Cultural Center 2016 - 2017 Season
Cultural Center 2016 - 2017 Season
Dennis DeYoung: The Music of STYX Unplugged
Sunday, December 4, 2016 | 8:00pm
Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of Styx and the lead singer and writer on seven of the bands eight Top Ten Hits. His live concert showcases all the Styx greatest hits spanning the 70s, 80s, and 90s performed in a rare and intimate acoustic setting with a three piece band. The set includes all eight top Top 10 hits including Lady, Babe, Come Sail Away, Too Much Time on My Hands, Best of Times, Mr. Roboto plus classic rock anthems Renegade, Blue Collar Man, Suite Madame Blue, Rockin the Paradise and more. Highlights of this acoustic format allows the purity of DeYoung’s distinctive tenor to shine along with the soaring four-part harmonies, great musicianship and Dennis telling some of the stories behind these great songs.
Chris Perondi's Stunt Dog Experience
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 | 7:00pm
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | 7:00pm
This cast of performers and dogs will delight audiences of all ages, with high-energy excitement from beginning to end. During the Stunt Dog Experience, you will witness some of the most incredible stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs. With amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, dancing dogs, and athletic feats, it is the most entertaining show of its kind! You will meet a cast of professional performers along with over a dozen talented pound pups. The show is one-of-akind and brings forth pet adoption awareness. All of the dogs have been rescued from pounds and shelters from across the country. The mission is to promote animal rescue, pet adoption, encourage spay and neutering, and encourage people to spend more time with their pets.
Friday, January 6, 2017 | 8:00pm
George Benson has dazzled audiences as a guitar virtuoso and vocal sensation for more than five decades with hits such as On Broadway, Turn Your Love Around, Lady, Love Me (One More Time), Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You, This Masquerade, Breezin, and many more. Earning him 10 Grammys throughout his impressive career. Appreciated as both a musician and performer by millions, George Benson has always had the dual role of expert improviser and vibrant entertainer. He has consistently placed his keenly discerning art in the service of a rousing good time. Rounding out his singular approach with sly, seductive rhythm and blues, he’s earned himself an impeccable reputation as one of music’s most enterprising and engaging stars.
Pink Martini featuring China Forbes
Sunday, January 15, 2017 | 8:00pm
Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop – Thomas Lauderdale founded Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks. Twenty years later, Pink Martini still tours the world, singing in 22 languages at opera houses, concert halls, film festivals, museums and fashion shows. In 2014, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.
Chamber Music Festival
Soiree - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 6:00pm
Family/Youth Concert - Wednesday, January 18, 2017 | 11:00am
Soiree - Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 6:00pm
Soiree - Friday, January 20, 2017 | 6:00pm
Grand Finale Concert - Saturday, January 21, 2017 | 8:00pm
The Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival will once again return January 17 – 21, 2017 for an exciting season with Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott and invited world-renowned musicians.This year we are proud and thrilled to announce our fourth commission, a work written especially for this Festival; it is also our first joint commission with another festival, the renowned Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Colorado of which Anne-Marie is the artistic director.The work, co-commissioned by Ocean Reef member Patricia Isenberg and Bravo! Vail Music Festival will be a Quartet for Piano and Strings by the legendary Danish composer Poul Ruders; he will join us in Ocean Reef to oversee rehearsals and the Ocean Reef premiere.The New York Times has described him as: “prodigiously skilled and daringly imaginative.” He is in great demand worldwide. Joining Anne-Marie again this year will be Festival favorites flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, violinist Ida Kavafian and violist Paul Neubauer.Distinguished oboist Stephen Taylor and the renowned Calder String Quartet will make their Ocean Reef debuts. The repertoire will include varied masterpieces: Mendelssohn’s lush Viola Quintet, Mozart’s brilliant and ever-popular Oboe Quintet, Schubert’s melodious Trockne Blumen Variations for Flute and Piano, Mozart’s intimate and congenial Kegelstatt Trio, and Dvorak’s wistful and charming Sonatina for Violin and Piano. A highlight of the season will be the Grand Finale at the Cultural Center, an all-Baroque happening, including popular favorites by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Toby Keith's Acoustic Concert
Saturday, January 28, 2017 | 8:00pm
From his first No.1 smash Should’ve Been A Cowboy to his new album 35 MPH Town, Toby Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit makers of his era.From one of his previous collections, Clancy’s Tavern, the lead single, Made In America, topped the charts as one of the fastest rising songs in a long line of chart burners from Keith’s pen.The second hit, Red Solo Cup, has become the most remarkable and commercially successful country single in recent memory with a viral video with more than 30 million views while having topped the top downloaded country songs charts.The first single from 35 MPH Town, Drunk Americans, debuted at No.1 Most Added on both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase charts; and the single, Beautiful Stranger, has gained critical acclaim. With over 200 USO performances for our troops around the world Toby Keith is bringing his two-man acoustic show to Ocean Reef.Same great Toby Keith, same iconic songs, stripped down to their bare bones.
