The Lancaster Grand Theatre Announces 2015-2016 Season
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Small-town America Brings Nationally Known Performers to Historic Theatre
Jackie Evancho, The Midtown Men, The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, The Gatlin Brothers, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage and The Glenn Miller Orchestra Highlight the Season
- Great variety and a sparkling array of national and internationally-known entertainers mark the third season of the Lancaster Grand Theatre, located at 117 Lexington Street, Lancaster, Kentucky. The beautifully restored venue, first opened in 1925, provides the ideal setting for headline attractions ranging from popular concerts to Broadway hits to international performing troupes.
“We are thrilled to announce our outstanding lineup for our third season following our rebirth as Central Kentucky’s home to world-class entertainment in our historical venue. Only three years in operation - after being closed for 50 years and undergoing a 4.2 million dollar restoration - the theatre is a ‘can’t-miss’ destination for rich cultural experiences for all ages,” said Debbie Hoskins, executive director of The Lancaster Grand Theatre. “A theatre presenting programming as now scheduled at the Lancaster Grand Theatre is usually only found in larger cities and on international stages. The intimacy of a historical venue like the Lancaster Grand makes it an ideal setting for all performances.”
The Lancaster Grand will offer varying subscription options. All performances are available as either an Everything Package
, which includes a 15% discount, or a Select Seven Package
, which offers a 10% reduction. There will also be a discount of 10% if ten or more tickets are ordered for special events. Single tickets may be purchased at any time. Every option allows subscribers complete flexibility when selecting season ticket subscriptions and allows for early seat selections. Specifics as to packages and pricing will be announced on Thursday, June 25.
Tim Farmer’s Homemade Jam – Monthly Taping Dates TBA
Tim Farmer is a twenty-year veteran of Kentucky television. This Emmy award-winning host has travelled the Commonwealth looking for stories while hosting “Kentucky Afield
,” the longest running outdoor show in the nation. Three years ago, Tim took his love of cooking, gardening, canning, preparing meals, etc. to the airwaves with “Tim Farmer’s Country Kitchen
.” Tim Farmer’s Homemade Jam
was born of his experiences traveling Kentucky roads and finding an overwhelming numbers of folks with musical gifts to share.
The only problem Farmer faced was finding ‘that right spot’ with history, grace and integrity where upcoming talents could be best showcased. Almost by accident, Tim’s travels led him to the Lancaster Grand Theatre – and the 1925 restored treasure spoke to him. Loudly!
Tim Farmer’s Homemade Jam
is about having a good time and good old-fashioned family fun. From music to comedy, to storytelling and special guests, you never know whom may show up. Farmer says, “Playing at the beautiful Lancaster Grand Theatre, the show mixes established musicians and entertainers with talented newcomers for a show recorded in front of a live audience.”
There is also the added treat of being able to later watch the taped show. If you are fortunate enough to live in or near the Commonwealth of Kentucky, just tune into KETKY on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. or Sunday night at 10:30 p.m. You just might see some familiar faces in the audience! Watch for upcoming dates.
The Artimus Pyle Band – Saturday, August 15 – 8:00 p.m.
More than just a "tribute" to Lynyrd Skynyrd - it’s a tribute to the man that defined the sound. Artimus Pyle has said "If it wasn't for Ronnie Van Zant, no one would know my name." Long considered the “wild man” of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Artimus Pyle’s powerful and distinctive double bass drumming helped define the legendary Skynyrd sound. Since his departure from Skynyrd in 1991 , Artimus Pyle's career has led him down an amazing path of solo records and projects culminating into one of the finest tributes to southern rock royalty. The Artimus Pyle Band is a high-energy, true-to the-music, and true to-the-era rock group - one of the few remaining on the road today. Artimus Pyle, Brad Durden, Jerry Lyda, Tony Black, and Scott Raines are not only a group of friends and contemporaries, but are a group with some of the most seasoned musicians in the Southeast.
Using his connections with Charlie Daniels and Marshall Tucker - both acts that toured often with Skynyrd - Artimus met with Ronnie VanZant and Ed King at Studio One in Doraville, Georgia. The results of that meeting -- Saturday Night Special -- greatly impressed Ronnie. Artimus' live debut with the band took place in Jacksonville's Sgt. Pepper's Club in October 1974. The gig, a show to raise money and awareness for Jacksonville's food bank, was hot. When Bob Burns left the band following Skynyrd's first European tour in December 1974, Artimus quickly got the nod as Skynyrd's new drummer.
