Fabulous Entertainment In March At The KRAVIS CENTER

Fabulous Entertainment In March At The KRAVIS CENTER(Martin Short Is Pictured)

Kravis Center is Offering an Entertainment-Packed March with an Amazing Line-Up of Stars 

+ Comedy with The Capitol Steps, Martin Short

& Seth's Big Fat 70's Show

+ Pop Stars Diana Krall, Johnny Mathis & Neil Sedaka

+ Jazz Greats Chris Botti & Wynton Marsalis

+Classical Headliners Itzhak Perlman, The Minnesota Orchestra, Richard Stoltzman, Ariel Quartet

& Menahem Pressler

+ Solo Showstoppers Dudu Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

+ Musical Shows Come Fly Away, Taylor's Irish Cabaret

& The Pink Floyd Experience

+ Family Fun with HOP & the New Shanghai Circus

Plus African-American Film Festival, Lunch & Learn about Elizabeth Taylor, The Joffrey Ballet, Peppino D'Agostino & The Kravis Center's 20th Anniversary Gala 

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is offering an explosive in March of above-the-title talent & powerhouse performances: 

MARCH 2012: 

February 28 – March 11

+ Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 7:30 p.m.

+ Wednesday, Saturday – 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

+ Sunday – 1:30 p.m.

No show Monday, March 5

Capitol Steps

America's most hilarious political satirists inject a much-needed dose of humor and musical madness into the serious business of politics. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 31 albums. They have been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

(Sponsored by Donald and Linda Silpe)

Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse

Tickets $40 

March 1-April 19 – 1:30 to 3 p.m.   (Thursdays)


Instructor: Julie Gilbert

The Writers' Academy At The Kravis Center

The class is an additional eight-week session of the Writers' Launch (January 3-February 21). Writers' Launch is just that – a pad from which to raise written expression.  Within every human being there are unspoken thoughts and memories: there is buried treasure.  This course is designed to alchemize the unexpressed bounty into a discipline of form, content, technique and style, which will result in a story. The focus and goal is toward the fictional short story. Writers' Launch will be held on March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, and April 5, 12 & 19.

Cohen Pavilion

Registration $300 

March 1-2 – 7:30 p.m.  (Thursday & Friday)


Special Guest Carlos Reyes – Harp & Violin

This Italian born virtuoso acoustic guitarist has been praised by the San Francisco Chronicle as "a poet among the best talents around;" voted "Best Acoustic Guitarist" in Guitar Player Magazine's 2007 Readers' Choice Awards, and applauded by the San Diego Times as "potentially a giant of the acoustic guitar." Paraguayan Carlos Reyes made his debut on harp with the Oakland Symphony and his debut on the violin with the Oakland Youth Symphony at just 14 years of age. Since then he has performed with Carlos Santana, Doobie Brothers, Steve Miller, Charlie Daniel's and taken the harp and its music to new and groundbreaking levels.

Helen K. Persson Hall

Tickets $35 

March 2 – 8 p.m.  (Friday)

Johnny Mathis

"The world's most romantic singer" returns to Dreyfoos Hall with a lush selection of popular standards, drawing from his gold and platinum albums and a phenomenal list of immortal hits like "Misty," "Chances Are" and "It's Not For Me To Say."

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25 

March 3 – 6 p.m.  (Saturday)

The Kravis Center's 20th Anniversary Season Gala

The Kravis Center's annual Gala, begins with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by prime reserved seating for the concert by Chris Botti at 7 p.m., and a black tie dinner-dance in the Gimelstob Ballroom in the Cohen Pavilion immediately following the performance.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets are $750 for Gala Patrons, $375 for Young Gala Patrons (45 and younger).

For information about the Kravis Gala, please call (561) 651-4320. 

March 3 – 7 p.m.  (Saturday)

Chris Botti

Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti (pronounced boat-tee) has become the largest selling American instrumental artist. His ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums, five Grammy® nominations, multiple Gold and Platinum awards and performances at some of the world's most prestigious venues, including the Kennedy Center, White house and the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.

(Performance sponsored by Henni and John Kessler; Vicki and Arthur Loring)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25

(NOTE:  The Kravis Center's 20th Anniversary Season Gala will be held prior to and immediately following this performance.) 

