Events

Jan
27
Tue
2015
Lee Bains III, Music of the South Series
Jan 27 @ 7:30 PM

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Begun in the fall of 2012, the Music of the South Concert Series is a partnership the Gertrude C. Ford Performing Arts Center and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. The series highlights intimate evenings with Southern performers. Folksinger Caroline Herring gave the inaugural performance in October 2012, and other performers on the series include Randall Bramblett, Valerie June, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Southern Studies MA alumnus and member of the band Widespread Panic John “JoJo” Hermann, Tyler Keith, Amy Andrews, and the bands Water Liars and Feufollet.

 

Begun in the fall of 2012, the Music of the South Concert Series is a partnership the Gertrude C. Ford Performing Arts Center and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.  The series highlights intimate evenings with Southern performers.  Folksinger Caroline Herring gave the inaugural performance in October 2012, and other performers on the series include Randall Bramblett, Valerie June, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Southern Studies MA alumnus and member of the band Widespread Panic John “JoJo” Hermann, Tyler Keith, Amy Andrews, and the bands Water Liars and Feufollet.

Jan
28
Wed
2015
Anything Goes, National Broadway Tour
Jan 28 @ 7:30 PM

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ALL ABOARD for a saucy and splendid new production of one of the greatest musicals in history, sailing in direct from Broadway on a wave of critical acclaim. Don’t miss the show being called “A KNOCKOUT” (The New York Times), “GORGEOUS AND SPARKLING” (Entertainment Weekly) and “AS MUCH FUN AS ANYTHING YOU’LL EVER SEE” (The Record).

When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention get tossed out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love… proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. The New York Times raves, “THIS ZESTY AND EFFERVESCENT NEW PRODUCTION FEATURES A DELUXE CANDY BOX OF COLE PORTER’S BEST SONGS,” including “I Get a Kick out of You,” “You’re the Top,” “It’s De-lovely,” and of course, “Anything Goes.”\

 

 

Feb
5
Thu
2015
Bela Fleck and the Knights
Feb 5 @ 7:30 PM

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Béla Fleck is stretching the boundaries of classical music. Having worked in bluegrass, country, jazz and world music, Béla released “Perpetual Motion,” in 2001, a classical recording that featured Edgar Meyer, Joshua Bell, Chris Thile and Evelyn Glennie among others. It went on to win two Grammy Awards. In 2010 The Nashville Symphony asked him to write his first concerto for banjo, which premiered at Schermerhorn Symphony Center with Music Director, Giancarlo Guerrero. Béla Fleck has won 14 Grammys and 30 nominations since 1998. He has been nominated in more different categories than anyone in Grammy history.

The Knights are an orchestral collective, flexible in size and repertory, dedicated to transforming the concert experience. Driven by an open-minded spirit of camaraderie and exploration, they engage listeners and defy boundaries with programs that encompass their roots in the classical tradition and passion for musical discovery. For their outstanding virtuosity, innovative programs, and bold mission, The Knights are at the forefront of “the future of classical music in America” (Los Angeles Times).

 

Feb
23
Mon
2015
Rory Block @ Ford Center Studio Theatre
Feb 23 @ 7:30 PM

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Heralded as “a living landmark” (Berkeley Express), “a national treasure” (Guitar Extra), and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists ” (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. A traditionalist and an innovator at the same time, she wields a fiery and haunting guitar and vocal style that redefines the boundaries of acoustic blues and folk. The New York Times declared: “Her playing is perfect, her singing otherworldly as she wrestles with ghosts, shadows and legends.”

Begun in the fall of 2012, the Music of the South Concert Series is a partnership the Gertrude C. Ford Performing Arts Center and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.  The series highlights intimate evenings with Southern performers.  Folksinger Caroline Herring gave the inaugural performance in October 2012, and other performers on the series include Randall Bramblett, Valerie June, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Southern Studies MA alumnus and member of the band Widespread Panic John “JoJo” Hermann, Tyler Keith, Amy Andrews, and the bands Water Liars and Feufollet.

 

Feb
24
Tue
2015
Jekyll and Hyde, National Broadway Tour
Feb 24 @ 7:30 PM

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JEKYLL & HYDE

A Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse musical

Glamorous, sexy and deliciously wicked, Jekyll & Hyde is the enthralling musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson classic story about a brilliant but obsessive scientist whose alter ego wreaks havoc across Victorian London.   An evocative tale of two men – one a doctor, passionate and romantic – the other, a terrifying madman; and two women – one, beautiful and trusting –the other, beautiful and trusting only herself. Both in love with the same man and both unaware of his dark secret.

Featuring a thrilling pop rock score including the unforgettable hit, “This Is The Moment” from multi Grammy and Tony nominated Frank Wildhorn & double Oscar and Grammy winning Leslie Bricusse, Jekyll & Hyde has mesmerized audiences the world over.

“Lush, appealing and genuinely moving” proclaims The Daily News, Jekyll & Hyde is back.  Don’t miss it!

 

Feb
25
Wed
2015
Jekyll and Hyde, National Broadway Tour
Feb 25 @ 7:30 PM

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JEKYLL & HYDE

A Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse musical

Glamorous, sexy and deliciously wicked, Jekyll & Hyde is the enthralling musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson classic story about a brilliant but obsessive scientist whose alter ego wreaks havoc across Victorian London.   An evocative tale of two men – one a doctor, passionate and romantic – the other, a terrifying madman; and two women – one, beautiful and trusting –the other, beautiful and trusting only herself. Both in love with the same man and both unaware of his dark secret.

