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Pablo Ziegler Quartet and Stefon Harris in Tango Meets Jazz

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Website: http://www.pabloziegler.com/
Biography

With Tango Meets Jazz, Latin Grammy® award-winning pianist and composer Pablo Ziegler artfully blends classic tango with elements of jazz, adding a new voice to the rich tango lexicon. His tango-jazz quartet invite today’s most exciting jazz luminaries to tackle classic tango repertoire and original Ziegler compositions with bold, spontaneous jazz-tinged interpretations. After collaborating with tango grand-maestro Astor Piazzolla as the pianist in Piazzolla’s quintet for over a decade, Ziegler has led his own groups for over 20 years, refining and reimagining the bounds of the New Tango tradition. This season Ziegler will team with 36-year-old, three-time Grammy® nominee, acclaimed vibraphonist, and composer Stefon Harris. Harris’ passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him to the forefront of the current jazz scene. Widely recognized and lauded by his peers and jazz critics alike, his work explores the rich potential of jazz composition while blazing new trails on this often overlooked instrument.

 

Performance Date: March 15, 2014

Paragon Ragtime Orchestra

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Website: http://paragonragtime.com/
Biography

The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra is the world’s only year-round, professional ensemble re-creating “America’s Original Music” – the syncopated sounds of early musical theater, silent cinema, and vintage dance. The PRO came into being as the result of Rick Benjamin’s 1985 discovery of thousands of turn-of-the-century orchestra scores once belonging to Victrola recording star Arthur Pryor. In 1988 the Orchestra made its formal debut at Alice Tully Hall – the first concert ever presented at Lincoln Center by such an ensemble. Since then PRO has appeared at hundreds of leading arts venues, including the Ravinia Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, Chautauqua, the Brucknerhaus (Austria), the New York 92nd Street Y, and the American Dance Festival. In 1999 PRO’s music inspired master choreographer Paul Taylor’s new dance Oh You Kid! which was premiered at The Kennedy Center jointly by the Paul Taylor Dance Company and the Orchestra. In June, 2003 the PRO presented the premier of Rick Benjamin’s new reconstruction of Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha at San Francisco’s Stern Grove Festival. In 2005 and again in 2006, Paragon had the honor of being presented in Minneapolis’s Orchestra Hall as guests of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Performance Date: October 1, 1991

Parsons Dance

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Website: www.parsonsdance.org
Biography

Exuberant. Virtuosic. Sensual. These words barely begin to describe the Parsons Dance experience. A powerhouse of energy, ingenious innovation, and athleticism, the contemporary dance ensemble presents exhilarating works that will amaze audiences of all ages and leave them absolutely captivated.

A powerhouse of energy, ingenious innovation, and athleticism, this 13-member contemporary dance ensemble presents exhilarating works that deliver positive, affirming and life-enriching experiences to audiences worldwide, through dance and movement. The dancer in Parsons’ signature work, “Caught,” which will be performed at the matinee, defies gravity as he flies through the air in a breathtaking display of athletic stamina. Flashing lights capture the dancer in more than 100 leaps, suspending him perpetually in mid-motion without ever touching ground. The work is one of the most unforgettable in contemporary dance history.

Performance Date: October 13, 2015; April 24, 2007

Paul O’Dette, lute

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Biography

Few instrumentalists establish themselves with such firm authority as Paul O’Dette has on the lute. In fact, one writer described him as “the clearest case of genius ever to touch his instrument.” In fact, O’Dette helped define the technical and stylistic standards to which twenty-first century performers of early music aspire. In doing so, he helped infuse the performance practice movement with a perfect combination of historical awareness, idiomatic accuracy, and ambitious self-expression. “I remember when I first started playing the lute,” O’Dette once recalled, “the common perception of Renaissance music was that it was kind of pre-expression — that people didn’t use dynamics, they didn’t use tone colors…. [But] the more we’ve learned, we’ve realized that in fact all of these expressive devices were being used throughout the sixteenth century.” O’Dette deserves much of the credit for bringing this aspect of early music to the fore of performance practice.

Performance Date: October 13, 1985

Paul Posnak, piano

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Website: http://www.paulposnak.com/
Biography

Paul Posnak’s international career as a concert pianist, recording artist, transcriber and sought-after teacher began as a child prodigy with a full scholarship to the Juilliard Preparatory School of Music at the age of eight. Recipient of Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees at Juilliard, and of the Loeb Prize (Juilliard’s highest award), he won First Prizes in the International J.S. Bach Competition, and the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York. He has performed at the White House, The Supreme Court, and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., at Carnegie Recital and Tully Halls in New York, and throughout Europe, South America, and Asia to critical acclaim.

