Music, Dance, Theater & Concerts: THE BROAD STAGE (Santa Monica)

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by Lamont Williams on December 24, 2021

in Concerts / Events,Dance,Music,Theater-Los Angeles

The Broad Stage is presenting these twenty-eight attractions Jan to June 2022
Subscription packages, starting at $47,
are on sale at 
thebroadstage.org or 310.434.3200.

Premieres  — The Broad Stage is a theatre conceived and designed toshowcase new work; 2022 season features a world premiere and three Los Angeles premieres 
  • Iphigenia (February 17-19) premiere opera by jazz great esperanza spalding and jazz legend Wayne Shorter, with set designs by architect Frank Gehry
  • Yemandja: A Story of Africa (April 14-16) new music theatre work by & starring vocal legend Angélique Kidjo inspired by her ancestors directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce with production design by artist Kerry James Marshall
  • Heartbeat Opera Fidelio (February 26-27) contemporary adaptation with chorus of over 100 incarcerated singers; also Artists Talk about restorative justice with Heartbeat Opera creators and local artists
  • The Conference of the Birds (June 18-19) shared world premiere oratorio from composer Fahed Sladat, librettist Sholeh Wolpé, and director-choreographer André Megerdichlan, based on the Sufi mystic poet Attar’s seminal text about the journey of the soul as it seeks union with the divine.  In English with text from the original Persian.
Theatre and Cabaret – Great personalities and stories
  • Och & Oy! (Jan 21-22 Los Angeles Premiere) Tony Award® winner Alan Cumming (Cabaret, “The Good Wife”) and Ari Shapiro,  NPR’s All Things Considered host and frequent Pink Martini singer (January 21-22) transport listeners through an evening of tunes and tall tales
  • An Evening with Fran Lebowitz (April 28-May 1) star of the recent Netflix series directed by Martin Scorsese “Pretend it’s a City” is the  purveyor of urban cool, a cultural satirist, whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker
  • Theatre — Sea Sick (Los Angeles Premiere April 15-16) written and performed by Alanna Mitchell about the dark truth of oceans; also beach clean-up with Heal the Bay for the public
Dance companies that exemplify the art form today
  • Mark Morris Dance Group & Music Ensemble Mozart Dances (June 9-12) The Times UK: “the essence of childhood play, the unselfconscious immersion in pretending; the relentless inventiveness; the sheer delight in creativity.”
  • Sacre by Circa  (February 4-5) Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble creates a powerful and deeply moving acrobatic encounter with Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps  – unparalleled blending of concert music, choreography, and circus; also Circus Arts Workshop for the public
  • Aakash Odedra: Samsara  (United States Premiere February 10, 13) Inspired by the novel Journey to the West, Samsara is an epic mythological story set in an arresting visual landscape with live music
  • Ephrat Asherie Dance ODEON (Los Angeles Premiere April 1-2) — one of the most exciting contemporary choreographers, fusing social, street dance, and Latin rhythms; also social dance and hip hop workshop
Classical — Orliński, Takács, Dinnerstein and Danish String Quartet
  • Countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, Michał Biel, piano (Los Angeles debut March 10) Opera: “the real countertenor deal, has raised the bar decisively” – one of the most vibrant performers in international classical music
  • World-renowned Takács Quartet with Julien Labro (Broad Stage Debut March 19) Edward DusinberreHarumi Rhodes (violins), Richard ONeill (viola), and András Fejér (cello) in world premiere season of a new quartet by Stephen Hough, Les Six Rencontres and two commissions from composers Bryce Dessner and Clarice Assad
  • Pianist Simone Dinnerstein (March 27) performing her breakout performance of Bach Goldberg Variations
  • Colburn Orchestra (January 23) conducted by Yehuda Gilad, featuring Brahms double concerto with Charlotte Marckx, violin and Olivia Marckx, cello
  • Previously announced Danish String Quartet (October 16) NY Times: rare and interesting … there’s deep absorption, when players enter a kind of trance, a state of euphoric joy.”
