25th Annual Ventura Music Festival in July 2019

Each year, the Ventura Music Festival fills venues across the city with top-tier music for two weekends of multi-genre music, dance performances and world-class culture.  This summer, the festival is returning with a lineup that promises to be bigger and better than ever.  Headlined by the one and only The Summit: Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 with support by world class acts such as classical guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening with extraordinary baritone Jubilant Sykes, the thrilling Rastrelli Cello Quartet and many others, the festival has something for every musical taste.
 
In the hands of renowned conductor and Ventura Music Festival Artistic Director Nuvi Mehta, the 2019 musical lineup consists of:

  • 7/12: Festival headliners and acclaimed vocal groups are The Summit: Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 as the renowned groups join forces to wow audiences at the Oxnard PACC

  • 7/13: Celebrated guitarist Christopher Parkening joins renowned baritone Jubilant Sykes in a recital ranging from classical and jazz to American spirituals at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

  • 7/14: Calidore String Quartet brings “synergistic brilliance and ferocious commitment” to the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

  • 7/19: Youth jazz pianist star-on-the-rise and “brightest light” Joey Alexander at the Ventura College Performing Arts center

  • 7/20: Ranky Tanky brings Gullah culture and “soulful honey for the ears”  through a prism of African, gospel and R&B music at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

  • 7/21: Rastrelli Cello Quartet’s “simply infectious” musical sizzle at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center

Additionally, the festival will host a “Tea & Trumpets” at the Ventura Pierpont Inn, where guests will enjoy a four-course English tea with the Festival Brass Quintet’s hallmark wit, humor and fanfare on 7/11, as well as a free public concert with high octane Latin guitar ensembleIncendio at Mission Park in Ventura on 7/18.  For times, updates and more details in the coming months, follow the festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
 
The 25th annual Ventura Music Festival will take place on July 11-15 and July 20-22, 2018 at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center, located at 4700 Loma Vista Road, Ventura CA 93003 unless otherwise noted above. Tickets will range in price from $25-$50 (special student rates excepted) and will be available for purchase in April. For more information please visit www.venturamusicfestival.org or call (805) 648-3146.
 
For those who can’t wait until July, VMF’s silver anniversary celebration is starting sooner than ever: lauded piano duo Anderson & Roe will be playing at the Ventura College Performing Arts Center on February 9th. On May 10th, Lithuanian “rock stars of chamber music” NICO (New Ideas Chamber Orchestra) will be lighting up the VCPAC’s stage. Tickets for both events are on-sale now.
 
ABOUT VENTURA MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Since 1994, the mission of the Ventura Music Festival has been to bring world-class music to the community, foster audience-artist relationships, and enhance the joy of music through diverse programs for all ages. VMF seeks to create an inclusive, welcoming environment in which people both see and hear themselves reflected in the music.
 
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.venturamusicfestival.org.

Rubicon Theatre Company 2018-2019 Broadway Concert Series

Rubicon Theatre Producing Artistic Director KARYL LYNN BURNS today announced programming for the company’s JANET AND MARK L. GOLDENSON 2018-2019 Broadway Concert Series. According to Burns, the series offers an opportunity for audiences to enjoy the talents and personal stories and insights of some of the best and brightest concert and cabaret stars of the West End, Broadway and the West Coast.

This Broad’s Way

The series kicks off November 17 and 18 with Olivier Award-winner and Broadway star LESLI MARGHERITA making her Rubicon debut in a brand-new concert entitled “This Broad’s Way.” Margherita won an Olivier Award for her magnificent star-turn as Inez in Zorro on The West End and took Broadway by storm in her critically acclaimed debut as Mrs. Wormword in Matilda.

She’s done it big. She’s done it loud. She’s done it her way. Featuring time-honored classics, Broadway showstoppers and new twists on what will become old favorites, Margherita takes the stage with her signature sass and wit and shares stories about how she’s managed to carve her niche in the business of show. Written and starring Margherita, “This Broad’s Way” is directed and produced by LAUREN BASS, featuring musical direction and arrangements by BRETT RYBACK. The concert is presented at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18.

Red Hot Mama

The Goldenson Series continues in January with “Red Hot Mama: The Sophie Tucker Songbook,” starring Tony nominee SHARON McNIGHT in what the L.A. Times described as “the performance of a lifetime.”