Performance Date: March 8, 1984

Paul Taylor Dance Company

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Website: http://www.ptamd.org/
Biography

Celebrating its 60th season, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, directed by the greatest living pioneer of American modern dance, visits the Norton Center for the first time ever this season.  Extolled as “a marvel” and “the center of American modern dance” (New York Times), the iconic Paul Taylor produces dances consistently regarded as masterpieces.  His prodigious output includes more than 140 works over the course of six decades, with choreography that runs the gamut—lyrical, dark, ironic, silly, nostalgic and outright funny—but each piece is always a journey orchestrated by genius.  Paul Taylor’s primary Company’s performance on the Newlin Hall stage will feature the Kentucky premiere of American Dreamer, a brand new work created in 2013 set to the music of Kentucky’s own, Stephen Foster, as well as classic and entertaining Taylor signature works.

Pearl Bailey

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Biography

An uninhibited vocalist who gave more to her performances than any other singers around, Pearl Bailey gained fame for her work in Broadway, cabaret, and Hollywood. Bailey’s sultry, slurred delivery livened up many a stale standard, including “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and her only hit, “Takes Two to Tango.”

Performance Date: December 6, 1980

Pearl Bailey, Sarah Vaughan, and Tony Bennett

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Biography

The trio of legendary singers bring their “On the Road Again” concert to Newlin for a night that will live on in memories for years.

Performance Date: October 22, 1982

Penelope Crawford, fortepiano

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Biography

Internationally acclaimed as one of America’s master performers on historical keyboard instruments, Penelope Crawford has appeared as soloist with modern and period instrument orchestras, and as recitalist and chamber musician on major North American concert series. From 1975 to 1990 she was harpsichordist and fortepianist with the Ars Musica Baroque Orchestra, one of the first period instrument ensembles in North America. Her recordings, which have appeared on the Timegate, Titanic, Wild Boar, Loft, and Musica Omnia labels include major chamber works of Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Schumann with the Atlantis Trio, the Mozart and Beethoven Wind Quintets with the Gambini Winds, and Schubert’s two major Lieder cycles, Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise with baritone Max van Egmond.Mendelssohn. Her recent recording of Beethoven’s last three Piano Sonatas won the 2011 “Record of the Year” Award from Music Web International.

Performance Date: November 20, 1988

Penelope Crawford, fortepiano and the Classical Quartet

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Biography

Internationally acclaimed as one of America’s master performers on historical keyboard instruments, Penelope Crawford has appeared as soloist with modern and period instrument orchestras, and as recitalist and chamber musician on major North American concert series. From 1975 to 1990 she was harpsichordist and fortepianist with the Ars Musica Baroque Orchestra, one of the first period instrument ensembles in North America. Her recordings, which have appeared on the Timegate, Titanic, Wild Boar, Loft, and Musica Omnia labels include major chamber works of Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Schumann with the Atlantis Trio, the Mozart and Beethoven Wind Quintets with the Gambini Winds, and Schubert’s two major Lieder cycles, Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise with baritone Max van Egmond.Mendelssohn. Her recent recording of Beethoven’s last three Piano Sonatas won the 2011 “Record of the Year” Award from Music Web International.

Performance Date: May 13, 1990

Pete Fountain

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Biography

Pete Fountain was an American clarinetist based in New Orleans. He has explored across genres, crossing over from classical music into the land of jazz, Dixieland and Creole music.

Performance Date: April 3, 1980

Peter Gros of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

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Website: petergros.com
Biography

Exotic animals on stage at the Norton Center! In his popular live presentations, Peter Gros, renowned wildlife expert and environmental conservationist, shares his exciting animal world, travel experiences and timeless tales. He highlights his many adventures with a mix of video clips and bloopers while introducing friendly, exotic animals† to audience members. Peter’s fascinating stories have been thrilling and educating audiences across the country for years “live” and on television’s Animal Planet network.

Gros was co-host of the original Wild Kingdom and was featured in two Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom shows: “Cheetah: Race Against Time” (2005) and “Magnificent Moments” (2007). He has nearly 30 years of field experience with captive wildlife, including establishing breeding and rehabilitation programs for endangered species and birds of prey.