Music – Four artists in their Broad Stage debuts
  • Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar (Broad Stage debut January 30) have carved a unique place for themselves through soul-stirring arrangements of contemporary Gospel, musical theater, and rich original compositions; also community Gospel music singalong on Third Street Promenade
  • Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra (Broad Stage debut March 11) highly entertaining ensemble with important jazz traditions such as riff playing, New Orleans polyphony and spontaneous arrangements
  • American roots master Martha Redbone (Broad Stage debut April 9) Inheriting the powerful vocal range of her gospel-singing African American father and the resilient spirit of her mother’s Cherokee/Shawnee/Choctaw culture
  • Artemis (Broad Stage debut June 4) brings together six jazz stars: Renee Rosnes, Piano, Musical Director; Anat Cohen, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone; Ingrid Jensen, Trumpet; Nicole Glover, Tenor Saxophone; Noriko Ueda, Bass; Allison Miller, Drums
  • Cue & A with Robert Kraft —  conversation clips and commentary with game changing composers –Michael Abels (March 14) composer of scores for Get Out and Us; a TBA on January 24
 The Broad Stage Favorites — Nat Geo Live, Beethoven Bagels & Banter, Blackbox return 
  • Nat Geo Live — Beth Shapiro evolutionary biologist How to Clone a Mammoth (January 27, 28) | photographer Anand Varma Invisible Wonders (March 17, 18) | Maureen Beck , paraclimber  Improbable Ascent  (June 16, 17)
  • Beethoven, Bagels & Banter with Robert Davidovici (February 20, April 3) Curated by Robert Davidovici and featuring a mélange of world-class guest musicians, a perfect way to spend a Sunday morning
  • Blackbox at the East Wing curated by the Reverend Shawn Amos — The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood (May 13) deep collaboration between Shawn Amos, the blues singer-songwriter/harmonica player and some old friends: black roots, R&B, and stripped-down rock n’ roll — a bracing, soul-deep musical experience | Brenna Whitaker (June 17) Growing up, Whitaker fell in love Ruth Brown, Peggy Lee, Cab Calloway, Etta James.  “Those are my people … It’s almost like they found their way to me”
These twenty-eight attractions are headed to The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center from January to June 2022 including four premieres —  the Los Angeles Premiere of Iphigenia (February 17-19) opera by visionary composer Wayne Shorter, “generally acknowledged to be jazz’s greatest living composer” (The New York Times) and librettist and performer esperanza spalding, “well over a decade into one of the most fruitful and strikingly original careers” (Rolling Stone), who have created a modern operatic re-imagining of a powerful ancient story, with set designs by architect Frank Gehry.
 Also Yemandja: A Story of Africa (April 14-16) a new music theatre work by and starring vocal legend Angélique Kidjo inspired by her ancestors directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce with production design by Kerry James Marshall; Heartbeat Opera Fidelio (February 26-27) with live cast and video appearance of over 100 incarcerated singers; and the shared World Premiere with Scripps College of The Conference of the Birds (June 18-19) from composer Fahed Sladat and librettist Sholeh Wolpé, and director-choreographer André Megerdichlan. Subscription packages, starting at $47, are on sale at thebroadstage.org or 310.434.3200.  Due to the limited capacity of many performances, audiences are encouraged to buy early for the best seating and prices. The season also includes a broad range of performing arts including four leading-edge dance making companies: Mark Morris Dance Group & Music Ensemble, Circa performing Sacre, the United States premiere of Aakash Odedra Company’s Samsara, and the Los Angeles premiere of ODEON from Ephrat Asherie Dance; the Los Angeles debut of internationally renowned countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński with Michał Biel, piano and the Broad Stage debuts of Takács Quartet and Simone Dinnerstein, and the Colburn Orchestra and the Danish String Quartet. Other attractions include  Fran Lebowitz, Alanna Mitchell in Sea Sick, Tony Award winner Alan Cumming and All Things Considered host Ari Shapiro. Trey McLaughlin and the Sounds of Zamar, Delfealyo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra,  Artemis, and American roots master Martha Redbone, who all make their Broad Stage debuts, as well as Jazz Legends Dianne Reeves, Chucho Valdés and Joe Lovano in a program of duets.  Returning favorites include three Nat Geo Live evenings, Beethoven, Bagels & Banter with Robert Davidovici, and blackbox with The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood, and vocalist Brenna Whitaker. Newly commissioned works Iphigenia and Yemandja: A Story of Africa; Fidelio from Heartbeat Opera; World Premiere of The Conference of the Birds Iphigenia (February 17-19) directed by Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz, conducted by Clark Rundell, and with scenic design by Frank Gehry, features nine vocalists (including spalding) a 10-person chorus and chamber orchestra, accompanied by stars of the jazz world including Brian Blade, John Patitucci, and Danilo Perez from the Wayne Shorter Quartet. Shorter and spalding’s Iphigenia, unlike its forebears, is not an adaptation of the Greek myth as much as it is an intervention into myth-making and into music and opera as we know it — classical and jazz forms collide in a full orchestral score.  