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Hague Philharmonic

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Hans Vonk, Conductor; Zino Vinnkov, violin

Since its first concert in 1904, the Residentie Orkest / The Hague Philharmonic has grown into one of the Netherlands’ major symphony orchestras. The orchestra was founded by Dr. Henri Viotta, who was also its first principal conductor. It quickly became a port of call for composers like Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Max Reger, Maurice Ravel, Paul Hindemith and Vincent d’Indy, as well as guest conductors including Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein and Hans Knappertsbusch.

Performance Date: April 23, 1982


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Warning: This is not your typical violin recital. HAHN-BIN has reenvisioned the classical music recital, and it is fierce. Adding to his mixed repertoire program of familiar classical and contemporary works will be theater and performance art, costume changes and lighting, and mesmerizing youth and vitality. Imagine the love-child of fiery violinist Paganini and super-diva Grace Jones and you start to understand HAHN-BINs brilliance. He is a Julliard-educated special protégé of legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman. Still in his early 20s, he has taken first prize in the prestigious Young Concert Artists International auditions; made his Carnegie Hall debut; and has performed at other prestigious venues, including Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Kennedy Center, the Konzerthaus in Berlin and New York’s MOMA as part of an Andy Warhol exhibition.


Performance Date: September 30, 2011

HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical

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The Public Theater’s new Tony® Award-winning production of HAIR is an electric musical celebration in this Central Kentucky debut! This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old. HAIR features unforgettable songs, including “Aquarius,” “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Good Morning, Starshine” and “Easy To Be Hard.” HAIR tells the story of a group of friends choosing to speak up and sing out in a celebration of love, life and freedom.

Performance Date: February 2 & 3, 2013


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Broadway’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon takes you back to 1962 Baltimore, as 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a big girl with big dreams – and even bigger hair! – change the world . . . and still have time to win the boy she loves? This mega-hit is piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful new songs. It’s the winner of eight 2003 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Performance Date: September 29, 2007

Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!

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Hal Holbrook’s classic performance captures the flamboyant humor and irreverence of Mark Twain, in this remarkable 90 minute, one man show.

Performance Date: April 25, 1991

Handel’s Messiah

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Louisville Bach Society Website: http://www.junkmusic.org/

THE LOUISVILLE BACH SOCIETY was founded by Melvin and Margaret Dickinson in 1964, with its initial performance in October of 1964 at Calvary Episcopal Church. The Society began with 16 singers, and has expanded to between 60 and 70 over the years. The LBS performs choral masterpieces covering all musical periods, including contemporary composers who have written especially for LBS. Its specialty and charge is Bach, by virtue of the name of the organization, and the community has heard the LBS perform a repertoire of all Bach’s motets, Masses, Passions, Oratorios, the Magnificat in D, and 144 of his 220-plus Cantatas.

Performance Date: December 4, 2000

Harlem Gospel Choir

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Website: http://www.br-so.com/

Bringing together the finest singers and musicians from various Black churches in Harlem, the Harlem Gospel Choir has become known throughout the world. With concert tours in more than a dozen countries, the choir has given special performances for Nelson Mandela and Pope John Paul II. They have sung with many leading recording artists including U2, the Chieftans, and Diana Ross. Their music will touch the depths of your soul and raise your spirits to angelic heights.

Performance Date: January 18, 2006

Hawthorne Strings

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Website: http://www.thilemeyer.com/

Since its inception in 1986, the Hawthorne String Quartet has performed extensively throughout Europe, South America, Japan, and the United States, including major festivals such as Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Aspen. Although the quartet has an expansive repertoire ranging from the classics of the 18th and 19th centuries to contemporary works, it is best known internationally for championing the works of composers persecuted during the Nazi regime, with an emphasis on the Czech composers incarcerated in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. The quartet promotes educational activities related to the Holocaust through the Terezin Chamber Music Foundation, and served as advisors for the score of the film Schindler’s List. Based in Boston, the quartet takes its name from the New England novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne and includes four members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, violinists Ronan Lefkowitz and Si-Jing Huang, violist Mark Ludwig, and cellist Sato Knudsen.

Performance Date: November 15, 2004

Henry Butler

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When it comes to jazz and blues, New Orleans is the city that gave and then kept on giving. The musical breeding ground for such giants of traditional jazz as Louis Armstrong, King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton, The Big Easy also gave rise to a present-day giant, the pianist and singer Henry Butler – a super virtuoso and ebullient performer who embodies the buoyant spirit of his birthplace. Butler can play it all, from early to modern jazz, with plenty of New Orleans R&B peeking through.

Blinded by glaucoma as an infant, Butler began his musical studies early in life. After the release of “Fivin’ Around” in 1986, he quickly built an international reputation as an astonishing keyboard artist and a stylistically inclusive performer. Similar to the Norton Center’s previous show, Music Maker Blues Revue, Butler’s solo performance demonstrated that traditional New Orleans jazz is in the best of hands.


