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Face2Face • Billy Joel / Elton John Tribute

Facebook-Face2Face.jpgAs musical icons go, Elton John and Billy Joel would have to be at the top of anybody’s billboard chart. The tribute bands of “Benny and the Jets” with Greg Ransom (as Elton John) and “Storm Front” with Mike O’Brien (as Billy Joel) are paying homage with Face2Face, capturing the energy and spirit of these two legends with songs like “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Your Song” and “Blue Eyes,” and “Don’t Ask Me Why,” “New York State Of Mind,” and “Piano Man,” plus many more.

Each band will perform a solo set then join together for a high-octane spectacle of sound! Get Tickets to a performance.

Euclid Quartet

Facebook-Euclid-Quartet.jpgThe Euclid Quartet is one of the most well- regarded chamber ensembles of its generation, known for performances filled with passion, virtuosity, and sensitivity. Captivating audiences and critics ranging from Carnegie Hall to school classrooms to radio and television broadcasts, the quartet has performed to great acclaim across the country. The members are a multinational mix representing four continents of the world: violinist Jameson Cooper (Great Britain), violinist Jacob Murphy (United States), violist Luis Enrique Vargas (Venezuela), and cellist Jacqueline Choi (South Korea). Get Tickets.

Bob Stromberg is “That Wonder Boy”

Facebook-Wonder-Boy.jpgWinner of 3 out of 5 major awards at the 2015 United Solo Theatre Festival, this poignant and humorous one-man play will warm your heart and tickle your funny bone.

Bob Stromberg returns to Nelson Hall in That Wonder Boy, an exploration of life and art through the eyes of a youngster who “overcame a happy childhood to become a comedic artist.” Comic storyteller Bob Stromberg’s (co-author of Triple Espresso) utterly charming tale begins with a flying baby and soars on a creative flight of laughter, joy and wonder. Laugh- out-loud funny, but also reflective and moving, the show is a satisfying journey for any audience.

Writer: Bob Stromberg • Director: Risa Brainin • Music and Soundscape: Michael Pearce Donley • Executive Producer: Dennis Babcock. Buy Tickets. 100 Minutes (No intermission).

Organist Katelyn Emerson

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American organist Katelyn Emerson performs throughout the United States and Europe, showcasing repertoire spanning from the 14th- 20th centuries and giving “superlative performance with musical precision” (Worcester Chapter, American Guild of Organists [AGO]). She has performed in numerous venues, notably including the Cathédrale Poitiers (France), Krasnoyarsk Philharmonic Hall (Russia), St. Patrick’s Cathedral (New York, NY, U.S.A.), the Kotzschmar Memorial Organ of Merrill Auditorium (Portland, ME, U.S.A.), Severance Hall (Cleveland, OH, U.S.A.), Reith Recital Hall at Goshen College (IN, U.S.A.), and others.  Get tickets.

Christmastime in Ireland

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Imagine Christmastime in Ireland—a rousing sing-along by the hearth, favorite Christmas songs and hymns, laughter as everyone gathers for a sampling of Irish wit and wisdom, and the joyfulness of youthful dancing in celebration of the holidays. Tony Kenny, Ireland’s Premier Entertainer, and his all-star cast will take you there. Also starring: Trish O’Brien, The Dublin Trinity Band, the Dublin City Dancers and Ireland’s King of Blarney, comedian George Casey. Get tickets to one of the four performance times.

Chicago: Connecticut Transit Authority

Facebook-Chicago.jpgConnecticut Transit Authority faithfully recreates the music of one of the greatest American bands ever, Chicago, with focus on the early years of Chicago, better known as the “Terry Kath Era,” when the band was raw with emotion, heart and soul. Bringing vocals which closely resemble the original singers and an impeccable horn section, this band delivers a sound true to the originals.

Hear the hits “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?,” “Make Me Smile,” “Just You ‘n Me,” “Old Days,” and many more. Get tickets.

Pianist Arthur Villar (Past Show)


Pianist Arthur Villar was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in June 1984. He started his studies in piano, chamber music, theory and conducting in 2004, at the age of 21, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and joined the piano studio of Miriam Grossman, a renowned Brazilian pianist and pedagogue.

Among his achievements, he won first prize in the Souza Lima National Piano Competition in Sao Paulo (Brazil) in 2007, and performed in 2009 Bach’s twenty-four preludes and fugues at the Forum Internacional del Piano de Barcelona.  Get Tickets.

 

Far Away and Across the Sea • Charlie Zahm

Facebook-Zahm.jpgWith a baritone voice some have described as “coming along once in a generation,” Charlie has become one of the most successful performers on the Celtic festival circuit, weaving magical moments of Scottish and Irish history for the listener and viewer, with passion for the performance and a chosen repertoire pleasing to all members of the family. A master of the guitar as well, Charlie brings an authentic love and respect for the music he sings-and with dashes of humor and a light in his eyes, he will draw you into the stories of his songs! Get Tickets.

Love Is In the Air – Opera Theater of CT

Facebook-LIA.jpgOpera Theater of Connecticut has been presenting successful, sold out performances at Nelson Hall since 2012. While many venues are presenting broadcasts of live opera, we have the opportunity to offer our audience a unique and intimate live opera experience with professional opera singers, music director, raconteur, and supertitles. With a variety of song selections from a myriad of classic operas, this program appeals to everyone from cantata connoisseurs to first-time opera goers. Get tickets.

The Phantom Unmasked • Frank D’Ambrosio

Facebook-Phantom.jpgFranc D’Ambrosio has joined the ranks of the famed Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman as only a handful of Phantom alumni to successfully crossover to solo careers. Franc is best known for his role as the “Phantom” (Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera). With over 2,300 performances, he held the title “World’s Longest Running Phantom” for a decade.

Franc is also known for his role as “Anthony Corleone” in the Academy Award nominated film The Godfather III. Franc sang the Academy Award winning theme song from the film trilogy and his performance has garnered over one million hits on YouTube. Get tickets.

Let’s Hang On — Tribute to Frankie Valli Era

Facebook-LetsHangOn.jpgLets Hang On!, the nation’s premier Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Tribute Show, is a full blown stage production complete with that Four Season’s sound, crisp choreography, and a 7-piece live band. You’ll see four great looking guys and two beautiful girls sing and dance their way through some of the best songs of all time. The guys of Let’s Hang On! cover all of the great Four Seasons Hits complete with that awesome falsetto supported by superb harmonies.

Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook

Facebook-Tapestry.jpgTapestry, the Carole King Songbook, featuring Suzanne O’Davis, is the Premier musical tribute to Carole King. This show recreates the sound and vibe of a 1970’s Carole King concert experience following her legendary album, Tapestry. You will be transported back to the iconic image of her multi-million selling album of 1971.

Impeccable attention to detail is taken in recreating a respectful and accurate musical presentation of piano and vocals, just as they were. Suzanne’s performance will take you on a journey back to those great recordings.

Donny Most Sings and Swings

Facebook-DonnyMost.jpgDonny Most is best known for his role as Ralph in the long running television series “Happy Days”. During this time, he worked with such emerging talents as Ron Howard and Garry Marshall. But did you know, Donny Most Sings…and Swings? Donny delivers music from Sinatra and Darin to Dean Martin and Nat King Cole, as well as others from that era. He even shares a few stories and quips from his tenure on “Happy Days.”