The years Artimus played with Skynyrd were the years that solidified the legend behind the band. Quickly developing into one of the nation's top touring draws with a grueling schedule of 300 shows a year, the constant work and touring paid off. By October 20, 1977, Skynyrds songs had become radio staples.
This show is in partnership with Christian Appalachian Project’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.
Smoke on the Mountain – Saturday, September 12 – 8:00 p.m.
Smoke on the Mountain
is a musical that was first presented on a New York stage in 1990 and is now one of the most produced shows worldwide. The name of the musical comes from Psalm 104:32
: “He who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke.”
The play relates the involvement of the Sanders family troupe at a country church Saturday Night Gospel Sing in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features old hymns and rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders, a traveling gospel group making a return to performing after a five-year hiatus.
Pastor Oglethorpe, the young and enthusiastic minister of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, has enlisted the Sanders Family in his efforts to bring his tiny congregation into "the modern world." Between songs, each family member "witnesses" -- telling a story about an important event in their life. Though they try to appear perfect in the eyes of a congregation who wants to be inspired by their songs, one thing after another goes awry and they reveal their true -- and hilariously imperfect - natures. By the evening's end, the Sanders Family have endeared themselves to us by revealing their weaknesses and allowing us to share in their triumphs.
"Totally beguiling... foot-stomping soul food." - New York Post;
"Exhilarating!... A rollicking... cornpone Chorus Line
." – Variety;
"A sophisticated audience went simply wild." - Philadelphia Daily News;
"A charming and funny celebration of Americana." - The New York Times.
Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers – Friday, September 18 – 8:00 p.m.
Fifty years ago Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin started singing in their little hometown of Abilene, Texas, and went on to make music history. Over the course of a four-decade career that has taken the Gatlin Brothers from dusty Texas stages to White House performances, from Broadway to Grammy Awards to the top of the country charts, there has been one unifying element – their family harmony. There's no harmony quite as pure as family harmony. "Gatlin harmonies spin with high and light precision and their music bleeds and screams of love and a lot of living," said New York’s Country Capsule
Raised on Gospel music, the brothers first began entertaining audiences in churches and then with guest appearances on the Slim Willet radio and TV shows in Abilene, Texas, when they were only 2, 4, and 6 years old. Larry says that their history as "gospel music junkies" came from those early roots. "My folks took us to those old fashioned Southern-style quartet concerts, and it was love at first sound! My first hero was James Blackwood of the Blackwood Brothers Quartet-I just knew somehow from that moment that I wanted to be a singer for the rest of my life."
Over the next decade the Brothers scored more than a dozen Top 40 hits, including "Denver
," "Houston (Means That I'm One Day Closer To You
)," Midnight Choir (Mogen David
)," "She Used To Be Somebody's Baby
," "I Don't Want To Cry
," "Statues Without Hearts
," "What Are We Doing Lonesome
," I've Done Enough Dyin' Today
," "Take Me To Your Lovin' Place
," "Night Time Magic
," "Love Is Just A Game
," "The Lady Takes The Cowboy Every Time
," and Talkin' To The Moon
." It was also in ‘79 that Larry Gatlin won the ACM's "Top Male Vocalist," Straight Ahead
” won "Album of the Year," and "All The Gold In California
" won "Single of the Year."
The Gatlin Brothers proved more than capable of fulfilling the musical call on their lives. Their concert performances are simply magical events, filled with incredible family harmonies, total professionalism, and downright fun for both the trio and their audiences.
The Willis Clan – Friday, September 25, 8:00 p.m.
Likened to a modern-day “Partridge Family,” The Willis Clan
from Middle Tennessee wowed
judges on last year’s television show America’s Got Talent
. This twelve-person band is composed of
home-schooled siblings who play their own instruments and range in age from 4 to 23 – and all their first
names begin with the letter “J”! This talented family began performing professionally in 2004, when an
entrepreneur opening an Irish pub on Nashville’s famous Music Row approached them after watching the
children dancing on the bar (there was no dance floor).
