Tafelmusik’s vision is to be an international centre of excellence in period performance for generations to come. To sustain this vision, Tafelmusik is now creating artists and audiences for the future through artist training and audience development activities.
Performance Date: November 8, 1993
Take 6, the most awarded vocal group in history (10 Grammy® Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and more) is a model for vocal genius. Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!,” these six virtuosic voices unite in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and been recognized as the pre-eminent acapella group in the world. This concert includes contemporary evergreen favorites and classic Christmas carols along with some of their greatest hits and a few surprises, all to jump start your holiday spirits this season.
Performance Date: December 6, 2013
The Duquesne University Tamburitzans are the longest-running multicultural song and dance company in the United States. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company’s members are full-time Duquesne University students who receive scholarships for their activities. The Tamburitzans mission is twofold: first, to provide deserving students an education; second, to perpetuate the varying folk cultures and traditions of Eastern Europe.
Performance Date: May 3, 1984
Tap Dogs is set on a construction site in the steel work’s town of Newcastle, just north of Sydney, Australia. There are 8 members of the TAP DOGS team: 6 dancers and 2 musicians, who combine their skills to create one incredible live theatrical performance. Performing against all challenges – whether in water, upside-down or jumping through scaffolding, the TAP DOGS move to the groove of their own beat as the team work together to bring the steel-works alive!
Performance Date: December 7, 1999
The Tchaikovsky Ballet from the Russian city of Perm is one of their nation’s most distinguished artistic companies. Featuring 65 enchanting dancers, lavish sets, and dazzling costumes, their productions have been praised not only in Russia, but also in tours to more than twenty countries. For their return to Newlin Hall, the company will perform Tchaikovsky’s classic Sleeping Beauty. Following a recent performance in Los Angles, the critic for the Los Angeles Times called the company’s Sleeping Beauty “one of the year’s indispensable ballet experiences.”
Performance Date: February 23, 2010
“Enchanting from start to finish!” raved one British critic after a recent Tchaikovsky Ballet and Orchestra performance of Sleeping Beauty. Now you will also experience the magic as well as one of the most cherished classics of the ballet repertoire comes to life in the acclaimed Russian company’s sparkling production. Founded in the 1920’s, the Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theater is one of Russia’s prized artistic institutions. With seventy dancers and a full orchestra, this is an evening of fantasy filled with elegant dancing, gorgeous sets, and costumes replete with pomp and glitter. The Los Angeles Times calls this Sleeping Beauty “one of the year’s indispensable ballet experiences.”
Performance Date: March 29, 2006
The legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, takes the stage in this witty, fast-paced production by the acclaimed Aquila Theatre. The clever Holmes skillfully maneuvers the twisted web of London’s most intriguing cases with his split-second deductions, revealing intimate and useful details of a person’s life. Sherlock Holmes is a master of disguise and a brilliant actor, as well as a composer and musician – is there anything he can’t do?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s vivid characters jump from the page weaving a tale of mystery, suspense and intrigue. In addition to Holmes, many of Doyle’s other well known creations are on hand: the trusted sidekick Dr. Watson; Irene Adler, the woman who got away; and the only woman to have won Holmes’ respect, the red-headed mason Jabez Wilson.
Performance Date: March 4, 2016
The African Children’s Choir performs throughout the world, singing on behalf of Africa’s 12 million AIDS orphans. Comprised of children ages seven to eleven, each child in the choir has lost one or both parents to poverty or disease. In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, they are radiant with hope and joy, and will melt your heart with their charming smiles and joyful African melodies and dance.
Performance Date: March 26, 2008
The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Created in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Major Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps dance band, today the “Note” features 18 of the most talented jazz musicians in the country and is one of the last touring big bands. As a result, it has earned an international reputation as one of the finest and most versatile big bands of its kind in the world.
Performance Date: October 13, 2007; April 14, 1987
When The Barber of Seville was first performed, early in 1816, it would have been difficult to predict that Rossini’s comedy would become one of the most beloved operas of all time. For one thing, the piece would have seemed decidedly unoriginal. It was based on a famous play by Beaumarchais and another composer, Giovanni Paisiello, had already made a successful opera from the story. That one was a hit, and when Paisiello’s fans heard about Rossini’s new opera, they choreographed a disturbance at the premiere. The opening night performance was sloppy, and the opera’s future looked bleak. But you can’t keep a good opera down, and Rossini’s Barber is a lot better than just good. It quickly overshadowed Paisiello’s version and before long it had spread all over Europe, with performances from London to St. Petersburg. In 1825 it became the first opera ever sung in Italian in New York City, and Rossini was arguably the most popular composer in the world.
