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September 2014

OCCC - Performing Arts Series

OCCC campus
Oct. 14- April 21

The Swingle Singers
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
For half a century, the Swingle Singers have pushed the boundaries of what the human voice can achieve. Their effortless agility and blend, combined with captivating showmanship, have thrilled audiences around the globe. Today’s Swingle Singers are an international a cappella phenomenon. These seven extraordinary voices deliver folk ballads, funk jams and fugues with equal precision and passion – keeping the classic Swingle sound alive while fearlessly exploring new styles and approaches.
The history of the Swingle Singers is a remarkable tale of renewal. In 1963, American-born Ward Swingle assembled a group of Parisian session singers to sing some of Bach’s keyboard music. The resulting album, Jazz Sebastian Bach, launched the group to fame. Now based in London, the group has sustained a level of international renown beyond its founder’s wildest dreams, as each new singer brings something fresh to the group’s sound. The Swingles have sung at the world’s most famous stages from La Scala to Ronnie Scotts; featured on the soundtracks of ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Glee’; won 5 Grammy Awards and made over 50 recordings. Recent releases include ‘Ferris Wheels’ (featuring unique versions of songs by Björk, Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake) and the winter EP ‘Yule Songs’.

The current line-up has never been stronger, with singers trained in a multiplicity of styles from opera to jazz to pop, and featuring a dynamite vocal rhythm section. For the first time in many years, their repertoire also includes original songs.

The Swingle Singers offer a variety of shows, from their a cappella programs ‘Voice Fusions’ and ‘Classic Reinventions’ to programs with orchestra. This versatility has given rise to collaborations across the musical spectrum, from the Modern Jazz Quartet to Jarvis Cocker. Luciano Berio was one of the first composers to explore the sound of the Swingles’ amplified voices combined with acoustic instruments, and the group continues to perform his ‘Sinfonia’ with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras. John Dankworth, Michael Nyman, Pascal Zavaro and Azio Corghi have also written for the group.

In 2013, their 50th anniversary year, the group’s concert schedule will take them to North and South America, Russia, China and Dubai, in addition to extensive touring throughout Europe and the UK. In their hometown, the Swingle Singers curate the London A Cappella Festival at Kings Place each January. The festival is the first of its kind in the capital, and welcomes the finest international talent from the world of vocal music.
As they enter their sixth decade, the Swingle Singers invite you to join them for the next stage of their extraordinary journey.

See more at www.swinglesingers.com.

Michael Feldman’s Whad’ Ya Know?
Saturday, Oct. 25
Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? is live radio at its best. Host Michael Feldman entertains and amuses with his own brand of humor and comic asides as he enlightens with “All The News That Isn’t”, interviews guests, trades quips with members of the live studio audience and quizzes two lucky contestants vying for unique prizes during the Whad’Ya Know? Quiz, a general knowledge trivia quiz.

The Whad’Ya Know? Jazz Combo featuring John Thulin on piano, Jeff Hamann on bass, and occasionally the legendary Clyde Stubblefield on drums, delights with their cool jazz sound. Come on down and be a part of our live audience, talk to Michael on air and play the quiz – your fifteen minutes of fame are waiting for you!

Tune in to Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? on local public radio or, find the show streaming on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, by subscription through Audible.com, via podcast at www.notmuch.com and iTunes.

Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? is produced by Wisconsin Public Radio and lives on the web at www.notmuch.com.

The Jazz Ambassadors
Thursday, Oct. 30
The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing America's greatest original art form, jazz.

Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are programmed to entertain all types of audiences. The band’s diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections, many of which are written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors.

The Jazz Ambassadors has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Recent notable performances include concerts at the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and an appearance on the Colbert Report. The band has attracted the attention of Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet, just a few of the outstanding jazz artists who have shared the stage with the Jazz Ambassadors. The band has been featured in joint concerts under the direction of Marvin Hamlisch with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Pops, the Colorado Pops Orchestra, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. The band’s rigorous touring schedule and reputation for excellence has earned the name “America’s Big Band.”

See more at www.armyfieldband.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
Quattrois a fresh, new, and innovative ensemble that fuses Classical Crossover, Latin Pop and Contemporary Jazz to produce a performance to be remembered, appealing to all ages and musical tastes. Their first CD garnered enormous critical acclaim, receiving a Latin Grammy Nomination for Best New Artist.

The 14th Annual Latin Grammy Nominee for Best New Artist, Quattro, is raising the bar of originality with fresh composing and arranging that "pays homage to the classics" and forges a new contemporary sound.

Individually, the talented musicians of QUATTRO have earned a well-established and highly respected presence in the recording and live performance industries in Los Angeles. Together they combine their love for various musical styles and cultural backgrounds to create an incredible new sound they are sharing with the world.

See more at www.quattrosound.com/.