This unique group can be seen currently on their reality television show, “The Willis Clan
featured on cable television channel TLC on Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m., E.T. The show chronicles how the
family juggles life with a large brood that – in addition to being gifted singers – includes siblings who are
internationally ranked Irish dancers, national swing dance champions, and wrestling champions! In fact,
in 2012, the Willis kids won”The Fleadh,” which is the World’s Championship in Irish Music, in Cavan,
Ireland. They have also won eight National Championships in Swing Dance, and the boys have won ten
State Wrestling Championships.
The sibling group is known for their bluegrass twists on popular songs, and their unique performance
of “My Favorite Things
” from The Sound of Music
has been viewed on YouTube
more than 6.4 million
times. The family is busy filming and touring the county together, with dad Toby running production and
mom Brenda heading up the business side of things.
Paul Childers and The Black Tie Affair – Saturday, October 24, 8:00 p.m.
Paul Childers and The Black Tie Affair
is a band from Nashville, that is lead by Lebanon, Kentucky, native and guitarist Paul Childers. The other members of the group are Will Lynde (Piano/Keys), Will McGee (Bass), and Kip Allen (Drums/Percussion). All four met at Belmont University in Downtown Nashville, and this group of young twenty-somethings is trying to challenge everything you thought you knew about music. They harmoniously mix pop, jazz, blues and rock music for a seriously classy show that presents the band as a blend between Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jamie Cullum, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix, and Ray Charles. Their 2012 debut album “Wasted Spaces”
includes ten original songs written by the group.
Since forming they have played for the MISS USA NEW YORK Pageant and MISS USA TEEN NEW YORK Pageant, Mitt Romney, been featured on GMA, The Today Show
, Jimmy Kimmel
, Fox News
, and are currently on a tour promoting their exciting and inspiring originals and freshly spun covers. Don't wear socks to their shows - because they are sure to be knocked off!
Rhonda Vincent and The Rage – Friday, October 30, 8:00 p.m.
Rhonda Vincent was proclaimed as “the new Queen of Bluegrass” by no less than The Wall Street
Journal. She is a five-time Grammy nominee whose voice has been described as one of the most
emotionally expressive in bluegrass. She is known for the level of unbridled energy and joy that she
brings to every performance, adding savvy contemporary touches to her music while drawing deeply
from classical bluegrass traditions.
Vincent’s musical career began when she was a child of five playing drums in her family’s band, The
Sally Mountain Show
. Vincent picked up the mandolin at age eight, and the fiddle at age ten, performing
with the family band at weekend festivals. The entire family was musically talented, and her brother,
Darrin, is currently a member of Dailey & Vincent
, a Grammy-nominated bluegrass group that performed
at the Lancaster Grand Theatre last season.
In 1985 in her mid-twenties, Vincent competed on and won cable television TNN’s series competition
“You Can Be A Star.
” This lead to a recording contract with Rebel Record and a solo career and
creation of The Rage
as her band in 2000.
Among the group’s many honors is its distinction as the most awarded band in bluegrass with over
100 awards, including Song of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and seven consecutive Vocalist of the
Year awards, all from the International Bluegrass Music Association. It’s no wonder the Buffalo
says Vincent “is to bluegrass now what Aretha Franklin once was to soul music.”
“Rhonda Vincent. What a talent. What a beauty. What a special human being." Dolly Parton
National Dance Company of Siberia – Saturday, October 31, 8:00 p.m.
The National Dance Company of Siberia
was founded in 1960, and has been a success from the very outset for its original manner of performing Siberian dances. A company of 50 accomplished dancers, their audiences are captivated by the vivid character portrayals, the musical movements, and the fanciful patterns of the choreographic design. The dances follow one after another in a kaleidoscope manner and are perceived as a single choreographic symphony and as a continuous stream of folk dance elements, now slow and thoughtfully smooth, now swift and sparking.
The Washington Post,
in its review of the group, wrote that the “folk dances from Russia seemed broader and more effective than the dances of any other country, due to their choreography and cultural traditions. Words fail to express the deep impression created by the beautiful figures, swift movements and virtuoso performances including the smooth, gliding dances of the girls, the remarkable jumps and pirouettes of the men dancers.”
