Academics

Guest Artist Series 2014-2015

Center for Arts and Performance · 8815 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Box Office: 414.443.8802

Seating locations are found on the Seating diagram for the Schwan Concert Hall. Click on the event title below for more information.

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November
21 Ben Gulley 7:30 p.m. buy tickets $24/$12
December
10 Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversation® 7:30 p.m. buy tickets $36/$12
13 A Carpenter's Christmas
Pre-Show Dinner Option
7:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
buy tickets $34/$12
$22
January
23 Scarborough Fair 7:30 p.m. buy tickets $28/$12
February
13 The Diamonds
Pre-Show Dinner Option
7:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
buy tickets $36/$12
$22
March
13 Four Celtic Voices 7:30 p.m. buy tickets $36/$12
April
17 An Evening with Maureen McGovern 7:30 p.m. buy tickets $42/$12
May
20 Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversation® 7:30 p.m. buy tickets $36/$12

Ben Gulley

2014 Guest Artist Gulley

Friday, November 21 – 7:30 p.m.
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The career of American operatic tenor Ben Gulley is burgeoning with lead and feature roles in opera, solo engagements, concert work, film work, nationwide touring, and prestigious appearances abroad. He is also a member of the SONY/BMG recording group The American Tenors. Gulley is the 2009 winner of the Metropolitan Opera's National Council District & Regional Competitions. Other awards include the winner of the Hellam Young Artists' Competition, Florida Grand Opera voice competition finalist, Richard Tucker Foundation finalist, Silver Medalist and People's Choice Award from the Tulsa Rotary Club's Crescendo Music Competition, and a finalist for the Palm Beach Opera Competition, among others. He has also received awards from the Gerda Lissner Foundation and Shreveport Opera's Singer of the Year, including the Audience Favorite Award. View a sample video.


A Carpenter's Christmas

2014 Guest Artist Carpenters

Saturday, December 13 - 7:30 p.m.
Pre-Show Dinner Option - 6:00 p.m.
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Karen and Richard Carpenter often kept things simple on stage, performing as just a duo. But to create the full, rich sound we all love on their albums, they had several additional musicians join in, making lush arrangements and creating unforgettable music. To bring you that same sound, A Carpenter's Christmas features Lisa Rock on lead vocals with her six-piece backing band. Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention of a generation with her unabashedly catchy pop music. The Carpenters' beautiful, memorable love songs topped the Billboard charts with more than a dozen number one hits. A Carpenter's Christmas keeps The Carpenters' holiday traditions alive, bringing their unforgettable Christmas songs to the stage. The show, based on the music of The Carpenters' two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, features Merry Christmas Darling and the jazzy Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. It's a holiday concert that spreads joy and cheer to all. View a sample video.


Scarborough Fair

2014 Guest Artist Scarborough Fair

Friday, January 23 - 7:30 p.m.
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The Simon & Garfunkel tribute Scarborough Fair by the Guthrie Brothers brings the pitch-perfect show of the original artists to the stage. With only their tight vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars, Scarborough Fair gives new life to such Simon & Garfunkel classics as Cecilia, The Boxer, Mrs. Robinson, Sounds of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, America and, of course, their namesake tune: Scarborough Fair. The group's ability to match the sound and style of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel in their heyday is uncanny, engaging, and instantly impressive. View a sample video.


The Diamonds

2014 Guest Artist Diamonds

Friday, February 13 - 7:30 p.m.
Pre-Show Dinner Option - 6:00 p.m.
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In 1957 The Diamonds released an instant million-selling hit called Little Darlin'. The song continues to sell worldwide and has been dubbed "the National Anthem of Rock and Roll." Through the years since the release of Little Darlin' The Diamonds have learned one important lesson: the durability of this classic rock and roll music is as much about the future as it is about the past. As a result, The Diamonds continue to expand their audience to this day, performing in a variety of venues and settings worldwide. They perform with symphony orchestras, in performing arts theatres and major concert halls, and on tours through England, Ireland, Brazil, Chile, Korea, and Japan. A growing audience including all age groups loves the songs they can understand, remember, and sing along with - today, tomorrow, or even 20 years from now. View a sample video.


