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Fifth Cania Visiting Artists
Broadway’s Next Hit Musical

Saturday, September 21
3 pm & 7:30 pm
Snell Theater
General Admission

Every song is fresh. Every scene is new. Every night is different. It’s all improvised and it’s all funny.

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical is an unscripted awards show, like the Tony Awards, but improvised. Audience members participate by providing fictitious song titles that are used by the cast to create “nominated songs” for the coveted Phony Award. The master improvisers create spontaneous scenes and songs filled with great dancing, catchy melodies and tons of laughter. The audience votes for their favorite song and watch as the cast put together a full-blown improvised musical—complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue and plot twists galore. The New York Times called the show “hilarious,” while Time Out NY called it “a musical of, for, and by the people.”

This performance has been made possible thanks to the Cania Family Endowment.


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20th Ranlett Organ Recital
Paul Jacobs

Sunday, October 6
3 pm
Hosmer Hall
General Admission

Internationally celebrated concert organist Paul Jacobs has been celebrated as “one of the major musicians of our time” by the New Yorker and as “America’s leading organ performer” by the Economist. Jacobs combines a probing intellect and extraordinary technical mastery with an unusually large repertoire—both old and new. An eloquent champion of his instrument, he is known for his imaginative interpretations and charismatic stage presence. He has performed to great critical acclaim on five continents, and is the only organist ever to have won a GRAMMY Award—in 2011, for Messiaen’s towering Livre du Saint-Sacrément. No other organist has so frequently been invited by prestigious orchestras to perform as soloist, thus proving his stature as a pioneer in the movement for the revival of symphonic music featuring the organ.

Jacobs’ visit will include a free organ encounter the day prior to his concert, on Saturday, October 5 at 3 pm, also in Hosmer Hall.

This performance has been made possible thanks to endowed funding provided by L. Felix and Helen Miller Ranlett.


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34th McElheran Visiting Artist Series
Claviers de Lyon
w/ Hélène Tysman
Tuesday, October 8
7:30 pm
Snell Theater
General Admission

Percussions Claviers de Lyon's dynamic program, Ravel Transatlantique, looks back on the significant years surrounding composer Maurice Ravel’s 1928 North American tour. To include a selection of Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue, recognizing that the tour was the first time Ravel met the young Gershwin, as well as was introduced to American culture and jazz. Tysman brilliantly performs the piano pieces, which alternate with bold versions for the percussion quintet. The sound of Ravel’s piano meets with the sound of instruments historically known only to jazz music - like the vibraphone - in a chamber formation that was unique at the time.

Concert Program
Maurice Ravel / Rapsodie Espagnole / Percussions Claviers de Lyon
Maurice Ravel / Gaspard de la Nuit / Hélène Tysman
George Gershwin / Rapsody in Blue / Hélène Tysman & Percussions Claviers de Lyon
Maurice Ravel / Concerto in G major / Hélène Tysman & Percussions Claviers de Lyon

Musical selection / Gilles Dumoulin
Transcriptions / Raphaël Aggery & Gilles Dumoulin

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



34th 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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