Tomoko Ohno with bassist Marcus McLaurine and drummer Samuel Martinelli.
General Admission: Free
Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritoneCharity Wicks, piano
Grammy-nominated baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert, and renowned pianist and musical directror Charity Wicks perform works by Robert & Clara Schumann, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Nico Muhly, John Link, and Jason Robert Brown.
Nava Dunkelman and Payton MacDonald, percussion
Original Songs by this New Jersey-based independent alternative folk band.
Forever Ray has been performing to sell-out audiences throughout the New York Metropolitan area. They perform the exciting and uplifting music of Ray Charles, which includes a wonderful blend of musical styles ranging from Jazz and Blues to Country and R&B. Members of Forever Ray have performed with Ray Charles, Alicia Keys, Warren Haynes, Lettuce, Rod Stewart, The Blues Brothers, Stevie Wonder, the Harlem Gospel Choir, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, and The Temptations! The band features Whitley Shulton (lead vocals), Angela Workman (vocals), Chyna Grant (vocals), Samantha Joy (vocals), Mitchell Endick (baritone saxophone), Baron Raymonde (alto saxophone), Tim Ouimette (trumpet), John Farnsworth (tenor saxophone), Yayoi Ikawa (keyboards), Bobby Deitch (drums/Musical Director), and Joe Macaro (bass).
Ray Charles, an American musician, was a pioneer in the genre of soul music during the 1950s by fusing rhythm and blues, gospel, jazz, and country music. He helped racially integrate country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success. Frank Sinatra called Ray Charles “the only true genius in show business.”
Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $40 • Orchestra $35 • Loge $35 • Rear Loge $30Senior and WP Community a 10% discount is available, please visit the box office.
“I’m Possible” tells the story of Johnny,a young boy who dreams of joining the circus. Audiences follow Johnny’s inspirational journey as he enters a world of beautiful aerial artistry, flying hula hoops, free standing ladder, the daring wheel of destiny, contortion, comedy and much more jampacked into a one-hour show! Omnium Circus, which The New York Times calls, “genuinely extraordinary,” celebrates diversity and creates joy, laughter and positive experiences for audiences of all abilities. This uplifting production features an extraordinary cast of multi-talented and multi-abled performers who inspire audiences with their extraordinary feats of human accomplishment and the astounding potential of the human spirit. Fun for the whole family, and inclusive to everyone of all abilities to share the joyful experience of circus together.
Omnium Circus is leading the way towards an active, inclusive culture as a force of change, pioneering an accessible circus experience for all while ensuring representation of disabled and BIPOC artists on a world class stage. The show is a fully accessible, multi-sensory experience both virtually and live so all can experience the wonder of the Circus. American Sign Language is fully integrated into every show. Relaxed seating option at every performance- express your joy the way you feel best! Extra space, movement and vocalization are welcome. Audio description available at every performance.
Reserved Seating: $45 Gold Circle • $40 Rear Orchestra and Loge
Compositions and Performances by WP students and faculty.
Killer Queen formed back in June 1993 and played their first public shows at London University, following in the footsteps of the real Queen who had played their first shows there 21 years earlier. By 1995 Killer Queen's UK popularity had grown to such an extent they secured a residency in London's Strand Theatre attracting nationwide BBC coverage - the first tribute to have a show in the West End. The band's reputation continued to grow both in the UK and abroad. Now traveling on world tours, they have been crowned “Worldwide Best Tribute Band” and named “2019 Concert of the Year” by DigitalJournal.com.
Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $65 • Orchestra/Front Loge $55 • Rear Loge $45WP Community and Seniors 10% DiscountTickets are an additional $5 on show day
WP Voice students and pianists perform Spanish-language art songs and arias.With pianists Hannah Comia, June Marano-Murray, and Charity Wicks
New York City based all-female flute, clarinet, and piano trio dedicated to connecting diverse audiences through innovative programming.
Five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world. As a result of her breathtaking virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Reeves received the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance for three consecutive recordings – a Grammy first in any vocal category.
Featured in George Clooney’s six-time Academy Award nominated Good Night, and Good Luck, Reeves won the Best Jazz Vocal Grammy for the film's soundtrack. Reeves has recorded and performed with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has also recorded with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim and was a featured soloist with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. Reeves was the first Creative Chair for Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the first vocalist to ever perform at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Reeves worked with legendary producer Arif Mardin (Norah Jones, Aretha Franklin) on the Grammy winning A Little Moonlight, an intimate collection of standards featuring her touring trio. When Reeves’ holiday collection Christmas Time is Here was released, Ben Ratliff of The New York Times raved, “Ms. Reeves, a jazz singer of frequently astonishing skill, takes the assignment seriously; this is one of the best jazz Christmas CD's I've heard.”
In recent years Reeves has toured the world in a variety of contexts including “Sing the Truth,” a musical celebration of Nina Simone which also featured Lizz Wright and Angelique Kidjo. She performed at the White House on multiple occasions including President Obama's State Dinner for the President of China as well as the Governors’ Ball.
