Nashville Ballet Explores Lizzie Borden’s Infamous Murder Case this Halloween

Nashville Ballet will present a haunting double feature of original works just in time for Halloween—the long-awaited return of Lizzie Borden based on the infamous double murder and the world premiere of The Raven inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem—October 26-28, 2017, at TPAC’s Polk Theater.

Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling’s Lizzie Borden examines the real-life double murder case of 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie Borden was famously accused, tried and acquitted for the brutal ax murders of her father and stepmother in a case that remains one of the most controversial and sensationalized in American history.

“Because Lizzie Borden was acquitted and no one was ever charged for the murders, endless speculation still surrounds the case that makes it as fascinating as ever,” Vasterling said. “I have my own theories about what may have happened in the Borden household on the day of the murders, and leading up to it. This ballet explores the dark backstory and delves into the mind of Lizzie Borden—taking place in her memories—to show that there may be more to the story than meets the eye.”

Lizzie Borden has remained a fixture in American culture for more than a century as the subject of popular books, movies, television shows and even a well-known children’s rhyme (“Lizzie Borden took an ax…”). Nashville Ballet’s version was originally presented in 2006, and this time around will feature a newly commissioned score by English composer Philip Feeney along with updates to the choreography. Unique to this version, Vasterling explores the phenomenon of “shadow people,” ghostlike figures often attributed to the presence of the supernatural, who influence Lizzie Borden throughout the ballet.

Lizzie Borden will be complemented by the world premiere of Nashville Ballet company dancer Christopher Stuart’s The Raven. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem, the ballet follows a mysterious raven that ultimately drives a heartbroken lover into madness. The brand-new work will feature a classical score by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt.

Lizzie Borden with The Raven is presented by STF Events & Catering and Lightning 100. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or at NashvilleBallet.com. A complete performance schedule and more information can be found at NashvilleBallet.com/Lizzie-Borden. Viewer discretion is advised; this production contains mature content.

About Nashville Ballet Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2 (a pre-professional training company), provide more than 70,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its Community Engagement programming. Curriculum-based Community Engagement programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class dance instruction to students age 2 to 70.

Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from local, regional and national institutional funders and community partners, as well as hundreds of generous individuals, provide ongoing support of Nashville Ballet’s mission-critical programs.

Acclaimed Japanese drumming sensation TAO brings new show TAO: Drum Heart to TPAC

The internationally acclaimed percussion artists of TAO bring their intense percussion beats and spectacular talent to Nashville for TAO: Drum Heart, a special one-time event at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater on Mar. 2, 2018.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

TAO: Drum Heart is the latest production from TAO, whose modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography, and innovative visuals, the performers of TAO: Drum Heart create an energetic and unforgettable production.

In 2004, TAO attended the world’s largest festival of the arts, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and became the number one box office smash hit of the festival. Following that success, TAO began spreading their talent overseas with a three-month tour in Germany and Australia.

After performing at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, their first North American tour spanning 44 cities and totaling 50 shows throughout the U.S. completely sold-out. Now, TAO continues to tour worldwide, playing in over 22 countries, 400 cities, and in front of 7 million spectators.

Along with their worldwide achievements and over 200 shows each year in Japan, TAO received “The 6th Japan Tourism Agency Commissioner’s Award” from Japan Tourism Agency and “Outstanding Cultural Contribution” from the Oita prefecture. TAO has rewritten the whole story of the traditional Japanese Drum and proudly stands as the greatest of all Japanese drum performers in Japan.

 

If You Go:

TAO: Drum Heart

Mar. 2, 2018

8:00 p.m.

TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater

505 Deaderick St.

 

Tickets:

TPAC.org

615-782-4040

 

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

 

Since 1980, the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million children and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, professional development opportunities, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs. Each year, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. TPAC’s mission is to lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and support economic vitality. For more information, visit TPAC.org.

‘Jersey Boys’ Makes Anticipated Return to Nashville For One-Week Engagement Jan. 9-14

The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, makes its much-anticipated return to Nashville with a one-week special engagement at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall on Jan. 9-14, 2018.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For groups of 10 or more, call 615-782-4060.

Jersey Boys is the winner of the 2006 Tony Award® for Best Musical, the 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia). The premiere and return engagements of Jersey Boys in Nashville were overwhelming successes, seen by over 40,000 theatergoers, and hailed as “vibrant and enthralling” by the Tennessean.

Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys is written by Academy Award winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

Jersey Boys is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard, and the radio just couldn’t get enough. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story – a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh, What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.”

