“Hip Hop DNA” is a celebration of the music and people who helped define the sound of American popular culture, from Nina Simone, George Clinton, and Kraftwerk, to Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, and Metro Boomin. This live performance will illustrate the evolution and interconnectedness of five decades of music and dance, while exploring the influences of African, Latin, European, and Eastern traditions. Hip Hop is about expressing individuality, making your own lane, and challenging the status quo, but it is also rooted in community-building, bridging gaps, and passing on knowledge to the next generation. In an increasingly divided world, Hip Hop is one of the few spaces where people of all ages, races, genders, and backgrounds can come together, create, and co-exist freely and equally – One Nation Under a Groove.
For anyone who ever dreamed big—and then didn’t quite make it—comes the riotous story of two childhood friends who spent years chasing the same goal: concert pianist stardom. Two actors, two pianos, and dozens of characters grace the stage in this hilarious portrayal of pushy parents, eccentric teachers, and the triumphs and tortures of being extraordinarily good musicians. Featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, Billy Joel, Jerry Lee Lewis and more, this wildly popular show not only hits all the right notes; it tickles the ivories and your funny bone too.
Welcome, Music Director Ken-David Masur! For his inaugural concerts, Masur has selected music to which he feels a personal connection. Schumann’s only piano concerto; written at a time when such concertos were expected to be lightweight and flashy, Schumann’s stands apart for its substance and grace. Nicolas Namoradze performs the Schumann. This historic program closes with a suite from Strauss’s well-loved opera “The Knight of the Rose.”
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