Look ahead to the lineup of fall performances in
Here's a look at some highlights of the coming months:
Winner of the 1987
Set in the 1950s, "Fences" tells of Troy, a former baseball player now in his 50s who works as a garbage collector and struggles to support his family and dream of the future.
"The Pearl Fishers," Virginia Opera, Sept. 29-Oct. 7.
Last year, Virginia Opera announced its commitment to opening each season with a work Hampton Roads audiences had never seen before. This refreshing idea continues with Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers," the tale of a love triangle played out between two male friends and a woman in a tiny fishing village.
Most of us know the one famous musical selection, "Au fond du temple saint," known as the "friendship duet," from this French
In you want a sneak peak at the singers, they'll be performing at Opera in the Park at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in Town Point Park on the downtown Norfolk riverfront. It's free.
One of Broadway's most enduring stars makes her first Peninsula appearance in a concert in the
Keeping up a rigorous live performance schedule is a commitment to her "the show must go on" perseverance. Her mother, Judy Garland, appeared in
Her appearance coincides with the recent release of "Liza Minnelli: Live at the
Jane Austin's "Pride & Prejudice," L.A. Theatre Works, Oct. 23,
Theater buffs can count on The American Theatre for consistently hosting the top touring companies year after year. L.A. Theatre Works, run by producing artistic director Susan Albert Loewenberg, uses the "radio play" format to bring classics to life.
Her production of "Pride and Prejudice" coincides with the 200th anniversary of the publication of this enduring literary work that explores manners and morals in early 19th century England. Jane Carr and Nicholas Hormann star in this adaptation by Cristina Calvit of Austen's classic tale.
Esperanza Spalding, Oct. 24, Ferguson Center
Spalding won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2011, making her the first jazz artist to win the award. Still under age 30, Spalding combines jazz and pop musical genres with a sophistication of a more seasoned artist.
Her fourth recording. "Radio Music Society" released earlier this year, contains Spalding's compositions for her 12-piece band.
Edgar Meyer and Virginia Symphony, Oct. 26, Ferguson Center (also Oct. 27 in
One of the most interesting musicians at work today is Edgar Meyer, a contemporary bass player and composer who's equally at home in classical, bluegrass and jazz styles of music. Meyer has collaborated with the top artists of our time including
In October he'll perform his third double bass concerto with the orchestra. First performed in February of this year, the 22-minute piece includes lots of colorful writing for the woodwinds.
Meyer also will solo in the Concerto No. 2 for Double Bass by Giovanni Bottesini, a 19th century Italian composer and double bass virtuoso. Conductor JoAnn Falletta will lead the orchestra in John Adams' "The Chairman Dances" and Dvorak's Seventh Symphony.
"Tell Me Something Good," ETHEL with
This one gets my vote for one of the quirkier concerts of the year. ETHEL, a New York-based string quartet known for its cutting-edge programming and delivery, teams up with pop icon Todd Rundgren for a concert that celebrates the 70s.
The title of the show refers to the popular
Rundgren and ETHEL first toured together in 2005 and found a friend and compatible musical voice. Rundgren will perform his music, and the program also features Lou Harrison's Quartet Set; Kimo Williams' "Quiet Shadows," a work inspired by Vietnam; arrangements of music by Sun Ra and a new work by rising composer Judd Greenstein.
Pitchford.com called ETHEL a "necessary jet of cold water in the contemporary classical scene." The group is known for bringing together diverse musical sources. Its members are violinists Kip Jones and Tema Watstein, violist Ralph Farris and cellist Dorothy Lawson.
"Charles Lindbergh: The
Lindbergh remains one of America's aviation pioneers whose life was marked by triumph and tragedy. "Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle" is a one-man show written and performed by actor Steve Carroll.
The play examines how Lindbergh achieved worldwide fame with his 1927 flight to Paris, then saw his life spiral out of control when he lost his privacy and his firstborn son in a notorious kidnapping. Originally produced at New Jersey Repertory Company, the show has been endorsed by The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation.
Carroll, who appeared as Dr. Matt Rawlins in
Joan Kwuon, violinist, and Andre-Michel Schub, pianist, Nov. 17, The American Theatre
Top-notch chamber music is always a welcome addition to the Hampton Roads music scene. Violinist Joan Kwuon and pianist Andre-Michel Schub make a fabulous team.
Kwuon, who made her debut at the Tanglewood Festival, is a frequent performer with symphony orchestras and at chamber music festivals. Schub, a former Gold Medalist at the Van Cliburn International Competition and a regular contributor to the Chamber Music Society of
Their program will feature works by Beethoven and Stravinsky.
William Shatner, Nov. 30, Ferguson Center
From his memorable portrayal as Capt. Kirk on
Christmas with The Romeros and Concerto Malaga, Dec. 22, The American Theatre
One of the world's most recognized guitar families, The Romeros are joined in this concert by Concerto Malaga, a 13-piece string orchestra under the direction of Massimo Paris.