Kathy Mattea’s Songs and the Season
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

For the first time since 2010, Grammy award winning artist Kathy Mattea will be touring her Songs and the Season Christmas program, a thoughtful blend of old favorites and new songs from her celebrated holiday albums, Joy For Christmas Day and Good News. The singer's unmistakable voice explores music's most basic human essence through timeless melodies and uplifting narratives while intimately connecting with her audience. Her Christmas concerts are, she says, "more about the spiritual side of Christmas, and not so much about the holiday" - and the result is a performance that will bring both joy and reverence to the seasonal celebration.
From "Christmas Collage," an innovative, insightful medley of traditional carols, to the supple gospel call-and-response of "Baby King," to the dramatic "Mary Did You Know?'; Mattea's Songs and the Season program displays her natural flexibility and hard-won artistic integrity. As NPR says,"Kathy Mattea has never stuck to conventions within any genre." Whether she's adapting the classic "Angels We Have Heard On High" or arranging "There's Still My Joy," a new contribution from award-winning writers Melissa Manchester and Beth Nielsen-Chapman, Mattea brings a fresh ear and a natural, unforced eclecticism to this holiday musical experience.
Twice named Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association, Kathy Mattea carved out a role for herself in the late 1980s and 1990s as a sensitive yet energetic artist at ease both with country tradition and free-ranging innovation. With close to thirty Top 40 country hits, including 15 Top lOs and 4 Number One entries, five gold albums, and a platinum-selling greatest hits compilation, she is among the most successful women in the genre's history, yet her creative spirit has led her to explore musical territory extending well beyond its confines.
See more at www.mattea.com.

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is one of the most popular music-comedy acts to come out of New Zealand in years. As well as impeccable musical skills, heavenly harmonies and a canny choice of covers, the dozen-strong strummers have sold-out audiences rolling in the aisles with their on-stage antics.
Featuring 11 ukuleles anchored by a double bass, the band’s on-stage antics are legendary, and the song choices themselves only serve to highlight the musical excellence and comic brilliance of the group. “Resistance is futile.”
The WIUO consists of Age Pryor (also of Fly My Pretties), Andy Morley Hall, Bek Coogan, Bret McKenzie (also of Flight of the Conchords and The Black Seeds), Carmel Russell, Dan Yeabsley (of Twinset), Francis Salole, Gemma Gracewood, Megan Hosking, Nigel Collins, Sam Auger, and Steve Jessup.
More information can be found at: www.ukulele.co.nz/.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance band leaders back in the Swing Era of the 1930’s and 40’s. A matchless string of hit records, the constant impact of radio broadcasts and the drawing power at theatres, hotels and dance pavilions, built and sustained the momentum of popularity.
Glenn disbanded his musical organization in 1942 at the height of its popularity to volunteer for the Army. There, he organized and led the famous Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. It went to Europe to entertain servicemen, performing numerous live and radio shows. On December 15, 1944, Major Miller took off in a single engine plane from England to precede his band to France, disappearing over the English Channel, never to be seen again. The army declared him officially dead a year later.
Today, the 18-member ensemble continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements, both from the civilian band and the AAFB libraries. Additionally, it also plays some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound.
Just as it was in Glenn’s day, the Glenn Miller Orchestra today is still the most sought after big band in the world.
See more at www.glennmillerorchestra.com.

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, founded and led by Misha Rachlevsky, has earned national and international recognition as one of Russia's leading ensembles.
Founded in 1991, the orchestra, comprising some of Russia's finest young string players, has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky. Whether it is the highly-acclaimed CDs or its mesmerizing concerts, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin's warmth and high energy create addictive performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played.
In addition to an active schedule of presenting concerts and festivals in Moscow, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin tours regularly in North and South America, Europe and the Far East.
With 17 years of excellence under its belt, a devoted audience in its home base of Moscow, an award-winning CD catalog of over 30 CDs and an increasing demand for performances internationally, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin enthusiastically continues its busy schedule of concerts, festivals, recordings and touring.
See more at www.chamberorchestrakremlin.ru.

Pilobolus Dance Theater
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Founded by a group of Dartmouth College students in 1971, Pilobolus is based in Washington Depot, Connecticut and New York City, but has been touring its 115 pieces of repertory to more than 64 countries over the last 42 years.
Pilobolus continually forms diverse collaborations that break down barriers between disciplines and challenge the way we think about dance and, in recent years, has transformed from avant-garde dance company into an international entertainment brand featured on “Oprah,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and the “Academy Awards.”
See more at www.pilobolus.org.


Tickets for each PAS concert are now on sale. To purchase your individual or season tickets, please choose from the following options:

• Purchase tickets online at www.occc.edu/pas.

• Charge your tickets by calling the Cultural Programs department at (405) 682-7579.

PAS season subscribers may purchase tickets to any of the concerts at a reduced price.


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