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Friday, March 1st – Red Baraat
Red Baraat is a pioneering band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound, a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve.
Reemerging in 2021 with a renewed focus, energy and sound, Red Baraat headlined the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center with master percussionist, Zakir Hussain, performed at the Dubai World Expo, and toured its 11th annual Red Baraat Festival of Colors.
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.
Thursday, November 30th – Drew Lynch
Comedian and actor Drew Lynch captured the hearts of America with his Golden Buzzer performance on Season 10 of America’s Got Talent (NBC), where he finished in second place. Since then, Drew has amassed millions of followers on social media while touring the world nonstop to sold out audiences. In February 2023, Drew released his second special ‘And These Are Jokes’ which is catching steam all over the internet. He also appeared in a recurring role in the final season of IFC’s hit series Maron as well as TBS’ Conan. A favorite on the podcast circuit, Drew has made multiple appearances on some of the most downloaded shows, giving his unique take on everything from pop culture to news headlines to the life of a traveling comic.
Part of the Comedy Series.
Friday, December 1 – Fran Lebowitz
In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. Her essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current events and the media – as well as pet peeves including tourists, baggage-claim areas, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. The New York Times Book Review calls Lebowitz an “important humorist in the classic tradition.” Purveyor of urban cool, Lebowitz is a cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker. Lebowitz on special interest groups: “Special-interest publications should realize that if they are attracting enough advertising and readers to make a profit, the interest is not so special.”
Part of the Thought Leader Series.
Saturday, December 2nd – Tab Benoit with special guests The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Tab Benoit is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30+ year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues, acquiring a devoted legion of fans along the way, as well as 5 Blues Music Awards, including BB King Entertainer of the Year (twice) and an induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
Celebrating over 45 years since their founding in 1977, the GRAMMY Award-winning New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones.
Part of the Rock Series.
Sunday, December 3rd – Darlene Love
Kick off the holiday season with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love! Hear holiday classics including her signature song “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” and chart topping hits “He’s a Rebel,” “(Today I Met) the Boy I’m Gonna Marry,” “Da Do Run Run” and many more! Get your tickets early – this show will sell out!
Part of the Holiday Series
Wednesday, December 6 – Alonzo Bodden and Geoffrey Keezer (The Comedy and Jazz Show)
A regular panel member on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, Alonzo Bodden has been making audiences around the country laugh for more than 20 years. Alonzo’s latest (2022) comedy special Alonzo Bodden: Stupid Don’t Get Tired, was released on YouTube by Helium Comedy Studios. In 2019, he starred in his fourth stand-up special, Alonzo Bodden: Heavy Lightweight, which premiered exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. His first big comedy break came when he was on the “New Faces of Comedy” showcase at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. However, it was as the season three winner of NBCʼs Last Comic Standing where Alonzo was first introduced to America.
With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, GRAMMY®-winning pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Keezer was playing in jazz clubs as a teenager, holding down the piano chair for Art Blakey at age 18, and touring in the company of Ray Brown, Joshua Redman, Diana Krall, Art Farmer, Benny Golson and Barbara Hendricks in his 20s. More recently he has toured with Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Chris Botti, Sting, Joe Locke and Christian McBride; produced and arranged three GRAMMY®-nominated recordings with vocalist Denise Donatelli, and released a series of albums drawing influences from Hawaiian, Okinawan and Afro-Peruvian folk traditions.
Part of the Comedy and First County Bank Jazz Series.
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 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 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