JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN and More Set for Wallis Annenberg Center's 2014 Family Lineup
Baseball Swing with The All-Star Baseball Jazz Band
Produced in conjunction with Robert Thompson and the National Baseball Hall of Fame
April 4 - April 6, 2014
No other sport has been celebrated in music like Baseball, our national pastime. Baseball Swing celebrates the unique love affair between baseball and music, with a major league concert featuring the greatest music about the greatest sport. With more than 2000 images and video from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, all synchronized to the music and narrated by a noted baseball legend, Baseball Swing is a hugely entertaining event that the whole family will remember.
The Trumpet of the Swan
A Novel Symphony for Actors and Orchestra
Music by Jason Robert Brown
May 2 - 4, 2014
E.B. White's classic novel is now a brilliant symphonic concert experience for the whole family. The Trumpet of the Swan, like all of White's (Stuart Little Charlotte's Web), novels concerns a youngster who must overcome a problem. In Louis's case, he is a trumpeter swan born without a voice. On an epic journey of challenge and discovery, Louis finds the gift of music through his father's heartbreaking and heroic love. Marsha Norman, librettist for the Broadway musicals The Secret Garden and The Color Purple, adapted the novel to music and lyrics by Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, who wrote the scores of The Last Five Years and Parade. Norman and Brown are currently preparing their musical version of The Bridges of Madison County for Broadway. For ages: 7 years old and above.
ABOUT THE WALLIS: Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (The Wallis) transforms a Beverly Hills city block, facing Santa Monica Boulevard, between Crescent and Canon Drives, into a vibrant new cultural destination with two distinct, elegant buildings: the historic 1933 Italianate-style Beverly Hills Post Office (now the Paula Kent Meehan Historic Building) and the new, contemporary 500-seat, state-of-the-art Goldsmith Theater. Together these two structures embrace the city's history and future, creating a new cultural landmark. Within the treasured Post Office, existing spaces are re-imagined into the 150-seat Lovelace Studio Theater, a theater school for young people (opening in 2014), a café and gift shop. The Wallis, the first performing arts center to be built in Beverly Hills, will be a home for artists from around the world and audiences of every age. For its Inaugural Season, The Wallis will produce and present outstanding theater, music and dance, as well as exciting programming for the family audience. The venue will also enhance the live theater experience through special exhibitions that will reveal another layer of meaning to a show or presentation.