KRAVIS CENTER Rings in the New Year with Nonstop Music and Joy

It is going to be a very happy new year as The Raymond F.Kravis Center for the Performing Arts continues to delight entertainment fans of all ages with nonstop concerts and shows: 

 

January 1 at 8 pm (Tuesday)

Annual Salute to Vienna conert at David Geffen Hall, 1/1/2017 by Chris Lee

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert
The Strauss Symphony of America
Imre Koll√°r, Conductor (Budapest)
Katarzyna Dondalska, Soprano (Berlin-Warsaw)
MatjaŇĺ StopinŇ°ek, Tenor (Vienna)
Featuring dancers from
Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine & International Champion Ballroom Dancers

Usher in the New Year with a glittery celebration of singing and dancing that will delight the senses. Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert recreates the beauty of Vienna’s golden era and its elegance charms audiences of every age. A 23-year West Palm Beach tradition, this year’s concert will feature a brilliant new program of Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from beloved operettas performed by acclaimed European singers, champion ballroom dancers, ballet, and live symphony orchestra.

Presented by the Kravis Center and Attila Glatz Concert Productions.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $29
Sponsored by Margaretta Taylor

January 2 at 11 am & 2 pm (Wednesday)
The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook:
Songs & Stories
Presented by Aztec Two-Step
with narration by Tony Traguardo
(Adults at Leisure Series)
In a multimedia stroll down memory lane, acoustic duo Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman celebrate the timeless harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel as they perform their iconic ’60s folk rock hits. Narrated by New York radio host Tony Traguardo, the performance also features slides and stories.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets: $29

 

January 2 at 8 pm (Wednesday)

THE JAY LENO SHOW — Pictured: Jay Leno, Host — NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth

Jay Leno
Late-night TV legend Jay Leno, still revving up fans with his automotive exploits, continues to deliver material that remains relevant, family friendly and full throttle funny. From best-selling author to corporate speaker and philanthropist, this beloved funnyman, who hosted NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for over 20 years, keeps comedy fans clamoring for more.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $29
Sponsored by William A. Meyer

January 3 at 1:30 pm (Thursday)
Kickstart Your Writing Ability
Lecturer: Julie Gilbert
The Writers’ Academy at the Kravis Center

(ArtSmart Continuing Arts Education)
An experience for the curious and adventurous, Kickstart is for those about to take the exciting leap into writing. Learn how to release the writer within and how to unlock your very one muse with Julie Gilbert. Bring a pencil.

Cohen Pavilion
Tickets $30

January 4 at 8 pm (Friday)
Marilyn Maye and
The Kravis Center Pops Orchestra Big Band
In Concert

Cabaret grand dame Marilyn Maye, who appeared on¬†The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson¬†a record 76 times, simmers with her proudly self-proclaimed ‚Äúold school‚ÄĚ style for an evening of sultry torch songs. A Grammy nominee for Best New Artist in 1966, she became a hot ticket once again after a Lincoln Center appearance 13 years ago.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25

Media support from Legends Radio

January 5 at 8 pm (Saturday)
Celebrating Ella: Live from the Apollo
with Patti Austin, Clint Holmes, Monica Mancini, Brianna Thomas and Wé McDonald

Featuring Grammy Award winner Patti Austin, Las Vegas favorite Clint Holmes, Grammy nominee Monica Mancini and Wé McDonald from The Voice, this star-studded show hails the life and legacy of Ella Fitzgerald. Each vocalist embodies a different era of the jazz legend intertwined with stories from her debut as a teenager at New York’s Apollo Theater to the peak of her fame. Produced in collaboration with the Apollo Theater and Grammy-winning producer Gregg Field.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25

January 6 at 2 pm (Sunday)
National Symphony Orchestra of Romania

Cristian MńÉcelaru, Conductor

Andrei Ioni»õńÉ, Cello

(Regional Arts Classical Concert Series)
The orchestra¬†has made a name for itself in recent years as Romania‚Äôs best and brightest orchestra. Touring regularly at leading venues throughout Europe,¬†the National Symphony Orchestra of Romania will honor of the 100th anniversary of the unification of Romania and Transylvania in their first-ever tour to the United States. Leading the musicians aged 18 to 35 is renowned¬†Romanian¬†conductor Cristian MńÉcelaru, in his return¬†to¬†Regional Arts. And a¬†familiar name among music lovers is the Gold Medal-winner at the 2015 XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, the phenomenal young cellist Andrei Ioni»õńÉ.

