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Kravis Center for the Performing Announces 26th Annual Season of Spectacular Concerts, Blockbuster Performances and Smash Hits from Broadway

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August 10, 2017


Superstars of Comedy and Music: Paul Anka,
The Beach Boys, George Benson, Chris Botti, Capitol Steps,
Cameron Carpenter, John Cleese, Dudu Fisher, Renée Fleming,
Brad Garrett & Rita Rudner, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,
Howie Mandel, Wynton Marsalis, Jackie Mason, Johnny Mathis,
Audra McDonald, Dennis Miller, Itzhak Perlman, David Foster and Friends, YES, Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman and More
 
Kravis On Broadway Hits Including Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
THE KING AND I, THE BOOK OF MORMON, FINDING NEVERLAND, CABARET, THE ILLUSIONISTS Live from Broadway,
THE BODYGUARD and SOMETHING ROTTEN;
Plus Major Musicals A CHORUS LINE, CHICAGO, FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and More
 
Returning Popular Events, Programs & Series: Michael Feinstein Conducts The Kravis Center Pops Orchestra, Adults at Leisure, African-American Film Series, Family Fare, Lunch & Learn, PEAK, Regional Arts Concert Series, The Writers’ Academy, Young Artists Series, Night Of Stars, Palm Beach Wine Auction and More
 
(West Palm Beach, FL – August 10, 2017)  Responding directly to audience requests for “more Broadway, more comedy, more music superstars from Bach to rock,” the 26th annual season of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts promises a dynamic playbill of award-winning shows, world-class talents and powerful performances that will generate enthusiastic standing ovations from our discerning audience members of every age and demographic.
 
 “Our 2017-2018 season will be particularly exciting,” says Judith Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer. “With such a well-rounded roster of performances, the Kravis Center provides something for everyone and this season once again reflects our ongoing commitment to offer programming that is as broad and diverse as the various communities we serve.”
 
“The Kravis Center’s Board of Directors, staff and volunteers all continue to be focused on and faithful to our mission, which – in addition to presenting world-class entertainment – also includes offering arts education programs for all-ages, providing a home for local and regional arts organizations to showcase their work, and offering a comfortable, safe and state-of-the-art gathering place for our entire community,” she adds.
 
“Each season, our challenge is to surpass the already lofty expectations of our audience members, whether they be longtime donors or first time guests,” says Mitchell. “We do so by offering performers and shows that will appeal to audiences of all ages and every entertainment preference, from traditional Broadway to offbeat musical sensations to delightful shows for children.”
 
“The best of everything, that’s what audiences expect when they come to the Kravis Center, and that is what we will be presenting during our coming season,” promises Lee Bell, Senior Director of Programming at the Kravis Center. “For example, theater fans can expect the best from our popular Kravis On Broadway series, which this season will present such award-winning shows as Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I, THE BOOK OF MORMON, FINDING NEVERLAND, CABARET, THE ILLUSIONISTS Live from Broadway, THE BODYGUARD and SOMETHING ROTTEN.”
 
 
“In addition, Kravis Center audiences can revel in numerous memorable performances by international headliners,” he adds. “Classical music lovers will appreciate Cameron Carpenter, Itzhak Perlman, and Yo-Yo Ma, as well as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Zubin Mehta, Conductor; Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Riccardo Muti, Conductor; the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba with Yekwon Sunwoo, 2017 Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist; and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman, Conductor and Violin.
 
“Pop fans will cheer musical performances by The Beach Boys and Chris Botti, Audra McDonald and Wynton Marsalis, even Paul Anka George Benson, Dudu Fisher and Johnny Mathis; and comedy raconteurs will enjoy side-splitting masters like John Cleese, Howie Mandel, Jackie Mason and the delightful duo of Brad Garrett and Rita Rudner.”
 
In addition to performances in the 2,195-seat Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall, the Kravis Center will present a diverse array of drama, music and dance in the intimate 300-seat Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse, and the flexible 300-seat Helen K. Persson Hall.
 
Kravis Center Series
Among the popular Kravis Center series that are returning for the 2017-2018 season are:
 
+ Kravis On Broadway
Hosting hit shows since 2008, Kravis On Broadway celebrates its 10th anniversary season with a spectacular line-up! Experience the magic, laughter, romance and exhilarating, take-your-breath-away moments that only Kravis On Broadway performances can provide. Subscriptions start at $216.
+ November 7-12    Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I
+ November 21-26   THE BOOK OF MORMON
+ January 2-7          FINDING NEVERLAND
+ February 6-11      CABARET
+ March 6-11           THE ILLUSIONISTS Live from Broadway
+ April 10-15            THE BODYGUARD
+ May 1-6                 SOMETHING ROTTEN
 
The Kravis Center is pleased to have a service called Live Performance Captioning (or Open Captioning) that allows deaf or hard of hearing audience members to more fully enjoy Kravis On Broadway performances at our venue. Open Captioning occurs for all Saturday performances at 2 pm. Sign language interpreters are provided at all Sunday matinee performances.
 
Note: Certain Broadway productions contain themes and/or language that may be unsuitable to some audience members. Viewer discretion is advised.
 
+ PEAK Series
For  those  seeking  an  elevated  entertainment  experience,  our  PEAK  series  delivers  in  a  big  way. This  contemporary  series  features  ground-breaking  performances  that  focus  on  ethnic  diversity and impactful themes. Each PEAK performance seeks to captivate and transport you with moving, enlightening and intriguing artistic experiences that leave an indelible impression.


Guests attending performances in the Marshall E. Rinker, Sr.  Playhouse will receive a ticket voucher for one complimentary beverage. (Underage guests will be offered a non-alcoholic selection.)
+ November 9-10    Lemon Andersen
                                   When Aliens Fall From The Sky
+ November 12        DakhaBrakha
+ November 17        ETHEL’s Documerica
+ January 19-20      10 Hairy Legs
                                   Celebrating the Artistry of the Male Dancer
+ February 9-10       Contra-Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater
+ February 16-17     Urban Bush Women
                                   Hair and Other Stories
+ February 19-20     Yamato
                                   The Drummers of Japan
+ February 23-24     Mike Daisey
                                   The End of Journalism
+ March 1                 Kaki King: The Neck is a Bridge to the Body
+ March 9-10            Mountainfilm on Tour
+ March 15               Zakir Hussain, Tabla
                                   with Rakesh Chaurasia, Bansuri



+ March 21-22          Lil Buck and Jon Boogz
                                   Love Heals All Wounds
+ April 11-12            Ranky Tanky
+ April 13-14            Che Malambo
+ April 20-21            L.A. Theatre Works
                                   Susan Albert Loewenberg, Producing Director
                                   The Mountaintop
                                   By Katori Hall
+ June 16                 It Gets Better



Choose 6 or more PEAK performances and receive 20% off.

PEAK is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis
 
+ Regional Arts Concert Series
MUSIC “At Eight” & MUSIC “At Two”
Celebrating 43 years of remarkable music, our 2017-2018 Regional Arts Concert Series features a stellar line-up of the world’s most celebrated performers—from symphony orchestras and classical recitalists to chamber orchestras and soloists. Subscriptions to the series offer substantial savings and prime seats for the entire season. Call our Box Office at 561.832.7469 for information.
+ November 4 at 8 pm         Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
+ November 15 at 2 pm       Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
+ December 4 at 2 pm         Vadym Kholodenko, Piano
+ December 5 at 8 pm         Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
+ January 8 at 8 pm             Cameron Carpenter, Organ
+ January 15 at 8 pm
    & January 16 at 2 pm      Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
+ January 29 at 8 pm           Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
+ February 14 at 8 pm
   & February 15 at 2 pm      Chicago Symphony Orchestra
+ February 26 at 8 pm         Itzhak Perlman, Violin;  Pinchas Zukerman, Viola; Rohan De Silva, Piano
+ February 27 at 2 pm         Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
+ March 12 at 8 pm              National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
+ March 26 at 8 pm              Academy of St Martin in the Fields Orchestra
+ March 27 at 2 pm              Zurich Chamber Orchestra
 
Regional Arts Concert Series is sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
 
+ Michael Feinstein Conducts
The Kravis Center Pops Orchestra
Multiple Grammy Award nominee and master showman, Michael Feinstein is the undisputed ambassador of the most memorable music of our time. The creator of the Great American Songbook Foundation returns to the Kravis Center for an extraordinary three-concert series that will captivate audiences.
+ January 31            Michael Feinstein: Conducts An Evening of
                                   Cole Porter
+ February 28          Michael Feinstein: Performs Sinatra and
                                   Friends with The Kravis Center Pops Orchestra
                                   Big Band
+ March 13               Michael Feinstein: Conducts First Ladies of
                                   Song including Judy, Peggy & Ella with a  
                                   Special 90th Birthday Celebration For and
                                   Starring Marilyn Maye



For the 3-concert series on January 31, February 28 and March 13, Premium seating is $420; Orchestra, Grand Tier and Loge is $240; $168 for Mezzanine, $117 for Front Balcony and $78 for Rear Balcony. Beginning November 4, individual tickets, which start at $30, will be available through the Kravis Center Box Office. Please visit www.kravis.org/pops for more information.


+ Beyond The Stage
Designed to enhance the entire experience of visiting the Kravis Center, Beyond the Stage activities complement the main attraction and are free to ticket holders. These activities include:
 
Beyond the Stage – Pre-concert and performance talks:  A talk, offering insights into the music and musicians will precede each Regional Arts concert. For the eighth season, these explorations for the classically curious will be hosted by Sharon McDaniel, Regional Arts Programming Associate, and former music critic for The Palm Beach Post.
 
These Beyond the Stage talks start at 6:45 pm (for 8 pm concerts and shows) and at 12:45 pm (for 2 pm concerts and matinee performances) in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.
 
For select Kravis On Broadway and dance related shows, the Beyond the Stage pre and post-performance talks will be hosted by Steven Caras, the well-known former New York City Ballet dancer and dance photographer, who also co-chairs the Kravis Center’s popular Lunch and Learn series with Lee Wolf.
 
Beyond the Stage – Musical presentations: Some 8 pm concerts will be preceded by music in the Dreyfoos Hall lobby performed by schools, community groups, or Florida artists 45 minutes before concerts or performances.
 
Beyond the Stage is sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker.
 
+ Adults at Leisure Series
Has Elvis returned? Will the Phantom leave you breathless? Experience all the music, laughter and awe-inspiring moments of our 2017-2018 Adults at Leisure Series! Tickets for the six-show package are $99, a savings of $75 off individual ticket prices. Beginning November 4, individual tickets will be available at $29 each.
+ December 5          Julie Budd                                                   Remembering … Mr. Sinatra



+ January 9              One Night in Memphis
                                   Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash
+ January 29            Chris Mann
                                   A Date with the Phantom
+ February 12          Broadway Live!
+ March 12               The Doo Wop Project
+ April 2                    We’ve Only Just Begun

                                   Carpenters Remembered
 
+ Young Artists Series
Share the passion, dedication and enthusiasm of some of the world’s newest classical talent during our Young Artists Series. These young musicians have earned accolades and admiration around the world for their remarkable gifts and will win your heart as they perform in the intimate Rinker Playhouse. The series is offered at $80 for all four performances – a savings of $40 off the individual ticket price. Beginning October 14, remaining individual tickets are available at $30 each.
+ November 14        Lysander Piano Trio
+ January 22            Sirena Huang, Violin
+ March 20               Kenneth Broberg, Piano
+ April 5                    David Baskeyfield and Thomas Gaynor, Organ

                                   Duo

Young Artists Series sponsored by Harriett M. Eckstein New Art Fund
Florida/South Florida Debut performances are made possible through the generous support of The Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation


+ Helen K. Persson Hall
From sultry, sentimental favorites to spirited tributes to jazz legends  and  the  best  of  Broadway  icons—Persson Hall will be filled with a diverse array of music to move you this season. Cabaret-style seating in this intimate and versatile space accommodates up to 300 guests and offers a full-service bar and snacks (not included in ticket prices).
+ January 19-20      Bob Merrill: Celebrating The Trumpet Kings
+ February 9-10       Avery Sommers: For Sentimental Reasons The

                                   Songs of Love
+ March 2-3              An Evening with Steve Ross
+ March 11               Mancini, Mercer and Manilow!

