Two world-renowned guitar trios combine for this unique experience featuring virtuosi from four countries – Japan, Canada, Belgium and the U.S. Inspired by their recent Canadian tour, the California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio perform intricate original compositions as well as new arrangements of progressive rock, jazz, world and classical music. Between them, the trios have released 16 CDs and explored nearly every style of guitar playing imaginable.
Winners of the 2010 Juno Award for roots album of the year and the New Emerging Artist Award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards – Good Lovelies are making waves across North America. Part folk-roots, part western swing, the Toronto-based trio offers three-part vocal harmonies, clever songs and witty banter that is drawn from their adventures on the road. Since their first show in December 2006, Good Lovelies – Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore – have toured coast to coast, played countless concerts and released three albums featuring finely-crafted original songs that emulate styles from bygone eras.
The King’s Singers and Seán Curran Company combine talents for a project which will include music from acclaimed composer Joby Talbot. Six members of The King’s Singers will provide vocals, while six dancers articulate Curran’s physical and conceptual exploration of landscape, horizon and time. One of the world’s most celebrated ensembles, The King’s Singers won a Grammy in 2009, while The Los Angeles Times proclaimed, “There’s no fresher, more invigorating new American dance now than the choreography of Seán Curran.”
The presentation of The King’s Singers and Seán Curran Company was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Widely regarded as country music’s greatest living recording artist, Merle Haggard has 40 No. 1 country hits to his credit and has won Grammy, CMA and ACM awards. He remains the only California-born artist inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
Haggard’s countless hits include Mama Tried, Are the Good Times Really Over, Workin’ Man Blues, That’s the Way Love Goes, Bar Room Buddies, I’m a Lonesome Fugitive, Branded Man, Sing Me Back Home, Hungry Eyes and Okie from Muskogee.
Formed in 1962 by Paddy Moloney from the ranks of the top folk musicians in Ireland, The Chieftains are celebrating their 50th anniversary in the music industry. The six-time Grammy winners have been honored in their own country by officially being named Ireland’s Musical Ambassadors. The Chieftains’ music remains as fresh and relevant as it was when they first began. In 2010, they released San Patricio, which reached No. 37 on the Billboard 200, the highest charting of all of their 58 albums.
With roots dating back to the 15th century, the Vienna Boys Choir sang exclusively for the imperial court, at mass, private concerts, and on state occasions until 1918.
Today, roughly 100 choir members between the ages of 10 and 14 make up four choirs which perform around 300 concerts per year worldwide, splitting time between performances and school. The choir’s repertoire includes everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music.
Award-winning actor Jacob Rajan and musician David Ward combine to present Indian Ink Theatre Company’s Guru of Chai. The production tells the tale of a poor chaiwallah (tea seller) whose life is changed forever when a young girl is abandoned at a busy railway station and brings the place to a standstill with the beauty of her singing.
The contradictions of modern India with its iPhones and ancient gods form the backdrop to this story about the dangers of keeping your soul locked in a cage. Theatreview calls Guru of Chai, “a very captivating, moving piece of theatre.”
Lights, Camera, Action! Take a nostalgic journey through the most popular movie musicals of the last 50 years. Featuring songs from Singing in the Rain and The Glenn Miller Story to Titanic and Hairspray, Hooray for Hollywood is musical entertainment for the entire family. This exhilarating production showcases classic film images along with live performances, recreating some of the greatest song and dance moments in Hollywood history. Come celebrate over 50 years of Hollywood’s greatest movie musicals of all time.
Under the direction of world-renowned drummer Tommy Igoe, Live at Birdland recreates the ambience and experience of a night at Birdland Jazz Club. The Birdland Big Band – a dynamic new ensemble featuring some of New York City’s finest musicians – provides an unforgettable musical event. The show features fresh treatments of iconic Charlie Parker compositions, as well as innovative arrangements from contemporary composers such as Chick Corea, Arturo Sandoval, Sting and Herbie Hancock. The band also maintains a rare selection of pieces from the Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman orchestras.
Renowned folk singer John McCutcheon is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers worldwide. With a widespread appeal that knows no boundaries, McCutcheon’s 30 recordings have garnered numerous honors, including seven Grammy nominations. Johnny Cash called McCutcheon, “the most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.”
Filmed at the famed Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, the Kirov Opera performance features Grammy-winning Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov in the title role. This forceful and evocative production breathes operatic life into the fearsome conqueror. Inspired by the Werner play, Verdi wove a musical tapestry of revenge, courage and freedom, set against the decaying glory of ancient Rome. Celebrated conductor Valery Gergiev brings forth a richly realized performance from the outstanding ensemble.
In Italian with English subtitles. Running time: 140 minutes.
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Let Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s gorgeous dancers lift your spirits as they perform thrilling premieres and new productions plus beloved classics such as Revelations. Experience the power of Ailey and see for yourself why this extraordinary company is hailed as America’s cultural ambassador to the world. The New York Times called Ailey, “possibly the most successful modern dance company on the planet.”
Dark Star Orchestra performs Grateful Dead classics in the same way that an orchestra interprets music of classical composers. Touring nationwide for 12 years to the tune of nearly 2,000 shows, the band’s determined commitment to “raising the Dead” has drawn national media attention. Built off the Dead’s extensive catalog, their performances are fueled by the talent of their seven musicians. The New Yorker proclaimed, “The Dark Star Orchestra recreates Grateful Dead shows with a flashback-inducing meticulousness.”
This 10-member choir from Camagüey was founded in 1994, when the Cuban economy was in peril, food was short and homes and workplaces often lacked electricity. Led by their director Emilia Díaz Chávez, the Creole Choir of Cuba nurtured the music passed down in their families since the early 19th century, gradually adding modern Haitian sounds and reviving old songs. The choir says, “For us music is like food, it feeds the spirit and is a major inspiration for everyday life.”
Clarinetist José Franch-Ballester, violinist Bella Hristova and pianist Ran Dank form MiXt, a chamber group created in 2011 comprised of the brightest talent on the Young Concert Artists’ roster. Among their numerous accomplishments, Franch-Ballester received the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2008 and was awarded Cannes’ MIDEM/IAMA Prize for Outstanding Young Artist in 2010; Hristova recently performed solo with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; and Dank has performed solo with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Phoenix and Ann Arbor symphonies.
Derived from the Japanese word meaning “heartbeat,” Kodo explores the limitless possibilities of the taiko (Japanese drum). The group strives to both preserve and reinterpret traditional Japanese performing arts. Kodo’s new tour brings the sound of the taiko to all corners of the globe, seeking to resonate with a myriad of cultures and ways of life. Fueled by more than 30 years of experience, Kodo continues to look to the future and break new ground.