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Our upcoming events are listed below:


An Evening with Denzel Washington
An Evening with Denzel Washington
Two-time Academy Award, Tony, and Golden Globe winning actor and filmmaker Denzel Washington will share with us an evening of insightful stories and anecdotes about his work on stage and screen. Having acted in over 54 films, over the past several years he has returned to the stage starring in the Broadway productions of August Wilson’s Fences, Lorraine Hansberry’s classic drama A Raisin in the Sun and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.


Twyla Tharp: 50th Anniversary Celebration
Twyla Tharp: 50th Anniversary Celebration
A flourish of trumpets heralds the double bill of premieres celebrating Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary. In each premiere, Tharp turns her decades of experience – having choreographed Hollywood films, television specials, Broadway shows, figure-skating routines and full-length ballets– into living proof that time is her partner as she continues to deepen and expand the singular imagination which makes her one of the century’s most treasured artists. By combining different forms of movement – such as jazz, ballet, boxing and inventions of her own making – Tharp’s work expands the boundaries of ballet and modern dance. John Zorn provides the show’s vibrant introductory Fanfare, followed by brand new works Preludes and Fugues set to J.S. Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier" and Yowzie set to the raucous humor of Henry Butler and Steve Bernstein’s jazz. The Wallis and four national powerhouse co-commissioners - the Auditorium Theatre and Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Joyce Theater in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. , TITAS Presents and AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas - present this Anniversary Tour.


The Theater of War
The Theater of War
Academy Award winner Frances McDormand, Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn and author Bryan Doerries celebrate the launch of Doerries’ new book The Theater of War through dramatic readings and conversation. The Theater of War powerfully illustrates his experience engaging military personnel and veterans with the redemptive and therapeutic power of classic Greek plays. Cast subject to change.


The Ugly Duckling
The Ugly Duckling
Lightwire Theater’s
THE UGLY DUCKLING

New Orleans’ Lightwire Theater, one of the breakout performers on “America’s Got Talent,” presents Hans Christian Andersen’s cherished fable The Ugly Duckling in a new and dazzling light. Full-bodied electroluminescent puppetry reflects moving sculpture in a theatrical experience that will delight children of all ages.

RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 4+
RUNNING TIME: 45 MINUTES WITH NO INTERMISSION

“Absolutely incredible.” – Rolling Stone


Los Angeles Gay Man's Chorus: It Gets Better
Los Angeles Gay Man's Chorus: It Gets Better
The It Gets Better Project began online as a way to share personal testimonials with young people—especially LGBTQ individuals — about the need to persevere despite painfully challenging situations. This exciting adaptation of the project for the stage brings to life real-life stories from lesbian, gay, transgender, genderqueer and straight allies from across America and infuses them with dynamic musical numbers by the talented 8-member cast—with a few surprises along the way!


Love Letters
Love Letters
by A.R. Gurney
directed by Gregory Mosher
starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal

Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, co-stars of the beloved film Love Story, reunite to tour the 2014 Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney’s 1990 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Directed by Gregory Mosher, former director of Lincoln Center Theater and Goodman Theatre, Love Letters is the disarmingly funny and heartbreaking story of Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner and their lifelong correspondence through letters that spans over 50 years.

“Under the expert direction of Gregory Mosher… Mr. Gurney’s intimate drama gains steadily in power.” – The New York Times


Wiesenthal
Wiesenthal
written by and starring Tom Dugan
directed by Jenny Sullivan

Filled with hope, humanity and humor, Off-Broadway favorite Wiesenthal is the riveting true story of Simon Wiesenthal, the “Jewish James Bond.” A Holocaust survivor who devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice, Wiesenthal was an intelligent, funny, flawed and noble universal hero.

“POWERFUL & INSIGHTFUL! These stories are heartbreaking and beautiful.” - The New York Times


Arturo Sandoval Master Class
Arturo Sandoval Master Class
Astounding jazz trumpet player, pianist, composer, Arturo Sandoval has been awarded 10 Grammys and recipient of our nation’s highest honor, The Medal of Freedom awarded him from President Obama. Protégé and collaborator with Jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie, Mr. Sandoval is now one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as being a renowned classical musician. He has also won an Emmy for his original composition on the HBO film based on his life, For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. Through his Arturo Sandoval Institute, he works to educate, support and inspire music students to continue music education without regard to their economic circumstances. During Mr. Sandoval’s master class on the Bram Goldsmith stage, he will work with young musicians to refine their craft and express their soul through their playing.


