Faith Esham has garnered critical acclaim for her outstanding performances in the leading opera houses of the United States and Europe. Since her successful Metropolitan Opera debut as Marzelline in Fidelio, she has returned to the company to sing Nedda and Mélisande. In the USA, other roles include Mimi with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pamina in Washington, D.C., Micaela and Juliette in Cincinnati, the heroines in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Manon, and Gilda in Pittsburgh. At the New York City Opera, she performed Manon, Cendrillon, Marguerite, Leila, Baby Doe, Ännchen, Gilda, and Floyd’s Susannah. As Micaela, Ms. Esham appeared opposite Placido Domingo and Julia Migenes in the highly acclaimed Gaumont film, Carmen, which was commercially released worldwide. This project garnered Ms. Esham a Grammy Award as principal soloist and best opera recording in 1984.
Performance Date: January 6, 1994
With their passionless husbands away playing golf, a mutual long-ago lover announces his intention to pay Julia and Jane an impromptu visit. All in a fluster, there’s clearly only one thing to do: hit the bottle! Or rather, pop open the bubbly. Each successive glass loosens their tongues, hidden jealousies surface, the claws come out, and all attempts at demure behaviour go out of the window. But it’s not until the unexpected early return of their golfing husbands that the women’s evening really hits its frenzied peak…
Performance Date: October 8, 1986
Furthering Mali’s rich musical tradition, Fatoumata Diawara presents a joyous mix of the vibrant and understated, combining songs about love, politics and empowerment. With arresting melodies soaring over intricate guitar and drum arrangements inspired by Wassoulou tradition, jazz, and blues, Fatou has created her own unique contemporary folk sound, with a distinctly African spin to the concept of the female singer-songwriter. Born in the Ivory Coast and raised in Mali, Fatou’s life covers a gamut of contemporary African experience: fighting parental opposition to her artistic ambitions, combatting the cultural prejudice faced by women throughout Africa, and winning success as an actress in film and theater. She finally lives her dream in the medium she was always destined to make her own: music. In addition to her recent, highly acclaimed debut Nonesuch album “Fatou,” she found time to collaborate on Damon Albarn’s Africa Express and contribute vocals to albums by AfroCubism and Herbie Hancock’s Grammy® winning Imagine Project. Fatou’s performances are as strikingly beautiful and emotionally powerful as she is.
Performance Date: February 13, 2014
American Ballet Theatre is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world. Few ballet companies equal ABT for its combination of size, scope, and outreach. Recognized as a living national treasure since its founding in 1940, ABT annually tours the United States, performing for more than 450,000 people, and is the only major cultural institution to do so. It has also made more than 30 international tours to 42 countries as perhaps the most representative American ballet company and has been sponsored by the State Department of the United States on many of these engagements.
Performance Date: October 21, 1992
Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, the Tony Award® winning musical Fiddler on the Roof has been lauded by critics again and again and has won the hearts of people all around the world. Filled with a rousing, heartwarming score, which includes “Tradition,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” Fiddler on the Roof is a timeless classic. No other musical has so magically woven music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience. Relive a glorious tradition of the musical theatre with Fiddler on the Roof.
Performance Dates: March 4, 2012; December 1, 2004; October 27, 1998; January 21, 1975
Flip FabriQue, a Quebec-based circus troupe of seven acrobats committed to joy, playfulness, and friendship, made their Norton Center debut with a high-spirited production called Attrape-moi (Catch Me!). Catch Me! was a gravity defying spectacle featuring acrobatics, a trampo-wall, hula hoops, juggling, and aerialist techniques in a crowd-pleasing cirque sensation for adults and children alike. This troupe of incredible artists performed amazing feats of agility and skill in a fastpaced, innovative show that was lauded for its technical ability and panache. Veterans of esteemed companies such as Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize, the Flip FabriQue troupe, says the New York Times, “projects an irrepressible spirit of fun and, yes, it’s catching.”
