An exciting variety of jazz, music, dance and Broadway stars will appear on the stage of the Staller Center for the Arts in its Fall 2018 season.
The season opens on September 29 with An Evening with Pat Metheny, the jazz guitarist who has won twenty Grammy Awards in twelve categories. In 2018 Pat Metheny was named NEA Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Direct from Spain comes Compania Flamenca with Eduardo Guerrero on October 13, with the best of flamenco on Main Stage. The swirling costumes and passionate choreography of this outstanding troupe promises to deliver a very special evening out.
Starry Nights features the stars of the Department of Music with artistic director and cellist, Colin Carr, creating programs unique to Staller Center. On Wednesday, October 17, Starry Nights includes star violinists Philip Setzer and Arnaud Sussmann, percussionist Eduardo Leandro, and Colin Carr. The program features the Mendelssohn Octet, Beethoven Piano Trio (Archduke) and Les Guetteurs de sons, a percussion piece by Georges Aperghis.
Megan Hilty, known for her roles as Glinda in Wicked, Ivy Lynn on NBC’s “Smash,” and televisions “The Good Wife” and “Desperate Housewives,” among others, will sing musical theater favorites and well-loved standards on October 20.
Celebrity Autobiography ran for three sold-out years in New York City, and now comes to Staller Center on Saturday, October 17. Actors will read from the memoirs of celebrities, choosing hilarious, remarkable passages. Celebrity Autobiography won the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. It’s expected to see out fast since it’s being performed in the intimate Staller Center Recital Hall. The cast will be announced at stallercenter.com.
A special musical treat comes to Main Stage on Friday, November 9 with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, welcoming two innovative artists, Ksenija Sidorova, accordion and Avi Avital, mandolin.
These trailblazing musicians are reinventing these time-honored instruments.
Peridance Contemporary Dance Company on November 17 promises an illustrious performance that has been seen around the world. Peridance is known for their brilliant choreography with dancers from U.S., Canada, Brazil, Italy, Japan and Korea.
The acclaimed Emerson String Quartet performs on Wednesday, December 5 in a program that includes music by Shostakovich and Dvorak. Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer, violins; Lawrence Dutton, viola; and Paul Watkins, cello, make up the award-winning quartet.
For the holidays, see South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir in “A Tribute to Nelson Mandela and a Holiday Celebration” on December 8. Their rich harmonies and holiday soul promise to be an uplifting experience.
Staller Center Season at a Glance:
An Evening with Pat Metheny Sat, Sept 29, 2018 at 8 pm
Compania Flamenca Sat, Oct 13, 2018 at 8 pm
Starry Nights Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 7 pm
Megan Hilty Sat, Oct 20, 2018 at 8 pm
Celebrity Autobiography Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 8 pm
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 8 pm
Peridance Sat, Nov 17, 2018 at 8 pm
Emerson String Quartet Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 7 pm
Soweto Gospel Choir Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 8 pm
MORE FROM STALLER CENTER THIS FALL – On the Staller Center screen
Metropolitan Opera in HD, Fall & Spring Movies, and Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” from London’s National Theatre on November 10 will all be featured on the Main Stage screen.
Visit stallercenter.com or call (631) 632-ARTS . Staller Center provides discounts on tickets for children, students and seniors.