Catch a sneak peek of Jersey Boys at www.JerseyBoysTour.com/Watch.

Jersey Boys opened in New York on November 6, 2005 and by the time it closed over 11 years later on January 15, 2017, it was the 12th longest running show in Broadway history, passing such original Broadway productions as 42nd Street, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Producers. Jersey Boys will return to New York with a new production in November 2017.  The Jersey Boys US national tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006, and is still breaking house records in cities across North America. Jersey Boys tours of the United Kingdom and Australia will begin at the end of 2017 and 2018 respectively. Jersey Boys worldwide has been seen by over 25 million people (as of August, 2017).

The Jersey Boys design and production team is comprised of Klara Zieglerova (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (winner of the 2006 Tony Award® for his Lighting Design), Steve Canyon Kennedy (Sound Design), Michael Clark (Projections Design), Charles LaPointe (Wig and Hair Design), Steve Orich (Orchestrations) and Ron Melrose (Music Supervision, Vocal/Dance Arrangements & Incidental Music).

Jersey Boys is produced by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Jersey Boys, produced by Bob Gaudio, was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The cast recording is available on Rhino Records. Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Broadway Books) is the official handbook to the smash Broadway hit. Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas, a holiday CD featuring international cast members of Jersey Boys, produced by Bob Gaudio, is available on Rhino Records.

For more information on Jersey Boys, visit www.JerseyBoysInfo.com/Tour and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

If You Go:

Jersey Boys

Jan. 9-14, 2018

TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall

505 Deaderick St.

 

Tickets:

TPAC.org

615-782-4040

 

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. The Broadway season is supported by the HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals, and media sponsor NewsChannel 5. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.

 

TPAC is an accessible facility that provides a variety of services including wheelchair accommodations, accessible parking, and assistive listening devices. Open captioning, American Sign Language, audio description, and large print and Braille programs are offered at the Sunday matinee performance of each Broadway series and Broadway special engagement. For more information about accessible services, contact access@tpac.org or 615-782-4087.

 

TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

 

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Since 1980, the non-profit Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million children and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, professional development opportunities, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs. Each year, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. TPAC’s mission is to lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and support economic vitality. For more information, visit TPAC.org.

 

 

 

Street Corner Symphony join songwriter Gabe Dixon and friends for Christmas show

Street Corner Symphony, the Nashville-based a cappella group that shot to stardom on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” joins hit singer/songwriter and keyboardist Gabe Dixon and friends for an evening of holiday music, Christmas cheer and special collaborations at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater on Dec. 2.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

The two groups are coming together for a family-friendly show of original and popular Christmas music, sing-a-longs and special guest surprises that celebrate the holidays as only Music City can.

Street Corner Symphony will perform a variety of holiday classics, original Christmas music, classic rock, R&B/Soul, with some improv elements, including a special collaboration with Dixon and his band. Dixon will perform a spirited set of Christmas tunes and originals inspired by the season, including songs from his Christmas EP on Spotify, including “Don’t Want to Let Christmas Go,” “Drivin’ Around Town,” and “Christmas Time is Here.”

“I’m really excited to bring some holiday cheer, and play some of my songs with Street Corner Symphony,” Dixon said.

“We’re all big fans of holiday music, and we’re incredibly excited to be sharing the stage with Gabe,” said Jeremy Lister of Street Corner Symphony. “We’re thrilled to bring in the holidays with our friends and fans in Nashville. Plus, it’s a huge honor for us to be doing our first show at TPAC.”

 

About Street Corner Symphony:

Street Corner Symphony is a contemporary a cappella group based in Nashville, Tennessee, founded on May 28, 2010, to compete in NBC’s all-vocal competition, “The Sing-Off.” The Southern gents quickly won over judges Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men) and Nicole Scherzinger (The Pussycat Dolls) and – most importantly – millions of primetime viewers after demonstrating their unique, laid-back-yet-dynamic style of a cappella.

Since, Street Corner Symphony has made their mark on the music world, recording albums, providing clinics for schools, giving benefits for cancer, performing across the country and around the world and even working with major artists including Ben Folds, Alison Krauss and Take 6’s Claude McKnight. Street Corner Symphony moves seamlessly between most styles of music, feeling at home in all of them. Their repertoire covers a wide range, from gospel and barbershop to rock and pop, appealing to the young and old alike.

