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36th McElheran Visiting Artist Series
Hot Club of San Francisco
Saturday, November 16
7:30 pm
Snell Theater
General Admission

Accomplished and versatile musicians, Hot Club of San Francisco (HCSF) celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France, with style and panache. HCSF borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass, and guitars from the original Hot Club, while breathing new life into the music, with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist, Paul Mehling. The group never fails to surprise and delight, featuring the amazing violin of two-time GRAMMY Award-winner Evan Price, the velvet vocals of Isabelle Fontaine and a swinging rhythm section. To hear the ensemble live, or on any of its 14 albums, is to be carried back to the small, smoky jazz clubs of 1930s Paris, and the refined lounge of the famous Hotel Ritz. Often called gypsy jazz, the music of The Hot Club of San Francisco has entranced audiences around the globe for 30 years. Acoustic Guitar magazine has hailed the group’s playing as “intricate, scorching and often brilliant.” With frequent national and international tours—from Iceland to Lincoln Center and the Monterey Jazz Festival—HCSF keeps this historic music fresh and alive. For their Potsdam performance, America's longest running gypsy swing ensemble will focus its creative mojo on the music of The Beatles. John, Paul, George & Django explores the vast treasure trove of songs from the Fab Four’s songbook. Founder Paul Mehling (the guiding spirit of the group) said he was first inspired to pick up a guitar following the Beatles’ epic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. In appreciation, HCSF’s program reimagines familiar tunes such as All My Lovin, The Fool On The Hill and Hey Jude, in the style of the legendary Django Reinhardt.

This performance has been made possible with funds from the McElheran endowment.



Maresca Family Endowment for the Arts
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's
The Rainbow Fish
Thursday, January 30
6 pm
Snell Theater
General Admission

Marcus Pfister’s “The Rainbow Fish” was the first picture book of its kind to appear on the market, taking best seller lists by storm when it was published in 1992. To date, more than 30 million copies of the various volumes have been sold worldwide. Now celebrating its 25th year of publication, “The Rainbow Fish” is undoubtedly one of the classic titles of children’s literature. This stage adaptation by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia incorporates innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects and evocative original music in order to bring Pfister’s innovative literature to life for young audiences.

This performance has been made possible thanks to endowment funding provided by the Maresca Family, as well as grant funds received from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.


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Third Maresca Visiting Artist
Kelli O'Hara
Saturday, May 2
7:30 pm
Hosmer Hall
Reserved Seating

Over the course of her career, Kelli O’Hara has established herself as one of Broadway’s greatest leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in The King and I garnered her the 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with GRAMMY, Drama League, Outer Critics and Oliver nominations. She reprised the role while making her West End debut last summer, as well as in limited engagements at Tokyo’s Orb Theatre. O’Hara was also awarded the Drama League’s prestigious Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award in 2019. Other Broadway credits include Kiss Me, Kate, The Bridges of Madison County, Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific, The Pajama Game, The Light in the Piazza, Sweet Smell of Success, Follies, Dracula and Jekyll & Hyde. O’Hara also received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Katie Bonner in the hit web series, The Accidental Wolf. Other film and television credits include the second season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, All The Bright Places, Peter Pan Live!, Sex & The City 2, Martin Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, CBS All Access’ The Good Fight, Blue Bloods, N3mbers, and the animated series Car Talk. In 2015, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Lehár’s The Merry Widow, and returned as Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Her concerts have gained international acclaim, spanning from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo. O’Hara is a frequent performer on PBS’s live telecasts and the Kennedy Center Honors. Her two GRAMMY-nominated solo albums are Always and Wonder in the World.

This performance has been made possible thanks to endowment funding provided by the Maresca Family.


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