                                   Delores King Williams, Vocalist
                                   Howard Breitbart, Musical Director

+ April 13-14            Carole J. Bufford in You Don’t Own Me
                                   The Fearless Females of the 1960s



+ Family Fare
Just perfect for the entire family, the Kravis Center’s Family Fare presentations provide wholesome and culturally relevant presentations to engage and entertain audiences of all ages.  We’ve carefully selected and scheduled each performance—ensuring that tickets are affordable and show times are convenient. Enjoy our array of whimsical family entertainment, a wonderful way to expand your child’s interest in the arts!
+ October 12            Shopkins Live! Shop It Up!



 
+ December 9          Virginia Rep On Tour
                                   Beatrix Potter’s Christmas
                                   The Tailor of Gloucester
+ December 23        A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! On Stage
+ February 3            Childsplay Theatre
                                   Go, Dog. Go!
+ March 10               Mountainfilm on Tour
+ May 5                     Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: Rainbow Fish


Beatrix Potter’s Christmas: The Tailor of Gloucester; Go, Dog. Go!; Rainbow Fish; and the accompanying post-performance experiences are sponsored by The Stiller Family Foundation.


+ ArtSmart
Continuing Arts Education at the Kravis Center
The Kravis Center’s Continuing Arts Education offerings include Lunch & Learn Events, the African-American Film Festival, the Kravis Film & Literary Club, The Writers’ Academy, and Lectures.
 
** Lunch & Learn
This popular ArtSmart Continuing Arts Education series is co-chaired by Lee Wolf and Steven Caras. The $95 ticket includes lunch prepared by Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center.
+ January 22            Wendy Whelan: Former New York City Ballet Member
Her Rise From Anomaly to Stardom
A Dancer-to-Dancer Conversation with Steven Caras

+ February 19          Broadway Titans: The Life of a Broadway Producer
                                   Moderated by Lee Wolf
With Fran Weissler, Roy Furman & Rodger Hess

+ March 19               The Fondas
                                   A Conversation with Lee Wolf and Steven Caras


** African-American Film Festival
This is the 13th season of the Kravis Center’s African-American Film Festival, founded by James Drayton. AnEta Sewell, a speech communications professor and former local newscaster, will deliver an engaging introduction to each film and host a question-and-answer session afterward. Tickets are $10 each or $25 for all three films.
February 5                Sounder
February 12             The Wiz
February 26             To Sir, With Love



** Kravis Film & Literary Club
The Kravis Film & Literary Club features discussions about movies and literary works. Julie Gilbert, Pulitzer Prize-nominated biographer, novelist, playwright and teacher for The Writers’ Academy at the Kravis Center leads the discussion and is accompanied for the second film by Barry Day, editor of The Letters of Noël Coward and other books. Films will be shown in their entirety, and a boxed lunch (included in the $49 ticket price) will be served.
March 15                  Julie Gilbert on Robert Redford’s Ordinary

                                   People and His Extraordinary Life
April 4                       Julie Gilbert and Barry Day on Noël Coward’s

                                   Brief Encounter


** Workshop
+ February 23          Performing Your Life: Storytelling Workshop
                                   Hosted by Mike Daisey



** Lectures
+ March 1                 The Duke and Duchess of Windsor
                         Lecturer: Richard René Silvin

+ March 8                 The Life, History and Grand Performances of
                                   World Famous Jazz Pianists
                         Lecturer: Roni Stein-Loreti

+ March 13               Charmed Lives: Up Close and Personal with Fabled People
A Presentation by Pamela Fiori

                                   Moderated by Steven Caras
+ March 26               Loving Lilly: The Legacy and the Lady
                                   Lecturer: Steven Stolman
+ March 29               Capitalists and Communists, America in Russia Part II 1933 to 1999 – FDR and Stalin to Clinton and Yeltsin
Lecturer: Dr. Stephen R. de Angelis



 
+ The Writers’ Academy at the Kravis Center
Conducted by novelist, biographer, playwright and teacher Julie Gilbert, The Writers’ Academy encourages, nurtures and develops creative writing skills in most genres of expression.
+ January 2                        Kickstart Your Writing Ability
+ January 8-March 19       Writers’ Circle
+ January 9-February 13  Writers’ Launch
+ February 20-March 27   Writers’ Launch II



Casual Dining by the Breakers
Bistro Teatro offers the perfect casual pre-theatre dining experience, serving light fare in the Center’s Mezzanine level lobby during most Dreyfoos Hall performances. For more information, please call
561-651-4444. Open before and during intermission for Dreyfoos Hall performances only.
 
How to Purchase Tickets:
The Kravis Center will hold its Public Ticket Sale Day for most 2017-2018 season presentations (excluding individual tickets for certain Kravis On Broadway shows, individual performances for Adults at Leisure Series, Young Artists Series and Kravis Center Pops Orchestra) beginning 9 am on October 7 at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Guests may order their tickets at the Kravis Center’s official website at kravis.org, by phone at 561-832-7469 or 800-572-8471; in person; or Kravis Center donors have the privilege of ordering tickets in advance of Public Ticket Sale Day.

The Kravis Center offers priority seating to donors according to their level of giving and by the date orders are received within each donor level. Membership begins at $100. For more information about becoming a donor, call 561-651-4320 or visit
www.kravis.org/membership.
 
Stay Connected for Promotions and Updates:
Visitors to the Kravis Center’s official website at www.kravis.org can view our entire season, as well as join our e-list. Become a fan at www.facebook.com/kraviscenter or follow us on www.twitter.com/kraviscenter and on the Instagram app under the name kraviscenter. When you are on the go, you can access kravis.org from your mobile phone with the Kravis Center’s App.

Performance Notes:
+ Premium Seating is available for select performances in Dreyfoos Hall and is as follows: Rows AA - E; Rows F-N Seats 1, 3; 2, 4; 101, 102 and 113, 114.
 
+ Premium Seating includes complimentary champagne (underage patrons will be offered a complimentary non-alcoholic refreshment) served 45 minutes prior to curtain in the Ellen and Robert M. Jaffe Windsor Room located on the orchestra level of Dreyfoos Hall and a 15 percent discount at the Kravis Center’s Gift Shop in the east end of Dreyfoos Hall Orchestra lobby.
 
+ All performances take place at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets are available at the Kravis Center’s official web site www.kravis.org, by phone at 561-832-7469 or 800-572-8471 or at the Kravis box office.
 
Ways To Save:
+ Visit the Kravis Center’s official website when purchasing online by visiting www.kravis.org to be sure you pay face value for your ticket, not expensive brokers’ prices.
 
+ Group Tickets Are Available
Group discounts are available for most Kravis Center presentations. For more information, call Group Sales at 561-651-4304 or 561-651-4438 or visit www.kravis.org/groupsales.
 
+ Student & Educator Rush Ticket Program
By presenting a student or educator ID at the Kravis Center box office one hour prior to select Kravis Center self-initiated presentations, students/educators will receive up to 50% off any section ticket (excluding Premium Seating and Kravis On Broadway presentations) from orchestra to rear balcony, based on availability. Rush Ticket
Program sponsored by Suzanne G. Reis Arts Education Fund
 
 
 
 
Kravis Center
2017-2018 Performance Schedule
 
OCTOBER
October 12 at 6:30 pm  (Thursday)
Shopkins Live!
Shop It Up!
(Family Fare)
Shopkins Live! lights up the stage in this premiere live production packed with show stopping performances featuring the Shoppies. Join Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, and Polli Polish as they perform the coolest dance moves, sing the latest pop songs, and show off the trendiest fashions.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $15
Note: Tickets on sale since April 28.
 
October 13 at 8 pm  (Friday)
YES
Featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman
Three former members of English progressive rock band YES — co-founder and lead vocalist Jon Anderson; guitarist and singer Trevor Rabin; and keyboardist Rick Wakeman — joined forces in 2010 to affirm the group’s legacy and reunited again last year to kickoff their new tour. Critics rave about the three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members who stay Close to the Edge while serving up YES classics and recording new material.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $35
Sponsored by
Palm Beach Investment Research Group
Richard Stone and Howard Cooper
Note: Tickets on sale since June 2.
 
NOVEMBER
November 1 at 8 pm (Wednesday)
John Cleese, Live On Stage
Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Find out the airspeed of an unladen swallow when comedy legend John Cleese answers this question and more after a screening of the 1975 British blockbuster Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Revisit the royal revelry during an audience Q&A with the esteemed actor.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $40
Note: Tickets on sale since June 2
Annual Friends Members’ Dessert Reception at 6:30 pm (By Invitation Only)
Performance and reception sponsored by Bank of America



November 4 at 8 pm (Saturday)
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta, Conductor
(Regional Arts Concert Series)
+ Amit Poznansky/“Footnote” Suite (from the music for the motion picture)
+ Ravel/Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2
+ Strauss/Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 (A Hero’s Life)
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $39
Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
Concert sponsored by
Sara and Charles Fabrikant
Bonnie and Steven Stern

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.
 
November 7-12
+ Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 8 pm
+ Wednesday, Saturday at 2 pm & 8 pm
+ Sunday at 2 pm
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
THE KING AND I
(Kravis On Broadway)
Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater production of this “breathtaking and exquisite” (The New York Times) musical, directed by Bartlett Sher. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award® for Best Musical Revival, THE KING AND I is “too beautiful to miss” (New York Magazine).
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $28
Kravis On Broadway sponsored by
Jim and Judy Harpel
Diann and Thomas Mann
Beyond the Stage:
Join us for a free pre-performance talk by Steven Caras at 6:45 pm on Nov. 7.
 
November 9-10 at 7:30 pm (Thursday and Friday)
Lemon Andersen
When Aliens Fall from the Sky

(PEAK)
Tony Award-winning poet Lemon Andersen's new solo work, When Aliens Fall from the Sky, is a performance art piece comprised of 13 poems/journeys from real citizens, both documented and not, who live in what he calls "the bone marrow of our nation." The Brooklyn-born actor, who first garnered national attention in Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam, weaves rhymes and speaks a harsh but witty truth through these complex characters to shine a spotlight on America's identity crisis.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $32

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis


November 12 at 7 pm (Sunday)
DakhaBrakha
(PEAK)
At the crossroads of Ukrainian folklore and theater lays DakhaBrakha, a world music quartet that plumbs the depths of contemporary roots and rhythms. The self-described "ethnic chaos" band is accompanied by Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instruments, including drums, accordion and didgeridoo. Created by avant-garde director Vladyslav Troitskyi, DakhaBrakha, which means give/take in old Ukrainian, blends an astonishing vocal range with brilliant scenic effects.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $32

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis


November 14 at 7:30 pm (Tuesday)
Lysander Piano Trio
Itamar Zorman, Violin
Michael Katz, Cello
Liza Stepanova, Piano

A South Florida Debut
(Young Artists Series)
London’s The Strad lauded Lysander with superlatives: “incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas, and wide palette of colours.” These qualities won Lysander top honors at prestigious chamber-music competitions, such as the Fischoff and the Coleman. Also acclaimed is the Trio’s 2014 debut recording, After a Dream, for its “polished and spirited interpretations.”
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets:
The Young Artists Series is offered at $80 for all four performances for a savings of $40 off the individual ticket price. Beginning October 14, remaining individual tickets are available at $30 each.
Young Artists Series sponsored by Harriett M. Eckstein New Art Fund
Concert support from The Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation


November 15 at 2 pm (Wednesday)
Moscow State Symphony Orchestra
Pavel Kogan, Conductor
Dmitry Masleev, Piano
(Regional Arts Concert Series)
+ Rachmaninoff/The Rock, Op. 7
+ Tchaikovsky/Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
+ Scriabin/Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 29
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $35
Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 12:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.
 
