THE CENTER The Orange County Performing Arts Center presents seven star-studded series for 2004-2005
Top shows, artists and companies give entertainment power to
Dance Series - Broadway Series
Jazz Club - Cabaret Series - Concert Series
Voices in Song - Spotlight Series
COSTA MESA, CA - The 2004-2005 Season announced by the Orange County Performing Arts Center reaffirms the organization as one of the premiere presenters of stellar cultural and entertainment events in the nation. The series - Dance, Broadway, Jazz Club, Cabaret, Concert, Voices in Song, Spotlight - bring an unrivaled breadth and variety of world-class entertainment for Southern California audiences. The 2004-2005 Season will offer nearly 300 performances by many of the world's greatest artists, musicians and performing arts companies that will command the stages in The Center's 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and 250-seat Founders Hall.
"It is an incredibly exciting time at the Orange County Performing Arts Center and this region," noted Jerry E. Mandel, president of The Center. "As we all look forward with great anticipation to the opening of our two additional new facilities - the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall and Samueli Theater - in just a few years, we continue to work harder than ever to bring the best in live entertainment to our community. Our upcoming series really reflect The Center's unwavering commitment to our audiences."
Support for The Center's 2004-2005 Season is provided by Bank of America, Audrey Steele Burnand, Coast Magazine, Cox Communications, Delta Air Lines, K-Jazz, K-Mozart, Los Angeles Times, Mercedes-Benz, Scott's Seafood Bar and Grill, The Segerstrom Foundation Endowment for Great Performances and Sempra Energy.
New York City Ballet - American Ballet Theatre
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg
Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker!
The Orange County Performing Arts Center is widely recognized as one of America's leading presenters of dance, and the 2004-2005 Dance Series confirms this well-earned reputation. Three acclaimed American dance companies - each commanding international acclaim and prestige - will grace Segerstrom Hall in return engagements: New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Russia's renowned Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, which, with two previous engagements at The Center, has become an audience favorite, returns with two productions never seen before in Southern California. And Matthew Bourne's company makes its Center debut this year with his delightful holiday production and much-anticipated Southern California premiere of Nutcracker!
The Dance Series opens with the return of a true American cultural treasure, New York City Ballet (September 29-October 3, 2004). The distinguished company returns to The Center to cap a year-long tribute to its legendary founder George Balanchine. Balanchine 100: The Centennial Celebration was designed by City Ballet's ballet master-in-chief Peter Martins to pay homage to the enduring legacy of the visionary Russian-born choreographer. Some of the greatest repertory of the modern age will be performed by dancers who embody the master's training, ideals and exacting standards.
Repertoire for the engagement will include Balanchine's Jewels, Serenade, Violin Concerto, Stars and Stripes and Symphony in C, as well as Peter Martins' Thou Swell and Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia.
The New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world, and certainly an organization with a unique artistic history. Solely responsible for training its own artists and creating its own works, the New York City Ballet was the first ballet institution in the world with two permanent homes, the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York.
The company now called New York City Ballet was the idea of Lincoln Kirstein, a man who envisioned a national ballet where young American dancers could be trained and schooled under the guidance of the world's greatest ballet masters and ultimately perform a new, modern repertory. When Kirstein met George Balanchine in London in 1933, Kirstein knew he had found the right person for his dream.
Currently, the company has approximately 90 dancers, making it the largest dance organization in America. It has an active repertory of more than 150 works, principally choreographed by Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins. The School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet, is thriving with an enrollment in excess of 350 aspiring dancers representing nearly every state in the U.S. and many nations around the world. After Balanchine's death in 1983, Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins shared the title of ballet master-in-chief, overseeing the smooth running of New York City Ballet. Since 1990, Martins has been charged with sole responsibility for the company's operations. In 2001 Christopher Wheeldon was named resident choreographer, the first person to hold this title with the company.
Among more than 40 international engagements, New York City Ballet has made numerous tours to major cities in the United States, Canada and Europe. The company has performed in Australia, Brazil, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan and made two historic trips to the former Soviet Union.
American Ballet Theatre (November 23-28, 2004) is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope and outreach. The company is the only major cultural institution to conduct annual tours of the United States, performing for more than 600,000 people. In keeping with American Ballet Theatre's long-standing commitment to bringing the finest in dance to the widest international audience, the company has enjoyed recent triumphs in London, Paris, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Italy, Greece and Tokyo. In the fall of 2000, American Ballet Theatre made its first visit to China, appearing in both Shanghai and Hong Kong. The company also made its debut in Taipei and Singapore. Over its 60-year history, ABT has been enjoyed in all 50 of the United States, performing in a total of 126 cities worldwide, and completed more than 15 international tours to 42 countries. Certainly ABT is the most representative American ballet company in the world. A number of these international engagements have been sponsored by the State Department of the United States. This engagement in 2004 marks American Ballet Theatre's 18th visit to The Center and will feature two programs of short ballets from its fall season at City Center in New York.
