American Echoes Series (2013-14 Season)

Series Prices: $156.00, $132.00, $78.00 for 3 events | ORDER

Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra: Simply Swingin' with Sinatra and Friends

Steve Lippia, vocalist

  • February 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Modern crooner Steve Lippia joins the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra to present a swinging evening of American pop and jazz classics. Enjoy your all-time Sinatra favorites as well as hits by Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, and Barry Manilow. Artistic Director Jim Carroll leads this superb group of musicians from the greater D.C. area as they collaborate with the vocalist said to have "an astonishing approximation of Frank Sinatra’s voice." (Courier-Post) Don’t miss this sizzling evening of America's cherished classics.

$48, $40, $24

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Peter Nero: Music of the Heart

  • February 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Enjoy an evening of romantic music on this Valentine's weekend as legendary pianist Peter Nero performs a delightful fusion of popular and classical styles. This two-time Grammy Award-winning virtuoso and entertainer extraordinaire combines the works of popular and classical composers in a concert of extraordinary music. For example, Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Memory" from Cats with touches of Puccini's Un Bel Di, Cole Porter's "Night and Day" combined with Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, and a series of variations on "I Got Rhythm" fused with sounds of Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Liszt, Mozart, and Prokofiev. Since the 1960s, Peter Nero has warmed the hearts of audiences across the globe with his dazzling musical gifts and brilliant wit. This Juilliard-trained artist has recorded more than 65 albums, and has earned a sterling reputation in his 34 years as conductor and musical director of the legendary Philly Pops with his signature blend of classical music, swing, Broadway, blues, and jazz.

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$60, $52, $30

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An Evening with Branford Marsalis

  • April 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall Family-Friendly Event

This three-time Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer returns to the Center with his acclaimed quartet to treat us to an evening of unsurpassed jazz music. Branford Marsalis earns praise from audiences and critics alike for his unrivaled technique, awe-inspiring versatility, and innovative approach to music making. Performing with his tightly-knit quartet of musicians — longtime members Joey Calderazzo on piano and Eric Revis on bass with rising star Justin Faulkner on drums — this New Orleans native offers up an impressive collection of original compositions and modern and classic jazz standards. Marsalis was born into what The New York Times calls "jazz's most storied living dynasty," and has shared the stage with such 20th century jazz giants as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Rollins.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Jim Carroll, Professor of Jazz Studies; George Mason School of Music (Apr 12, 2014) Pre-Performance Discussion

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$48, $40, $24. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID

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