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Snarky Puppy

Saturday, June 20 at 8 pm

Ticket prices $44 / $34
Brooklyn, New York-based Snarky Puppy is an instrumental fusion band featuring a collective of nearly 40 musicians, referred to as “The Fam.” Created by Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer and producer Michael League, and formed in Denton, Texas, in 2004, Snarky Puppy incorporates a wide variety of instruments into their music, such as guitars, pianos, keyboards, woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. The band released their debut album, The Only Constant, in 2006; their latest album is 2014’s We Like It Here. Many of the current and former band members were once students at the University of North Texas, and they are routinely joined by other artists such as Erykah Badu, Justin Timberlake, Kirk Franklin, Ari Hoenig and Snoop Dogg.
Lawrence Brownlee

Sunday, July 5, 2015 at 8 pm

Music & Theatre Hall

Ticket prices $49
The most in-demand American tenor in the world in the bel canto repertoire, Lawrence Brownlee continues to astonish audiences with the elegance and agility of his instrument. From firmly American roots, Mr. Brownlee has become a star on the international scene, lauded for the seemingly effortless beauty of his voice. He has been featured in nearly every major theater in the world and enjoys a relationship with many prominent conductors and symphony orchestras. Operatic highlights of Mr. Brownlee’s career include: La Cenerentola in Milan, Houston, Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Opera; L'italiana in Algeri in Milan, Dresden, Boston, Houston, and Seattle; and I Puritani in Washington, Seattle, and the Metropolitan Opera.
Bobby McFerrin

Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 8 pm

Tickets prices $57 / $47 / $42
Bobby McFerrin was always an unlikely pop star. The 10-time Grammy winner has blurred the distinction between pop music and fine art, goofing around barefoot in the world’s finest concert halls, exploring uncharted vocal territory, inspiring a whole new generation of a cappella singers and the beatbox movement. His latest album, spirityouall, is a bluesy, feel-good recording, an unexpected move from the music-industry rebel who singlehandedly redefined the role of the human voice with his a cappella hit Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Beyond that he always kept people guessing, what would be next: his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea and the Vienna Philharmonic, his improvising choir Voicestra, and his legendary solo vocal performances kept people doing just that. It’s been the quietest and most polite of revolutions.
Kelli O'Hara

Monday, July 13, 2015 at 8 pm

Music & Theatre Hall

Ticket prices $49
Kelli O’Hara has unequivocally established herself as one of Broadway’s great leading ladies. This year she received her 5th Tony nomination along with Drama Desk, Drama League and Outer Critics nominations for her portrayal of Francesca in the musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County. Additionally, she starred as Mrs. Darling in NBC’s live telecast of Peter Pan. Kelli has worked extensively both regionally and Off-Broadway and performed with symphonies and orchestras across the country. She is a frequent guest artist on the PBS Memorial Day and July 4th telecast and has performed several times as part of the Kennedy Honor tributes for Barbara Cook, Jerry Herman and Barbra Streisand. This spring, Kelli will return to Broadway in Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of The "King and I" opposite Ken Watanabe.
Heather Parcells

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 8 pm

Studio Theatre

Ticket prices $20
Newport News-native Heather Parcells performed in her first professional job dancing at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg during her senior year of high school. Heather received her BFA from the Florida State University, moved to New York and in 10 days landed the role of Velma Kelly in the National Tour of CHICAGO. Heather made her Broadway debut in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Her television and film credits include Every Little Step, Guiding Light, Good Morning America, The Today Show and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Heather also appeared on the 100th Episode of Dancing with the Stars with Mario Lopez. In NYC Heather is on the faculty for The Broadway Artists Alliance, and has taught for The Broadway Dance Center ISVP program, Broadway Classroom and Camp Broadway.
An Evening with Straight No Chaser

Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 8 pm

Tickets prices $67 / $57 / $47 / $37
Back By Popular Demand: Straight No Chaser!
If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses … think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases. Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of 10 unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense ... and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.

Weird Al” Yankovic

Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Ticket prices $59 / $49 / $42 / $37
With more than 12 million albums sold, three Grammys to his name and one of only three performers in history to have registered a Top 40 single in each of the last four decades, “Weird Al” Yankovic is back on the road with The Mandatory World Tour. Fresh off the release of his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun (the first ever comedy album to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200), Weird Al takes no prisoners with parodies of some of the biggest hits from 2014 such as Pharrell Williams’ Happy (Tacky), Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines (Word Crimes), Lorde’s Royals (Foil), Iggy Azalea’s Fancy (Handy) and Imagine Dragons’ Radioactive (Inactive). Irreverent. Hilarious. And it’s


Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick

Tuesday, August 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Ticket prices $109/ $89 / $79 / $49
Time-tested rockers Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick co-headline this concert for the ages in the fittingly, acoustically superb, Ferguson Center for the Arts concert hall! With more than 5,000 performances spanning four decades and 20 million records sold worldwide, Cheap Trick is undoubtedly one of the most influential classic rock groups of the past 50 years. The band was formed in 1974 and while it has evolved throughout the years, Cheap Trick has continued to reach mainstream and critical success. Hits such as “I Want You To Want Me,” “Dream Police,” and “Surrender” have cemented the group as one of America’s top rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time.
Peter Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was lead singer and guitarist for British band the Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His session work includes collaborations with such legendary artists as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ringo Starr, John Entwistle and many others. His fifth solo album, the electrifying Frampton Comes Alive!, is one of the top-selling live records of all time.

