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Program: Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin; Ravel, Piano Concerto in G; Walton, March Crown Imperial; Vaughn Williams, Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1, E minor; Britten, Vars and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell (Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, no narrator)
Led by Principal Conductor Keith Lockhart, the BBC Concert Orchestra is one of the UK's most versatile ensembles. It has a wide and flexible repertoire, ranging from classical works and musical theater to light music and film scores, and appears with a huge range of artists every year. Since 1952 it has been the house orchestra for BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night.
Classically-trained virtuoso violinist/violists Kev Marcus and Wil B—the dynamic duo known as Black Violin—are boundary-defying performers who merge classical, hip-hop, jazz, blues, and R&B into an electrifying style all their own. Joined by turntable whiz DJTK and drummer Beatdown, they smash musical stereotypes to get people fired up about classical music. They are sure to enthrall fans of Bach, Beyoncé, and beyond!
Back by popular demand! See Boyz II Men, one of the most iconic R&B groups in music history, live at the State Theatre! Hits include "End of the Road," "I'll Make Love to You," "One Sweet Day," "Motownphilly," "Water Runs Dry," "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday," and "On Bended Knee."
Hailed by The New York Times as one of "Broadway's electric conductors," Todd Ellison leads a sizzling program of spectacular favorites from such Broadway hits as Carousel, Monty Python's Spamalot, Shrek the Musical, and 42nd Street. Two of the hottest talents on the stage today—Beth Leavel and Christopher Sieber—join Ellison and the NJSO for a sparkling program of showtunes.
Enjoy an evening of classic Chicago blues with Buddy Guy! Guy's hits include, "Mustang Sally," "Damn Right, I've Got the Blues," and "Feels Like Rain."
Guy—whose sound blends the traditions of classic Chicago blues with the flash and energy of rock and roll—is one of the world's leading bluesmen with a career that spans nearly 50 years with over 50 albums and six Grammy® Awards.
Renowned for his raw, blistering vocals and high-voltage guitar playing, Guy has earned the respect of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Mark Knopfler; all of whom indicate Buddy Guy as their major musical inspiration. He was ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and his song "Stone Crazy" was ranked 78th in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time."
See Grammy® Lifetime Achievement winner and Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Dickey Betts with his band Great Southern!
Co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, Betts is the man behind the Band's greatest musical triumphs—"Ramblin' Man," "Blue Sky," "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed," and the Grammy® Award-winning "Jessica." Betts is one of the top 10 rock guitarists of all time, according to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame, and in September 2003, Rolling Stone magazine counted him among the "100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time."
After splitting with the Allman Brothers Band in 2000, Dickey Betts began a solo career when he released the acclaimed Lets Get Together, which included the songs "Rave On," "Tombstone Eyes," "Dona Maria," and the instrumental odyssey, "One Stop Be-Bop."
See the King Of Romance, Engelbert Humperdinck whose hits "Release Me", "Quando, Quando, Quando," "Am I That Easy To Forget," and "The Last Waltz" live in concert at the State Theatre!
Engelbert Humperdinck has been a legend in the international music industry for the last 40 plus years, with over 150 million records sold. He has received four Grammy® nominations, a Golden Globe for "Entertainer of the Year" (1988), 63 gold and 24 platinum records, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Fab Faux returns! See them live, with Hogshead Horns and Crème Tangerine Strings, as they perform The Beatles The White Album in its entirety! Fun for the whole family!
The Fab Faux brings together the talents of five of New York's most respected musicians: Will Lee of Late Show with David Letterman; Jimmy Vivino, band leader and guitarist for Conan; Rich Pagano, who has performed with Rosanne Cash and Ray Davies; Jack Petruzzelli, who has toured and recorded with Joan Osborne, Patti Smith, and Rufus Wainwright; and Frank Agnello, whose musical credits include Phoebe Snow, Marshall Crenshaw, and Joey Molland of Badfinger.
See 10-time Grammy® Award-winning jazz master George Benson showcase his masterful guitar playing as he performs some of his greatest hits from his impressive back catalog, including "On Broadway," "Give Me The Night," "Turn Your Love Around," "In Your Eyes," "This Masquerade," and "Weekend in L.A."
In a career spanning 5 decades and over 30 albums, George Benson has used his jazz roots as the foundation for an engaging mix of pop, R&B, and other shades that add up to a style that appeals to a broad mainstream audience.
His album Breezin, released in 1976, was the first jazz release to go Platinum, becoming a significant force in popular culture. In June 2013, Benson released his fourth album for Concord Records, Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole.
Jersey rocker Glen Burnik returns with his 8th annual concert celebration of the Beatles. Joined by an eclectic group of guest performers, this is a tribute like no other. Line-up to be announced.
Burtnik has been one of the most respected performers of Beatles music for over 30 years. After portraying the role of Paul McCartney in the Broadway hit show Beatlemania, he went on to spend two years with RAIN: The Ultimate Beatles Experience. He appears annually at the legendary "Fest For Beatles Fans" conventions and occasionally with The Fab Faux. Burtnik has been a member of prominent classic rock bands Styx and Electric Light Orchestra.