American Ballet Theatre was launched in 1939 with the aim of developing a repertoire of the best ballets from the past and to encourage the creation of new works by gifted young choreographers. Lucia Chase and Oliver Smith directed the company from 1940 to 1980, and, in 1980, Mikhail Baryshnikov began his decade-long tenure as artistic director. In 1990, Jane Hermann and Oliver Smith succeeded Baryshnikov, and in October 1992, former American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Kevin McKenzie was appointed artistic director.
A very special highlight of The Center's 2004-2005 Dance Series will be the Southern California premiere of Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! (December 7-12, 2004). Tony and Olivier Award-winning choreographer and director Matthew Bourne has achieved worldwide artistic and popular success with his new and imaginative versions of classical ballets such as Swan Lake and Cinderella. Nutcracker!, a family-friendly, festive treat, is filled with Bourne's trademark wit, pathos and theatrical magic, but puts a new spin on the traditional telling of this holiday tale. Nutcracker! follows Clara's journey from a bleak Christmas Eve at Dross' orphanage to a shimmering ice skating wonderland and onto Sweetieland and its spectacular citizens. Nutcracker! took London by storm and broke box office records in two sold-out runs at Sadler's Wells Theater. It's sure to be a holiday favorite in Southern California.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (February 1-6, 2005) returns to The Center on the heels of the company's highly successful debut in 2003. The company, known for the charisma and dynamic energy of its dancers, is one of America's most important cultural treasures. Legendary dancer and choreographer Alvin Ailey made an indelible impact on the way people view dance, and his dream of uniting all people through dance is personified today in the artistry, spirit, and grace of the company he founded. The company's performances will feature a program of Ailey classics as well as new works - all performed impeccably and irresistibly by its ensemble of electrifying dancers.
The Ailey grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Young Men's Hebrew Association in New York. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey has gone on to perform for an estimated 19 million people in 48 states and in 68 countries on six continents, including two historic residencies in South Africa and in ceremonies for the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia and Salt Lake City, Utah. The company has earned a reputation as one of the most acclaimed international ambassadors of American culture, promoting the uniqueness of African-American black cultural expression and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage.
Currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Judith Jamison and Associate Artistic Director Masazumi Chaya, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perpetuates its legacy - dance as a medium for honoring the past, celebrating the present and fearlessly reaching into the future.
The Dance Series concludes with the return of the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg (May 31-June 5, 2005) dancing two full-length ballets not seen at The Center during the company's previous engagements here: Don Juan and Moliere (May 31, June 1 & 2) and Red Giselle (June 3, 4 & 5).
Founded by Boris Eifman in 1977 as the St. Petersburg Ballet Theater, Eifman Ballet has revolutionized the concept of classical dance in Russia by taking the art of ballet to an astonishing level of expressiveness. Eifman created a new type of dance artist - dancer/actors - who use the solid foundation of impeccable classical ballet training as a launching pad for innovative, modern choreography. The company's unique style fuses avant-garde dance with the methods of the 20th century dramatic theater and film, using all aspects of theatrical production to create rich and multi-dimensional theater experiences.
Eifman began his choreographic career by enrolling in the choreography department at the Leningrad Conservatory in 1966. He commanded the attention of local critics as early as 1970 when he premiered his widely acclaimed ballet, Icarus. That same year, he became the resident choreographer of the Vaganova Academy, the school of the Kirov Ballet. While there, Eifman had the opportunity to choreograph for numerous television programs and ice shows. In 1972, he choreographed Gayaneh for the Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre. It was such an overwhelming success that a film version was released in 1979. In 1975, he choreographed The Firebird for the Kirov Ballet. In 1977, Boris Eifman achieved his dream by forming his own company and touring Russia, performing to sold-out houses. Despite pressure from the Soviet government to leave the country for not making "Soviet art," he stayed in St. Petersburg and continued to create his ballets to enormous popular acclaim. The Eifman Ballet drew international attention after its first performance at the Champs Elysées Theatre in Paris. The phenomenal success of that performance led to tours throughout Western and Eastern Europe, Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Israel, the United States and Latin America.
