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Center announces 2018/2019 Season, featuring Itzhak Perlman, AJ Croce and Alan Cumming

A.J. Croce is one of the many artists who will be appearing in the upcoming California Center for the Arts, Escondido season.

The California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) is pleased this week announced its “2018/2019 Presented Season” featuring a line-up of acclaimed performers, including Itzhak Perlman; STYX; Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrants; Lila Downs; Charlie Daniels Band; Ry Cooder; The Ten Tenors; Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández; The Scottish International Tattoo and Music Parade; Syncopated Ladies with Special Guest Appearance from Sole Talk; Irish Christmas in America; We Banjo 3; Calidore String Quartet; Mesa-Yakushev Duo; The Clairvoyants; Dustbowl Revival and Hot Club of Cowtown; Montreal and California Guitar Trios; Lucia Micarelli; Masters of Hawaiian Music; Kishi Bashi; International Guitar Night; Gina Chavez; AJ Croce; and more.

Note: See our interview with CCAE Executive Director Jerry Van Leeuwen elsewhere in this issue.

Through its presentation of internationally renowned talent, the Center is a premier performing arts venue in the Southern California market.   

The Center’s 2017/2018 season debuts on Sunday, August 19, 2018 and continues until Saturday, May 11, 2019. Events will take place in both the 1,523-seat Concert Hall and 404-seat Center Theater. Please see the 2018/2019 performance schedule below, and for additional information about the Center, visit artcenter.org.  

The Center’s Executive Director Jerry Van Leeuwen told The Times-Advocate “We are excited to present our season lineup for 2018-2019. As has been our practice, we seek to provide a wide array of artists and genres. This year they range from Itzhak Perlman’s world-renowned violin stylings to We Banjo 3’s nuanced mix of Irish tradition with modern Bluegrass; from the logic defying Clairvoyants to ‘The Best of Times’ with iconic rock legends STYX. With your support, we have been able to expand the number of shows that we offer you, and we anticipate continuing this trend in future years.”

“We are looking forward to another exciting, wide-ranging Performing Arts season,” said Cynthia Weir, board chairman. “Come to enjoy a favorite artist, or discover something new.  Bring your family and friends, and make some special memories at the California Center for the Arts!”

Performing Arts 2018/2019 Season Lineup

Ry Cooder w/ Joachim Cooder

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. 

$35-70

Ry Cooder is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and film score composer best known for his unparalleled skill on the slide guitar. Cooder has been the recipient of six Grammy Awards and praised for his work producing the classic album Buena Vista Social Club. Cooder has also played with a long list of legendary artists such as The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Randy Newman, and so many more. Joining Ry Cooder on stage will be Joachim Cooder, son and chief collaborator, where they will be showcasing his newest album, The Prodigal Son, with original and adapted gospel favorites.

STYX

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. 

$45-165

Best known for melding hard rock guitar with acoustic guitar, synthesizers with acoustic piano, upbeat tracks and popular power ballads, while incorporating elements of international musical theatre, this show will be sure to get everyone out of their seats. Famous for their hit songs “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” “Babe,” “The Best of Times,” “Too Much Time on My Hands” and “Mr. Roboto.” 

California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Center Theater at 7:30 p.m.

$30-50

CGT+MG3 features six virtuoso guitarists from California Guitar Trio (CGT) and Montreal Guitar Trio (MG3). Representing four countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium, and US), they fuse over 40 years of combined performing experience into one unique six-by-6-string ‘phenomensemble.’ CGT’s steel stringed-guitars blend naturally with MG3’s nylon-stringed guitars, as each trio’s fret boards chase the others’ original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music.

Lucia Micarelli

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Center Theater at 7:30 p.m.

$35-50

Lucia Micarelli is a conservatory and classically trained violinist with a love for jazz and rock. She has been playing since she was 3 years old, and her training at Julliard and the Manhattan School of Music prepared her to become the virtuoso sensation she is today. Micarelli has also been known for her collaborations with Josh Groban and Chris Botti. Her performances earned her enough recognition that she has been cast in multiple television shows as well, most notably as the talented Annie Talarico from HBO’s Treme, showcasing her musical talent for worldwide audiences in post Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m.

$25-70

Ballet Folklórico de México returns to the United States for an extended multi-city tour featuring renewed performances of the company’s classic choreography. Founded in 1952 by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico brings together the music, dance and costume of Mexican folklore from pre-Colombian civilizations through the modern era. The company has developed choreography for 40 ballets, composed of 76 folk dancers who have performed extensively across Mexico and abroad. Ticket prices start at $25.

