Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts announces 2014-15 season lineup

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Commentary by Tania Castroverde Moskalenko

June is an extra special month at the Center for the Performing Arts. During the weekend of June 20 the center will shine the spotlight on the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame as part of the Krieg DeVault Encore Celebration.

It’s an exciting event designed to honor the legends of the American Songbook. This year the center’s artistic director Michael Feinstein honors the musical contributions of Nat King Cole, Linda Ronstadt, Shirley Jones and Johnny Mathis.

Each year the festivities expand, making Central Indiana the proud home of the Great American Songbook.

Not only are we honoring musical legends this month, we are announcing the brand new season lineup. It is my pleasure to invite you to join the center as a subscriber for the 2014-15 season.

Beginning June 17, our box office is selling series subscriptions and renewals.

Highlights from the new season include the incomparable Tony Bennett, composer and songwriter extraordinaire Randy Newman, the full-length classical ballet “Sleeping Beauty,” the up-and-coming Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids, George Benson in a tribute to Nat King Cole, the historic return of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea in a rare duo performance, country superstar Martina McBride, holiday shows by Dave Koz, George Winston, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, as well as an appearance by the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman, among other must-see artists.

Subscribe by phone or box office by calling 843-3800 or by visiting the Palladium box office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. You will receive all tickets by mail at least three weeks before your first performance.

As a nonprofit arts and cultural organization, the Center for the Performing Arts relies on subscription sales, generous individual gifts and sponsorships to fulfill our mission to welcome, engage, inspire and transform.

We look forward to seeing you for an exciting season of world-class artistry as we continue our commitment to bringing the best of live performance to you.

Tania Castroverde Moskalenko is President and CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts. Please send comments to info@youarecurrent.com.

The Stratford Songbook Series

Great American Songbook High School Vocal Competition

7 p.m. July 25 at the Palladium

A new generation of Songbook stars is revealed in nationwide regional competitions sponsored by the Great American Songbook Initiative. Those young artists who are selected to participate in a week of intensive mentoring in Carmel show their talent in the final competition to select the 2014 Great American Songbook Youth Ambassador. In addition to a monetary stipend, the ambassador earns the opportunity to perform with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award nominated entertainer and founder of the Feinstein Initiative, Michael Feinstein. Join Michael Feinstein for this show and be inspired and awed by the accomplishments of the next generation of Songbook artists.

Tommy Tune: Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales

Accompanied by his music director, Michael Biagi on piano

8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Palladium

“Supple, suave, and elegant displays of virtuosity.” New York Newsday

“Ninety minutes you fervently wish would never end … As big as anything on Broadway.” New York Magazine

In Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales, Broadway’s tallest tapper takes to the world’s smallest stage, dancing, singing and tale-telling through 50 years of big time showmanship – all on only 4 square feet “you have to see it to believe it.” P.T. Barnum

George Benson

Inspiration: A Tribute to Nat King Cole

7 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Palladium

In his four-decade career, George Benson has garnered ten Grammy Awards, been heralded as an unparalleled jazz guitarist, and a vocalist with great emotional range and sophistication. Benson brings heartfelt renditions of some of Cole’s greatest songs and will perform with an orchestra. The evening is a tribute to Nat and his memorable voice in music, and for his creation of a timeless body of work that continues to inspire artists around the world.

Tony Bennett with Very Special Guest Antonia Bennett

8 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Palladium

“… his voice is still a technical marvel, and no one else on Earth can make a lyric written eight decades ago sound as natural as a conversation at a coffee shop.” – New York Magazine

As timeless and treasured as the songs he made famous, Tony Bennett has sold more than 50 million records worldwide, including 10 million in the last 10 years. “My ambition is to actually sound better as I get older. It’s all about meaning it more, giving it more depth,” Bennett says. His “Duets II” album debuted at No. 1, making him the only recording artist in history to achieve this at age 85!