March 4 – 8 p.m.  (Sunday)


Echoing everything that made Pink Floyd one of rock and roll's greatest bands, The Pink Floyd Experience celebrates the music, themes and theatrics that built millions of fans around the world. See the Pink Pig fly and let the music and audio effects embrace you as it cavorts in full quadraphonic sound. This mind-blowing re-interpretation of the psychedelic and provocative will also feature Pink Floyd's 1975 classic Wish You Were Here album in its entirety.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $20 

March 5 – 8 p.m.  (Monday)

Dudu Fisher

In what is becoming tradition, Dudu Fisher returns to the Kravis Center with a new performance of his famed repertoire. Perhaps best known for the PBS special In Concert from Israel as well as his stirring portrayal of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Dudu Fisher will take his audience on a journey through famed Jewish, Yiddish, and Israeli songs along with a selection of Broadway tunes in his inimitable fashion.  This new performance will include selections from traditional Yiddish and Israeli folk songs, Les MisérablesFiddler On The Roof, Exodus and Yentl ("Papa Can You Hear Me").

(Sponsored by Mrs. Rita E. Stein / The Rosenfeld Foundation)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25 

March 6 – 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  (Tuesday)


(Adults at Leisure Series)

This elite group of gymnasts, jugglers and tumblers from the People's Republic of China continues to transform 2000-year-old athletic disciplines into an all-ages kaleidoscope of entertainment and wonder. "The talents of the acrobats are beyond compare." – The Kansas City Star

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets $30 

March 6 – 8 p.m.  (Tuesday)

Itzhak Perlman, VIOLIN

Rohan De Silva, Piano

Regional Arts Concert Series / MUSIC "At Eight")

Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman is beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his outstanding talents. Concertgoers worldwide respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy in music making. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Perlman is still at the top of his game.

Program TBA

(Regional Arts Concert Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis;

Concert sponsored by Leona F. Chanin

With Support from Sun-Sentinel)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25

Beyond the Stage: Join us for a free pre-concert discussion by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm and a free musical presentation by Jupiter Academy of Music in the Dreyfoos Hall Lobby at 7:15 pm. 

March 7 – 8 p.m.  (Wednesday)


With Wynton Marsalis

Under Wynton Marsalis' direction, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs repertoire across the full jazz spectrum - from the music's New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz.  On this new tour and to celebrate Wynton's 50th birthday, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will showcase a retrospective of Wynton's music written for big band, modern jazz renditions of traditional favorites including tunes by Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Jackie McLean and modern compositions and arrangements by jazz contemporaries. 

(Sponsored by Mr. James W. Harpel; Jane M. Mitchell)

(With support from WXEL TV42)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25 

March 9 – 1 p.m.


Marriage: One Size Does Not Fit All

(ArtSmart / Lecture)

The Kravis Center concludes this new, 3-part literary lecture series with a discussion of The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. The series is hosted by Board Member Lee Wolf, a dynamic speaker and lecturer who founded the Theatre Club of Florida Stage in Manalapan and now chairs the popular ArtSmart Continuing Arts Education Lunch & Learn lecture series. Ms. Wolf analyzes the artistic riches of literary works that provide compelling insights into the male-female psyche. Through intuitive observations, participants will come away with answers to questions such as: What style of narrative has the author chosen? Are the characters and underlying themes well defined? How do the events and characterizations relate to you and your worldview?

Picower Foundation Arts Education Center in the Cohen Pavilion

Tickets $25  

March 9 – 7 p.m.   (Friday)


Host: Julie Gilbert

The Writers' Academy At The Kravis Center

Showcase the Writing introduces talented new writers to the public. All genres of work are presented by professional actors who breathe life into the written work.  Open to the public.

Cohen Pavilion

Tickets $10  

March 10 – 7 p.m. (Saturday)

Movies By Moonlight


(Family Fare Series)

E.B. is the teenage son of the Easter Bunny, and on the eve of taking over the family business, he leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a drummer in a rock 'n' roll band. Once there, he encounters Fred, an unemployed slacker with his own lofty goals. Feigning injury, E.B. persuades Fred to take him in as he recovers. As Fred struggles with the world's worst houseguest, both will learn what it takes to finally grow up.  The film stars James Marsden, Kaley Cuoco, Tiffany Espensen, Chelsea Handler and David Hasselhoff as himself. Rated PG; 95 minutes; 2011 Includes a complimentary bag of popcorn.

