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A lifelong seeker, musically and philosophically, saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Charles Lloyd is the consummate musician’s musician. With The Marvels—no less than Bill Frisell (guitar), Reuben Rogers (bass), Eric Harland (drums), and Greg Leisz (pedal steel)—he explores layered improvisations, capturing a universe in a single, fervent song. “Follow the career of Charles Lloyd,” says The New York Times, “and you see a map of great jazz across half a century. His shows, full of momentum and intuition, perfectly represent the idea that the best jazz needs to be experienced live.”
“The amazing precision of ensemble that Orpheus displays without benefit of a conductor remains a marvel” (The Huffington Post). From Rossini’s cheeky Overture to Il signor Bruschino to the momentous finale of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, the virtuosity of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s collective musicianship is fully realized in this elegant program. The young Norwegian trumpet player Tine Thing Helseth, praised for her “quite astonishingly outstanding intonation” (Gramophone), makes her debut with the ensemble in two works—Albinoni’s Trumpet Concerto Opus 9, No. 2 and Bach’s Trumpet Concerto in D major.
The accomplished Danish String Quartet commands the great works of quartet literature with exceptional energy and an uncommonly fresh approach. Hailed for its impeccable technique, intonation, and balance, the quartet brings dynamic new understanding to Bartók’s Quartet No. 1 and Beethoven’s Quartet No. 7 on its Williams Center debut. Selections from its 2013 release Wood Works—centuries-old Scandinavian folk tunes, arranged for string quartet—will astonish and gratify. “Theirs is playing of unusual, and unusually effective, liberty. When at their best, their tone throbs with joy” (The New York Times).
Program: Bartók / String Quartet No. 1 // Traditional / Nordic Folk Music Selections // Beethoven / String Quartet No. 7, Op. 59, No. 1
Unequivocally enchanting, these seven superlative musicians from counties Waterford, Cork, Dublin, and Donegal have produced nine award-winning recordings and a multitude of fans on both sides of the Atlantic. Danú’s high-energy pluck bursts forth in exuberant slides, reels, jigs, and hornpipes, then plunges deep within the soul of Ireland to rend the heart with the most affecting ballads. Returning to the Williams Center is the young and abundantly decorated vocalist Nell Ní Chróinin, a luminous performer of the sean-nós style—the highly ornamented form of unaccompanied traditional Irish singing.
Decades Rewind is a National touring concert, dance party and theatrical performance all wrapped up into one blockbuster show! Come celebrate the hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s, the most prominent decades in music history. Disco, Funk, Rock and Motown all take center stage in this brand new theatrical concert featuring over 60s songs, 100 costume changes and nostalgic video. From Aretha to Zeppelin, Decades Rewind will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. This IS the story of your life!
Show your children your life at their age – Kids FREE with each adult ticket purchase, through box office.
A heady blend of acoustic and electronic, East and West, poetry and politics, Niyaz’s richly textured arrangements, sweeping choruses, and velvety vocals—courtesy of front woman Azam Ali—take inspiration from Sufi poetry, Middle Eastern folk music, and the musicians’ experiences as 21st-century global citizens. It’s “Los Angeles meets New Delhi meets Tehran,” notes NPR, yet The Fourth Light Project is a world unto itself—a modern-day global trance experience, featuring one of the first female whirling dervishes and hypnotic body-mapping projections that respond to sound and movement in real time.
A theme emerges from any study of Fred Hersch’s “shimmering pianism” (Chicago Tribune): balance. Hushed and buoyant, meticulous and playful, delicate and eruptive, Hersch plays with unbounded imagination. His storied career is punctuated with remarkable pairings (Charlie Haden, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Joe Lovano, Audra McDonald, and Kurt Elling, to name a few), and his trio work consistently draws such raves as “the players combine so effortlessly and gracefully that the music achieves a truly rare apotheosis” (Hot House Magazine). The Williams Center provides the perfect setting for an intimate, exuberant communion.
No musical pairing behind the tragic Winterreise has been more admired in recent years than that of Britons Mark Padmore and Paul Lewis. Named Musical America’s 2016 Vocalist of the Year, Padmore is celebrated on the world’s opera and concert stages for his expressive, sensitive, and pure tenor; by turns hopeful and despairing, his is surely the voice Schubert heard when he conceived this heartbreaking journey. Padmore’s profoundly moving interpretation is equally matched by Lewis’ grasp of the piano’s vital role, a triumph in live performance and on their award-winning Harmonia Mundi recording.