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Friday, April 5th – Rufus Wainwright
Praised by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists, songwriters, and composers of his generation. The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer-songwriter has released ten studio albums to date, three DVDs, and three live albums including the Grammy-nominated Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall. He has collaborated with artists such as Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Miley Cyrus, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys, Heart, Carly Rae Jepsen, Robbie Williams, Jessye Norman, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Sting, and producer Mark Ronson, among many others. He has written two operas, numerous songs for movies and TV, and is currently working on his first musical for the West End and a Requiem. His latest GRAMMY® and JUNO nominated album of original songs, Unfollow the Rules, finds Wainwright at the peak of his powers, entering artistic maturity with passion, honesty, and a new-found fearlessness. His newly-released studio album Folkocracy features reinvented folk duets with artists like Chaka Khan, Brandi Carlile, John Legend and Anohni and many more.
Part of the Victoria Fingelly Singer Songwriter Series
Friday, March 1st – Red Baraat – Festival of Colors
Red Baraat Festival of Colors celebrates the Hindu holiday of Holi with a colorful array of South Asian sounds. Traditionally, Holi is marked by public gatherings of families and strangers sharing songs, dance, and the exchange of ‘colors’ – colorful dry powder or colored water playfully thrown amongst the crowds of revelers. It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and for many, a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships.Red Baraat Festival of Colors debuted in 2012 at a sold out Le Poisson Rouge in New York City and it has since expanded to over a dozen cities in the United States. Each year, bandleader and dhol player, Sunny Jain curates a night of music highlighting the South Asian Diaspora through a diverse range of styles. Past festivals have included DJ Rekha, Falu, Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi (a film by the late, award-winning filmmaker, Prashant Bhargava, with score by Grammy-nominated composer, Vijay Iyer), Vidya Vox, Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars, Rupa & The April Fishes, Rajna Swaminathan’s RAJAS, Mandeep Sethi, DJ Ushka, Vandana Jain, Parijat Desai Dance Company, DJ Ayes Cold, DJ Anjali, DJ Prashant, Madame Gandhi, Ganavya, Maieli, The Kominas, Shilpa Ray, Bhi Bhiman, Subhi, Zeshan B, Punjabtronix, Women’s Raga Massive, Heems (Das Racist/Swet Shop Boys).
Saturday, February 10th – Mike Super: Magic & Illusion
Imagine mind blowing illusions combined with the hilarity of a headline comedian. Mike Super has taken the performance of magic to new, mainstream levels that will reach out and literally touch you! Mike’s turned the magic show on its side and dumped it out into the audience! YOU become Mike’s onstage assistant! Mike was named Entertainer of the Year for two years consecutive and as the winner of NBC’s Phenomenon, Super is the ONLY magician in history to win a live magic competition on Primetime Network Television! Mike was also a top 12 Finalists on NBC’s #1 rated summer series America’s Got Talent! Enjoy this family-friendly performing and join the journey of emotions from laughter, intrigue, danger, fear, wonder, anticipation, tears and sentimentality that only Mike Super delivers.
Part of the Family Series
Friday, February 16th – Ladysmith Black Mambazo
For over forty years, the voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of theirnative South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. The result is a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape. Their musical efforts over the past four decades have garnered praise and accolades within the recording industry, but also solidified their identity as a cultural force to be reckoned with.
Assembled in the early 1960s, in Durban South Africa, by Joseph Shabalala (still currently leading the group) – then a young farmboy turned factory worker -Joseph took the name Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Ladysmith being the name of Shabalala’s rural hometown; Black being a reference to oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo being the Zulu word for axe, a symbol of the group’s ability to “chop down” any singing rival who might challenge them. Their collective voices were so tight and their harmonies so polished that they were eventually banned from competitions – although they were welcomed to participate strictly as entertainers.
Friday, December 8 – SHU Performing Arts Band & Orchestra Program Presents: Instrumental Chamber Ensembles Concert
Saturday, December 9th – The Nutcracker – New York Theatre Ballet
From clockwork imps to a luminous owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks, this timeless, re-imagined classic bursts with energy and excitement. This holiday ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, is set in Art Nouveau style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by long-time NYTB choreographer, Keith Michael; set design by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith; and costumes by Resident Costume Designer of the Metropolitan Opera, Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan.