Iphigenia stares down the history of opera and makes some demands on its future: No more tragic women singing through suicide and going mad in perfect pitch.  In the end Shorter and spalding turn their gaze outward beyond the stage: What will we make, they ask, at this precise moment in our collective present when we are so desperately in need of new visions for the world? In Yemandja: A Story of Africa, a new music theatre work by and starring global superstar and three-time GRAMMY® winner Angélique Kidjo, directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce and with production designed by artist Kerry James Marshall, is a cohesive and expansive work of original musical theater, both uniquely African with deep connections to the roots of African American culture. Inspired by her ancestors, her family, and Africa’s resilience, singer and storyteller extraordinaire Kidjo conjures up a timely theatrical work that is at once a family drama and historical thriller, redolent of Greek tragedy and infused with themes of love.   Iphigenia and Yemandja: A Story of Africa are both a part of new concerted partnerships of commissioning by Bailis and The Broad Stage.  Iphigenia is commissioned by Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, DC), The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College (Los Angeles), ArtsEmerson (Boston); Carolina Performing Arts (Chapel Hill, NC), and MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA).  Yemandja: A Story of Africa is co-commissioned by Arts Emerson (Boston), The Broad Stage at Santa Monica College, Cal Performances (Berkeley), Ruth and Stephen Hendel, The Kennedy Center (Washington DC), and MassMoCA (North Adams, MA). Produced by THE OFFICE performing arts + film. The Conference of the Birds (June 18-19) world premiere shared with Scripps College of an oratorio from composer Fahed Sladat and librettist Sholeh Wolpé, and director-choreographer André Megerdichlan, based on the Sufi mystic poet Attar’s seminal text about the journey of the soul as it seeks union with the divine in English with text from the original Persian. Heartbeat Opera Fidelio (February 26, 27 Los Angeles Premiere) With a cast of five singers, seven band members, and a chorus of recorded audio and video of more than 100 incarcerated singers and 70 volunteers from six prison choirs in four states across the Midwest, Fidelio is a “fearless work that [is] somehow true to the original yet very current” (Broadway World). In this adaptation of Beethoven’s opera, a black activist is wrongfully incarcerated. His wife, Leah, disguises herself to infiltrate the system and free him. But when injustice reigns, one woman’s grit may not be enough to save her love. This daring work pits corruption against courage, hate against hope. Heartbeat Opera is a young company intent upon reimagining opera in intimate spaces for a new generation of artists and audiences. Employing a minimalism that allows the emotional integrity of the music to shine through, the company’s work focuses on the body of the singer and the visceral power of the music. From the drama at the core of each work, Heartbeat Opera grows vivid theatrical worlds through revelatory adaptations, radical rearrangements, and ingenious design. During the pandemic The Broad Stage presented Heartbeat Opera’s  Breathing Free, which will be presented again as a digital student matinee with an accompanying learning guide. SMC Art Department and SMC Barrett Gallery will host an exhibition with local artist Suchi Branfman; her Undanced Dances Behind Prison Walls During a Pandemic focused on restorative justice and an artist working with incarcerated populations. Honoring Earth Day, The Broad Stage presents the acclaimed Sea Sick, (April 15-16 in The Edye Los Angeles Premiere), written and performed by Alanna Mitchell about the dark truth of oceans.   In Sea Sick, prize-winning journalist turned master storyteller in this mesmerizing solo show.  Culled from her work with leading ocean scientists, Sea Sick tells Mitchell’s most important story: her journey to the bottom of the ocean, the demons she discovered there and, most importantly, her hope for the future.   The Guardian said, The knowledge she’s gained from studying watery dead spots, ancient fish and plankton leads her to leave us with a gentle provocation, a way to break the stubborn human blockage that prevents some of us from admitting that we’ve harmed the Earth. Why don’t we try forgiveness? After all, we have to own what we’ve done in order to be able to fix it. This might be the most pragmatic use of the concept of forgiveness and it could only come from someone who sees the writing on the wall but still believes in the power of a happy ending.” Audience members are invited to participate in a Heal the Bay clean up. Och & Oy! (Jan 21-22 Los Angeles Premiere) — Tony Award®-winner Alan Cumming (Cabaret, “The Good Wife”) and Ari Shapiro NPR’s All Things Considered host (January 21-22) and frequent Pink Martini singer transport listeners through an evening of tunes and tall tales.   