Boston Pops Plays Gershwin
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 8:00pm
Let Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra take you to a world of speakeasies and bathtub gin; flappers and tin lizzies; jazz – and a man named George Gershwin.The Orchestra brings its own unique swagger to the rarely-performed original Paul Whitemen Orchestra version of RHAPSODY IN BLUE and a world-premiere reconstruction of Whiteman’s tight and jazzy arrangement of An American in Paris.Hear this music as Gershwin first heard it in the 1920s! Then go right to the heart of the Great American Songbook with classics like The Man I Love, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, and Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.This special evening brings you Gershwin as you’ve never heard it before…the music of America’s most original composer played by America’s Orchestra!
Saturday, February 4, 2017 | 8:00pm
William Royce “Boz” Scaggs began a long and storied career in 1965 with the release of his first solo recording Boz.Scaggs quickly developed into an iconic singer-songwriter cutting his teeth playing with Steve Miller on several highly successful projects and honing his rock and R&B chops working with the likes of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Duane Allman. Scaggs hit it big in 1976 achieving multi-platinum success with Silk Degrees and its follow ups.Scaggs continued on a lauded and multi-genre musical journey with successes in film soundtracks.He and his band continue to tour worldwide and Scaggs also performs alongside Donald Fagan and Michael McDonald in their band billed as The Dukes of September.
Zoetic Stage Presents...
Sunday in the Park with George - In Concert
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 | 6:00pm
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Olivier Award for Best Musical, and hailed by critics as a truly groundbreaking work of musical theater, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George has become one of the most acclaimed musicals of our time.Inspired by Georges Seurat’s landmark painting Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, this poignant musical masterpiece about a tortured artist and his devoted muse searches for truths about life, love and the cost of creativity.It features some of Sondheim’s most iconic melodies brought to life by the award-winning Zoetic Stage. Recently named Best Theater Company 2016 by The Miami New Times, Zoetic Stage is the recipient of 11 Carbonell Awards for excellence in South Florida theater.The company is in its sixth season as an arts partner of The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, where it will present Sunday in the Park with George as part of their 2016-17 season.We will enjoy a fully costumed concert staging of this much-anticipated musical production, featuring a cast of 15 and 6 on-stage musicians. There will be an early curtain at 6:00 pm, preceded by cocktails at 5:30 and followed by optional dinner with members of the company joining each of our tables.
Cabaret Night - An American Songbook Soiree
Monday, February 13, 2017 | 8:00pm
Join Jonathan Hawkins, Lee Lessack and Heather Lundstedt-O’Neill as they celebrate some of the most timeless songs ever written.The Great American Songbook Soiree will transport listeners to America’s Golden Era.Featuring tunes from the greatest craftsmen of song – Gershwin, Porter, Berlin, Kern, Mercer and Rodgers, these internationally celebrated vocalists will take you on a sentimental journey that will prove as eternal and revered as the melodies themselves.From Night and Day to Summertime, this soiree is sure to leave you with an unforgettable night of memories, old and new.
The Four Phantoms
Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 8:00pm
This glorious new show celebrates the iconic work of the many composers and artists who have made Broadway an American art form.Four of Broadway’s leading men have received accolades worldwide for their stirring performances as The Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway phenomenon The Phantom of the Opera. They have graced stages including New York, Germany, London, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Under the music supervision of two-time Grammy winning composer David Caddick, Phantoms Brent Barrett, Franc D’Ambrosio, Marcus Lovett and Ciaran Sheehan, with special guest artist Kaley Voorhees, and Musical Director Ryan Shirar, are sure to hold audiences spellbound as they revisit the passion of the masked man and honor the musical legacy of Broadway.
Friday, February 24, 2017 | 8:00pm
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox is a genre-busting, rotating collective of musicians and vocalists that reimagines modern pop hits in the style of jazz, ragtime, and swing classics of the 1920s-1950s.As arranger and producer, Bradlee has assembled a multi-talented group of performers who rework versions of popular modern songs.The music videos of these collaborative covers have become viral sensations with millions of views on YouTube.An act that crosses all musical boundaries and generations, Postmodern Jukebox has developed a niche all its own, and performs a live show unlike any other – a must-see for anyone who loves jaw-dropping live performances.
Anderson Cooper Lecture
Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 8:00pm
Anderson Cooper is the anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, a global newscast that goes beyond the headlines with in-depth reporting and investigations.He has worked in more than forty countries and has covered nearly all-major news events around the world, often reporting from the scene.His first book, memoir, Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of Wars, Disaster and Survival topped the New York Times’ Bestseller list and other best seller charts.Join us for a lively discussion about his take on the world, politics and more.
Chita Rivera - A Legendary Celebration
Saturday, March 11, 2017 | 8:00pm
Come celebrate the one and only Chita Rivera in a unique solo concert event! The incomparable Tony Award winner will recreate signature moments from her legendary career including numbers from West Side Story; Sweet Charity; Chicago; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Bye, Bye, Birdie and The Rink. In addition to a special tribute to her dear friends John Kander and Fred Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim will also be featured, accompanied by her long-time trio.
