Concert Series 11/12

 The 2011-2012 Concert Series is sponsored by Progress Energy    




November 11, 2011 - 7:30pm
Kathy Mattea

Single tickets will go on sale on October 11, 2011

Kathy Mattea, the beloved, Grammy-winning singer of such classicsas “18 Wheels and A Dozen Roses,” “Where’ve You Been,” and many other hits says that her new album offered her a “re-education” in singing. That album, COAL, is one of those rare records that is a re-education for the listener, too, a record that reshapes the way we think about music, reminding us of why we love it so much in the first place.


March 4, 2012 - 7:30pm
Celtic Crossroads

Single tickets will go on sale on February 3, 2012

It is with great pleasure and pride that we welcome you to "Celtic Crossroads." The show is the culmination of many years of hard work and passion for Irish traditional music. The project was born in Galway, the home of Irish music, on the west coast of Ireland in 2005, when a group of seven musicians came together from across the country, and even from abroad. Each of the artists is a very well respected figure in their field, and the development of this show turned heads within the traditional music world.


May 17, 2012 - 7:30pm
Steve Lippia: Simply Sinatra

Single tickets will go on sale on April 17, 2012




Simply Sinatra with Steve Lippia brings a performer who has become one of the most prominent, in-demand vocalists and has quickly established his place among the finest interpreters of “standards” and traditional pop music in the nation. Steve’s youthful, energetic talent and powerful show creates a perfect blend of “classic” with “today”. His show introduces a new generation to the timeless music of Frank Sinatra, while appealing to longtime listeners.


Concert Series 12/13

 The 2012-2013 Concert Series is sponsored by Progress Energy     



October 30, 2012- 7:30pm
An Evening With Frank Vignola

Single tickets will go on sale on October 1, 2012 

Here's a portion of the new PBS program set to air this Fall

Frank Vignola is one of the most extraordinary guitarists performing today and his stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top performers. Vignola has worked with Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, Mark O’Connor, the Boston Pops, and the New York Pops, to name a few. His performance careens across the musical spectrum from jazz standards to opera, classic rock to contemporary pop, Latin to R&B, classical to swing, with even a smidgen of boy band choreography tossed in for a good chuckle.


January 15, 2013 - 7:30pm
The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Single tickets will go on sale on December 3, 2012

Click here for a clip from their 2012 tour

The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.

January 25, 2013 - 7:30pm
The Cooke Book: The Music of Sam Cooke

Single tickets will go on sale on December 3, 2012 

Here's a sample of Darrian singing "Fool's Paradise"




Considered by many to be the definitive soul singer, Sam Cooke blended sensuality and spirituality, sophistication and soul, movie idol looks and gospel singer poise.  Some of his U.S. Top 40 hits include You Send Me, Cupid, Twistin’ the Night Away, and Wonderful World. Chicago native Darrian Ford will recapture the music and relive the magic in this dynamite tribute to the man who invented soul.

002-photo by greg malo

May 16, 2013 - 7:30pm
The Piano Men Starring Jim Witter

Single tickets will go on sale on April 16, 2013

Want to hear Jim sing a bit of Billy Joel and Elton John?


The Piano Men Starring Jim Witter is a musical celebration of the 1970s – year by year, hit by hit – featuring the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John. Utilizing rear screen projection, we return to the newspaper headlines, the automobiles, the people, the events, the toys and even the TV shows that shaped a decade.


Concert Series 13/14

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Brass Transit

September 28, 2013 - 7:30pm         
Brass Transit

$25 Adult/$15 Student    
Single tickets will go on sale on August 28, 2013

Close your eyes and listen - you'll swear they sound like Chicago! 

Brass Transit is Toronto’s dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight Chicago tribute comprised of eight of Canada’s most in-demand musicians and singers. Brass Transit transports its audience back to the freewheeling days of the seventies and shares all the hits from Chicago’s golden age. Brass Transit performs songs from artists like Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, the Marvelettes, Frankie Valli, Mary Wilson and the Mamas and the Papas.


October 13, 2013 - 2:00pm
The Hit Men
Former Stars of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons


$25 Adult/$15 Student    
Single tickets will go on sale on September 13, 2013



Here's a sample of what you might see at our performance




THE HIT MEN…featuring Former Stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Experience the greatest hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s the way you first heard them….from the guys who made and played them all. Former members of mega-hit acts including Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Tommy James and The Shondells, The Critters, Jim Croce, Carly Simon and more. It’s easy to see why their music has transcended generations. The notes are sharp, the vocals spot-on, the energy is high, and the guys are having the time of their lives sharing their musical legacy with audiences across the country!


March 6, 2014- 7:30pm
Jeremy Davis & The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra

$25 Adult/$15 Student    
Single tickets will go on sale on February 6, 2014


Watch this and put a little swing in your step!