Colburn Chamber Music Society with Special Guest Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Colburn Chamber Music Society with Special Guest Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Hailed as “one of the best pianists in the world,” Colburn School artist-in-residence Jean-Yves Thibaudet continues to captivate audiences with his thrilling performances, profound artistry, poetic musicality and dazzling technical prowess.


Dan Zanes and Friends
Dan Zanes and Friends
Dan Zanes & Friends return to The Wallis for a bi-lingual English and Spanish concert for kids and kids-at-heart. The Grammy Award-winner has been referred to as “the family-music genre’s most outspoken and eloquent advocate” by Time magazine, and his widely-acclaimed music has been featured on “Sesame Street,” Playhouse Disney, Nickelodeon, HBO Family and Sprout.

RECOMMENDED FOR ALL AGES
RUNNING TIME: 45 MINUTES WITH NO INTERMISSION

“True children's music, but executed with such sweet (and un-gooey!) humor, casual multiculturalism and shambling groove that you can call it your own.” – The New York Times


Colburn Chamber Music Society with Spcial Guest Gary Hoffman
Colburn Chamber Music Society with Spcial Guest Gary Hoffman
Canadian-born, Paris-based cellist Gary Hoffman is one of the outstanding musicians of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound and a poetic sensibility in his distinctive and memorable performances.


Duet Gala
Duet Gala
Duet Gala


Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Production of

GUYS AND DOLLS
A Musical Fable of Broadway

Based on a Story and Characters of Damon Runyon
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows
Directed by Mary Zimmerman

From the company that brought you last season’s sensation Into the Woods, Oregon Shakespeare Festival strikes again with their stunning production of the musical Guys and Dolls. Put your money on this hilarious classic directed by Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman.

“Dazzling entertainment.” - Mail Tribune


Freda Payne
Freda Payne
A TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT LADIES OF THE JAZZ AMERICAN SONGBOOK


David Finckel & Wu Han
David Finckel & Wu Han
The Passionate Cello

Husband-and-wife Artistic Directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han rank among the most influential forces in classical music today.

• STRAUSS Sonata in F-Major, Op.6
• MESSIAEN Louange à l'Eternité de Jésus
• ALBÉNIZ Suite Espagnole Op. 47
• GLAZUNOV Song of the Minstrel
• CHOPIN Sonata in G-minor, Op. 65

“America’s Power Couple of Chamber Music.” – Wall Street Journal


Santa Cecilia Orchestra
Santa Cecilia Orchestra
A Celebration of American & Latin Music

Santa Cecilia Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega, performs a spirited tribute to the music of Latino and American composers with world-renowned flamenco artist Maria Bermudez.

• PIAZZOLLA Oblivion
• ZWILICH Concerto Grosso
• SURINACH Ritmo Jondo
• COPLAND Three Latin-American Sketches
• DE FALLA El Amor Brujo (featuring Maria Bermudez, Flamenco Artist)


Justin Kauflin
Justin Kauflin
Despite losing his eyesight at the young age of 11, Justin Kauflin has gone on to become an award-winning jazz pianist and one of the subjects of the celebrated Quincy Jones-produced documentary Keep on Keepin’ On about his relationship with his mentor, legendary jazz musician Clark Terry.


Wu Man & The Shanghai Quartet
Wu Man & The Shanghai Quartet
A Night in Ancient and New China

Pipa virtuoso Wu Man has been called “a force of nature” by Gramophone Magazine and has acted as muse and inspiration for contemporary composers ranging from Tan Dun to Terry Riley. The Shanghai Quartet is one of the world’s foremost chamber music ensembles, known for their passionate musicality and impressive technique.