Saturday, March 18, 2017 | 8:00pm
Since the early sixties, as part of Phil Spector’s wall of sound hit factory, Darlene Love has done it all…from major motion pictures like the highly successful Lethal Weapon series to Broadway hits like Hairspray and Grease.She even starred as herself in Leader of The Pack, credited as Broadway’s first “jukebox musical.” Darlene has appeared on numerous television programs, running the gamut from her weekly appearances on Shindig to a recent guest spot on PBS special entitled Woman Who Rock. In early years, Darlene’s background vocals as lead singer for The Blossoms behind The Righteous Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Marvin Gaye, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley (to name a few) set the stage for her emergence as a star in her own right.
Defending the Caveman
Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 8:00pm
Defending the Caveman offers a prehistoric look at the original battle of the sexes.Full of wonderful scenarios that celebrate the differences between men and women, Caveman is a must see for anyone who is, has ever been, or would like to be in a relationship.In addition to winning the hearts of audiences worldwide, Caveman has also garnered praise from a multitude of marriage and family therapists across the nation for its humorous exploration of the gender gap. Written by comedian Rob Becker over a three-year period during which he made an informal study of anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology and mythology, Defending the Caveman played for two and a half years on Broadway, making it the longest running solo play in Broadway’s history.Caveman is now in its third year in Las Vegas and tours cities all over the United States and around the world.At last count, Caveman has been performed in 45 different countries and been translated into 30 different languages!
Cabaret Night with Billy Porter: Broadway and Soul
Friday, March 31, 2017 | 5:00pm & 7:30pm
In this intimate concert, Tony and Grammy winner Billy Porter presents an evening of songs and stories from his experiences on the Great White Way.Along with James Sampliner, his long-time music director and collaborator, Billy has translated some of the most iconic Broadway music of the past eight decades into African American idioms, including soul, gospel, hip-hop, funk and R&B. A musical evening that will have you dancing in your seat!
Sunday, April 2 | 8:00pm
Human Nature, Australia’s top selling pop vocal group and Las Vegas headliners, effortlessly blends retro cool with contemporary sounds to bring you the ultimate jukebox party.Mixing pop classics with doo-wop, Motown, soul standards and more, Jukebox is a playlist of the groups’ musical influences and the greatest vocal hits of all time. Jukebox takes audiences on an unforgettable journey through the genres.Starting with the classics of the doo-wop era, Human Nature and their seven piece band pay tribute to the legends of Motown and soul and through to today’s breakout sensations.They’ll even bring out your inner teenage fan-girl with favorite boy band hits.Anticipate everything from Under the Boardwalk to Uptown Funk.Everyone will be dancing in their seats and singing along to the ultimate playlist LIVE!
Comedian/Juggler Mark Nizer
Saturday, April 15, 2017 | 7:00pm
Mark Nizer is one of the greatest entertainment comedians and jugglers performing today.His wild exploits have landed him on MTV, HBO’s Just for Laughs, Arsenio Hall, Bob Hope and Other Young Comedians, Comic Strip Live and LA Law.He has opened for Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Hope, George Burns, John Byner, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, and Barry Manilow.The late Bob Hope said, “He just keeps getting better and I didn’t think that was possible.” Don’t miss the combination of original comedy, world class juggling, movement, music and technology that promises a spellbinding evening.Whether juggling laser beams at 1000 rpms, or five ping pong balls being thrown 20 feet in the air using only his mouth; or even juggling a burning propane tank, a running electric carving knife and a 16-pound bowling ball, you’ll discover for yourself that Mark Nizer is truly “the juggler your mother warned you about.” Or if she didn’t, she should have.
One Night of Queen Performed by Gary Mullen & The Works
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 8:00pm
One Night of Queen performed by Gary Mullen & The Works is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time.They have been hailed as the World’s Premiere Queen Tribute Band and have received rave reviews from over 650 performing arts centers, casinos, fairs, festivals, and corporate buyers in the USA since 2008. Fans of Queen will delight in this note-for-note experience of mega-hits such as Bohemian Rhapsody, We are the Champions, Killer Queen, You’re My Best Friend, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Radio GaGa, Under Pressure, Another One Bites the Dust and many others.ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN will ROCK YOU!
Ocean Reef Community Players Presents:
Friday, April 21, 2017 | 5:00pm
Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 5:00pm
On Saturday, April 22, 2017, the curtain will go up on the Ocean Reef Community Players’ production of Entertainment Tonight!, a show created and directed by Ginger Knapp Ringdahl.A show within a show, Entertainment Tonight! will feature scenes and songs from some of Broadway’s best loved musicals, including Oklahoma, Mame, Music Man, South Pacific, Hello, Dolly and Annie being performed by your friends and neighbors.Be prepared for an exciting opening and finale.Let the show begin!