Kravis Center Promises An Entertainment-Packed March With Numerous Concerts, Shows & Superstar Performers

Kravis Center Promises An Entertainment-Packed March With Numerous Concerts, Shows & Superstar PerformersThe Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts continues its star-packed 25th anniversary season in March 2017 with amazing performances from Hollywood to Bollywood, several fascinating lectures, two of Broadway's biggest hits, and the much-anticipated return of Michael Feinstein & the Kravis Center Pops Orchestra.

March 1 at 7:30 pm (Wednesday)

In Mo Yang, Violin

Renana Gutman, Piano

A South Florida Debut

(Young Artists Series)

"One of the new generation's most talented young string virtuosi" (The Violin Channel), Korean violinist In Mo Yang is the First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition. In 2015, he earned First Prize at the 54th International Violin Competition "Premio Paganini" in Genoa, Italy. This was the first time since 2006 that the Paganini jury has awarded the First Prize. Also at the Paganini, In Mo won the following special prizes: Youngest finalist; Best performance of the contemporary original piece, and Performance most appreciated by the audience. Want more? Come hear him play.

+ Bach/Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001

+ Ysaÿe/Sonata No. 3 in D minor for Solo Violin, Op. 27, No. 3 ("Ballade")

+ Schumann/Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, WoO 27

+ Beethoven/Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2

Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse

Tickets: $30

Young Artists Series sponsored by Harriett M. Eckstein New Art Fund

With support from The Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation

March 1 at 8 pm (Wednesday)

Taj Express

The Bollywood Musical Revue

(PEAK)

Taj Express explodes with the boisterous sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the bold spirit of the Mumbai-based movie industry that has entertained billions for generations with swirling color and sensational choreography. Through a seamless fusion of film, joyful dance, live music and magnificent costumes, this turbo-charged production celebrates deep traditions and emerging trends.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $15

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis

Beyond the Stage: Join us for a free pre-performance talk by Steven Caras at 6:45 pm. Beyond the Stage is sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker.

March 2 at 8 pm (Thursday)

ANNIE

One of the most beloved family musicals of all time, Annie returns in time-honored form. Based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie, this brand new incarnation of the Broadway smash is directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro. Featuring such favorites as It's a Hard Knock Life and I Don't Need Anything But You, this curly-haired classic reminds us that there's always Tomorrow.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $30

Sponsored by John D. Herrick

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a free musical presentation at 7:15 pm in the Dreyfoos Hall lobby featuring the Lake Worth Middle School Chorus. Beyond the Stage is sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker.

March 3-19

+ Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 7:30 pm

+ Wednesday, Saturday at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm

+ Sunday at 1:30 pm

Capitol Steps

The Capitol Steps' ever-changing bipartisan riot, which began in 1981, pokes fun of vote madness with songs from their current album, What to Expect When You're Electing, as well as How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea, Ain't No Pipeline Now It's Gone and The iMpossible iWatch. See Hillary Clinton serve (server?) up a show tune, Donald Trump make a rock song great and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie do ballet.

Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse

Tickets $40

Sponsored by Donald and Linda Silpe

March 3 at 8 pm (Friday)

Tony Bennett

With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, Tony Bennett is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his legendary vocals and charming stage presence. His long list of achievements, spanning over 60 years, includes 19 Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, making this artist a true interNational Treasure. His signature tunes, such as "Steppin' Out With My Baby" and "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" form part of the fabric of American music culture. Often billed as the world's most boyish nonagenarian, Tony Bennett is a vital musical artist at the peak of his powers.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $36

March 4 at 3 pm & 8 pm (Saturday)

Celtic Woman

Captivating Irish ensemble Celtic Woman returns to the Kravis Center for an evening of traditional Irish fare along with contemporary hits from artists such as Enya and Josh Groban. The beautifully blended foursome - three vocalists and a fiddle player - have garnered global acclaim since Celtic Woman was formed in 2004 by David Kavanagh, ShaRon Browne and David Downes, a former Riverdance musical director. The show also features Irish dancers and a full band.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $29

Sponsored by:

* Mr. George T. Elmore

* Mr. and Mrs. George W. Weaver

With support from WXEL South Florida PBS

March 5 at 8 pm (Sunday)

Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson wrote Motown's first song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart, Shop Around, for The Miracles, a group he formed while still in high school. The Detroit native would go on to write many Miracles hits, including The Tracks of My Tears, I Second That Emotion and Tears of a Clown (with Stevie Wonder), plus songs for other Motown legends. Fifty years later, his high tenor voice remains a National Treasure.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $30

Sponsored by Sunny Sessa

in Loving Memory of Leonardo Sessa

March 7 at 1:30 pm (Tuesday)

ArtSmart Lecture Series:

A Salute to Great Women Vocalists and Their Performances

Lecturer: Dr. Roni Stein-Loreti

Dr. Roni Stein-Loreti, a musicologist with a doctorate degree in music history, graduated from The Juilliard School in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and North Carolina State University in Raleigh. A professional university lecturer in New York, Utah and Florida, Dr. Stein-Loreti will present a musical and biographical stroll through the stage performances of Anita O'Day, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston and more. Dr. Stein-Loreti has participated in a number of continuing arts education initiatives, including programs at Palm Beach State College and the Berkshire Hills music festivals.

