When small town Irishmen Charlie and Jake are hired as extras in an epic American movie that invades their scenic County Kerry village, chaos ensues as they begin to discover that their romanticized Hollywood dream isn't quite what it seems. Marie Jones' Olivier Award-winning comedy is a rollicking, poignant tale brought to life by two actors portraying a colorful cast of dozens. Acclaimed British director Lindsay Posner helms this hilarious story that pits harsh reality against Hollywood endings.
Since its inception, Yamato has redefined the art of taiko drumming. Hailing from Nara, Japan, these masters put on a spectacular visual performance, combining riveting musicianship and high-energy movement with evocatively designed costumes and a remarkable assortment of wadaiko drums. In Chousensha ("The Challengers"), the drummers express emotions related to overcoming obstacles in their lives by challenging their own limits physically and rhythmically, breathing new life into traditional drumming like never before.
Like so many of his violinist colleagues these days--Perlman, Zukerman, Bell--Nikolaj Znaider has also picked up an affinity for the conductor's baton and is currently Principal Guest Conductor of Gergiev's Kirov Orchestra. As a violin virtuoso, he has simultaneously established relationships with certain orchestras with whom he not only plays, but regularly conducts, like the London Symphony with whom he is recording all the Mozart violin concertos. As a recitalist, you will discover both the sweetness of a Fritz Kreisler, the muscularity of a Francescatti, and his own wisdom for setting off the poetic against the prosaic. Tonight he's joined by pianist Robert Kulik for a concert of works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Brahms and Shostakovich.
Love theater and reading plays aloud? McCarter hosts a casual monthly Shakespeare Community Reading Group for people of all ages and levels of experience. This is a free, informal, and fun way to personally experience Shakespeare's words and characters. All are welcome and everyone will get a turn to read.
All aboard the Night Train! Enter the freewheeling musical world of Grammy® winner Dan Zanes, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Claudia Eliaza, and special guests for an interactive folk "opera" that takes audiences on a far-out ride to the galaxies and back. During a joyous dusk-to-dawn trip through the stars, passengers on Night Train 57 will discover the power of friendship and community with the sounds of 21st-century handmade sing-along music. This world-premiere adventure welcomes travelers of all ages and sensory levels.
Here's the duo of the season--the hottest pianist on the planet joining forces with the baritone of the moment. After winning both the Tchaikovsky and the Arthur Rubinstein competitions in 2012, Daniil Trifonov Trifonov has steadily climbed every musical Everest in his path. Next season, he will be Carnegie Hall's "Artist in Residence," curating seven different programs. Matthias Goerne was last at McCarter in joint recital with Alfred Brendel in 2001 and continues to conquer opera stages the world over.
One of America's most prolific storytellers, Garrison Keillor is a best-selling author and, before retiring at age 73 in June 2016, was the 42-year host of public radio's weekly variety program "A Prairie Home Companion."
What's better than one accordion? How about 32! To be more specific, 11 accordions and 10 bayons, plus percussionists, electric keyboards, guitarists, and soloists. Founded in 1943 during the Siege of Leningrad, by Professor Pavel Smirnov, the Accordion Virtuosi of Russia survived the war and has gone on to secure a place on concert stages around the world.
Based out of the city of Ufa, this talented group is the newest of Russia's major dance ensembles. Today they'll be presenting the popular Tchaikovsky ballet "Sleeping Beauty," featuring the traditional choreography of Marius Petipa.
When Seong-Jin Cho won the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in 2015, he joined the august company of such prior winners as Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, and Garrick Ohlsson. The Telegraph wrote of Cho's "unequivocally brilliant" performance at the competition's celebratory concert, and the Financial Times praised his "lucid and shimmering" sound.
Lewis Black's insights and love/hate relationship with America are brilliantly expressed in his concerts and TV appearances worldwide. Perhaps best known for his hilarious rants on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," Lewis' live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He yells so they don't have to. He is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves silly while still making making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.
It's a playdate 65 million years in the making. Erth's "Dinosaur Zoo Live" leads audiences on a tour of prehistoric Australia. Meet and interact with a collection of lifelike dinosaur puppets presented in an entertaining and educational live theatrical performance created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia.
Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent years learning classical music completely by ear. As a teen he became interested in jazz, country, blues and gypsy music, synthesizing them all into his own style of pop music. Since beginning his recording career in 1997, the now Chicago-based film score composer and multi-instrumentalist has gone on to record music with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and perform in Carnegie Hall. His latest release, 'Break It Yourself,' which was produced by Bird, has garnered high praise, including this from 'The Guardian': "The perfect album: tender without being sentimental, experimental yet accessible, utterly unique to its maker."