Brian Regan Live Comedy Tour

Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Ticket prices $45 / $40
Comedian Brian Regan’s family friendly act has made him one of the premier funny men working today. His non-stop theater tour has taken him around the globe and in front of diverse audiences — all to critical and peer acclaim. The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Regan consistently attracts full houses with fervent fans that span generations. He’s released a live, hour-long show album, All By Myself, and two highly praised, hour-long Comedy Central specials on DVD — “The Epitome of Hyperbole” and “Brian Regan Standing Up.” With his clean act, Regan has set a standard of excellence that others continually try to follow.
“Regan has been blazing a trail of laughter over the past few years and it’s even more amazing when you realize he doesn’t need to be shocking or dirty to get a laugh. But what’s interesting is that most people won’t even realize this until the end of the show when they think, ‘Wait a minute. There isn’t one joke of his that I couldn’t tell my boss or my kids.’ ”

Metro Spirit

Augusta, Georgia
Chick Corea & Béla Fleck

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Tickets prices $69 / $59 / $42
As an icon in the music industry, Chick Corea needs little introduction. The keyboardist, composer and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods — and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion and more, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career. Known as an adventuresome collaborator, he co-headlines this show with Béla Fleck, who is often considered the world’s greatest banjo player. Others claim that Fleck has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career. If you are familiar with Fleck, you know that he just loves to play the banjo, and can play it in almost any setting! The evening will consist of solo and joint performances, so prepare to be thoroughly entertained by two iconic musicians!

Munich Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Ticket prices $87 / $72 / $62 / $27
Philippe Entremont, Conductor and Piano Soloist

Pepe Romero, Guitar Soloist 

The Romeros, Guitar Quartet 
The Munich Symphony Orchestra (Münchner Symphoniker) was founded in 1945 as “Symphonieorchester Kurt Graunke” and — with its four subscription series in Prinzregententheater, Herkulessaal and the Philharmonie am Gasteig — is regarded as one of the high-profile ensembles of the city of Munich (of which there are four). The Orchestra performs more than 100 concerts each year throughout Europe, Asia and the United States (they last performed here in 2009). Georg Schmöhe, as chief conductor, has been credited with raising the artistic profile of the orchestra as well as the continuing enhancement of its symphonic repertoire. Philippe Entremont serves as conductor, as well as piano soloist.
The New York Times wrote: “To call Pepe Romero a superb guitarist is to understate the case … [he] is an exceptional musician, and one whose qualities would assuredly have made themselves known regardless of the instrument he had chosen for his own.”
Known to millions as “The Royal Family of the Guitar,” the Romeros were founded by the legendary Celedonio Romero with his sons Celin, Pepe and Angel in 1960. Half a century after walking onto the world stage as the first classical guitar quartet, The Romeros continue to be a veritable institution in the world of classical music.

For program information, please visit the performance’s web page.

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Friday, November 13, 2015 at 8 pm

Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 2 pm

Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 8 pm

Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 1 pm

Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Tickets prices $79 / $69 / $62 / $57 / $52 / $42 / $ 37
This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and head on over to the Ferguson Center for the Arts to see IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS. Performances begin November 13 for this must-see classic in a lavish new production that the New York Times says to, “put on your wish list.” IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.
Big Band Holidays: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest Denzal Sinclaire

Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Tickets prices $77 / $62 / $42
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players and arrangers in jazz music today. Its mission is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education and advocacy. Somewhat incredibly, JLCO started as a summer concert series at the Center in 1987; its phenomenal success is outer-worldly and eventually led to the opening the world’s first venue designed specifically for jazz in 2004. JLCO has celebrated jazz and these monumental landmarks with an ever-growing audience of jazz fans from around the world. This unique holiday program combines the talents of JLCO with those of Mr. Denzal Sinclaire, a pianist/singer of subtle skill and with a relaxed and sophisticated approach to songs.
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 8 pm

Tickets prices $87 / $72 / $62 / $27
Pinchas Zukerman, Principal Guest Conductor and Violin Soloist
“Roof Raising Performances” and “Great Style and Panache” are just a few of the many rave review headlines describing recent Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performances. Under the baton of guest conductor and violin soloist Pinchas Zukerman (a phenomenon in the world of music for over four decades noted for his musical genius, prodigious technique and unwavering artistic standards), the Royal Philharmonic has quickly become the leading London orchestra and enjoys an international reputation for bringing audiences worldwide first-class performances and the highest possible standards of music-making across a diverse range of musical repertoire. Britain’s “self-appointed national orchestra” will return to the Ferguson Center by popular demand for a reprise of its January 2012 visit.