The previously announced An Evening with Fran Lebowitz (April 28-May 1; Q+A following) features the star of the recent directed by Martin Scorsese Netflix series “Pretend it’s a City.” Lebowitz is author, journalist and social observer, who in a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, stands out as one of our most insightful commentators. Purveyor of urban cool, Lebowitz is a cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker. Her essays and interviews offer her acerbic views on current events and the media – as well as pet peeves including tourists, baggage-claim areas, after-shave lotion, adults who roller skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan.  New public events, community activations and education programs New public events, community activations and education programs are being devised in collaboration with artists of the season – including three of the four dance companies.  Each activity offers an opportunity for the public, families and students to learn about and engage with the content, genres and artistry beyond the stage to enhance and deepen the experience of what is presented.  Learning guides are offered to The Broad Stage entire community: the public and families, Santa Monica College students and faculty, 2nd-12th grade classrooms, highlighting performances in a season that are particularly suited for audiences 12 years and older and provide deeper learning about and context for the artists. The leading edge — where the spirit of dance is located today: Mark Morris, Circa, Aakash Odedra, Ephrat Asherie  Bailis said about the dance programming, “We have an Australian company, an Israeli-American setting dance to Brazilian music, a South Asian artist collaborating with a Chinese dancer creating a unique work from Chinese literature with a Buddhist mindset, and Mark Morris, an American legend bringing one of his true masterpieces.  Four companies of very different scales and aesthetics – but what this work has in common is that none are a company’s repertory works, but each is choreography. While drawing from completely different cultures, each of these works is bespoke and a uniquely magical creation.” Mark Morris Dance Group & Music Ensemble Mozart Dances (June 9-12). The sublime joy of dance with the world-renowned Mark Morris Dance Group & Music Ensemble: Mozart Dances has been praised as music embodied, with three Mozart piano works set to Morris’ buoyant, exhilarating choreography. The program features the Piano Concerto No. 11, Sonata for Two Pianos and Piano Concerto No. 27 performed live in the intimate hall. “… exhilarating and masterfully timed.” – The Washington Post  “To hear Mozart through Morris’ ears is to appreciate the music in scintillating new detail.” – The Guardian “If you could capture the essence of childhood play – the boundless energy; the unselfconscious immersion in pretending; the relentless inventiveness; the sheer delight in creativity … you’d have the Mark Morris Dance Group in Mozart Dances.” – The Times (U.K.). A complimentary learning guide for Mozart Dances is available on The Broad Stage Learning Hub. Sacre by Circa (February 4-5) critically acclaimed contemporary circus company Circa tightly weaves together powerful world-class acrobatics and dynamic encounters suffused with dark humor and rich tenderness. Featuring new composition by Philippe Bachman alongside Rite, the famous high C on the bassoon sounds and the stage explodes with bodies locked in a ritual unto death.  Under the direction of circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz the Circa ensemble puts bodies on the line for Sacre in electrifying explosions of physicality and power.  Bailis said, “Sacre penetrates the senses and stirs the soul with unparalleled blending of concert music, choreography, and circus.  Circa is able to access what is so exciting about this iconic score through a celebration of the physical human potential the like of which little else can touch.”  Circus enthusiasts of all ages can join  in a free Community Workshop at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Campus.  Sacre by Circa is commissioned by Merrigong Theatre Company.  Co-produced by Le Comete.  Circa acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and the Queenland Government through Arts Queenland. Aakash Odedra: Samsara (February 10-13) Aakash Odedra Company and Bagri Foundation invite the audience to enter the world of Samsara – a journey through the vast cultures of China and India in this physical and spiritual performance. Created and performed by international dance artists Aakash Odedra (UK/India), working from the lineage of Akram Khan, and Hu Shenyuan (China), to live music of composer and singer Nicki Wells (UK/Switzerland). Bailis said the work is “quite profound and remarkable,” drawing  upon ballet, Chinese folk, kathak and contemporary dance. Samsara is inspired by the journeys of the many monks believed to have attempted the long pilgrimage between China and India, that led to the classic 16th Century Chinese story Journey to The West. This compelling journey of self-development, strength, fear and love, Samsara traces a path across lands and through time, exploring the idea that if we let attachments go and allow love or light in, we might find a place of truth and peace.  