Performance Date: November 18, 2017



Henry Mancini

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Enrico Nicola “Henry” Mancini was an American composer, conductor and arranger, who is best remembered for his film and television scores. He won a record number of Grammy Awards, plus a posthumous Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.

Performance Date: October 19, 1984

Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

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The origins of Royal Marine Bands in the Portsmouth area can be traced back to the middle of the 18th Century. However, the present Band is a direct descendant of the Band of the Royal Marine Artillery who were formed in January 1861. Today, RM Band Service ranks are currently serving in Afghanistan, as part of the Joint Force Medical Group where they are carrying out a diverse range of duties including ambulance driving, manning field hospitals and base security whilst also providing the moral component with musical ensembles. The Royal Marines Band Service continues to demonstrate professionalism and versatility whether deployed into operational theatre or performing on the concert platform.

Performance Date: October 5, 1985

Hilliard Ensemble

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The Hilliard Ensemble is a British male vocal quartet originally devoted to the performance of early music. Founded in 1974, the group is named after the Elizabethan miniaturist painter Nicholas Hilliard.

Performance Date: January 17, 1990; October 28, 1983

HMS Pinafore

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New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Website: http://www.simonedinnerstein.com/

Now. Sea. Here. The seaworthy musical satire H.M.S. Pinafore put the wind in Gilbert & Sullivan’s sails. The captain’s daughter has caught the eye-and the heart-of two men at once: a lowly sailor and the pompous Sir Joseph Porter. Only Little Buttercup can resolve the mismatched mess. Ride a wave of music and laughter as romantic sailors, sisters, cousins, and aunts sing and dance their way across the deck of the fanciful British naval vessel with the improbable name. Set directly on the ship’s deck, this energetic production offers the rich sounds of a full orchestra, chorus, and soloists who seamlessly merge the classic elegance of the musical with a contemporary sense of humor to keep the show alive and exciting for a modern audience. H.M.S. Pinafore, or The Lass That Loved A Sailor was first performed at the Opera Comique in London, England on May 25, 1878, and has remained popular on both sides of the Atlantic ever since.


Performance Date: March 28, 2014

Houston Ballet

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Houston Ballet is an internationally acclaimed ballet company which is now America’s fourth largest and an academy which supplies over 40 percent of the company’s dancers. The New York Times has hailed Houston Ballet as “one of the nation’s best ballet companies.” The company is comprised of 52 dancers, including artists who have won medals at major international ballet competitions.

Performance Date: April 20, 1981

Howie Mandel & Nick Cannon

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Americas Got Talent judge and host are teaming up to bring you the comedy show of a lifetime! Howie Mandel has been an unstoppable force ever since he entered show business over thirty years ago. From humble roots doing standup, Mandel is responsible for such comedic successes as Gremlins, St. Elsewhere, Take It All, and Howie Do It. Nick Cannon has been a favorite of audiences everywhere since appearing on his first television series as a performer and writer in the Nickelodeon series All That and as the lead role in the 2002 hit movie Drumline. Cannon is now not only a successful comedian, writer, and actor, but a consumer electronic entrepreneur, philanthropist, producer, director, and children’s book author as well.

Performance Date: September 24, 2016

Huey Lewis & The News

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Huey Lewis & The News have a love of music that comes through in everything they do. With their simple, straightforward rock & roll sound, the San Francisco-based Huey Lewis & The News have become one of America’s most popular pop/rock bands of all time. Tapped to headline Centre’s Homecoming weekend festivities, this soulful, Grammy®-winning pop group will surely take you “Back in Time!” The News have a driving, party-hearty spirit that makes songs like “Workin’ for a Livin’,” “I Want a New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Power of Love” and “Hip to Be Square” personal rock anthems for multiple generations of music fans. Still rocking, Huey Lewis has recently been on the road with Joe Cocker, had a recurring role on the hit TV show, “Hot in Cleveland”, and released the studio album, “Soulsville”, covering some of Lewis’ favorite Memphis soul tunes.


Performance Date: October 19, 2012

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble

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Sandor Timar, Artistic Director

The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble was founded in 1951 with the purpose of collecting, preserving and presenting the treasures of Hungarian folklore. The HSFE presents all folk-related Hungarian genres on stage: historic music, authentic folk music and dance, dramatic folk plays, as well as traditional-based world music, show-dancing and the elements of contemporary dance-house tradition. Its variegated repertoire has made the HSFE one of the most widely performing ensembles of the world: during the six decades of its existence, the HSFE has performed in 50 countries of four continents, entertaining more than  8 million people altogether. At home (8 Corvin tér, Budapest), the HSFE performs about 100-120 times a year, beside being regular guest of theatres all over the Carpathian basin.

Performance Date: March 10, 1987