We Banjo 3

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Center Theater at 7:30 p.m.

$40-55

We Banjo 3 consists of two sets of siblings from Galway, Ireland. This group is responsible for the creation and origination of a genre they dub “Celtgrass,” an entertaining and eclectic mixture of traditional Irish and old time music, with Bluegrass and Americana stylings. The band will be showcasing their album String Theory, which debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard Charts, and gives a contemporary twist to their well-loved historic style.

Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays

Friday, November 30, 2018

Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. 

$35-70

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to celebrate the holiday season than with international singing sensation The Ten Tenors. Home for the Holidays is a magical experience for the whole family that will dazzle, delight, and captivate audiences. Join Australia’s rock stars of the opera as they amaze and enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary favorites. With soaring versions of “Joy to the World,” ”Sleigh Ride,” “White Christmas,” and many more, Home for the Holidays is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of the season.

The Charlie Daniels Band

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. 

$35-75

Charlie Daniels is well known across America, from his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits. An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and a road warrior at age 80, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need. Known for his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,”, and other memorable hits such as “Long Haired Country Boy” and “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” along with collaborations from Elvis to Bob Dylan, the Charlie Daniels Band has become a legend among country’s greatest.

Syncopated Ladies

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. 

$25-55

Viral tap sensation, Syncopated Ladies, bring their fierce footwork and female force to the Center’s stage. This female tap dance band from Los Angeles was created by tap dancer and choreographer Chloe Arnold. The Syncopated Ladies are most known for their viral video in tribute to Prince and their cover of Beyonce’s Formation, they have also been featured on So You Think You Can Dance and ABC’s Good Morning America.  

Irish Christmas in America

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Center Theater at 7:30 p.m.

$40-55

The hugely popular Irish Christmas in America show features top Irish music, song and dance in an engaging performance rich in humor and boundless energy. This family-friendly performance features lively instrumental tunes on fiddle, flute, Uilleann pipes, and harp. Take a memorable glimpse into the enchanting spirit of Christmas, as the finest traditional artists from Ireland bring you on a fun-filled start to the holiday season of 2018.

A.J. Croce

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Center Theater at 7:30 p.m.

$25-40

San Diego local A.J. Croce is a piano man, first and foremost, and a vocal stylist in the second, the opposite of his father Jim Croce. His muted growl pulls from a host of American traditions and anti-heroes, it’s part New Orleans, part juke joint, part soul, but somehow evokes New York. A.J. Croce’s nine albums have charted 17 Top 20 singles on the radio, including on Top 40, Americana, Independent, Blues, and Jazz charts. A virtuoso piano player, he has performed on major talk shows and news programs including The Late Show, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, CNN, MTV, and VH1.

Itzhak Perlman

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. 

$60-225

Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Perlman has performed with every major orchestra and at venerable concert halls around the globe. Beloved for his charm, humanity, and exceptional talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music. 

Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant

Friday, January 25, 2019

Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. 

$35-95

Alan Cumming is many things to many people – Renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur – but to himself he is a story-teller and provocateur for hire. He became an American citizen in 2008 and Legal Immigrant is a cabaret of songs and stories about his life and loves in his adopted homeland.

Calidore String Quartet

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Center Theater at 3:30 p.m.

$35-55

The Calidore String Quartet consists of violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi. The quartet makes international headlines and regularly performs in the most prestigious venues throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Their talent has won them accolades across the globe and firmly established them as one of the finest chamber music ensembles performing today.

Kishi Bashi

Friday, February 1, 2019

Center Theater at 7:30 p.m.

$25-45

NPR’s 2012 “Best New Artist of the Year,” Kishi Bashi is a violin virtuoso. Having recorded, toured, and collaborated with diverse artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal, Kishi Bashi released his first full-length album 151a via Joyful noise. Receiving high praise from Spin, Huffington Post, Stereogum, Paste, and many others.

International Guitar Night

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Center Theater at 7:30 p.m.