Part of the Family Series
Sunday, December 10 – SHU Performing Arts Band & Orchestra Program Presents: Holiday Concert
Tuesday, December 12 – John Tesh – A Jazzy Swingin’ Christmas
Over the course of a staggering 50 recordings and numerous popular PBS specials spread over a quarter-century, John Tesh has never failed to inspire masses of fans with his always-evolving musical muses. Launching with his Emmy-winning, synth-driven sports music, he conquered the emerging smooth jazz genre in the ’90s with his saxophone series and later became a force in the CCM/Worship world with best-selling recordings that found inventive musical ways to share his deep faith. With no less than 5 Christmas albums in his catalogue, John’s interpretations resound with a renewed brilliance destined to enhance the beauty of being together with the ones you love during the holidays.
For A JAZZY SWINGIN’ CHRISMAS, John uses a 7-piece band that includes a 3-piece horn section performing a timeless Christmas and holiday favorites along with highlights from his 2011 album “Big Band Christmas” and renowned originals from his catalogue along with personal stories and photos of his life and career that led him from local radio to hosting Entertainment tonight, to a musical career with one of the top PBS specials of all time.
Part of the First County Bank Jazz Series and Holiday Series.
Wednesday, December 13th – Cherish The Ladies – Celtic Christmas
For over 38 years, Cherish the Ladies, one of America’s most heralded Irish music ensembles, has won the hearts of audiences worldwide with their rousing blend of traditional music, captivating vocals, and propulsive step dancing. To quote The Boston Globe: “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do”, speaking of this Grammy-nominated Irish American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene. Since their inception, they have toured the world performing thousands of concerts from the White House to the Olympics, recorded 18 critically acclaimed albums and an Emmy award winning PBS television program, “An Irish Homecoming”.
Part of The Holiday Series
Friday, December 15th – Livingston Taylor & Karla Bonoff – Home For the Holidays
Karla Bonoff and Livingston Taylor come Home for the Holidays with a seasonally spiced show that will remind you of what a wonderful time of the year it is. Karla Bonoff, one of her generation’s great songwriters, and Livingston Taylor, entertainer extraordinaire, have joined forces for an unforgettable performance of song and joy, featuring some of the best-known Holiday classics including songs from Karla’s critically acclaimed Holiday album Silent Night, as well as some of their best-known songs.
Part of the Victoria Fingelly Singer Songwriter Series and the Holiday Series
Saturday, December 16th – The Connecticut Gay Mens Chorus Presents Sleigh!
Experience the magic of the season with The Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus when they come to SLEIGH! This unforgettable holiday performance, filled with joyous music, fabulous costumes, and playful humor, is the chance for you to create lasting memories with your family and friends. The chorus promises to add the fabulous to your holiday calendar this year, featuring some sparkling new takes on traditional Christmas songs and thrilling new compositions that explore the rhythms of cultures from around the world.
Part of the Holiday Series
Thursday, December 21st – Serenata Chamber Series presents A Child’s Christmas in Wales
Our beloved interpretation of A Child’s Christmas in Wales premiered in 2013 in Riverdale, New York. A Child’s Christmas in Wales is a piece of prose by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. The beloved story is an anecdotal reminiscence of a Christmas from the viewpoint of a young boy, portraying a nostalgic and simpler time. The performance features world-renowned instrumentalists and singers and a narrator who recites the beloved narration. The musical program varies slightly yearly to highlight different chamber music ensembles.
Part of the Holiday Series
Friday, February 9th – Janeane Garofolo
Janeane has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in film and television since bursting on the scene in 1992. She’s appeared in films such as “The Truth About Cats and Dogs,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Ratatouille” and “Reality Bites.” She was a cast member of the Emmy award winning “Ben Stiller Show,” as well as the comedy classic “The Larry Sanders Show,” and had recurring roles on “24” and “The West Wing.” She appeared in Bravo’s first scripted series “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce” and can be seen in the Netflix series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.” Along with “Little Boxes,” Janeane will appear in several feature films in 2016, including “Blue Angel” and “Speech and Debate.”
Part of the Comedy Series
Sunday, February 18th – Oleta Adams
Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut album Circle of One (which went Platinum), and the impassioned hit single “Get Here” (which became an unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War) Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans around the world with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music. Her success was first nurtured by worldwide tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton and Luther Vandross and was solidified by four Grammy nominations and more than two and a half million records sold.
Part of the Victoria Fingelly Singer Songwriter Series and Rock Series.
Saturday, February 24th – Todd Barry
Todd Barry has released four one-hour stand-up specials including his latest one for Domestic Shorthair.
He’s appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan and Late Night With Seth Meyers. His acting credits include The Wrestler, Road Trip, Flight of the Concords, Chappelle’s Show, Spin City, Sex and the City. You may have heard his voice on the animated series Bob’s Burgers, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Todd is also the author of the critically-acclaimed 2017 travel memoir Thank You For Coming To Hattiesburg.
