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KRAVIS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Launches 26th Annual Season with Great Concerts and Shows for Everyone in October/November 2017

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October 26, 2017
For Music Buffs: Bumper Jacksons, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Lysander Piano Trio, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra & Legendary Rock Band YES
 
Plus: John Cleese with the Film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Shopkins LIVE!, DakhaBrakha,
ETHEL’s Documerica, Poet Lemon Andersen and the Kravis Center Public Ticket Sale Day on October 7
 
(West Palm Beach, FL – September 26, 2017) The dynamic 26th annual season of the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts will open soon with a dozen different concerts and shows for every audience and every taste during October and November:
 
OCTOBER
October 7 (Saturday)
Kravis Center Public Ticket Sale Day
The Dreyfoos Hall lobby will open at 7:30 am with breakfast treats, coffee and more. Starting at 8 am, Jill and Rich from Legends Radio 100.3 FM will bring their sparkling banter and contest give-aways live to the festive event. The outside box office windows will open at 9 am, when entertainment fans can purchase tickets for dozens of different shows, concerts and special events. Tickets for several different series at the Kravis Center will go on sale on later dates, including the Young Artists Series, the Adults at Leisure Series, Michael Feinstein Conducts The Kravis Center Pops Orchestra and several Kravis On Broadway productions. Ticket buyers actually have three ways to purchase that Saturday morning: online through the Kravis Center’s official website at kravis.org; in person at the Box Office, located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; or by phone at 561-832-7469 or 800-572-8471.
 
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.
(Note: Tickets on sale since April 28.)
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $15
 
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.
(Note: Tickets on sale since June 2.)
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $35
Sponsored by
Palm Beach Investment Research Group
Richard Stone and Howard Cooper
 
 
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 for Orchestra
+ 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. Beyond the Stage is sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker.
 
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, and a free musical presentation by the DeGeorge Academy Singers in the Dreyfoos Hall lobby at 7:15 pm. There will also be a free musical presentation by Broadway Reach at 1:15 pm on Nov. 11 in the Dreyfoos Hall lobby. Beyond the Stage is sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker.
 
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

(Note: Purchase six or more PEAK performances and receive 20% off. Visit Kravis.org/peak.)
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

(Note: Purchase six or more PEAK performances and receive 20% off. Visit Kravis.org/peak.)
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.”

+ Granados/Intermezzo (from the opera Goyescas), Op. 49
+ Gilad Cohen/Around the Cauldron (2016)
+ Liszt/Hungarian Rhapsody No. 9, “Le Carnaval de Pest,” S. 379
+ Brahms/Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
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. Beyond the Stage is sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker.
 
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

(Note: Purchase six or more PEAK performances and receive 20% off. Visit Kravis.org/peak.)
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
Beyond the Stage: Join us for a musical presentation at 7:15 pm on Nov. 21 in the Dreyfoos Hall lobby. Beyond the Stage is sponsored by Nancy and Jay Parker.

How to Get Tickets:
Tickets are available for purchase online through the Kravis Center’s official website at kravis.org; in person at the Box Office, located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; or by phone at 561-832-7469 or 800-572-8471. For Group Sales please call 561-651-4438 or 561-651-4304.
 
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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