Exceptional 2015-16 Season Performance Line-Up At The Center in Escondido


2015-16 Season Performance Line-Up At The Center in Escondido!

Hot on the heels of an incredibly successful 20th Anniversary season, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) is thrilled to announce its forthcoming 2015/2016 season featuring an exceptional line-up of acclaimed performers, including The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill, Ben Folds with the San Diego Symphony, The Chieftains, Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, & Anaïs Mitchell, Cheyenne Jackson: Music of the Mad Men Era, José González with yMusic, MOMIX: Alchemia, The Cat in the Hat, Storm Large & Le Bonheur: Songs of Seduction and Obsession, San Francisco Comedy Competition, Shaping Sound, The TEN Tenors: Home for the Holidays, and many more!

Through its presentation of internationally renowned talent, the Center is a premier performing arts venue in the Southern California market.

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The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988-4253.

The Center 2015-16 Season Performance Line Up

Performing Arts 2015/2016 Season Lineup

San Francisco Comedy Competition: Semi-Final Round
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Center Theater @ 7:30pm
The legendary San Francisco Comedy Competition has discovered an array of comic superstars including Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGeneres, Louis C.K., and more. Reigning champ, Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh, will host this outrageously hilarious showcase featuring ten semi-finalists who will each perform an 8-12 minute set. The audience’s applause will help the judges determine who advances to the finals. Generously sponsored by Stone Brewing Co.

The Cat in the Hat
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Center Theater @ 12:00pm & 3:00pm
You’ll recognize the rhyme and have a fun-filled time during this fast-paced play about a brother, a sister, and their unexpected visitor. The mischievous Cat in the Hat transforms a dull, rainy day into a madcap adventure that Sally and her brother will never forget, thanks to some tricks (and a fish) and Thing One and Thing Two. Dr. Seuss’s classic tale comes alive in this engaging stage adaptation recommended for grades pre-K through 4th.

The Time Jumpers with Vince Gill
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Concert Hall @ 7:30pm
Led by 20-time Grammy winner and Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, The Time Jumpers are an assemblage of some of Nashville’s most sonically gifted musicians. Formed in 1998, The Time Jumpers quickly built a monumental following while earning two Grammy nominations. With unprecedented talent and a strong affinity for western swing, the 10-member group continues to expand the richness and vigor of country music. Generously sponsored by Stone Brewing Co.

Cheyenne Jackson: Music of the Mad Men Era
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Concert Hall @ 7:30pm
Cheyenne Jackson — star of Broadway, Glee and 30 Rock — dazzles in Music of the Mad Men Era. Punctuated by big and brassy numbers, sensuous Bossa Nova, and tender, scaled-back guitar-and-voice renditions of classics, Jackson’s Music of the Mad Men Era has been lauded by critics. The New York Daily News said that Jackson has, “it all and he showed it all: the voice, the moves, the quirky self-effacing humor. He gleamed like Don Draper’s Brylcreemed hair.”

Shaping Sound
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Concert Hall @ 7:30pm
Shaping Sound is an electrifying mash-up of dance styles and musical genres brought to life on stage by a company of contemporary dancers who rose to fame on So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars. Audiences of all ages will marvel at the exhilarating collaboration of this jaw-dropping dance troupe whose explosive choreography, dynamic rhythm, speed, and physical strength give shape and form to sound.

MOMIX: Alchemia
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Concert Hall @ 7:30pm
MOMIX, the exceptionally inventive company of dancer-illusionists, will present Alchemia, a riveting multimedia spectacle exploring themes of invention, beauty, sensuality, and humor. This new work about the art of alchemy was born of the untamed mind of MOMIX’s choreographer Moses Pendleton. Alchemia manipulates the four classic elements: earth, air, fire, and water, to create a visually arresting theatrical experience full of whimsy, sensuality, beauty, and intrigue.

Intimate Classic Series: Neave Trio
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Center Theater @ 3:00pm
Hailed by critics for their “heart-on-sleeve performances” (Classical New Jersey), the Neave Trio is considered one of the finest emerging chamber ensembles. The award-winning trio is comprised of violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Toni James. The group has achieved international success with a repertoire that includes Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and more. They are currently Trio-in-Residence at San Diego State University.

The TEN Tenors: Home for the Holidays
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Concert Hall @ 7:30pm
Home for the Holidays is a magical experience that will dazzle, delight and captivate all ages. Australia’s platinum-selling rockstars of opera will perform their unique seasonal selections of traditional and contemporary favorites. With soaring versions of “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,” “Amazing Grace,” “Feliz Navidad,” and many more, Home for the Holidays is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season.

Intimate Classic Series: Michelle Cann
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Center Theater @ 3:00pm
Piano phenom Michelle Cann has been described as “an athletic powerhouse who can sweep the listener off his or her feet (Southampton Press).” Cann’s mastery of the piano has been recognized nationally and internationally with top prizes in the International Russian Piano Music Competition, the Blount Young Artists National Competition, and the 2014 Wideman International Piano Competition. Her repertoire includes emotional interpretations of Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, and more.

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Concert Hall @ 7:30pm
Sharing DNA with Flight of the Conchords and hailing from the home of The Hobbit movies, New Zealand’s Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is in demand for their winning combination of hilarious Kiwi humor, disarmingly small instruments, and sublime musicality. The infectious musical and comedic ensemble includes 10 dynamic performers rocking the four-string with a charming swagger and style. The band’s number one rule is: “If you know the words, sing along. If you don’t know the words, sing along!” Note: Due to previous commitments — Co-founding member Bret McKenzie is unavailable to participate in this tour.