November 15 at 7:30 pm (Wednesday)
Bumper Jacksons
Bumper Jacksons tell America's story from New Orleans to the Appalachian Mountains and beyond. Blending early styles of jazz, blues and country swing, the feisty folk musicians – fronted by Florida native Jess Eliot Myhre, a singer and washboard player – strike a bold yet elegant balance between honoring tradition and fashioning their own sound. Their creative originals and reimagined rural tunes feature robust vocals, banjo, bass and more.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $35


November 17 at 7:30 pm (Friday)
ETHEL's Documerica
(PEAK)
A meditation on America's relationship to its land, resources and people, ETHEL's Documerica is a multimedia mash up that melds video projections with music performed by electrifying indie-classical quartet ETHEL. Showcasing images from Project Documerica, a photographic collection commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency in the 1970s, the program ranges from urban and rural to pastoral and gritty, connecting a tumultuous era to today's social issues.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $32
This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis



November 21-26
+ Tuesday, Friday at 8 pm
+ Wednesday, Saturday at 2 pm & 8 pm
+ Sunday at 2 pm & 7:30 pm
THE BOOK OF MORMON
(Kravis On Broadway)
The New York Times calls it "the best musical of the century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." And Entertainment Weekly says, "Grade A: the funniest musical of all time." Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show calls it "Genius. Brilliant. Phenomenal." It's THE BOOK OF MORMON, the nine-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, THE BOOK OF MORMON has truly become an international sensation. Contains Explicit Language.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $35
Kravis On Broadway sponsored by Michael and Colleen Bracci


DECEMBER
December 1-17 (Friday through Sunday)
+ Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm
+ Wednesday and Saturday at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm
+ Sunday at 1:30 pm

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
If you have an appetite for dark comedy, desperate measures and a doo-wop score, you'll want to plant yourself in the Rinker Playhouse for a musical that sprouted from a low-budget horror film. With the fertilizing touch of composer Alan Menken and playwright Howard Ashman, the peculiar tale of a shy floral-shop worker and his carnivorous cohort has become a quirky classic.
Co-presented by the Kravis Center and MNM Productions.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets start at $35

Note: Tickets on sale since June 12.


December 4 at 2 pm (Monday)
Vadym Kholodenko, Piano
2013 Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist
(Regional Arts Concert Series)
+ Tchaikovsky/Piano Sonata in G Major, Op 37 (“Grand”)
+ Tchaikovsky/Theme & Variations in F Major, Op. 19, No. 6
+ Scriabin/Two Poèmes, Op. 10
+ Scriabin/Piano Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp Major, Op. 30
+ Scriabin/Piano Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp Major, Op. 53
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25
Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 12:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.
 
December 5 at 11 am and 2 pm (Tuesday)
Julie Budd
Remembering … Mr. Sinatra

(Adults at Leisure Series)
Praised as a "consummate performer" by The New York Times, Julie Budd was invited to sing with Frank Sinatra at Caesars Palace when she was just 16. The versatile vocalist has also amazed audiences alongside Danny Thomas, Liberace, Marvin Hamlisch and more. She honors Ol' Blue Eyes with songs from her latest album, Remembering … Mr. Sinatra, including All the Way and The Best is Yet to Come.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets: $99 for the six-show package. Starting November 4, individual tickets are $29.


December 5, 2017 at 8 pm (Tuesday)
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Truls Mørk, Cello
(Regional Arts Concert Series)
+ Shuying Li/Down Came the Sunlight: Into the Twenty-third Day
+ Handel/Water Music, Suite No. 2, HWV 349
+ Shostakovich/Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat, Op. 107
+ Stravinsky/Pulcinella Suite
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $35
Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
Concert sponsored by Cynthia Friedman

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.
 
December 7 at 8 pm (Thursday)
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
and Special Guest Catherine Russell

Fifteen of the most acclaimed jazz artists today under the direction of Grammy-winning trumpet master Wynton Marsalis, perform a vast repertoire, ranging from holiday and rare historic pieces to favorites by Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and many more.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $35
Sponsored by Albert J. Berger and Carol B. Auerbach
With support from WXEL


December 9 at 10 am (Saturday)
Virginia Rep On Tour
Beatrix Potter’s Christmas
The Tailor of Gloucester

(Family Fare)
Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre weaves together a wonderful play for children 5 years old and up based on Beatrix Potter’s 1903 classic, The Tailor of Gloucester. The struggling tailor receives a shot at wealth after being asked to sew a coat for the mayor’s Christmas wedding, but a mischievous cat needles him by hiding a vital piece of silk! A happy ending ensues in this festive production.
Helen K. Persson Hall
Tickets $12 • General Admission

Sponsored by The Stiller Family Foundation


December 10 at 8 pm (Sunday)
98 Degrees at Christmas
One of the original boy bands of the late 1990s, Grammy-nominated 98 Degrees has sold 10 million albums and is back in the studio and on stage to heat things up once more. Join brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons for a holiday concert featuring festive hits and their signature harmony that’s sure to warm your heart.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $29


December 14 at 7:30 pm (Thursday)
A Gospel according to Jazz Christmas
Featuring Kirk Whalum and Donnie McClurkin
And Special Guest John Stoddart, Sheléa and Kevin Whalum

(A Kravis Center Community Outreach Event)
Join Dove & Grammy winning gospel artist Donnie McClurkin, Grammy Award winning musician Kirk Whalum and special guests in A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas concert.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $15
Sponsored by Jane M. Mitchell


December 17 at 7 pm (Sunday)
The TEN Tenors: Our Holiday Wish
Join Australia's charismatic rock stars of opera as they ring in the holidays with resounding festive favorites ranging from Joy to the World and Sleigh Ride to Amazing Grace and Winter Wonderland. Hailed for their charm, camaraderie and commanding sound, the vocal wonder from Down Under boasts 16 years of sold-out shows around the globe as well as several platinum and gold albums.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25
With support from WPBT


December 19-23 (Tuesday through Saturday)
+ Tuesday through Friday at 7:30 pm
+ Saturday at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Steve Solomon's
My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy

He's back! Funnyman Steve Solomon returns with an updated and even more hysterical version of the three-time award-winning My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy, one of the longest running one-man comedy shows in Broadway history. Through his voices, dialects and riotous sound effects, revisit beloved characters and meet new ones.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $35


December 21 at 8 pm (Thursday)
Canadian Brass Holiday
Featuring Joel Bacon on Organ

The Grammy-nominated Canadian Brass quintet, “one of the most popular brass ensembles in the world,” according to The Washington Post, horns in on the holidays with virtuosity and showmanship. In this festive performance, founding member Chuck Daellenbach (tuba); Caleb Hudson and Christopher Coletti (trumpets); Achilles Liarmakopoulos (trombone); and Bernhard Scully (horn) are joined on select pieces by renowned recitalist Joel Bacon, who will play the Kravis Center’s George W. Mergens Memorial Organ.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $15


December 22 at 8 pm (Friday)
Broadway Christmas Wonderland
The Holiday Show

All is merry and bright as a glittering cast of singers and dancers, plus high-kicking chorus girls and Old Saint Nick himself, deck Dreyfoos Hall in grand style. The yuletide jubilee includes Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, O Come All Ye Faithful and a stocking full of other festive favorites. From extravagant costumes to eager elves, this lavish holiday bash is a spectacular sleigh ride for the entire family.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25
With support from CBS 12


December 23 at 1 pm & 4 pm (Saturday)
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live! On Stage
Charles M. Schulz’s heartwarming yuletide tale, which has aired on TV every year since it premiered in 1965, comes to life on stage complete with your favorite characters and Vince Guaraldi’s jazz score. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and their Peanuts pals discover the true meaning of Christmas in what Broadway World calls “a sweet and touching live-action version that is itself an instant holiday classic.”
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $18




December 27-31 (Wednesday through Sunday)
+ Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm
+ Saturday at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm
+ Sunday at 7 pm & 10 pm* (New Year's Eve)

Forbidden Broadway
It's the Great White Way done the wrong way, but hilariously so! This long-running roast features crazy costumes, riotous rewrites of familiar songs and madcap impression. Four comic chameleons ham it up about Hamilton and other musical blockbusters. Described as "gut-bustingly funny" by the New York Post, seeing Forbidden Broadway only Once may not be enough.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets start at $35

*Includes New Year's Eve champagne toast


December 31 at 8 pm (Sunday)
Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert
The Strauss Symphony of America

Matthias Fletzberger, Conductor (Vienna)
Iva Schell, Soprano (Vienna)
Michael Hein, Tenor (Vienna)

This charming celebration features dancers from Austria’s Europaballett St.Pölten as well as International Champion Ballroom Dancers. Blending European singers with local symphonies, this 22-year West Palm Beach tradition is an enduring and elegant toast to the New Year.
Presented by the Kravis Center and Attila Glatz Concert Productions.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $29
Sponsored by Margaretta Taylor



JANUARY
January 2-7
+ Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 8 pm
+ Wednesday, Saturday at 2 pm & 8 pm
+ Sunday at 2 pm
FINDING NEVERLAND
(Kravis On Broadway)
The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $28
Beyond the Stage: Join us for a free pre-performance talk by Steven Caras at 6:45 pm on Jan. 2.
 
January 2 at 1:30 pm (Tuesday)
Kickstart Your Writing Ability
Lecturer: Julie Gilbert
(The Writers’ Academy at the Kravis Center)
A seminar for those who are on the cusp of initiation into writing. Learn how to release your inner writing self. Everyone has the potential to write truly and deeply. Instructor Julie Gilbert will show you how to unlock your very own muse. This lecture is for the curious and adventurous. Bring a pencil.
Cohen Pavilion
Tickets $30


January 5-6 (Friday and Saturday)
+ Friday at 7:30 pm
+ Saturday at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Love, Noël
The Songs and Letters Of Noël Coward

Devised and Produced by Barry Day
Featuring Simon Green and Anna Bergman

A man and a woman revisit the fascinating life of English playwright and composer Noël Coward, known for what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise." In this compelling retrospective of the incomparable Coward, who also was a director, actor and singer, two talented artists evoke the songs and people of Coward's day, including Lynn Fontanne, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and more.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $39


January 8 & 22, February 5 & 19, March 5 & 19
Mondays from 10:30 am–12:30 pm or 1:30 pm–3:30 pm

Writers’ Circle
Instructor: Julie Gilbert
The 13th year of the Writers’ Circle will commence on January 8! The concept is to set the literary bar high while keeping the atmosphere friendly and encouraging. The proceedings, run by Julie Gilbert, head of The Writers’ Academy, are conducted with professional exuberance. The focus will be on exercises as well as the writer’s ongoing work, meaning that every member will have a work-in-progress when we begin, as well as be eager to explore new levels. Each writer will receive a 20-minute discussion by the group when their ongoing project is ready for feedback. Writers will receive a private evaluation of their work from Julie Gilbert, who will also lead the discussion.
There are two sessions of the Writers’ Circle. You may register for either the morning or afternoon session. Writers who seek admission to the Writers’ Circle without prior experience in Writers’ Launch, can apply with a submission of ten pages.  Email your submission to gumbinner@kravis.org.
All genres are welcome save for poetry.
Cohen Pavilion
Registration $525



January 8 at 8 pm (Monday)
Cameron Carpenter, Organ
(Regional Arts Concert Series)
Cameron Carpenter will play the Kravis Center’s Marshall & Ogletree digital organ, The George W. Mergens Memorial Organ, a gift to the Center from Alex W. Dreyfoos.
+ Bach/Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 (“Great”)
+ Bach/Prelude, Cadenza and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541
+ Vierne/from 24 Pièces de fantaisie, Opp. 51, 53-55
Carillon de Westminster
Naïades
Toccata in B-flat minor
• Messiaen/Dieu Parmi Nous from La Nativité du Seigneur 
• Carpenter/Improvisations
• Carpenter/Theatre organ stylings on Gershwin, Fats Waller, etc.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25
Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
Concert sponsored by Alex and Renate Dreyfoos

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.
 
