As the Marshall Artists Series prepares to open its 79th season, there’s a lavish banquet of arts and entertainment in store—everything from rock, country, and pop performances, to big showy Broadway musicals, a symphony orchestra concert, a legendary ballet, film festivals and more.
“The events showcased on the 2015-2016 season offer a fresh perspective in the ever-evolving world of arts and entertainment,” said Penny Watkins, executive director of the Artists Series. “For our 79th season, we are presenting a lineup that is exciting and diverse. We have music greats this year including rock pioneer Boz Scaggs, country/pop phenom Kacey Musgraves, and the pop music story of the year, ‘Walk The Moon.’ We have the best of Broadway, including Mamma Mia!, Annie, and the musical that swept the Tony Awards, Once. The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra makes a stop on their U.S. tour, as does The State Ballet Theater of Russia as they bring the breathtaking ballet, Swan Lake,’to the Keith-Albee for the very first time. Additionally, we have a historic collaboration with The Huntington Symphony Orchestra for a multimedia holiday event – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, plus we screen the beloved film The Breakfast Club, featuring a post-film Q & A with the film’s star, Molly Ringwald. There is definitely something for everyone to enjoy.”
All presentations will take place at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center.
Here’s a closer look at the upcoming schedule:
Anthony Jeselnik will open the series with an evening of comedy on Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Recently added as the host of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, he created and starred in the TV show, The Jeselnik Offensive. An Emmy nominee, he has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The following evening, two-time Grammy Award winner and Country Music Association Best New Artist of the Year, singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves, brings her tunes to the stage on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. In 2014 she took home the CMA Award for Song of the Year.
Tuesday, Oct. 27, Grammy Award-winning rock pioneer Boz Skaggs will open his show at 7:30 p.m. As a singer, songwriter and guitarist, Skaggs is known for his explorations into blues, rock, R&B and jazz. His latest album, A Fool to Care, was released this spring and features duets with Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams.
A mother, a daughter, and three dads are at the center of Broadway’s Mama Mia! at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4. The daughter’s wish to discover the identity of her father, on the eve of her wedding on a Greek Island, brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they visited 20 years ago. The play later became a successful movie as well.
The popular Fall International Film Festival takes place Nov, 6-12. Films to be featured are Landfillharmonic (Paraguay/USA); Wild Tales (Argentina), Citizenfour (USA), Tangerines (Estonia), Phoenix (Germany) and Two Days, One Night (Belgium/France);
Cincinnati’s Walk The Moon has the song of the summer this year in their hit, “Shut Up and Dance,” and they’ll be in Huntington Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Formed while the members were students at Kenyon College, the group has appeared on Letterman, Fallon, Conan and Carson Daly.
On Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30, p.m. a multi-media holiday event features Tim Burton’s full-length feature film, The Nightmare Before Christmas, paired with a score performed live by the Huntington Symphony Orchestra and special guests.
Featuring a company of 50 dancers, the State Ballet Theater of Russia will bring the classic Swan Lake to town Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, the ballet spins the tale of a young prince who works to free a beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell.
The iconic film The Breakfast Club is celebrating its 30th anniversary by offering a special treat—after the screening of the film there will be a discussion and Q & A session featuring one of its stars, Molly Ringwald. Fans who attend the show on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. will be able to get the inside scoop of one of their favorite films.
Everyone’s favorite optimist brings her dog, Sandy, and her orphan chums, who sing and dance their way through Annie Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The show was called by The New York Post “big, warm-hearted, funny and overflowing!”
Films from six countries can be seen in the Spring International Film Festival, which runs Feb. 26-March 3. Featured films include On the Other Side (France), Timbuktu (Mauritania), The Farewell Party (Israel): Labyrinth of Lies (Germany): Marshland (Spain) and A Hard Day (South Korea).
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra makes a stop on its 80th anniversary tour on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. Conductor Laureate Dimitry Yablonsky and 13-year-old cello virtuoso Danielle Akta will present a program featuring Tchaikovsky, Saint Saens and Rachmaninov.
The series will close with Once, winner of eight Tony Awards. including Best Musical, Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. The musical unfolds the story of a Dublin street musician who meets the girl of his dreams and the subsequent deep connections they forge.
New season subscription orders and season package renewals for current patrons are on sale now. Deadline for season ticket renewal is Wednesday, Aug. 12. All orders will be processed in order of date and time received. Tickets to individual events go on sale, Monday, Aug. 31.
The Artists Series is again offering a two-payment plan that will offer patrons greater flexibility. For those interested in this plan, call ext.6-3313. Season packages may be ordered by calling ext. 6-3326, faxing to 304-696-6658 or emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Marshall Artists Series office is located in the Jomie Jazz Center. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.