Performance Dates: February 23, 2000; April 27, 1985
The Battle of Britain 50th Anniversary: BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Singers, Central Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Airforce
Orchestras, singers, and bands from across the pond invade the Norton Center to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Performance Date: October 4, 1990
Straight off of the pages of three popular Berenstain Bears books, The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers, The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, and The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble at School, the beloved Bear Family are springing, dancing, and singing to life in a new musical, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, the Musical. Brother Bear is in trouble, Sister Bear is confused, and Papa Bear is stuffed! With Mama Bear’s help, the Bear’s will learn that together, family can overcome anything. Hailed by Time Out New York as “Spirited, energetic, and hilarious for all generations” the Berenstain Bears provide students with educational life lessons through fun entertainment.
IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble is comprised of 24 highly-skilled singers from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Directed by conductor-composer Dominick DiOrio, NOTUS is run as a professional chorus and its members are expected to consistently demonstrate the highest levels of musicianship and vocal ability. That being said, the student membership in NOTUS is academically diverse, with representative majors including composition, conducting, piano, organ, harpsichord, early music, music education, and other disciplines in addition to voice.
Performance Date: March 5, 1989
The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, victim of rare skin and bone diseases, he has become the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati only to be denied his ultimate dream, to become a man like any other.
Performance Date: February 26, 1981
The Four Tops’ story is one of longevity and togetherness: these Motown legends teamed up in high school and spent over four decades without a single personnel change. In between, they became one of the top-tier acts on a label with no shortage of talent, ranking with the Temptations and the Supremes as Motown’s most consistent hitmakers. Where many other R&B vocal groups spotlighted a tenor-range lead singer, The Four Tops were fronted by deep-voiced Levi Stubbs, who never cut a solo record outside of the group. Stubbs had all the grit of a pleading, wailing, gospel-trained soul belter, but at the same time, the Tops’ creamy harmonies were smooth enough for Motown’s radio-friendly pop-soul productions. From 1964-1967, The Four Tops recorded some of the Holland-Dozier-Holland team’s greatest compositions, including “Reach Out, I’ll Be There,” “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch),” “Standing in the Shadows of Love,” “Bernadette,” and “Baby I Need Your Loving.”
Performance Date: October 17, 2003
The Los Angeles Times called it “A slam-dunk musical sensation.” Daily Variety says, “Terrific from start to finish.” It’s Broadway’ smash hit musical about six good buddies whose desperate plan to get their lives back together requires them to triumph over their fears, their nerves, and their clothes. Nominated for ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical, USA Today proclaims The Full Monty “one of the most entertaining and exhilarating productions you’ll ever see!” For a truly original musical comedy, you’ve gotta go for The Full Monty.
Performance Date: April 25, 2005
The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, founded in 1781, is a German orchestra with one of the most impressive traditions. Its predecessors reach back to the time of J.S. Bach: as early as 1743 Leipzig merchants founded a ‘great concert society’. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, who gave decisive impetus to the 19th century Bach renaissance, was Gewandhaus Kapellmeister from 1835 to 1847. His successors include some of the greatest names among German conductors, such as Arthur Nikisch, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Bruno Walter and Kurt Masur. In addition to the Symphony concerts and the orchestra’s activities with the Leipzig Opera, the ensemble is also responsible for performing church music at St Thomas’s. Together with the Thomanerchor Leipzig, the Gewandhaus Orchestra is one of the cornerstones of the Bach tradition still upheld today in Leipzig.
Performance Date: April 23, 1989
Founded in 1990, the Helikon Opera Company has thrilled audiences in Great Britain, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Lebanon, and Israel as well as its home city of Moscow. for the company’s first Norton Center visit, it will perform Die Fledermaus, that most popular of all operettas. it’s a surprise package filled with escapades and affairs, giggling champagne parties, and amorous conquests, all set to the cheerful, full-blooded music of Johann Strauss.
Performance Date; February 27, 2006