The Company has appeared in all parts of the Russian Federation, as well as in more than 60 countries. It has won enthusiastic applause from audiences in Mongolia, Korea, China, Viet Nam, Laos, Algeria, Syria, Tunisia, Yugoslavia, Poland, Germany, Hungary, France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Japan, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, South and North American, in addition to many other countries.
Stunning costumes, thrilling choreography and lively orchestral music combine to create a night of energetic fun for the entire family. “The Krasnoyarsk National Dance Company of Siberia knows how to put on a good show.”
– The New York Times
The Boxcars – Saturday, November 7, 8:00 p.m.
The Lancaster Grand Theatre welcomes back The Boxcars
for their third visit, with a special guest to be announced soon. The Boxcars,
formed in late 2009, has often been referred to as a “Bluegrass supergroup,” earning praise and a slew of industry awards attributable to the level of talent and storied careers of members Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, John Bowman, Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon. The band won International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Group of the Year for 2011, 2012, and 2013, and Steffey won the award of 2013 IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year. Their album It’s Just a Road
was nominated for 2014 Best Bluegrass Album Grammy. The band’s wide-ranging versatility is demonstrated by their impressive variety of musical elements – which includes Swing, Old Time, Gospel and Bluegrass.
. These guys have been integral parts of many outstanding and award-winning bands over the years, including Alison Krauss & Union Station, the Lonesome River Band, Blue Moon Rising, the Dan Tyminski Band, J. D. Crowe & The New South, Dusty Miller, the Lynn Morris Band, and Blue Moon Rising. Between them, they hold dozens of IBMA awards, GRAMMY awards and nominations, and other accolades. They don’t sound like anyone else, but yet they capture the excitement of the seminal bands that preceded them in the genre and combine it with cutting-edge sounds of modern bluegrass music. The result is – well, magical. There is no substitute for chemistry between band members, and these guys have it.
The Midtown Men – Friday, November 13, 8:00 p.m.
From boys to men, THE MIDTOWN MEN
reunites stars from the original cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys
, making them the first vocal group ever formed by the principal cast of a high-profile Broadway show. After sharing the stage for over a thousand performances, Tony® Award winner Christian Hoff
, Michael Longoria
, Daniel Reichard
and Tony® Award nominee J. Robert Spencer
decided to take their signature sound and chemistry to audiences everywhere, bringing to life their favorite 1960s hits.
The New York Times
says, “Sidling up to the microphone, the singers had the air of the Rat Pack, Motown and a nightclub act rolled into one,” while the New York Daily News
proclaims, “The Midtown Men sound as crisp as their Rat Pack-inspired suits. Their voices blend together so flawlessly on stage.” The high-octane musical tour de force that took the Jersey Boys
phenomenon to Broadway and beyond, brings to life the greatest hits of the Sixties, rocking performing arts centers and symphony halls across the continent. Tour highlights for these Four Broadway vets and their powerhouse seven piece band recently included a triumphant return to their Jersey roots with a live concert special filmed at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in partnership with PBS.
Following the development of Jersey Boys and historic three-season run on Broadway, THE MIDTOWN MEN
are lifting audiences to their feet in venues across the continent, realizing the dream they brought to life as the iconic Four Seasons. THE MIDTOWN MEN
is the next chapter for these accomplished entertainers. Not only have they continued to win over audiences of all ages in nearly 2,000 live shows, their self-titled debut album, The Midtown Men: Sixties Hits
was met with critical acclaim and garnered five-star album reviews across iTunes and was followed by their first radio single “All Alone On Christmas
” with producer Steven Van Zandt and members of Springsteen’s E Street Band. Now the men have raised the bar once again with their explosive new live record, The Midtown Men: Live In Concert
and companion DVD/Blu-ray.
Jackie Evancho – Saturday, November 21, 8:00 p.m.
Jackie Evancho’s first and only Kentucky performance will be at the Lancaster Grand Theatre.
At only 10 years of age, the purity and power of Jackie Evancho’s
voice on the television show
America’s Got Talent
gained Jackie worldwide recognition. She was immediately signed to Columbia Records where she has released a string of successful recordings in classical crossover music, including O Holy Night
(certified Platinum), Dream With Me
(certified Gold), and three Billboard 200 top 10 debuts. She has collaborated with the legendary Barbra Streisand and pop singer Susan Boyle, as well as having worked with producer David Foster.
