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Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

Wednesday, September 18 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Valley Performing Arts Center
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/orquesta-buena-vista-social-club/

Featuring Omara Portuondo, Guajiro Mirabal, Barbarito Torres, and Eliades Ochoa, with special guest Robert Fonseca

Since its introduction to an international audience by American guitarist Ry Cooder, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club has become a worldwide sensation. Over a decade's worth of touring has only increased the group's enthusiasm for performing to packed houses and their sound has remained utterly fresh since the release of their debut album in 1997.

The band continues to thrive with the addition of skilled musicians and legendary Buena Vista Social Club alumni such as trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, vocalist Omara Portuondo and laúd virtuoso Barbarito Torres, who are passionate about Cuban music. Each put their individual stamp on classic styles such as the son montuno, danzón, cha cha cha, bolero, and Cuban jazz. Talented young pianist Roberto Fonseca opens the evening with a program of deep, soulful and expressive Latin jazz notes.

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Friday, September 20, 2013

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Friday, September 20 7:30 pm - Sunday, September 22 2:00 pm - Experimental Theatre in the VPAC
http://www.csun.edu/theatre

The rock musical BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. Book by Alex Timbers, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman

Tues-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm.

President Andrew Jackson kicked British butt, shafted the Indians, and smacked down the Spaniards--who cares if he didn't have permission?  The inventor of the Democratic Party is reinvented here as one of our nation's founding rock stars. History just got all sexy pants. Directed by Garry Lennon, musical direction by Philip Matthew Park.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Image for John Mauceri with OrchestraJohn Mauceri with Orchestra

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Valley Performing Arts Center
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/john-mauceri-with-orchestra/

Music in the Life of a Great City: continuing the series Verdi, Wagner and Hollywood: A Bicentennial Birthday Celebration

In the second concert of the already popular series, Music in the Life of a Great City, Grammy Award-winning conductor John Mauceri and full orchestra will present another unique collaboration, celebrating the beloved music of iconic composers Verdi and Wagner, both born 200 years ago. From Verdi's stirring Aida Overture and Triumphal Music to Wagner's exciting Ride of the Valkyries, juxtaposed with familiar film music by the great Ennio Morricone and others, Mauceri will demonstrate the deep musical influence of these composers on a Hollywood they never visited.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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Tuesday, September 24 7:30 pm - Sunday, September 29 2:00 pm - Experimental Theatre in the VPAC
http://www.csun.edu/theatre

The rock musical BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. Book by Alex Timbers, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman

Tues-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm.

President Andrew Jackson kicked British butt, shafted the Indians, and smacked down the Spaniards--who cares if he didn't have permission?  The inventor of the Democratic Party is reinvented here as one of our nation's founding rock stars. History just got all sexy pants. Directed by Garry Lennon, musical direction by Philip Matthew Park.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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Tuesday, September 24 7:30 pm - Sunday, September 29 2:00 pm - Experimental Theatre in the VPAC
http://www.csun.edu/theatre

The rock musical BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. Book by Alex Timbers, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman

Tues-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm.

President Andrew Jackson kicked British butt, shafted the Indians, and smacked down the Spaniards--who cares if he didn't have permission?  The inventor of the Democratic Party is reinvented here as one of our nation's founding rock stars. History just got all sexy pants. Directed by Garry Lennon, musical direction by Philip Matthew Park.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

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Tuesday, September 24 7:30 pm - Sunday, September 29 2:00 pm - Experimental Theatre in the VPAC
http://www.csun.edu/theatre

The rock musical BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. Book by Alex Timbers, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman

Tues-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm.

President Andrew Jackson kicked British butt, shafted the Indians, and smacked down the Spaniards--who cares if he didn't have permission?  The inventor of the Democratic Party is reinvented here as one of our nation's founding rock stars. History just got all sexy pants. Directed by Garry Lennon, musical direction by Philip Matthew Park.