Starring The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie ("It Ain't Me Babe," "Let Me Be," "Happy Together"), Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night ("Joy To The World," "Mama Told Me Not To Come," "One"), Mark Farner formerly of Grand Funk Railroad ("The Loco-Motion," "Walk Like a Man," "We're an American Band"), Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels ("Devil with a Blue Dress On," "Sock It to Me-Baby!"), and Gary Lewis & The Playboys ("This Diamond Ring," "Count me in," "Everybody Loves a Clown).
With tight, ringing harmonies, slick moves and an utter commitment to the joy of the music, Spectrum recreates the sound of Motown. Relive the magic of The Four Tops, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, The Drifters, The Miracles and other R&B sensations with this high-energy tribute including "Just My Imagination," "My Girl," and "The Way You Do the Things You Do."
Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns, and Ronan Tynan, collectively The Irish Tenors, are Ireland's premier ambassadors of song, joined by a full orchestra for an evening of holiday music. All classically trained singers, each having performed in leading concert halls across the world, together they combine to produce a sound and concert experience which touches hearts and stirs the emotions.
Featuring traditional Christmas songs and music that simply "travels well," their holiday concert is rich in Irish culture, and seasonal musical treasures.
Enjoy an evening with the irresistibly swinging Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and its musical director Wynton Marsalis! Marsalis 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. He attended the prestigious Julliard School in 1979 and two years later began performing over 120 concerts every year for the next 15 years. He also pursued classical music and won the Grammy® Award for "Best Classical Soloist with an Orchestra" on his debut recording. To date, Marsalis has produced over 70 records which have sold over seven million copies worldwide.
One of the most highly respected veterans in the music business, John Hiatt is a Grammy® nominated guitarist, pianist, singer, and songwriter. His hit songs include "Have a Little Faith in Me," "Thing Called Love," and "Tennessee Plates."
Grammy®-winning musician Robert Cray's indefinable sound is a mix of rock, soul, jazz, and blues. His songs include "Smoking Gun," "Right Next Door," and "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark."
Grammy® Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell is one of today's most popular and accomplished classical artists, capturing universal acclaim for his virtuosity, beautiful tone, and charismatic stage presence. His career has now spanned more than 30 years as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and conductor. He is the newly-appointed music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with which he recently toured Europe and played Beethoven symphonies in both concerts and recording sessions.
Renowned Grammy® Award–winning saxophonist and Tony®-nominated composer Branford Marsalis joins the highly celebrated Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in Marsalis "Well-Tempered," a performance of Baroque masterpieces by Albinoni, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and others.
Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.
On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock 'n' Roll" at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal, and celebrations featuring timeless hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever," "That's All Right," "Sixteen Tons," "Great Balls of Fire," "I Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Who Do You Love?," "Matchbox," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Hound Dog," and more.
Program: Dvořák, Overture "Carnival"; Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35; and Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Founded in 1943 by Lev Steinberg, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra has established a reputation as one of the premier interpreters of the Russian classic composers. Under the subsequent leadership of Nikolai Anosov and Leo Ginzburg, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra developed relationships with the most prominent Russian 20th century musicians and composers, including many premieres of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Myaskovsky, and Gliere. Today, the MSSO is led by Pavel Kogan who assumed the positions of Music Director and Chief Conductor in 1989. Since then, the MSSO has steadily expanded its repertoire beyond the classics of Russian and Western symphonic literature to include contemporary compositions from both Russia and abroad.
Program: Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56; Ponce, Piano Concerto "Romantic"; Brahms, Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
The world-famous Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México returns to the State Theatre! This is the orchestra's first visit to the United States since 2008. Joining the orchestra for this performance is rising star piano soloist, Irina Chistiakova.
Founded in 1971 by Maestro Enrique Batiz and the State Government of Mexico, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México aims to promote music as a means of union and identification among Mexicans. A cultural gem of Mexico, the orchestra has recorded a wide range of traditional Mexican and Spanish songs as well as classics by Verdi and Beethoven.
See rock legends Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo live at the State Theatre! Hits include "Hit Me with Your Best Shot," "Love is a Battlefield," "Heartbreaker," "We Belong," "Invincible," and "Shadows of the Night."
Four time Grammy® Award-winner Pat Benatar is celebrating 35 years of playing music with her husband and accomplished guitarist and songwriter, Neil Giraldo. "35 years ago, 'Heartbreaker,' on the debut album In The Heat of The Night, was the catalyst for it all," said Benatar. Together, with their talent and chemistry, the couple has become one of the most successful partnerships in rock & roll history, selling more than 26 million albums and charting 19 Top 40 singles.
See international multi-platinum recording artist Patrizio Buanne live in concert! Buanne performs many of his greatest hits, including "Il Mondo," "Un Angelo," and "Solo tu My Baby," plus spirited interpretations of timeless pop standards from the Italian songbook such as "Mambo Italiano" and "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," as well as his favorite American songs and upcoming releases.