+ Enescu/Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 in A Major, Op. 11, No. 1

+ DvoŇô√°k/Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

+ Strauss/Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59

+ Ravel/Boléro

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $25

Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 12:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center. Beyond the Stage is sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker.

 

January 7 ‚Äď February 11
Mondays from 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Writers’ Launch
Instructor: Julie Gilbert
The Writers’ Academy at the Kravis Center

(ArtSmart Continuing Arts Education)
Writers‚Äô Launch¬†is just that‚ÄĒa pad from which to raise written expression. Within every person there are unspoken thoughts and memories, there is buried treasure. This course is designed to alchemize this unexpressed bounty into a discipline of form, content, technique and style, resulting in a story. The focus and goal of this is toward a fictional story.
Cohen Pavilion
Registration $325

January 8 ‚Äď February 12
Tuesdays from 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Evolving Technique
Instructor: Julie Gilbert
The Writers’ Academy at the Kravis Center

(ArtSmart Continuing Arts Education)
This is a course for all writers who are honing their craft, working toward a substantial project, starting a first draft or beginning a rewrite. This is a diagnostic, ongoing study of the writer in relationship to self as well as to the critique of others. We will be working on developing exercises.
Writers, who seek admission to Evolving Tehnique and have not previously worked with Julie Gilbert, must apply with a submission of five pages. Email your submission to¬†[email protected].¬†
Cohen Pavilion
Registration $325

January 8-13

+ Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 pm

+ Wednesday and Saturday at 2 pm & 8 pm

+ Sunday at 2 pm

ON YOUR FEET!

(Kravis On Broadway)

ON YOUR FEET! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of record-making and groundbreaking couple Emilio & Gloria Estefan who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $29

Kravis On Broadway sponsored by First Republic Bank

Beyond the Stage: Join us for a free pre-performance talk by Steven Caras on January 8 at 6:45 p.m.Beyond the Stage is sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker.

 

January 9 & 23, February 6 & 20, March 6 & 20
Wednesdays from 1:30 pm‚Äď3:30 pm
Advanced Technique
Instructor: Julie Gilbert

The Writers’ Academy at the Kravis Center

(ArtSmart Continuing Arts Education)
This course of 6 sessions of 2 hours each is by invitation only. It is for dedicated writers who have worked with Julie Gilbert in establishing voice, technique, style, work habits, projects and durability. This is for the writer who has decided upon the writing life. We will be working on one prompt and one project per writer.
Cohen Pavilion
Registration $525

January 11-12 (Friday and Saturday)
+ Friday at 7:30 pm
+ Saturday at 1:30 pm & 6 pm

One Funny Mother
Have you ever gone un-showered for days, fought with your husband over who works harder or had a kid pee on you? Dena Blizzard’s hilarious new show One Funny Mother will make women realize they’re not crazy … motherhood is!
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $39

January 13 at 7:30 pm (Sunday)
Skerryvore
Two-time winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music Live Act of the Year Award, this eight-member band entertains audiences with their fusion of folk, rock, pop and classic sounds representing regions of their homeland. The group’s rollicking 2017 single Live Forever, the soundtrack for the Scottish tourism promotionWild About Argyll, hit No. 1 on the iTunes World Music chart.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $35

 

January 14 at 8 pm (Monday)
Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
The outrageous musical comedy Monty Python’s Spamalot is delightfully ripped off from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail and tells the riotous tale of King Arthur and his crew as they embark on their mirthful quest. Flying cows, killer rabbits and taunting Frenchmen have audiences worldwide gobbling up this Tony Award-winning mayhem!
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $29
Sponsored by Ari Rifkin

January 15 at 8 pm (Tuesday)
Pilobolus
Shadowland: The New Adventure

Captivating movement troupe Pilobolus, which explores human physicality and the power of connected bodies, unveils a love story about a couple and their quest to save a magical bird. Shadowland: The New Adventure blends mixed media, video and more to create a mesmerizing mashup of science fiction, film noir and romantic comedy. Contains partial nudity.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $20
Sponsored by The Chastain Charitable Foundation
Beyond the Stage: 
Join us for a free pre-performance talk by Steven Caras at 6:45 pm. Beyond the Stage is sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker.