January 9 at 11 am and 2 pm (Tuesday)
One Night in Memphis
Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash

(Adults at Leisure Series)
There'll be a Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On during One Night in Memphis, a power-packed tribute to December 4, 1956, when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash jammed together at Sun Records. The impromptu studio session became legend after the artists, dubbed the Million Dollar Quartet, were taped performing in their prime. Don't Be Cruel and miss this rambunctious blend of rockabilly, country, gospel and rock and roll.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets: $99 for the six-show package. Starting November 4, individual tickets are $29.

January 9 – February 13
Tuesdays from 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Writers’ Launch
Instructor: Julie Gilbert
(The Writers’ Academy at the Kravis Center)
Writers’ Launch
is just that – a pad from which to raise written expression. Within every human being there are unspoken thoughts and memories: There is buried treasure. This course is designed to alchemize the unexpressed bounty into a discipline of form, content, technique and style, which will result in a story. The focus and goal is toward a fictional short story.
Cohen Pavilion
Registration $325


January 9 at 8 pm (Tuesday)
Brad Garrett and Rita Rudner
Think tall tales and short one-liners as booming, 6-foot-8 Brad Garrett, who played Robert Barone on CBS’s Everybody Loves Raymond, joins soft-spoken Rita Rudner, the diminutive diva of wit, for a double-header night of hilarity. Emmy winning Garrett, who owns his own comedy club, started doing stand-up 30-years ago and Rudner, who’s known for her solo comedy show and several HBO specials, has been entertaining audiences with her undeniable gift for decades.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25
Sponsored by Marjorie Fink


January 10 at 8 pm (Wednesday)
Johnny Mathis
The Voice of Romance Tour 2018

Best known for Grammy Hall of Fame classics Chances Are, It’s Not for Me to Say and Misty, the magical Johnny Mathis is Columbia Records’ longest-signed artist, recording more than 80 albums and scoring 50 hits on Billboard’s adult contemporary chart. Says Barbra Streisand of his smoldering voice and enduring style: “There are a number of good singers, a smaller handful of truly great singers, and then there’s Johnny Mathis.”
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $30
Sponsored by
Eileen Berman and Jay Bauer
Diane and Richard Ross

With support from WPBT


January 12 (Friday)
Gala “NIGHT OF STARS”
A Broadway Celebration

Gala Chairs: Monika E. Preston, Kathryn C. Vecellio
Gala Vice Chair: Irene Karp
Honorary Gala Grand Broadway Chairs: Sondra and David S. Mack
Honorary Gala Chair: Michael J. Bracci
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets are $1,000 for Gala Patrons, $500 for Young Gala Patrons
(45 and younger).
Exclusive Grand Broadway sponsors Sondra and David S. Mack
Note: For information about the Kravis Center Gala, please call 561- 651-4320 or visit
www.kravis.org/gala.

January 12 at 7 pm (Friday)
The Kravis Center Presents
Night of Stars…Broadway Celebration!
Starring
Brian Stokes Mitchell
(Two-time Tony Award Winner)
Chita Rivera (Two-time Tony Award Winner)
Mary Michael Patterson (Star of Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera)
Claybourne Elder (Broadway’s Sunday in the Park With George)
Luke Frazier, Conductor
Kravis Center Pops Orchestra
And Other Celebrity Performers To Be Announced!
Robert Pullen, Director

A dazzling, star-studded event, the Kravis Center continues its long tradition of bringing legendary, award-winning artists to the stage. Enjoy an evening of exhilarating entertainment and surprises!
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $50
Performance sponsored by
Sharyn and Stuart Frankel
Henni and John Kessler
Dorothy and Sidney Kohl
SBA Communications Corporation


January 13 at 8 pm (Saturday)
Renée Fleming
Beloved and celebrated musical ambassador Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence. In 2013, the “people’s diva” received the National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama as well as a Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo for Poèmes. A year later, the world-touring soprano was the first classical artist to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $30
Sponsored by
Ann and Robert Fromer
With support from WXEL


January 14 at 8 pm (Sunday)
German Cornejo’s
Tango Fire

Passion, precision and poise collide in choreographer German Cornejo’s sizzling Tango Fire. The exhilarating performance, which includes 2015 Tango World Champions Ezequiel Lopez and Camila Alegre and other couples, blends the rawness and sophistication of a late Buenos Aires night with the dancers’ sensuous moves and rapid, intertwining latigazos, or “whips.”
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $20
Sponsored by
The Chastain Charitable Foundation
Beverly Sommer
Beyond the Stage:
Join us for a free pre-performance talk by Steven Caras at 6:45 pm.



January 15 at 8 pm (Monday)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Pinchas Zukerman, Conductor and Violin
(Regional Arts Concert Series)
+ Beethoven/Overture to Egmont, Op. 84
+ Mozart/Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major, K. 219 (“Turkish”)
+ Elgar/Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
+ Beethoven/Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $39
Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
Concert sponsored by
Stacey and Mark Levy
Vicki and Arthur Loring

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.
 
 
January 16 at 2 pm (Tuesday)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Pinchas Zukerman, Conductor and Violin
(Regional Arts Concert Series)
+ von Weber/Overture to Der Freischütz
+ Beethoven/Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
+ Dvorák/Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $35
Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
Concert sponsored by
Stacey and Mark Levy
Vicki and Arthur Loring

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 12:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.
 
January 17 at 8 pm (Wednesday)
Dick Fox’s Golden Boys
Starring
Frankie Avalon
Fabian
Bobby Rydell

From Venus to Volare to Turn Me Loose and more, the polished Golden Boys — Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell — gave a glistening shine to the ’50s and ’60s with gold records galore. Producer Dick Fox unites this vibrant trio of former teen idols for a finger-snapping stroll down memory lane that also includes hits by Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Rick Nelson and Bill Haley.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25



January 19-20
+ Friday at 7:30 pm
+ Saturday at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm

10 Hairy Legs
Celebrating the Artistry of the Male Dancer

(PEAK)
Despite an amusing name, the five principal dancers perform serious contemporary pieces that illustrate power and elicit emotion. The versatile, all-male company excels in a diverse range of existing and newly commissioned works — some poignant, others provocative and all incredibly original.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $32

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis
Beyond the Stage:
Join us for a free post-performance talk by Steven Caras immediately following the Jan. 19 performance.


January 19-20 at 7:30 pm (Friday and Saturday)
Bob Merrill
Celebrating The Trumpet Kings

Charismatic trumpeter and vocalist Bob Merrill captures the spirit of history’s greatest horn legends, beginning with pioneers Louis Armstrong and Bix Beiderbecke through Swing Era stylists. Bebop innovators Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis are followed by post-Bop master Lee Morgan and more, then Merrill closes with classics by Al Hirt, Herb Alpert and Chuck Mangione. The New York native’s engaging tribute includes historical details, anecdotes and even one of Gillespie’s upturned-bell trumpets.
Helen K. Persson Hall
Tickets $35

January 19-21
+ Friday at 8 pm
+ Saturday at 2 pm & 8 pm
+ Sunday at 2 pm

CHICAGO
This is a tale of fame, fortune and All That Jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and spectacular choreography. A legendary satire on corruption and celebrity criminals, the Tony and Grammy winner is the longest running musical in Broadway history.
Kravis on Broadway Seating
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25
Sponsored by
Sallie A. Monroe
Table 26

With support from Sun Sentinel
Beyond the Stage:
Join us for a free pre-performance talk by Steven Caras at 6:45 pm on Jan. 20.


January 22 at 11:30 am (Monday)
Lunch and Learn:
Wendy Whelan: Former New York City Ballet Member
Her Rise from Anomaly to Stardom
A Dancer-to-Dancer Conversation with Steven Caras

(A Kravis Center Cultural Society Event)
Like caviar, New York City Ballet dancer Wendy Whelan was at first an acquired taste. But soon this wiry, angular, one-of-a-kind artist inspired company directors Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins to feature her uniqueness.  Whelan’s subsequent rise to Principal Ballerina status coincided with a rapidly growing fan base – an enormous audience who continue to cheer her on to this day.  Now fifty, following hip surgery and a glorious farewell at NYCB, Whelan dances on, collaborating with today’s most innovative contemporary choreographers, promoting their important work in the process. Restless Creature, the new, aptly named documentary profiling Whelan’s life, is currently being held-over in theaters across the country.  Excerpts will be featured in a revealing, dancer-to-dancer conversation with fellow NYCB alumnus, Steven Caras.
Gimelstob Ballroom in the Cohen Pavilion
Tickets: $95

Note: Admission includes lunch prepared by Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center.
Sponsored by Susan Bloom



January 22 at 7:30 pm (Monday)
Sirena Huang, Violin
Robert Koenig, Piano

A South Florida Debut
(Young Artists Series)
American violinist Sirena Huang has been featured as a soloist with more than 50 prestigious ensembles, including the symphony orchestras of Cleveland, Baltimore, and Shanghai, as well as the New York Philharmonic. She is the recipient of many prizes and awards, and was a Gold Medal winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians. Motivated by a deep wish to inspire peace and harmony with her music, Huang has performed before President Barack Obama, Elie Wiesel and other world leaders.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets:
The Young Artists Series is offered at $80 for all four performances for a savings of $40 off the individual ticket price. Beginning October 14, remaining individual tickets are available at $30 each
Young Artists Series sponsored by Harriett M. Eckstein New Art Fund
Concert support from The Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation


January 24 at 7:30 pm (Wednesday)
The Return of Liona Boyd
Accompanied by Andrew Dolson
Two Voices and Two Guitars

Guitar legend and singer/songwriter Liona Boyd, winner of five Juno awards for Canada's best instrumental album, has enthralled millions with her signature style of classical, folk and world music. The First Lady of the Classical Guitar, as she is referred to by fans, has appeared in her own TV specials and recorded 27 albums, many of which have gone gold and platinum. She is accompanied by her protégé, Andrew Dolson.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $35


January 25-26 at 7:30 pm (Thursday and Friday)
Aquila Theatre
Jane Austen's
Sense & Sensibility

Courtship, love and heartbreak abound in Sense & Sensibility, Jane Austen's classic romantic comedy about two sisters: the level-headed Elinor and the hopelessly romantic Marianne. Written in 1811, this timeless tale of surprise and seduction is brilliantly retold by British-American touring company Aquila Theatre, which incorporates the clever use of space, movement, design and sound developed by artistic director Desiree Sanchez.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $39


January 27-28 (Saturday & Sunday)
+ Saturday at 7:30 pm
+ Sunday at 2 pm

Aquila Theatre
William Shakespeare's
Hamlet

A tragic tale of love, revenge, ambition and family discord, the Bard's epic play has enthralled audiences for more than 400 years. Aquila Theatre, which features actors from top British and American stages, breathes new life into Hamlet's iconic characters, who inhabit a rich landscape replete with deceit. The company, founded in 1991 to perform the world's greatest theatrical works, is hailed by critics as "extraordinarily inventive."
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $39


January 29 at 11 am and 2 pm (Monday)
Chris Mann
A Date with the Phantom

(Adults at Leisure Series)
Hailed by critics as "the best Phantom since Michael Crawford," Chris Mann catapulted to fame in 2012 as Christina Aguilera's finalist on NBC's The Voice, finishing fourth overall. After 700 acclaimed performances in Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular The Phantom of the Opera, the classically trained opera singer, who has starred in two of his own PBS specials, serves up a captivating collection of Broadway's greatest hits.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets: $99 for the six-show package. Starting November 4, individual tickets are $29 each.