• BEETHOVEN String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op.95 (Serioso)
• SOLO PIPA
• CHINA SONG
• ZHAO JIPING & ZHAO LIN New Quintet for pipa & string quartet

“Pipa and quartet [come] together in a work so brilliantly original and inarguably gorgeous that the two may never be the same.” – The Washington Post


Suzanne Farrell Master Class
Suzanne Farrell Master Class
A living legend and Balanchine’s most influential muse Suzanne Farrell will be leading an advanced Master Class on the Bram Goldsmith stage with Los Angeles’s finest ballet students accompanied by a pianist. The Suzanne Farrell Ballet Company at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. grew from Exploring Ballet with Suzanne Farrell, a summer program started in 1993 for young dancers, which Ms. Farrell continues to teach today. As a teacher, she has an amazing gift of passing on her knowledge to others and believes “We know what we can do but we don’t know all that we can do.”


Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole
Big Noise from Winnetka

Tony Award-winner (42nd Street and Grey Gardens) Christine Ebersole will headline the new cabaret series this winter in the Lovelace Studio Theater. Big Noise from Winnetka features both classic and reimagined Broadway hits, pop and jazz classics and anecdotes about growing up.

“This singer and actress, who is at the top of the cabaret food chain, is unafraid to take chances”– The New York Times


L.A. Dance Project
L.A. Dance Project
L.A. Dance Project is one of the world’s most exciting new dance companies, creating innovative platforms for contemporary dance. Founded in 2012 by renowned choreographer and director of Paris Opera Ballet Benjamin Millepied, along with composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, Founding Producer Charles Fabius and Nicholas Britell, L.A. Dance Project has enjoyed critically-acclaimed sold-out performances worldwide. The Wallis program features Hearts and Arrows by Benjamin Millepied with music by Philip Glass, the U.S Premiere of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Harbor Me and Murder Ballades by Justin Peck featuring an original score by Bryce Dessner and visual installation by Sterling Ruby.

“Dance Project deserves high praise for attracting young audiences with contemporary works that challenge perceptions.” - Los Angeles Times


Freeze Frame by Debbie Allen
Freeze Frame by Debbie Allen
Exploding onto the stage in a fusion of Dance, Music, Cinema and Theater, this U.S. Premiere will bring the passion and pain of L.A.’s toughest streets to The Wallis. Written, directed and choreographed by three-time Emmy Award-winning choreographer/director Debbie Allen, Freeze Frame will inspire, stun and awaken the audience with powerful dance, soulful voices and true stories that transform lives.


Cho Liang Lin & Jon Kimura Parker
Cho Liang Lin & Jon Kimura Parker
Violinist Cho-Liang Lin is lauded the world over for his distinguished thirty-year career - which includes his position as Music Director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, while pianist Jon Kimura Parker is a veteran of the international concert stage who has performed with the likes of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and André Previn.

“Mr. Lin and Mr. Parker make a strong case for the score in an energetic, unified reading.” – The New York Times


Sean Chen
Sean Chen
Pianist Sean Chen, recent winner of UPenn’s eminent 2015 Annenberg arts fellowship for artists on the verge of breakthrough, won over fans and critics alike at the 2013 Cliburn Competition as the first American to earn a Cliburn award since 1997.


Bing Wang & Ben Hong
Bing Wang & Ben Hong
For the final evening of music in our East/West Series, local Chinese violinist Bing Wang, Associate Concertmaster of the LA Philharmonic will perform with fellow LA Phil Assistant Principal cellist Ben Hong.


Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel
An American Salute

Jeffrey Siegel’s sold-out Keyboard Conversations® returns to The Wallis in a new concert that celebrates our country’s most beloved composers with accessible classical music and captivating commentary.

• GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
• BERNSTEIN Meditation on a Wedding
• COPLAND Cat in the Mouse and Rodeo
• JOPLIN Wall Street Rag

"Jeffrey Siegel has everything: massive technique, musical sensitivity and character, wide tonal resources, immense reserves of power, and the ability to communicate." – The Los Angeles Times


Colburn Orchestra Yehuda Gilad, Music Director and Conductor
Colburn Orchestra Yehuda Gilad, Music Director and Conductor
Mikyung Soung, double bass

The flagship ensemble of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, the Colburn Orchestra comprises some of the most elite musicians in the world. The orchestra performs under the baton of critically-acclaimed Music Director and Conductor Yehuda Gilad.


