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2014 SOPAC Performance Schedule (subject to change)SAT, MAR 8 AT 8PM – JOHNNY WINTER
Tickets: $38, $50, $60
Voted one of the top 100 guitarists of all time in Rolling Stone, Johnny Winter is a guitar hero without equal. Signing with Columbia Records in 1969, he immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues with a powerful combination of authentic Texas funk and blues. Throughout the 70s and 80s he was the unofficial torch bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker. Today Johnny Winter is enjoying an unparalleled resurgence performing to sold out shows worldwide even after a long life full of honors and accomplishments such as a triumphant appearance at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival with Derek Trucks, Buddy Guy and Clapton that has been immortalized on the Emmy award winning DVD.
SUN, MAR 16 AT 2PM – DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, AND A FLY
Tickets: $25/Children $24 (12 and Under)
It’s not easy being a bug, especially on the first day of school! But luckily for Worrying Worm, Fearless Fly, and Sassy Spider, every creature finds its special talent. Spider waits anxiously to shed his skin; Worm feels self-conscious and embarrassed for having no legs; and Fly’s 327 brothers and sisters drive her so crazy that she can hardly focus on schoolwork. This hysterical musical will have everyone cheering on the quirky crawlers as they face problems and milestones common to us all.
SAT, MAR 22 AT 8PM – RICHARD SHINDELL & LUCY KAPLANSKY
Singer/Songwriters, Folk, Pop
Tickets: $30, $38, $50 Tickets on sale Fri., November 22
An amazing co-bill featuring two of today’s most popular touring singer-songwriters. Richard and Lucy performed together in the acclaimed folk “supergroup” Cry, Cry, Cry. Richard Shindell is a meticulous craftsman of song whose eight studio albums and 2 live recordings have been revered by critics and fans alike. Currently on tour in support of her new album Reunion, Lucy Kaplansky is a rare vocal talent, “a truly gifted performer...full of enchanting songs” (The New York Times). Blending country, folk and pop styles, she has the unique ability to make every song she sings sound fresh.
SUN, MAR 23 AT 7:30PM – MASON JENNINGS
Tickets: $28, $32, $38
Singer/songwriter Mason Jennings blends the personal insights of a poet, the political broadsides of a protest singer, and the broad musical eclecticism of a jazz musician with a rock & roller's passion. The result made him one of the most talked-about new artists on the acoustic music scene and earned him a loyal cult following, as he moved over 30,000 copies of his first two albums and sold out shows around the country without the benefit of a major-label publicity department. He tours in support of his new album Always Been. Recorded at Minneapolis studio The Terrarium, Always Been builds on the rugged, acoustic-guitar-driven indie-folk of Jennings’s earlier work (from his 1998 self-titled debut to 2011’s highly acclaimed Minnesota) with sunnier melodies and more hi-fi sonics.
THU, MAR 27 AT 7:30PM – JAY MOHR
Tickets: $35, $45, $50
Named one of the “100 Greatest Comics of All Time” by Comedy Central, comedian, actor, radio host and best selling author, Jay Mohr has been performing stand-up comedy since he was sixteen years old. His big break came when he landed his dream job of Saturday Night Live. Later he was cast opposite Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire and that same year co-starred with Jennifer Anniston in Picture Perfect. After 25 films, he recently starred in the CBS scripted comedy Gary Unmarried, which was critically acclaimed and ran for two seasons. His stage shows are one of a kind; no notes, no two shows the same, and an act that never picks on the audience. These are the three tenets that Jay believes makes great live comedy, and the foundation is laid when Jay often tells his audiences, "Let’s just jump off a cliff together and build our wings on the way down!"
FRI, MAR 28 AT 8PM – IRIS DEMENT & RED MOLLY
Tickets: $30, $35, $45 Tickets on sale Fri., November 15
A wonderful evening of Americana and Roots music! Iris DeMent, the last of 14 children, born in Arkansas and raised in Southern California, grew up immersed in gospel music and traditional country. Her album, My Life, earned a Grammy nomination in the Contemporary Folk category. Her 1996 album The Way I Should addressed political as well as personal themes and earned a Grammy nomination, as well. She is best known for her timeless hit “Our Town.” Since 2004, Americana trio Red Molly has been bringing audiences to their feet with gorgeous three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship, and their warm, engaging stage presence. The band consists of Laurie MacAllister (bass, banjo), Abbie Gardner (dobro, banjo) and Molly Venter (guitar). This past year, the ladies were invited to open multiple shows for music legend Willie Nelson and they performed at the venerable RockyGrass festival in CO. Their new CD Light up the Sky spent 20 weeks on the Americana Music Association's Top 40 radio chart.