The concert follows the remarkable story of the first lady of show business, whose career spanned sixty years. “Red Hot Mama” encompasses the music and history of Burlesque, Vaudeville, Broadway and Las Vegas. Tucker was the consummate performer on stage and film. She was part of the Ziegfeld Follies, a radio and television star, a musical recording artist and a great humanitarian. The show features over two dozen songs made famous by Tucker – tunes by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Henderson, DeSylva & Brown, and her 1928 million-record seller “My Yiddishe Mama.” This concert version won the Bay Area Critics Circle Award and BroadwayWorld.com Award for Best Show. “Red Hot Mama” runs Saturday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Side by Side (by Side by Side)

In the spring, Rubicon brings two talented married couples (and four best friends) together for a new concert called Side by Side. KIM HUBER and ROGER BEFELER, and KIRSTEN AND STAN CHANDLER, are creating a newly conceived concert about the trials, tribulations and joys of friendship, love and marriage, expressed in solos, duets and quartets. The concert is directed by KIRSTEN CHANDLER.

The Side by Side performers have appeared at Rubicon in productions including Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin, Jacques Brel… and She Loves Me. Audiences may also have seen them in starring roles on Broadway, tour and in regional productions of Beauty and the Beast, Marie Christine, Sunset Blvd., Forever Plaid and many others. “Side by Side” plays Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m.

Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues

Golden Globe Award-Winner AMANDA McBROOM (“The Rose”) is best known as a singer/songwriter and cabaret star. However, her diverse career also includes work at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and innumerable roles in comedies and dramas at theatres including the Pasadena Playhouse, the Old Globe in San Diego and Rubicon. In this concert, McBroom melds her multiple talents in a concert version of her 2004 play “Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues.” The concert is a potpourri of favorite songs from the production, such as “Ophelia,” “In His Hands,” “The Hard to be a Fairy Blues” and “The Bitch is Out.”

McBroom’s songs have been recorded by Barbara Cook, Manhattan Transfer, Judy Collins, Barry Manilow, and many others. She received a Golden Globe, a Grammy nomination, and Johnny Mercer Songwriter of the Year Award. She has written lyrics for 16 Universal Animation features, including “The Land Before Time” series. She was a featured lyricist for the TV classic series “Cop Rock.” She has performed in concert from London to Sydney, and Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center. McBroom will be accompanied by Musical Director MICHELE BROURMAN and instrumentalists LARRY TUTTLE and STEPHAN OBERHOFF. “Lady Macbeth Sings the Blues” is offered Saturday June 8 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Final Concert TBA

The 2018-2019 Goldenson Broadway Concert Series concludes on Saturday, August 24 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 25 at 2:00 p.m. with the show to be announced at a later date. Says Burns, “We are working on a very special event and look forward to sharing the news soon.”

Tickets Now on Sale

The Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Concert Series tickets are now on sale and available through the Rubicon Theatre Box Office, located at 1006 E. Main Street (corner of Main and Laurel) in Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District. Tickets are $55 per person, with a 20% savings for those who purchase the series – the equivalent of one free show. The Sunday matinee series includes talkbacks with the artists, where the audience members are invited to participate in a facilitated conversation with the artists. Discounts are available for military, Equity members and students. For information, go to www.rubicontheatre.org or call (805) 667-2900.


About Rubicon
Now in its 20th Anniversary Season, Rubicon Theatre is the region’s premiere professional theatre company. Rubicon was founded in 1998 by Artistic Directors Karyl Lynn Burns and James O’Neil and a board of social and civic leaders. The company has since presented nearly 140 productions to over 450,000 audience members in an intimate 180-seat historic former church. Rubicon creates a nurturing environment for artists where exploration and experimentation are encouraged and supported. As a result, luminaries including Alison Brie, Susan Clark, Dana Delany, Michael Learned, Jack Lemmon, Linda Purl, John Ritter, Joe Spano, Stephanie Zimbalist and others have graced the Rubicon stage. The company is committed to telling stories which illuminate our shared humanity. Rubicon presents bold, reimagined productions of classics; innovative productions of contemporary dramas, comedies and musicals; and develops and produces World Premieres. Rubicon has been the recipient of the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence, the NAACP Award, a New York Drama Desk Award, multiple Indy, Robby and Scenie Awards, and 18 Ovation Awards. The company recently won the Ovation for Best Production of a Play, Larger Theatre for Gulf View Drive. Rubicon offers extensive education and outreach programs under Beverly and Kirby Ward. The company is governed by a Board of Directors and further supported by a regional Board of Advisors and an active volunteer auxiliary. For more information, call 805.667.2900 or visit the website at www.rubicontheatre.org.