Additional accomplishments to date – now at the age of 15! – include being the world’s youngest
performer to enter the Billboard charts at No. 1, as well as being the youngest performer to sing a solo recital at the Lincoln Center. Jackie performed before 100,000 people in Russia with opera stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Sumi Jo prior to the opening of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum and performed in Japan before the Royal Family at the Imperial Palace. Her first PBS Special was one of the top pledge-producing performances in PBS history. In December 2014 she was selected to participate in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., and she was most recently on stage at the Royal Paragon Hall in Bangkok, Thailand in April, 2015, appearing with Italian classical tenor Andrea Bocelli.
Jackie made her movie debut in Robert Redford’s 2013 film, “The Company You Keep
,” alongside Susan
Sarandon, Shia LeBeouf and Nick Nolte. Redford directed and played her father in the thriller. She was also commissioned by HBO to sing the theme song for their popular series Game of Thrones
Jackie will be accompanied by members of the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra for her performance at the Lancaster Grand Theatre,. This is a Central Kentucky event that is not to be missed. Part of her charm is her age – but her talent is ageless.
Sawyer Brown – Friday, December 11, 8:00 p.m.
is an American country music band founded in 1981 in Florida. The group took the name “Sawyer Brown” after Sawyer Brown Road, the street where they rehearsed. They auditioned for the TV show Star Search
in 1983 just to get the videotape to promote their band – but then ended up winning the $100,000 grand prize and record contract.
The group has released twenty studio albums, of which three have been certified gold. More than fifty of their singles have entered the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three Number One singles. Sawyer Brown also received a Horizon Award from the Country Music Association in 1985, as well as a Vocal Group of the Year award in 1997 from the Academy of Country Music and 5 Vocal Band of the Year Awards from the TNN Music City News Country Awards.
Members of the group are Mark Miller, Gregg “Hobie” Hubbard, Shayne Hill Jim Scholten, and Joe Smyth. Miller, the founder and frontman, has written many of Sawyer Brown’s
hits, including “Step That Step,” “The Walk,” “Thank God for You,” “The Boys and Me
,” as well as the band’s anthem: “Some Girls Do
.” Other hits include “This Time,” “I Don’t Believe in Goodbye,” “Drive Me Wild,” and “They Don’t Understand.”
In the early 2000’s, Miller formed Christian music label Beach Street Records. He signed the band Casting Crowns
and has produced all of their CDs, winning a Grammy and Dove for his work. In April 2013, “Ring the Bell
,” a movie that Miller wrote and produced, was released—and he has more movies in the pre-production stage.
has built a base of loyal fans throughout the country, being dubbed by some writers as “The Grateful Dead of Country.” As Miller has said, “All along it has been the fans that fueled us.”
A Christmas Carol - Monday, December 14, 7:30 p.m.
A powerful story of redemption, Charles Dickens
's A Christmas Carol
, has enchanted audiences the world over with its simple message of selfless giving. Ebenezer Scrooge, a most unrepentant, miserly fellow, is made to see the light as he survives a merciless battery of revelations by the ghosts of his own Christmases: Past, Present, and Future.
This fully staged musical adaption of Dicken’s work comes direct from the Palace Theatre, selected in 2012 as Outstanding Historic Theatre by the League of Historic American Theatres. This timeless classic is filled with lush costumes, stunning sets, music, and dance featuring veteran Broadway actors.
With beloved traditional carols of the season included, A Christmas Carol
is an enchanting way to begin the holiday festivities. The performance has become an annual tradition at the Lancaster Grand Theatre!
The Nutcracker: State Ballet Theatre of Russia – Thursday, December 17, 7:30 p.m.
This world-class dance troupe brings one of the most iconic ballets of all time to audiences in Central Kentucky. The Nutcracker
two-act ballet first premiered in Russia in 1892 and has since evolved into an American phenomenon that is now a fundamental part of the holiday season. The story begins on Christmas Eve and involves a Christmas tree, children, parents, toys, snow and sweets. And, of course, the score is one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular compositions, universally acknowledged as having achieved classic status.