The Eifman Ballet made a triumphant American debut in 1998 at New York's City Center. The company was made a resident company there, the first non-American company to be so honored.
Boris Eifman is deeply concerned with the subject matter of his ballets, exploring the depths of emotional and philosophical issues through insight and theatricality, fusing the expressiveness of modern dance with the language of classical ballet.
Season ticket prices for the Dance Series range from $80 to $281.
Hairspray - Oliver! - Disney's The Lion King
Movin' Out - Little Shop of Horrors
Special bonus productions: RENT and Side by Side by Sondheim
As recently announced, one of this year's most exciting developments for Broadway fans is the extension of the ever-popular Bank of America Broadway Series to two weeks of subscriber performances. The 2004-2005 Broadway Series opens with the 2003 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Hairspray (October 12-24, 2004). Some of Charles Dickens' greatest characters, including Oliver, Fagin and Artful Dodger, spring to life in the charming and celebrated musical, Oliver! (December 21, 2004-January 2, 2005) The breathtaking spectacle and creativity of the international phenomenon Disney's The Lion King (March 11-April 24, 2005/subscription performances are March 15-27) leaps on to The Center stage in its eagerly-awaited Orange County premiere. Twyla Tharp and Billy Joel's innovative Movin' Out(June 28-July 10, 2005) features 24 classic songs by Billy Joel in a show hailed by Time magazine as "The #1 show of the year!" Little Shop of Horrors (August 16-28, 2005) is everyone's favorite boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world musical sensation. Final negotiations are underway to bring a sixth show to The Center that will complete the blockbuster season. Of the five shows announced in the six-show subscription season, all will be new to The Center. Season ticket prices for the Broadway Series range from $99 to $472.
Subscribers to any one of The Center's series also have the option to add any of the following performances to their series as well. RENT (Segerstrom Hall/September 14-19, 2004), has collected the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk Award, The Obie Award, the Tony Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. It was on the cover of Newsweek. Time called it a "breakthrough," The New York Times "an exhilarating landmark." Inspired by Giacomo Puccini's La Boh'me, RENT is a joyous, breathtaking and often bittersweet musical that celebrates a community of artists as they struggle with the soaring hopes and tough realities of today's world. Considered by many the most exuberant and original American musical to come along in decades, RENT almost single-handedly reinvigorated Broadway. The story captures the heart and spirit of a generation. Tickets for RENT range from $22 - $55.
Side by Side by Sondheim, (Founders Hall/September 7-19, 2004) is an extensive and entertaining revue as well as a loving tribute to the legendary Broadway composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim. It's a treasure of songs from such hit musicals as Company, Follies, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, West Side Story, Anyone Can Whistle and other shows that testify to the genius of Sondheim. Tickets are $46.
Barbara Cook & Brian Stokes Mitchell - Bebe Neuwirth
Tommy Tune and The Manhattan Rhythm Kings
The popular Spotlight Series focuses on Broadway this year with concerts by Tony-winning entertainers whose phenomenal talents have secured them places in American musical theatre history as well as enthusiastic followings in New York and beyond. The combined star power of Barbara Cook and Brian Stokes Mitchell (January 28, 2005 at 8 p.m.) gives the Spotlight Series a spectacular start. Cook has starred on Broadway in such hit musicals as Oklahoma!, Carousel, Plain and Fancy, The Music Man (winner of the Tony Award for her performance as Marian, the librarian), She Loves Me, The Gay Life, Any Wednesday and The Grass Harp. Classically trained, she created the vocally demanding role of Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide. She has also headlined in the New York City Center revivals of The King & I, Carousel and Show Boat. Brian Stokes Mitchell is one of today's most sought after leading men in the musical theatre. He most recently starred on Broadway in Man of La Mancha. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in Ragtime and won the award for his work in the acclaimed revival of Kiss Me, Kate. He sang the title role in Sweeney Todd at the Kennedy Center and starred in Do Re Mi and Carnival at City Center's Encores! Stokes Mitchell has performed at Carnegie Hall and opening celebrations at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and has been featured on such hit television shows as Trapper John M.D. and Frasier.
Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth (April 29, 2005 at 8 p.m.) is perhaps best known to millions as Frasier Crane's prim ex-wife Lilith in the television series Cheers and Frasier. But Neuwirth is also a true Broadway veteran and star, winning the Tony Award twice - for Chicago and Sweet Charity. She starred on Broadway in Fosse, Damn Yankees, A Chorus Line, Little Me and Dancin'. In London's West End, she performed the title role in Kiss of the Spiderwoman. Neuwirth's Center debut salutes the music of Kurt Weill, the composer of Three Penny Opera, One Touch of Venus and Lady in the Dark.
