(WBNG Binghamton) Ten distinctive shows are scheduled for the 2013-14 season at the Anderson Center for the Performing Arts at Binghamton University.
According to a news release:
On Monday, July 1, the summer fun begins with the incomparable Doobie Brothers, the Vocal Group Hall of Famers who have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. Including founding members, Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, the group will perform such hits as “Listen to the Music,” Long Train Runnin,” “China Grove,” “Black Water” and “Takin It to the Streets” just to name a few. (Sponsored, in part, by WAAL)
Binghamton University alumna and Endicott native, Sherrie Maricle makes a return to the Anderson Center stage on Saturday, July 20 with her DIVA Jazz Orchestra to celebrate their 20th anniversary. DIVA, voted one of the best big bands in the world by both Downbeat magazine’s annual Critic’s and Reader’s Polls guarantees an evening full of exciting entertainment that will have the audience clamoring for more.
On Tuesday, August 13 Abba: The Concert will have you dancing and singing along to the iconic hits from ABBA including, “Mamma Mia,” “Waterloo,” “Dancing Queen” and more. The critics all agree that this number one tribute band, which includes members of the original band, is – “the closest to ABBA you’ll ever get.”
The home-grown group, Galumpha, will be at a family-friendly time (2 pm) on Saturday, November 2. Formed in 2002 by Andy Horowitz and Greg O’Brien, Galumpha combines acrobatics, visual effects, physical comedy and choreography to bring awe and delight to its audience. This is a must see show for young and old!
Tuesday, November 5 will be An Evening of World Blues from three diverse world perspectives: multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Taj Mahal, with American roots that began over four decades ago; South African native Vusi Mahlasela, known as “The Voice” for his powerful, poetic and optimistic lyrics; and the more rock and roll sound of Fredericks Brown, a band from New Zealand that includes the daughter of Taj Mahal.
Direct from Budapest, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble brings a dynamic program, Gypsy Romance, to the stage on Monday, November 18. Accompanied by a live orchestra, Gypsy Romance is a journey through time, bringing to life the authentic music, dances and traditional costumes of Hungary.
On the stage February 12, 2014 is the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel which is considered the most significant musical assembly in north Israel. Led by Principal Guest Conductor, Boguslaw Dawidow, the program includes: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74; Maria von Weber’s Overture of the Opera Euryanthe and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18 with pianist, Roman Ravinovich.
The 52-strong voices of the Soweto Gospel Choir is sure to raise the Anderson Center roof on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3 pm. This award-winning group was formed in 2002 to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African gospel music. Their audiences have included such notables as Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Prince Charles.
A mix-rep program is in store on Monday, April 7, 2014 when the renowned Moscow Festival Ballet returns under the direction of the legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Radchencho. Excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Don Quixote are just a few of the selections showcased for the evening.
As part of the Anderson Center’s partnership with Mid-Atlantic Arts Jazz Touring Network, Snarky Puppy, an instrumental jazz fusion band will make an appearance at a date that will be announced in the near future. With a mix of over 25 musicians in rotation, the band’s funky-bluesy-style is described as something between a collective and a garage band.
All shows are at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Subscriptions are available for the following shows at a 25% discount:
An Evening of World Blues; Hungarian State Folk Ensemble; Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Soweto Gospel Choir and Moscow Festival Ballet
Subscription prices: General public, $169; BU Faculty & Staff, $150; Senior Citizens, $150; Students, $83
Single ticket prices: General public, $45; BU Faculty & Staff, $40; Senior Citizens, $40; Students, $22
Doobie Brothers Inside reserved, $65/ Lawn, $30
Sherrie Maricle & DIVA Inside reserved, $25/ Lawn, $12
Abba: The Concert Inside reserved, $35/ Lawn, $18
Snarky Puppy General Public, $20; BU Faculty & Staff, $15; Senior Citizens, $15;
Adult, $20, Children (12 & under) $10, Family 4-pack, $50