Ephrat Asherie Dance ODEON (April 1-2) ODEON, an original dance work for six dancers and four musicians, is the second collaboration between sister and brother team Ephrat and Ehud Asherie (choreographer and musical director, respectively). Set to the music of fin-de-siècle Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, known for mixing early 20th century romantic music with samba and other popular Afro-Brazilian rhythms, this work takes a hybrid approach to movement. Odeon delves into what happens when you bring together parts of the extended family of street and club dances–including breaking, hip hop, house,[SP1]  and vogue–remix them, pick them apart and challenge them to inhabit unfamiliar spatial and choreographic contexts. Rooted in African American and Latinx street and club dances, Ephrat Asherie Dance is dedicated to exploring the inherent complexities of these dances, investigating the expansive narrative qualities of various vernacular forms including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue, as a means to tell stories, develop innovative imagery, and find new modes of expression. Asherie offers an intergenerational community workshop celebrating New York Hop and social dance club culture at Santa Monica Virginia Avenue Park.  Also Asherie will choreograph a dance on the Santa Monica Pier.  Also Asherie will choreograph a dance on the Santa Monica Pier. Classical — Orliński, Takács, Dinnerstein and Danish String Quartet Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński (March 10) has emerged as one of the most vibrant performers on the international classical music scene, triumphing on stage, concert, and recordings. Opera said, “Orliński is the real countertenor deal, one of the best I’ve heard … and has raised the bar decisively.”   Orliński’s first recording Anima Sacra has garnered critical accolades and earned him the prestigious Opus Klassik award for Solo Vocal Recording. His sold-out concerts and recitals throughout Europe and the United States have attracted new followers to the art form, and his live performance of Vivaldi’s “Vedrò con mio diletto,” filmed at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2017, has amassed more than seven million online views. Television appearances, including the “Concert de Paris” at the Eiffel Tower and “Rebâtir Notre Dame de Paris,” both with the Orchestre National de France and Les Victoires de la Musique Classique awards concert accompanied by the Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon, have been broadcast to millions worldwide. In 2019, he was the subject of a major profile in The New Yorker and featured in Polish Vogue. His third album – entitled Anima Aeterna, featuring sacred arias and motets from the Baroque era – will be released in October 2021,  Orliński will conduct a master class for Santa Monica College Music Department. The world-renowned Takács Quartet (The Broad Stage debut March 19), is now entering its 47th season. Edward DusinberreHarumi Rhodes (violins), Richard ONeill (viola) and András Fejér (cello) are bringing  to fruition several innovative projects for the 2021-2022 season. With bandoneon/accordion virtuoso Julien Labro, the group will perform new works composed for them by Clarice Assad and Bryce Dessner in a program that will also feature a solo set by Labro and the Ravel String Quartet.  Simone Dinnerstein (March 27) American pianist Simone Dinnerstein has a distinctive musical voice. The Washington Post has called her “an artist of strikingly original ideas and irrefutable integrity.” She first came to wider public attention in 2007 through her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, reflecting an aesthetic that was both deeply rooted in the score and profoundly idiosyncratic. She is, wrote The New York Times, “a unique voice in the forest of Bach interpretation.”  Since that recording, she has played with orchestras ranging from the New York Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra to the London Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Rai. She has performed in venues from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to the Berlin Philharmonie, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Seoul Arts Center and the Sydney Opera House. She has made ten albums, all of which topped the Billboard classical charts, with repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Ravel.  Dinnerstein will conduct a master class for Santa Monica College Music Department.Colburn Orchestra (January 23) conducted by Yehuda Gilad, featuring Brahms double concerto with Charlotte Marckx, violin and Olivia Marckx, cello Previously announced for October. Danish String Quartet (October 16) — The Grammy nominated Danish String Quartet, recipient of Musical America’s 2020 Ensemble of the Year and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and coveted appointments that include the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two Program and the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists program.  