Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills Announces 2016/17 Season

Limon Dance Compnay_Credit Paula_Lobo
Limon Dance Company, credit: Paula Lobo

Musical Theatre:

The Wallis and Cody Lassen production of
Merrily We Roll Along
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Directed by Michael Arden
November 22 – December 18, 2016
Michael Arden directs this rarely staged Stephen Sondheim musical. Merrily We Roll Along travels backwards in time to navigate the bumpy history between three friends—Franklin, Charlie and Mary—who begin their careers in show business together. The powerful and moving story, based on the Kaufman and Hart play, features some of Sondheim’s most beautiful songs including “Good Thing Going,” “Old Friends,” “Our Time” and “Not a Day Goes By.”

Hershey Felder’s
Tchaikovsky: A Play with Music
Written and performed by Hershey Felder
Directed by Trevor Hay
July 19 – August 6, 2017
Hershey Felder returns to The Wallis for the Los Angeles premiere of his newest work, Tchaikovsky, which unveils the life of one of the most beloved and tormented composers of all time.

Concerts @ The Wallis

Kyle Riabko: Bacharach Reimagined
A Solo Concert
November 4 – 5, 2016
Kyle Riabko, star and creator of the hit West End and Off Broadway show Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined brings his highly acclaimed arrangements of the many hits Burt Bacharach—many of which Bacharach wrote with lyricist Hal David—to The Wallis for an intimate solo concert. Riabko, accompanying himself on guitar, will perform his versions of such classics as “Alfie,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Walk on By,” “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” and many more.

Dan Zanes & Friends
Family Concert
January 29, 2017
Dan Zanes & Friends return to The Wallis after popular engagements the previous two seasons. Once again, the Grammy Award-winner will bring his friend Sonia de los Santos for a bilingual English and Spanish concert for kids and kids-at-heart.

Santa Cecilia Orchestra Trio
Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega, Conductor
April 29, 2017
Under the baton of the Maestra Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega, the Los Angeles-based Santa Cecilia Orchestra returns with a trio performing family-friendly classics, including works of Latino composers, in the intimate Lovelace Studio Theater. Recommended for all ages.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles
Pride @ The Wallis
June 3, 2017
For over 37 years, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles has been bringing people together and serving as a voice of equality. The Wallis welcomes back GMCLA to the Bram Goldsmith Theater for a spirited concert in celebration of June Pride Month.

Chamber Music, Modern:

Harlem Quartet with Aldo López-Gavilán
October 23, 2016
The quartet, comprised of violinists Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky, will be joined by the acclaimed Cuban pianist/composer Aldo López-Gavilán in a collaboration that bridges jazz, classical, and traditional Cuban music through the works of Dizzy Gillespie, Antônio Carlos Jobim, and Abelardito Valdés. The program also features several original works by López-Gavilán arranged specifically for this collaboration.

JACK Quartet
January 14, 2017
The JACK quartet will take you to the cutting edge of string performance. Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Kevin McFarland, who met while attending the Eastman School of Music, JACK is focused on new work, leading them to collaborate with composers such as John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw, and Steve Reich.

Brooklyn Rider
May 13, 2017
The string quartet, Brooklyn Rider, presents eclectic repertoire and gripping performances that continue to draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. NPR credits violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords and cellist Michael Nicolas with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.”

Chamber Music, Classic:

Zukerman Trio
October 30, 2016
Since 2013, violinist Pinchas Zukerman, cellist Amanda Forsyth, and pianist Angela Cheng have performed as the Zukerman Trio at prominent festivals and major venues around the globe. The Trio embraces the works of Glière, Schubert, and Shostakovich for its debut at The Wallis.

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio
January 26, 2017
Nearly 40 years after its debut at the White House, The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to bring technical mastery, expressive depth and magnetism to the concert stage. Join the Trio—pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson—on their special 40th Anniversary Tour for an evening of Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

Ralph Kirschbaum & Shai Wosner: Beethoven
March 9 – 10, 2017
Over two nights in the Bram Goldsmith Theater, cellist Kirshbaum and pianist Shai Wosner will tackle the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano. Join us at The Wallis for this unique Beethoven immersion.

Piano @ The Wallis:

Joyce Yang
January 24, 2017
The youngest ever medalist of the Van Cliburn International Competition, Joyce Yang performs a varied program featuring both classic and contemporary works—from Schumann and Debussy to Granados, Ginastera, and Carl Vine.

Andsnes & Hamelin: A World Music Friendship
April 26, 2017
Pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin present a two piano concert featuring Mozart, Debussy, and Stravinsky—including the composer’s own arrangement of his Le Sacre du Printemp – The Rite of Spring.