Ben Folds with the San Diego Symphony
Friday, February 5, 2016
Concert Hall @ 7:30pm
Singer-songwriter-pianist-raconteur Ben Folds has earned a reputation as a singular and influential voice in the world of popular music. One of pop and rock’s great piano-playing showmen, Ben’s sound and sensibility — an eclectic mix of rock power, jazz chops, and wry observational songwriting — evokes the essence of classic pop while adding an idiosyncratic infusion of energy and wit. The San Diego Symphony returns to the Center to accompany the bespectacled songsmith who will showcase his brand new piano concerto in addition to performing selections from his catalog. Generously sponsored by Stone Brewing Co.

Legends: Keola Beamer & Henry Kapono
Friday, February 5, 2016
Center Theater @ 7:30pm
Hawaiian musical greats Keola Beamer and Henry Kapono have joined forces to create a soul-stirring celebration of contemporary Hawaiian music. Beamer is a Hawaiian slack key guitar legend and composer of the best-selling Honolulu City Lights. Kapono is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and 12-time award winner of the Na Hoku Hanohano (the Hawaiian equivalent of the Grammys). Beamer and Kapono will be accompanied on stage by hula master, Moanalani Beamer.

International Guitar Night
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Center Theater @ 7:30pm
International Guitar Night (IGN) is a fiery acoustic extravaganza featuring master performer Brian Gore along with a celebrated cast of guitar luminaries including German guitar virtuoso Andre Krengel, world-renowned fingerstyle innovator Mike Dawes, and Gypsy guitar prodigy Lulo Reinhardt. Formed in 1995 as a forum for the world’s finest guitarists, IGN has garnered critical acclaim since its inception. The San Francisco Chronicle described IGN as a “marvelous mix of virtuosos who astound.”

The Big Friendly Giant
Sunday, February 14, 2016
Center Theater @ 12:00pm & 3:00pm
In this exciting dramatization of Roald Dahl’s award-winning story, a 15-foot vegetarian giant teams up with Sophie, a young orphan, and together, they devise a plan to save the children of England from child-eating giants. Humongous on humor and large on laughs, Dahl’s whizzcracklingly wacky tale comes to life with puppets and people creating a fantastical world of towering giants and magical adventures. Recommended for grades 2nd-6th.

Las Cafeteras
Friday, February 19, 2016
Center Theater @ 7:30pm
Las Cafeteras fuses the unique sound of East LA with Afro-Mexican rhythms, zapateado, and powerful lyrics. Their songs tell stories of a community seeking love and fighting for justice in the concrete jungle of LA. The band blends poetry with the regional folk music style of traditional Son Jarocho for a vibrant remix.

The Chieftains
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Concert Hall @ 7:30pm
Throughout their storied 52-year career, The Chieftains have secured six Grammy Awards and have been nominated 18 times. The traditional Irish band is led by Paddy Moloney, master of the pipes and tin whistle, and is backed by Matt Molloy on flute, and Kevin Conneff on bodhran drum. The Chieftains have amassed a dizzyingly varied resume — collaborating with the Rolling Stones, The Decemberists, and Ziggy Marley — helping to popularize Irish music across the globe. Generously sponsored by Stone Brewing Co.

Intimate Classic Series: Ladino Soul
Sunday, February 28, 2016
Center Theater @ 3:00pm
Crime, passion, murder, and seduction are the dramatic themes woven through Ladino Soul’s repertoire. ‘Ladino’ refers to the language spoken by Spanish Jews, expelled from Spain in 1492. Performed by internationally-acclaimed soprano Ronit Widman-Levy and guitar virtuoso, Angel Romero, the music of Ladino Soul travels through time and space, finding its sails between the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Adriatic Seas, from Spain to Turkey, North Africa to the Middle-East.

José González with yMusic
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Center Theater @ 7:30pm
José González’s crystal-clear voice, emotional melodies, and masterfully eloquent classical guitar will be reframed by new chamber orchestra arrangements in a collaboration with yMusic. This Gen Y ensemble will be opening and backing González’s powerful performance for an unforgettable collision of art rock, contemporary classic and indie pop-folk.

Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell Together On Stage
Friday, April 1, 2016
Concert Hall @ 7:30pm
Grammy Award winner and 2007 AMA “Artist of the Year,” Patty Griffin joins forces with Vista, CA native Sara Watkins, founding member of Grammy-winning band Nickel Creek, and the “fearlessly emotive” (Acoustic Guitar) Anaïs Mitchell for this highly-anticipated national tour celebrating American songwriting. These three accomplished musicians will take the stage together, blending stripped-down folk arrangements and gritty bluegrass with soul-stirring vocals.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Concert Hall @ 7:30pm
With a pioneering spirit rising from its dual home cities, this spectacular ensemble dissolves the divide between ballet and modern dance with a high-octane style that has contributed to Aspen Santa Fe’s soaring popularity and critical success. Their top choreographers, groundbreaking works, and virtuoso dancers have been praised by the Chicago Sun-Times as “simply breathtaking.”

Intimate Classic Series: Alec Holcomb
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Center Theater @ 3:00pm
Alec Holcomb’s journey to mastering the classical guitar began when he was six years old. Fourteen years later, Holcomb has accumulated an impressive set of accolades including first prize wins at the 2012 Parkening International Young Guitarist Competition, the 2014 Columbus State University Guitar Competition, and the 2015 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition. Alec has performed on NPR and was selected as a YoungArts Finalist by the National YoungArts Foundation.

About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido
With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County.

The Center’s unique campus includes a 1,523-seat concert hall, a 404-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events, such as the Jazz Jam Sessions, Holiday Tree Lighting, Day of the Dead, 4th of July and First Wednesdays performances.