(Family Fare Series Sponsored by SBA Communications Corporation)

Gosman Amphitheatre

Tickets $5 General Admission 

March 11 – 8 p.m.  (Sunday)


Osmo Vänskä, Conductor

Midori, Violin

Regional Arts Concert Series / MUSIC "At Eight")

A recent Minnesota Orchestra tour included Carnegie Hall and European music capitals, leading one writer to acclaim that the Minnesotans have succeeded in securing a place among "the leading orchestras of not only the U.S., but the world at large." Returning to the Kravis Center after a six-year absence, the Orchestra and Music Director Vänskä feature the extraordinary violinist Midori, also a dedicated advocate of music education for young people.

+ Brahms / Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a

+ Sibelius / Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

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

(Regional Arts Concert Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis. 

This concert is sponsored by the Chastain Charitable Foundation.)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $15

Beyond the Stage: Join us for a free pre-concert discussion by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm and a free musical presentation by Emil and Dariel Liakhovetski in the Dreyfoos Hall Lobby at 7:15 pm. 

March 12 – 7:30 p.m.  (Monday)


Gershon Gerchikov, Violin

Alexandra Kazovsky, Violin

Jan Grüning, Viola

Amit Evan-Tov, Cello

(Young Artists Series)

Formed in Israel in 1988, the Ariel Trio was just appointed the new string-quartet-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music through the 2014–15 concert season. The Quartet follows in the footsteps of its mentors, members of the legendary LaSalle Quartet, in residence at Cincinnati from 1953-88. Characterized by youth, brilliant playing, and soulful interpretations, the Ariel Quartet has quickly earned a glowing international reputation. It has performed extensively in Israel, Europe, and North America, including such venues as the Louvre in Paris, Kaisersaal in Frankfurt, Jordan Hall in Boston, and the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In the 2012-2013 season, the ensemble will begin its complete cycle of Beethoven string quartets, making it the first group to perform all 16 Beethoven quartets before its players reach age 30.

+ Janá?ek / String Quartet No. 1 ("Kreutzer Sonata")

+ Beethoven / String Quartet in B-flat, Op. 18, No. 6 ("La Malinconia")

+ Schubert / String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, D. 810 ("Death and the Maiden")

Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse

Tickets $30

(NOTE: The Ariel Quartet replaces the previously announced clarinet trio, the Phoebus Three) 

March 13-18   (Tuesday-Sunday)

+ Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – 8 p.m.

+ Wednesday, Saturday – 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

+ Sunday – 2 p.m.


(Kravis On Broadway)

COME FLY AWAY is the new Broadway musical that brings together the legendary music of Frank Sinatra and the creative vision of Tony Award® winner Twyla Tharp (Movin' Out). This one-of-a-kind experience combines the seductive vocals of "Ol' Blue Eyes" with the sizzling sound of a live on-stage big band and the visceral thrill of Tharp's choreography. As 14 of the world's best dancers tell the story of four couples falling in and out of love, you will experience the exhilaration of a first kiss, the excitement of a first dance, and the bittersweet moments of a first good-bye in a world of sparkling romance and astonishing beauty. COME FLY AWAY features a score of beloved Sinatra classics including "Fly Me to the Moon," "My Way," "New York, New York" and "Witchcraft."  The New York Times called it "Spectacular and dazzling!"

(Kravis On Broadway sponsored by Alex and Renate Dreyfoos;

Wilmington Trust)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25

Beyond the Stage: Join in for a free pre-performance discussion by Steven Caras at 6:45 p.m. and a free musical presentation by Madison McIntosh at 7:15 p.m. in the Dreyfoos Hall lobby on March 13.

March 17 & 24 – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.   (Saturdays)


Instructor: Julie Gilbert

The Writers' Academy At The Kravis Center

Playwriting's the Thing is a hands-on exploration of the most durable form of entertainment.  The two writing workshops concentrate on the fundamentals of monologues and how to create them.  The craft will be examined and then written and performed by professional actors.  The course requirement is for theatre-lovers with a curiosity about their own dramatic abilities.  A good monologue can be the avenue to a promising play. Please bring a personal photo to the opening sessions. Selected monologues will be considered for future Showcase the Writing performances, which are open to the public.