Their eclectic repertoire includes the Mozart String Quartet No 16 in E-flat major, a Curated Suite of Dances including by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, John Adams, and Felix Blumenfeld, and a DSQ specialty — a selection of Nordic Folk Music – about which The New York Times said, “Most rare and interesting  there’s deep absorption, when players enter a kind of trance, a state of euphoric joy … for listeners, the world dissolves and we are carried along by sound.  Theirs is playing of unusual, and unusually effective, liberty. When at their best, their tone throbs with joy.” The wide variety of music: Cabaret, Gospel New Orleans Jazz, American Roots, Chamber, and an iconic Pianist performing her signature work. Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar (January 30) have carved a unique place for themselves in the music industry through soul-stirring arrangements of contemporary gospel, musical theater, and rich original compositions.  A free gospel music workshop and singalong will be offered on Third Street Promenade; a preparatory video to learn some of the songs is available ahead of the event. Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra (March 11) A highly entertaining ensemble that focuses on maintaining important jazz traditions such as riff playing, New Orleans polyphony and spontaneous arrangements.  Bailis said, “Delfeayo is one of Jazz’s most treasured artist, he is a culture bearer of the tradition of New Orleans jazz – at the height of his power.” American roots maser Martha Redbone (April 9) is a Native & African-American vocalist/songwriter/composer/educator. She is known for her unique gumbo of folk, blues, and gospel from her childhood in Harlan County, Kentucky infused with the eclectic grit of pre-gentrified Brooklyn.  Inheriting the powerful vocal range of her gospel-singing African American father and the resilient spirit of her mother’s Cherokee/Shawnee/Choctaw culture Artemis (June 4) Renee Rosnes, Piano, Musical Director; Anat Cohen, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone; Ingrid Jensen, Trumpet; Nicole Glover, Tenor Saxophone; Noriko Ueda, Bass; Allison Miller, Drums. The musicians of Artemis first assembled as a band for a 13-city European Jazz Festival tour in summer 2017. Named “Artemis” after the Greek goddess who was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, the twin sister of Apollo, the patron and protector of young girls and the goddess of hunting, wild nature, and chastity, they released their debut album for famed Blue Note Records in September 2020. The album features original compositions, written and arranged by the band members. The group has performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Saratoga Jazz Festival, Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Ferring Jazz Bistro in St. Louis and has extensive touring plans for 2020-21 including prestigious venues such as the SFJAZZ Center, NJPAC, Chicago Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among many others. Also JazzTimes Readers Poll 2020: Best New Artist and Jazz Journalists Association: Mid-Size Ensemble of the Year. Bailis said, “Artemis is made up of the most game changing influential women in all of jazz – and they are all front women of their own ensembles.  Now we have them all on same stage together..  Robert Kraft Cue & A celebrates the power of film scores by today’s most game-changing film composers. with each event featuring a guest artist reaching the heights of success with conversation and commentary.  The guest is invited to curate the evening —  choosing which film clips to share, the house band that they will conduct through live demonstrations, all followed by an audience q & a.  Cue & A centers The Broad Stage’s commitment  to advancing the art and visibility of contemporary composers in all genres of music.  Michael Abels is scheduled for March 14; a second composer is TBA.  Abels scored the music for Get Out, Us, Detroit, See You Yesterday, and Bad Education and is the former Music Director of the Santa Monica New Roads School,  where he was working when  Jordan Peele asked him to score Get Out —  a music teacher by day, and future Oscar nominated composer by night.   Duets (October 23) Five-time Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves is the pre-eminent jazz vocalist in the world today — her arsenal of talents is richly on display in each and every song of her limitless repertoire. Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history.”  Winner of six Grammy and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés is the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. Grammy Award winning saxophone titan Joe Lovano has distinguished himself as a prescient and pathfinding force in the arena of creative music. The Broad Stage favorites return  Nat Geo Live: How to Clone a Mammoth — Beth Shapiro, evolutionary biologist (Jan. 27-28). Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? National Geographic Emerging Explorer Beth Shapiro is one of the scientists investigating this intriguing possibility. From deciding which species should be restored to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, the technical challenges and ethical considerations of de-extinction are substantial. Join Shapiro for a vivid exploration into the extraordinary cutting-edge—and controversial—science that is being used today to resurrect the past. Nat Geo Live: Invisible Wonders — Anand Varma, photographer (Mar. 17-18)  Photographer Anand Varma has developed innovative techniques—even building some of his own equipment—to create remarkable images of creatures whose incredible details are otherwise invisible to the naked eye. From the secret life cycle of the honeybee to the lightning-fast behaviors of hummingbirds, join him for a rare and fascinating glimpse of our world’s hidden wonders. Nat Geo Live: Improbable Ascent — Maureen Beck, paraclimber (June 16-17). Paraclimber Maureen Beck learned how to rock climb one-handed through trial and error—one of her early adaptive climbing innovations involved taping a metal ladle to her arm. It wasn’t long before she was tackling some of the hardest climbs by a one-handed athlete, securing two world championships in the process. In her constant pursuit of new challenges, she journeyed to Canada’s Cirque of the Unclimbable to attempt the first unassisted adaptive climb of the Lotus Flower Tower. With her trademark humor and wit, this 2019 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year will chronicle her journey as one of the foremost leaders in the sport of paraclimbing.Beethoven, Bagels & Banter with Robert Davidovici (February 20, April 3) This popular series returns to satisfy your classical music cravings.  Curated by Robert Davidovici and featuring a mélange of world-class guest musicians, Beethoven, Bagels & Banter is the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning: with great music, lively conversation and freshly made bagels. blackbox at the East Wing – The Reverend Shawn Amos & The Brotherhood (May 13); The Reverend Shawn Amos, delivering his message of joyful blues, is the curator of Blackbox, a series of emerging jazz and blues artists in an intimate-settings, and a frequent presence at The Broad Stage.  He is known as a performer from West Coast clubs to Deep South joints to European festivals to the podcast universe, reaching an ever-increasing flock. The Rev’s distinctive blend of black roots music, R&B, and stripped-down rock n’ roll, brings a bracing, soul-deep musical experience to audiences starved for authenticity, and for connection. The Brotherhood are all friends from a life of music, this is a deep roots collaboration between the blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player and some old friends: drummer Brady Blade (Indigo Girls, Buddy & Julie Miller), bassist Christopher Thomas (Norah Jones, Macy Gray), and longtime Rev guitarist Chris “Doctor” Roberts. Blade, Thomas, and Roberts provide not only musical, but also spiritual and emotional support for embracing new territory, artistically and otherwise. Brenna Whitaker (June 17) Raised in Kansas City, Brenna Whitaker fell in love with singers from an era long-ago. “Ruth Brown, Peggy Lee, Cab Calloway, Etta James – those are my people,” she said. “I don’t know how I ended up knowing so many of their songs and standards. It’s almost like they found their way to me, like I’m from another time.” Her “larger-than-life stage presence and haunting vocals” landed Brenna a recording contract with Verve/Universal Records, and her debut self-titled album, produced by legendary David Foster.   The Broad Stage gathers artists, thinkers and audiences to celebrate our shared humanity and expand the role the arts play in the vitality of our diverse community. The Broad Stage is an industry-leading performing arts producer and presenter located on the Los Angeles’ Westside, providing a platform for the world’s most compelling artists working the theatre, dance and music and multidisciplinary artforms. Building upon its first decade, the organization is rising to meet a rapidly evolving set of needs for artists, audiences, community and campus, with the aim to advance its role as an invaluable cultural resource and artistic ambassador for greater Los Angeles. A beacon of Santa Monica College (SMC) – one of the country’s most progressive, diverse and accessible educational institutions – The Broad Stage harnesses the transformative power of the performing arts as essential to well-being and society. Established in partnership with SMC in 2008, both organizations are aligned on core values of creativity, learning, and belonging. With the leadership of Artistic and Executive Director Rob Bailis, The Broad Stage is strengthening its impact though a new artistic vision, an expanded venue footprint, enhanced community activation. These activities invite a deeper relationship to the artists on our stage and to the work they passionately share. 
Och & Oy!Photo Credit: Emilio Madrid
Angelique KidjoPhoto Credit: Patrick Fouque
Mozart DancesPhoto Credit: Rosalie O’Connor

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