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Bernie LaRosa

David Benoit plays Charlie Brown’s Christmas

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Take a trip down memory lane as Grammy-nominated pianist David Benoit, accompanied by his quartet and Mendenhall Middle School Chorus, brings to life the magical music from the Charlie Brown television specials. Benoit describes this music as “happy jazz” – sophisticated but still filled with fun. His lifelong passion for the work of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi is reflected in his own compositions for later specials and both are featured in this delightful return to a happy holiday tradition.

Joining Benoit will be special guest artist Sara Gazarek whose impeccable jazz vocals seamlessly combine the intimacy of singer/songwriter stylings with the musical and improvisational sara-gazarek-8elements of jazz. With three highly acclaimed CD’s before she was 30, Gazarek has been hailed by The Los Angeles Times as “the next important jazz singer.”

“He understands just how music influences a person’s life and brings out all the characteristics of the human experience. David Benoit is a natural treasure.” – Jazz Review 
“Benoit produced music that was bright, frothy, enthusiastic and totally contemporary.” – Los Angeles Times

Monday, December 19 @7:30pm

Aquila Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile

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Aquila Theatre’s 2016-17 MURDER ON THE NILE from Aquila Theatre on Vimeo.

Aquila Theatre applies its signature style to Agatha Christie’s staging of her famous novel, Death on the Nile. Set on a paddle steamer cruising the legendary Nile River in the 1940s, this masterful whodunit is filled with colorful and mysterious characters. Class, money and reputation are all at stake in one way or another for the passengers and, before they know it, deceit, theft and murder quickly make waves on the river. A classic comes to life under Aquila’s brilliant direction and superb acting.

“Classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging!” — The New Yorkern

Tuesday, November 15 @7:30pm

Run Boy Run’s Tapestry of Timeless Bluegrass Sound

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While Run Boy Run’s bluegrass sound is rooted in the traditional style of the Appalachian South, they are part of a trend to revive innovation in American roots music. Their voices weave a spectacular tapestry around the fiddle’s tight rhythmic front, leading listeners on a musical journey that is dynamic, orchestral, and overflowing with beauty. The whole exceeds the sum of the parts as touches of classical, jazz, and folk express themselves through the old-time core of Run Boy Run’s unique sound.

“Hot instruments and beautiful, sweet harmony!” — Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

Friday, November 4 @8pm

Michael Mullen Mixes Music with Technology

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Never pre-recorded, always immediate and created fresh, the masterful Michael Mullen makes live looping an art form. Experiencing this solo musician building his Tria Soli “ensemble” group gives the audience a unique and powerful connection with old chamber favorites – You may have heard them a thousand times, but never like this.  Then, in Trio of One, the highly talented Michael Mullen brings to life the music of his Celtic roots, creating a full jig-blasting band in front of your eyes.  In the end, you’ll understand why his old Tempest mates dubbed him “The Mad Fiddler”.

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