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SEPTEMBER 12 - OCTOBER 11, 2020

Dreaming Zenzile

Based on the life of Miriam Makeba
By Somi Kakoma
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
In association with Octopus Theatricals and National Black Theatre

An inspiring new musical based on the extraordinary life of South African musical legend and activist Miriam Makeba.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

My Bluegrass Heart with Béla Fleck

With William Apostol, Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, and Mark Schatz

The recipient of multiple Grammy Awards, banjo player Béla Fleck has reinvented the image and sound of the instrument through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 & THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020

Parsons Dance

Including Caught

Since 1985, dancer/choreographer David Parsons has created more than 75 works both for his own company and others around the world, visiting 445 cities in 30 countries on five continents. Parsons Dance’s program will include Caught, the company’s signature stroboscopic solo.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2020

Strings For Peace

With Amjad Ali KhanSharon Isbin, Amaan Ali Bangash, and Ayaan Ali Bangash.

Striving to preserve the essence of both Indian and Western traditions, Strings for Peace collaborates the sarod and the guitar so that they can flow into each other without artistic compromise.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2020

Pinchas Zukerman, violin and viola & Yefim Bronfman, piano

Joint Recital

Long-time musical partners with a global presence—violinist/violist Pinchas Zukerman and pianist Yefim Bronfman—return to McCarter.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2020

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent of the classical music world as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2020

National Geographic Live: Life On The Vertical

With Mark Synnott

Legendary rock climber Mark Synnott hasn’t just made the incredible first ascents of some of the world’s biggest walls—he’s explored inaccessible places in the name of science.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2020

Carmen

Compañía Nacional de Danza (España)

The story of Carmen and the music of Bizet’s opera have both proved irresistible to choreographers for decades. Choreographer Johan Inger re-imagines the traditional Spanish myth of the iconic gypsy in a more comprehensive context and makes it 21st-century ballet for our times.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2020

The Moth Mainstage

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling.

Each Moth Mainstage features simple, old-fashioned storytelling, by five wildly divergent raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2020

Bach's St. Matthew Passion

With the Gächinger Kantorei, Orchestra Bach-Collegium & Soloists of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart. 

The St. Matthew Passion has reigned as the supreme achievement of vocal literature since its premiere at Leipzig’s St Thomas Church in 1727, featuring orchestra, soloists, plus a double-chorus. Bach depicts Christ’s Passion as a musical dialogue with a directness that allows us to feel the extreme emotions triggered by the events described. Performed with subtitles.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2020

Fly Higher: Charlie Parker at 100

Acclaimed co-musical directors Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto saxophone) and Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) celebrate Charlie Parker, one of the most innovative and influential artists in modern musical history and examine his impact in pop, hip-hop, rap, rock, and jazz.

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DECEMBER 6 - 27, 2020

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by David Thompson
Directed by Adam Immerwahr

Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future and watch as this story comes to life around you! This annual holiday tradition will usher you into the spirit of the season with all the joy, wonder, and generosity that Scrooge himself discovers.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020

Cécile McLorin Salvant

In just under the span of a decade, Cécile McLorin Salvant has evolved from a darling of jazz critics and fans, to a multi-Grammy Award winner, to a prescient and fearless voice in music today.

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2020

Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

20-plus resident members of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center perform one of music’s most enduring masterpieces in a single evening.

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JANUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 7, 2021

Tiger Style!

By Mike Lew
Directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel

From California to China, this exuberantly sharp comedy examines the successes and failures of tiger parenting through the lens of a playwright who’s actually been through it.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2021

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, the celebrated Norwegian pianist has won acclaim worldwide, playing concertos and recitals in the world’s leading concert halls. His McCarter program is further indicative of his focus on both seldom-heard and familiar repertoire with works by Janacek, Bartok, and Schumann’s Carnaval, Op.9.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2021

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Under the artistic direction of Glen Edgerton, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago combines explosive energy, theatrical jazz, and the technique of classical ballet into a style uniquely its own.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2021

Branford Marsalis Quartet

The Branford Marsalis Quartet has been known for the telepathic communication among its uncommonly consistent personnel, its deep book of original music replete with expressive melodies and provocative forms, and an unrivaled spirit in both live and recorded performances.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2021

Jeremy Denk, pianist and leader

with Les Violons du Roy Chamber Orchestra

Winner of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and the Avery Fisher Prize, Jeremy Denk is one of America’s foremost pianists. For his return to McCarter, Denk collaborates on an innovative program with the strings of Canada’s Les Violons du Roy, including two of Bach’s keyboard concertos.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2021

Bessie, Billie & Nina

Pioneering Women in Jazz

Bessie, Billie & Nina features three dynamic vocalists, each a rising star in her own right: Charenée Wade, Camille Thurman, and Tahira Clayton. Backed by an all-female band, they celebrate the enduring legacies of these iconic women and artists with performances of their classic songs, including Bessie Smith’s “Downhearted Blues,” Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” and Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam.”