The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center in the Cohen Pavilion

Tickets: $25

March 10-11 at 7:30 pm (Friday & Saturday)

Steve Ross in

To Wit: Funny Songs Throughout the Ages

From Lydia, the Tattooed Lady to Have Some Madeira M'Dear, Steve Ross returns with a delightful revue dedicated to raucous, riotous and clever classics. To Wit: Funny Songs Throughout the Ages hails the humor of songwriting legends such as Cole Porter, Noël Coward and British duo Flanders and Swann. Frequently likened to Fred Astaire, Ross brilliantly blends comedy, cabaret and highbrow fare, such as The Hippopotamus Song: A Muddy Love Story.

Helen K. Persson Hall

Tickets $39

March 13 at 11 am (Monday)

Kravis Film & Literary Club:

Tennessee Williams:

Timeless Art from a Tortured Soul

Moderated by Lee Wolf and Julie Gilbert

Tennessee Williams brought to the American theater a feast of forbidden and sometimes bizarre themes. Along with Arthur Miller and Eugene O'Neill, Williams is undoubtedly among the three greatest American Playwrights of the 20th century. His tortured soul and depraved lifestyle served as a catalyst for his characters and for their unique challenges. His homosexuality, guilt and self-destructive behavior form the patchwork of his underlying themes. Wolf and Gilbert will show the film Suddenly Last Summer with Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift and discuss both the life of Williams and his remarkable canon, including A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie and The Garden District.

Helen K. Persson Hall

Tickets: $49

Note: Admission includes water and a box lunch prepared by Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center.

March 13 at 8 pm (Monday)

Michael Feinstein and

The Kravis Center Pops Orchestra

The Crooners: Bing, Frank, Sammy

Conducted by Larry Blank

The incomparable Michael Feinstein returns for the second performance of a three-concert series at the Kravis Center, this time starring as vocalist while Tony Award-nominated conductor Larry Blank leads the Kravis Center Pops Orchestra. In The Crooners, Feinstein lends his signature polish and style to the best of Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr., including such chart-topping classics as Swingin' on a Star, Young at Heart and I've Gotta Be Me.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets: Tickets start at $30.

Sponsored by U.S. Bank, The Private Client Reserve

Sallie A. Monroe

March 14 at 11 am & 2 pm (Tuesday)

The Jive Aces

(Adults at Leisure Series)

Britain's Got Talent stars, The Jive Aces, are the United Kingdom's No. 1 jive and swing band, hailed for their explosive energy and dynamic stage show. The six-member group, whose taxicab yellow suits reflect their bold performance style, serve up timeless tunes from Benny Goodman, Sammy Davis, Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin and more. Think Swing Era with Rat Pack glitz plus a dash of rhythm and blues.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets: $29

March 14 at 8 pm (Tuesday)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Peter Oundjian, Conductor

Nicola Benedetti, Violin

(Regional Arts Concert Series)
+ Borodin/Overture to Prince Igor

+ Brahms/Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

+ Tchaikovsky/Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

With its new music director at the helm and Scottish superstar Nicola Benedetti set to sparkle, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra has lined up masterworks and favorites for its first U.S. tour.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $39

Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center. Beyond the Stage is sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker.

March 15 at 2 pm (Wednesday)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Peter Oundjian, Conductor

Nicola Benedetti, Violin

(Regional Arts Concert Series)
+ Debussy/Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

+ Bruch/Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

+ Beethoven/Symphony No. 5 in C Major, Op. 67

With its new music director at the helm and Scottish superstar Nicola Benedetti set to sparkle, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra has lined up masterworks and favorites for its first U.S. tour.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $39

Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 12:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center. Beyond the Stage is sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker.

March 16 at 1:30 pm (Thursday)

ArtSmart Lecture Series:

Capitalists and Communists, America in Russia Part II:

1933 to 1999 - FDR and Stalin to Clinton and Yeltsin

Lecturer: Dr. Stephen R. de Angelis

After a 16-year hiatus in Russian-American relations, the governments of the United States and the Soviet Union cautiously reopened diplomatic presences in Washington and Moscow. Their common fear now was the rise of German fascism. With communism ever spreading, bilateral fears resulted in a protracted Cold War between America and the Soviet Union. Dr. Stephen R. de Angelis, who worked in business for 25 years before returning to Columbia University to earn his doctorate degree in Russian Studies through St. Petersburg University in Russia, will present a slide show along with his discussion. He has written 25 books, including the translations of the Diaries of Nicholas II.

The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center in the Cohen Pavilion

Tickets: $25

March 19 at 7:30 pm (Sunday)

I'm a W-O-M-A-N!

