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CURRENT SEASONS
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2017-18 Theater Season2017-18 Music Season2017-18 Dance Season2017-18 Signature Season2017-18 American Repertory Ballet 

2017-18 Signature Series
Jazz of Cuba:
ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ, piano

October 21, 2017

Alfredo Rodriguez made his McCarter debut opening for Chucho Valdés in 2012. But this prodigiously talented Cuban has become a headliner in his own right and his pianism calls up images of Tatum, Jarrett, Monk, and Evans. His albums are not just a collection of musical pieces, but tales told in a distinctive voice. (Berlind)

SONGS OF FREEDOM
October 22, 2017

In the 1960s, three legendary and prolific vocalists made an indelible mark in music through their songs, each expressing freedom in various ways. Joni Mitchell composed and sang about the freedom of love, Abbey Lincoln expressed freedom of her individuality and race through her lyricism, and Nina Simone demanded freedom politically through song. Their contributions will be interpreted by three contemporary singers: Theo Bleckmann, Alicia Olatuja, and Jazzmeia Horn, under the musical direction of Ulysses Owens Jr. (Berlind)

JOSHUA BELL, violin
November 1, 2017

Joshua Bell is the nation’s number one violinist and one of music’s true superstars, capturing the public’s attention as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, orchestra leader, and conductor. You can’t miss him on his numerous Live From Lincoln Center specials and you’ve heard him on movie soundtracks. And since his musical outlook encompasses progressive bluegrass, rock, jazz, and every other genre you can think of, your music library is bound to include at least one of his more than 40 album releases. (Matthews)

LUDOVICO EINAUDI, piano
November 2, 2017

Ludovico Einaudi has developed a passionate, almost cult-like following for his neoclassical-age minimalist music. He has been called a “pianist with Rock God tendencies,” incorporating other genres and styles—including pop, rock, electronica, world, and folk music. He is perhaps best known for his 20 film and television scores, including Black Swan, I’m Still Here, The Reader, J. Edgar and Insidious. (Matthews)

Flamenco Legends by Javier Limón:
THE PACO DE LUCÍA PROJECT

November 14, 2017

Paco de Lucía was arguably the world’s premier flamenco guitarist at the time of his untimely death in 2014. His legendary status lives on in Javier Limón, a ten-time Grammy nominee and long-term collaborator, who has reassembled the original band that toured with de Lucía for the last decade of his career, including the dancer Farruco. (Matthews)

THE HOT SARDINES
December 14, 2017

The Hot Sardines remain red hot! Their unique “Sardine Sound” remains a blustery brass lineup, layered with a rhythm session led by a stride piano, and tied together with a one-of-the boys front-woman singer with a voice from another era. And tap-dancing? They’ve got that too. (Berlind)

HANDEL'S MESSIAH
December 15, 2017

Xian Zhang conducts her first NJSO Messiah with a marvelous quartet of soloists and the superb Montclair State University Singers, adding her remarkable sensibility and style to this adored treasure. PLEASE NOTE: this concert will take place at Richardson Auditorium (Richardson)

MARIN MAZZIE and
JASON DANIELEY

December 16, 2017

This romantic evening featuring “Broadway’s Golden Couple” Marin Mazzie (The King and I, Ragtime) and husband Jason Danieley (Candide, The Full Monty, The Visit) celebrates love and marriage on the Great White Way. Boasting many Tony nominations between them, they are just your ordinary husband-and-wife Broadway stars whose two-part harmonies are seamless and theatrical timing is impeccable. (Berlind)

YAMATO DRUMMERS OF JAPAN
January 27, 2018

Yamato, one of Japan’s taiko drum ensembles, celebrates its 25th anniversary this season. Since the dawn of history, the beat of taiko is the sound of the Japanese people and Japan itself, resounding at Shinto rituals and festivals in every part of the nation. Its performers are infused with the idea that the drumbeat, like the heartbeat, is the very pulse of life. (Matthews)

GARRISON KEILLOR:
Just Passing Through

February 9, 2018

The acclaimed host of radio show A Prairie Home Companion for 42 years, Garrison Keillor captivates audiences using his unique blend of dry humor, wisdom, and song. One of America’s most prolific storytellers, he has received Grammy, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards. (Matthews)

ACCORDION VIRTUOSI OF RUSSIA
February 10, 2018

Founded in 1943 the Accordion Virtuosi of Russia has gone on to secure a place on concert stages around the world. Consisting of dozens of master accordionists and an ace rhythm section of percussion, electric guitar, bass, and more, the Virtuosi amaze and delight their audiences with daredevil feats of keyboard and button prowess. (Matthews)

SLEEPING BEAUTY
February 11, 2018

This 40-member troupe brings another of classical ballet’s timeless fairy tales, Sleeping Beauty, set to the familiar Tchaikovsky score. The traditional Petipa choreography tells the age-old story of the sleeping Princess Aurora and the handsome prince who awakens her with a kiss. (Matthews)

