Enjoy a rare experience. An hour with Garrison Keillor, America’s favorite story teller. For nearly thirty years, Keillor has transported millions of devoted fans to his mythical hometown, Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, through his uniquely popular weekly radio program A Prairie Home Companion and his best-selling books. You’ll enjoy the latest news from that special place, where the women are strong, the men are good looking, and all the children are above average. Round out the fun with the music of one of the most indefinable icons of pop music. Recognized for interpretations of popular songs from the 20’s and 30’s, Leon Redbone has also ventured into other styles ranging from delicate blues to tormented tangos. he became known as one of the most unique troubadours of our time through his numerous appearances on Saturday night Live and with Johnny Carson. He’s acclaimed as “everyman’s performer,” but you’ll simply call him “great.”
Performance Date: February 21, 2006
From the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, the Georgian State Dance Company has performed to over 50 million people in 87 countries. In 1990 the performances of the Georgian State Dance Company was announced as the “Best show of the Year on Broadway”.
Performance Date: October 7, 2002; March 2, 1998
This incendiary group gains standing ovations with their unique act that speaks the language of tap dancing, drumming, and the street within the totally embracing context of Geri Allen’s deep in-the-pocket, groove-oriented jazz. Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine, Allen is “the finest pianist of her generation, a gripping stylist whose mastery can no longer be denied.” “Earthy and muscular” (Washington Post), pianist, composer and educator Geri Allen is a musician of extraordinary breadth and exceptional sensitivity. She has performed with such legends as Ravi Coltrane, Dianne Reeves, Bill Cosby, Sir Simon Rattle, Betty Carter, Charlie Haden and Dr. Billy Taylor. Maurice Chestnut is one of tap’s brightest young stars. His extensive list of credits include performances at Carnegie Hall and throughout Europe with Geri Allen & Timeline as a featured soloist; staged productions with Savion Glover such as Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk, Classical Savion, and Invitation to the Dancer; and appearances on Dancing With The Stars.
Performance Date: March 15, 2012
Verdi’s Requiem is a conductor’s dream come true. Few pieces in the repertoire offer the drama of opera and the thrill of wonderful symphonic writing combined with stellar, virtuosic solo moments. But Verdi’s Requiem does all that and more.
Performance Date: May 9, 1993
Under the direction of Larry O’Brien since 1988, critics and audiences alike say that the Glenn Miller Orchestra never sounded better. So, put on your dancing shoes and take a trip down memory lane with the greatest swing music ever. “Moonlight Serenade,” “Kalamazoo,” “In the Mood,” “Little Brown Jug,” “Sunrise Serenade,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “A String of Pearls,” “American Patrol,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” ” Tuxedo Junction.” There’s not an evening of music all year long that you’re going to enjoy more than this.
Performance Date: January 30, 2010
A modern-day version of the gospels, opening with John the Baptist calling a disparate group of young New Yorkers from their workaday lives to follow and learn from Jesus. They form a roving acting troupe that enacts the parables through song and dance, comedy, and mime. Jesus’ ministry ends with a last supper, his Crucifixion in a junkyard, and, the following morning, his body being carried aloft by his apostles back into the world of the living on the streets of New York.
Performance Date: May 1, 2001
Don Giovanni is an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that premiered at the original National Theatre in Prague on October 29, 1787. The opera’s subject is Don Juan, the notorious libertine of fiction, and his eventual descent into hell. For Mozart, it was an unusually intense work, and it was not entirely understood in his own time. Within a generation, however, it was recognized as one of the greatest of all operas.
Performance Date: October 21, 1981
It is 1928. The world is between wars, the stock market is booming, Berlin is the center of high life, and optimism rules the day. However, underneath it all much is happening at the Grand Hotel’s illustrious clients. Inspired by Vicki Baum’s period novel, issues of life and death, financial ruin, love and murder converge as people and come and go through the lobby of the Grand Hotel.