Randy Newman

7 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Palladium

Randy Newman has long been one of the most musically and lyrically ambitious singer-songwriters in popular music. His songwriting success includes other artists popularizing his work: Three Dog Night had a hit with “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” and Joe Cocker scored with the hilariously lascivious “You Can Leave Your Hat On”. Newman’s own Top 40 success came with the most unlikely track, “Short People.” Other hits include “It’s Money That I Love” and “I Love L.A.” He has been a prolific film composer, a regular Academy Award nominee and an Oscar winner for “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc. Among his notable scores are Ragtime, The Natural, Parenthood, Awakenings, Avalon, Pleasantville and Leatherheads. In recent years, he has specialized in composing for a range of critically acclaimed blockbuster family films, including, Toy Story, James and the Giant Peach, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Cars. Though Newman projects the image of a misanthrope in his own work, he summons tremendous warmth and tenderness in the songs he created for these movies

Michael Feinstein with Marilyn Maye

7 p.m. March 22 at the Palladium

“Passionate… impeccably harmonized … groundbreaking.” The New York Times.

A concert evening featuring multi-platinum, five-time Grammy and two-time Emmy nominee, Michael Feinstein. He will perform favorites from the Great American Songbook.

The Buck Group Dance Series

Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza

8 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15 at the Tarkington Theatre

“The dances stood out most for their intense theatricality and for Ms. Pérez-Salas’ evident delight in entertaining her audiences…” The New York Times

An evening of visually stunning and highly emotive works from Mexico’s premiere contemporary choreographer. All ticket holders are invited to enjoy a Q&A with the artistic director and dancers immediately following the performance.

Program:

● Made in Mexico (Hecho en Mexico)

● Waters of Forgetfulness, 1998 (Las Aguas del Olvido)

● Ex-stasis, 2010

Diavolo: “Architecture in Motion”

Jacques Heim, Artistic Director

8 p.m. Jan. 16 and 17 at the Tarkington Theatre

Brace yourself for a full-throttle evening of entertainment that combines the artistry and beauty of dance with the power and gravity-defying feats of world champion stunt performers, gymnasts, and martial artists. Thrilling and playful, Diavolo creates a powerful and provocative production that will amaze you. Internationally renowned for the unique way in which they reinvent dance, re-imagine theatre, and redefine thrills, Diavolo takes movement, athletics, and daring to the extreme, creating abstract narratives about the human experience using surreal architectural set pieces.

Program:

● Transit Space

● Trajectoire

Russian National Ballet Theatre

The Sleeping Beauty

8 p.m. March 20 and 21; 3 p.m. March 22 at the Tarkington Theatre

The crown jewel of legendary choreographer Marius Petipa’s career, “The Sleeping Beauty” is the magical fairy tale of the beautiful, sleeping princess who awaits the kiss of her prince. Brought to life by one of Moscow’s finest ballet companies, this enchanting tale is set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. A grand theme of good versus evil, the ballet is about the story of Aurora, who has been cursed since birth by the evil fairy Carabosse. After pricking her finger on a spindle, the princess and her whole kingdom fall into a deep sleep that will last one hundred years until she is saved by the brave prince, Désiré. Performed by a company that is dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet.

Youth America Grand Prix=

Stars of Today Meet the Stars of Tomorrow

3 p.m. April 19 at the Palladium

Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) is the world’s largest student ballet scholarship competition that awards scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide. We present YAPG finalists and stars of the world’s leading dance companies in a thrilling evening of classical ballet excerpts. YAGP’s level of reputation as a showcase for dance students from America and abroad is such that even passing the preliminary round to be selected to participate in the New York City Finals gives a participant an important distinction and a boost to their professional dance career.

Taft Law Jazz & Blues Series

Al Jarreau

8 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Palladium*

*Day, date, time still need to be confirmed

Al Jarreau’s unique vocal style is one of the world’s most precious treasures. He has garnered seven Grammy Awards across jazz, pop and R&B genres and scores of international music awards. Known for acclaimed albums, the theme from Moonlighting and his most recognizable hit, “We’re In This Love Together,” Jarreau always finds new ways to mix things up and maintain his signature sound as “the voice of versatility.”