Benjamin Grosvenor
April 30, 2017
A program by British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, winner of the keyboard finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2004, internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations of wide-ranging repertoire.

Jazz @ The Wallis

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet
January 20, 2017
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is an exciting jazz group featuring two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families, Dan Brubeck (drums) and Chris Brubeck (bass & trombone). Guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb complete this dynamic quartet.

Eddie Palmieri: Latin Jazz Septet
March 30, 2017
Eddie Palmieri has a musical career that spans over 50 years as a bandleader of Salsa and Latin Jazz orchestras. With a discography that includes 36 titles, Mr. Palmieri is a NEA Jazz Master and has been awarded nine Grammy Awards.

Diane Schuur
April 28, 2017
Long regarded as one of Contemporary Jazz’s leading vocalists, Diane Schuur will play from her album I Remember You (With Love to Stan and Frank), an homage to two of her very important mentors, Frank Sinatra and Stan Getz.

Colburn @ The Wallis:

Colburn Piano Extravaganza Featuring Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Fabio Bidini
March 29, 2017
Continuing our partnership with LA’s own Colburn School, whose renowned faculty prepares exceptional young musicians for careers in music, The Wallis presents an all-piano concert featuring Colburn School Artist-in-Residence Jean-Yves Thibaudet and piano chair Fabio Bidini in recital with students from the Colburn Conservatory of Music and Colburn Music Academy.

Dance @ The Wallis:

The Wallis welcomes the debut of internationally renowned companies Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Limón Dance Company, and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, as well as turns the spotlight to local companies led by choreographers Daniel Ezralow and Jacob Jonas. On October 28, dance icon and LA-native Carmen de Lavallade returns home to celebrate her 85th Birthday with an inspiring celebration at The Wallis.

As I Remember It: Celebrating Carmen de Lavallade’s 85th Birthday
October 28, 2016
Directed by Joe Grifasi
Co-written by Carmen de Lavallade and Talvin Wilks
Dance icon Carmen de Lavallade returns home to Los Angeles for her 85th Birthday Celebration. As I Remember It is an intimate portrait of the legendary artist told through dance, film, and her personal writings.

Jacob Jonas The Company
January 13, 2017
Since its birth in 2014, Los Angeles-based Jacob Jonas The Company performs with a mix of contemporary ballet and acrobatic movement. Also known for its film and photography work and its robust social media presence, The Company has hosted #camerasanddancers photography meet-ups with social influencers and cultural institutions including The Getty, LACMA, Los Angeles Tourism Board, Dance Camera West and countless others.

Limón Dance Company
March 24 – 25, 2017
Concerto Grosso,
Chaconne, Gorvidae,
The Exiles,
The Moor’s Pavane
The Limón Dance Company has been at the vanguard of American Modern dance since its inception in 1946. The Company is the living legacy of dance theater developed by José Limón and his mentors, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, whose innovative works revolutionized American dance. Now in its 70th year, the Company is renowned for its technical mastery and dramatic expression, and demonstrates both the timelessness of José Limón’s works and the humanistic vision that guides the repertory choices.

Paul Taylor Dance Company
May 5 – 7, 2017
Since its founding in 1954, the Paul Taylor Dance Company has been one of the world’s most sought-after ensembles, performing in well over 500 cities in 64 countries, bringing Paul Taylor’s repertoire—now numbering 144 dances—to every part of the globe. Mr. Taylor continues to make two new dances a year—and will bring a program of new and classic work to The Wallis.

New Adventures
Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures
May 18 – 21, 2017
Matthew Bourne returns to his roots in Early Adventures, a program of hit pieces that launched the career of ‘Britain’s favourite choreographer’ and saw the birth of the style, wit, and sheer entertainment that his company New Adventures brought to Swan Lake, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty. With designs by longtime collaborator, Lez Brotherston, Early Adventures is a US premiere and forms part of the company’s 30th Anniversary celebrations. Music of Edward Elgar, Noël Coward, and Percy Grainger, among others.

Ezralow Dance:  Primo Passo
July 13 – 14, 2017
Choreographed and directed by Daniel Ezralow
Los Angeles native Daniel Ezralow returns to The Wallis to premiere Primo Passo—Italian for “first step”—a deeply personal work inspired by observing his children learning to walk. Ezralow will revisit and reimagine his works to explore their initial artistic impulse. Whether he’s creating modern dances or choreographing for Broadway, the Oscars, or the Olympics, it all begins with the first step, and this evening will provide a glimpse inside the process.

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