If anyone can sweep an audience off its feet, it's Tommy Tune joined by The Manhattan Rhythm Kings (June 11, 2005 at 8 p.m.). Whether singing, dancing, directing, choreographing, or simply standing on a bare stage, in so many ways, Tommy Tune towers over other performers. He has won an astounding nine Tony Awards as a performer, choreographer and director. A visionary force behind such beloved musicals as Nine, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, My One and Only, The Will Rogers Follies, Grand Hotel and many others, Tune has been deservedly inducted into Broadway's Theatre Hall of Fame. His fame extends West as well, with a coveted star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
Season ticket prices for the Spotlight Series range from $96-$195.
VOICES IN SONG
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa - Anne Sofie von Otter
Two of today's most admired and celebrated female opera stars, soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (September 26, 2004) and mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter (December 14, 2004 - Center debut) bring their brilliant artistry to The Center for the Voices in Song Series.
Kiri Te Kanawa is one of the opera world's most respected artists, and has appeared in the leading opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Covent Garden, Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Sydney Opera House, Munich Opera and Cologne Opera. Her repertoire encompasses many of opera's greatest heroines, including Mozart's Countess, Donna Elvira, Pamina and Fiordiligi; Richard Strauss' Marschallin and Arabella; Puccini's Mimi and Tosca; Verdi's Violetta, Elisbetta in Verdi's Don Carlos; Gounod's Marguerite and Bizet's Mica"la. She performs opera, pop, Broadway tunes, Maori folk and classical art songs with equal finesse. Te Kanawa has sung with the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony and the Boston Symphony under the baton of such noted conductors as Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa and Sir Georg Solti. On the opera stage, in concert halls or in recordings, her natural serenity, presence and lush vocal beauty bring a highly individual beauty and artistry.
One of today's most innovative, versatile and sought-after opera singers, Swedish mezzo soprano and Grammy Award winner Anne Sofie von Otter will perform a wonderful holiday program for her Center recital debut. She made her operatic debut as Alcina in Haydn's Orlando Paladino. Since then, she has received the highest critical acclaim for her portrayals of Mozart's Cherubino and Dorabella, Hänsel, Gluck's Orpheus, Handel's Ariodante, Tancredi, Sesto and Ismene in Alceste, Richard Strauss's Octavian and Composer, Rossini's Cenerentola, Bizet's Carmen and Massenet's Charlotte. She sang Rossini's Ramiro in La Finta Giardiniera at Aix-en-Provence in 1984 and Cherubino for her Covent Garden début 1985 and at the Metropolitan Opera in 1988. She has sung at La Scala, Rome Opera, Vienna State Opera, Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Munich Opera and the Salzburg Festival. Von Otter has made many recordings that document her expansive repertoire - from Baroque to contemporary 20th-century songs and lieder. In 1990, she received the International Record Critics Award as Recording Artist of the Year. Her Segerstrom Hall performance will be Anne Sofie von Otter, Home for Christmas and feature selections in English, German, French and Swedish, all from her critically acclaimed recording of the same name.
Season ticket prices for the Voices in Song Series range from $40 to $72.
JAZZ CLUB SERIES
Tierney Sutton -Paquito D'Rivera with the New York Voices - Al Jarreau
An Evening with Jack Sheldon - A Tribute to Cannonball and Coltrane
Bobby Rodriquez - Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner
Michel Camilo - Dianne Reeves and Terence Blanchard
Once again, jazz lovers will need to look no further than the Scott's Seafood Jazz Club Series in Founders Hall for Southern California's greatest line up of jazz performers. Tierney Sutton (October 15 & 16, 2004 - Center debut) opens the series. Only five years after her first professional performance, Boston newspapers were complimenting the young vocalist with positive references to the great Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. For most, such comparisons would simply be exaggerations, but for this Wisconsin-born singer with superb intonation, rhythmic skills and improvisational ability, the comparisons are well deserved. Whether she's headlining at the Algonquin in New York, Spoleto Jazz Festival in Charleston, the Sedona Jazz Festival or the Estoril Jazz Festival in Portugal, Tierney's beauty, wit and technically superior voice have delighted crowds and impressed even the most critical musicians. A versatile studio artist, her unique voice has been featured on a variety of movie and television soundtracks as well as commercials.