Big Band Holidays: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Special Guest Cécile McLorin Salvant

8 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Palladium

“The finest big band in the world today,” said the Daily Telegraph, UK.

“If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three – Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald – it is this virtuoso.” – The New York Times

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant will add soul and swing to the holiday season. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestrais composed of 15 of jazz music’s leading soloists under the leadership of musical director and trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis.

Cécile McLorin Salvant has exploded on the jazz scene as a masterful interpreter of song, with a canny ability to select unique and rarely performed repertoire. A rising star in the jazz scene, Salvant joins the orchestra for an evening of big band holiday jazz at its best.

Stanley Clarke Trio

7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Palladium

Four-time Grammy winner Stanley Clarke has achieved “living legend” status and he is known as the liberator of the electric and acoustic basses. Clarke has been a constant force of nature in American music since the early 1970s with the success of the jazz-fusion group Return To Forever. He has the distinction of being the first bassist in history to headline sold-out world tours and have gold albums. He was also the first to double on acoustic and electric bass with equal virtuosity and ferocity.  Clarke has received Emmy nominations for his film scores, and he was Rolling Stone’s very first Jazzman of the Year and bassist winner of Playboy’s Music Award for ten straight years. Clarke was honored with Bass Player Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award and is a member of Guitar Player Magazine’s “Gallery of Greats.”

Dee Dee Bridgewater: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald

8 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Palladium

Using music from her double Grammy Award winning CD, Dear Ella, Dee Dee Bridgewater sings the songs of the great jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. This dazzling tribute to her musical mentor, Ella Fitzgerald, garnered two Grammy Awards for “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” and “Best Instrumental Arrangement with Accompanying Vocals”.

Wayne Shorter Quartet

Featuring Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade

8 p.m. March 21 at the Palladium

“A band of spellbinding intuition, with an absolute commitment to the spirit of discovery, it has had an incalculable influence on the practice of jazz in the 21st century.” The New York Times

One of the most influential saxophonists and composers in the pantheon of modern music, let alone jazz, Wayne Shorter celebrates a legendary career spanning more than half a century. His Wayne Shorter Quartet live performances are called “exercises in superlative overload.” Calling it “the most skillful, mutually attuned and fearlessly adventurous small jazz group on the planet,” the UK Guardian said that the quartet “celebrates humanity’s hope for harmony.” Shorter is joined by pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade, all virtuosos and bandleaders in their own right. Their new Blue Note album, Without a Net, is his first for the label in over four decades and is an astounding document of an artist reaching and exploring, still very much at the peak of his powers. The session netted Shorter 2013 DownBeat magazine Critics Poll wins for Jazz Album, Jazz Group, Soprano Saxophone and Jazz Artist of the Year.

Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea

8 p.m. April 18 at the Palladium

For over half a century, Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea have been blazing their own paths of artistic innovation at the keyboard. From the great Miles Davis bands of the 60’s, to the stadium-filling, genre-shattering Headhunters and Return to Forever of the 70’s, to the unparalleled, award-winning careers ever since. Hancock and Corea are among the most important influences on jazz—and beyond—of our time. In a rare and historic duo performance, jazz royalty will reign on the Palladium stage as they come together for a very special evening of music.

 Spotlight Shows

The 5 Browns

8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Palladium

“One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years…” -New York Post

Classics and popular show tunes with a fresh energy and dynamic character played with 440 keys and 45 feet of piano. The 5Browns have the distinction of being the only family of five to be simultaneously accepted at Juilliard.

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK – 40TH ANNIVERSARY

7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Palladium

“Their stock in trade is to cleverly replicate an orchestra with just five voices.” – UK Guardian

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of this renowned Grammy nominated a cappella quintet in a fiery and engaging blend of blues, African, jazz, gospel and R&B music. This show will be sign language interpreted.

Ethan Bortnick

7 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Palladium

Ethan Bortnick, the youngest performer ever to headline his own concert tour, will bring his captivating new family music special to the Palladium. At only 13 years old, Ethanhas already moved audiences nationally and internationally as a pianist, composer, singer and entertainer. In 2011, he made history as the youngest entertainer to headline a show in Las Vegas.