Steven Lin
Steven Lin
Taiwanese-American pianist Steven Lin impressed many with his unshakeable focus as he famously played through a 6.5 earthquake during a competition in Japan. The New York Times recently hailed, “His playing [is] immaculately voiced and enhanced by admirable subtleties of shading and dynamics.”


David Orlowsky Trio: The Soul of Klezmer
David Orlowsky Trio: The Soul of Klezmer
The Soul of Klezmer

The David Orlowsky Trio, founded by the young and incredibly gifted leather jacket-clad clarinetist Orlowsky, present Klezmer music in an entirely new, unexpectedly hip dimension. The trio are taking the world by storm with regularly sold-out concert halls, rave reviews and a steadily increasing following. In The Soul of Klezmer, you’ll be taken on a musical journey from the Jewish villages of Eastern Europe to the buzzing Klezmer madness of New York City.

“Orlowsky drew his audience under his spell right from the first hypnotic moment. Ovations and cries of bravo concluded the evening.” - WAX


Jennifer Koh & Shai Wosner
Jennifer Koh & Shai Wosner
Bridge to Beethoven: Finding Identity Through Music

Grammy-nominated violinist Jennifer Koh joins accomplished pianist Shai Wosner for an exploration of the impact Beethoven has had on a diverse group of composers and musicians. Bridge to Beethoven features new commissions from composers Andrew Norman, Vijay Iyer and Anthony Cheung as companion pieces to Beethoven’s violin sonatas.

“Mr. Wosner’s singing tone and expressive musicality complement Ms. Koh’s insightful, richly hued playing.” – The New York Times


The Revisionist
The Revisionist
by Jesse Eisenberg

The hit Off-Broadway play by Jesse Eisenberg, the Oscar-nominated star of The Social Network and frequent contributor to The New Yorker. In The Revisionist, David arrives in Poland with a crippling case of writer’s block and a desire to be left alone, while his 75-year old second cousin Maria welcomes him with an overwhelming need to connect with her American family.

“A quirky and … heartbreaking meditation on the meaning of family, both across the generations and across the globe.” – Associated Press


Patti LuPone Master Class
Patti LuPone Master Class
Patti LuPone is an electric performer with one powerful voice. A Broadway legend, Ms. LuPone originated some of the musical theater’s most iconic roles both on Broadway and the West End such as Eva Peron in Evita, Norma in Sunset Boulevard, and Fantine in Les Misérables. She is also an extremely funny lady. Gracing the Wallis’s Bram Goldsmith stage, Ms. LuPone will work with six lucky young singers with a passion for musical theater. Each student will perform one song and work with Ms. LuPone to enhance their performance and deepen their understanding of true vocal artistry and the power of touching an audience through song. This rare treat to witness an extraordinary artist behind the scenes should not be missed.


Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
In Matters of The Heart, Patti LuPone will take the audience on a tour of the crimes, affairs and the mysteries of the heart, with electrifying performances of over two dozen love songs by a wide range of composers ranging from theatre greats Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein and Stephen Sondheim to such contemporary song writers as Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Brian Wilson, Judy Collins, Dan Fogelberg, Joni Mitchell and Cyndi Lauper.

REVIEWS

“An extraordinary concert.” – The New York Post


Judith Jamison Master Class
Judith Jamison Master Class
Judith Jamison, Artistic Director Emerita of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York is an international dance luminary. Honored with a prime time Emmy Award, an American Choreography Award, the Kennedy Center Honor, a National Medal of Arts, and a “Bessie” Award, she was a soloist for Alvin Ailey for 15 years, most notably for the tour-de-force dance performance Cry which continues to be performed within the Ailey repertoire today. On the Wallis’s Bram Goldsmith stage, she will graciously conduct a master class for 20 young dancers. Ms. Jamison will lead a warm up using the Lester Horton technique, the dance form which serves as the foundation for Alvin Ailey’s chorography. She will then work on sequences from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Repertory with the students. The class will be 90 minutes followed by a question and answer session with the dancers providing them new insights into the world of dance.