Live from Savannah, GA, raised in the Louisiana Delta and now performing across the nation, Jeremy Davis is proud to present his Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Don’t expect a concert or a jazz recital, but a one-of-a kind, high-energy stage show featuring some of the best entertainers and musicians the industry has to offer. Their fresh approach to the Great-American Big-Band revival developing across the nation is revolutionary.  Their shows include such a wide array of classic American music ranging from The Rat Pack, Michael Bublé and Andy Williams to Ray Charles, Elvis and Johnny Cash. In his own words, Jeremy describes the band as, “The Dean Martin Variety Show with a touch of A Prairie Home Companion.  It’s plain to see that we love what we do, and we love our fans. We’re not your grandfather’s big band.”


May 15, 2014 - 7:30pm
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players: I've Got A Little Twist

$25 Adult/$15 Student    
Single tickets will go on sale on April 15, 2014

Watch the trials and tribulations of a NYC subway and how the patter song has evolved

It’s where The Mikado meets The Music Man.  Where the HMS Pinafore sets sail for Brigadoon.  Where The Pirates of Penzance take shore leave On The Town. It’s I’ve Got a Little Twist – a one of-a-kind show that proves the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire is as fun, fresh and full-of-life as, well, three little maids from school. The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players celebrates the legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan in American musical theater, featuring favorites from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Bernstein, Sondheim, Lerner & Loewe, Meredith Willson and Jerry Herman. Life is a cabaret and so is this show – and as we all know, it’s always more entertaining with a twist!


Concert Series 14/15


August 30, 2014 - 7:30pm         
Lyle Lovett and his Large Band

Single tickets will go on sale on June 11, 2014 at 12pm


A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums.  Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.  Lovett has appeared in 13 feature films, and on stage and television.  Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association’s inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was recently named the Texas State Musician.


September 26, 2014 - 7:30pm         
Amy Grant

Single tickets will go on sale on July 30, 2014 at 10am

Amy Grant has built a long, successful career on music that matters.  Ever since she burst on the scene as a fresh-faced teenager bringing contemporary Christian music to the forefront of American culture, the Nashville native gained a reputation for creating potent songs that examined life’s complexities with an open heart and keen eye. She became the first artist in Christian music to have a platinum record and went on to become a crossover sensation, her musical gifts transcending genre boundaries to make her a household name. She’s earned six Grammy Awards and numerous Gospel Music Association Dove Awards as well as three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums. She’s achieved 10 Top 40 pop singles and placed 17 hits on the Top 40 Adult Contemporary chart as well as scoring numerous hits on the contemporary Christian charts. A longtime and active Nashville resident, Grant is as well known for her philanthropy as her music. She and husband, Vince Gill, are tireless in their efforts to aid worthy causes.


November 13, 2014 - 7:30pm         
Mary Chapin Carpenter

Single tickets will go on sale on August 6, 2014 at 10am

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and 2012 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mary Chapin Carpenter will embark on a unique series of intimate, acoustic performances this fall. The tour marks Carpenter’s return to singing both timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive and beloved 13-album catalog after performing with orchestras in early 2014. Carpenter will be joined on stage by longtime friends Jon Carroll (piano) and John Doyle (guitars, bouzouki).

Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal.

USAF Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble

February 7, 2015 - 7:30pm         
U.S. Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble

Free admission           
Tickets will be available January 15, 2015

The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band is proud to present Rhythm in Blue, the unit’s dynamic new jazz ensemble. This sleek, 13-member group presents exciting and uplifting music to inspire patriotism and tell the Air Force story. Made up of outstanding Air Force enlisted professional musicians, Rhythm in Blue takes great pride in preserving America’s uniquely original art form, recruiting a new generation of listeners, and representing all Airmen. From formal concerts in grand auditoriums to casual shows in the park, Rhythm in Blue is in constant demand traveling throughout the Eastern United States, performing for diverse audiences from Maine to South Carolina.


March 6, 2015 - 7:30pm         
Aaron Neville Duo

Single tickets will go on sale on December 23, 2014 at 12pm

Aaron’s latest album is  MY TRUE STORY, a collection of twelve classic doo-wop numbers, performed in his utterly inimitable vocal style, and co-produced by Blue Note President Don Was and Keith Richards.

The selections on the album include classics by such vocal-group giants as Little Anthony and the Imperials ("Tears on My Pillow"), Hank Ballard and the Midnighters ("Work With Me, Annie"), and the Drifters ("Money Honey," "Under the Boardwalk," "This Magic Moment"). To Neville, though, these songs weren't just the soundtrack to his youth; they became the underpinning for all of the remarkable music he has created across five decades.


