The Bolshoi Ballet is the leading ballet company of Russia (and the Soviet Union), famous for elaborately staged productions of the classics and children’s ballets that preserve the traditions of 19th-century classical dance.
Performance Date: October 23, 1991
Dubbed “The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums. Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless. She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats, from Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nat King Cole, to Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Benny Goodman. (Or rather, some might say all the jazz greats had the pleasure of working with Ella.) She performed at top venues all over the world, and packed them to the hilt. Her audiences were as diverse as her vocal range. They were rich and poor, made up of all races, all religions and all nationalities. In fact, many of them had just one binding factor in common – they all loved her.
Performance Date: October 2, 1981
Winner of four Tony Awards and a Grammy for the musical score by Elton John and Tim Rice, AIDA is the epic and classic tale of love, loyalty, betrayal, and courage that captured the imagination of Broadway in a run that lasted almost five years. AIDA tells the story of the love triangle involving Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country; Amneris, an Egyptian princess; and Radames, the soldier both women love.
Performance Date: October 16, 2006
Norton Center favorites, the Emerson String Quartet has earned an unmatched reputation as one of the greatest chamber music ensembles of our time. Winner of four Grammy Awards and regular performers on the world’s most prestigious series, the Emerson String Quartet is equally masterful in playing both classical and contemporary music.
Performance Dates: January 6, 2011; October 20, 2002; April 17, 1997
The Emerson Quartet has earned an unmatched reputation as one of the greatest chamber music ensembles of our time. Winner of four Grammy Awards and regular performers on the world’s most prestigious series, the Emerson String Quartet is equally masterful in playing both classical and contemporary music.
Performance Date: April 24, 2006
“The glorious musicianship of the Empire Brass is famous all over the world. Throughout North and South America, in Europe and Asia, the players have been lauded for their perfect intonation, clarity and agility, beauty of tone, individual and collective virtuosity, and – undoubtedly most of all – the sheer excitement of their spectactular sound. Empire Brass programs are a brilliant sonic celebration.” – Universal Music
Performance Dates: November 12, 1991; January 7, 1991
Founded in Lucerne in 1993 by the innovative American conductor Stephen Smith, the Ensemble Corund is one of Switzerland’s leading vocal ensembles. The Washington Post praised the group for its “lovely sound, striking polish and flexibility, and imaginative programming.” For its Norton Center debut, the twelve-member acapella ensemble will perform its new program Eros and Agape: Five Centuries of Sacred Music on the Theme of Love.
Performance Date: March 28, 2006
The ENSEMBLE WIEN-BERLIN was founded in 1983 as a wind quintet with many exceptional qualities. Five soloists from Vienna and Berlin, primarily principal players with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, decided to put their joint chamber music activities on a firm footing. The group quickly achieved a tonal and musical homogeneity resulting from the combination of five outstanding soloists, each contributing his own stimulus and musical ideas to the development of a rich and vital whole. Ensemble Wien-Berlin regularly performs with the pianist Maurizio Pollini at the most prestigious music centres all over the world including international festivals like Salzburg Festival.
Performance Date: February 20, 2003