Events

Oct
7
Tue
2014
Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight
Oct 7 @ 7:30 PM
Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight

Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain

Legendary actor Hal Holbrook performs his signature piece with a heartfelt enthusiasm for the celebrated American author of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Holbrook’s production has entertained for more than five decades and continues to draw inspiration from a literary legacy that has shaped the American experience since the late 1860s. Mark Twain Tonight is a living, breathing, American masterpiece and a jewel in the history of literary theater.

Friends of the Ford Center Pre-sale begins August 1

All Tickets on sale August 18

Oct
9
Thu
2014
The Heart Behind the Music Songwriter’s Showcase featuring Deana Carter, Billy Dean, Teddy Gentry of the group Alabama and Lenny LeBlanc
Oct 9 @ 7:30 PM
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Showcasing some of the world’s best singers and songwriters, “The Heart Behind the Music” tour offers a chance to hear talented musicians talk about the meaning behind their hit songs while also treating ticket holders to outstanding performances. The tour includes Deana Carter, fresh off the release of her sixth studio album (“Southern Way of Life”), almost 20 years after her Grammy-nominated and first big hit, “Strawberry Wine.” She is joined by Billy Dean, whose first three albums were certified gold and who may be best known for his songs “Only Here for a Little While” and “If There Hadn’t Been You.”

Also appearing is Teddy Gentry and Lenny LeBlanc. Gentry is a member of the country music hall of fame and a founding member of the band Alabama. In addition to writing some of Alabama’s No. #1 hit songs, Teddy has had hits with artists such as George Strait and Jamey Johnson. Lenny LeBlanc is a successful songwriter and singer who was an integral part of the phenomenon that became known as Muscle Shoals Music. In the late 70’s LeBlanc’s hit ballad, “Falling” was heard on radio station across the country. He also continues to write pop and country songs, including hits like “Treat Her Right” for Sawyer Brown.

 

Oct
30
Thu
2014
Kenny Loggins
Oct 30 @ 7:30 PM
Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins’ remarkable four-decade-plus career has brought him from the top of the charts to the toast of the Grammys. He’s had smash hits on Hollywood’s favorite soundtracks such as Top Gun and Footloose, rocked worldwide stages, and found his way into children’s hearts while bringing his soulful, beautiful voice to platinum albums of a stunning variety of genres. His gift for crafting deeply emotional music is unparalleled, and it’s been a part of his life as long as he can remember.

Nov
5
Wed
2014
Rioult Dance NY
Nov 5 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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Founded in 1994, RIOULT Dance NY fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for presenting the sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works of Pascal Rioult. The New York City-based dance company presents an annual New York season, tours internationally, conducts extensive in-school arts education and community outreach programs, and offers dance training to the public through classes, workshops, and intensives.

RIOULT Dance NY is committed to supporting the creation of new works by founder and choreographer Pascal Rioult; to communicating the essence and intensity of his artistic vision; to sustaining its company of dancers; and to educating and expanding audiences for modern dance at home and through touring, nationally and internationally.

Rioult Dance NY Residency
November 3-4, 2014

 

 

 

 

This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Mississippi Arts Commission.

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Nov
10
Mon
2014
Sister Act, National Broadway Tour
Nov 10 @ 7:30 PM
Sister Act, National Broadway Tour

 

SFoto: Roy BeuskerISTER ACT is Broadway’s feel-amazing musical comedy smash! The New York Post calls it “RIDICULOUSLY FUN,” and audiences are jumping to their feet in total agreement! Featuring original music by 8-time Oscar® winner ALAN MENKEN (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors), SISTER ACT tells the story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look-a convent! Under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, SISTER ACT is reason to REJOICE!

 

 

Nov
15
Sat
2014
Spirit Sounds: Forty Years of Celebration, UM Gospel Choir Music Festival
Nov 15 @ 7:30 PM

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Join us as the Ford Center as the campus community celebrates the forty year tradition of the University of Mississippi Gospel Choir.  This group of dedicated and very gifted students has been thrilling audiences for the past four decades in settings from concerts to appearing at special University commemorations and as ambassadors of the University of Mississippi to communities throughout the region.  The Spirit Sounds: Forty Years of Celebration concert will be a day-long invitational festival of gospel choirs from around the region who will be called upon to showcase their very best performance.  The day will culminate in a grand concert of the University of Mississippi Gospel Choir which will conclude with selections featuring returning alumni of the past forty years in a mass choir setting.  Share the powerful gospel choir experience and be a part of this celebration of a University of Mississippi tradition.

 

Nov
20
Thu
2014
Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music Sacred Dance
Nov 20 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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The monks of the Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music Sacred Dance robe themselves in magnificent costumes and play traditional Tibetan instruments while performing ancient temple music and dance. The Loseling monks perform nine pieces believed to generate energies conducive to world healing. Their performance, which includes multiphonic singing by chant masters, transcends time and place through rituals joyous, rapturous and hauntingly beautiful.

 

Dec
9
Tue
2014
The Mediaeval Baebes – Of Kings and Angels Concert
Dec 9 @ 7:30 PM

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Beautiful and bedazzling, magical and mysterious, the Mediaeval Baebes will light up your holidays with their interpretation of some timeless Christmas classics and transport you to an enchanting world very far from our own.

They sing in an impressive array of languages ranging from Latin, Middle English, Mediaeval French, Italian, and German to the more quaint and obscure Cornish and Mediaeval Welsh. In addition to their repertoire Christmas carols and traditional mediaeval songs, the Mediaeval Babes also take texts from the period and set them to their own compositions. From moving tales of unrequited love, musings on humankinds vanity and morality and chilling stories of the darker side of faerieland, to humorous accounts of alcohol induced misadventures, the Mediaeval Baebes bring vividly to life the preoccupations of mediaeval times.

 

 

Dec
14
Sun
2014
Jingle Bell Rock
Dec 14 @ 7:30 PM

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This fast-paced, fun-filled show is a high-energy celebration of the holiday season. With such classics as “Sleigh Ride”, “Here Comes Santa Claus” and “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”, the show features a live band, talented singers, lot’s of holiday fun and of course, everyone’s favorite, Santa Claus! This talented cast guides us through the holiday season with a rousing energy that keeps the house a-rockin’! Be prepared to have the merriest of Christmases with this family holiday event and its contemporary spin on a classic yuletide review.

 

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.”

 

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.