Inside the Arts
July 14, 2013
Single tickets to the Ferguson Center for the Arts' 2013-2014 season go on sale to the general public Thursday, July 18.
Last month, the center announced a lineup of more than 40 shows plus a new distinguished speaker series. The artists coming to town range from rockers like ZZ Top and Joan Jett to big names in country, blues, jazz, R&B and world music. The eclectic list includes comedians Lewis Black and Whoopi Goldberg, Buddy Valastro "The Cake Boss," and a number of outstanding holiday performances. Lovers of the classical arts can enjoy concerts by international orchestras and dance companies as well as several Broadway shows.
Next year's season will be the ninth for the performing arts center. According to Executive Director Bill Biddle, the center has presented more than 500 artists during its first eight years.
The Ferguson Center is located on the Christopher Newport University campus in Newport News. For information or to purchase tickets, call the Ferguson box office at 757-594-8752 or go online to fergusoncenter.org.
Here's a look at the lineup by category:
Irish Chamber Orchestra, with conductor JoAnn Falletta and soloists James and Jeanne Galway, Nov. 1
Vienna Boys Choir, "Christmas in Vienna," Dec. 16
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with conductor/soloist Pinchas Zukerman, Jan. 11
Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel, Feb. 8
Peter Nero, pianist, Feb. 22
Lewis Black: "The Rant is Due Tour," Sept. 22
Capitol Steps, Nov. 2
Whoopi Goldberg, Jan. 25
Blues, Jazz, Folk, World Music
Blues Traveler, Oct. 3
SFJAZZ — 10th Anniversary Tour, Oct. 26
World Blues, featuring Taj Mahal, Nov. 14
Bela Fleck & Brooklyn Rider, Nov. 22
Celtic Women: "Home for Christmas — The Symphony Tour," Dec. 1
American Big Band: "Home for the Holidays," Dec. 2
Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2013, Dec. 4
Dianne Reeves with the Jae Sinnett Trio, Feb. 7
Natalie Merchant, March 8
The Chieftains, March 17
Chris Botti, April 12
The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, April 25
Country, Rock, R&B
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Aug. 28
ZZ Top, Sept. 8
Kenny Loggins with Blue Sky Riders, Sept. 13
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Sept. 27
An Evening with Parmalee & LoCash Cowboys, Oct. 6
Steve Miller Band, Nov. 10
Christmas with Kenny Rogers, Dec. 7
The Darlene Love Holiday show with The Shirelles, Dec. 9
The Spinners & The 5th Dimension featuring Florence LaRue, Feb. 14
Michael Bolton, March 4
Blood, Sweat & Tears, March 28
Lorrie Morgan & Pam Tillis: "Grits & Glamour Tour," May 3
The Temptations & The Four Tops, May 11
The World's Greatest Teen Idols, featuring Peter Noone, David Cassidy and Micky Dolenz, May 18
Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, Nov. 11
Shanghai Ballet, "The Butterfly Lovers," Nov. 21
Moscow Festival Ballet, "Cinderella" and "Swan Lake," March 9
Momix — "Botanica," April 24
Forbidden Broadway: "Alive & Kicking!" Oct. 4-5
"Hello, Dolly!" starring Sally Struthers, Nov. 15-16
Cirque Dreams: "Holidaze," Nov. 26
"Memphis, The Musical," Jan. 17-18
"Rock of Ages," Feb. 28-March 1
The Broadway Dolls, March 15
Distinguished Speaker Series
Frans Johansson, author of "The Medici Effect," Sept. 19
Terry Bradshaw, Hall of Fame quarterback, Oct. 30
James Carville & Mary Matalin, political pundits, Feb. 20
Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian, April 17
Buddy Valastro: The Cake Boss, Nov. 12
Blue Man Group, Jan. 30-Feb. 2
Virginia Opera expands
Virginia Opera plans to bring three of its main stage performances to the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach in the coming season.
The Norfolk-based company will present three of its five productions there, including Mozart's "The Magic Flute" (Nov. 15-16), Bizet's "Carmen" (March 28-29) and Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," a co-production with the Virginia Arts Festival (May 16-17).
Prices for the Sandler Center package range from $110 to $327 and are available through Virginia Opera's box office and online at http://www.vaopera.org. Single tickets will go on sale in August.
The company also announced it was postponing a production of "The Girl of the Golden West" that was to take place in January 2014.The Puccini opera originally was scheduled to be mounted by Lyric Opera Virginia before that company canceled its fully staged productions for financial reasons. Virginia Opera agreed to pick up the opera so that Lyric Opera subscribers would not lose out.
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