you can hear them both on one special evening playing their greatest music. McDonald is the man with the distinctive, soulful voice, who parlayed gigs with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers into a Grammy-winning, platinum-selling solo career. He continues to release music and tour the world, as well as moonlight alongside co-horts Donald Fagen and Boz Scaggs, proving himself an enduring force in popular music.
Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO. With over 35 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top selling tour and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $57 / $47 / $37 / $27
Longevity is a mark by which true artists are measured. “You know, I’ve never tried to jump on a trend, and I’ve never had to jump off of one,” says Chris Isaak. “I try to do what feels right for each song. So I never have to go, ‘Well, no more disco for me.’” For more than two decades Isaak has been creating music that resonates, showcasing his stellar songwriting and smooth, dusky baritone (and tender falsetto). All told he has released nine extraordinary albums and 12 singles, not to mention being nominated for two Grammys. Not one to crave the limelight, Isaak is always quick to credit the extremely talented people who have worked with him over the years and speaks of the music in a nonchalant fashion, calling it “Good stuff.” Indeed it is.
Under the Streetlamp with special guest Gentleman’s Rule
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $52 / $42 / $37 / $22
Fresh off filming their highly anticipated second PBS special, Under the Streetlamp, America’s hottest new vocal group, performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet — recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys” — deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment. You’ll hear doo-wop, Motown, old time rock ‘n’ roll and all of your favorite songs from The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frankie Valli, Etta James, B.B. King and many others.
Opening the evening is Gentleman’s Rule, an a cappella group whose youthful contemporary style, combined with timeless harmonies, energizes concert goers with classic ’70s, ’80s, country, Top 40 and even classical music pieces. This diverse catalog of music exemplifies Gentleman’s Rule’s ability to bridge both genres and generations.
Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir
Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $37 / $32 / $27 / $22
The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir was founded in 1950 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s Ambassador Artist for Peace, Mr. Julien Jouga (1931-2001). The Choir is now lead by its Music Director, Mr. Ambroise N'Diong, and is composed of the Cathedral’s chorale, that of St. Joseph’s of Medina, who each Sunday, in the heart of Dakar’s most working-class neighborhood, interpret Gospel/Negro Spirituals, traditional African Songs and the magnificent masses that Julien Jouga composed in his country’s four national languages: Ouolof, Diola, Sérère and Portuguese Creole. The voices – to which drums, guitar and kora are occasionally added – rise in a local polyphony invented by Mr. Jouga, testifying at the same time not only to his mastery of language, but to his profound knowledge of his country’s rhythms and music traditions.
Distinguished Speaker Series:
‘A conversation with Senator Olympia Snowe and Senator Joe Lieberman’
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $52 /$42
Two giants from the political stage join together (as they were often known to do in bi-partisan fashion) to present their views and answer questions on topical issues impacting our nation. Senator Snowe’s dedicated work garnered her nationwide recognition as a leading policymaker in Washington. During her career, she was named the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, and Time named her one of the top 10 U.S. Senators.
Senator Lieberman is perhaps best known as the Democratic candidate for Vice President in 2000. During his Capitol Hill tenure he established himself as a national leader — one who worked across party lines to find common ground, a person who spoke his conscience and who got things done for the good of all people in America.
Jae Sinnett Trio
with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $57 / $47 / $42 / $32 / $22
Drummer/composer Jae Sinnett has been leading his Hampton Roads-based trio for over 20 years. Respectfully, it’s one of the great performing, touring, recording and versatile jazz ensembles in the country. Now the trio goes into new territory, teaming up with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for an unforgettable and exciting evening of beautifully melodic jazz with orchestra accompaniment — think “jazz with strings.” Pianist Allen Farnham orchestrated five of Sinnett’s compositions and one timeless standard, “As Time Goes By.” Terry Burrell is the bassist. It will be an incredible evening of music and a rare opportunity to hear a special musical collaboration with the trio and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Not to be missed!
Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $69 / $59 / $54 / $49
Together, with Benatar’s mezzo-soprano vocal range and Giraldo’s trail-blazing work as a guitarist, producer and songwriter, Pat Benatar and Neil “Spyder” Giraldo have forged one of the most successful partnerships in rock and roll history. Since their initial collaboration 35 years ago on the debut album “In The Heat of the Night,” they have sold more than 26 million albums and charted 19 Top 40 singles, earning four consecutive Grammy Awards and three American Music Awards.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $85.50 / $75.50 / $65.50 / $55.50
Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Grammy Award-winning Gipsy Kings! Based in Camargue, by the Mediterranean Sea, the Gipsy Kings are made up of two families — the Reyes family from Arles and the Baliardos from Montpellier. In 1979, after years of performing separately, a single event — the death of Jose Reyes — led to the families combining their musical talents. The Gipsy Kings' musical style has been called “Rumba Flamenca,” which allows the Gipsy Kings to combine traditional flamenco styles with Western Pop and Latin rhythms, Latin and Cuban styles, Arabic, reggae, jazz and — of course— gypsy styles! The band speaks French, and performs music in Spanish dialect of Gitane, the native Gipsy language, that is a mixture of Spanish, French and Catalan. World-renowned, the Gipsy Kings have sold over 25 million albums.
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $47 / $42 / $37 / $27
A six-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner, humanitarian, singer, songwriter and producer, Ziggy Marley has released 12 albums to great critical acclaim. His early immersion in music came at age 10 when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley. Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers have garnered three Grammys for their music and generated chart-topping hits such as “Look Who’s Dancing,” “Tomorrow People” and “Tumbling Down.” Ziggy's solo efforts have netted him additional Grammys, and his 2012 live album, “Ziggy Marley In Concert,” earned him his sixth Grammy for “Best Reggae Album.” To coincide with the release of his latest album, “Fly Rasta,” Ziggy is putting out his debut children’s book “I Love You Too,” a multicultural picture book which explores a child’s relationship with parents, nature and the unstoppable force of love.
An Evening with Jerry Lewis
Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $59 / $49 / $42 / $32
Jerry Lewis is a singer, comedian, actor, screenwriter and film producer who hails from Newark, New Jersey. Lewis was raised in a Russian Jewish family to a piano-playing mom and vaudeville-entertainer dad. At the age of five he gave his very first performance in New York's Borscht Circuit singing “Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?” Be prepared for an evening of feel-good comedy, unforgettable gags, trademark vignettes, big-screen video montages of his most memorable and hilarious feature film moments and songs that will delight patrons of all ages! This is a rare opportunity to spend an evening with one of Hollywood’s true entertainment icons.
Shaping Sound: Dance Reimagined
Thursday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $72 / $62 / $52 / $42 / $32
Shaping Sound, created by Emmy Award-nominated choreographers Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson, is an electrifying mash-up of dance styles and musical genres featuring a dynamic company of contemporary dancers featured on “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Audiences of all ages can expect explosive choreography showcasing the dynamic rhythm, speed and physical strength of these visionaries. Shaping Sound: Dance Reimagined.
“Electrifying and stunning … Aficionados of contemporary dance should do everything in their power to attend a SHAPING SOUND concert if ever near a city in which they are performing.”
National Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $87 / $72 / $62 / $27
The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) is one of the finest, most visible orchestras in the country. Now in its 84th season, the fourth under the leadership of Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, who is also the Music Director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Orchestra has played to great acclaim in events of national and international importance, including state occasions, presidential inaugurations and official holiday celebrations. Its performances range from bold new works to beloved favorites, chamber music to original educational programming, as well as innovative pops programming in almost every genre. Founded in 1931, the Orchestra has, throughout its history, been committed to artistic excellence and music education.
One of today’s finest violinists, Midori’s breadth and quality of work has been internationally recognized, placing her in the top tier of string virtuosos. Her unbridled enthusiasm and support of music extends beyond the stage, as evidenced by her work in educational and community settings.
For program information, please visit the performance’s web page.