January 29 at 8 pm (Monday)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Järvi, Conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, Piano
(Regional Arts Concert Series)
+ Nielsen/Overture to Maskarade
+ Brahms/Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
+ Sibelius/Symphony No. 3 in C Major, Op. 52
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $35
Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
Concert sponsored by Annette Y. Friedland

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.
 
January 30 at 8 pm (Tuesday)
Paul Anka
Versatile vocalist Paul Anka returns with classic favorites, such as Diana and Puppy Love, and new versions of modern hits. His two most recent albums, Rock Swings and Classic Songs, My Way, feature Anka’s take on Bon Jovi’s It’s My Life, Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun, Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven and more. From his first hits in the ’50s to co-writing Michael Jackson’s This Is It, released in 2009, the Canadian-born singer/songwriter continues to soar.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $35
Sponsored by
Mr. George T. Elmore
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Weaver


January 31 at 8 pm (Wednesday)
Michael Feinstein Conducts
The Kravis Center Pops Orchestra
An Evening of Cole Porter

Sam Kriger, Associate Conductor
Experience a backstage pass, as Michael Feinstein brings you into Cole Porter’s world through beloved songs including Begin the Beguine, It’s De Lovely, Just One of Those Things, So In Love and more.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets:
The Kravis Center's Pops concerts are offered starting at $78 for the 3-concert series. Beginning November 4 remaining individual tickets are available starting at $30.
Sponsored by
Ari Rifkin
Adele Siegel



FEBRUARY
February 1 at 6 pm (Thursday)
Eleventh Annual
Palm Beach Wine Auction
Dinner & Live Auction

To Benefit the Education Programs at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Chairman: Ted Mandes
International Ambassador: Patrick M. Park

The Palm Beach Wine Auction is a multi-event benefit culminating in the main event, the Dinner and Live Auction, which features a five-course dinner prepared by an all-star line-up of local and national chefs, paired with specially selected wines from all over the world. The live auction takes place throughout the dinner and includes wines presented during the evening as well as some of the world’s most renowned and highly rated wines, travel experience and unique treasures. This elegant evening appeals not only to the wine connoisseur but also to anyone who enjoys world class cuisine.
The Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach
Tickets are $1,000 per person (by invitation)

Note: For more information, call 561-651-4320 or visit palmbeachwineauction.org.


February 2-3 (Friday & Saturday)
+ Friday at 7:30 pm
+ Saturday at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm

The Broadway Babies Are Back!
Performed by Klea Blackhurst, Carole J. Bufford and
Marissa Mulder
With Musical Director Eric Comstock
Devised and Narrated by Barry Day

In Barry Day’s ninth Kravis Center revue, critically acclaimed vocalists Klea Blackhurst, Carole J. Bufford and Marissa Mulder channel Broadway legends such as Ethel Merman, Barbra Streisand, Angela Lansbury and more.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $40


February 3 at 10 am (Saturday)
Childsplay Theatre
Go, Dog. Go!
(Family Fare)
It's canine chaos and a new leash on life lessons in Childsplay Theatre's Go, Dog. Go! production of P.D. Eastman's 1961 tale. Recommended for children pre-kindergarten through third grade, the one-hour pooch musical includes crazy cars, goofy hats, audience participation and a touch of vaudeville as six actors portraying Eastman's memorable mutts hound one another and have a fetching good time.
Helen K. Persson Hall
Tickets $12 • General Admission

Sponsored by The Stiller Family Foundation

February 5 at 7 pm (Monday)
African-American Film Festival:
Sounder (1972)
Host: AnEta Sewell
(ArtSmart Continuing Arts Education)
A family of Depression-era sharecroppers struggles to eat despite the help of their hunting dog, Sounder. After father, Nathan (Paul Winfield), resorts to stealing food, he is sent to prison, and his wife, Rebecca (Cicely Tyson), is left to care for their son. Though Sounder runs away, the boy never gives up hope that his dog will return, just as he believes that he will one day see his dad. (1 hour, 45 minutes)
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets: $10 per night or $25 for the entire festival



February 6-11, 2018
+ Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 8 pm
+ Wednesday, Saturday at 2 pm & 8 pm
+ Sunday at 2 pm
CABARET
(Kravis On Broadway)
Based on Roundabout Theatre Company’s Tony Award®-winning production, Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films), CABARET comes to the Kravis Center. Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Leave your troubles outside – life is beautiful at CABARET, John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $28
Kravis On Broadway sponsored by
Martin and Toni Sosnoff
Wilmington Trust

Beyond the Stage: Join us for a free pre-performance talk by Steven Caras at 6:45 pm on Feb. 6.
 
February 9-10 at 7:30 pm (Friday and Saturday)
Avery Sommers
For Sentimental Reasons
The Songs of Love

Sultry alto Avery Sommers returns to the Kravis Center with romantic selections including (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons, At Last, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and You Light Up My Life. She wowed Broadway in Ain't Misbehavin' and Showboat, and has appeared on Miami Vice and Burt Reynolds' series B.L. Stryker. This hometown favorite also won a Carbonell Award in 1994 for her one-woman show But Not for Me.
Helen K. Persson Hall
Tickets $35


February 9-10 (Friday and Saturday)
+ Friday at 7:30 pm
+ Saturday at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Contra-Tiempo
Urban Latin Dance Theater

(PEAK)
Exhilarating and expressive, Contra-Tiempo combines salsa, Afro-Cuban and contemporary urban and abstract dance theater to create physically intense and politically astute performances. The troupe's newest work, Agua Furiosa, blends a live vocalist, water themes, explosive movements and the performers' own multicultural stories.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $32

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis
Beyond the Stage:
Join us for a free post-performance talk by Steven Caras immediately following the Feb. 9 performance.




February 12 at 11 am and 2 pm (Monday)
Broadway Live!
(Adults at Leisure Series)
Experience a nostalgic stroll down the glittering Great White Way, brilliantly brought to life by six phenomenal performers who have all starred in marquee roles in Broadway's biggest blockbusters. This world-class revue, featuring some of New York's top talent, captures the magic from musicals such as Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Jersey Boys, The Sound of Music, among others.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets: $99 for the six-show package. Starting November 4, individual tickets are $29 each.

February 12 at 7 pm  (Monday)
African-American Film Festival:
The Wiz (1978)
Host: AnEta Sewell

(ArtSmart Continuing Arts Education)
When Harlem teacher Dorothy (Diana Ross) tries to save her dog from a storm, she is miraculously whisked to an urban fantasy land called Oz. After accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East, Dorothy is told about the Wiz (Richard Pryor), who can help her get home. She is joined in her search for him by the Scarecrow (Michael Jackson), the Tin Man (Nipsey Russell) and the Cowardly Lion (Ted Ross). (2 hours, 16 minutes)
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets: $10 per night or $25 for the entire festival


February 12 at 8 pm (Monday)
Jackie Mason
Jackie Mason, regarded as one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time, combines searing political satire, irreverent insights on modern life and impeccable timing. From humble beginnings to cultural icon, the former rabbi — he quit after three years because, as he says, “somebody in the family had to make a living” — continues to be a riotous and relevant equal opportunity offender. Contains adult language.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25



February 14 at 8 pm (Wednesday)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, Conductor
Jay Friedman, Trombone
Michael Mulcahy, Trombone
Charles Vernon, Bass Trombone
Gene Pokorny, Tuba
(Regional Arts Concert Series)
+ Stravinsky/Scherzo fantastique in B Major, Op. 3
+ Jennifer Higdon/Concerto for Low Brass
+ Brahms/Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $40
Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
Concert sponsored by Norma and Leonard Klorfine Foundation

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.
 
February 15 at 2 pm (Thursday)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, Conductor
Steve Williamson, Clarinet
Clémentine Margaine, Mezzo-soprano
(Regional Arts Concert Series)
+ Verdi/Overture to I Vespri Siciliani
+ Mozart/Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622
+ Chausson/Poème de l’amour et de la mer, Op. 19
+ Britten/Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $40
Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
Concert sponsored by Norma and Leonard Klorfine Foundation

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 12:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.
 
February 16-17 at 7:30 pm (Friday and Saturday)
Urban Bush Women
Hair and Other Stories

(PEAK)
Bold, empowering and fierce, Urban Bush Women earned widespread acclaim for their innovative pieces that explore all aspects of the African diaspora. In their new work, Hair and Other Stories, they use a visceral, intellectual, and transcendent approach to construct a live experience that includes processional performance from imagined or real spaces, to engage audiences around the subjects of self-image, race, and gender inequality.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $35

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis
Beyond the Stage
: Join us for a free post-performance talk by Steven Caras immediately following the Feb. 16 performance.
Note: The presentation of Urban Bush Women: Hair and Other Stories on February 16-17 is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


February 16 at 8 pm (Friday)
The Beach Boys
Wouldn’t It Be Nice to revisit the Fun, Fun, Fun summers of yesteryear as the iconic group fills Dreyfoos Hall with Good Vibrations? Founding Beach Boy Mike Love and longtime member Bruce Johnston join five other veterans for a high-energy Surfin’ Safari through 50 years of favorites, including hits that sold millions of albums and landed The Beach Boys in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $30
With support from Sun Sentinel


February 17 at 8 pm (Saturday)
George Benson
An Exclusive Evening of Classic Music and Greatest Hits

Jazz, pop and R&B legend George Benson, whose groundbreaking 1976 Breezin’ album went triple platinum, continues to woo crowds with his smooth vocals and sultry guitar with hits such as This Masquerade, On Broadway and Give Me the Night. The 10-time Grammy Award winner proves that fans should Never Give Up on a Good Thing.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25
Sponsored by U.S. Bank The Private Client Reserve


February 18 at 8 pm (Sunday)
Ten Grands
Ten Pianos, Ten World-Class Pianists

In a lavish and breathtaking display, 10 Grands boasts 10 grand pianos on stage at the same time. Several arrangements showcase all 10 pianists playing together, and each of the artists performs a solo as well. This exceptional evening also includes a medley from Phantom of the Opera featuring the Kravis Center’s George W. Mergens Memorial Organ.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25
Sponsored by Norma and Leonard Klorfine Foundation


February 19 at 11:30 am (Monday)
Lunch and Learn:
Broadway Titans: The Life of a Broadway Producer
With Fran Weissler, Roy Furman & Rodger Hess

Moderated by Lee Wolf
(A Kravis Center Cultural Society Event)
Join Lee Wolf as she interviews three successful Broadway producers who will share their unique role in bringing blockbuster shows to Broadway - Roy Furman, who took home three Tonys in 2017 for Dear Evan Hansen, Hello, Dolly! and Sweat (adding to his collection of dozens more including Evita, The Color Purple and The Book of Mormon), Fran Weissler, who with her husband Barry, has won Tonys for Chicago, Waitress, Pippin, La Cage Aux Folles, Gypsy among many others, and Rodger Hess, known for his Broadway, Off Broadway & Touring hits which include The Great Comet of 1812, All My Sons, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the tours of Evita, Annie and A Chorus Line.
Gimelstob Ballroom in the Cohen Pavilion
Tickets: $95

Note: Admission includes lunch prepared by Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center.
Sponsored by Leona F. Chanin



