Bringing the World to Colorado Springs
Another incredible year of Artist Series events is here! More world-class music, dance, and live performance from across the globe is headed to Colorado Springs.
Our new season is full of the singularly unique performances that characterize the Artist Series. It’s sure to be our most dynamic lineup yet. Whether you’re a classical music lover, cabaret fanatic, dance aficionado, or craving something you’ve never heard before, we’re bringing it to our stage.
The Director’s Choice packages feature a vibrant mix of performances that highlight the breadth and depth of the Artist Series. Whichever package you choose, you’ll lock in the best prices and keep your favorite seats for every show.
I look forward to seeing you at the Ent Center for another year of events that are sure to connect our region’s vibrant community to the performing arts world.
Director, Ent Center for the Arts
The classical music performances for 2019 are kicked off with a rectial by DeMarre McGill, pricipal flutist of the Seattle Symphony. Next up is A Far Cry; this self-conducted string orchestra performs music from memory to create energetic, joyful performances. PUBLIQuartet brings a fresh approach to chamber music, introducing improvisation into their performances. International piano sensation Emanuel Ax will perform a special program celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday with some of the composer’s most beloved piano works.
A strong jazz lineup features prominently in the season. The Pedrito Martinez Group boasts an energetic, Afro-Cuban style anchored by the award-winning percussion of Pedrito Martinez. Vocalist René Marie borrows elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a hybrid style, with work that reflects the human experience and spirit. With clever songcraft and sensual vocal delivery, she will perform selections from her first album of all-original material, "The Sound of Red."
The Vijay Iyer Sextet, a group of virtuoso jazz improvisers who will perform selections from their album "Far From Over," offers a confident style that showcases a wealth of jazz history coupled with bold innovation. Grammy-nominated bandleader and composer-pianist Vijay Iyer has been described by Minnesota Public Radio as “an American treasure.” He has been voted DownBeat Magazine’s Artist of the Year three times—in 2016, 2015 and 2012—and Artist of the Year in Jazz Times’ Critics’ Poll and Readers’ Poll for 2017. Iyer was named Downbeat’s 2014 Pianist of the Year, a 2013 MacArthur Fellow, and a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist. In 2014 he began a permanent appointment as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University. Here's what JazzTimes has to say:
“Iyer is the most celebrated pianist in jazz—he may be the most celebrated musician in jazz right now—and that gives him great creative license…Like the greatest pianists in jazz history—Bud Powell, Art Tatum, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans—Iyer could never be mistaken for anyone else.”
The season also brings a trio of cabaret performers to the Ent Center, with an intimate club setup on the stage of the Shockley-Zalabak Theater. Versatile actor, writer, and performer Charles Busch will present a brand-new cabaret act encompassing all the charm, wit, and bold theatricality of his legendary performances. Justin Vivan Bond will bring a sharp wit, wild imagination, and profound expressive ability to the stage. Meow Meow has hypnotized, inspired and terrified audiences globally with delightfully weird creations and sell-outs from New York’s Lincoln Center to the Sydney Opera House.
The season’s dance lineup begins with the esteemed Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company performing choreographer Bill T. Jones’s “A Letter to My Nephew,” an impressionistic collage for nine dancers using movement motifs that reference a troubled life in showbusiness. Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández presents renewed productions of the company’s classic choreography, blending the music, dance and costume of Mexican folklore from pre-Colombian civilizations through the present. In “Aroundtown,” David Dorfman Dance (DDD) uses its trademark empathy, sly humor, and highly athletic physicality to create a kinetic poem that examines unique notions of love, accompanied by original music, text, and visuals. Ballet West II performs a mixed repertoire including mostly new work.
Global Get Down
The season is rounded out with performances representing musical traditions from around the world. Gaby Moreno’s rich, soulful voice is right at home singing the blues, pop, Latin rock, folk, and everything in between. She can be heard on NPR’s Live From Here nationwide. Take Me To The River: New Orleans LIVE! gathers some of the most influential figures of modern New Orleans funk, R&B, soul, and jazz together for a night of unforgettable music. With fiery Balkan brass, irresistible beats, Roma (Gypsy) accordion wizardry, and jaw-dropping jazz chops, the dynamic brass/percussion ensemble Slavic Soul Party! offers a huge helping of spontaneous fun. Award-winning fiddlers Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy, and their children present A Celtic Family Christmas, featuring a captivating lineup of familiar Christmas songs intermingled with classic Celtic melodies.
The 2018-2019 Artist Series is designed to take audiences on a journey through a broad spectrum of top-notch performances. Don't miss out—subscribe today and join us for an unforgettable season.