The Lightning Thief
The Lightning Thief
Theatreworks USA’s
The Lightning Thief

Adapted from the book by Rick Riordan
Music, Lyrics & Orchestrations by Rob Rokicki
Book by Joe Tracz
Original Direction by Stephen Brackett
Original Choreography by Sam Pinkleton

Adapted from the best-selling young adult novel, The Lightning Thief is the story of Percy Jackson, a 12-year-old boy who journeys into a world of mythological monsters and Greek Gods as he struggles with dyslexia and ADHD, all while solving the mystery of Zeus’ stolen lightning bolt. This lively musical adaptation features songs reminding us that “normal is a myth. Everyone has issues that they’re dealing with.”

RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 7+
RUNNING TIME: 65 MINUTES WITH NO INTERMISSION

The Lightning Thief is an action-packed musical with heroic battles and mythological beasties.” – New York Post


Colburn Chamber Music Society with the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet
Colburn Chamber Music Society with the New York Philharmonic Brass Quintet
Comprising the principal brass players of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brass Quintet often tours the nation and is featured as a favorite regular encore on the Philharmonic's tour performances.


Jerusalem Quartet
Jerusalem Quartet
Israel’s award-winning Jerusalem Quartet continues to tour extensively worldwide, with a growing reputation in North America and popular visits to major venues throughout the U.S. The Quartet’s lauded records have been awarded with numerous prizes, including three BBC Music Magazine Awards, the Diapason d’Or Arte and an ECHO Klassik Award.

• HAYDN Quartet in D-Major, Op. 64, No. 5 (Lark)
• RAVEL Quartet in F-Major
• DVORÁK Quartet in F-Major, Op. 96 (American)

“Passion, precision, warmth, a gold blend: these are the trademarks of this excellent Israeli string quartet.” – The Times (UK)


Ezralow Dance Company
Ezralow Dance Company
Award-winning choreographer Daniel Ezralow makes his “hometown debut” in Beverly Hills with his new dance company. Ezralow’s unique style of physical expression and articulate choreography has earned him a distinguished reputation as a groundbreaking artist worldwide. His work is celebrated in the seminal film Across the Universe, Cirque du Soleil’s Love and in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

“[Ezralow’s] work is a persuasive blend of intelligence, humor, and a fine-scaled, gusty energy.” – The New York Times


The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly
The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly
Theatre Lovett presents
The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly
by Finegan Kruckemeyer
directed by Lynne Parker
performed by Louis Lovett

Dublin’s award-winning Theatre Lovett presents Irish storytelling with a modern twist in The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly. Peggy O’Hegarty sings with the voice of an angel—a grossly unfortunate angel, who can’t sing at all. One day work stops working and Peggy steps outside to find that everyone in her city has gone! Ingenious performer Louis Lovett leads the audience on an untamed adventure that crosses snowy lands and wild seas as Peggy desperately tries to save the day.

RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 7+
RUNNING TIME: 70 MINUTES WITH NO INTERMISSION

“**** [4 stars] A tremendously entertaining show!” – The Guardian (UK)


The City of Conversation
The City of Conversation
by Anthony Giardina

The City of Conversation, first seen at Lincoln Center, promises to be the talk of the campaign season. Savvy Hester Ferris is the doyenne of Georgetown dinner parties whose influence in liberal politics is legendary. But when her son suddenly turns up with a Reaganite girlfriend and a shocking new conservative world view, Hester must choose between preserving her family and defending her cause.

"A juicy, funny and terrific new play." - The New York Times


Seedfolks
Seedfolks
Children’s Theatre Company’s
Seedfolks Adapted from the book by Paul Fleischman
Directed by Peter C. Brosius
Featuring Sonja Parks

Newbery Medal-winner Paul Fleischman’s Seedfolks comes to life in a raw, inspiring story you’ll never forget. Thirteen very different voices—old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted and hopeful—tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood.

RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 8+
RUNNING TIME: 60 MINUTES WITH NO INTERMISSION

“Tells the tale of healing and restoration with agility, empathy and a whole lot of heart.” - Minneapolis Star-Tribune