Part of the Comedy Series
Friday, March 8th – Linda Eder
Showcasing one of the greatest voices of our time, Linda Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, Standards, Pop, Country, and Jazz. When she performs “live” in concert, it is amazing to experience the ease with which she moves back and forth from one genre to another as if she were gifted with the vocal ability to perform each genre as well as all the others.
With support from The Schloss Family Foundation
Broadway on Post Series
Thursday, March 14th – A St. Patricks Day Celebration with Dervish
Icons of Irish Folk Music Dervish and one of the world’s most creative interpreters of Irish folk music and recently recognized with a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award, are coming to Connecticut for a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! Having devoted the last three decades to gently reinventing the traditional songs of their homeland, Dervish were widely celebrated in 2019 for their album The Great Irish Songbook which featured such luminaries as Vince Gill, David Gray, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Earle, and many other stellar guests.
World Music Series
Celtic Roots Series
Saturday, March 16th – The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show has been dazzling audiences around the globe for nearly a decade, faithfully bringing to the stage Eric Carle’s timeless classics. Each production of the critically acclaimed show features a menagerie of over 75 magical puppets, including the star of the show –The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Alongside The Very Hungry Caterpillar, every production of the show features three other Eric Carle stories, meaning children and families will experience a different show every time they see it.
Part of the Family Series
Sunday, March 24th – 10,000 Maniacs
10,000 Maniacs, one of America’s most beloved independent bands with hits These Are Days, Because The Night and Candy Everybody Wants, returns to live performance after a 15 month hiatus with a fall tour beginning September 23 at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, Maryland.
10,000 Maniacs also announce that after 30 years and five albums as lead singer, Mary Ramsey will be taking a step back from her primary role in the band. Long time guitarist Jeff Erickson has also decided to step away from full time active touring.
Saturday, March 30th –Lightwire Theater’s The Ugly Duckling
Lightwire Theater brings a classic tale to the modern stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. Lined with electroluminescent wire, the beloved story of The Ugly Duckling plays out on stage through a cutting-edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance. With dazzling visuals, poignant choreography and the creative use of music ranging from classical to pop, this production brings this story into a new and brilliant light.
Part of the Family Series
Thursday, April 4th – Christian Mcbride
Christian McBride is an eight-time GRAMMY Award winning bassist, composer, and bandleader. McBride is the Artistic Director of the historic Newport Jazz Festival, New Jersey Performing Arts center (NJPAC) and the TD James Moody Jazz Festival, and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Christian is also a respected educator and advocate as the Artistic Director of Jazz House KiDS, and the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Summer Sessions. In addition to consistent touring, McBride hosts NPR’s “Jazz Night in America” and “The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian” on SiriusXM. Whether behind the bass or away from it, Christian McBride is always of the music. From jazz, to R&B, pop/rock, hip-hop/neo-soul, to classical, he is a luminary with one hand ever reaching for new heights, and the other extended in fellowship—and perhaps the hint of a challenge—inviting us to join him.
Saturday, April 13th – Al Di Meola “The Electric Years”
Al Di Meola’s ongoing fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony has been at the heart of his music throughout a celebrated career that has spanned four decades and earned him critical accolades, three gold albums and more than six million in record sales worldwide. A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner, and prolific composer, he has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return to Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), the celebrated acoustic Guitar Trio featuring fellow virtuosos John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. And while his dazzling technique on both acoustic and electric guitars has afforded him regal status among the hordes of fretboard fanatics who regularly flock to his concerts, the depth of Di Meola’s writing along with the soulfulness and the inherent lyricism of his guitaristic expression have won him legions of fans worldwide beyond the guitar aficionado set.
Part of The Jazz Series
Saturday, April 20th – The Life and Loves of a Broadway Baby: An Evening with Melissa Errico featuring Billy Stritch
“The Maria Callas of American musical theater,” as Opera News has called her, referencing both her silken voice and dramatic, expressive intensity, Melissa Errico is an actress, singer, and author. First known for her starring roles on Broadway, she has since become a concert, cabaret and recording artist as well; her 2018 album Sondheim Sublime was called by The Wall Street Journal “The best all-Sondheim album ever recorded.” Along with her many appearances singing and playing Sondheim, she is also closely associated with the music of Michel Legrand—having starred in his sole Broadway show, Amour, she was asked to write his eulogy by The New York Times, and was then invited to become the sole American performer to participate in the extraordinary two-day memorial to Legrand held in April 2019 at Paris’s Le Grand Rex Theatre.
with support from The Schloss Family Foundation