Jim Belushi & The Board of Comedy

7 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Palladium

Spend a hilarious evening with actor and comedian, Jim Belushi, as he and some friends bring their brand-new sketch comedy show to the Palladium. With more than 30 years of experience and an alumnus of “Saturday Night Live” and Chicago’s famed Second City, Belushi is now bringing to the stage an improvised comedy show that features members of the Chicago Board of Comedy.

The Priests

7:30 p.m. March 18 at the Palladium

The Priests released their eponymously-titled debut album in 2008 and their career instantly reached the heavens. Album sales secured them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest-selling classical debut ever. They have sung to audiences that include the British Royal Family and the Irish President. They were nominated for Classical Brit AQwards for Classical Album of the Year for three consecutive years and in 2010, they shared a stage with Pope Benedict XIV in London’s Hyde Park. The Priests are three Roman Catholic priests from Northern Ireland.

 2014-2015 Center Presents Season: Holiday Shows

George Winston

7:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Tarkington Theatre

“Innovative, celebrated and accomplished. Winston is the real deal.” RAB, Toledo City Paper

Inspired by the seasons and topographies, George Winston plays over 100 solo concerts a year. His concerts feature a variety of styles, including melodic folk piano, New Orleans R&B piano, and stride piano. He performs songs from his seasonal favorites AUTUMN, DECEMBER, WINTER INTO SPRING, and SUMMER, as well as Peanuts pieces from his Vince Guaraldi tribute albums LINUS & LUCY –THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI, and LOVE WILL COME-THE MUSIC OF VINCE GUARALDI, VOL. 2, and more.

Celtic Thunder Symphony Tour

7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Palladium

This will be the first ever Symphony Tour for Celtic Thunder, who will depart from their traditional and critically-acclaimed large set productions to perform songs from their 2013 chart-topping album Christmas Voices in a dynamic live music experience accentuated by the instrumentals of a full symphony orchestra. Holiday favorites and their signature hits will be featured.

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2014

With special guests Jonathan Butler, Christopher Cross and Maysa

7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Palladium

While jolly ol’ St. Nick is busy making his list and checking it twice, Santa Koz is coming to town. Multi-Grammy nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz has become synonymous with the season, thanks to his high-energy holiday tour, which celebrates its 17th anniversary this year. “Dave Koz = Christmas,” said the El Paso Times and Examiner.com assured readers, “There really is a…Santa Koz,” calling the Dave Koz and Friends Christmas tour “a must see show.”

 Printing Partners Classical Series

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Jonathan Biss, piano

8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Palladium

“…a young virtuoso and poetic pianist of the first order …” – Boston Globe

This celebrated conductor-less ensemble continues its tradition of collaboration with the world’s finest soloists. Pianist Jonathan Biss reveals his commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts that have garnered critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences.

Program:

● Rossini-Overture to “Cambiale di Matrimonio”

● BeethovenPiano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37

● Zwilich-“Prologue and Variations”

● Poulenc-“Sinfonietta”

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

Pavel Kogan, conductor

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

8 p.m. Nov. 7  at the Palladium

“The MSSO may well be the world’s least heralded great orchestra … The intensity was a shock …” – LA Times

“Her playing is simply electrifying, a word often used to describe her style.” – Waterloo Courier

An all-Tchaikovsky evening with one of the foremost interpreters of classic Russian composers.

Program:

Tchaikovsky-Romeo and Juliet overture-fantasy [final version 1880], TH 42c

Tchaikovsky-Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35

● Tchaikovsky-Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36

Emerson String Quartet

8 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Palladium

Declared “America’s greatest quartet” by Time Magazine, this ensemble is praised worldwide for its insightful performances, dynamic artistry, and technical mastery. The quartet has garnered eight Grammy Awards including two for Best Classical Album, an unprecedented honor for a chamber music group.

