Winner of the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, Altar Boyz is the longest-running new musical comedy to open in the Big Apple in years! This hilarious spoof about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national tour is an engaging mix of side-splitting songs that are “convincing enough to be played on MTV,” non-stop laughs, and lighthearted fun that’s suitable for all ages. It’s a fast-paced show that will have the whole family laughing and singing along. Variety calls it “An energetic crowd pleaser!” and the New York Times says “It sends you home with a smile!”
Performance Date: October 14, 2008
Experience the power of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and see for yourself why this extraordinary company is hailed as America’s cultural ambassador to the world – having performed live for an estimated 23 million people in 48 states, 71 countries, and six continents. Now guided by the vision of Artistic Director Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater remains the nation’s leading modern dance company. From the pulse-racing thrill of contemporary favorites to the spirit-lifting joy of beloved classics, these extraordinary dancers offer something for every taste. For their first performance in Danville in more than 30 years, the Company will perform new works as well as returning repertory favorites including Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations, called “one of the great works of the human spirit” (The New York Times).
Performance Dates: March 11, 2014; November 8, 1985
“Always…Patsy Cline” is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.
Performance Date: March 25, 1996
Get ready for fun for the entire family! Ringleader, Sean Paul, and his trusty side-kick, Frankie, the trained monkey, have recruited an amazing troupe of furry creatures that will win your hearts. Featuring unbelievable tricks from a troupe of skilled dogs and trained house cats, many of the stars of the show were rescued from dog pounds and humane societies across the country. In addition to dogs and cats doing incredible stunts, you’ll see beautiful exotic birds and many other magical surprises that will put a smile on your face!
Performance Date: March 9, 2009; September 11, 2007
American Chamber Players perform a varied repertoire with a rare combination of virtuosity, elegance and warmth. Violist, author and popular NPR Music Commentator Miles Hoffman is the American Chamber Players founder. Among today’s most versatile and innovative chamber music ensembles, the ACP was formed in 1985 from a core group of artists of the Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival. Hoffman’s ensemble of piano, string trio, flute and clarinet is known for creating programs with a unique mix of instrumental combinations. The ensemble performs repertoire ranging from familiar masterpieces, to neglected gems, to newly commissioned American works.
Performance Dates: March 15, 2011; March 8, 2004; April 20, 1998; April 22, 1993
The American Spiritual Ensemble is composed of some of the finest singers in the United States. The vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic renditions of classic spirituals and Broadway numbers. Tenor Dr. Everett McCorvey founded the group in 1995, and many of its members have performed in such venues as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera, Boston Opera and the Atlanta Civic Opera. They have also performed abroad in England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Scotland, and Spain.
Performance Date: January 17, 2011; October 8, 2006
If you want to know Amy Grant’s story, all you really have to do is listen to her songs. She’s not only loved around the world as one of the greatest of all Christian music artists, she’s also one of the most celebrated performers in pop music today. In both of these musical worlds, she has consistently shown a rare gift for connecting with people and touching their lives. Amy Grant knows how to capture a heart. With her special guests, the Owensboro Symphone Orchestra, this is a concert to be treasured.
Performance Date: October 26, 2007
Join Daniel Rodriguez, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Tom Scott, and Centre College’s own Vince DiMartino for a celebration of our nation.
Performance Date: September 28, 2002
Scintillating, soothing and sensual best describe the familiar and legendary voice of five-time GRAMMY® ®Award winning music legend, DIONNE WARWICK, who has become a cornerstone of American pop music and culture. Warwick’s career, which currently celebrates over 50 years, has established her as an international music icon and concert act. Over that time, she has earned 75 charted hit songs and sold over 100 million records.
Performance Date: November 17, 1999
An accomplished musician and songwriter, Charles was considered the creator of the soul music genre, a unique R&B forerunner to rock n’ roll and other musical offspring. During a career that spanned some 58 years, Charles starred on over 250 albums, many of them top sellers in a variety of musical genres.
Performance Date: October 18, 1985
André Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People’s Concerts, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV. Only two weeks later, Bernstein asked him to substitute at the last minute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt’s E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, thus launching his career in storybook fashion. More than 50 years later, André Watts remains one of today’s most celebrated and beloved superstars.
Performance Date: January 9, 1990
Pianist André-Michel Schub has been described by the New York Times as “pianistically flawless…a formidable pianist with a fierce integrity.” He has repeatedly performed with the world’s most prestigious orchestras, among them the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, the Detroit Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw, and the Bournemouth Symphony. Since 1997 he has been music director of the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Music series, planning its chamber music programming and performing on a number of programs each year. He is currently an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Schub was the 1981 grand prize winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the 1977 recipient of the Avery Fisher Recital Award, and 1974 winner of the Naumberg International Piano Competition.
Performance Dates: March 9, 2003; February 26, 2002
Solo flutist Andrea Griminelli has been acclaimed by the public and critics alike for his interpretive talents and exceptional technical abilities. He was cited by The New York Times in a list of “eight emerging artists of the 90s”.
Performance Date: February 22, 1994
The mezzo-soprano Andrea von Ramm (actual name: Andrea Ramm von Marnov) was born in Estonia. She went through very thorough training in Fribourg (Switzerland), Munich and Milan, which covered music theory, composition and musicology, apart also from singing instruction.
Performance Date: November 2, 1984
By the time she was seven years old, she was singing all the time. For over 40 years, her unique voice and heartwarming style have made her a household name. She led the way for a generation of Canadian divas, who have also conquered the world – Celine Dion, Shania Twain, k.d. lang, Alanis Morissette and Sarah McLachlan. They all followed in her footsteps – Canada’s “Songbird”, Anne Murray. Over the years, Anne’s recordings have seldom been off the charts. She has sold close to 50 million albums and has won countless awards. However, Anne Murray is more than just a Canadian icon. Her warm voice and well-loved songs have become woven into the fabric of our lives. Anne’s songs celebrate our important milestones – childhood, a first love, the wedding day, parenthood and loss. They comfort us and inspire us; they bring joy and uplift us. Anne’s songs are forever in our hearts.
Performance Date: February 14, 2002
Based on the popular comic strip, Annie tells the extraordinary story of a little orphan who spends ends up in the lap of luxury with Depression-era billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Unlike most of the other children at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage, spunky Annie believes that her parents are still alive and will one day return to claim her. So when Mr. Warbucks offers to adopt her, she asks the most powerful man in America to help find her real mom and dad instead, and he agrees. Warbucks’ whopping reward for Annie’s parents attracts the attention of con artists Rooster, Lily and the wicked Miss Hannigan, who hatch a plot to kidnap Annie and take the $50,000 reward. But don’t fret: This classic family musical has a happy ending for Annie, Daddy Warbucks and the whole gang.
Performance Date: April 15, 2009; January 31, 2000
A classic musical about the fictionalized life of sharpshooter Annie Oakley from songwriter Irving Berlin. Annie Oakley and Frank Butler meet when she beats him in a sharpshooting contest at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and the two have to negotiate between their completive sides and their blossoming love for each other.
Performance Date: January 8, 2002
Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create their magical sound. Their programs have included music from the year 1000; the ecstatic music and poetry of the 12th-century abbess and mystic, Hildegard of Bingen; 13th-century chant and polyphony from England, France, and Spain; American folksongs, shape note tunes, and gospel songs; and works newly written for the group. Anonymous 4 has performed for sold-out audiences on major concert series and at festivals throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East; and has made 19 best-selling recordings for harmonia mundi usa.
Performance Date: March 20, 1996; november 20, 2006
When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.
Performance Date: January 14, 1991