An Evening with Jack Sheldon (November 12 & 13, 2004 - Center debut) features one of the most original and identifiable players in jazz. He'll be joined by four other A-Team musicians: pianist Tom Ranier, bassist Chuck Berghoffer, drummer Ray Brinker and sax player Peter Christlieb. Sheldon has made an indelible mark on the world of entertainment with hundreds of instrumental and vocal recordings. He has collaborated with such luminaries as Chet Baker, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra and Merv Griffin. His résumé also gives evidence of his whimsical side with such credits as the Schoolhouse Rock classics "Conjunction Junction" and "I'm Just a Bill" and a guest appearance on the hit television series The Simpsons. His haunting trumpet solo immortalized Johnny Mandel's "The Shadow of Your Smile" on the soundtrack for The Sandpipers and garnered Mandel the 1965 Grammy for Song of the Year and an Oscar for Best Musical Score. He has most recently been seen as the featured artist in Cy Coleman's Like Jazz at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Grammy Award winner Paquito D'Rivera (December 17 & 18, 2004) will be joined by the New York Voices, who collaborated with him on the acclaimed live recording Brazilian Dreams. Born in Havana, D'Rivera was a child prodigy, playing the clarinet and the saxophone and performing with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra at a very early age. He founded the Orquesta Cuban de Musica Moderna and music group Irakere, which featured an explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music never heard before. In 1991, D'Rivera received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Latin music. In 1997, he earned his second Grammy for his record, the highly acclaimed Portraits of Cuba. Paquito D'Rivera's love for vocal quartet music began in the 1960s in Havana while listening to radio programs on Miami's WQAM that featured wonderful vocal quartet harmony for commercials and station IDs. It was also at this time that he became infatuated with Brazilian music, coinciding with the Bossa Nova movement and emergence of Antonio Carlos Jobim as the Duke Ellington of Brazil. Paquito had dreamed of incorporating his love of American vocal quartet music with the melodies and harmonies of his favorite Brazilian composers. His work with New York Voices, as captured in the live recording of Brazilian Dreams, captures the fire and soulfulness of this unique combination of two of D'Rivera's passions.
The 2005 New Year gets off to a rousing start with A Tribute to Cannonball and Coltrane (January 7 & 8, 2005). Performers including the acclaimed Luther Hughes (bass), Jeff Clayton (alto saxophone), Glenn Cashman (tenor saxophone), Paul Kreibich (drums), and Tom Rainer (piano) offer an exhilarating jam session celebrating the genius of Julian "Cannonball" Adderley and John Coltrane and their famous recording Quintet in Chicago. Luther Hughes has played bass with some of the biggest names in jazz in a career that spans more than 30 years. He has recorded and/or performed with Gene Harris, Quincy Jones, Carmen MacRae, Lionel Hampton and David Benoit to name just a few. A mainstay on the international jazz scene for many years, melodic drummer Paul Kreibich performed for five years with pianist Gene Harris. Admired for his artful brushwork and impeccable timing, Paul has recorded more than 50 albums and played drums with Ray Charles, Carmen MacRae, Anita O'Day, Red Rodney, and Mose Allison. Glenn Cashman has established himself as a topnotch performer and educator in the Southern California community. He has worked with such jazz luminaries as Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, Ben Riley and Gene Harris. Tom Ranier has extensive performing, composing and arranging experience. In addition to his own solo releases, Ranier, Night Music and In the Still of the Night, Ranier has also recorded with a wide array of artists including Milt Jackson, Ray Brown, Bob Brookmeyer, John Heard, Terry Gibbs, Carmen McRae, Natalie Cole, Dexter Gordon, Harold Land, Bud Shank, David Benoit, and Manhattan Transfer. He has done extensive studio work with artists such as Quincy Jones, Natalie Cole, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Bill Conti, Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder and many others.
Grammy nominee Bobby Rodriguez Latin Jazz Legends (February 11 & 12, 2005) is a world-class trumpeter, dynamic bandleader, charismatic entertainer and gifted composer and arranger. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Rodriguez has performed and recorded with an illustrious array of musicians, notably Quincy Jones, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lalo Schifrin, Ray Brown, Kenny Burrell, Poncho Sanchez, The Brothers Johnson, and Willie Bobo, to name a few. His discography includes his latest recording, Trumpet Talk, and his Grammy-nominated Latin Jazz Explosion (2000). Other Rodriguez recordings are Bobby Rodriguez Plays Duke Ellington, Latin Jazz Romance, Tell an Amigo, California Salsa I, California Salsa II and A Latin Jazz Christmas. In addition to teaching at UCLA, Rodriguez has taught at the University of Southern California, Pasadena City College, and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Currently, Rodriguez is president of the Hispanic Musicians Association (HMA), and a member of the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). He also performs hundreds of education concerts each year around the country and is a very active motivational speaker.