Program:

● Haydn-op. 33, no. 5

● Mozart-k. 387

● Beethoven-op. 74, “harp”

National Symphony Orchestra of México

Enrique Bátiz, music director and chief conductor

Alfonso Moreno, guitar

7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Palladium

Program:

● Joaquin Turina-Danzas Fantasticas Op. 22

● Joaquin Rodrigo-Concierto De Aranjuez

● Brahms-Symphony No. 3 In F Major, Op. 90

This esteemed orchestra pays tribute to its Spanish roots with an exquisite performance featuring the works of Turina and Rodrigo. For over 40 years, National Symphony Orchestra of México has interpreted the classics with great reverence and has introduced exciting new compositions to audiences around the world. They are known for their expansive and diverse repertoire.

A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra with Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson

8 p.m. March 27 at the Palladium

“The orchestra brims with personality … passionate involvement … a sensational jam.” – The New York Times

Legendary pianist Leon Fleisher has received international recognition since his 1944 debut that established him as one of the world’s premier classical pianists. A recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, he was recognized as “a consummate musician whose career is a testament to the life-affirming power of art.” A Far Cry stands at the forefront of an exciting new generation in classical music. They aim to pass on the spirit of collaboratively-empowered music to the next generation.

Program:

● Suk-Serenade for Strings in E flat, Op. 6

● Mozart-Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in F Major (“Lodron,” “Concerto No.7”)

● Dvorák-Three Slavonic Dances (arranged for AFC)

● Mozart-Symphony No. 29 in A Major

Itzhak Perlman

7 p.m. April 26 at the Palladium

Reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman, is beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, and he is treasured by audiences around the world who respond to his remarkable artistry and his irrepressible joy for making music. Repertoire to be announced in the spring.

 CNO Financial Group Family Shows

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China: “Cirque Peking”

8 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Palladium

One of the world’s most acclaimed acrobatic troupes, the National Acrobats of China thrill audiences with their agility and flexibility as they perform daring feats with common objects. You will be astounded and thrilled with their unique combination of acrobatic and circus prowess.

SPENCERS: Theatre of Illusion

2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Tarkington Theatre

Described as “Modern Day Houdinis” by the critics, the Spencers blend theatrical elements of a Broadway-style production with the high energy of a rock concert as they take their audience to the brink of impossibility. A unique fusion of magic and illusion. You won’t believe your eyes!

Shaolin Warriors

8 p.m. March 13 at the Palladium

“…they combine the agility and grace of gymnasts with the showmanship of Cirque du Soleil performers.” —The Washington Post

Death-defying combat moves define Shaolin Warriors who display remarkable skill, stunning movement, and spectacular Kung Fu. The warriors are known throughout the world for disciplined spiritualism and martial-arts prowess.

Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure

10 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 14 at the Tarkington Theatre

Come join Buddy, Tiny, King, Don and more in this fun-filled, interactive and immersive live trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth … and rode trains! Kids will be up and dancing in the aisles.

 Coca-Cola World Stage Series

Zakir Hussain

7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Tarkington Theatre

“If there is such a thing as a table superstar, Indian virtuoso Zakir Hussain is it …” – Chicago Tribune

Zakir Hussain has elevated the status of the Indian table throughout the world. A child prodigy, he began touring at the age of 12 and is recognized as one of the world’s leading percussionists, and as a chief architect of the world music movement with his many collaboration with artists who cross and transcend diverse genres. He has garnered Grammy Awards, a National Heritage Fellowship, and was named Best Percussionist in the 2012 Downbeat Critics’ Poll, among other accolades. His tours include his own Masters of Percussion; the Global Drum Project with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead; and with YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Project.

Samité

8 p.m. Oct. 11, 2014 at the Studio Theatre

International music sensation, Samité, performs an evening of world music inspired by the captivating rhythms and indigenous instruments of Africa and his native Uganda. You will be mesmerized as his smooth vocals are accompanied by the kalimba, marimba, litungu, and various world flutes.

