• From his childhood fascination with the sounds of Flatt & Scruggs as he watched the Beverly Hillbillies, to his years playing with the progressive New Grass Revival band, to a dizzying array of musical collaborations with jazz, rock, and classical musicians the world over, Bela Fleck is without doubt the premier banjo player on the planet. With 30 nominations in the most categories of anyone in Grammy history, and 14 wins, Bela Fleck is still pushing boundaries, now brilliantly pairing with The Knights, an indie orchestral collective based in New York City with a remarkable diversity of talents. Led by brothers, violinist Colin Jacobsen and conductor/cellist Eric Jacobsen, members of The Knights are composers, arrangers, singer-songwriters, and improvisers who bring a range of cultural influences to the group, from jazz and klezmer to pop and indie rock. Bela Fleck and The Knights are planning a thrilling cross-genre program that is the essence of a new contemporary approach to music-making, featuring The Imposter, Fleck’s groundbreaking concerto for banjo and orchestra originally commissioned by the Nashville Symphony.

      The rebirth of classical music is taking shape in the heart of New York City and its leaders are an unlikely group of Brooklyn hipsters who equally revere Handel and Hendrix. Fueled by hard work, passion, and a quest for fun, The Knights are not your parents’ symphony orchestra. WNET New York Public Media

      Fleck’s banjo is a multi-faceted character in the concerto, stealing sly duets with cello and clarinet, rolling out confident flourishes and, in the later stages of the last movement, revealing its true bluegrass roots.” NPR Music

    • The parade’s just starting so jump right in and join this exciting second-line tribute launching the Jubilee Celebration of the Arts Association’s cultural contributions to East Alabama since its beginnings in 1965. Jazz trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, Jr. – the Cultural Ambassador for the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana – brings his 18-piece big band NOJO to light up a wintry evening with the spirit of Mardi Gras. Good times will be rolling so wear purple and green and don’t worry if you forget your beads – we’ll throw you some!

      “…above all, these guys are about playing New Orleans Jazz with blistering Creole fire, a kind of unrestrained fun and virtuosity…” -OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

      “…a free-playing jam, it’s like a savory dish of musical gumbo…swinging sound of horns, piano, bass and drums, along with the cool-cat musicality…-DESERET NEWS, SALT LAKE CITY, UT

    • Take a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew in Broadway's swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan with a chorus line of mermaids, a crocodile, and Queen Victoria’s treasure trunk full of stardust. Meet Peter before he became the Boy Who Never Grew Up and Captain Hook before the hook! Peter and the Starcatcher is Broadway’s most mayhem-filled evening of madcap fun starring twelve actors playing more than a hundred roles – a magical evening for the child in all of us.

      The most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades! You must experience for yourself. Ben Brantley, The New York Times

      Miraculous. Spectacle, wit, and joy spill out of this production like treasure from a magic pocket. Justin Davidson, New York Magazine

      Peter soars—deliriously high and gloriously far…the show is an astonishing inventory of stage trickery and verbal pyrotechnics. David Cote, Time Out New York

    • The British are coming! …but this time led by the charismatic and ever-popular American conductor Keith Lockhart, Director of the Boston Pops and Brevard Music Center. As the Principal Conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra since 2010, Lockhart has led annual appearances at The Proms, conducted a performance at Queen Elizabeth II’s gala Diamond Jubilee Concert broadcast around the world, and is bringing the orchestra back across the pond for its third tour of concert halls throughout the United States. Expect a dazzling English musical showcase guided by the Brits’ unerring sense of occasion, and featuring pianist Charlie Albright in a performance of Ravel’s glittering, jazz-inflected Piano Concerto in G.

      The success of the evening owed much to the American conductor Keith Lockhart, whose friendly, informative and enthusiastic style encouraged the BBC Concert Orchestra to give one of their best performances. Chichester Observer

      The BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart, played amazing pieces of classical music. The works of composers Benjamin Britten, Edward Elgar and George Butterworth were featured as the orchestra played to a packed house… The sounds of the orchestra were dramatic and perfectly executed. Daily Sundial (California)

    • Israeli-born Ronen Koresh’s path to a life in dance is not your typical career track. He learned as a child from his mother, a folk dancer in the Yemenite tradition, and joined Martha Graham’s Batsheva 2 Dance Company as a teenager. After fulfilling his three-year enlistment with the Israeli army he immigrated to the United States to train in New York City with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; then created his own company in Philadelphia. Now Koresh Dance Company is renowned for its powerful stage presence and emotionally charged performances in balance with a deep commitment to education and community-building through collaboration. Don’t miss one of the company’s signature works as the company lights up the stage to the music of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero!

      They consistently astonish with their skill, when all nine of them move together as a unit, they become a single entity, a piece of life moving as if with one heartbeat. San Antonio Express

      Fortunately, one of the ways to tell that one hasn’t become cynical is the joy that bubbles up in the gut when you witness something truly wonderful onstage…I came away boggled and bedazzled… The Broad Street Review

    The Arts Association of East Alabama is pleased to announce the exhibition and sale of the works of artist Tom Woodward on Saturday, January 24, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Cultural Arts Center in Opelika. Enjoy beautiful drawings, a cocktail buffet, and the opportunity to support the new Tom Woodward Scholarship in the Visual Arts established in Tom’s memory by his family and friends. Details below.

    January 24, 2015 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
    A Tribute to Tom Woodward at 6:00 pm
    The Cultural Arts Center of East Alabama
    1103 Glenn St., Opelika
    All proceeds to benefit The Tom Woodward Scholarship in the Visual Arts
    Questions? Call tel:334-749-8105 334-749-8105

    Opelika Center For The Performing Arts

    Join us for a performance in the the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts, an 1100 seat hall that has been host to none other than twenty-two international orchestras including The National Symphony Orchestra and the Alabama Symphony, fifty nationally touring Broadway productions including “Annie,” “In the Heights,” and “South Pacific“, nine performances of the New York City Opera National Company, twenty-one major ballet and dance companies including Paul Taylor Dance Company and David Parsons Dance, and twenty-one jazz celebrities and popular entertainers including Shirley Horn, John PizarelliRoseanne Cash, and The 5 Browns.

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