“Earl Klugh will, by his own merits, become one of the most important voices on the guitar in the ‘70s. This album is clear evidence of what I’m talking about. Throughout it, you will become thrilled by both his complete mastery of his instrument and his beautiful, sensitive reflections. I’m especially excited by “Vonetta,” which was written by Earl, because it truly exemplifies the kind of musician he is – one with a great sense of rhythm, harmony and feel… I know that you will get as much pleasure out of listening to this album as I have had working with Earl… Right on, Earl Klugh!” – George Benson, on Klugh’s self-titled debut Earl Klugh (1976)
Since GRAMMY®-winner Earl Klugh released his inaugural album in 1976, the Detroit-born master of the acoustic-classical guitar has become one of the most imitated icons of the instrument. He has released over 40 records, 24 of which have been on Billboard’s top-10 list of jazz albums and 6 of which have made it to the No. 1 slot. Klugh’s recordings have received 13 Grammy® nominations (including one for his latest release, HandPicked) – and his collaboration with pianist Bob James, One on One, walked away with the 1980 Grammy® Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
In 2016, Earl celebrates the 40th Anniversary of his debut album “Earl Klugh” (1976, Blue Note Records) with a very special catalog of shows, highlighting selections from over 250 original compositions and featuring Klugh’s favorite standards, influences and collaborations from throughout his illustrious career.
“I’ve been so fortunate to be able to create the music that I’ve wanted to create, and work with some of the greatest artists of our time,” says Klugh. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since that first record! You know, this one really caught me by surprise,” reflects Klugh. “When I look up, time has just flown by. But, I’m still here, and I’m still playing! I’m just so pleased and happy to have the career I’ve had so far. I’ve met so many wonderful people, in and out of the musical realm. I’m living a really wonderful life where you just have to pinch yourself sometimes, because there are so many things to be grateful for.”
Special Guest: New England’s Rising Star Saxophonist GRACE KELLY
As Grace Kelly defiantly reminds us on “The Other One,” a standout number from her upcoming album “Trying To Figure It Out,” she’s not looking to be like anyone else. “Got my own thing,” she sings over the song’s urban, trance-like groove. Although the singer and saxophone player has been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike as a jazz musician, the track’s exhilarating chorus, haunting keyboard hook and brittle electro edge show an artist interested only in playing what she loves, labels be damned.
The Wellesley, Massachusetts born artist, 23, is a seven-time winner of the Downbeat critics poll (as a rising star in the alto sax category). She recorded her first album, “Dreaming,” when she was 12. At 14, she received the first of her ASCAP Foundation awards for her composition Every Road I Walked and was invited to perform with the Boston Pops. For the occasion, she wrote her first full orchestral arrangement, adapting the award-winning piece. In 2009, Kelly guested with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as part of the events surrounding Barack Obama’s inauguration celebration at the request of the ensemble’s director, Wynton Marsalis.
In December 2015 Jon Batiste snagged Grace as a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Stay Human, playing multiple reeds and singing. Among Kelly’s critically acclaimed releases are collaborations with jazz legends Lee Konitz (GRACEfulLEE, 2008) and Phil Woods (The Man With the Hat, 2011). The disc with Konitz ended up in Downbeat’s Best Albums of the 2000s issue. A graduate from the Berklee College of Music in 2011, with a degree in professional music, Kelly has taught residency workshops there since 2012. That year also brought another important opportunity to pass on her musical knowledge: the U.S. State Department sent her on an international speakers tour to be an ambassador of jazz and educate the people of Madagascar and the Comoros Islands about the music.
“Trying To Figure It Out,” released in February 2016, is Kelly’s eighth studio disc. Expanding on her longstanding interest in genre-bending, while maintaining a jazz foundation, the album finds her once again following a restless artistic spirit. In her words, the new work explores “the world of jazz and beyond.” Fittingly, the album’s musical setting shifts from acoustic, conventional jazz (as typified by her touching version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, a live favorite) to a genre-bending approach, with more contemporary production values.
Maintaining a busy tour schedule with her group, Kelly has drawn critical praise and new fans every year with headlining over 700 shows in 30 countries at all major jazz festivals, from Montreux to Newport to Montreal. Awards continue to come, but Kelly says she has never lost sight of a larger picture. “I think everybody comes to life with a calling,” Kelly says. “I’ve been super blessed that my calling in life has been music and that I found it from an early age. But what I really hope my music brings to people is healing. There’s nothing that makes me feel better than when somebody, after a show, says `You lifted me up.’”
Is it the main reason she plays? Her response comes without hesitation: “It’s the only reason.”
On October 1 at 8:00 p.m., Emmanuel Music, under the direction of Ryan Turner will commence its 46th season. This opening concert features the the works of a young Handel and Mozart, and a world premiere from the winner of Emmanuel Music’s first annual Handel Overture Composition Competition.
Handel Overture Competition Winner World Premiere Overture
Handel (at age 25) “Apollo and Dafne”
Mozart (at age 11) “Apollo and Hyacinth”
Apollo, the god of many things, provides the source of inspiration to Handel and Mozart at the height of their youthful creativity. The performances will feature sopranos; Susan Consoli and Margot Rood; tenor, William Hite and a world premiere by the winner of Emmanuel Music’s 1st Annual Handel Overture Composition Competition.