April 18, 2015 - 7:30pm         
Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx

Single tickets will go on sale on December 23, 2014 at 12pm

DENNIS DEYOUNG is a founding member of STYX and the lead singer and writer on seven of the bands eight Top Ten Hits. His live concert showcases all the STYX Greatest Hits spanning the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. The set includes all eight top Top 10 hits including LADY, BABE, COME SAIL AWAY, TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS, BEST OF TIMES, MR. ROBOTO plus Classic Rock Anthems RENEGADE, BLUE COLLAR MAN, SUITE MADAME BLUE, ROCKIN THE PARADISE and more.

DENNIS is a legendary singer, songwriter, keyboardist, composer and record producer with a career spanning over 40 years. His voice is one of the most recognizable in the music world today and continues to inspire new generations of fans. SAT APR 18……ALL THE CLASSIC HITS….ALL THE MEMORIES…..ONE UNFORGETTABLE EVENING….ONE ORIGINAL VOICE


Concert Series 15/16


September 26, 2015 - 7:30pm         
Sawyer Brown

Single tickets will go on sale on July 15, 2015 at 12pm

One of those rare acts who actually became stars directly from winning Star Search, country-rockers Sawyer Brown wound up enjoying a long, hit-filled career and have remained commercially viable into the new millennium. The group originally grew out of country-pop singer Don King's touring band, with drummer Joe Smyth, bassist Jim Scholten, keyboardist Gregg "Hobie" Hubbard, and guitarist/future lead singer Mark Miller.  King stopped touring in 1981, and the group decided to stay together, naming themselves after the Nashville street where they rehearsed. They spent the next two years on the road, and their agent landed them an audition for the popular syndicated talent show Star Search. Sawyer Brown won the grand prize of 100,000 dollars in 1983, and it wasn't long before Liberty/Capitol signed them up in 1984. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1985, and their debut single, "Leona," climbed into the Top 20; its follow-up, "Step That Step," went all the way to number one, and the album fell one spot short of that same position. Their sophomore album, Shakin', was another hit, producing the Top Five single "Betty's Bein' Bad."  They have had a succession of hits throughout the 1990’s.  The latest addition to Sawyer Brown is lead guitarist Shayne Hill, who joined the band in 2004.
USAF Heritage Brass

November 8, 2015 - 3pm         
U.S. Air Force Heritage Brass

Free Admission         
Tickets will be available October 19, 2015

Heritage Brass is a pioneering symphonic brass ensemble that brings the military tradition of brass and percussion to the concert stage.  This ensemble of professional Airman-musicians presents a diverse repertoire featuring orchestral transcriptions, patriotic favorites, jazz standards, new compositions and distinctive arrangements.  Enjoy hearing Heritage Brass in an exhilarating and intimate musical experience.


November 13, 2015 - 7:30pm         
Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

Single tickets will go on sale on July 15, 2015 at 12pm

In Big Band history, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra is recognized as one of the best all-around dance bands. It could swing with the best of them, and no other band could come close to Tommy’s when it came to playing ballads. Tommy Dorsey, “The Sentimental Gentleman of Swing”, was a master at creating warm, sentimental, and always musical moods – at superb dancing and listening tempos.   Jack Leonard sang with the band for about four years, recording such fine sides as “Dedicated To You”, “If It’s The Last Thing I do”, “Little White Lies”, “You Taught Me To Love Again”, “Once In A While”, and, probably the most famous of all, “Marie”.  Frank Sinatra’s career blossomed with Dorsey, and, with Sinatra’s vocals, the band became more successful than ever. Frank had often admitted that listening to Tommy helped him develop his phrasing and breathing, along with his musical taste and knowledge.  The music world lost Tommy at an early age, but his legacy of great music has transcended time. The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra repertoire continues to entertain audiences of all ages throughout the world.


February 11, 2016 - 7:30pm         
Starship featuring Mickey Thomas

Single tickets will go on sale on December 16, 2015 at 12pm

Mickey Thomas joined Jefferson Starship in 1979.  Mickey’s voice had become legendary after recording “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” with the Elvin Bishop Band and he was planning to pursue a solo career.  Jefferson Starship quickly proved to be the right decision as they recorded their first hit, “Jane,” almost immediately after getting together. 

In 1985, Starship released the album that would come to define the eighties, Knee Deep in the Hoopla. Featuring two #1 hits – “We Built this City” and “Sara” – the album reached #7 on Billboard and went platinum.

Starship followed-up their initial success with another #1 single, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” featured on the soundtrack for Mannequin. As Starship continued to reach the top of the charts, MTV infiltrated pop culture and the band released videos for all of their hits that are still popular today. Starship music is featured in the soundtracks for “Rock of Ages,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Skeleton Twins,” and most recently on the popular TV series “Glee”.