Image for Gabriela Martinez, pianoGabriela Martinez, piano

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Valley Performing Arts Center
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/gabriela-martinez-piano/

Lauded by the New York Times as "compelling, elegant, and incisive," Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez is quickly establishing a reputation and earning praise as a versatile artist who combines "panache and poetry" (Dallas Morning News) with a "sense of grace and clarity" (The Star Ledger). A winner of numerous international prizes and awards, Ms. Martinez's wide-ranging career includes world premieres of new music, live performances featured on MDR Kultur (Germany), NHK (Japan), Radio France (France), RAI (Italy), Deutsche Welle (Germany), WQXR, WNYC, National Public Radio, CNN, PBS, and 60 Minutes.

Friday, September 27, 2013

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Tuesday, September 24 7:30 pm - Sunday, September 29 2:00 pm - Experimental Theatre in the VPAC
http://www.csun.edu/theatre

The rock musical BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. Book by Alex Timbers, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman

Tues-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm.

President Andrew Jackson kicked British butt, shafted the Indians, and smacked down the Spaniards--who cares if he didn't have permission?  The inventor of the Democratic Party is reinvented here as one of our nation's founding rock stars. History just got all sexy pants. Directed by Garry Lennon, musical direction by Philip Matthew Park.

Image for Emmylou Harris & Rodney CrowellEmmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Valley Performing Arts Center
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/emmylou-harris-and-rodney-crowell/

KCSN Presents

In 1975, when Emmylou Harris recorded her first major label solo album, Pieces of the Sky, after the death of her singing partner Gram Parsons, she chose a song by a virtually unknown songwriter to open the album. That songwriter was Rodney Crowell, who Harris also recruited to be a guitarist and harmony singer in her backup group The Hot Band. Since that time, although they have gone their own ways professionally with great success -- both are Grammy Award-winners -- they have remained good friends. That 40-year friendship has brought them full-circle to record their debut project, the recently released Old Yellow Moon. This performance brings on stage two great artists whose contribution to American music continues to inspire musicians and fans worldwide.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

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Tuesday, September 24 7:30 pm - Sunday, September 29 2:00 pm - Experimental Theatre in the VPAC
http://www.csun.edu/theatre

The rock musical BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. Book by Alex Timbers, music and lyrics by Michael Friedman

Tues-Sat 7:30pm, Sun 2pm.

President Andrew Jackson kicked British butt, shafted the Indians, and smacked down the Spaniards--who cares if he didn't have permission?  The inventor of the Democratic Party is reinvented here as one of our nation's founding rock stars. History just got all sexy pants. Directed by Garry Lennon, musical direction by Philip Matthew Park.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Image for Hamlet: The Acting CompanyHamlet: The Acting Company

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Plaza del Sol Performance Hall (PH)
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/hamlet-the-acting-company/

Considered by many as the best of Shakespeare's work Hamlet dramatizes the revenge the young prince exacts for his father's murder, setting him on a journey seeking to understand his personal mortality. It vividly portrays overwhelming grief and rage while exploring themes of danger, revenge and moral corruption. Hamlet is among Shakespeare's most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature and one of his most popular works during his lifetime, still ranking among his most-performed.

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Saturday, October 05, 2013

Image for Hamlet: The Acting CompanyHamlet: The Acting Company

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Plaza del Sol Concert Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/hamlet-the-acting-company/view/2013-10-05

Considered by many as the best of Shakespeareâs work Hamlet dramatizes the revenge the young prince exacts for his fatherâs murder, setting him on a journey seeking to understand his personal mortality. It vividly portrays overwhelming grief and rage while exploring themes of danger, revenge and moral corruption. Hamlet is among Shakespeareâs most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature and one of his most popular works during his lifetime, still ranking among his most-performed.