Performance Date: October 26, 2017
Considered the ultimate masters of Morton Feldman’s 6-hour String Quartet from 1983, David Patrick Stearns, (Philadelphia Inquirer) proclaimed, “ this piece oozes a rarefied, spiritual air… The FLUX Quartet made all the difference…The players displayed an astounding ear for sound that made each gradation of timbre palpable.” Alex Ross (New Yorker) described FLUX’s live performance as “a disorienting, transfixing experience that repeatedly approached and touched the sublime.” FLUX Quartet has paved the way for all younger quartets focusing on similar repertoire, they move between the great works of Gyorgy Ligeti, Giacinto Scelsi, John Zorn, and Iannis Xenakis to avant jazz greats such as Henry Threadgill, Oliver Lake, and Roscoe Mitchell. They bring an equal flair to music from previous centuries.
Performance Date: March 1 & 4, 2001
If you see one group of multi-faceted new-vaudevillians at the apex of their ambidextrous and alliterative ability, see The Flying Karamazov Brothers. They are not your father’s wild-haired, juggling, flame-throwing, kilt-and-tutu-wearing performers.
Performance Date: March 24, 1998
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.
Performance Date: January 30, 2001
Forbidden Hollywood is the parody show taped live in Hollywood created by Gerard Alessandrini, who also created the ever-popular Forbidden Broadway. But instead of spoofing Broadway, FH spoofed popular films such as Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, The Wizard of Oz, and Aladdin and the songs featured in them (or else other songs in order to comment on the film). It also spoofs stars like, among others, Tom Hanks, Keanu Reeves, Barbra Streisand, Ann-Margret, and Whoopi Goldberg.
Performance Date: October 5, 1996
Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Hot Blooded,” “Cold As Ice,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game. With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million.
Fosse is a journey in song and dance through the career of showman Bob Fosse, including dance and musical numbers from: The Pajama Game, Redhead, Little Me, Sweet Charity, Chicago, Pippin, Dancin’, Damn Yankees, New Girl in Town, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Lenny, All That Jazz, Star 80, plus others in Fosse’s signature style.
Performance Date: April 29, 2003
Frankie Valli…A true American pop music icon. His incredible career as a solo artist and with the Four Seasons has produced 19 top ten hits and sold over 100 million records world wide. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and named longevity champ of the rock era by Billboard Magazine.
Possessed of one of the most distinctive voices in all of Rock and Roll, Frankie Valli continues to dazzle. Inspired by fellow New Jersey native, Frank Sinatra, and such jazz influences as the Hi-Lo’s and the Four Freshman, Frankie Valli always knew he wanted to perform. “We used to sing around the Newark area where I grew up.” Valli recalls. “I’d always wanted to be a singer, ever since my mother took me to see Sinatra at the Paramount Theatre in New York as a kid. I decided then and there that’s what I was going to do…be a successful singer.”
Frankie Valli has continued to woo audiences throughout the world both with his recordings and live performances for almost four decades, truly making him one of rock and roll’s most enduring performers.
Performance Dates: September 17, 2010; October 27, 1989
Frans Brüggen (born October 30, 1934, Amsterdam) is a well-known Dutch conductor, recorder player and baroque flautist. Brüggen studied recorder and flute at the Amsterdam Muzieklyceum. He also studied musicology at the University of Amsterdam. In 1955, at the age of 21, he was appointed professor at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. Brüggen has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.
Performance Date: April 6, 1988; May 1, 1985
Recognized as one of the most beloved musical figures of our time, Frederica von Stade has enriched the world of classical music for three decades with her appearances in opera, concert, and recital. The mezzo-soprano is well known to audiences around the world through her numerous featured appearances on television including several PBS specials and “Live from Lincoln Center” telecasts. She has made over sixty recordings with every major label, including complete operas, aria albums, symphonic works, solo recital programs, and popular crossover albums. Her recordings have garnered six Grammy nominations, two Grand Prix du Disc awards, the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, Italy’s Premio della Critica Discografica, and “Best of the Year” citations by Stereo Review and Opera News. Miss von Stade was awarded France’s highest honor in the Arts when she was appointed as an officer of L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 1983 she was honored with an award given at The White House by President Reagan in recognition of her significant contribution to the arts.
Performance Date: April 21, 1994