The Uptown String Quartet really began as part of the Max Roach Double Quartet. Their 1985 joint recording had John Williams and Cecelia Hobbs on violins, Maxine Roach (Max’s daughter) on viola, and cellist Eileen Folson. By 1986, the string quartet had its name and the personnel of violinists Diana Monroe and Lesa Terry, Maxine Roach, and cellist Zela Terry. By the time they debuted in 1989 on record as a separate entity of their own, Monroe, Lesa Terry, and Roach were joined by Eileen Folson; the personnel would remain the same. One of the very first string quartets to improvise (they were preceded by Turtle Island), the group’s repertoire on their two releases (for Philips and Bluemoon) ranges from bop standards and traditional folk songs to new advanced originals.
Performance Date: February 25, 1993
Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and all of their Veggie friends are coming Danville in the all new fresh, funny, and unforgettable VeggieTales Live! Little Kids Do Big Things tour. VeggieTales Live! Little Kids Do Big Things is a must-see, fun filled celebration for families and VeggieTales fans of all ages. Join the VeggieTales crew in a musical review that celebrates that with help and faith, even little kids can do big things too! This all new production features live performances of Veggie silly song favorites like The Hairbrush Song and I Love My Lips as well as songs that inspire like Big Things Too. Children will be thrilled to see their favorite Veggie friends live on stage performing in a rollicking musical review of VeggieTales greatest hits. This high-energy show is sure to delight children and families of all ages.
There are few pieces of music as instantly recognizable as Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. And yet, as it is so often heard only in fragments, the complete piece still has the capacity to surprise and delight. Founded in 1997 by Baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the very finest period instrument ensembles. The Orchestra receives wide critical acclaim for its concert and opera performances throughout North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. The group was joined by violin soloist and Scottish rising star Nicola Benedetti, whose highly personal interpretations of Vivaldi’s work have been called “teasingly wistful one minute, electrifying ad explosive the net” (The Scotsman).
Program included –
Galuppi: Concerto a Quattro No. 2 in G Major
Avision: Concerto Grosso No. 8 in E Minor, after D. Scarlatti
Geminiani: Concerto Grosson for strings in D Minor, “La Follia”
Vivaldi: Concerto in D Major for violin, strings and basso continuo, RV 212a, “Per la solennità della S. lingua di S. Antonio in Padua”
Vivaldi: “The Four Season”
Performance Date: February 20, 2017
No group of child musicians has won more renown than the incomparable Vienna Boys Choir, founded by Emperor Maximilian I in 1498. Six centuries later, the famed Vienna Boys Choir continue to delight music-lovers across the globe with their purity of tone, distinctive charm and a diverse, crowd pleasing repertoire that encompasses Austrian folk songs and waltzes, classical masterpieces, beloved pop songs, holiday favorites and medieval chant. Gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty, they carry on the Vienna Boys Choir’s illustrious tradition as the world’s preeminent boy choir.
Performance Dates: November 20, 2011; March 16, 2003; February 8, 1998; March 2, 1984
For more than 160 years, the internationally recognized Vienna Philharmonic has been at the heart and soul of the best tradition of European classical music. Wagner described it as “one of the most outstanding in the world”; and Richard Strauss summarized these sentiments by saying: “All praise of the Vienna Philharmonic reveals itself as understatement.”
Performance Date: September 27, 2010
One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill is famous for his top-notch songwriting, world-class guitar playing and warm, soaring tenor, all wrapped up in a quick and easy wit. Gill achieved his big breakthrough in 1990 with “When I Call Your Name,” which won both the Country Music Association’s Single and Song of the Year award as well as a Grammy®. Since then, he has won 20 Grammy® Awards, 17 more CMA honors, including Song of the Year four times – making him the most-awarded artist in that category in CMA history. Gill was awarded The Academy of Country Music’s prestigious 2006 Home Depot Humanitarian Award and the 2011 Career Achievement Award. Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the four-time Grammy®-nominated band, The Time Jumpers. He returns to Newlin Hall in February on a brief hiatus from touring with the legendary American rock band, The Eagles.
Performance date: February 2nd, 2019 at 8pm
Vinson Cole is an American operatic tenor. A native of Kansas City, the tenor studied at the University of Missouri, Kansas City; the Philadelphia Musical Academy; and at the Curtis Institute of Music with Margaret Harshaw.
Performance Date: November 19, 1991
Rooted in the rich tradition of Czech chamber music, the Vlach Quartet Prague has achieved a place among today’s leading quartets through its concert performances around the world and numerous critically acclaimed recordings, including a recent release of the complete chamber works of DvorÃ¡k. Known for its impeccable technical skills and unerring intonation, the quartet plays with a distinctive understanding of the heart and soul of Czech music that conveys to the audience a genuine spiritual connection to the music.
Performance Date: February 20, 2005
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: 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
Bringing its signature style and dynamic approach, Aquila re-imagines one of the most famous love stories ever told with this heart-wrenching new production. Set on the wild, windswept Yorkshire moors, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights is the story of free-spirited Catherine and dark, brooding Heathcliff. As children, they are inseparable and, with time, their affection deepens into a passionate love. But Catherine lets her head rule her heart as she chooses to marry the wealthy Edgar Linton. Heathcliff flees the moors broken-hearted only to return years later as a wealthy man, but is it too late for them? Over a century and a half after it was published, Brontë’s magnum opus remains an incredibly moving and classic tale of love, passion, and revenge. Impeccable design and a unique physical style combine with a marvelous cast to makeWuthering Heights an exquisite and captivating theatrical experience. Download a free copy of the Wuthering Heights Ebook here.
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: February 23, 1995
A fusion of high-energy drumming, music, and theater, YAMATO takes the best elements of traditional Taiko and presents them with the humor and vigor of STOMP. Founded in Nara, “the land of Yamato” which is said to be the birthplace of Japanese culture, YAMATO travels around the world with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums, putting the musicians’ very souls into the unusual instruments, stirring the hearts of people everywhere. Performances are infused with the idea that the drumbeat, like the heartbeat, is the very pulse of life. Since its formation almost a decade ago, YAMATO has played to more than a million people, giving over 1,000 performances in a dozen different countries.
Performance Date: November 1, 2011