Thursday, September 7
Sponsored by Bill Dowler
Balsam Range, a bluegrass and acoustic music group founded in 2007 by five friends in North Carolina, received both the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Song of the Year” awards. In 2014, the band won the IBMA “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Entertainer of the Year” awards. Elements of jazz, country, gospel, swing, and old-time music are all infused into the fresh sound of this unique Southern band.
VIENNA BOYS CHOIR
Thursday, October 19
Audiences and critics worldwide praise the talented singers of the Vienna Boys Choir for their celestial voices, pure tone, and wide-ranging repertoire. With a rich history spanning more than 500 years, the Vienna Boys Choir has been associated with many of the world’s great composers, including Mozart, Bruckner, and former chorister Franz Schubert.
FLAMENCO LEGENDS by JAVIER LIMÓN:
THE PACO de LUCIA PROJECT
Tuesday, October 24
Created by 10-time Latin Grammy®-winner Javier Limón, The Paco de Lucía Project reassembles the original band that toured with the legendary Spanish virtuoso flamenco guitarist and composer during the last 10 years of his career. Paco de Lucía’s longtime collaborator and producer Javier Limón brings the secrets of flamenco to the highest level to create an experience that honors the legacy of de Lucía.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Sunday, October 29
This lavish new stage production of The Sound of Music, directed by Jack O'Brien (three-time Tony Award®-winner whose credits include Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Coast of Utopia), celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the most successful movie musical in history, (as well as the 2013 NBC television production, The Sound of Music Live, seen by over 44 million people). The beloved story of Maria and the Von Trapp family will once again thrill audiences with “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and the title song.
THE MIDTOWN MEN "HOLIDAY HITS"
Friday, December 8
Delores St. Clair Wright Christmas Show
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with The Midtown Men as they return to the Brooks Center to debut their “Holiday Hits” show, blending iconic rock-and-roll hits of the 1960s with the all-time greatest holiday classics. The group will perform “Let It Snow,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Christmas Waltz,” and “Sherry” with their dynamic choreography, electrifying arrangements, and signature four-part harmony.
Thursday, January 25
Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd—and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Enjoy some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at Cabaret, John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Joe Masteroff’s Tony Award-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.
Tuesday, January 30
Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for “Best New Play,” Katori Hill’s The Mountaintop is rife with humor and politics, while giving us a glimpse of the private side of Martin Luther King Jr. The Mountaintop premiered in London in 2009 and subsequently ran on Broadway starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson. Join us as we reflect on the 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination. Presented by L.A. Theatre Works, this play contains some mature language.
THE BIRDLAND ALL-STARS
featuring TOMMY IGOE
Thursday, February 1
Directed by drummer Tommy Igoe and featuring some of the finest musicians in New York, The Birdland All-Stars have thrilled audiences at “The Jazz Corner of the World” for the last decade. Returning to the road for the first time in five years, the ensemble has created new arrangements of music by David Bowie, The Police, and Steely Dan, as well as fresh treatments of iconic compositions by Charlie Parker, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock.
HELSINGBORG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Monday, February 5
Founded in 1912, the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra (HSO) is one of Sweden’s oldest orchestras. In addition to regular guest appearances on major Scandinavian stages, the HSO has had many successes at prominent European venues, such as three sold-out recent concerts at the Great Festival Hall in Salzburg and in Vienna. The program will include Smetana’s Sarka from Ma Vlast, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor.
Monday, February 26
Blending technical virtuosity and comedic brilliance, this brass septet from Austria is an international sensation. With over 130 concerts a year, Mnozil Brass routinely sells out houses worldwide and garners millions of YouTube views. The group returns to North America with a show that blends original compositions with classical favorites, jazz standards, and popular hits. As always, the repertoire is presented with the group’s iconic humor and wit in scenes worthy of Monty Python.
LEZGINKA STATE DANCE COMPANY
Monday, March 5
The 40 dancers of Lezginka State Dance Company will present a dazzling display of traditional folk songs and dances, awesome acrobatics, sumptuous costumes, and riveting drum and saber work that reflects the spirit of the Daghestan people. Don’t miss this festival of dance, elegance, beauty, and fire.
HOUSTON BALLET II
Monday, March 26
Houston Ballet II is the second company of Houston Ballet, America’s fifth largest ballet company. Comprised of a stellar array of young dancers from around the world, Houston Ballet II performs a diverse range of dance works such as excerpts from the great classics like The Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia to works by notable choreographers George Balanchine, John Neumeier, and August Bournonville. Houston Ballet II tours nationally and internationally, and has performed in Mexico, China, Hungary, Guatemala, Germany, and Switzerland.
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