$35-45

International Guitar Night (IGN) is North America’s premier mobile guitar festival, bringing together the world’s foremost acoustic guitarists to perform their latest original compositions. Each tour, IGN founder Brian Gore performs with a new cast of guitar luminaries for special evenings of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar.  This year’s guest host is Luca Stricagnoli, Italy’s explosive contemporary showman, who is joined by two of France’s acclaimed young prodigies, Swing guitarist Antoine Boyer and Flamenco guitarist Samuelito, and the ground-breaking Turkish fretless guitarist Cenk Erdogan.

Mesa-Yakushev Duo

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Center Theater at 3:30 p.m.

$35-55

Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev and Thomas Mesa, Cuban-American cellist are the Mesa-Yakushev Duo. Both charismatic and versatile performers of their generations they are sure to astound and mesmerize audiences.

Gina Chavez 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Center Theater at 7:30 p.m.

A multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Gina Chavez is a nine-time Austin Music Award winner, including 2015 Musician of the Year and Album of the Year for her sophomore release, Up.Rooted. Chavez and her band have performed in eight countries, touring as cultural ambassadors with the U.S. State Department. Chavez’s passionate collection of bilingual songs takes audiences on a journey through the Americas. 

The Clairvoyants

Friday, March 1, 2019

Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. 

$25-50

Thommy Ten and Amelie Van Tass (The Clairvoyants) are Austrian performers with a “second sight” act. They have been performing since 2011 all around the world for multiple venues and companies, including the Sydney Opera House. They have been awarded many times for their jaw-dropping and ethereal displays, including second place on America’s Got Talent, the biggest talent show in the world. 

The Scottish International Tattoo and Music Parade

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. 

$30-60

Celtic magic and Scottish joie de vivre – that is what the audience can experience when the Scottish Music Parade comes to a place near you. Bagpipe players, drummers, musicians, singers and dancers, every last one direct from Edinburgh, Scotland will carry the audience along for a whole evening on a journey through Scotland that is as stirring as it is varied.

In Cooperation with Jean Will Presents.

Masters of Hawaiian Music

Friday, March 15, 2019

Center Theater at 7:30 p.m.

$35-45

Nathan Aweau and Kawika Kahiapo are regular guest artists on George Kahumoku’s renowned Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar® series on Maui, and his Grammy award-winning CDs. Together, these Masters share the delightful experience of kī-hō‘alu (slack key guitar) – the distinctly Hawaiian style of open tunings, ‘ukulele, and Hawaiian vocals.

Storybook Princesses

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Center Theater at 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

$15-35

Come see your favorite princesses sing a few of their favorite songs!

Dust Bowl Revival and Hot Club of Cowtown 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. 

$25-50

Dustbowl Revival is an Americana and Soul band who mash the sounds of New Orleans funk, bluegrass, soul, pre-war blues, and roots music, into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. Since 1998, the Western swing-gypsy jazz trio Hot Club of Cowtown has traveled the world bringing their own brand of magical musical chemistry to audiences far and wide. 

Lila Downs 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. 

$25-85

Iconic Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winning singer Lila Downs is one of the world’s most singular and powerful voices, whose compelling stage presence and poignant storytelling transcend all language barriers. This global superstar’s exquisite artistry bridges traditions from across the Americas. As a passionate human-rights activist, Lila’s lyrics often highlight issues relating to social justice, sharing stories that too often go untold. Ticket prices start at $25.

Museum Exhibitions 2018/2019 Season Lineup

American Watercolor Society: 151st International Exhibition 

July 14 – August 26, 2018 

The American Watercolor Society (AWS) is a nonprofit membership organization that began in 1866 to promote the art of water media. Each year the AWS holds a juried exhibition that draws thousands of entries from artists throughout the world. The top selections are included in a traveling exhibition, touring museums and galleries nationwide. Also on view, is Local Color featuring ten of our local Signature Member artists; Janice Ciprani-Willis, Pat Dispenziere, Linda Doll, Robin Erickson, Ken Goldman, Elaine Harvey, Carol Mansfield, Chuck McPherson, Charles Rouse, and Keiko Tanabe.

DesEscondido / No Longer Hidden: Public Address Art Exhibition 

September 29 – November 18, 2018 

Eighteen members of Public Address, a dynamic, diverse, and multi-talented group of leading public artists in Southern California will explore how things can be both obscured and visible in a city (Escondido) whose very name means “the hidden place”. DesEscondido / No Longer Hidden will stimulate an invigorating, immersive dialogue with the community throughout the exhibit, activating both the interior and exterior of the site. The artists of Public Address work in sculpture, mixed media, mosaic, photography, paper, and poetry.

Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams 

January 12 – March 10, 2019 

Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams features fifty photographs by Adams of the Japanese American incarceration camp in Manzanar, California, during World War II. These photographs were the subject of Adams’s controversial book “Born Free and Equal” that protested the treatment of these American citizens. This exhibition was organized by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. Concurrently on view, Wendy Maruyama: Executive Order 9066, a contemporary artists look at the Japanese American Internment camps and their effect on the families and our nations perceptions.

Convergence/Convergencia 

April 6 – May 12, 2019

This exhibition showcases ten visual artists working in the San Diego-Tijuana region. They share a range of styles and methodologies including painting, sculpture, ceramics, and installation art that give expression to the vibrant work. Convergence, a concept that evokes movement toward a shared point or destination, seeks to bring together artists who typically work independently on each side of the border, rarely coming into contact with one another. The exhibit curated by artist Mariza Sánchez, in partnership offers a unique meeting space to highlight the multiple ways of seeing and interpreting the region by fostering dialogue through the shared medium of art.

Annual Community Events (FREE EVENTS)

55th Annual Independence Day Festival & Fireworks 

July 4, 2018

Around the Campus, 4 p.m.-9 p.m.

Join 20,000 patriotic festival-goers for a day of rockin’ live music, tasty treats, and Fourth of July fun and games for all. After dark, turn your gaze to the sky for a dazzling fireworks display!

Puttin’ Down Roots | Americana Music Series 

Fridays in July 2018

Lyric Court, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Explore several genres of American roots music through live music and dancing with Moonlight Trio, Missy Andersen Duo, Rosa’s Cantina, and Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi.

First Wednesdays 

Every First Wednesday of the Month, September 2018 through June 2019 

Concert Hall, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

First Wednesdays at the Center happens the first Wednesday of every month and features different amazing artists every month.

Jazz Jam Sessions 

Fridays in August 2018

7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Jazz up your summer with live music in the moonlight! Whether you sit back and enjoy a glass of wine or pick up your sax and play with the band, the musical talent at our jam sessions will blow you away. 

Levitt AMP Escondido Music Series 

Every Saturday from August 25, 2018 – November 3, 2018

The Great Green/Grape Day Park, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

The energetic and eclectic sounds of the 2018 Levitt AMP Escondido Music Series will soon fill the air, bringing you a fun-filled summer and fall of free concerts that give new life to underused public spaces. All Levitt AMP concerts feature incredible artists that satisfy a wide range of musical tastes. So grab your friends, family and neighbors, pack your picnic blankets and lawn chairs, and head over to the Levitt AMP Escondido Music Series!

Música en la Plaza

Fridays in September 2018

Lyric Court, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Dance the night away to live Salsa, Norteño, Huapango, and Cumbia, under the stars in the Center’s beautiful Lyric Court. Held every Friday in September from 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Musica en la Plaza, brings authentic FREE live music to hundreds of attendees each night.

23rd Annual Día de los Muertos Festival

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Around the Campus, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

One of the largest festivals in all of San Diego, the annual Día de los Muertos festival attracts thousands of attendees. Celebrate this iconic holiday with traditional altars, sugar skulls, live music, ballet folklórico, food trucks, family friendly crafts, face painting, and more, all for FREE starting at 6pm.

Winter Wonderland Festival 

December 1, 2018

Around the Campus 4 p.m.-9 p.m.

Celebrate the holidays at the Center! Every December we bring the North Pole to the heart of Escondido with a visit from Santa, real snow, and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. 

First Marine Division Band Annual Concert 

Spring 2019

Concert Hall

Don’t miss Camp Pendleton’s finest musicians as they return to the Center for their popular annual performance. Each spring, the band presents a new and engaging concert that keeps audiences coming back year after year! 

7th Annual smART Festival 

March 30, 2019

Around the Campus, 10  a.m.-2 p.m.

Enjoy a vibrant showcase of artwork and performances by Escondido’s students. This celebration of aspiring artists is held in our museum, theaters, and Great Green. 

Members of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido will have an opportunity to purchase tickets during a 2-week pre-sale starting on June 12, 2018 and the public will get to purchase tickets for the new season starting June 26, 2018. 

Get more information about the upcoming 2018-19 Presented Season by following us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theCCAE/ or online at ArtCenter.org.

The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times, and ticket information, visit artcenter.org.

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