The Rudolf Nureyev State Ballet Theatre is a 50 member company that was founded in Russia in 1938. Rudolf Nureyev, one of the most famous dancers of the Twentieth Century, took the first steps of his storied career as a member of this group in 1953. Among the new breed of Russian ballet academies and companies, the principal dancers are laureates, diploma and competition-winners of Russian and international competitions and have trained in St. Petersburg, the Bolshoi Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet, Grogorovich Ballet, Russian Ballet directed by V. Gordeyev, Cairo Ballet, and the Tchaikovsky Ballet Theatre. The company has performed in 12 countries outside of Russia since 1995, and this represents their fifth U.S. tour.
Generations of children and “children at heart” have treasured this perpetual favorite featuring authentic Russian chorography as performed by Moscow’s famous Bolshoi Ballet and set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved music including “Waltz of the Flowers”, “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”,
and “Waltz of the Snowflakes
”. The entire family will love this magical experience filled with spectacular sets and beautiful costumes as dancers take to the stage. It is a not to be missed experience and the perfect way to celebrate the Christmas season with friends and loved ones. – another Lancaster Grand Theatre holiday tradition!
It’s A Wonderful Life: Radio Play – Tuesday, December 22, 8:00 p.m.
Join the citizens of Bedford Falls in this traditional live radio broadcast style show. This “play within a play” is complete with commercials, jingles, live sound effects, George and Mary Bailey, Mr. Potter and all the characters we have grown to love in this Frank Capra classic tale. Five veteran Broadway actors, supported by a sound-effects man, deliver the lines of all the characters from the movie. Four are dressed in fashions suggesting that their characters live in the golden age of radio, almost certainly the 1940s. The fifth appears to be a 21st
-century guy who has wandered into a dusty, deserted old radio studio and see the others as ghosts. In short order, though, he is interacting with them. In fact, he finds himself cast in the role of George Bailey, originally played by Jimmy Stewart.
Celebrate the Holidays at the Lancaster Grand Theatre with this heartwarming tale of redemption and realize that it truly is “A Wonderful Life.”
James Gregory, Comedian – Saturday, January 9, 8:00 p.m.
For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comedian James Gregory has stood grinning: his shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. It’s storytelling at its best. The trademark caricature is the essence of James Gregory’s comedy: rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.
The James Gregory show turns the clock back to a time when life was simpler; to a better time, before the death of common sense; a time when people sat on the front porch and actually talked to each other without a cell phone in their ear. Gregory’s success, like his comedy, is the direct result of the values he grew up with. And now, twenty something years later, it is this unique brand of humor that packs the crowds into his sold-out shows. The absence of vulgarity sets James apart and his stories are carefully crafted art. “I have lived long enough to know people, know life,” Gregory reflects. “My comedy is based on my life experiences. It’s real, it’s funny and the audience loves it. That’s why I’m still in business.” And, he’s known as the Funniest Man Alive”.
Live from Nashville – Friday, January 22, 8:00 p.m.
Live from Nashville
is a tremendous show featuring a troupe of singers, dancers, a bona fide band of Nashville musicians, dazzling staging and rhinestone-bedecked costumes, all designed to celebrate a century of celebrities and treasured songs.
This incredible theatrical production brings phenomenal fiddling, fancy footwork and top-flight vocals to the Lancaster Grand Theatre in a trip through some of country’s greatest music – songs brought to life by Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and country rockers like The Eagles, Brooks & Dunn and Garth Brooks. It includes today’s hits from stars like Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum.
The show is a fully costumed and choreographed song and dance spectacular celebrating a century of country celebrities and songs – not to be missed!
Memories of Elvis in Concert Presented by Chris Macdonald – Saturday, January 30, 8:00 p.m.
Get all shook up in a celebration of the life and music of Elvis Presley, arguably the greatest entertainer and pop culture icon of our time. Elvis, recognized by TIME magazine as the “Artist of the Century,” has sold more records than any other artist or group in the history of modern music. Even after death, his image and music continue to be loved and celebrated throughout the world. Chris Macdonald will share the story of the “King of Rock-N-Roll” and highlight several stages of Elvis’ career – the early years, the movies, the black leather ’68 comeback, and the white fringe ’70 Vegas concerts. This is a truly dynamic performance complete with costumes, dancers and high-energy concert band.