The name Al Jarreau (February 25-27, 2005) is synonymous with great vocal acrobatics and velvety smooth tone that makes people of all listening experiences enjoy his music. Jarreau's international career has earned for him countless international music awards and respect and praise worldwide. His Grammy Award triumphs include not only five awards, but he is also the only performer in history to win the Grammy in three different categories: jazz, pop and R&B. From his debut album We Got By in 1975 through his compilation album Best of Al Jarreau 20 years later, he has consistently dominated jazz singing charts and solidified his place in history as an international jazz superstar.
Jazz aficionados are in for a real treat when Toots Thielemans and Kenny Werner with Special Guests Oscar Castro-Neves and Airto Moreira (April 15 & 16, 2005 - Center debut) come to Founders Hall. The Belgium-born Thielemans has been a force in jazz dating back to 1950 when he toured with Benny Goodman. Since then, his collaborators have included such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, George Shearing, Bill Evans and Quincy Jones. A frequent partner of late has been piano great Kenny Werner. IN addition to Thielemans, he has played with Bob Brookmeyer, Ron Carter, Joe Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden and Joe Lovano. His several recordings include Form & Fantasy, Beauty Secrets and Beat Degeneration. For these very special Founders Hall performances, the artists are joined by Brazilian musicians, Airto Moreira (percussion) and Oscar Castro-Neves (guitar).
Dianne Reeves and Terence Blanchard (May 6 & 7, 2005) collaborated on the album Let's Get Lost, and the superstar duo, both of whom are Jazz Club veterans, join together again for a not-to-be-missed engagement in Founders Hall. A Blue Note/EMI recording artist since 1987, Reeves has earned five Grammy nominations. She won consecutive Best Jazz Vocalist Grammys in 2000 and 2001 for her albums In the Moment and The Calling. As a child, Reeves studied piano, the source of her rich harmonic awareness. Trumpeter Clark Terry was the first in a long line of her illustrious mentors, and had her sing with many of his all-star groups. Reeves was featured recently with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra for several Duke Ellington projects in celebration of Ellington's Centennial. In 2002, she performed at the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Her newest album, A Little Moonlight, was released in August 2003. In a career that spans more than 20 years, Terence Blanchard has established himself as one of the most influential musicians and composers working in jazz today. Further attesting to his remarkable musicianship and contribution to the jazz world, Blanchard received the Grand Prix du Disque for his album New York Second, Grammy nominations for his contribution to the Mo' Better Blues soundtrack, Best Latin Jazz Performance for his album The Heart Speaks and an Emmy nomination for Best Original Score for a Documentary for The Promised Land. Blanchard has played a major role in successfully launching a rebirth of jazz's existence within the orchestral world. He was included in Sony Classical's Jazz in Film, an exploration of the influence of jazz in classic movie scores. Seven motion pictures bear his soundtrack work, including Jungle Fever, All That Glitters, Original Sin, Malcolm X, Summer of Sam, the Academy Award-nominated 1997 documentary Four Little Girls and the recently-released 25th Hour.
Hailed by jazz and classical connoisseurs alike, piano virtuoso Michel Camilo (May 20 & 21, 2005 - Center debut) is also one of the most prominent figures in Latin Jazz. Camilo, a native of the Dominican Republic, studied for 13 years at the National Conservatory and, at the age of 16, became a member of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic. He moved to New York in 1979, where he studied at Mannes College and The Juilliard School. More than a pianist with a brilliant technique, Camilo is a successful composer who flavors his tunes with Caribbean rhythms and jazz harmonies. He has performed at such varied venues as the Royal Albert Hall in London to New York's Blue Note and Radio City Music Hall. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1985 with his trio and toured Europe that same year. Camilo performed at the White House in an all-star program celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, broadcast nationwide by PBS. He is featured among the artists in Calle 54, a film about Latin jazz by Academy Award-winning director Fernando Trueba.
Season ticket prices for the Scott's Seafood Jazz Club Series are $449 or $420.
Lorna Luft: Songs My Mother Taught Me - Lucie Arnaz
Liz Callaway with Ann Hampton Callaway: Sibling Revelry - Salute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. - Melissa Errico
The Center's Cabaret Series is known for presenting an array of today's greatest interpreters of popular song, and the 2004-2005 series will continue that tradition and also showcase a number of Founders Hall debuts at the same time.