Four Celtic Voices

2014 Guest Artist Celtic Voices

Friday, March 13 - 7:30 p.m.
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"Sold-out audience! Playing flute, a Celtic harp and the bowed psaltery, the four women sang and played traditionals and contemporary fun originals…The combination of voices was rich with character…and a wonderful mix of harp and psaltery filled every corner of the hall with a lush sound." - The Daily Gazette, Albany, New York. Four kindred spirits, Celeste Ray, Maria Banks, Carol Crittenden, and Alison Crossley joined forces to create a vibrant, vivacious, and fresh Celtic group for the enjoyment of their many fans. Focusing on the music and poetry of the ancient Celtic tradition, their instruments and harmony-singing style transport audiences to the enchanted kingdom of the ancient isles. Four Celtic Voices' album Four Leaf Clover debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard World Music chart. Presenting a wide range of repertoire, from popular titles "Danny Boy" and "Molly Malone," to original psaltery dances, jigs, and reels, Four Celtic Voices raise their voices in lush three–part harmonies while performing on authentic Celtic instruments. View a sample video.


An Evening with Maureen McGovern

2014 Guest Artist McGovern

Friday, April 17 - 7:30 p.m.
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Maureen McGovern, celebrated as "The Stradivarius Voice," marks the 40th anniversary of the release of her Oscar-winning International Gold Record, "The Morning After" from The Poseidon Adventure, which garnered her a Grammy nomination in 1973 for Best New Artist. McGovern received her second Grammy nomination in 1998 for Best Traditional Pop Vocal for her solo piano/voice album The Pleasure of His Company. She was also a featured guest artist on the Grammy Award-winning Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers. Other hits include "Can You Read My Mind" from Superman, the Oscar-winning "We May Never Love Like This Again" from The Towering Inferno, and "Different Worlds" from the TV series Angie. In 2005, McGovern was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her role as Marmee in Little Women, The Musical on Broadway. She also starred as Mrs. Anna in the Broadway-revival national tour of The King & I. Her feature films include the role of Sr. Angelina the guitar-strumming nun in the classic comedies Airplane and Airplane II, The Sequel. McGovern also played the nightclub singer in The Towering Inferno and the role of Rachel in Dreamworks' animated video/DVD Joseph: King of Dreams. View a sample video.


Jeffrey Siegel Keyboard Conversations®
Concerts with Commentary

2013 Jeffrey Siegel

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Jeffrey Siegel has been soloist with some of the world's greatest orchestras. In the United States, engagements include the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and others. Abroad, these include the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Philharmonic and Philharmonia, Moscow State Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, and many others. In addition to his solo appearances, Jeffrey Siegel presents Keyboard Conversations®, concerts with lively commentary in an innovative format that differs from traditional recitals and appearances with symphony orchestras. A Keyboard Conversation® is a concert with each work on the program performed in its entirety. Siegel speaks briefly and informally to the audience before performing each composition, illustrating with a few pertinent musical examples from the keyboard. The commentary makes the music more accessible and the listening experience more focused and meaningful for music lovers of all ages. Music teachers who purchase a ticket may request a complimentary ticket to bring a student to experience a Keyboard Conversation® concert. View a sample video.

Wednesday, December 10 - 7:30 p.m.
RACHMANINOFF AND FRIENDS
The Romanticism of the Russian Soul! The program includes glorious Preludes of Rachmaninoff, excerpts from the popular Seasons of Tchaikovsky, the hair-raising Suggestion Diabolique of Prokofiev, and the mystical musical musings of Alexander Scriabin.

Wednesday, May 20 - 7:30 p.m.
SCHUBERT IN THE AGE OF THE SOUND BITE
Enchanting waltzes, the lyrical E Flat Impromptu, the feverish F Minor Impromptu, and the sublime Piano Sonata in B Flat, written six weeks before the composer's untimely death.

Programs are subject to change.