Reeves’ most recent release Beautiful Life, features Gregory Porter, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway and Esperanza Spalding. Produced by Terri Lyne Carrington, Beautiful Life won the 2015 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. Reeves is the recipient of honorary doctorates from Berklee College of Music and the Juilliard School. In 2018 the National Endowment for the Arts designated Reeves a Jazz Master — the highest honor the United States bestows on jazz artists.
Dianne ReevesRomero Lubambo
Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $65 • Orchestra and Front Loge $55 • Rear Loge $45
This concert is preceded by a “Sittin’ In” meet-the-artist session one hour prior to performance in Shea Recital Hall 101.Free to all ticket holders. Audience members have a chance to meet and interact with that day’s artist in a question-answer format.
Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti and Kamala Sankaram's Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers
Christopher Herbert, producer and stage directorChairty Wicks, music director
This double-bill production explores how families adapt during times of social change. Trouble in Tahiti focuses on a 1950's family in suburbia as they try to find connections amid constraining social norms. Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers challenges the idea of a of male-dominated society and considers what it would be like if girls led the world.
Performances in Hunziker Black Box TheatreThursday, April 20 at 7pmFriday, April 21 at 5pmSaturday, April 22 at 7pmSunday, April 23 at 3pm
General Admission: $20 • $10 Students and WP Community
Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses are a boisterous, horn-driven, 10-piece New Orleans-style band known for their energetic performances that raise the roof and bring audiences to their feet. Their eclectic and rowdy style crosses several genres, from big band and swing to rock and blues, combining original music from their two albums with tail-shakin’ and foot stompin’ favorites from the five-decade career of Louis Prima Sr. With the band’s collective talents and diverse musical tastes, their shows have a sound that is unique while staying true to the vintage Prima style.
Music critics have described Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses as “changing the face of ‘big band’ music by combining facets of swing, rock and soul and packing it into one giant punch,” “unafraid to breach the vast divide between the golden age of jazz and big band music and hard-hitting rock and roll” and taking “the robust, swinging jump-blues style of his father and [driving] it up a notch with a contemporary energy of his own.”
Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses bring new energy and a current attitude to audiences with what has been called “the wildest show this side of the 60s.” The powerhouse band have recorded two albums, with a third one due out in 2022. “Return of the Wildest!” (2012) and “Blow” (2014) were both produced on the Warrior Records label and distributed by Universal Music Group. “Return of the Wildest!” features Prima Jr. and the band performing 10 Louis Prima Sr. classics with a razor-sharp rock-and-roll edge. “Blow” captures the energy and wild fun of a live show with 11 tracks including eight original songs written by Prima Jr. In its first week, “Blow,” which was recorded at Capitol Records, was the most-added album on American jazz radio and debuted in the CMJ Jazz Chart’s Top 25 and the iTunes’ Top 15 jazz.
Prima Jr. is the son of legendary entertainer Louis Prima, known for his New Orleans-flavored music and lively performances. Prima had a career that spanned five decades and included record-breaking contracts to perform in Las Vegas where legends such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Louis Armstrong would regularly jump on stage with the entertainer and his band. His popularity was so great at one point that he was asked to perform at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. His classic “Sing, Sing, Sing” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, he won the first ever Music Group Grammy for “That Old Black Magic” and his classic “Jump, Jive ‘an Wail” went on to start a swing revolution in the 90s.
“Louis Prima Jr. ... [has] serious swing chops and dynamite entertainment value, just like his old man, without a doubt.... a New Orleans jazz-soaked trumpeter like his dad... Louis Jr. takes the Prima family lineage into the 21st century.” - The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A rip-roaring, jump-jiving time....... The… swingster is more than just an entertainer. He plays a mean trumpet, as well as piano and drums, and emulates his father to a tee.” - NJ.com
“This guy leads a band that makes the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy band sound like Kenny G in comparison.” - Jazz Weekly
Louis Prima Jr.
Reserved Seating: Gold Circle $50 • Orchestra and Front Loge $45 • Rear Loge $37
Top Of The World is the world’s premier tribute to The Carpenters! Fronted by singer Debbie Taylor, her Karen Carpenter vocal resemblance is absolutely astonishing. She is backed by a seven piece band consisting of top-notch, professional industry musicians who have had amazing careers in their own right. The band members are all multi-instrumentalists and at times use 3 keyboards to recreate the incredibly complex arrangements created by Richard Carpenter. The attention to detail paired with saxophone, trumpet, flute and many more instruments complete every song to perfection!
Top Of The World brings the most authentic versions of the Carpenters music to the stage. No doubt, you will be singing along as they perform hits like; “Close To You”, “We’ve Only Just Begun”, “Rainy Days And Mondays”, “Please Mr. Postman” and “Yesterday Once More”, to name a few. Debbie captures the warm tones and contralto range that made Karen’s voice so unique. Sit back and enjoy as Debbie and her band take you on a nostalgic journey through the Carpenters greatest hits while sharing some of the backstories behind the music.
Top of the World
Reserved Seating: Orchestra $45 • Loge $40Senior and WP Community a 10% discount is available, please visit the box office.
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