Lucie Arnaz (October 5-9, 2004) was born in the spotlight, and, as the daughter of show business icons Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, she knows a thing or two about entertaining. From Hollywood to Broadway to London's West End, Arnaz has scored many triumphs. Whether in film, television, stage or recordings, her natural gifts for delighting audiences always shine brightly, and this Founders Hall debut will be a winner. Another show business progeny follows as Lorna Luft, daughter of Judy Garland and Sid Luft, performs her popular one-woman show Songs My Mother Taught Me (November 16-20, 2004). A vibrant, charismatic entertainer whose career traverses several media, Luft's most recent production is a heartfelt tribute to the fabulous music and timeless orchestrations of Garland's phenomenal concert repertoire. The sister act of Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway in Sibling Revelry (January 18-22, 2005) is the award-winning show that has brought audiences to their feet from New York to Los Angeles to London. It features the spectacularly talented Callaway sisters in an exuberant musical extravaganza of good-spirited rivalry and revelry. Ann C. is a top recording artist, songwriter and jazz singer; Liz C. is a Broadway showstopper. Together, the two Tony nominees duel and dazzle through duets and solos ranging from musical theater to jazz to pop. Sisterhood never sounded so good! Broadway and recording artists John Boswell, Brian Lane Green and Lee Lessack combine forces in A Salute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. (February 15-19, 2005). The trio, which calls itself Three Men and a Baby Grand!, brings the music, songs and styles made famous by three entertainment legends, the versatile trio creates an evening filled with great music, irresistible harmonies and individual star power that takes you on a joyful walk down memory lane. Tony nominee Melissa Errico (March 8-12, 2005) makes her Center debut in this popular series. She has starred on Broadway in My Fair Lady (opposite the Henry Higgins of Richard Chamberlain), High Society, Anna Karenina and Amour. Errico appeared in Call Me Madam and One Touch of Venus as part of New York's acclaimed City Center Encores! Series and portrayed Dot in Sunday in the Park with George at Kennedy Center's recent Sondheim festival.
Season tickets for the Elvin and Marjorie Shane Klein Cabaret Series are $245.
Lucerne Festival Strings - Kremerata Baltica with Gidon Kremer
Andrew Manze and The English Concert - Emerson String Quartet
Paris Piano Trio & Ysaÿe Quartet - Florestan Trio - Zehetmair Quartet
The Center's Concert Series plays host to some of the biggest and most prestigious names on the classical music scene. The 2004-2005 Concert Series features several important debuts by distinguished ensembles from around the world. Leading off is the debut of one of the greatest chamber orchestras in the world, the Lucerne Festival Strings (Monday, October 4, 2004-Center debut). The chamber orchestra was established in 1956 by Wolfgang Schneiderhan and Rudolf Baumgartner and directed by the latter for more than 40 years. In 1998 Achim Fiedler became artistic director. Besides performing annually at the Lucerne Festival, the ensemble is the guest of important festivals in the major music centers of Europe, including those in Prague, Ludwigsburg and Rheingau. Their performances are greeted with critical success in concert venues throughout the world during their extended tours. In 2003 the orchestra visited Turkey and scored an overwhelming triumph at each of 10 concerts here in the United States. This year, the group travels to South America and the U.S. West Coast, including this debut engagement in Founders Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Kremerata Baltica (Friday, November 5, 2004-Center debut) was launched in 1997 by world-renowned violinist Gidon Kremer and has quickly become one of today's most prominent international European ensembles. Through his work with this chamber orchestra, Kremer strives to pass on his vast musical experience to young musicians from the Baltic nations and to show an innovative, intense musical presence in that region. Away from home, the group has performed at the annual festivals in Prague, Salzburg, Dresden, Baden-Baden, Schleswig-Holstein, Montpellier and Verbier and in London's BBC Proms. The orchestra has performed in Japan and North and South America. Millions of people have been thrilled by the incomparable artistry of Andrew Manze and The English Concert (Tuesday, November 9, 2004). The English Concert, one of Britain's leading period instrument ensembles, was founded by Trevor Pinnock in 1973, and enjoys a worldwide reputation for the expressive vitality and technical quality of their music-making. In the summer of 2003, Andrew Manze was appointed music director. Prior to that, Manze was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and associate director of The Academy of Ancient Music. As a chamber musician, he was a member of the celebrated trio Romanesca, and since 1984, has collaborated with the harpsichordist Richard Egarr. As a solo artist Manze has performed throughout Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Far East. Manze records exclusively with Harmonia Mundi with a repertoire that includes, among others, works by Bach, Biber, Schmelzer, Vivaldi, and Handel. His recordings have been honoured with Gramophone, Edison, and Cannes Classical Awards, as well as with the Premio Internazionale del Disco Vivaldi Antica Italiana, the Diapason d'Or, and the Preis der Deutschen