Forty years after four legendary musicians from across the pond crafted a classic album named for the studio they made famous (Abbey Road), another group of supremely talented musicians from Washington D.C. reimagined that same album in their own unique way. For Dub-Reggae rockers, Yellow Dubmarine, the choice to take on the Beatles masterpiece was a natural one. The resulting sound is a sonic landscape that blends traditional African drumming, simple Rock-steady cadence, horn-laced Ska groove full of Caribbean and Calypso overtones, and bass-heavy Dub “riddim” that sways and bounces and gets everyone up and moving. Essentially Abbey DUB, is an aural journey through the history of Reggae with The Beatles as your guide. From “Come Together” through “Her Majesty,” Yellow Dubmarine finds rejuvenated life in the music of the Beatles, keeping the heart of each tune present, while simultaneously re-creating them in an entirely new light.
Performance Date: November 17, 2012
Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music, or exploring cultures outside the Western classical tradition, he strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination. Mr. Ma was joined by Colin Jacobsen, Jonathan Gandelsman, and Nicholas Cords for an evening of string quartets from Austria to the Caspian Sea.
Performance Date: March 2, 2008
Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside the Western classical tradition, Mr. Ma strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination. Yo-Yo Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras throughout the world, his recital and chamber music activities, and his work with the Silk Road Project, for which he serves as Artistic Director. He draws inspiration from a wide circle of collaborators, each fueled by the artists’ interactions. Mr. Ma is also widely recognized for his strong commitment to educational programs that bring the world into the classroom and the classroom into the world. While touring, he takes time whenever possible to conduct master classes as well as more informal programs for students – musicians and non-musicians alike. He has also reached young audiences through appearances on “Arthur,” “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Sesame Street.”
Performance Date: May 12, 1999
Each member of the chamber trio Zephyr has enjoyed a long and varied musical life, collecting an impressive list of personal achievements along the way. Together as a trio since 2000, Zephyr use their varied chamber music and solo backgrounds to create interesting duo/trio programs, their repertoire include the works of Haydn, Damase, Francaix, Villa-Lobos, Debussy, Ravel, Weber and Martinu. Their probing musicality and intelligence keep listeners absorbed from the first note to the last, and will assure them places in the hearts of music lovers everywhere.
Performance Date: February 17, 2000
The Ziegfeld Follies was a theatrical juggernaut that did far more than launch the career of Marilyn Miller. It forever transformed the Broadway musical. When the show was first mounted in 1907, no one, not even producer Florenz Ziegfeld, could have possibly imagined its impact.
Performance Date: April 20, 1992
The sharp-dressed men of legendary rock band ZZ Top are bringing their signature mix of Southern rock, blues and boogie, to the Norton Center this fall. Guitarist Billy F. Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard are currently touring the country in support of their first studio album in nine years, La Futura. ZZ TOP’s music is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful, and 100% Texas American in derivation. They’ve been thrilling audiences since the group’s inception in 1969 and can lay the undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original members intact. Their unmistakable sound and attitude have garnered them legions of fans and cemented their status as cultural icons with popular hits including, “Sharp Dressed Man,” “La Grange,” “Legs,” “Gimme All your Lovin’,” and “Tube Snake Boogie.” These Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have sold millions of records over the course of their career, have been officially designated as Heroes of The State of Texas, have been referenced in countless cartoons and sitcoms and are true rock icons but, against all odds, they’re really just doing what they’ve always done. They’re real and they’re surreal and they’re ZZ Top.
From Brazilian pop tunes to the Bossa Nova, folk songs to lyrical interpretations of Pablo Neruda’s poetry, the Luciana Souza Trio (featuring Souza on vocals, Romero Lubambo on guitar and Cyro Baptista on percussion) performs beautiful Brazilian music with equal parts melody, clarity and sizzle. Grammy® winner Luciana Souza is one of jazz’s leading singers and interpreters with seven acclaimed releases. Romero Lubambo is considered by critics to be “the best practitioner of his craft in the world today… his creativity and energy are in a class all their own.” Cyro Baptista, one of the premier percussionists in the country, has performed on five Grammy® award-winning albums. Collectively, they have performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Herbie Hancock, James Taylor, Kathleen Battle, Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg.
Performance Date: October 5, 2011