National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China performing ‘Cirque Peking’
Monday, November 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $42 / $37 / $32 / $27
For more than 50 years the dazzling company known as the National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China has mesmerized audiences of all ages worldwide with stunning displays of the Chinese martial arts, illusion and acrobatics, all set to traditional music. From cycling stunts to high-flying acrobatics to extraordinary feats of balance, this is one of the most influential large acrobatic troupes on the planet. Fun for the entire family, the Acrobats are a crowd-pleasing form of entertainment!
New Orleans Legends featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $47 / $42 / $37 / $32
Preservation Hall was founded in 1961 to promote traditional New Orleans jazz in all its authenticity. Legendary players like George Lewis, Sweet Emma Barrett and Kid Thomas Valentine, all rooted in the formative years jazz, were its original stars and performed nightly in a tiny space located in the historic French Quarter. While that generation is long gone, the hall is still in business, the music is still performed and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band continues to tour the world. Fronting the band at this time is Allen Toussaint, one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B. An American musician, songwriter and record producer, Toussaint has crossed many paths with many of music’s greats in his illustrious 40-year-plus career (Paul McCartney, Irma Thomas, Paul Simon, Etta James, Elvis Costello, etc.).
Martha Graham Dance Company
Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $52 / $47 / $42 / $37
As the oldest and most celebrated modern dance company in America, the Martha Graham Dance Company created and still embodies a timeless and uniquely American style of dance that has influenced generations of artists and continues to captivate audiences worldwide. The pioneering choreographer and her dancers radically expanded dance’s vocabulary of movement, rooting it in social, psychological and sexual ideas, forever altering the scope of the art form. Always a fertile ground for experimentation, the Martha Graham Dance Company has been an unparalleled resource in nurturing many of the leading choreographers and dancers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Pearl Lang, Pascal Rioult and Paul Taylor.
An Evening with Natalie Cole
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $89 / $73 / $63 / $53
Daughter of one of America’s most beloved entertainers, multiple Grammy winner Natalie Cole has built a phenomenally successful career spanning 35 years. She just released her first Spanish-language album, “Natalie Cole en Español,” which is a salute to the pioneering, bilingual legacy of her legendary father, and spotlights the most romantic songs of the great Spanish-language composers. With this effort, she hopes to reintroduce a new generation of fans to many of Latin Music’s most romantic standards — with both new interpretations of Spanish-language classics previously recorded by Nat King Cole, and Natalie’s own personal selections of songs that have touched her heart and make this album truly her own. Join us for an exceptional evening and a timeless performance by one of the finest R&B/pop vocalists of our time.
An Evening of Storytelling with Garrison Keillor
Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $57 / $47 / $37 / $32
Every week, millions of Americans tune in to “A Prairie Home Companion” and are magically transported to “Lake Wobegon,” where they are regaled by the wise, laid-back reflections of radio personality, author and humorist Garrison Keillor. With his touching and often hilarious yarns about growing up in the American Midwest, the aging process and late-life fatherhood, he is one of the most popular storytellers of all time. Keillor is out with a new book, “The Keillor Reader,” a single volume which brings together the full range of his work: monologues from “A Prairie Home Companion,” stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic and excerpts from novels and newspaper columns. With an extensive introduction and headnotes, photographs and memorabilia, “The Keillor Reader” also presents pieces never before published, including the essays “Cheerfulness” and “What We Have Learned So Far.”
Jekyll & Hyde
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $67 / $57 / $52 / $47
Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $57 / $52 / $47 / $42
Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $67 / $57 / $52 / $47
Glamorous, sexy and deliciously wicked, “Jekyll & Hyde” is the enthralling musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant but obsessive scientist whose alter ego wreaks havoc across Victorian London. An evocative tale of two men — one a doctor, passionate and romantic — the other, a terrifying madman; and two women — one, beautiful and trusting — the other, beautiful and trusting only herself. Both in love with the same man and both unaware of his dark secret.
Featuring a thrilling pop rock score including the unforgettable hit, “This Is The Moment” from multi-Grammy and Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn, and double-Oscar and Grammy-winning Leslie Bricusse, “Jekyll & Hyde” has mesmerized audiences the world over.