Featuring a thrilling pop rock score including the unforgettable hit, “This Is The Moment” from multi Grammy and Tony nominated Frank Wildhorn & double Oscar and Grammy winning Leslie Bricusse, Jekyll & Hyde has mesmerized audiences the world over.

“Lush, appealing and genuinely moving” proclaims The Daily News, Jekyll & Hyde is back.  Don’t miss it!

 

Feb
28
Sat
2015
The Great Gatsby, Montana Repertory Theatre
Feb 28 @ 7:30 PM

Gatsby_with_textOne of the great cautionary tales about the American Dream, The Great Gatsby is now brought to the stage by Montana Repertory Theatre. Known for its compelling productions of great American stories that penetrate to the core of human experience—Death of a Salesman, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Miracle Worker—the troupe’s Gatsby will convince you that Simon Levy’s masterful adaptation captures, perhaps better than all movies of varying artistic merit, the elusive magic of Fitzgerald’s slim novel. It’s all here: the beautiful people, the decadence, the idealism–and the darkest fate.

Led by Artistic Director Greg Johnson, Montana Repertory Theater was established as a professional touring company in 1968 and is the theatre-in-residence at the University of Montana. As one of the most respected touring companies in the country, the Rep assembles a team of actors, directors and designers with prestigious credits including Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours of Broadway shows and major regional theatre.

 

Mar
27
Fri
2015
Bruce Levingston and Friends, Music Noir: An Evening of Words and Music
Mar 27 @ 7:30 PM

Bruce Levingston2“one of today’s most adventurous musicians” – The New York Times

“A pianist’s pianist…stunning and illuminating performances.”    – The American Record guide

Acclaimed concert pianist and recording artist Bruce Levingston returns to the Ford Center with a haunting program that brings together the music of Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Satie and Philip Glass along with readings of the evocative prose and poetry that inspired this exquisite music. Special guest artists include poet Beth Ann Fennelly,  novelist Tom Franklin and Patricia Lewis.

 

Mar
30
Mon
2015
Pilobolus
Mar 30 @ 7:30 PM

PILOBOLUS LICKS PHOTO CALLFounded in 1971 by students at Dartmouth College, Pilobolus is a dance company that continually forms diverse collaborations that break down barriers between disciplines and challenge the way we think about dance. Physically and intellectually, the company engages and inspires audiences around the world through performance, education and consultation.

Pilobolus has been featured across the world at the 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007), and on Sesame Street, Oprah, 60 Minutes and Late Night with Conan O’ Brien. It has been recognized with prestigious honors, such as the Berlin Critic’s Prize, the Scotsman Award, the Brandeis Award, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cultural Programming, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement in Choreography, and a TED Fellowship for presenting at the TED conference in 2005.

Check our website for more info and programs near you! pilobolus.org

Apr
18
Sat
2015
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, University of Mississippi Opera Theatre
Apr 18 @ 7:30 PM

 

Hamlet logo7-3-14“The perfect play becomes the perfect opera.” The award-winning University of Mississippi Opera Theatre ensemble, under the direction of Julia Aubrey, in partnership with the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, will present the world premiere of Hamlet. Composed by University of Mississippi alumna Dr. Nancy Van de Vate, and based on William Shakespeare’s classic play, the opera will feature faculty, students, and alumni in leading roles and in the orchestra for this exciting event. Following this premiere, the cast and crew will take the production to Prague, Czech Republic for a performance in May with the Moravian Philharmonic under the baton of Petr Vronsky. Join us for this superb creation here in Oxford and abroad!

 

Apr
21
Tue
2015
Cinderella, Russian National Ballet
Apr 21 @ 7:30 PM

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The Russian National Ballet Theatre returns with its production of Prokofiev’s Cinderella. One of his most popular and melodious compositions, Cinderella is the iconic tale of the virtuous servant girl who, with the help of her fairy godmother, is magically transformed, attends the royal ball, and captures the heart of the prince. This ballet masterpiece, filled with sumptuous costumes, lush scenery, comical stepsisters and a malevolent stepmother, will delight audiences of all ages.

The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union’s ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet but also to invigorate this tradition as the Russians began to accept new developments in the dance from around the world.

 

May
2
Sat
2015
Koresh Dance
May 2 @ 7:30 PM

9196004314_da2dc8169c_oThe curtain raises to the Koresh Dance Company clad in white for the celebratory work Home to the music of the Idan Raichel Project.  This introductory piece sets the tone for this compelling work which juxtaposes Middle Eastern music with classical favorites, sharing with the audience both the grounded, driving, earthy rhythms of the old world with the ethereal, heavenly, sounds of the new. Enjoy both the sweeping circle patterns and gesture drawn from Israeli folk dance, as well as, stunning athleticism as the Koresh dancers seamlessly shift between classical, folk and pedestrian movement styles.

Koresh Dance Company was founded in Philadelphia in 1991, and is widely recognized for its superb technique and emotionally-compelling appeal.

 

Jun
3
Wed
2015
CHUGGINGTON LIVE! The Great Rescue Adventure
Jun 3 @ 6:30 PM

ChuggingtonEDM small editedIn CHUGGINGTON LIVE! The Great Rescue Adventure the trainees are on their first day of Advanced Training, and are eager to impress their mentors by mastering new roles that test their courage, speed, and determination. When Koko finds herself in trouble at Rocky Ridge Mine, it’s up to her friends to help her. Do the trainees have what it takes to put their newly learnt skills into practice? Can Wilson come to Koko’s rescue and fulfill his dream of becoming a hero in Chug Patrol?