Handel Apollo e Dafne
Apollo Dana Whiteside, baritone
Dafne Susan Consoli, soprano
Mozart Apollo et Hyacinthus
Mozart Apollo et Hyacinthus
Apollo Deborah Rentz-Moore, mezzo soprano
Hyacinthus Margot Rood, soprano
Oebalus William Hite, tenor
Melia Sarah Yanovitch, soprano
Zephyrus Katherine Growdon, mezzo-soprano
The Orchestra and Soloists of Emmanuel Music
Ryan Turner conducting
Believe the impossible! The hit television series, Masters of Illusion, breaks out of the box and into a live theatre near you-the Park Theatre RI!
Associated Television International presents MASTERS OF ILLUSION, the largest magical touring show in the world. Nothing beats the experience of seeing a magic show in person. Join us and marvel at the size of the production and be drawn in by the immediacy of the live performance. It’s the time honored art of the master illusionist combined with the speed and modern design of the 21st century!
You’ll see grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and beautiful dancers…everything you could possibly imagine and performances that you never dreamed possible – all rolled up into a live show!
And it’s all LIVE! No camera tricks, no computer graphics, just amazing illusions in real time in front of a live audience.
Combining forces for the first time, MANHATTAN TRANSFER and TAKE 6, two of the most acclaimed, award-winning vocal groups in pop music, create an unforgettable concert event that will thrill audiences of all ages. Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards, and a range of styles that covers nearly every genre of popular music; from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B.
As MANHATTAN TRANSFER mark the 40th Anniversary of their debut recording on Atlantic Records, original members Janis Siegel, Alan Paul and Cheryl Bentyne, along with Trist Curliss (who stepped in to replace the late Tim Hauser), will roll out a thrilling career retrospective, while TAKE 6 shares their crystal clear harmony, innovative arrangements and funky grooves, demonstrating why this sextet is recognized as the pre-eminent acapella group in the world. No ordinary double bill, this is a show combining unexpected twists and turns to create a once-in-a-lifetime event.
In spring 1980, over 4,000 young hopefuls auditioned for the New York City High School of the Performing Arts. Only 97 students were admitted…the cream of the crop!
FAME – THE MUSICAL is a full-throttle journey traversing the struggles, fears, and triumphs of young artists navigating the worlds of dance, music and theatre. Conceived from the unforgettable Academy Award-winning film and subsequent Emmy Award-Winning television series, this unmistakable title has been brilliantly transformed into riveting musical theatre.
FAME – THE MUSICAL is nothing short of an international sensation with worldwide attendance exceeding 50 million people in some 25 countries. This ‘must-see’ entertainment continues to reach and inspire generations of performers and audience members alike.
Brian Culbertson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer who crosses genres between contemporary jazz, R&B, and funk. Heralding from the musically rich city of Chicago, he began his musical studies at the early age of 8 on piano and quickly picked up several other instruments by age 12 including drums, trombone, bass, & euphonium. Inspired by the great R&B/Jazz/Pop artists of the 70’s like EWF, Tower of Power, Chicago, David Sanborn, and others, Brian Culbertson started composing original music for his 7th grade piano recital and hasn’t stopped having self-produced 16 solo albums, most of which have topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts.
Having worked and performed with countless industry all-stars like Michael McDonald, Chris Botti, Ledisi, Barry Manilow, Herb Alpert, Natalie Cole, Chuck Brown, and Bootsy Collins just to name a few, Brian has received numerous awards including being nominated for a 2012 NAACP Image Award and a 2012 Soul Train Award. Also in 2012, he founded the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway now in it’s 5th year.
Brian is always striving to push the boundaries of the jazz scene, which is evident by his forthcoming album, Funk! due out this September. This new set is a throwback to the stanky P-Funk records from back in the day combining infectious bass lines, greasy horn licks, sing-a-long hooks and of course, landing hard on the ‘One.’ This record is also a follow-up to his widely successful Bringing Back The Funk album from 2008, which was co-produced by the late Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire.
Regardless of his success, fans can be rest assured that with the 16 albums and counting, Brian Culbertson always brings his very best – and brings the very best out of others – in all his broad-ranging musical endeavors.
In keeping with the NEP’s commitment to “Innovation and Tradition in Concert,” the 40th anniversary season will feature world premieres of works from Andy Vores, Peter Child and Richard Cornell, all past NEP composers-in-residence who have gifted these works in honor of the orchestra’s milestone, the world premiere of a new composition by Bernard Hoffer on the annual Family Concert, and masterpieces from the orchestral tradition of the twentieth century.
OCTOBER 29, 2016
Andy Vores Fanfare (2016) WORLD PREMIERE
Andrew Norman Sacred Geometry (2003)
Yehudi Wyner Piano Concerto “Chiavi in mano” (2004) ….Geoffrey Burleson, piano
Carl Ruggles Evocations (1934–43)
Béla Bartók Concerto for Orchestra (1943)