For program information, please visit the performance’s web page.

BuddyThe Buddy Holly Story

Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 8 pm

Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3 pm

Ticket prices $79 / $69 / $59 / $49 / $39
Now in its 25th amazing year, the “World’s Most Successful Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical” continues to thrill audiences on tour in the U.S. and around the world. Viewed by more than 20 million people in over 20,000 performances worldwide, Buddy opened in London’s West End in 1989, and has been seen on Broadway, throughout Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa, the Netherlands and Singapore, winning numerous awards along the way.  Buddy tells the story of Buddy Holly through his short, yet spectacular career, and features the classic songs, “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be The Day,” ”Not Fade Away,” “Oh Boy,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba,” The Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace” and many more!

Direct from Gdansk, Poland

Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra

Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Ticket prices $87 / $72 / $62 / $27
Ernst Van Tiel, Artistic Director and Conductor
Founded in 1945 on the heels of postwar Polish independence, The Polish Baltic Philharmonic is the largest music institution in northern Poland. As it exists and thrives today, the Philharmonic represents an amalgamation of international and historical influences (and the lofty passions that witnessed tragedy and drove revolutions) while still capturing the prideful stoicism of contemporary Poland and the larger Baltic Sea coast.
Ernst van Tiel performed just about all the important works from the symphonic repertoire, but in particular his interpretations of music from the 19th and 20th century provided him an international reputation. His activities abroad include guest conductorships among others at the orchestra of the Teatro Communale in Bologna, where he introduced works of contemporary Dutch composers, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra with a program based on the music of Duke Ellington, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium and several orchestras in Germany and China.

For program information, please visit the performance’s web page.
Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour

featuring Patti Austin, Terence Blanchard, Ravi Coltrane, Gerald Clayton, Joe Sanders & Justin Brown

Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Tickets prices $52 / $42 / $32
The Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest, continuously running jazz festival in the world (b. 1958). It is world-renowned for its artistic excellence, sophisticated informality and longstanding mission to create and support year-round jazz education and performance programs. This year’s lineup reflects Monterey’s “traditional-untraditionalist” attitude and jazz-with-a-purpose exuberance. Featuring leading critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning jazz artists, the band consists of performer, songwriter and vocalist Patti Austin, top-tier trumpeter Terence Blanchard, and saxophonist, bandleader and composer Ravi Coltrane. Anchoring the tour is a remarkable trio featuring Joe Sanders on Bass, Justin Brown on drums and MJF On Tour musical director Gerald Clayton. Embracing the past, present, and future of jazz, the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 2016 will perform an assortment of classic jazz repertoire and original compositions by band members.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Friday, February 12, 2016 at 7 pm

Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 2 pm

Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 7 pm

Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 1 pm

Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Ticket prices $79 / $69 / $62 / $57 / $52 / $42 / $37
Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to Hampton Roads! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Ferguson Center for the Arts!

National Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 4 pm

Ticket prices $87 / $72 / $62 / $27
Nikolaj Znaider, Conductor

Benjamin Grosvenor, Pianist
This performance marks the second year of our unique relationship with The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), one of the finest, most visible orchestras in the country. Now in its 85th season, the sixth 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.

For program information, please visit the performance’s web page.


Friday, April 15, 2016 at 8 pm

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 2 pm

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8 pm

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 1 pm

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Ticket prices $99 / $89 / $79 / $69 / $59 / $49 / $39
A true New York City institution, CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen.

No wonder CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations.

It’s also no surprise that CHICAGO has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.
Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you’ve seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you’ve seen it before and want to recapture the magic, CHICAGO always delivers.
“‘Chicago’ still glitters hypnotically.”

—Ben Brantley, The New York Times


Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8 pm

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 2 pm

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8 pm

Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 1 pm

Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 7 pm

Ticket prices $79 / $67 / $62 / $57 / $52 / $47

Winner of eight, 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights ... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams ... not living in fear ... and the power of music to connect all of us.


Friday, June 17, 2016 at 8 pm

Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 2 pm

Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 8 pm

Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 1 pm

Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 7 pm

Ticket prices $82 / $77 / $72 / $67 / $62 / $57 / $52 / $47 / $42
DIRTY DANCING—THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing.
Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, “Hungry Eyes,” “Hey Baby,” “Do You Love Me?” and the heart-stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” London’s Sunday Express says, “This crowd-pleasing stage adaptation hits the jackpot!”
Don’t miss your chance to see this record-breaking live theatre sensation. You’ll have the time of your life!

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