Tango Buenos Aires

8 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Palladium

“…repeatedly crafted swirling, fast-paced tapestries of movement, laced with proud postures and sensual couplings.” – The Washington Post

Tango Buenos Aires is internationally recognized as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango. The epic life of Eva Perón, from her humble beginnings to Argentina’s First Lady, is interpreted through traditional Tango dance and music.

The Assad Brothers with Robero Lubambo:

Samba Exótico

7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Palladium

“They aren’t just soloists but a two-man, multi-voice band of soloists …” – The Los Angeles Times

“Virtuosic, soulful players…” – The New York Times

Brazil’s Assad brothers have created a new standard of exceptional artistry and guitar innovation, ingenuity and expression. Their repertoire includes original music composed by Sérgio and his re-workings of folk and jazz music as well as Latin music of almost every style. Their standard classical repertoire includes the great Baroque keyboard literature and adaptations of works by diverse arts such as Gershwin, Ginastera and Debussy. This will be an event that blends styles, periods and cultures. They are joined by Brazilian jazz guitarist extraordinaire, Romero Lubambo.

Eileen Ivers: Beyond the Bog Road

7 p.m. March 15 at the Palladium

“The Jimi Hendrix of the violin” – The New York Times

Eileen Ivers will change the way you think about the violin. Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, the original Musical Star of Riverdance, Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, founding member of Cherish the Ladies, movie soundtracks, performed for Presidents and Royalty worldwide… Fiddler Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today.

Eileen created Beyond the Bog Road, a multimedia concert of music, story, dance and film to celebrate the journey of the Irish immigrant and to showcase how Irish music and dance have integrated with various roots music of North America to create one of the richest cross fertilizations of folk music styles in the world. This is a celebration of the immigrant’s journey, the story of the Irish immigrant’s impact on American and America’s impact on the Irish immigrant.

 2014-2015 Center Presents Season Country Series

Martina McBride

8 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Palladium

Martina has amassed 11 Grammy nominations, 4 CMA Awards, 3 ACM Awards, multiple double and triple platinum records, 20 top-10 hits and six No. 1 smashes. She has achieved such astounding success by singing lyrics of substance and songs that challenge listeners. “I take pride that I stand up for what I believe in, that I don’t necessarily play it safe,” she comments.

Martina’s solo hits include such enduring classics as “Wild Angels,” “Safe in the Arms of Love,” “Wrong Again,” “Blessed,” “My Baby Loves Me (Just the Way That I Am),” “Life No. 9,” “Love’s the Only House,” “Whatever You Say,” “Where Would You Be,” “In My Daughter’s Eyes” and “Independence Day.”

Trace Adkins

8 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Palladium

Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and sold over 10 million albums. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a television personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program, the American Red Cross, and has performed seven USO Tours.

Home Free  

7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Palladium
This a cappella band was crowned Season 4 Champions of NBC’s “The Sing-Off”, and they continue to entertain audiences with their high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor.

Kix Brooks

7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Palladium

Wine Tasting at 6 p.m., Palladium (Wine ticket required for admittance)

Kix Brooks is half of the highest selling duo in country music, Brooks & Dunn. They sold more than 30 million records, had 23 number 1 hits, and recently set a new record with their 41st top 10 single, breaking a tie with Alabama as the group with the most Top 10 country singles. For three years, Kix has served as host of the syndicated radio show American Country Countdown, and in 2009, he was honored with the National Broadcasting Personality of the Year award by the CMA.

Pre-concert wine tasting: Celebrate the evening with a tasting of select wines prior to an evening of great artistry with Kix Brooks! Tasting begins at 6pm and a wine tasting ticket is required for admission: Your concert ticket will not provide admittance to this event.

The Charlie Daniels Band

7 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Palladium

From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. Don’t miss your favorites like “Devil Went Down to Georgia”, “Long Haired Country Boy”, “Uneasy Rider” and more foot stompin’, fiddlegrass from the master!

Tracy Lawrence

8 p.m. March 6 at the Palladium

With twenty-two songs on the Billboard top ten, eighteen number one singles, and sales of more than thirteen million albums, Tracy Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in country music. Favorites include “Paint Me A Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis,” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” His music has inspired a new generation of artists including Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan who frequently pay tribute to him.

