The National Orchestra of Poland, the Warsaw Philharmonic is internationally recognized as one of Europe’s most prestigious symphony orchestras. For its Newlin Hall performance, Maestro Wit and the orchestra will be joined by pianist Olga Kern, the Gold Medalist of the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001. The program includes the Symphony No. 1 of Johannes Brahms and Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto.
Performance Date: October 27, 2004
THE WAVERLY CONSORT is one of America’s premiere ensembles and a pioneer in the early-music revival. Founded in 1964 by Michael and Kay Jaffee to explore the fascinating sounds and styles of early musical repertories, the ensemble has created a worldwide audience for its music through international concerts, recordings, and radio and television appearances. In addition to annual tours of North America, the ensemble has appeared throughout South America, Great Britain, Portugal, the Far East, and at international festivals including the Casals Festival, the Hong Kong Festival, the Madeira Bach Festival, and the Caramoor Festival. In its home city of New York, the group has performed 100 concerts at Lincoln Center, in addition to concert series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and The Cloisters, as well as at cultural centers throughout the country.
Performance Dates: February 28, 2000; March 17, 1998
Based on the claim that eating is the most common and direct ethical action any of us engages in, this insightful presentation takes a broad look at the consumption of food as an ethical act and offers ways we can change our lifestyles. “We are what we eat” means we make the world in the image of our own meal. Marion Nestle, PhD, is a consumer activist, nutritionist, and academic who specializes in the politics of food and dietary choice. Her research examines scientific, economic, and social influences on food choice and obesity, with an emphasis on the role of food marketing. Daphne Miller,MD, is a family physician and author, who also teaches nutrition and integrative medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and lectures nationally and internationally. She has appeared on Oprah radio and the Dr. Oz TV show, among others.
Performance Date: April 17, 2012
Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.
Performance Date: March 19, 1990
Subtitled “A Life In Revue,” WILL ROGERS stands out among musicals because of the magic of its protagonist. Rare is the man who transcends decades and rises to the level of legend. Will Rogers does this not only because of his accomplishments, but because of his philosophy, which espouses respect and confidence in the goodness of his fellowman.
Performance Date: January 10, 1995; May 9, 2006
Arguably the most famous of William Shakespeare’s plays, Romeo & Juliet has captivated students, readers and audiences for centuries. The passionate love of Romeo and his Juliet, thwarted by a deep and long-standing hatred of their respective families, is as timely a story today as when it was first written. Acted out in full costume, with the full set and props, the performance is a great way to complement state and national standards in literature, drama and communication or as its own stand-alone event.
Performance Date: January 24, 2000; March 13, 2008; March 3, 2016
Willie Nelson is back “on the road again” and he’s coming to Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts for a single performance in the Bluegrass on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
With a career that spans five decades, 200 plus albums boasts such hits as “Blue Skies,” “On the Road Again,” and “Always on My Mind,” Willie Nelson continues to tour and delight audiences everywhere. The iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of “Crazy,” “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” He has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. In 2009, his releases included Naked Willie, Willie and the Wheel and the critically acclaimed American Classic. Look for a new album, Willie Nelson’s Country, this spring.
Debra Hoskins, Norton Center’s Assistant Managing Director said “having Willie Nelson back at the Norton Center will be a highlight of our programming this year. Willie is at a point in his life that he can pick and choose the venues where he wants to perform. The last time he was here was in 2000 and he was a sell-out. We’re really happy he’s chosen The Norton Center as one of his stops.” His accomplishments and legacy speak for themselves, but his work in music and film continues to grow and develop even now. This performance is sure to bring the warmth, personality and inimitable style of Willie Nelson’s music right here to the Norton Center in the heart of the Bluegrass Region. Few artists have ever matched Willie Nelson as a true story-teller with such universal appeal and exceptional talent.
Performance Dates: February 17, 2010; October 20, 2000
Celebrate the holidays with five-time Grammy® award-winning country music superstar, Wynonna, who will spread festive cheer across the Bluegrass with her smooth vocals and tremendous live presence in an unforgettable performance that will warm the heart and inspire the spirit. With “A Simpler Christmas,” audiences can expect a mix of traditional Christmas classics, Wynonna’s own holiday songs, and a sprinkling of some of her biggest hits, all backed by her band, The Big Noise. This Kentucky native’s impressive career has produced hit songs such as: “I Saw The Light,” “She Is His Only Need,” and “No One Else On Earth.” Since her quintuple platinum solo album, Wynonna, she’s sold over 30 million albums world-wide and received the coveted Top Female Vocalist of the Year trophy at the ACM Awards. Now, with her novel “Restless Heart” and The Judd’s OWN docu-series, which debuted with enormous television ratings, you can bet Wynonna’s fans will be watching very closely as she writes this next chapter of her legendary career.
Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz.
Performance Date: September 13, 1995; February 23, 1995