Macdonald is the only tribute artist approved and contracted by Elvis Presley Enterprises for annual festivities at Graceland’s Heartbreak Hotel. He has appeared with Elvis’ own original backup group, the Jordanaires, performed in famous Legends in Concert stage productions and private performances in Las Vegas, Branson, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, and now Kentucky. If you are still lonesome for the energy, charisma and incredible voice of Elvis, join us for this notable evening at the Lancaster Grand Theatre.
J.D. Crowe and the New South “Flashback” Reunion Band – Saturday, February 13, 8:00 p.m.
The word “legend” gets used too often these days, but when it comes to James Dee “J.D.” Crowe, no other will do. He is a Grammy
Award winning artist and a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. Crowe is widely acknowledged as being one of the most important musicians to have influenced the growth of contemporary bluegrass music. His pioneering work with Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys, begun while he was still a teenager in the mid–1950s, contributed to scores of bluegrass classics and set a standard to which legions of banjo players and harmony singers still aspire. The Rounder Records debut he recorded in 1975 with his trailblazing band, The New South, is widely recognized as one of the genre's most important recordings and continues to inspire new generations more than a quarter of a century after its release.
In 1994, J. D. Crowe and The New South released the album “Flashback
” on Rounder Records. The band featured Crowe on banjo/vocals, Richard Bennett on guitar/ vocals, Don Rigsby on mandolin/vocals, Phil Leadbetter on dobro, and Curt Chapman on bass. The album was nominated for a Grammy in 1995 at The 37th
Grammy Awards for “Best Bluegrass Album.” The band has reunited with all the original members and is touring once again as J.D. Crowe and The New South “Flashback” Reunion Band
. We welcome the band to the Lancaster Grand Theatre on their reunion tour.
Women of Ireland with Aerialist – Thursday, February 25, 8:00 p.m.
For the first time, a stage show brings together all the most adorned elements associated with Irish & Celtic music, song and dance in one brand new super stage spectacle. Lovers of Celtic music in North America are in for a special treat when the act known as Women of Ireland
takes to the stage! This magnificent show is touring throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia during the 2015-16 season.
Women of Ireland
features an-all female lineup of Irish step dancers comprising long term lead dancers from Riverdance
and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance
, along with a number of other tantalizing female dancers who excel in other dance disciplines. The show also features very special guest male dancer, the 4-time world champion and former lead dancer with Riverdance
– Anthony Fallon.
Alongside principal dancer Kelly McDonnell, herself a World Champion, Women of Ireland’s
dancers cannot be trumped on any stage world-wide. This year they will be joined by an veteran aerialist from Cirque de Soleil, who will only add to the splendor and beauty of the performance.
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra – Tuesday, March 8, 8:00 p.m.
Jerusalem Symphony’s 80th Anniversary Season!
Conductor Laureate Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,
Cellist, Daniele Akta
The 80- piece Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
, IBA was established in 1936 as a small studio ensemble which grew into the Palestine Broadcasting Service Orchestra. With the foundation of the State of Israel, the orchestra became the national radio orchestra, known as the “Kol Israel Orchestra.” In the 1970s, the orchestra was expanded into the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
, Israel Broadcasting Authority.
The orchestra maintains a varied repertoire which ranges from the Baroque and the Classical periods through the Romantic period, extending to contemporary composers, many of whom have received their Israeli premières with the JSO. The orchestra was the first Israeli Orchestra to perform the works of renowned composers such as Sofia Gubaidolina, Henry Dutilleux, Alfred Schnittke and others. Since its inception, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
has consistently encouraged Israeli composers by commissioning and performing their works at their resident hall – the Henry Crown Auditorium. They are also being recorded and broadcasted over IBA’s Kol Ha’musika station.
The orchestra toured in Europe and has played in such prestigious venues as the Musikvereine in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Cologne and major halls in Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Lucerne. They have performed at Carnegie Hall in New-York.
The orchestra is supported by the Israeli Broadcasting Authority, the Ministry of Culture and Sport and the Jerusalem City municipality.