Vince Gill

8 p.m. May 1 at the Palladium

One of the most popular and most recorded singers of the past quarter-century, superstar Vince Gill has become the measure of excellence in country music. His vocal performances are spellbinding, his songwriting emotionally powerful and his guitar-playing world-class.  

 Drewry Simmons Vornehm Pop & Rock Shows

Gladys Knight

8 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Palladium

Seven-time Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight has earned number one hits in pop, R&B and adult contemporary, and she continues to triumph in film and television. She has unassailable artistry in all her endeavors and is referred to as Empress of Soul and Motown royalty with hits such as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Midnight Train To Georgia,” and “Love Overboard.”

In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz

7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Palladium

Grammy-nominated folk artists The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz, with Nathaniel Smith, Alex Hargreaves, and Paul Kowert, offer an evening of collaborative performance in front of one microphone.

Following their meeting at the renowned Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013, Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids have pursued a collaboration with a depth and identity all its own. Their initial performances (on Austin City Limits and at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series) have been widely heralded for the seamless harmony of the three singers, the unassailable virtuosity of the players, and the obvious if uncommon chemistry the young artists have found with one another. This Fall, they are presenting it, fully realized for the first time, in a limited tour of some of the country’s finest symphony halls and performing arts theaters.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Palladium

Celebrate the holidays in big band style with the high-energy and swank sounds of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. These masters of contemporary swing launched the 1990s craze for classic American dance music and they celebrate their 21st anniversary. Shake and move to their inimitable grooves!

The Fab Four

8 p.m. May 2 at the Palladium

“The best Beatles show in the world.” – LA Times

The ultimate Beatles show. They have amazed audiences around the world with their uncanny, note-for-note, live renditions of the Beatles’ catalogue. Hosted by “Ed Sullivan,” this incredible multimedia stage production, complete with three costume changes, will make you think you are experiencing the real thing. If you want to see the best Beatles show in the world, you won’t want to miss The Fab Four.

 Peanut Butter & Jam

Explore musical genres alongside your children on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. Purchase of a child’s ticket includes free admission for two adults and tickets are $10. The experience includes music, touch and play time with musical instruments and an artist Q&A. These events are under 1 hour and are specially geared for youth aged 1-7. There is limited capacity for these events. To purchase tickets, please call the box office at 843-3800.

Bongo Boy!

Sept. 20

A morning of primal beats, rhythm, movement, and drumming!

Mariachi sol Jalisciese

Oct. 18

Discover the traditional costume and music of Mexico that originated hundreds of years ago on the ranches and in small towns in Mexico.

Kelli Lewis from Music Together

Nov. 22

Jazz, jazz, pop, rock, gospel, and cabaret in a musical morning from an internationally recognized early childhood music program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love them.

Wind and String Ensemble  

Dec.6

Holiday sounds of the season with members of the Hendricks Symphonic Society!

Indy Hula

Jan. 10

Polynesian song and dance showcase the modern and ancient Hawaiian hula, and the dances of Samoa, New Zealand, the Marquesas, Tahiti, and the Cook Islands.

Assante Children’s Theatre (ACT)

Feb. 21

Celebrate the musical contributions of the greatest Doo Wop, Soul, Gospel and R&B groups of all time! ACT is a youth organization committed to enriching the lives of young people so they become empowered citizens of the world.

Celtica

March 21

A celebration of Irish music! Discover traditional instruments such as the hammered dulcimer, field organ, hurdy gurdy, bowed psaltery and harp.

The Fourth Wall (flute/dance/hybrid)

April 25

Stretching the boundaries of instrumental performance, The Fourth Wall performs interdisciplinary performance works and reinterprets established repertoire to make music that leaps from the stage.

Salaam

May 2

Salaam takes the audience on a journey through Morocco and Istanbul with an introduction to the culture and music of the Middle East. Along the way, families learn a traditional “beledi” rhythm and greetings in Arabic and Hebrew. Salaam brings faraway lands close to home!

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