Shallplattenkritik. Acclaimed for its insightful performances, brilliant artistry and technical mastery, the Emerson String Quartet (Sunday, January 16, 2005) is one of the world's foremost chamber ensembles, and has earned a special place in the hearts of Center audiences with its annual concerts in Founders Hall. As one of the world's most respected chamber ensembles, the Emerson has amassed an impressive list of achievements: a brilliant series of recordings exclusively documented by Universal Classics/Deutsche Grammophon since 1987; six Grammy awards including two unprecedented honors for Best Classical Album; and performances of the complete string quartet cycles of the Bartók, Beethoven and Shostakovich in the major concert halls of the world. Today, the ensemble is lauded globally as a string quartet that approaches both classical and contemporary repertoire with equal mastery and enthusiasm. The Emerson has a busy touring schedule that has it taken across North America and Canada. In Europe, the group performs in such major cities as Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Seville and London. In its 24th consecutive season, the Emerson has performed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and festivals in Tanglewood, Ravinia, Aspen and Caramoor. Two esteemed musical groups from France join artistic forces for an unforgettable experience: Paris Piano Trio and the Ysaÿe Quartet (Thursday, February 10, 2005 - Center debut). The three great French soloists of the Paris Piano Trio have been connected by their love of chamber music since they were students together at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris. Each graduated with top honors from the Conservatory where all are now professors. Though each rapidly established major solo careers, they have consistently made time to tour together. Formed in l984, the Ysaÿe Quartet is named after violinist and composer Eugene Ysaÿe (1858-1931), who was a powerful influence on the music world of his day. The Ysaÿe captured international attention when it became the first French quartet ever to win the Grand Prize at the Evian (now Bordeaux) International String Quartet Competition in 1988. An extraordinary 1989 debut at the Salzburg Festival resulted in immediate re-engagement for the following summer, and, in January l992, the ensemble established itself as one of Europe's pre-eminent ensembles with highly acclaimed cycles of the six Mozart quartets dedicated to Haydn in both Salzburg and Vienna. Since then, the Quartet has been invited to perform throughout the world. It has appeared in Tokyo's Suntory Hall, the United States (including Carnegie Hall), Hong Kong, China, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Central and South America, Israel and throughout Europe, including the Théatre de la Ville and Théatre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at the Salzburg, Korsholm, Stresa, Cheltenham, Luberon and Lockenhaus festivals and the Folles Journées in St. Petersburg. The Trio's first major tour of the United States, in January 1998, won superlatives from critics and presenters across the country, and it has since been reengaged in major cities from coast to coast. Their recordings include Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich on the Lyrinx label as well as the trios of Schubert and Brahms and chamber music of Chausson on the Harmonia Mundi label, all released under the name "Les Musiciens," as the ensemble is known in Europe. Such high and consistent praise for their performances and recordings has greeted the Florestan Trio (Sunday, March 6, 2005 - Center debut), that great anticipation greets every performance by this acclaimed piano trio. One of the world's leading piano trios, the Florestan was honored with Britain's 2000 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for chamber music - the first time this has been given to a piano trio. The Florestan's records on the Hyperion label have received outstanding reviews and all have been nominated for Gramophone awards. Their disc of the first two trios by Schumann won the 1999 Gramophone award for chamber music and a host of other accolades. At the invitation of Hyperion Records they are currently recording all Beethoven's piano trios. The Florestan is a regular guest at all of the major festivals throughout the United Kingdom and performs frequently in London's principal concert halls. Recent tours have taken them to South America, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and they regularly visit other European nations. The Trio made its U.S. debut in 2002 with a tour that focused on two Beethoven Triple Concertos and are now embarking on what promises to be a triumphant encore tour which includes The Center's Concert Series.
Celebrated Austrian violinist Thomas Zehetmair founded the Zehetmair Quartet (Wednesday, March 23, 2005 - Center debut) in 1997 with three of his longstanding chamber music partners, and together they have already established themselves as one of the leading string quartets in the world. An immediate sensation in Europe, the highly engaging ensemble earned countless new fans during its acclaimed U.S. debut in 2001. Playing almost exclusively from memory, thus intensifying the communication and unanimity among the players, the Quartet's repertoire encompasses masterworks from the classical period to the present - from Bach to John Cage. The group was awarded Gramophone magazine's prestigious Record of the Year honors for 2003 for its recording of Schumann String Quartets.
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