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Image for Masters of Bluegrass BandMasters of Bluegrass Band

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/masters-of-bluegrass-band/

Born out of picking parties on Del McCoury's back porch, the Masters of Bluegrass have now become one of the premier groups performing this great American art form. Acclaimed masters J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks, Jerry McCoury, Bob Osborne, and of course Del McCoury bring to the stage a passion and creative fire stoked by years of performing in modest schoolhouses to urban rock clubs.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

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Friday, October 11 7:30 pm - Sunday, October 13 2:00 pm - Nordhoff Hall (NH) Little Theatre
http://www.csun.edu

ELEMENO PEA by Molly Metzler

Blue Collar meets upper crust in this comedy of bad manners. On Martha's Vineyard, two sisters square off in a rapid-fire social satire that connects the head, heart and funny bone is one audacious sweep. Directed by Peter Grego.

Wed-Sat 7:30, Sun 2pom.  Oct 11-12-13, 16-17-18-19-20

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Image for Yamato: The Drummers of JapanYamato: The Drummers of Japan

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/yamato-the-drummers-of-japan/

Founded by Masa Ogawa in Japan's Nara Prefecture in 1993, the masters of the ancient art of Wadaiko drumming celebrate their 20th anniversary tour of "ROJYOH: The Beat on the Road" and present a spectacle of athleticism, precision and astounding musical expertise guaranteed to make hearts pound. "Our greatest goal is to send our audiences home after each performance with a new vitality and passion for life."

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Image for Mischa Maisky, cello Mischa Maisky, cello

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/mischa-maisky-cello/

Beethoven: 7 variations on a theme from Mozart's "Magic Flute"
Britten: Cello Sonata
Russian Romances: various selections

Nicknamed "Rostropovich of the Future" by the late, great Russian virtuoso, Grammy-nominated Mischa Maisky has made over 30 recordings with premier orchestras such as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the London Symphony, and the Israeli Philharmonic as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist during the last 25 years. Poetry and exquisite delicacy combined with great temperament and brilliant technique are Maisky's artistic trademarks and will be on full display in this evening's inspiring repertoire.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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Wednesday, October 16 7:30 pm - Sunday, October 20 2:00 pm - Nordhoff Hall (NH) Little Theatre
http://www.csun.edu/theatre

ELEMENO PEA by Molly Metzler

Blue Collar meets upper crust in this comedy of bad manners. On Martha's Vineyard, two sisters square off in a rapid-fire social satire that connects the head, heart and funny bone is one audacious sweep. Directed by Peter Grego.

Wed-Sat 7:30, Sun 2pm.  Oct 11-12-13, 16-17-18-19-20

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Image for The Joy Luck Club: Plan-B EntertainmentThe Joy Luck Club: Plan-B Entertainment

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Plaza del sol Concert Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/plan-b-entertainment-presents-the-joy-luck-club/

The Joy Luck Club proudly takes the stage at the Plaza del Sol Concert Hall, and will astound the audience in a premier theatrical performance of Amy Tan's masterpiece that has topped The New York Times best-seller list for 75 weeks.  A timeless tale with universal relevance, four immigrant women and their four American born daughters follow their paths of hopes, fears and tragic pasts and explore familiar themes of family, hope, love, sacrifice, strength and wishes for a better life. "Moving moments... Beautiful..." raves Variety.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Image for Jon Batiste and Stay HumanJon Batiste and Stay Human

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/jon-batiste-and-stay-human/

Jonathan Batiste is the founder and leader of The Stay Human Band, a modern jazz ensemble noted for its world-class music, high-energy and uplifting spirit. A talented and already well-traveled ambassador for jazz, this dapper young musician and his band have ignited the New York City music scene and is poised to take over Los Angeles, as well. The debut in our Great Hall promises to be one of the season's much talked about performances.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Image for Bernadette PetersBernadette Peters

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/bernadette-peters/

Broadway's brightest star, three-time Tony Award-winner Bernadette Peters returns to the Great Hall's stage for an exciting evening of songs from Broadway shows as well as from Grammy Award-winning albums, including standards, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim, and others. Ms. Peters, who most recently was seen on Broadway in Sondheim's Follies and A Little Night Music and on the NBC-TV series SMASH, continues to thrill audiences nationwide. Join the inimitable actress, singer, author and humanitarian in a glamorous evening with full orchestra as only Bernadette Peters can do.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Image for The Silk Road EnsembleThe Silk Road Ensemble