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza 2018-2019 Season

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The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is located at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Boulevard.  Visit www.civicartsplaza.com for more information or call 805.449.2787. It is one of the largest performing arts center between Los Angeles and San Francisco at over 200,000 square feet.

The City of Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Department oversees theatre productions for the Civic Arts Plaza, which encompasses two theatres – the 1,800-seat Fred Kavli Theatre and the 394-seat Janet and Ray Scherr Forum Theatre. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com or at 800.745.3000.

Here’s the planned 2018-2019 lineup. New events added year-round at civicartsplaza.com/shows. There are also many local performers that perform regularly at the CAP, such as the New West Symphony, 5-Star Theatricals, Distinguished Speaker Series, Village Voices Chorale, Pacific Festival Ballet and others.

Thu 9/20: Engelbert Humperdinck

Sun 9/23: Pacific Festival Dance Theatre “Carmen”

Fri 9/28: Benise - Guego! Spirit of Spain

Fri 9/28: The Outsourced Comedy Tour

Sat 9/29: Loudon Wainwright III

Sun 9/30: Kenny G

Sat 10/6: Ivan Amodei Secrets & Illusions

Sat 10/6: New West Symphony “Rhapsody in Blue”

Sun 10/7: Popovich Pet Theater

Fri 10/12: Mark Wills

Fri 10/12: Lily Tomlin

Sat 10/13: Justin Willman

10/19-10/28: Shrek the Musical

Sat 10/20: Tom Papa

Thu 10/25: Jesse Colin Young

Fri 10/26: The Undeportables

Sat 10/27: Five for Fighting with Strong Quartet

Fri 11/2: Johnny Boyd

Fri 11/2: C.S. Lewis Onstage

Tue 11/6: Distinguished Speaker Series - Annie Leibovitz

Wed 11/7: The Tenors

Thu 11/8: America

Fri 11/9: Mark Synnott - Life on the Vertical

Sat 11/10: David Crosby & Friends

Sat 11/10: Disney’s Frozen Sing-Along

Wed 11/14: Estas Tonne: The Breath of Sound

Thu 11/15: Johnny Mathis

Fri 11/16: The Every Woman Comedy Tour

Sat 11/17: Rodney Crowell

Sat 11/17: New West Symphony “The Romantics”

Sun 11/18: #IMOSO Hard Mom’s Night Out Round 2 (18+ only)

Fri 11/23: Postmodern Jukebox

Sat 11/24: A Magical Cirque Christmas

11/30-12/1: Village Voices Chorale - A Gift of Music

12/13-12/14: An Irish Christmas

12/15: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas Movie

12/15-12/16: Pacific Festival Ballet “The Nutcracker”

Thu 12/20: Brian Wilson presents the Christmas Album Live

12/27-12/30: The King and I

Jan 15: Distinguished Speaker Series - Chris Wallace

Jan 1/18: Whose Live Anyway

Fri 1/25: Bertie Gregory - National Geographic Live!

Sat 1/26: Rhythmic Traditions

1/31-2/1 - The Sound of Music

Tue 2/12: Distinguished Speaker Series - James Comey

Fri 2/22: Kara Cooney - National Geographic Live!

Fri 3/1: Peter Yarrow & Noel Paul Stookey

Sat 3/2: New West Symphony “Northern Lights”

Tue 3/5: Distinguished Speaker Series - Jon Meacham

Fri 3/15: Thomas Peschak - National Geographic Live!