SAT, MAR 29 AT 8PM – OLETA ADAMS
Soul, R&B, Gospel, Pop
Tickets: $38, $48, $58 Tickets on sale in January
Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut album Circle of One (which went Platinum), and the impassioned hit single "Get Here" (the Brenda Russell composition that became an unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War) Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans in the U.S. and Europe with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music. Her success, nurtured by worldwide tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross, has been solidified by four Grammy Award nominations and a seemingly bottomless well of creative energy.
SUN, MAR 30 AT 3PM – JUILLIARD @ SOPAC: PIANO REFLECTIONS: IMAGERY, COLOR AND EMOTION
Presented by Juilliard @ SOPAC. Piano Reflections: Imagery, Color, and Emotion Fei-Fei Dong, recent Finalist of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, presents an exciting program of imagery, color, and emotion, featuring solo piano works by three composers spanning nearly 300 years of musical evolution. Muzio Clementi’s Piano Sonata in F-sharp provides a distinct hue and character for each movement, culminating in a finale of fireworks. Frédéric Chopin’s passionate Rondo in E-flat journeys through emotional themes, both lively and subdued, leading to a bright and powerful conclusion. Lowell Liebermann’s contemporary work, Gargoyles, contains within it a set of four modern portraits of grotesque gargoyles singing and dancing atop the Notre Dame Cathedral. Lastly, Chopin’s 24 microcosmic preludes are a collection of quintessentially Romantic miniatures, one vignette in each major and minor key. This set of preludes is a musical diary; a poetic account of the composer’s emotional palette. Hearing all 24 preludes played in succession is reminiscent of the sunny and gloomy days of Chopin’s life, giving us all the opportunity to reflect upon and appreciate our own.
SUN, APR 13 AT 3PM – JUILLIARD @ SOPAC: TRIO VOCE
Trio Vocé: Through Shadows and Light Trio Vocé, composed of students of The Juilliard School, presents a program of works showcasing virtuosic solo accompanied works for violin and cello, along with a tour de force masterpiece of the piano trio repertoire. This program highlights the works of Schubert and Brahms, exploring motivic themes of melancholy and sadness alongside triumph and power. Franz Schubert’s Sonata in A minor (originally scored for arpeggione) for cello and piano, as well as his Rondo in B minor for violin and piano (“Rondeau Brillant”), both written near the end of the composer’s life, resonate with emotion and epitomize the Romantic era. Finally, the Piano Trio No. 1 in B major by Johannes Brahms teems with elegance and contrast combining intricate detail with fits and bursts. Trio Voce is made up Fabiola Kim (violin), Jiyoung Lee (cello) and Alan Woo (piano).
WED, MAY 7 AT 7:30PM – SUZANNE VEGA
Tickets: $39, $45, $50 Tickets on sale Fri., December 6
Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Grammy nominated Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known halls. In performances devoid of outward drama that nevertheless convey deep emotion, Vega sings in a distinctive, clear vibrato-less voice that has been described as “a cool, dry sandpaper- brushed near-whisper” and as “plaintive but disarmingly powerful.” Best known for her hits “Tom’s Diner” and “Luka.”
FRI, MAY 9 AT 8PM – TOM PAXTON & HOLLY NEAR
Tickets: $30, $38, $48 Tickets on sale Fri., November 22
An evening with two legendary folk musicians. Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture, and celebrating the tender bonds of family, friends, and community. Paxton has been an integral part of the songwriting and folk music community since the early 60s Greenwich Village scene, and continues to be a primary influence on today’s “New Folk” performers. Holly Near is a unique combination of entertainer, teacher, and activist. An immense vocal talent, Near’s career as a singer has been defined by an unwillingness to separate her passion for music from her passion for human dignity. She is a skilled performer and an outspoken ambassador for peace who brings to the stage an integration of world consciousness, spiritual discovery, and theatricality.