 
February 19-20 at 7:30 pm (Monday and Tuesday)
Yamato
The Drummers of Japan

(PEAK)
The high-powered pulse of Yamato, which plays traditional Japanese taiko drums made from ancient trees, resonates in the troupe's thrilling new program, The Challengers. Clad in bold, expressive outfits created especially for The Challengers by international fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, the passionate percussionists weave soul, spirit and psyche into a scintillating, heart-pounding performance.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $35

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis


February 20 – March 27
Tuesdays from 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Writers’ Launch II
Instructor: Julie Gilbert
(The Writers’ Academy at the Kravis Center)
Writers’ Launch II
is the next step up in developing the craft of writing fiction. This class is for those from the previous Launch who wish to continue practicing their skills. It is also for those who have had some fiction writing experience. This class focuses on developing and building character, descriptive narrative techniques, point of view, dialogue, establishing and maintaining tenses, foreshadowing and creating flashbacks.
Cohen Pavilion
Registration $325


February 22 at 6 pm & 8:30 pm (Thursday)
Scott Coulter: You’ve Got A Friend
Carole King, Neil Sedaka and More
Music of the Brill Building

In the heart of New York City sits the Brill Building, and from the halls of 1619 Broadway – home to Carole King, Neil Sedaka, songwriting duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and more – came America’s sound in the ’50s and ’60s. Hits that defined a generation including You’ve Got a Friend; Breaking Up is Hard to Do; Calendar Girl; and countless others. Critically acclaimed cabaret star Scott Coulter takes you on a journey into the music from the music industry landmark.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $39

Sponsored by Donald and Linda Silpe


February 23 at 1:30 pm (Friday)
Performing Your Life: Storytelling Workshop
Hosted by Mike Daisey

Mike Daisey, hailed as “the master storyteller” by The New York Times, hosts a workshop on storytelling, memoir, and solo performance. Using the methods employed by seasoned storytellers, participants will investigate their own lives to find their own true tales, uncovering what makes their stories unique, what makes them true, how stories combine fact and fiction, and how to tell them so they illuminate the world beyond ourselves. Performers, memoirists, writers and others are welcome.
The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center in the Cohen Pavilion
Tickets $25


February 23-24 at 7:30 pm (Friday and Saturday)
Mike Daisey
The End of Journalism

(PEAK)
Monologue master Mike Daisey, whom The New York Times hails as “one of the finest solo performers of his generation,” tells the compelling story of how journalism in America ended. From the disruption of newspapers to how Facebook replaced TV as the arbiter of truth, the writer peels back layers to divulge darkly hilarious truths — and to dig deeper into new ways to make journalism relevant.
For Mature Audiences.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $32

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis


February 25 at 7:30 pm (Sunday)
Aztec Two-Step
Performing Classic Duos
Songs of Simon & Garfunkel, The Everly Brothers and Their Own Classics

Possessing a rich musical legacy of their own, Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman of Aztec Two-Step interpret the timeless classics of Simon & Garfunkel, The Everly Brothers and more. The respected and enduring folk-rock duo, which began at a Boston coffeehouse more than 40 years ago, is defined by intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar and inspiring two-part harmonies that Billboard describes as "sweet and supple."
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $40


February 26 at 7 pm  (Monday)
African-American Film Festival:
To Sir, With Love (1967)
Host: AnEta Sewell

(ArtSmart Continuing Arts Education)
American Mark Thackeray (Sidney Poitier) recently received his engineering degree but cannot find work. To make ends meet, he takes a job as a teacher in a rough London East End school overrun with troublemakers. While the students at first see Thackeray as just another teacher open for ridicule and bullying, his calm demeanor and genuine desire to help them succeed gradually earn their respect. (1 hour, 45 minutes)
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets: $10 per night or $25 for the entire festival


February 26 at 8 pm (Monday)
Itzhak Perlman, Violin
Pinchas Zukerman, Viola
Rohan De Silva, Piano
(Regional Arts Concert Series)  
+ Bach/Trio Sonata in C Major for 2 Violins and Piano, BWV 2017
+ Mozart/Duos for Violin and Viola, K. 423 and 424
+ Wieniawski/Études-Caprices for 2 Violins, Op. 18 (excerpts)
+ Bartók/Duos for 2 Violins, Sz. 98 (excerpts)
+ Moszkowski/Suite for 2 Violins and Piano, Op. 71
+ Additional Works to be announced from the stage
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $35
Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
Concert sponsored by
Ann and Robert Fromer
Pamela and Edward Pantzer

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.
 
February 27 at 2 pm (Tuesday)
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
Nathan Aspinall, Conductor
Behzod Abduraimov, Piano
(Regional Arts Concert Series)
+ Rachmaninoff/Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
+ Shostakovich/Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $35
Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 12:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.
 
February 27 at 8 pm (Tuesday)
Howie Mandel
Comedian, actor and TV personality Howie Mandel returns with riotous commentary on everything from being afraid of germs (something he can relate to) to married life and more. The America's Got Talent judge also hosted the game show Deal or No Deal and appeared on NBC's St. Elsewhere. His stand-up comedy, which started on a dare more than three decades ago, and his quick-wit audience comebacks and clever takes on everyday topics are why he’s become a mainstay of the American comedy scene.
For Mature Audiences.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25
Sponsored by Denise and Bill Meyer


February 28 at 8 pm (Wednesday)
Michael Feinstein With
The Kravis Center Pops Orchestra Big Band
Sinatra and Friends

Ted Firth, Musical Director
Michael Feinstein performs Frank Sinatra favorites.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets:
The Kravis Center's Pops concerts are offered starting at $78 for the 3-concert series. Beginning November 4 remaining individual tickets are available starting at $30.
Sponsored by Irwin and Ellen Levy



MARCH
March 1 at 1:30 pm (Thursday)
ArtSmart Lecture Series:
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor
Lecturer: Richard René Silvin
René Silvin was an escort and personal confidant to the aging Duchess of Windsor in Paris in the early 1970s. He infuses this presentation with some of his own encounters with the Duchess as well as a detailed account of her life, her marriage to the Duke and their many travels and adventures—including their ill-advised trip to Nazi Germany in 1937. See rare photographs, learn about the Abdication crisis and the first paparazzi chase in history, which left the Duchess fearing for her life and fleeing England and much more.
The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center in the Cohen Pavilion
Tickets $25


March 1 at 7:30 pm (Thursday)
Kaki King
The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body

(PEAK)
Kaki King's groundbreaking multimedia show transforms her acoustic guitar into a projection screen for evocative, mesmerizing images. The solo artist has performed with Foo Fighters, Timbaland and The Mountain Goats, and has contributed to many soundtracks, including Golden Globe-nominated work on Sean Penn's Into the Wild. The Boston Globe calls her luminous creation "a dizzying display of sound and vision by a guitarist already renowned for her innovation."
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $32

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis


March 2-18
+ Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 pm
+ Wednesday and Saturday at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm
+ Sunday at 1:30 pm

Capitol Steps
The Capitol Steps promise to bring down the house and Senate with their entertaining blend of bipartisan political satire. The parody pundits have recorded more than 30 albums since 1981, including their latest, Orange is the New Barack. Putting the "mock" in democracy are ditties such as Hey, Mr. Tangerine Man; Oops, I Tweeted Again; Don't Think Twice, It's Alt-Right; and How Do You Solve a Problem Like Korea?
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $40

Sponsored by Donald and Linda Silpe


March 2-3 at 7:30 pm (Friday and Saturday)
An Evening with Steve Ross
The incomparable Steve Ross has been a Manhattan cabaret fixture for more than 40 years. His first big break was at Ted Hook's Backstage piano bar, followed by a stint at the Algonquin Hotel's legendary Oak Room. Described by The New York Times as "the personification of the bygone dream world that his music summons," Ross is renowned for revisiting Fred Astaire, Noël Coward, Cole Porter and more.
Helen K. Persson Hall
Tickets $39
Sponsored by First Republic Bank



March 6-11
+ Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 8 pm
+ Wednesday, Saturday at 2 pm & 8 pm
+ Sunday at 2 pm
THE ILLUSIONISTS
Live from Broadway
(Kravis On Broadway)
Hailed as “a high-tech magic extravaganza” by The New York Times, this mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of five of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. THE ILLUSIONISTSTM – Live From BroadwayTM has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Direct from Broadway, this is the world’s best-selling magic show.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $28
Kravis On Broadway sponsored by Judith and Ronald Berk
Note: On March 7, the Helen K. Persson Society Luncheon, sponsored by Bernstein Private Wealth Management, will be held in the Gimelstob Ballroom in the Cohen Pavilion. (Invitation only)


March 8 at 1:30 pm (Thursday)
ArtSmart Lecture Series:
The Life, History and Grand Performances of World Famous Jazz Pianists
Lecturer: Roni Stein-Loreti
Take a nostalgic journey through the era and life of some of the world’s greatest jazz pianists including Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Errol Garner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chano Dominguez and André Previn, Michel Camilo, Victor Borge, and many more. Enjoy witnessing their brilliant performances in world renowned concerts and festivals as well as their great compositions projected on screen.
The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center in the Cohen Pavilion
Tickets $25


March 9-10 at 7:30 pm (Friday and Saturday)
Mountainfilm on Tour
(PEAK)
Colorado's annual Telluride Mountainfilm festival, which seeks to inspire audiences to create a better world, includes some of the most poignant, evocative and unforgettable stories of the human spirit and issues that stimulate ideas and encourage introspection. Mountainfilm on Tour presents selected works from the nearly 40-year-old event, which screens notable documentaries as well as short gems and rare movies that leave an indelible impression on viewers. A Mountainfilm host will introduce each film, followed by audience discussion after the presentation.
Helen K. Persson Hall / Theater-style Seating
Tickets $20
This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis


March 10 at 10 am (Saturday)
Mountainfilm on Tour
(Family Fare)
Mountainfilm on Tour
brings the best of selected short family films from Colorado’s acclaimed Telluride Mountainfilm festival, which has been screening notable documentaries as well as short works and rare movies since 1979. Cultural, environmental and inspirational stories, such as how it feels to be an immigrant or the challenges of pursuing a competitive sport, are told in fun, engaging ways to not only entertain but also to get children and parents talking about today’s issues.
Helen K. Persson Hall / Theater-style seating
Tickets $5 • General Admission


March 11 at 7:30 pm (Sunday)
Mancini, Mercer and Manilow!
Delores King Williams, Vocalist
Howard Breitbart, Musical Director

They wrote the songs that made the whole world sing! Celebrate the memorable music of Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer and Barry Manilow with Delores King Williams, accompanied by pianist Howard Breitbart. The sultry singer, a winner of the prestigious Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, has performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall. Classics include The Days of Wine and Roses, Blues in the Night, Mandy and much more.
Helen K. Persson Hall
Tickets $35


March 12 at 11 am and 2 pm (Monday)
The Doo Wop Project
(Adults at Leisure Series)
Featuring current and former stars from Broadway blockbusters Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, The Doo Wop Project puts fresh curb appeal on street-corner singing! The charismatic crooners, accompanied by a five-piece band, revisit '50s and '60s doo wop hits and serve up sizzling renditions of contemporary tunes. Join the finger-snapping journey from The Capris to Dion and the Belmonts and more.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall

Tickets: $99 for the six-show package. Starting November 4, individual tickets are $29 each.


March 12 at 8 pm (Monday)
National Symphony Orchestra Of Cuba
Enrique Pérez-Mesa, Conductor
Yekwon Sunwoo, Piano, 2017 Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist
(Regional Arts Concert Series)
+ Lecuona/Malagueña
+ De Falla/The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 2
+
Fariñas/Punto y Tonadas
+
Roldán/Tres Pequeños Poemas

+ Rachmaninoff/Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
+ Ravel/Boléro
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $35
Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
Concert sponsored by
Penny and Harold Blumenstein
Nancy and James Grosfeld

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.
 