Performance Date: February 4, 1993
What do Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Phineas Blye and Rev. Spikes have in common? In this hilarious send-up of small town morals and mores, they are all among the upstanding citizens of Tuna, Texas’ third smallest town.
Performance Date: October 7, 1995
Gregg Allman is one of rock’s most acclaimed and beloved stars, possessing a distinctively soulful voice and singular songwriting ability that resonates through a musical career that spans nearly half a century. Gregg Allman, and the Allman Brothers Band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 1995. At the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in 2012, the group was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. That same year, Allman’s critically acclaimed tell-all memoir, My Cross to Bear, spent weeks as a New York Times Bestseller.
His music captures a multi-generational assortment of fans from the worlds of rock, blues, and country with hits like “Midnight Rider,” “Sweet Melissa,” “Can’t Keep Running,” “Slip Away,” and “I’m No Angel.”
Performance Date: January 8, 2016
Neither blues nor R&B, Grégoire Maret’s harmonica style is lyrical and progressive. After a childhood filled with a diverse array of musical influences – from his Harlem born, African-American mother and his Swiss father, a local jazz musician – Maret is now considered a “harmonica virtuoso” (The New York Times), and has developed his own unique sound with a versatile style that enables him to play effortlessly across different musical genres. Maret is often compared to the legendary Stevie Wonder and Toots Thielemans and has worked with an incredible list of musicians including Pat Metheny, Youssn’Dour, Me’ Shell Ndegeocello, David Sanborn, George Benson, Herbie Hancock and Sting. His first solo and self-titled album was released in March 2012 and features collaborations with Cassandra Wilson, Marcus Miller, and Toots Thielemans.
Performance Date: March 14, 2013
The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets. Each of the show’s 15 cats and 10 dogs were once strays, rescued from animal shelters. Now, they love to show off onstage – by performing a variety of stunts and skits! Audiences will be delighted to see this extravaganza of European-style clowns, amazing juggling and balancing acts, and of course, very talented performing pets. It’s a show that both adults and kids of all ages enjoy!
Performance Date: February 19, 2002
The Canadian-based Gryphon Trio has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. Pushing the boundaries of chamber music, the Trio has commissioned and premiered over seventy-five new works from established and emerging composers around the globe. Their fifteen celebrated recordings are an encyclopedia of works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Shostakovich and Piazzolla. Their most recent recording was acknowledged with a Juno Award from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the category Best Classical Album: Solo and Chamber Music.
Performance Date: March 11, 2016
The renowned Guarneri String Quartet “is among the most revered and enduring ensembles of its kind in the world” (National Public Radio) and has circled the globe countless times since it was formed in 1964, playing in the most prestigious halls in North and South America, Mexico, Europe, Asia and Australia. Their 40th Anniversary was celebrated during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons, in which they continued touring extensively throughout the United States, Europe and in May 2005 to South America.
Performance Dates: February 27, 1995; October 9, 1988
Three decades after its formation, the ensemble is still on an upward path in terms of popularity, thoroughness and critical acclaim. The overall impression the orchestra seems to imprint on critics is of the prolific collaboration of talented musicians, as opposed to conformity to a leader’s view and directions. The ensemble has been described as working in harmony and cohesion and the same time, each player manifesting their individuality and originality. In addition to this, live performances have been described as energetic and colourful on a visual level, which contrasts with the stereotype of visual stiffness orchestras are typically branded with.
Performance Date: February 7, 1996
A classic musical based on “The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown” and “Blood Pressure” by Damon Runyon; one of the most performed musicals in the United States. Nathan Detroit, the organizer of the oldest permanent floating crap game, bets Sky Masterson that he can’t make the next girl he sees fall in love with him- this is Miss Sarah Brown of the Save-a-Soul Mission. Meanwhile, Nathan’s cold wife and the main attraction at the Hot Box nightclub – Miss Adelaide, only wants to get married. In the end the gamblers and “spunky do-gooders”are thrown together.
Performance Date: March 14, 1995