Buanne has taken the world by storm with his ballads and up-tempo tunes, all rooted in the pop traditions of his Italian homeland, earning him the title "The Ambassador of Dolce Vita." Buanne's international debut album, The Italian, reached the top 10 on the pop charts in the UK, where it went gold in a week. His second album, Forever Beings Tonight, reached #53 in the U.S. Together, these albums have sold several million albums worldwide. His third album, self-titled Patrizio, reached #4 on national jazz billboard charts in the U.S.
See legendary multi-Grammy® Award-winning singer Roberta Flack live at the State Theatre! Her unparalleled ability to blend pop, soul, folk, and jazz has firmly rooted her as one of the greatest songstresses of all time, with countless chart hits and millions of records sold worldwide. Songs include "Killing Me Softly with His Song," "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," and "Feel Like Makin' Love."
Rock and Blues fans are in for a tasty musical treat this summer with Rock 'N' Blues Fest! The Rock 'N' Blues Fest brings a super star lineup of artists including Johnny Winter (ranked one of the top 100 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine), Edgar Winter ("Free Ride", "Frankenstein"), Vanilla Fudge ("You Keep Me Hanging On", "Season of the Witch"), Peter Rivera, formerly of Rare Earth ("I Know I'm Losing You", "I Just Want to Celebrate"), and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds ("Train to Nowhere").
Spend an evening with four Broadway singers, a band, and the music of Broadway legends Rodgers and Hammerstein! This special Broadway in Concert program—presented in collaboration with Music Director Todd Ellison as part of a series—will include songs from The King and I, South Pacific, Carousel, and more, including "Some Enchanted Evening," "I Have Dreamed," "Shall We Dance?," "Love Look Away," and "You'll Never Walk Alone."
Hailed by The New York Times as one of "Broadway's electric conductors," Todd Ellison is one of the most accomplished and sought after Music Directors working today. His credits include the recent Broadway production of Annie, Monty Python's Spamalot, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, La Cage aux Folles, and 42nd Street, among others.
Enjoy the fast playing, rhythmic acoustic guitar musicians, Rodrigo y Gabriela! The Mexican duo (of Rodrigo and Gabriela) has sold in excess of 1.2 million albums.They gained a reputation by playing on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, and later experienced a boost in the U.S. when they were featured on MTV. Their self-titled album, Rodrigo y Gabriela, entered the Irish Albums Chart at #1 beating Arctic Monkeys and Johnny Cash to the top spot.
Direct from Dakar, Senegal! The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir, a company of 15 singers and 4 traditional Senegalese Drummers, make their State Theatre debut! Program will include "Amazing Grace," "The Storm is Passing Over," "Day Oh," and more.
Revel in the vocal splendor of Seraphic Fire this holiday season with their Christmas concert, Carols by Candlelight! Entering its second decade, Seraphic Fire is widely regarded as one of the most important vocal ensembles in the U.S. Led by Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley, Seraphic Fire brings the best ensemble singers from around the country to perform repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to newly commissioned works. The ensemble's recordings Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem and A Seraphic Fire Christmas were nominated for two 2012 Grammy® Awards.
See Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriters Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle live in concert! "Songs and Stories, Together Onstage" features the two esteemed artists sharing the stage for a rousing night of song swapping, duets, storytelling, and stellar guitar playing. The evening promises to be a rich and inspiring musical experience as these two long-time friends and mutual admirers share music from their extensive catalogs as well as some of their favorite songs by other classic songwriters.
Featuring: BJ Thomas, Felix Cavaliere's Rascals, The Vogues, Dennis Tufano the "original voice" of The Buckinghams 1910 Fruitgum Company
The syncopated sounds of 10-time Grammy® Award-winning ensemble Take 6 will fill you with holiday spirit! This sensational sextet infuses R&B, pop, gospel, and more into joyful, groovin' entertainment, with a program that includes their unique take on seasonal favorites including "Joy to the World" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." Come early and enjoy caroling in the lobby, and bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots.
Enjoy the sounds of two of the most iconic Motown groups of all time, The Temptations and The Four Tops!
The Grammy Award-winning Temptations hits include "My Girl," "Just My Imagination," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone." The Four Tops are best known for their hits, "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)," "Baby, I Need Your Loving," "It's the Same Old Song," "Bernadette," and "Reach Out (I'll Be There)."
See Country star Trace Adkins live in concert this holiday season! Trace Adkins' trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and sold over 10 million albums. His hit list includes "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," "You're Gonna Miss This", "Ladies Love Country Boys", "Songs About Me," "Every Light In The House," "Hillbilly Bone" (Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins), "(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing," "Ladies Love Country Boys," and "Just Fishin'."
Jam along to this powerful, soul-infused rock and roll band founded by Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman featuring twin lead vocals from multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne and singer-songwriter Jackie Greene who also plays guitar and keyboards. Rounding out the group are lead guitarist Tom Bukovac and bassist Nick Govrik.
Trigger Hippy's first recorded material, a self-titled limited edition 10-inch EP, was released in November 2013. The four songs on the EP were written collectively by the band who draw much of their musical inspiration "…from the members' shared love of R&B and soul—lots of Al Green and Stax, some old blues covers and a little bit of Led Zeppelin and Little Feat thrown in for good measure" as described by The Memphis Commercial Appeal.