3/22-3/31: 5-Star Theatricals “Matilda the Musical”

Sat 4/6: New West Symphony “Indescribable Beauty”

4/11-4/14: Legally Blonde - The Musical

Tue 4/16: Distinguished Speaker Series - Alan Alda

Sat 5/4: New West Symphony “Russian Troika”

Sat 5/4: Live From Laurel Canyon - Songs & Stories of American Folk Rock

Sat 5/18: Camelot

Sun 5/19: Keb Mo

Tue 5/21: Distinguished Speaker Series - Paul Nicklen

7/11-7/14: The Book of Mormon

7/26-8/4: 5-Star Theatricals “West Side Story”

Performances at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center April to December 2018

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Upcoming performances at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Avenue. Visit www.simi-arts.org or call 805-583-7900 for more information and to purchase tickets to these shows.

NEXT TO NORMAL

April 21 – May 27, 2018

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

No performance Friday, April 26th.

Added performance Thursday, May 24th at 8 pm.

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center proudly presents the powerfully provocative musical NEXT TO NORMAL from April 21 - May 27, 2018. With poignant lyrics by Brian Yorkey and a powerful contemporary rock score by Tom Kitt (American Idiot), NEXT TO NORMAL is an insightful and fiercely honest story of love, loss and family life, exploring how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Boasting the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and three Tony Awards including best musical score, NEXT TO NORMAL was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Cathartic and ultimately uplifting, NEXT TO NORMAL challenges us to ask the question, 'What is normal?' SVCAC presents this award winning musical in recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month of May 2018. This show is recommended for audiences 14 & older due to mature themes. Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students/Seniors 60 & Above, and $18 Children 12 & Under.

KIKI EBSEN PRESENTS THE JONI MITCHELL PROJECT

Friday, April 28, 2018

Preshow Dessert Reception at 6:30 pm

Concert begins at 8:00 pm

For the past two years Kiki Ebsen has enjoyed bringing the diverse catalog of Joni Mitchell's songs to those who resonate in the elegant music and profound lyrics. Kiki's Joni Mitchell Project has received wide acclaim in performances from intimate jazz clubs to outdoor festivals. You'll enjoy this special evening and the genius of the Joni Mitchell songbook. Kiki solos on piano on "Both Sides Now" and "Case of You," and shifts to guitar on "Coyote" and "Chelsea Morning," among others. You'll enjoy her band arrangements of "Woodstock," "Big Yellow Taxi," and "Free Man in Paris," "Blonde in the Bleachers," "Twisted," and "Sex Kills." From Joni's earliest years to her later, more edgy, material, Kiki and her band pay tribute to Joni Mitchell, her music, style, originality and pure artistry. Don't miss it!

Featuring: Kiki Ebsen-vocals/keys/guitar, Terry Wollman-guitar, Grant Geissman-guitar, Steve Lawrence-bass and Matt Starr-drums.  Tickets are $50 and include a dessert and wine reception before the show.

RAYMOND MICHAEL’S MOTHER’S DAY WITH ELVIS CONCERT

Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm

World renowned Elvis impersonator Raymond Michael returns to SVCAC for a special Mother’s Day salute featuring all the King of Rock n Roll's big hits in one spectacular evening! Don't miss this concert! Tickets sell fast, so buy yours early! Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors 60 & above and students, and $20 for children 12 & under.

BIG RIVER

Presented by Actors’ Repertory Theatre of Simi

June 9 – July 15, 2018

Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm

Presented by Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi. Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a musical with a book by William Hauptman and music and lyrics by Roger Miller. Based on Mark Twain's classic 1884 novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, it features music in the bluegrass and country styles in keeping with the setting of the novel. Mark Twain’s beloved classic takes us back to old “Muddy Waters” as Huck Finn and the runaway Jim escape down the mighty Mississippi River in search of freedom. Featuring a score from country music legend Roger Miller, Big River is certain to become a fan favorite! Tickets are $25 Adults, $22 Students/Seniors 60 & Above, and $18 Children 12 & Under.

RAYMOND MICHAEL’S BLUE CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm

World renowned Elvis impersonator Raymond Michael returns to SVCAC with his annual BLUE CHRISTMAS WITH ELVIS concert featuring holiday favorites as well as all the King of Rock n Roll's big hits in one spectacular evening! Don't miss this holiday tradition at the Center! Tickets sell fast, so buy yours early or it truly will be a Blue Christmas for you! Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for seniors 60 & above and students, and $20 for children 12 & under.