Center Stage Series
THE TEN TENORS, December 21, 2016, 7:30pm
The TEN Tenors are undoubtedly one of Australia’s greatest entertainment success stories, with more than 90 million people worldwide witnessing their unmistakable charm, camaraderie and vocal power. Following 16 years of sell-out performances across the globe, including more than 2000 of their own headline concerts, The TEN Tenors have cemented their place as Australia’s premier classical-crossover group. Celebrated for their colorful repertoire, breathtaking arrangements and powerful live performances, The TEN Tenors respectfully tip their hats not only to the great classical composers, but to contemporary music’s most popular artists. From Buckley to Bocelli, an evening with The TEN Tenors is guaranteed to surprise and delight in equal measure.
A FINE & PLEASANT MISERY; THE HUMOR OF PATRICK MCMANUS
STARRING TIM BEHRENS, January 28, 2017, 7:30pm
Much as Hal Holbrook presents Mark Twain’s world, Tim Behrens brings to life more than 40 zany denizens of Blight, Idaho, the fictional home town of nationally renowned humor writer Patrick F. McManus. McManus, whose 24 books have sold more than 5 million copies, and Behrens, with more than 1600 performances in 20 years, have created a history of hilarity. A Seattle Times critic noted: “the audience, already moved to tears of laughter, were reduced to banging their heads on their knees in a rictus of paralyzed delight.”
KEN LAVIGNE, THE ROAD TO CARNEGIE HALL, February 7, 2017, 7:30pm
Singer Ken Lavigne has charmed his way into the hearts of concert goers across North America with his exciting blend of classical tenor sound and modern style. Joined by a two-piece ensemble, Lavigne takes his audience on a riveting and enchanting journey, retelling his personal campaign to sing at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops. Told with spectacular songs, entertaining and hilarious stories, Lavigne embodies the spirit of the underdog – audacity, tenacity and finally, triumph.
AN EVENING W TAYLOR HICKS, February 14, 2017, 7:30pm
Taylor Hicks is one of the most beloved and popular AMERICAN IDOL winners of all time. From the start, Hicks’ material on the mega-hit show set him apart, with a unique take on Southern soul, R & B, country and blues. Sixty-four million votes were cast and nearly 37 million American viewers and more than 200 million viewers worldwide tuned in to crown Hicks the Season 5 winner of AMERICAN IDOL, making it one of the most-watched TV events of the last decade.
ARTRAGEOUS, February 18, 2017, 7:30pm
How much excitement is there in watching portraits being painted? Plenty! – if it’s accompanied by high energy dancing, singing, and lots of audience involvement! Proof is in watching a performance of Artrageous and participating in elements of the performance. Artreageous is an interactive art and music extravaganza unlike anything you have ever experienced. Rarely do you get a chance to experience some of the best things in life, together in one place. Artrageous is one such place
CLASSICAL PIANIST ANDRE BOHREN, March 2, 2017, 7:30pm
Andre Bohren was born in New Orleans, but grew up traveling across the country with his family, following his father Spencer Bohren’s tour schedule. When Andre was twelve, the family finally settled in Wyoming, and it was there he discovered a love of classical music. Four years later, under the tutelage of Dr. Janet Ahlquist, he would perform Gershwin’s “Rhapsody In Blue” with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra.
After moving back to New Orleans, he studied for two years with Dr. John Murphy at Loyola University. It was there that he founded the rock/funk band Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes (JSDN) in 2001, manning the drum and percussion chair. This band has been Andre’s main focus for the past 13-plus years, as they have released six albums and toured across the country for over a decade, playing such renowned venues as Red Rocks Amphitheater, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and New York’s Knitting Factory.
In 2012 Andre began studying classical piano once more at the University of New Orleans with Dr. Robin Williams, and after taking a break from school for a decade, he has just put finishing touches on his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Studies. When not playing piano, Andre can be found working with many artists around New Orleans, including JSDN, Dave Jordan, Rory Danger & the Danger Dangers, The Write Brothers, and his father Spencer Bohren.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION WITH DANú, March 7, 2017, 7:30pm
Hailing from Counties Waterford, Cork, Dublin and Donegal in Ireland, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. The band formed in 1995 as part of Irelands delegation to Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival in Brittany, France (an annual event that is the biggest gathering of celtic nations in the world). The debut album simply entitled ‘Danú’ was released by the band in 1997 to huge critical acclaim and in 1999 Danú signed a multi-album record deal with the Record Label Shanachie Entertainment. For over 2 decades Danú’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English) have delighted audiences worldwide. Winners of numerous awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine, Danú has toured throughout Europe and North America with stops at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and Symphony Space in New York City. Danú takes its audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience.
JULIAN SANDS IN A CELEBRATION OF HAROLD PINTER DIRECTED BY JOHN MALKOVICH, March 31, 2017, 7:30pm
British actor Julian Sands is frequently seen world-wide in films, on stage, and on television. He trained in London at The Central School of Speech and Drama and has appeared in over 100 films including; The Killing Fields, A Room With A View, Impromptu, Leaving Las Vegas, Arachnophobia, Oceans 13, and The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo. On television, he is best known for his recent role on 24 but has also been seen on Smallville, Ghost Whisperer, Dexter and Banshee.
In 2005 Mr. Sands was approached by the Nobel Prize winning playwright and poet Harold Pinter to prepare a set of Pinter’s poems for a special presentation in London. Working closely with Pinter, he was granted a rare insight into his personality, life, and work. This extraordinary collaboration evolved into a wonderfully humorous and fascinating solo show directed by John Malkovich titled, A Celebration of Harold Pinter.
SIX APPEAL, April 27, 2017, 7:30pm
Six Appeal is a world class vocal ensemble infused with impeccable comedic timing, and the energy and vitality of a rock band. Swearing off instruments, the award winning vocal band Six Appeal takes you on a journey that spans decades of music – performing classic oldies, current chart toppers, and catchy original tunes – completely a cappella.
WYOAMERICANA CARAVAN TOUR, May 10-13, 2017, 7:30pm
Described as “a traveling concert circus of sorts” by The New York Times, the 4th Annual WYOmericana Caravan Tour is a rolling representation of Wyoming’s burgeoning songwriter scene. From acoustic to electric music representing Americana, funk, bluegrass, rock ’n’ roll, groove, soul, folk, country-blues and beyond, the tour features three engaging acts “caravanning” down the road together. Each act performs an individual set, often calling on musicians from other bands for exciting ad-libbed collaborations. A “Last Waltz” style encore with all members of the tour closes each show, adding a camaraderie element absent from most modern day traveling shows.