March 13 at 1:30 pm (Tuesday)
ArtSmart Lecture Series:
Charmed Lives: Up Close and Personal with Fabled People
A Presentation by Pamela Fiori; Moderated by Steven Caras
Throughout the course of her career, Pamela Fiori has met, interviewed and socialized with scores of famous individuals, especially during her years at Town & Country where she served as Editor-in-Chief. Ms. Fiori will candidly share her right place/right time insider’s scoop on quality time spent with these iconic celebrities—from Robert Redford and Sophia Loren, to Prince Albert, Ralph Lauren, Brooke Astor, Truman Capote, and Helen Gurley Brown and many more. Don’t miss this fascinating talk accompanied by a showing of many images, some never before seen.
The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center in the Cohen Pavilion
Tickets $25




 
March 13 at 8 pm (Tuesday)
Michael Feinstein Conducts
The Kravis Center Pops Orchestra
First Ladies of Song including Judy, Peggy & Ella
With A Special 90th Birthday Celebration
For and Starring Marilyn Maye

Larry Blank, Associate Conductor
Experience jewels from these iconic women’s songbooks with such classics as Big Spender, Don’t Rain on My Parade and Lover with a special birthday tribute to the indomitable Marilyn Maye.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets:
The Kravis Center's Pops concerts are offered starting at $78 for the 3-concert series. Beginning November 4 remaining individual tickets are available starting at $30.
Sponsored by
Carol and Mike Cohen
Donald M. Ephraim and Maxine Marks for the Donald M. Ephraim Family Foundation

With support from CBS 12



March 14 at 8 pm (Wednesday)
Amadeus Live with Orchestra
Experience the Academy Award-winning 1984 film Amadeus on a vast high-definition screen while Mozart’s most celebrated works are performed live and in sync by a full orchestra and choir. Amadeus is a masterful movie that tells the story of Vienna court composer, Antonio Salieri, and his all-consuming jealousy of the bawdy but divinely talented young Mozart. Amadeus Live is a captivating performance for both movie lovers and classical music aficionados alike.
Presented by the Kravis Center and Attila Glatz Concert Productions.

Amadeus Live is an Avex Classics International Production.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25


March 15 at 11 am (Thursday)
Kravis Film & Literary Club
Julie Gilbert on Robert Redford’s
Ordinary People and His Extraordinary Life

Robert Redford has had an unbeatable career, was a family man, and although he led an extraordinary life, tried to keep his family ‘ordinary’ and far from the spotlight. Ordinary People, a novel by Judith Guest, went from the ‘slush pile’ to Best Seller in 1976. After reading it, Redford requested the rights to make the movie about family depression and disengagement following a tragic event. The film, featuring Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland, Judd Hirsch, Timothy Hutton and Elizabeth McGovern, was sorrowful and exhilarating through Redford’s unsparing and yet deeply empathetic lens. After the film, Julie Gilbert, head of The Writer’s Academy, will discuss the journey from book to film as well as Redford’s transformation from actor to auteur/director. Ordinary People won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director of 1981.
Helen K. Persson Hall
Tickets: $49

Note: Admission includes water and a box lunch prepared by Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center.


March 15 at 8 pm (Thursday)
Zakir Hussain, Tabla
with Rakesh Chaurasia, Bansuri

(PEAK)
One of India's reigning cultural ambassadors, Zakir Hussain has elevated the status of the tabla, a centuries-old instrument consisting of two hand drums, famously played by his father, Alla Rakha. After mastering classical music, Hussain went on to collaborate with the Grateful Dead and other artists. Accompanied by flautist Rakesh Chaurasia, the virtuoso percussionist is globally known for breathtaking performances that showcase both his intuition and masterful dexterity.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $15

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis


March 17 at 8 pm (Saturday)
Audra McDonald
Versatile singer and actress Audra McDonald, winner of six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards and an Emmy, was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015. The Juilliard-trained soprano played Mother Abbess in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! and Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s Private Practice.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25

Sponsored by
Alec and Sheila Engelstein
Zelda and Allen Mason

Note: The Kravis Center’s Founder Members’ Dinner at 5:30 pm is sponsored by Northern Trust (Invitation Only)

March 18 at 8 pm (Sunday)
The Righteous Brothers
Bill Medley and Bucky Heard

That lovin’ feelin’ is back as blue-eyed soul pioneers The Righteous Brothers return with ageless classics such as You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, Ebb Tide, Soul and Inspiration, Rock and Roll Heaven and Unchained Melody. Original member Bill Medley, a baritone who has won a Grammy, an Oscar and more, joins vocalist Bucky Heard for a smooth evening of chart-topping favorites from the emotive duo that swooned generations.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25


March 19 at 11:30 am (Monday)
Lunch and Learn:
The Fondas
A Conversation with Lee Wolf and Steven Caras

(A Kravis Center Cultural Society Event)
The Fondas, one of Hollywood’s legendary dynasties, have made their mark on American history in film, television, theater and political activism. From patriarch Henry, who’s been featured in more than 100 films and television shows, to his highly outspoken, Academy-Award winning, fitness guru daughter Jane, to son Peter, who’s had his own fair share of the spotlight. Enjoy this special presentation with Lee Wolf and Steven Caras as they delve deep into the colorful and complex lives of the Fondas.
Gimelstob Ballroom in the Cohen Pavilion
Tickets: $95

Note: Admission includes lunch prepared by Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center.
Sponsored by Leona F. Chanin




March 20 at 7:30 pm (Tuesday)
Kenneth Broberg, Piano
Silver Medalist, 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
A South Florida Debut
(Young Artists Series)

Kenneth Broberg, a 23-year-old Minneapolis native, is a graduate student at Park University (Missouri), studying with 2001 Cliburn Gold Medalist Stanislav Ioudenitch. A winner of first prizes and medals at other competitions, Broberg can be heard on CD (Universal Music label) in several performances from the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition. Broberg has also performed with the Sydney and Seattle symphonies, the Royal Philharmonic and Minnesota orchestras, and the Louisiana Philharmonic, among others.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets:
The Young Artists Series is offered at $80 for all four performances for a savings of $40 off the individual ticket price. Beginning October 14, remaining individual tickets are available at $30 each
Young Artists Series sponsored by Harriett M. Eckstein New Art Fund
Concert support from The Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation


March 21-22 at 7:30 pm (Wednesday and Thursday)
Lil Buck and Jon Boogz
Love Heals All Wounds

(PEAK)
Lil Buck and Jon Boogz, known for a Memphis-born style of street dancing called jookin, co-founded M.A.I. (Movement Art Is) to inspire and change the world while elevating the artistic, educational and social impact of dance. Boogz's insightful work Love Heals All Wounds features M.A.I. and his dance company Control Freakz, and uses phenomenal footwork and the spoken word to address today's most controversial issues while promoting diversity, inclusion and empathy.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $35

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis
Beyond the Stage:
Join us for a free post-performance talk by Steven Caras immediately following the Mar. 21 performance.



March 26 at 1:30 pm (Monday)
ArtSmart Lecture Series:
Loving Lilly: The Legacy and the Lady
Lecturer: Steven Stolman
Beginning as a consulting designer in 1993 and later as the official curator of Lilly Pulitzer’s 50th Anniversary Retrospective, author and designer Steven Stolman enjoyed unique access to both the Lilly Pulitzer label and, more importantly, Lilly herself. With both words and evocative images, he will share his experiences and recollections of Palm Beach’s very own fashion legend. A must-see for all fashionistas!
The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center in the Cohen Pavilion
Tickets $25

 
March 26 at 8 pm (Monday)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields Orchestra
Joshua Bell, Conductor and Violin
(Regional Arts Concert Series)
+ Mendelssohn/Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 21
+ Wieniawski/Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22 
+ Edgar Meyer/ Overture for Violin and Orchestra
+ Mendelssohn/Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 (“Italian”)
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $35
Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
Concert sponsored by
Marjorie and Jack Levins,
Carl Marks Foundation

Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.
 
March 27 at 2 pm (Tuesday)
Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Hope, Conductor and Violin
“Tribute to Yehudi Menuhin”
(Regional Arts Concert Series)
+ Elgar/Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op. 47
+ Bechara El-Khoury/Unfinished Journey for Violin and String Orchestra
+ Mendelssohn/Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor
+ Bach/Concerto for Two Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043
+ Schubert/String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, “Death and the Maiden” (arr. for orchestra)
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25
Series sponsored by Leonard and Sophie Davis
Beyond The Stage: Join us for a pre-performance talk by Sharon McDaniel at 12:45 pm in The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center.
 
March 28 at 8 pm (Wednesday)
Dudu Fisher Celebrates Jerusalem
Dudu Fisher is renowned for his stirring performance as Jean Valjean in Broadway’s Les Misérables and his latest PBS special, Dudu Fisher in Jerusalem, but his career began in Tel Aviv where he studied with renowned cantors. In addition to stage and synagogue appearances, he has released more than 25 albums and also sang the part of Moses in the Hebrew version of Steven Spielberg’s The Prince of Egypt.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25


March 29 at 1:30 pm (Thursday)
ArtSmart Lecture Series:
Capitalists and Communists, America in Russia Part II
1933 to 1999 – FDR and Stalin to Clinton and Yeltsin

Lecturer: Dr. Stephen R. de Angelis
After a 16-year hiatus in Russian-American relations, the governments of the United States and the Soviet Union cautiously reopened diplomatic presences in Washington and Moscow. Their common fear now was the rise of German fascism. With communism ever spreading, bilateral fears resulted in a protracted Cold War between America and the Soviet Union. Dr. Stephen R. de Angelis, who worked in business for 25 years before returning to Columbia University to earn his doctorate degree in Russian Studies through St. Petersburg University in Russia, will present a slide show along with his discussion. He has written 25 books, including the translations of the Diaries of Nicholas II.
The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center in the Cohen Pavilion
Tickets $25


March 31 at 8 pm (Saturday)
Dennis Miller
When he’s not ranting or writing best-sellers about it, five-time Emmy Award Winner and recipient of three Writers Guild of America awards, Dennis Miller is entertaining audiences with his sharp, edgy wit. In this provocative performance, Miller serves up his familiar humor and refreshingly outspoken take on today’s hottest topics.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25



APRIL
April 2 at 11 am and 2 pm (Monday)
We’ve Only Just Begun
Carpenters Remembered
(Adults at Leisure Series)
Celebrating the music of one of the most successful recording acts of all time, Michelle Berting Brett, accompanied by a 7-piece Nashville Band, recreates the Carpenters’ original sound. This heartfelt tribute will transport you back to the early ’70s, when siblings Karen and Richard made their rise to stardom and on the charts.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets: $99 for the six-show package. Starting November 4, individual tickets are $29 each.

April 4 at 11 am (Wednesday)
Kravis Film & Literary Club
Julie Gilbert and Barry Day
On Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter

Noël Coward’s story of two ordinary people, Laura (Celia Johnson) and Alec (Trevor Howard), was touted as one of the most romantic films of all time by The Guardian. The film tells the story of how two strangers, both married, fall in love after a chance meeting at a railway station. Their love affair creates many consequences and unexpected complications—but although they know their relationship cannot continue, they are hopelessly drawn to each other. Coward scholar, Barry Day and head of the Kravis Center’s The Writers’ Academy, Julie Gilbert will discuss this poignant love story and its deeper meaning
Helen K. Persson Hall
Tickets: $49

Note: Admission includes water and a box lunch prepared by Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center.


