Adapted by Stephen Wadsworth, "The Figaro Plays" are new translations of the comedies that would go on to inspire famous Mozart and Rossini operas: "The Marriage of Figaro" and "The Barber of Seville." Pierre Beaumarchais' "Figaro" has the famed troublemaker on the verge of settling down when his master, the Count, decides he wants the bride-to-be for himself. Now Figaro must use all his wiles to outwit his competition and save his marriage.
Adapted by Stephen Wadsworth, "The Figaro Plays" are new translations of the comedies that would go on to inspire famous Mozart and Rossini operas: "The Marriage of Figaro" and "The Barber of Seville." Pierre Beaumarchais' "Barber" tells the story of a love-struck Count who enlists the aid of an ex-employee to gain access to the girl who's caught his eye.
Composer and pianist Nico Muhly is frequently categorized with the so-called minimalists, along with John Adams, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk and others. But his output includes film scores, several albums and commissions by the American Ballet Theatre and Metropolitan Opera. He has collaborated with Bjork for over 10 years. This is classical music at the cutting edge.
Omar Sosa is one of the most versatile jazz artists on the scene today: composer, arranger, producer, pianist, percussionist and bandleader. He fuses a wide range of world music and electronic elements with his native Afro-Cuban roots to create a fresh and original urban sound - all with a Latin jazz heart.
Since its 1996 premiere at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet has thrilled audiences and won critical acclaim for its vibrant, contemporary dance and progressive repertoire. In 11 seasons, the company has toured extensively on a national scale, including performances at the famous Joyce Theater in New York City and the renowned Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts.
Palestinian composer, violinist and oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen is perhaps the greatest ambassador of Arab world music in the United States. He dazzles his listeners as he deftly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and Western classical styles. His soaring technique, melodic ingenuity, and unparalleled grace have earned him international acclaim.
One of the world's premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many leading artists of our time, ranging from jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997, he has led the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz.
Under the leadership of founder and internationally renowned violinist Vladimir Spivakov, the Moscow Virtuosi has become one of the world's leading chamber ensembles. Composed of top-ranking soloists and former principal chairs of Russia's great orchestras, the Moscow Virtuosi has been in high demand since its 1979 inception, performing to outstanding acclaim in the world's most distinguished concert halls.
Straight No Chaser has emerged as one of the world's premier a cappella groups. Gaining national attention as a YouTube phenomenon for their hilarious and brilliantly performed version of 'The 12 Days of Christmas' (11 million hits and counting), this group of friends, who founded the group as undergraduates at Indiana University, all of a sudden found themselves reunited...with unforgettable new material.
Princeton's Famous Triangle Show, now in its 123rd year, blasts off for the final frontier, where you'll encounter singing space pirates, robots with feelings, and an ever-expanding universe of laughs that'll split both your sides and the very fabric of space-time.
David Sedaris is a humorist and radio contributor. Much of his humor is autobiographical and self-deprecating. He is the author of several best selling books including 'Me Talk Pretty One Day' and 'Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim,' as well as a playwright and regular commentator for National Public Radio. His newest book is a collection of fables entitled 'Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary.'
This TV comedy-style update of the classic tale features a Cleaver family-like group of bears, a feisty Goldilocks and even funny commercials. Each performance concludes with a puppet demonstration and a Q&A sesseion.
Based on a novel by DuBose Heyward, this classic Gershwin opera tells the story of a man named Porgy and his efforts to save his love interest, Bess, from her shady acquaintenances and their dangerous lifestyle.