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
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
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; April 24, 2006; October 28, 2002; April 17, 1997
“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
Get ready for the ultimate playdate – 65 million years in the making – as Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour through prehistoric Australia. Audiences observed, met, and and interacted with eye-popping dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that thrilled and entertained kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppet are so extraordinarily realistic, you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t! Because you wouldn’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining, and educational live show created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia. While it may indeed have been 65 million years in the making, we think you’ll agree, it was well worth the wait.
PLUS, audiences had a chance to enjoy getting up close and personal with one o the large dinosaurs accompanied by the knowledgeable puppeteers who bring them to life, exclusive merchandise, and lots of photo opportunities with the dinosaurs on the day of the performance.
Performance Date: January 20, 2017