 

About Gabe Dixon:

Gabe Dixon released his sophomore solo album, “Turns To Gold,” on April 8, 2016. Produced by Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Third Day), engineered by Devin Vaughan (Marc Broussard), and mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonics Mastering (Allison Krauss & Union Station, Luther Dickinson), the LP marks Gabe’s first official collection as an independent artist.

 

Throughout his career, many other notable artists have taken note of and supported Gabe’s immense talents. He’s opened for and toured with the likes of Loggins & Messina, Gavin DeGraw and Delta Rae, as well as held side-gigs as the keyboardist and vocalist for Paul McCartney, Alison Krauss & Union Station, O.A.R. and Supertramp. His songs have received placements on major television shows including Parks and Recreation, Grey’s Anatomy, and Vampire Diaries, and his song “Find My Way” served as the title for the box office hit The Proposal starring Sandra Bullock. Fans have seen him perform twice on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, as well as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and on festival stages everywhere from Bonnaroo to High Sierra Music Festival. However, it’s with “Turns To Gold” that listeners will hear Gabe Dixon as he always meant.

 

If You Go:

 

Street Corner Symphony, Gabe Dixon and Friends Christmas Show

Dec. 2, 2017

7:00 p.m.

TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater

505 Deaderick St.

 

Tickets:

TPAC.org

615-782-4040

 

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org

Since 1980, the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million children and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, professional development opportunities, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs. Each year, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. TPAC’s mission is to lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and support economic vitality. For more information, visit TPAC.org.

 

 

‘Fun Home’: From Comic Book to Broadway Show

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Fun Home introduces us to the lead character Bechdel at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood that connect with her in surprising new ways. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

We recommend audiences of 15+ attend due to subject matter addressed.

For more information, we recommend reading the souvenir book before attending to gain a better grasp on the show. The Souvenir Book also contains how the crew brought the show to life from comic book to comedic musical, and more!

 

If You Go:

 

Fun Home

Oct. 10-15, 2017

TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall

505 Deaderick St.

 

Tickets:

TPAC.org

615-782-4040

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble brings their signature hip-hop jazz to Nashville Feb 14

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (HBE) bring their fresh and funky jazz sounds to Nashville for the first time for an evening of unforgettable music at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater on Feb. 14, 2018.

 

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Sep. 29, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

 

The seven sons of jazz trumpeter/band leader Phil Cohran (Earth, Wind, and Fire, Chaka Khan) carry on his musical legacy in the brass band tradition in HBE with generous doses of hip hop, soul and funk, creating an intoxicating and boisterous musical blend that is sure to delight jazz enthusiasts and a new generation of music lovers.

 

Together the brothers of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble have toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America playing with everyone from Prince, Mos Def, Mick Jones (The Clash) and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). They’ve performed at Coachella, WOMAD AU, Lincoln Center, The Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, and their song, “War” was featured in the blockbuster hit movie, “Hunger Games.”

 

Now celebrating 10 years of touring internationally as independent artists, the band quietly released “Sound, Rhythm and Form” in 2016 as a special treat for their loyal fans. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble continues to create and record and are currently working on the forthcoming “Bad Boys of Jazz” LP.

 

If You Go:

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Feb. 14, 2018

7:30 p.m.

TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater

505 Deaderick St.

 

Tickets:

TPAC.org

615-782-4040

 

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

PBS Announces airdates for upcoming ‘Broadway’s Best on PBS’ series

PBS will bring five recent Broadway productions to their list of presentations this fall. This will be part of their Broadway’s Best on PBS series running from October 20-November 24.

 

Friday, October 20, 9-11:30 p.m.

She Loves Me starring Laura Benanti, Zachary Levi, Jane Krakowski and Gavin Creel

 

Friday, October 27 9-11:30 p.m.

Falsettos, starring Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells, Stephanie J Block, Anthony Rosenthal, Brandon Uranowitz, Betsy Wolfe and Tracie Thomas

 

Friday, November 3 9-11:30 p.m.

Noel Coward’s Present Laughter starring Kevin Kline, Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen and Cobie Smulders

 

Friday, November 10 9-10 p.m.

In The Heights an encore presentation of a documentary chronicling the story behind Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Tony Award-Winning hit in 2008.

 

Friday, November 17 9-11:00p.m.

Indecent inspired by the true story of  the 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance

 

Friday, November 24 9-11:30p.m.

Holiday Inn starring Bryce Pinkham, Corbin Bleu, Lora Lee Gayer and Mega Sikora

 

Find out more information on PBS’ new series here: http://www.pbs.org/sponsorship/features/best-of-broadway/