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/the-silk-road-ensemble/

This evening's eclectic performance marks the 15th anniversary of artistic director Yo-Yo Ma's internationally minded non-profit arts, cultural and educational organization The Silk Road Project, which presents performances by the critically-acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble. The iconic performance group is a collective of internationally-renowned performers and composers from more than 20 countries who collaborate on a diverse range of musical and multimedia projects. The 60-member globetrotting ensemble has performed in 105 cities, 30 countries and recorded five albums, with its most recent release Off the Map being nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2011. Join us for an exhilarating celebration where "Classical music making rarely achieves this combination of spontaneity and superb craftsmanship" -- The Washington Post

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Image for Josh TurnerJosh Turner

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/josh-turner/

One of country music's most recognizable hit-makers earning numerous CMA, ACM and Grammy nominations since the release of his debut album Long Black Train, Josh Turner has sold more than five million albums and garnered four No. 1 hits, including three multi-week chart-toppers: "Your Man," "Would You Go With Me," and "Why Don't We Just Dance," a four-week No. 1 smash hit that was named the most-played song in 2010 by MediaBase, as well as the debut single "Time is Love" that soared to No. 1 on the Best of 2012 Billboard Country Chart. This evening, the sensational country superstar brings his dynamic energy to the Valley Performing Arts Center and proves he is one of the "most effective...hard-core country...performers of his generation." 

Friday, October 25, 2013

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7:30 pm - 7:30 pm - nordhoff Hall (NH) Campus Theatre
http://www.csun.edu/theatre

DIE FLEDERMAUS by Joann Strauss II, from a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genee

The Waltz King's madcap masterpiece offers a rousing evening of mistaken identities, flirtations, and light-hearted deceit. This delightful Viennese farce is filled with effervescent melodies, lilting waltzes, and a rollicking tribute to champagne. Directed by Eli Villanueva, musical direction by John Roscigno, choreography by J'aime Morrison. Sung in English

Four performances only: Oct 25-26, Nov 2-3  NOTE CURTAIN TIMES:  Fri-Sat 7:30pm, final Sun 2pm

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Image for Shanghai Ballet: La SylphideShanghai Ballet: La Sylphide

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/shanghai-ballet-la-sylphide/

One of the most famous propaganda ballets to have emerged from the Cultural Revolution, White-Haired Girl brought critical acclaim to the regional dance company in 1979. Since then, Shanghai Ballet has become one of the most pre-eminent international ballet companies in the world. Known for presenting ingenious interpretations of classical and contemporary repertoire, the ensemble under Xin Lili's artistic direction will enchant audiences with its exquisite performance of La Sylphide -- a romantic tale of a young man forever chasing an elusive, celestial being, only to encounter tragedy and heartache.

"The costumes were dazzling... Starting off in a low-key manner, the Shanghai Ballet ... built to a crescendo of rapidfire over-the-head lifts and tours en l'air at the sold-out ... Auditorium." 
-- Dottie Ashley, The Post and Courier

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Image for Shanghai Ballet: The Butterfly LoversShanghai Ballet: The Butterfly Lovers

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Great Hall
http://www.valleyperformingartscenter.org/calendar/shanghai-ballet-the-butterfly-lovers/

The Shanghai Ballet, whose performance of The White-Haired Girl won them the Gold Medal of the Best Classical Dance Works of the 20th Century in China, has become one of the world's premier international ballet companies. Since its founding in 1979, many of the ensemble's brilliant and rising young dancers have won numerous awards in global and nationwide competitions.

Under the graceful and lyrical temperament of Artistic Director Xin Lili, the company performs one of its signature folk-infused -- The Butterfly Lovers, a classical Western masterwork that follows a young couple's ill-fated romance. Elegant choreography, beautiful costumes, expressive hand gestures and theatrical pantomime convey the story's bittersweet beauty and complement Shanghai Ballet's stunning classical technique.