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2021

En Masse

Circa

In En Masse, Australia’s Circa Ensemble takes the audience on a wild, tender, and savage ride in a work of explosive physicality and power that blurs the boundaries of dance, theatre, music, and circus arts.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2021

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

The Trocks have reigned supreme as the world’s foremost all-male comic ballet troupe, dancing the fine line between high art and high camp. Donning drag to perform their faithful (sort of) renditions that poke fun at the conventions of “serious” dance, they parody classical works from Swan Lake to Giselle and choreographers from Balanchine to Martha Graham.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2021

Christine Goerke, soprano

with Martin Martineau, piano

Dramatic soprano Christine Goerke is a vocal superstar when it comes to the heroines of  Wagner’s operas — arguably the finest Wagnerian soprano in the world.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 2021

National Geographic Live: When Women Ruled The World

With Dr. Kara Cooney

Travel back thousands of years to ancient Egypt during a time when women ruled supreme with Dr. Kara Cooney. Cooney is part of the National  Geographic Live speaker series.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2021

Catapult

These magical America’s Got Talent dancers stretch their bodies and your imagination, transforming from dogs to dragons to bicycles to helicopters with people in them — all the while telling cinematic stories that are full of color and emotion. 

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SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2021

Nella

A 2019 Latin Grammy Winner for Best New Artist and a Berklee College of Music alum, Nella is a new voice hailing from the Venezuelan island of Margarita. Her music is a meeting place for her country’s folklore roots, the influence of her contemporaries, and the music of the Andalusian region.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2021

Our Native Daughters

Featuring Rhiannon Giddens, Amythyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell, Our Native Daughters reinterprets and creates new works from old ones, shining light on African-American women’s stories of struggle, resistance, and hope.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2021

David Sedaris

David Sedaris’ annual visit to McCarter has become a cherished spring tradition. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has established himself as one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2021

Mark Padmore, tenor & Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Joint Recital

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida and tenor Mark Padmore join forces in an all-Schumann feast including the composer’s two major song cycles, Leiderkreis, Op. 39, and Dichterliebe, Op.48, both written by Schumann in 1840 as love songs to his wife Clara.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2021

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

with Wynton Marsalis

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21, 2021

Pam Tanowitz Dance & Simone Dinnerstein, piano

New Work for Goldberg Variations

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein plays live with Pam Tanowitz Dance, bringing a nuanced understanding of Bach’s demanding score to Tanowitz’s witty and unflinching abstractions of classical and popular dance forms.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2021

Giraffes Can't Dance

This stage adaptation of the beloved children’s book, Giraffes Can’t Dance, features puppets, African rhythm, and lots of dancing.

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APRIL 30 - MAY 30, 2021

The Scarlet Letter

By Kate Hamill
Inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel

Original sin. Shame. Redemption. Hawthorne’s masterwork bursts to life in a chilling and timely adaptation by playwright Kate Hamill.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 12, 2021

National Geographic Live: On The Trail Of Big Cats

With Steve Winter

Get daringly close to tigers, snow leopards, jaguars, and cougars through the unforgettable stories and images of award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter.

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JUNE 15 - JULY 3, 2021

Bhangin' It

By Mike Lew and Rehana Lew Mirza
Music and Lyrics by Sam Willmott
Directed by Amy Anders Corcoran
Co-Production with La Jolla Playhouse

This brand new feel-good and dance-filled musical is brash, intoxicating, and joyous. Intercollegiate Bhangra, a competitive “dance-off” of traditional Punjabi folk styles, is a high stakes game. Mary, a biracial student, thinks she's got all the right moves. But to teammate Preeti, Mary is just not “Indian enough.” When Mary is abruptly booted off the team, she puts together a team whose only criteria for joining is a desire to dance. With Nationals coming up, can this eclectic, ragtag group whip themselves into shape to take on the competition? Bhangin It is a celebration of the traditions we inherit from yesterday and those we create for tomorrow.

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