Performance Date: April 14, 2016

Philadelphia Orchestra

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Riccardo Muti, Conductor Website: http://www.philorch.org/
Biography

Renowned for its distinctive sound, desired for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences, and admired for an unrivaled legacy of “firsts” in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the preeminent orchestras in the world.

Performance Dates: May 13, 2003; May 5, 1983

Pilobolus

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Website: https://www.pilobolus.org/home.jsp
Biography

Pilobolus is a sun-loving fungus that grows in barnyards and pastures. It’s a feisty thing, only 1/4 inch tall, that can throw its spores nearly eight feet… right over a cow. Pilobolus is also one of the most popular dance companies in the entire world. Now in its 38th year of evolution, Pilobolus continues to create fresh new works through its collaborative methods and unique weight-sharing approach to partnering. The results remain as fresh and surprising as ever and are a sure delight for audiences of all ages.

 

Performance Dates: March 9, 2010; February 27, 2001

Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra

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Website: http://www.plzenskafilharmonie.cz/en/pilsen-philharmonic-orchestra-p115.html
Biography

The Pilsen Philharmonic was founded in 1946 under the name of “Pilsen Radio Orchestra. During its sixty-six-year-long existence the orchestra has reached solid tradition and a good reputation not only among profound Czech orchestras but is also a sought-after ensemble abroad as well. The professional “face” has been formed by a range of Czech and foreign artistic personalities. Pilsen Philharmonic has been frequently touring Europe and North America and has given concerts at prestigious concert stages, such as Herkulessaal in Munich, Great Hall of the Berlin Philharmonic or the Dvorak Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague. The orchestra has cooperated with the opera stars such as Jonas Kaufmann, Ramon Vargas or Montserrat Caballé.

Performance Date: February 9, 2004

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake

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Website: http://www.pbt.org/
Biography

Since its premier at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre in 1877, Swan Lake has engaged generations of ballet dancers and captivated audiences around the world. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s heralded score serves as the foundation for the love story of Prince Siegfried, his beloved Swan Queen Odette, and the evil Baron Von Rothbart, a sorcerer who attempts through deception to keep the couple apart and Odette entrapped in his spell.

Performance Date: March 24, 1983

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra

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Andre Previn, Conductor Website: http://www.pittsburghsymphony.org/pso_home
Biography

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra provides musical experiences at the highest level of expression to enrich the community and to satisfy the needs and preferences of our audiences. We work together to support an internationally recognized orchestra and ensure: a viable long-term financial future; a fulfilling environment for our Orchestra, Staff, Volunteers and Board; and the unsurpassed satisfaction of our customers.

Performance Date: March 26, 1981

Playboy of the Western World

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The Abbey Theatre
Biography

The Playboy of the Western World is a three-act play written by Irish playwright John Millington Synge and first performed at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, on 26 January 1907. It is set in Michael James Flaherty’s public house in County Mayo (on the west coast of Ireland) during the early 1900s. It tells the story of Christy Mahon, a young man running away from his farm, claiming he killed his father. The locals are more interested in vicariously enjoying his story than in condemning the immorality of his murderous deed. He captures the romantic attention of the bar-maid Pegeen Mike, the daughter of Flaherty.

Performance Date: October 24, 1990

Pointer Sisters

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Website: http://www.thepointersisters.com/
Biography

The Pointer Sisters began their formal vocal training in their father’s church, The Church of God in West Oakland, California.  They went on to achieve worldwide fame and have secured a place in pop music history as a dynamic female group!  Their first performance at the Troubadour Club was hailed by critics for its versatility and range and called them “the most exciting thing to hit show business in years.” Their 1973 debut album gave us the singles, “Yes We Can, Can,” which reached #11 on Billboard magazine’s pop singles chart.  Their great hits include “Jump (For My Love),” “Neutron Dance,” “Fire,” “I’m So Excited,” “He’s So Shy,” “Slow Hand,” and many more.

 

Performance Date: September 20, 2008

Porgy and Bess

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Biography

See what Time Magazine exclaims is, “A don’t miss theatre event! The #1 Broadway musical of the year.” The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess is set in Charleston’s fabled Catfish Row, where the beautiful Bess struggles to break free from her scandalous past, and the only one who can rescue her is the courageous Porgy. Threatened by her formidable former lover Crown, and the seductive enticements of the colorful troublemaker Sporting Life, Porgy and Bess’ relationship evolves into a deep romance that triumphs as one of theater’s most exhilarating love stories.

Performance Date: October 9, 2003

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