The Music and Unbelievable Life of Miss Peggy Lee

Delores King Williams, Vocalist

Howard Breitbart, Musical Director

Sultry vocalist Delores King Williams lauds the legendary Miss Peggy Lee, whose six-decade career produced three Grammy Awards, an Academy Award nomination and legions of fans, in an evening of timeless hits, such as Hallelujah, I Love Him So, I'm a Woman and Mañana. Praised by The Washington Post for her "great warmth and personality," Williams fuels Fever alongside accomplished pianist and musical director Howard Breitbart.

Helen K. Persson Hall

Tickets $35

March 19 at 8 pm (Sunday)

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Orchestra

Inon Barnatan, Director and Piano

(Regional Arts Concert Series)
+ Copland/Quiet City

+ Mozart/Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, K. 271 ("Jeunehomme")

+ Alasdair Nicolson/Piano Concerto No. 2 for piano, trumpet and strings (The Haunted Ebb)

+ Mozart/Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201/186a

A favorite of Regional Arts audiences, the Academy always brings the finest music, splendidly played.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $35

Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis

Concert sponsored by Cynthia Friedman

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center. Beyond the Stage is sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker.

March 22 at 11:30 am (Wednesday)

Lunch and Learn:

A Conversation with Leonard Lauder

Interviewed by Lee Wolf

(A Kravis Center Cultural Society Event)

Leonard Lauder is chairman emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and the senior member of its board of directors. Founded in 1946 by his parents, Estée and Joseph Lauder, the company is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair-care products, with annual sales of nearly $11 billion. It has more than 30 well-recognized brands, and its products are sold in over 150 countries and territories. Lauder graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and is extremely involved in the worlds of education, art, politics and philanthropy. Join us for a behind-the-scenes discussion of the business of beauty with one of the industry's most powerful leaders and visionaries.

Gimelstob Ballroom in the Cohen Pavilion

Tickets: $89 SOLD OUT

Note: Admission includes lunch prepared by Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center.

Sponsored by Leona F. Chanin

March 23-April 1

Week 1:

+ Thursday, March 23 at 8 pm

+ Friday, March 24 at 2 pm & 8 pm

+ Saturday, March 25 at 2 pm & 8 pm

+ Sunday, March 26 at 2 pm & 7:30 pm

Week 2:

+ Tuesday, March 28 at 8 pm

+ Wednesday, March 29 at 2 pm & 8 pm

+ Thursday, March 30 at 8 pm

+ Friday, March 31 at 2 pm & 8 pm

+ Saturday, April 1 at 2 pm & 8 pm

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

(Kravis On Broadway)
Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA comes to West Palm Beach as part of a brand new North American Tour. This production, which retains the beloved story and thrilling score, boasts exciting new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography and has been hailed by critics as "bigger and better than ever before."

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $31

Kravis On Broadway sponsored by Alex and Renate Dreyfoos

Note: Before the matinee on March 29, the Helen K. Persson Society Luncheon, sponsored by Bernstein Private Wealth Management, will be held in the Gimelstob Ballroom in the Cohen Pavilion. (Invitation only)

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a free musical presentation on March 30 at 7:15 pm in the Dreyfoos Hall lobby featuring the Morikami Park Elementary's Sunshine Singers. Beyond the Stage is sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker.

March 25 at 10 am (Saturday)

Mountainfilm on Tour

(Family Fare)

Mountainfilm on Tour brings the best of selected short family films from Colorado's acclaimed Telluride Mountainfilm festival, which screens notable documentaries as well as short gems and rare movies. Cultural, environmental and inspirational stories, such as how it feels to be an immigrant or the challenges of pursuing a competitive sport, are told in fun, engaging ways to not only entertain but also to get children and parents talking. For film titles, please visit www.Kravis.org/mountainfilmfamily.

Helen K. Persson Hall

Tickets $5 • General Admission

Note: Tickets on sale September 9

March 25 at 7:30 pm (Saturday)

Mountainfilm on Tour

Critics praise Colorado's annual Telluride Mountainfilm festival for picking some of the most potent portrayals of current issues that celebrate the human spirit and stimulate ideas for a better world. Mountainfilm on Tour presents selected films from the event, which has screened notable documentaries as well as short gems and rare movies, since 1979. A Mountainfilm host will introduce each film, followed by audience discussion after the presentation. For film titles, please visit www.Kravis.org/mountainfilmfamily.

Helen K. Persson Hall

Tickets $20

About the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts:

Celebrating 25 Seasons of Success, Thanks To The Community:

This season, the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts celebrates a Quarter-Century on Stage. And while we celebrate our silver anniversary, we renew our commitment to the community to present the gold standard of excellence in the performing arts.

Today, the Kravis Center is a thriving cultural complex, serving as the gateway to downtown West Palm Beach. Thanks to so many who have and continue to support the Center; it has become one of the premier performing arts centers with a renowned national and international reputation.

The Kravis Center is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and International Artists and companies of the highest quality; by offering comprehensive arts education programs; by providing a Palm Beach County home in which local and regional arts organizations can showcase their work; and by providing an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County. The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. For more information, please call 561-832-7469 or visit the official website at http://www.kravis.org/.


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