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The Big Picture

David Krakauer and The 35mm Orchestra

  • March 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Step into a musical and cinematic voyage as this renowned clarinetist along with this jazz-inspired orchestra explores themes of identity, place, and resilience. Celebrated clarinetist David Krakauer and The 35mm Orchestra reimagine the music and visuals of some of the most important films in history, featuring scores by Academy Award and Grammy®-winning composers such as John Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, Randy Newman, and Mel Brooks. While these groundbreaking music arrangements are playing, a series of new animated films created by the New York video company Light of Day is projected on a screen behind the performers. Don’t miss an evening of “enlivening panoramas with emotive exuberance” (All About Jazz).

Individual tickets go on sale August 1.

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$44, $37, $26

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Walnut Street Theatre

  • March 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Madcap mastermind, Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo), reinvents Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 classic mystery into a hilarious romp about everyone’s favorite detective and his most infamous case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered one by one, and Sherlock Holmes, along with his trusted sidekick Dr. Watson, must work feverishly to crack the mystery of the curse before it dooms the newest heir. With only five energetic actors playing the roles of more than 40 quirky characters, this production from America’s oldest theater takes the audience on a sidesplitting caper through the Devonshire moors, crowded railway stations, foggy London streets, and gloomy baronial mansions where the duo searches for clues, runs into dead ends, and puzzles out the truth for the shockingly funny conclusion.

Individual tickets go on sale August 1.

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$44, $37, $26

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

Virtuoso Variations

  • March 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Explore the virtuoso Variations of Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Chopin in Jeffrey Siegel’s third mesmerizing performance of the season. Listen to Beethoven's humorous Variations on God Save the King, Mendelssohn's deeply affecting Variations, Op. 54, and the 17 year old Chopin's imaginative flourishes on the popular melody “La ci darem la mano” from Mozart's Don Giovanni while learning more about these 18th and 19th century musical masters. “His performances were expressive and full of passion…This is an artist who means every note he plays” (The New York Times). An interactive Q and A will conclude this program.


Individual tickets go on sale August 1.

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$42, $36, $25

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan

Formosa

  • March 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

“Formosa!” 16th century Portuguese sailors exclaimed when they saw a verdant island, thick with mountains and trees, rising out from the sea off the coast of China. Formosa, or Beautiful Island,

was later renamed Taiwan. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, led by pioneering choreographer Lin Hwai-min, uses this legend as inspiration for its latest evening-length work. Using luminous projected images of Chinese characters as a visual backdrop and music by award-winning indigenous singer Sangpuy, dancers move with unparalleled grace to share the story of abstract beauty born of land and lore. For more than forty years, the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan company has thrilled audiences with its inventive blend of Qigong, martial arts, modern dance, and ballet to celebrate Asian culture and aesthetics. “No company in the world dances like Cloud Gate. It presents a distinct and mature Chinese choreographic language” (Dance Europe).

Individual tickets go on sale August 1.

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Russian String Orchestra

Misha Rachlevsky, conductor

  • March 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall

R. Strauss: Serenade, Op. 7
Bekmambetov: For Misha’s Gang – Suite for small, regular, large and extra-large fiddles
Schnauber: In Memory of Henry Tamianka
Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings

Russia’s finest young string ensemble, the Russian String Orchestra returns to the Center with its acclaimed virtuosity, high energy, and warmth. Under the baton of founder and music director, Misha Rachlevsky, the ensemble is recognized internationally for its quality, depth, and the variety of its repertoire. This program exemplifies the ensemble’s versatility by playing works ranging from Mendelssohn’s popular Octet for Strings to works by contemporary composers. The Russian String Orchestra has met critical acclaim including the Critics Choice in London’s Gramophone and Critics Choice in The New York Times.

Individual tickets go on sale August 1.

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$50, $43, $30

Swan Lake

Moscow Festival Ballet

  • March 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

The exquisite dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet showcase the traditions of Russian grand ballet in this performance of Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpiece. Inspired by a fairy tale, Swan Lake follows the story of Odette, a beautiful princess who falls victim to a spell cast by an evil sorcerer. Celebrated for its stunning choreography by Petipa and Ivanov and, of course, its sublime score, this crown jewel of classical ballet continues to earn adulation from audiences worldwide. The esteemed Moscow Festival Ballet Company, founded in 1989 by legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko brings together the best of Russian ballet. “The dancers of the Moscow Festival Ballet spoke to the soul through the body” (Post and Courier). The whole family will enjoy this stunning full-scale production complete with elaborate sets and beautiful costumes.

Individual tickets go on sale August 1.

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$56, $48, $34

Cinderella

Moscow Festival Ballet

  • March 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Fifty graceful dancers from this world-renowned ensemble perform a ballet for the whole family. Cinderella is based on the well-known fairy tale about the kind but mistreated step-daughter and step-sister who is forbidden to attend the royal ball. When her fairy godmother magically appears, Cinderella’s fate is wondrously transformed. With enchanted melodies, opulent costumes, lavish scenery, hilarious physical comedy, and highly-skilled dancers, this performance is a family friendly treat for all to enjoy.

Individual tickets go on sale August 1.

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$56, $48, $34

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra

Bria Skonberg, trumpet/singer

  • March 31, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

Named as a Millennial “Shaking Up the Jazz World” by Vanity Fair, Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg joins Mason’s own Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra in a swinging evening of fresh beats and brassy standards. Music Director and alto sax virtuoso Jim Carroll leads this distinguished ensemble comprising some of the metro area’s finest jazz musicians in this sensational concert. The orchestra is joined by the multitalented Skonberg, whose soulful, sultry voice and impressive trumpet dexterity fuses modern pop with jazz. In 2016, she released a debut LP of original compositions titled BRIA showcasing her extensive range from the bluesy instrumental “Down the Deep” to the Brazilian-flavored “How Can It Be.” The Wall Street Journal called Skonberg one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation,” and she was recognized in 2016 as one of “25 for the Future” by DownBeat Magazine.

Individual tickets go on sale August 1.

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$46, $39, $28

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