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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Image for Moscow Festival Ballet: GiselleMoscow Festival Ballet: Giselle

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

This evening the Moscow Festival Ballet dances Giselle, the jewel of all Romantic Russian ballets. Since its inception in 1989, the company has completed two tours of Europe and continues to specialize in 20th century full-length classical dance such as Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, and Legend of Love. Artistic director and legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Sergei Radchenko presents an impressive recreation of Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli's masterpiece, which exemplifies the highest classic elements of grace, precision, and expression through movement witnessed in the perfection of the Moscow Festival Ballet.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Image for Bahia Orchestra Project with Stewart Goodyear, pianoBahia Orchestra Project with Stewart Goodyear, piano

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

Ricardo Castro: conductor

Tchaikovsk: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy, 18'
Beethoven: Piano concerto No. 3 in C minor, op. 37 (piano soloist: Stewart Goodyear), 34'
Villa-Lobos, Bachianas  4,  25'
Stravinsky Firebird (1919), 22'

Acclaimed pianist, Conductor and Artistic Director of the Bahia Orchestra Project, Ricardo Castro leads the remarkable youth orchestra in their first U.S. tour through an extraordinary sweep of classical music of 20th century Latin and American composers. The one hundred-member orchestra represents multiple ethnic groups from the Bahia region of Brazil and has packed concert halls in London, Berlin and Lucerne.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Image for Bahia Orchestra Project: Samba SpectacularBahia Orchestra Project: Samba Spectacular

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

In their debut North American tour, Valley Performing Arts Center proudly presents Bahia Orchestra Project: Samba Spectacular, praised by The Sunday Times as "The remarkable Youth Orchestra of Bahia, Brazil's pride." Founded in 2007 by critically acclaimed Brazilian pianist and conductor Ricardo Castro, the amazingly talented young musicians" part of the long-term NEOJIBA educational program" offer an exciting selection of popular dance music arranged for full symphony orchestra and Brazilian percussion. Get ready for an electrifying party atmosphere as the dancing drummers bring the audience to their feet and make them dance in the aisles.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Image for The ChieftainsThe Chieftains

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall

The venerable traditional Irish band The Chieftains has been thrilling audiences for years. Formed in Dublin in 1962 with original group members Paddy Moloney, Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy - all of whom had a passion for the sound of the uilleann pipes (the national bagpipe of Ireland) - it remains one of the leading exporters of Irish music worldwide. Through the years the lineup has changed, but Moloney continues to anchor the group's sound along with Matt Molloy and Kevin Conneff and a large ensemble of remarkable musicians, dancers and pipe bands from around the world. It's a night of beautiful folk music and merriment with one of the world's most beloved Irish bands.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Image for Guitar PassionsGuitar Passions

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

Guitar Passions is an exciting creative partnership featuring some of the world's most acclaimed guitar virtuosi. Led by Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, the trio, hailed as "the pre-eminent guitarists of our time" will present an evening of dazzling artistry, effortlessly blending classical Spanish, contemporary and various other genres to create a spectacular and exquisite collage of sounds.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Image for Pat Metheny Unity GroupPat Metheny Unity Group

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

"The Unity Band record and tour was such a life changing experience for me that I didn't want to see it come to an end," says Pat Metheny. "One night, I woke up with the tantalizing idea of taking the concept of musical 'Unity' even further. With this project, I want to form a platform that encompasses the entire range of things that I have done over the years, from Bright Size Life to Secret Story, from my group projects to the Orchestrion, and with this incredible group of musicians, Chris Potter, Ben Williams, Antonio Sanchez and Giulio Carmassi, just about anything is possible!"

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Image for Murray Perahia, pianoMurray Perahia, piano

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

American pianist and Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Murray Perahia is one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time, performing in all of the major international music centers and with every leading orchestra. Known for his luminous pearly tones, spirited phrasings and bright articulations, Perahia brings his artistic brilliance to the Valley Performing Arts Center for a virtuoso performance.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Image for Haifa Symphony Orchestra of IsraelHaifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

The most eminent musical institute in the north of Israel, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel, which encourages the promotion of Israeli culture, features Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich in a dramatic performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 30. This season marks the orchestra's first visit to the United States and features the extraordinarily charismatic Boguslaw Dawidow as the Principal Guest Conductor.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Image for Haifa Symphony Orchestra of IsraelHaifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel

11:00 am - 1:00 pm - Great Hall

The Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel was founded in 1950 and in recent years has become the focal point of musical life in Haifa and the north of Israel. The Orchestra, which is the most significant musical institute in the north of Israel, has recently expanded its activities throughout the country. This evening the supremely talented Principal Guest Conductor Boguslaw Dawidow and piano virtuoso Roman Rabinovich explore the musical landscapes of Weber, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven in a stunning evening of classical repertoire. Programs and artists subject to change without notice

Friday, March 14, 2014

Image for Gala FlamencaGala Flamenca

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall

Gala Flamenca commands the stage as world-renowned flamenco artists Antonio Canales, Carlos Rodriguez, Karime Amaya, and Jesus Carmona ignite duende de flamenco (spirit of flamenco) and cast their passion, prowess, and power upon the audience, evoking a fiery evening of flamenco brilliance. Under Angel Rojas' direction flamenco's greatest stars present masterful choreography, dramatic vocals, and seamless compas (flamenco rhythm) highlighting the excellence of modern flamenco.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Image for Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton MarsalisJazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

Internationally-acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and Grammy Award-winner Wynton Marsalis and the renowned Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra will present a program featuring the best in great jazz standards. Since its humble beginnings in 1987, the Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra has grown into one of the world's leading jazz orchestras with annual tours throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. This will be a special treat for jazz and other music lovers alike.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Image for Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell, violinAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell, violin

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall

Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op.55 "Eroica"

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world and renowned for its polished and refined sound, rooted in outstanding musicianship. Originally directed by Sir Neville Marriner from the leader's chair, the spirit and flexibility of the conductorless ensemble remains an Academy tradition with the newest appointment of virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell as its new Music Director. Esteemed for its superlative balance as one of the finest and most recorded chamber orchestras of all times, the ensemble continues to transfix audiences with regal musical magnificence.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Image for Doc Severinsen & His Big Band with Mary Wilson of The SupremesDoc Severinsen & His Big Band with Mary Wilson of The Supremes

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall

For over three decades, Doc Severinsen & His Big Band ruled the late night television airwaves. His reign began in 1962, and he became an American household name in large part because of the performance of his stellar big band as creative trumpet playing and big band leader on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Although this beloved television program ended its run in 1992, Severinsen's career continues non-stop. He tours annually, performing to fans who love and respect Doc and his big band sound.

The repertoire oftentimes include Ellington and Basie standards, pop, jazz, ballads, big band classics and, of course, The Tonight Show theme. The legendary Mary Wilson, best known as one of the key founding members of the world's most famous female trio, The Supremes, joins Doc Severinsen and Big band offering renditions of classic songs. Two great American performers, together on stage, this is a perfect pairing