“Lush, appealing and genuinely moving” proclaims the New York Daily News. “Jekyll & Hyde” is back. Don’t miss it!
Beyond Glory starring Stephen Lang
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $52 / $42 / $32 / $22
“Beyond Glory” presents the stirring stories of eight veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam, rendering first-hand accounts of valor that resulted in the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor. Adapted from Larry Smith’s stirring book, the moving stories are brought to light by award-winning playwright, stage and screen star Stephen Lang in a one-man show that will reach into your very soul and keep you thoroughly spellbound. The oral histories of these eight men are brought to life through Lang’s commanding performance, with a backdrop of video screens which occasionally evoke the turmoil of combat. Lang subtly moves through each man’s story with a slight alteration of posture and vocal coloring to suggest a new personality.
“…Beyond Glory allows the voices of servicemen to be heard without the filter of the conventions of drama or the prerogatives of deadline-driven journalism. Its sobriety, simplicity and lack of histrionics are the show’s signal strengths.”
—Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
Dr. Lynne Cheney
James Madison: A Life Reconsidered
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Called "the really indispensable Cheney" by columnist George Will, Lynne Cheney enlivens audiences and lights up TV screens while arguing for the need to teach America's story fully and fairly. As chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and second lady, she brought this message to audiences across the country. With a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Cheney also speaks forcefully on the importance of nurturing a diversity of viewpoints on college campuses, as well as in the mainstream media. Through speeches and appearances on radio and television -- including a stint as co-host on "Crossfire Sunday" -- she has established her identity as an incisive commentator on culture and politics.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas By Chip Davis
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $87 / $72 / $62 / $52
Experience the Magic! Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition and this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the group’s annual tour. Grammy Award-winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller music. Join in the 30th Anniversary celebration of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas. Don’t miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the #1 Christmas music artist in history!
A Christmas Carol
Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $42 / $32 / $27 / $22
A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has enchanted audiences the world over with its simple message of selfless giving. Ebenezer Scrooge, a most unrepentant, miserly fellow, is made to see the light as he survives a merciless battery of revelations by the ghosts of his own Christmases: Past, Present and Future. This new adaptation of Dickens’ ever popular classic fills the stage with veteran Broadway actors, lush costumes, stunning sets, music, dance and a timeless message. With beloved traditional carols of the season included, A Christmas Carol is an enchanting way to begin the holiday festivities with your family!
Mark O’Connor’s “An Appalachian Christmas”
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $42 / $37 / $32 / $27
Mark O'Connor’s “An Appalachian Christmas” album (2011) made the top 15 on Billboard’s Classical Album, Crossover and Bluegrass Album charts. It was hailed by critics from The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times as the top album of the holiday season. O’Connor is a Grammy-winning composer and violinist who tackles Christmas classics creating a wondrous mixture of Christmas carols, fiddling, bluegrass and other traditional American music. Concert goers are treated to fresh takes on traditional songs in what feels like an “off-the-cuff performance for family and friends.” His renditions are playful and joyous, but can be strikingly earnest too.
Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2014
with special guests Jonathan Butler, Christopher Cross and Maysa
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $74 / $64 / $54 / $44
VIP Meet and Greet $174 (includes ticket in Price Level 1 and access to VIP event)
While jolly ol’ St. Nick is busy making his list and checking it twice, Santa Koz is coming to town. Multi-Grammy nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz has become synonymous with the season, thanks to his high-energy holiday tour, which celebrates its 17th anniversary this year. “Dave Koz = Christmas,” said the El Paso Times, and Examiner.com assured readers, “There really is a … Santa Koz,” calling the Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour “a must-see show.”
The Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2014 will feature Koz along with three special guests: Jonathan Butler, who has earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields, plus two artists who are new to the run; Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Christopher Cross, known for such Top 10 hits as “Sailing,” “Ride Like the Wind” and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do);” and Soul Train award winner/Grammy nominee Maysa, who has released 10 solo albums and collaborated with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan to Incognito and Angela Bofill. The high-energy holiday show will feature the quartet’s fresh takes on holiday classics as well as other selections that beautifully capture the spirit of the season.