 

January 18-19 at 7:30 pm (Friday and Saturday)
Miwa Matreyek
This World Made Itself and
Myth and Infrastructure
(PEAK)
Multimedia marvel Miwa Matreyek creates magical performances where real shapes and virtual images trade places amid layers of animation, video and live bodies. Interacting with her creations as a shadow silhouette, the artist explores man-versus-nature themes with what the¬†Los Angeles Times¬†calls a ‚Äúsheer breadth of imagery unlike anything you‚Äôve seen before.‚ÄĚ
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $35

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the 
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis
.

Note:  Guests will receive a ticket voucher for one complimentary beverage. (Underage guests will be offered a non-alcoholic selection.)

January 18-19
+ Friday at 7:30 pm
+ Saturday at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Carole J. Bufford in
Come Together: When the ’60s Met the ’70s

Cabaret star Carole J. Bufford returns to Persson Hall with an all-new performance exploring musical shifts during a pivotal time. With hits made famous by Cher, Otis Redding, Linda Ronstadt, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and more, the ‚Äú21st-century Barbra Streisand,‚ÄĚ as¬†The New York Times¬†has called her, presents a riveting revue ranging from 1965 to 1975.
Helen K. Persson Hall
Tickets $39

January 20 at 8 pm (Sunday)
The Brand New Catskills On Broadway
Featuring Freddie Roman, Sarge, Dick Capri and Richie Minervini

One-liner legend Freddie Roman brought Borscht Belt belly laughs to the Great White Way when he createdCatskills on Broadway, which has had audiences rolling for more than 25 years. In this all-new night of world-class comedy, stand-up stars Sarge, Dick Capri and Richie Minervini round out the riot with their signature shtick.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $20

 

January 21 at 11:30 am (Monday)
Lunch & Learn:
Finding Love Again
A Conversation with Judy and Leonard Lauder
Moderated by Lee Wolf
(A Kravis Center Cultural Society Event)
How two old friends who each lost their spouses of fifty plus years came together to build a new life. Join Lee Wolf and Judy and Leonard Lauder for a personal conversation.
Gimelstob Ballroom in the Cohen Pavilion
Tickets: $95
Note: Admission includes lunch prepared by Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center.
Sponsored by Patricia and Edward Falkenberg

January 22 at 5 pm (Tuesday)
FREE Workshop

What is an Organ Anyway?

Alcee Chriss, III, Organ

Featuring the George W. Mergens Memorial Organ
Prior to his¬†Young Artists Classical Series¬†concert the following night, 25-year-old Texas-born Alcee, who has quickly emerged as a ‚Äúrising star‚ÄĚ after winning multiple prestigious competitions, will present this workshop covering a brief history of the organ, putting each work in his upcoming concert in context of the Organ‚Äôs broader history. He will discuss the benefits of the Marshall and Ogletree instrument and how it is a continuation of the organ‚Äôs rich history:

Note: This workshop is FREE but advance registration is required at¬†www.Kravis.org¬†or by email at[email protected].

Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
FREE

 

January 23 at 7:30 pm (Wednesday)
Alcee Chriss, III, Organ

Featuring the George W. Mergens Memorial Organ
(Young Artists Classical Series)
The 25-year-old Texas-born Alcee has quickly emerged as a ‚Äúrising star‚ÄĚ after winning multiple prestigious competitions, including the 2017 Canadian International Organ Competition (First Prize and Bach Prize), and the 2014 Miami International Organ Competition (First Prize and Audience Prize).¬†Diapason¬†listed him in its 2016 class of ‚Äú20 under (age) 30,‚ÄĚ the magazine‚Äôs annual recognition of exceptional performers to watch. Alcee, who earned two degrees at Oberlin Conservatory, now pursues his doctoral degree at McGill University, studying with Hans-Ola Ericsson. Praised for his grace, skill, and proficiency, Alcee has performed around the United States and in France.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets: 
$30
Young Artists Classical Series sponsored by Harriett M. Eckstein New Art Fund

 

January 24 at 6 pm (Thursday)
Twelfth Annual
Palm Beach Wine Auction
Dinner & Live Auction
To Benefit the Education Programs at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Chairman: Ted Mandes
The Palm Beach Wine Auction is a multi-event benefit culminating in the main event, the Dinner and Live Auction, which features a five-course dinner prepared by an all-star line-up of local and national chefs, paired with specially selected wines from all over the world. The live auction takes place throughout the dinner and includes wines presented during the evening as well as some of the world’s most renowned and highly rated wines, travel experience and unique treasures. This elegant evening appeals not only to the wine connoisseur but also to anyone who enjoys world class cuisine.
Gimelstob Ballroom in the Cohen Pavilion
Tickets are $1,000 per person (by invitation)

Note: For more information, call 561.651.4320 or visit www.palmbeachwineauction.org.