MARIA SCHNEIDER ORCHESTRA
February 23, 2018

Blurring the lines between genres, Schneider is among the handful of artists to have received Grammys in both classical and jazz categories. Their McCarter program will feature a complete performance of one of her 2016 Grammy Award wins, The Thompson Fields (Best Large Jazz Ensemble). (Matthews)

Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE
February 24, 2018

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live leads you on a breathtaking tour that begins in prehistoric Australia. Meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of life-like dinosaurs puppets presented in a fun, entertaining, and educational live theatrical performance created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia. (Matthews)

RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA
And his Indo-Pak Coalition

March 16, 2018

Few musicians share Rudresh Mahanthappa’s ability to combine the expansive possibilities of music with his culture, hybridizing progressive jazz with South Indian classical music. Named alto saxophonist of the year five years running by Downbeat Magazine, he comes to McCarter with his latest project: Indo-Pak Coalition, joined by Pakistani-American guitarist Red Abbasi and innovative percussionist Dan Weiss. (Berlind)

ANAÏS MITCHELL
March 17, 2018

Known as “the Queen of Modern Folk Music,” singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell is first and foremost a storyteller. She’s been a cult figure for a decade with her acoustic albums, but recently hit her stride with her folk opera Hadestown, which opened Off-Broadway in 2016 to rave reviews and sold out performances. (Berlind)

JOHN PIZZARELLI QUARTET
With CATHERINE RUSSELL

March 18, 2018

Together for the first time, two of the premier interpreters of jazz standards and the great American songbook, come to the stage to pay tribute to Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. (Berlind)

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
April 3, 2018

The Tony-winning smash Broadway hit inspired by the true story of the recording sessions that brought together four icons—Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins—comes to McCarter! The song list is nothing short of mind-boggling, starting with “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Folsom Prison Blues” to “See You Later Alligator,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”—and that’s just for starters! (Matthews)

An Evening with
DAVID SEDARIS

April 7, 2018

David Sedaris’ annual visit has become a treasured McCarter tradition. Following his performance he will be signing his latest book Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002. (Matthews)

Jazz of Cuba:
CHUCHO VALDÉS

April 12, 2018

The most influential figure in the evolution of Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz, nine-time Grammy-winning Cuban pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Chucho Valdés is a virtuoso of seemingly limitless abilities. Joining him are Colombian harpist, Edmar Castaneda, who has taken the harp out of the shadows, and Grégoire Maret who has done the same for the chromatic harmonica. (Matthews)

GREG KENNEDY: Innovative Juggler
April 15, 2018

Philadelphia’s Greg Kennedy, two-time gold medalist at the International Jugglers’ Association Championship brings his show Spherus to McCarter, incorporating not only his own distinct manipulative skills, but also the acrobatics of two aerial dancers. Greg will offer a master class after his performance. (Matthews)

Jazz of Cuba:
ROBERTO FONSECA QUINTET

April 24, 2018

Cuban-born pianist, composer, and Artistic Director of Cuba’s Jazz Plaza Festival in Santiago, Roberto Fonseca dominates the “new Cuban scene” and has toured with the Buena Vista Social Club and Omara Portuondo. His own style lies at the crossroads of jazz, traditional Cuban music, and soul. (Berlind)

Crosscurrents:
ZAKIR HUSSAIN AND DAVE HOLLAND

May 2, 2018

Zakir Hussain’s percussion masters of India has been a fixture at McCarter for a decade. This time he teams up with American Jazz master bassist Dave Holland, as they explore the relationship between jazz and Indian music. Also featuring Chris Potter on sax, jazz pianist Louiz Banks, drummer Gino Banks, and from India, guitarist Sanjay Divecha, and vocalist Shankar Mahadevan. (Matthews)

CIRQUE ÉLOIZE
May 11-12, 2018

Saloon, the newest creation from Canada’s Cirque Éloize, draws us into a vibrant comic book where dance, circus arts, original music, and theater collide to create a surreal dream-like experience. The infectious energy of folk music and the strains of fiddle set the tone for an acrobatic comedy that will sweep you away in a mad flurry. Lasso up some fun for the entire family! (Matthews)

JOSHUA REDMAN & BROOKLYN RIDER
May 18, 2018

Esteemed saxophonist Joshua Redman joins forces with the game changing string quartet Brooklyn Rider, along with fellow all-star collaborators Satoshi Takeishi (percussion) and Scott Colley (bass), for an entirely unique convergence of their respective worlds. (Matthews)

ARLO GUTHRIE
May 19, 2018

Arlo Guthrie follows up his 50th Anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant, with his Re:Generation Tour. Guthrie hits the road with two generations of his family including children Abe and Sarah Lee, singing not only his own songs but those of his dad, Woody Guthrie! Arlo’s Re:Generation Tour is in the spirit of an American family making music together. (Matthews)
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New Jersey State Council on the Arts
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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