April 5 at 7:30 pm (Thursday)
David Baskeyfield and
Thomas Gaynor, Organ Duo

A Florida Debut
(Young Artists Series)
Concert organists David Baskeyfield and Thomas Gaynor will perform music for four-hands and four-feet, including their own transcription of Saint-Saëns’ beloved Carnival of the Animals. Solos will include music of Mozart, Bach, and Liszt, as well as a newly discovered transcription by the legendary Marcel Dupré of a Dukas favorite, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. They will perform on the Kravis Center’s George W. Mergens Memorial Organ.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets:
The Young Artists Series is offered at $80 for all four performances for a savings of $40 off the individual ticket price. Beginning October 14, remaining individual tickets are available at $30 each
Young Artists Series sponsored by Harriett M. Eckstein New Art Fund
Concert support from The Raymond and Bessie Kravis Foundation


April 6-8 (Friday through Sunday)
+ Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm

+ Sunday at 1:30 pm
The Ben Hecht Show
The astounding life of newspaperman turned playwright, screenwriter and novelist Ben Hecht is explored in The Ben Hecht Show, written and performed by James Sherman. Part comedy and part drama, the solo piece is based on Hecht's books A Guide for the Bedevilled and A Child of the Century. Resplendent with sardonic prose, the show, according to producers, "tells you everything you need to know about show business, Jews and anti-Semites. With jokes."
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $35



April 10-15
+ Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 8 pm
+ Wednesday, Saturday at 2 pm & 8 pm
+ Sunday at 2 pm
THE BODYGUARD
(Kravis On Broadway)
Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy® Award-nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox. Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, THE BODYGUARD features a host of irresistible classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “One Moment in Time,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – “I Will Always Love You.”  Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s Oscar-nominated Warner Bros. film and adapted by Academy Award- winner (Birdman) Alexander Dinelaris, THE BODYGUARD had its world premiere in London’s West End where it was nominated for four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical and won Best New Musical at the Whatsonstage Awards. The Southern Daily Echo raved, “It started with a gunshot and kept us on the edge of our seats from the outset. Exciting, thrilling, uplifting, moving – THE BODYGUARD is a truly exceptional show! … A five gold star-winning show. Miss it at your peril!”
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $28
 
April 11-12 at 7:30 pm (Wednesday and Thursday)
Ranky Tanky
(PEAK)
Gullah originated in West Africa and means "a people blessed by God." And Ranky Tanky translates loosely as "work it" or "get funky"! It's in this spirit that jazz musicians Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton and Clay Ross, with celebrated Lowcountry singer Quiana Parler, perform Gullah music that evolved from the coastal region of South Carolina and Georgia. Selections range from rambunctious game songs to soulful spirituals.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $32

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis



 
April 13-14 (Friday & Saturday)
+ Friday at 7:30 pm
+ Saturday at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Carole J. Bufford in
You Don’t Own Me
The Fearless Females of the 1960s

With unforgettable hits from Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, Carole King, Lesley Gore and more, sizzling cabaret and jazz star Carole J. Bufford returns to Persson Hall, putting her signature spin on classics by bold and daring vocalists of a bygone era. The New York Times describes the soulful Southern belle, named BroadwayWorld.com’s 2013 Cabaret Vocalist of the Year, as “an earthier, more acerbic, 21st-century Barbra Streisand.”
Helen K. Persson Hall
Tickets $35

April 13-14 (Friday & Saturday)
+ Friday at 7:30 pm
+ Saturday at 1:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Che Malambo
(PEAK)
Explosive all-male Argentinian dance company Che Malambo pounds the stage with percussive moves that blend precision steps, stomping, drumming and song that evolved from competitive duels among South American cowboys. What began as a 17th-century test of agility, strength and dexterity is now zapeteo, the fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. Director and choreographer Gilles Brinas, a former ballet dancer, adds unbridled zest to this powerhouse production.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $32

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis
Beyond the Stage:
Join us for a free post-performance talk by Steven Caras immediately following the April 13 performance.

April 18 at 8 pm (Wednesday)
An Evening with Chris Botti
A commanding trumpet player and consummate showman, Chris Botti reigns as the world’s top-selling jazz instrumentalist. Audience favorite When I Fall in Love, a reimagined take on a classic, highlights the talent and intensity of this charming virtuoso and his longtime band.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25

Sponsored by Sunny Sessa In Loving Memory of Leonardo Sessa

April 19 at 8 pm (Thursday)
ABBA The Concert
A Tribute to ABBA

Mamma Mia! Abba The Concert is such a true-to-life tribute to the Swedish pop sensation that you’ll think you’re in Stockholm in the ’70s! The groovy group, which has sold out shows from Los Angeles to New York, belts out such blockbusters as Dancing Queen, Waterloo and the fabulous Fernando. From miniskirts to ponchos, this remarkable re-creation is The Name of the Game for ABBA fans.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $20


April 20-21 at 7:30 pm (Friday and Saturday)
L.A. Theatre Works
Susan Albert Loewenberg, Producing Director

The Mountaintop
By Katori Hall
(PEAK)
On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. What happened inside that room the night before remains a mystery. Playwright Katori Hall surmises what may have transpired between the civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid. Rife with humor and political jabs, the acclaimed play contains mature language.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $35

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis


April 20 at 8 pm (Friday)
A CHORUS LINE
This is musical theater in its most pure form!  Its celebration and true-to-life depiction of performers and their struggle to achieve greatness on the Broadway stage has earned the show unanimous praise as one of the true masterpieces of live theater. The enduring musical, which first hit Broadway in 1975, tells the true-life stories of 17 ensemble hopefuls through gripping dialogue, dazzling choreography and legendary lyrics.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25

Sponsored by John D. Herrick
Beyond the Stage:
Join us for a free pre-performance talk by Steven Caras at 6:45 pm.

April 21 at 8 pm (Saturday)
The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma
Eager to forge connections across cultures, disciplines and generations, master cellist Yo-Yo Ma created the Silk Road Ensemble, which redefines classical music by mixing the foreign with the familiar. The Wall Street Journal has called the internationally acclaimed group, which plays instruments ranging from world percussion to Western strings to the Chinese sheng (mouth organ), "one of the 21st century’s greatest ensembles."
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $35

Sponsored by
Bessemer Trust
Jane M. Mitchell


April 26 at 8 pm (Thursday)
David Foster and Friends
Winner of 16 Grammy Awards, an Emmy, a Golden Globe and numerous other accolades, David Foster is known as one of the most successful record producers in history. Throughout his more than four decades as a musician, songwriter, arranger, producer and recording artist, he’s created hit songs and award-winning albums for numerous artists including Whitney Houston, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Michael Bolton, and many more. Foster will share his legendary talent as he performs on the Kravis stage along with a few famous friends (to be announced) for an unforgettable evening of music.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $20

Sponsored by Bonnie Osher




 
April 29 at 7:30 pm (Sunday)
The Black Jacket Symphony Presents
The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
50th Anniversary Celebration

The Black Jacket Symphony recreates classic studio albums in a live performance — featuring a full video wall, lighting and state-of-the-art graphics. The handpicked ensemble celebrates The Beatles’ legendary Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, reproducing the 1967 album in its entirety (with a little help from their friends, the Florida Rock Orchestra), and then they perform a full set of The Fab Four’s greatest hits.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $15



MAY
May 1-6
+ Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 8 pm
+ Wednesday, Saturday at 2 pm & 8 pm
+ Sunday at 2 pm
SOMETHING ROTTEN!
(Kravis On Broadway)
Welcome to the ’90s — the 1590s — long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard”. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! But amidst the scandalous excitement of Opening Night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self … and all that jazz. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point! From the director of Aladdin and the co-director of The Book of Mormon, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (NY Post). 
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $28
 
 
May 5 at 10 am (Saturday)
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Rainbow Fish
(Family Fare)
The Rainbow Fish reels young audiences into the performing arts with his silver scales and heart of gold as he learns to share his most prized possession. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia uses innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects and evocative original music to tell Marcus Pfister's fish tale, published in 1992, in a one-hour show aimed at children pre-kindergarten through third grade.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $12 • General Admission

Sponsored by The Stiller Family Foundation

May 11 at 7 pm (Friday)
Spotlight on Young Musicians
(A Kravis Center Community Outreach Event In partnership with the Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County, the School District of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach County Music Teachers’ Association)
Crossing the threshold from practice to the stage is every music student’s dream, and the Kravis Center has been helping to make that dream a reality for 25 years. Since 1992, after a youth orchestra founder and educators from two Palm Beach County groups collaborated with the Center to create Spotlight on Young Musicians, nearly 20,000 students have performed in Dreyfoos Hall. The eagerly anticipated annual event not only showcases emerging talent but also promotes the excellent music programs within area schools.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets $10 in Advance (on sale October 7)
$12 Day of Performance
Sponsored by The Meshberg Family in loving memory of Julia and Philip Meshberg


May 12 at 7:30 pm (Saturday)
Mickey Thomas Terry
Organ Recital

Critically acclaimed classical organist Mickey Thomas Terry, a former featured artist at Washington's Kennedy Center, displays his extraordinary skill on the George W. Mergens Memorial Organ, a Marshall & Ogletree digital organ custom built for the Kravis Center. The renowned recitalist, a former Georgetown University faculty member and now a lecturer at Howard University, has appeared on Public Radio International's Pipedreams. He is the music director at St. Joseph's on Capitol Hill.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $30


May 12 at 8 pm (Saturday)
Terry Fator
In one of show business’ most memorable ascents, singer-comedian-celebrity impressionist Terry Fator, who won NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2007 after performing for decades at county fairs and kids’ parties, soared to No. 2 on Forbes’ list of top-earning comics just six years later. The celebrated ventriloquist, who uses dozens of characters, is among Las Vegas’ most successful acts and sings everything from Nat King Cole and Garth Brooks to Elvis, Bruno Mars and more.
Tickets start at $25
Sponsored by Ron Kochman, Kochman & Ziska, PLC


May 13 at 7:30 pm (Sunday)
Here and Now
An Evening of Luther Vandross
Starring Ruben Studdard

Hailed as the “next Luther” during his run on American Idol, Ruben Studdard gives Vandross fans the evening they’ve been longing for—a tribute to Luther Vandross in a voice remarkably like the original. Studdard, who was nominated for his performance of Superstar, sings many of the hits that made Luther a legend including Endless Love, Dance With My Father and much more.
Tickets start at $15



JUNE
June 3 at 7 pm (Sunday)
Kravis Center Dream Awards
Celebrating High School Musical Theater Excellence

Witness the talents of some of Palm Beach County’s most gifted musical theater students in this special performance in Dreyfoos Hall. The first-ever Kravis Center Dream Awards will culminate with this showcase—and give two extraordinary students the opportunity to participate in The Jimmy Awards (The National High School Musical Theatre Awards) in New York City. 
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets $15

Sponsored by PNC Arts Alive


June 16 at 7:30 pm (Saturday)
It Gets Better
(PEAK)
The It Gets Better Project began in 2010 after writer Dan Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, created a YouTube video in which worldwide supporters assured youth who felt bullied that “it gets better.” The grassroots campaign has evolved into a week-long residency in which local students work with It Gets Better representatives, including members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, on anti-bullying, self-image, tolerance and acceptance. Tonight’s presentation includes recorded student material — poems, songs, skits and more — from the It Gets Better program at Compass LGBT Community Center in Lake Worth as well as a live performance by the It Gets Better cast of professional artists.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $32

This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis



About the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts:
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality; by offering comprehensive arts education programs; by providing a Palm Beach County home in which local and regional arts organizations can showcase their work; and by providing an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County. The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL. For more information, please call 561-832-7469 or visit the official website at kravis.org.
 
 
Contact:
Linda Birdsey, Director of Marketing
birdsey@kravis.org, (561) 833-8300

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