 

January 24-25 at 7:30 pm (Thursday and Friday)
Aquila Theatre
Mary Shelley’s
Frankenstein

Two hundred years after it was written, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein resonates by posing an ageless ethical question about innovation: Just because you can do it, should you? Aquila Theatre’s bold adaptation of this terrifying classic about scientific discovery is poignant and thrilling while still paying homage to the author’s original words.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $39
Sponsored by Donald and Linda Silpe

January 26-27 (Saturday & Sunday)

+ Saturday at 7:30 pm
+ Sunday at 1:30 pm

Aquila Theatre
William Shakespeare’s
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Through a web of theatrical magic that takes audiences to an enchanted forest, love and its complications are mirthfully explored in one of William Shakespeare‚Äôs most beloved comedies.¬†The New York Times¬†praises Aquila Theatre, which features top British and American actors, for its ‚Äúbeautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect‚ÄĚ Shakespeare productions.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $39
Sponsored by Stephen Brown and Jamie Stern

January 28 at 11 am & 2 pm (Monday)
Neil Berg’s
109 Years of Broadway
(Adults at Leisure Series)
Featuring stars from Broadway blockbusters such as Phantom of the Opera, CATS and Wicked, composer Neil Berg’s talent-packed tribute serves up the best of the Great White Way in world-class style. Known for Off Broadway’s The Prince and the Pauper and the rock musical The 12, Berg backs the sizzling vocalists with a sensational live band.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets: $29.

January 28 at 8 pm (Monday)
Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

Zhang Chengjie, Conductor

Song Siheng, Piano

(Regional Arts Classical Concert Series)

+ Verdi/Overture to La Forza Del Destino

+ Tchaikovsky/Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23

+ Rachmaninoff/Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets start at $35

Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis

Concert sponsored by

Jane and John Shalam,

Voxx International Corporation

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center. Beyond the Stage is sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker.

 

January 29 at 8 pm (Tuesday)
Johnny Mathis
The Voice of Romance Concert Tour

With Special Guest Gary Mule Deer
Best known for Grammy Hall of Fame classics Chances Are, It’s Not for Me to Say and Misty, the magical Johnny Mathis is Columbia Records’ longest-signed artist, recording more than 80 albums and scoring 50 hits on Billboard’s adult contemporary chart. Don’t miss this Wonderful! Wonderful! evening with a vocal legend. Gary Mule Deer’s comedy and music have set him apart as one-of-a-kind. He has performed on nearly every major concert stage in the country and made over 350 television appearances, with many on both The Tonight Show and David Letterman. In addition to his well-known comedy, Gary is a talented singer and musician, performing classic country, including the music of Johnny Cash.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $30
Sponsored by
Roberta and Stanley Bogen
The Miriam and Alec Flamm Charitable Fund
Roberta and Paul Kozloff
 

January 30 at 8 pm (Wednesday)
Michael Feinstein Conducts
The Kravis Center Pops Orchestra
The Legends We LOVE
Guest artists Jack Jones and Steve Tyrell
Larry Blank, Associate Conductor
Celebrating Frank, Dean, Ella, Sammy, Judy, Peggy, Nat, & Billie featuring guest artist Steve Tyrell and a special tribute to and performance by the legendary Jack Jones.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets: 
The Kravis Center’s Pops concerts are offered starting at¬†$84¬†for the 3-concert series. Individual tickets start at¬†$35.

January 31 at 8 pm (Thursday)
Farruquito Flamenco
Intense and technically profound, flamenco master Farruquito exemplifies the passion and artistry of his birthright. Heir to the most distinguished flamenco dynasty in Spain ‚Äď his grandfather was the legendary dancer El Farruco ‚Äď the flamboyant performer has been hailed as ‚Äúthe greatest flamenco dancer of this century,‚ÄĚ by¬†The New York Times.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $20
Sponsored by Eileen Berman and Jay Bauer

How to Get Tickets:

Tickets are available for purchase online through the Kravis Center’s official website at kravis.org; in person at the Box Office, located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; or by phone at 561.832.7469 or 800.572.8471. For Group Sales please call 561.651.4438 or 561.651.4304.