ALEXANDER TCHAIKOVSKY (b. 1946)
The Khojaly Requiem (2012) (Info) (20”)
Soloists: Piano, Viola, Cello and Tar
CAMILLE SAINT SAENS:
Cello Concerto No 1, Op. 33 A minor (20”)
Cello Soloist: Daniele Akta (B. 2001)
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RACHMANINOFF SYMPHONY # 2
Pet Comedy Theatre – Tuesday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
"One of the best family attractions!
" -The Lost Angeles Times.
The world famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre
presents the celebrated Russian-born circus star, Gregory Popovich and his cast of jugglers, clowns, fifteen house cats, ten dogs, four geese, eight white doves, and two parrots. This family-friendly show is a unique blend of comedy, juggling skills, and the extraordinary talents of Popovich’s performing pets. Audiences across the nation have been delighted to see this extravaganza of European-style clowning, amazing juggling and of course, very talented performing pets. All animal performers are rescued from shelters and are personally trained by Gregory. Each of his animals lives with him and his family and is regarded as a treasured family member.
Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre
has been voted "Best family show in Las Vegas" and was a finalist on the television show America’s Got Talent
. It has been featured on “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show”
and a host of other television shows. Stories have appeared in People
, The New Yorker
and USA TODAY
. Gregory Popovich was awarded the 2009 Entertainer of the Year award by the Circus Fans Association of America, and is constantly lauded by S.P.C.A.s for his care of and concern for his extended four-legged family. This show is a delight for animal lovers and family audiences.
The Glenn Miller Orchestra – Friday, April 22 , 8:00 p.m.
The renown Glenn Miller Orchestra
was formed in 1938 and became immensely popular, recording such big band chart successes as Moonlight Serenade, Pennsylvania 6-5000, In the Mood, Little Brown Jug, Tuxedo Junction, A String of Pearls, Chattanooga Choo Choo, At Last, (I’ve Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo
, and many more. During the 1940’s, in fact, Glenn Miller achieved more hit records than either Elvis or the Beatles attained in their era. Hollywood contributed to the band’s popularity and that of its founder with the 1953 release of The Glenn Miller Story
on the big screen.
The present Glenn Miller Orchestra
was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. This 18-piece ensemble is coming to the Lancaster Grand Theatre to recreate the golden era of swing. Join the fun and find yourself snapping and tapping to the classic music of a bygone era in a historic theatre.
“A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality.” – Glenn Miller
American Girl Tea- Saturday, April 30, 2016 – 2:00 p.m. & Saturday, May 14, 2016 – 2:00 p.m.
Experience fun and fancy dining on the stage of the Lancaster Grand Theatre followed by a favorite American Girl
movie. You’ll be served lunch and tea at a table with white linens, bright centerpieces, and silverware with a presentation about social dining etiquette. Young ladies are invited to bring their doll to sit at the table in special seats along with moms and dads and other family members and friends.
The mission of American Girl
is to affirm self-esteem, celebrate achievements and foster creativity in today’s girls. More than 143 million American Girl
books and 23 million American Girl
dolls have been sold since 1986. Over 2,000 young ladies and their guests have attended this event at the Lancaster Grand Theatre during past seasons.
Teach beyond the classroom! The Lancaster Grand Theatre presents high quality, nationally and internationally renowned artists and performances for area students. These theatrical and musical adventures bring curriculum to life! Programs are carefully selected to correspond with core requirements by the Kentucky Department of Education. Study Guides will be made available for teachers and students for each performance.
School Performance tickets are $10.00 with the exception of The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Tickets for that performance are $12.50.
Peter and the Wolf
– University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, October 20 – 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
The National Dance of Siberia
– International Dance
Monday, November 2 – 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
A Christmas Carol
- Theatre Production
Monday, December 14 - 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 am.
: The State Ballet of Russia
Thursday, December 17 - 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Women of Ireland with Aerialist from Cirque de Soleil
Thursday, February 25 – 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
Wednesday, March 9 – 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Romeo and Juliet –
Presented by the Kentucky Shakespeare Company
Wednesday, March 23 – 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Pet Comedy Theatre
Wednesday, April 13 – 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Classic Movie Series
The Classic Movie
For more information on all performances, please check the web site at www.LancasterGrand.com. All tickets go on sale by calling the Lancaster Grand Theatre June 25, 2015. Call 859-583-1716 for further information. Web sales will available on July 1.
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