Cohen Pavilion

Registration $160 

March 19 – 11:30 a.m.  (Monday)

Lunch & Learn

Elizabeth Taylor:

The Portrait of a Lady?

Lecturer: Lee Wolf

Interviewer: Steven Caras

(A Kravis Center Cultural Society Event)

A lustrous pinnacle of Hollywood glamour, no other star from the silver screen's Golden Age exerted a more enduring hold on the public's imagination than Elizabeth Taylor. In a career of some 70 years and more than 50 films, she won two Academy® Awards as best actress, for her performances as a call girl in Butterfield 8 (1960) and as the acid-tongued Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). In later years, she was a bawdy, grand dame who didn't shirk her past, or make excuses for her excesses. Join Lee Wolf as she examines a life which was fraught with more melodrama, romantic intrigue and headline-grabbing meltdowns than the collected works of Jacqueline Susann and Harold Robbins combined. The lecture will be accompanied by a video presentation.

Weiner Banquet Center in the Cohen Pavilion

Tickets $75

(NOTE: Admission includes lunch prepared by Special Impressions at the Kravis Center, Catering by The Breakers)  

March 20-25  (Tuesday-Sunday)

+ Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 8 p.m.

+ Saturday – 1:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.

+ Sunday – 1:30 p.m.



This is the story of Miss Abigail, the most sought-after relationship expert to the stars (think Dr. Ruth meets Emily Post), and her sexy sidekick, Paco, as they travel the world teaching Miss Abigail's outrageously funny "how-to's" on dating, mating and marriage. Get ready to laugh-out-loud and learn a thing or two: Like how to have a perfect kiss (it's all about lip position); what you should and should not talk about on a date (don't mention your troll doll collection); and how to let a man think he wears the pants. Entertainment Weekly called it "Pure Fun!"

Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse

Tickets $35 

March 22 – 7 p.m.  (Thursday)


Race To Freedom

Host: AnEta Sewell

(ArtSmart / Film Offering)

Race to Freedom follows four runaway slaves from a North Carolina plantation. Fortunately, the four discover the "Underground Railroad," a secret network of safe houses where runaway slaves could stay on their journey north to freedom in the years leading up to the Civil War. This powerful period piece offers a heart-warming look at the triumph of the human spirit against seemingly impossible odds. Series continues on March 29 and April 5.

Helen K. Persson Hall

Tickets $10 per night or $25 for the entire Festival 

March 26 – 8 p.m.  (Monday)

Diana Krall

With her familiar breathy vocals and rhythmic lilt, pianist and singer-songwriter Diana Krall wows critics and sells out concert halls everywhere. Since winning a Grammy® Award for "When I Look In Your Eyes," this multi-platinum artist has written a new chapter in acoustic jazz improvisation. "One of the most quietly expressive jazz singers of her generation," says The New York Times.

(Sponsored by Mr. Stephen L. Brown)

(With support from Classical South Florida 90.7 FM)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $35 

March 27 – 8 p.m.  (Tuesday)


New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra

Regional Arts Concert Series / MUSIC "At Eight")

Richard Stoltzman, America's top clarinetist, is an artist of exceptional eloquence with more than 40 recordings to his credit. The Grammy® Award-winning soloist is also an expressive conductor and tireless explorer of the chamber-orchestra repertoire. With the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Stoltzman returns to the Regional Arts series with an all-time favorite masterpiece.

+ Mozart / Symphony No. 33 in B-flat, K. 319

+ Messiaen / Abîme des oiseaux (Abyss of Birds) from Quartet for the End of Time

+ Rossini / Introduction, Theme, and Variations in E flat for Clarinet

   and Orchestra

+ Mozart / Concerto in A for Clarinet and Orchestra, K. 622

(Regional Arts Concert Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25

Beyond the Stage: Join in for a free pre-concert discussion by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm. 

March 28 – 2 p.m.  (Wednesday)


New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra

Regional Arts Concert Series / MUSIC "At Two")

A true grand master of the piano, Menahem Pressler has appeared on our series several times as the founding pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio. Pressler performs two classics by Mozart: the famous Rondo for solo piano, as well as great Piano Concerto No. 27, Mozart's final work for piano. The conductor-less New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra presents Copland's beloved ballet score Appalachian Spring.

