Anytime you talk to any of Tommy Emmanuel’s fans, whether musicians or civilians, invariably they will speak of not one but two qualities that define his greatness. The first, predictably, is his extraordinary guitar playing. Considered by those in the know to be among this planet’s greatest guitarists, his playing is simply miraculous, as it would take three musicians, or more, to do what Tommy does solo. Who else, for example, when playing “Day Tripper,” can lay down the rhythm part, dig into the riff and sing the melody all at once on just one acoustic guitar? Which brings us to the other aspect of his music always mentioned, and without which the first might not be as powerful or as infectiously appealing: the joy. Yes, joy. Because it’s one thing to play these multi-dimensional arrangements flawlessly on an acoustic guitar. But to do it with that smile of the ages, that evidence of authentic, unbridled delight, is an irresistible invitation to feel his music as deeply as he does. “The joy, he says, “is there always because I'm chasing it through music. Seeing the surprise in peoples' eyes is worth living and working for... I can't help but play to the people with all my heart, which is overflowing with joy of being in that moment that I’ve worked all my life for. And here it is!” Although his expression is instrumental, he comes to the guitar much more like a vocalist, positively singing melodies through the strings. He inhabits the tunes he performs, delivering every nuance and turn of phrase. His own songs are also illuminated always with lyrical melodies that go right to the heart, such as his beautiful ode to his daughter, “Angelina,” or his great “story without words,” “Lewis & Clark.” That they resonate so deeply without words makes sense, as words only go so far. But music, coming from a genuine and joyful source, can go so much farther. Now with The Best of Tommysongs, he brings us a complete collection of his own songs, all rich with ripe melodicism and rendered with joy in real-time.
Studio 10 - IN10SITY
June 4, 2022
2 Shows! 1:00pm & 4:00pm
General Admission $25 plus $1.50 facility free. No free lap seating for children under 2
Bassist Michael Thurber (Royal Shakespeare Company, Late Show with Stephen Colbert) and violinist Tessa Clark (Winner, 2008 Klein Competition, Naumburg and Indianapolis Violin Competitions, Avery Fisher Career Grant) perform the World Premiere of Thurber's Double Concerto for Violin and Bass in a sparkling all-American evening of music by star-caliber American masters- Bernstein, Gershwin, Grofe, and the great African-American composer Florence Price.**
Capitol Dance Company: The Lion King
Capitol Dance Company: Rouge
June 25, 2022 THE LION KING
2:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Reserved seating $22.00 Lap seats free for children 3 and under
2022 marks the year that Benise, “The Prince of Spanish Guitar,” debuts his 5th national PBS special Strings of Hope and launches his 20th Anniversary Tour. Armed with his Spanish guitar and a stage full of musicians and elaborately choreographed dancers, Benise takes the audience on a musical journey through Spanish Flamenco, Cuban Salsa, Brazilian Samba, Parisian Waltz, exotic drumming, and more!
The 20th Anniversary tour establishes Benise’s Emmy Award winning show as one of the longest running global Latin-themed theatrical productions and solidifies Benise as America’s foremost native-born ambassador of Spanish guitar.
Originally scheduled for February 13, 2022- new tickets will be issued for previous purchases.
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**Please note: Proof of COVID 19 vaccinations are required for entry. All patrons must be fully vaccinated by the event date. Acceptable forms of vaccination proof are original vaccination certificates, a photo of the vaccination certificate or the state of California QR code*