+ Beethoven / Two Romances for Violin and Orchestra (soloist: Curtis Macomber, violin)

+ Mozart / Rondo in A minor for solo piano, K. 511

+ Copland / Appalachian Spring

+ Mozart / Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, K. 595

(Regional Arts Concert Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25

Beyond the Stage: Join them for a free pre-concert discussion by Sharon McDaniel at 12:45 pm. 

March 28 – 8 p.m.  (Wednesday)

Martin Short

From SCTV to Saturday Night Live to Father of the Bride and Broadway, this diminutive Tony® and Emmy® Award-winning comedic talent is the man behind a host of memorable characters including Ed Grimley, Jiminy Glick and legendary songwriter Irving Cohen. "One of the great comic geniuses of our age. Short is the complete entertainment package," states Vanity Fair.

(Sponsored by The Honorable Ann Brown and Donald A. Brown;

Don and Nancy Carter)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $20 

March 29 – 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  (Thursday)


Starring Noel V. Ginnity

(Adults at Leisure Series)

A spirited celebration of the sights and sounds, the music, the rhythms, the humor, the passion … the essence of Ireland. Funnyman Noel V. Ginnity, quoted by The Sun newspaper as being "one of the world's top 50 comedians," will have you singing, toe-tapping, cheering and laughing along with his all-star cast in this entertainment extravaganza that exudes Irish energy.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets $30 

March 29 – 7 p.m.  (Thursday)


Tuskegee Airmen

Host: AnEta Sewell

(ArtSmart / Film Offering)

Based on true stories, Tuskegee Airmen presents the saga of six African-American men whose lives entwine as they seek to overcome a mountain of racism and become pilots in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. Though the Army – and by extension white America – seems determined to stop them, they succeed in their desire of becoming pilots and serving a country that has failed to serve them. The New York Times called it "uplifting" and "inspirational." Series concludes on April 5.

Helen K. Persson Hall

Tickets $10 

March 29 – 8 p.m.  (Thursday)

Debbie Reynolds

Joey Singer, Musical Director

For over six decades, our lives have been enriched by the talents of a singer, dancer and actress we know as Debbie Reynolds. Best remembered for her work in Hollywood musicals and nominated for an Academy® Award for The Unsinkable Molly Brown, she appeared in the genre's defining moment, Singin' in the Rain, as well as many other notable successes.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $15 

March 30 – 8 p.m.  (Friday)

Neil Sedaka

One of Rock and Roll's legendary icons, his string of hits beginning in the late 1950s includes "Calendar Girl," "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" and "Laughter In The Rain." Be there when this master showman takes center stage.

(Sponsored by Alec and Sheila Engelstein;

Allen and Zelda Mason)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25 

March 30-31  (Friday & Saturday)

+ Friday – 7:30 p.m.

+ Saturday – 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.


Join Sirius/XM Radio's Seth Rudetsky for an evening of outrageous comedy featuring rare clips of some of the best – and very worst – performances culled from a collection of '70s variety and award shows.  See Alice the maid literally "shake her booty" on the mercifully short-lived Brady Bunch Variety Hour.  Watch as Liza Minnelli sings "I Don't Know How To Love Him" without blinking for 47 straight seconds.  And marvel at a woman whose husband bought her a variety show in 1977 … at age 77!  A laugh-out-loud night of backstage glitz and gossip.

(Sponsored by Lee and John Wolf)

Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse

Tickets $35 

March 31 – 8 p.m.  (Saturday)


There is no move that this American company hasn't mastered, fusing modern dance, classical ballet and jazz into an intoxicating brew that is singularly "Joffrey." Their program this evening will be Pretty Ballet, Choreographer: James Kudelka, Music: Martinu; After the Rain, Choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon, Music: Arvo Pärt; Night, Choreographer: Julia Adam, Music: Matthew Pierce.

(Sponsored by Alec and Miriam Flamm)

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25

Beyond the Stage: Join them for a free pre-performance discussion by Steven Caras at 6:45 pm. 

Tickets are available for purchase at the Kravis Center box office, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in downtown West Palm Beach; online at www.kravis.org; or by phone at (561) 832-7469 or (800) 572-8471.




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