NAZ Arts Center announces 2018-19 season 

click to enlarge David Dorfman Dance will perform "Aroundtown" Thursday, February 21, 2019. - PHOTO PROVIDED
  • David Dorfman Dance will perform "Aroundtown" Thursday, February 21, 2019.

Following last season's record-breaking 50th anniversary lineup, Nazareth College Arts Center has announced its 2018-19 season lineup of 19 shows, including one-off performances by three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Branford Marsalis, Billboard World Music Chart-topping Irish quartet We Banjo 3, Bessie Award-winning Bridgman | Packer Dance, and CW series “Masters of Illusion” star Jason Bishop.

Some of the new season’s shows will be staged in the Jane and Laurence Glazer Music Performance Center, a new $15.5 million venue located adjacent to the Arts Center. The new center will include a 550-seat performance hall with state of the art technology and acoustics designed to accommodate large instrumental ensembles.

Last season’s lineup included several sold-out events and drew nearly 30,000 attendees. The coming season includes established artists and rising stars, and acts for all ages. Performances take place in the Arts Center’s Callahan Theater except where mentioned.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at or by calling 389-2170. Renewing subscribers get priority access to all events in advance of the general public. Through Wednesday, June 6, the Arts Center will offer patrons who order single tickets 10 percent off their order, redeemable at checkout with promo code SAVE10. Two subscription options are offered: patrons who order tickets for three or more shows receive 15 percent off their order, and patrons who order five or more receive 20 percent off. And both options give subscribers the ability to purchase additional tickets throughout the season at their respective discounted rate, as well as other benefits.

Nazareth College Arts Center 2018-19 season lineup:

Rochester City Ballet: “Tutus & Tango” (Friday, September 28, through Sunday, September 30): Featuring a new tango-celebrating ballet by Artistic Director David Palmer and “Raymonda Act III” from the classical repertoire.

Velvet Caravan (Saturday, October 13): Described as equal parts gypsy jazz and low country swing, the high-energy quintet (guitar, violin, standup bass, percussion, keys, plus accordion) plays upbeat world music. The band will be joined in Beston Hall (in the new Glazer Music Performance Center) by guest vocalist and Nazareth alumna Jessica Ann Best.

An Evening with Branford Marsalis (Thursday, October 25): The three-time Grammy Award winner and National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master sax player and his quartet will perform.

Stand-up Storytellers James Judd & Jen Kober (Saturday, November 3): A double-comedy bill featuring two award-winning comedians and storytellers offering up humor rooted in everyday life. Both were winners of NPR's “Snap Judgement” Comedic Performance of the Year Award.

The Company Men (Saturday, November 17): Four vocalists who have appeared on NBC’s “The Voice,” NBC’s “The Temptations,” and in various Broadway and National Touring productions blend Top 40 hits with classics from the last six decades.

Lightwire Theater: “A Very Electric Christmas” (Saturday, November 24): Using light technology to aid storytelling, this holiday tale (suggested for ages 5 and up) follows a young bird who is blown off-course while flying south for the winter, and ends up at Santa’s workshop.

Garth Fagan Dance (Wednesday, December 5, through Sunday, December 9): Featuring new work by Garth Fagan and Norwood Pennewell as well as revivals from the company's repertoire.

The Capitol Steps (Monday, December 31): Each year the award-winning company bases its popular bipartisan political satire on current headlines — and there’s been plenty of fodder since last January. This show has become a popular New Year’s Eve tradition.

Cirque-tacular's “Art of Circus” (Saturday, January 19): Circus performers, dancers, acrobatics, and a live band bring an art museum to life in a fantastical show that references masterpieces by Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Warhol, and more. Suggested for ages 10 and up.

We Banjo 3 (Sunday, January 27): The Irish quartet, which topped the Billboard World Music Charts, blend the banjo's legacy from Irish roots to its influence on classic Americana and Bluegrass music. (Taking place in Beston Hall)

Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar (Saturday, February 2): The genre-spanning group’s adaptations of contemporary gospel, pop, and musical theater hits has earned them millions of followers on YouTube, and they were featured on Vashawn Mitchell's "Chasing After You," off the Grammy-nominated album, “Triumphant.”

Bridgman | Packer Dance (Saturday, February 9): Dance, film, and virtual reality are blended through cinematic projections and an interactive set, on which contemporary dancers perform the Bessie Award-winning piece, “Voyeur.”

David Dorfman Dance (Thursday, February 21): David Dorfman's “Aroundtown” explores the self, society, and the meaning of love through energetic movement, music, and monologues. Presented in collaboration with the program of dance and movement at the University of Rochester.

Jason Bishop: “Straight Up Magic” (Saturday, March 2): CW series “Masters of Illusion” star Jason Bishop’s show combines classic magic tricks with full-stage illusions and sly humor. Suggested for ages 6 and up.

Theatreworks USA: “Rosie Revere, Engineer” (Saturday, March 16): Based on New Work Times best-selling author Andrea Beaty’s books, this new musical follows three inquisitive students and encourages curiosity and out-of-the-box thinking. Recommended for ages 4 and up. (Two performances, including a sensory-friendly show)

Rochester City Ballet: “Dangerous Liaisons” (Thursday, March 22, through Saturday, March 24): RCB returns with a fresh take on the palace-intrigue epic romance that inspired a Tony Award-winning play and three films: “Cruel Intensions,” “Valmont,” and “Dangerous Liaisons.” Suggested for ages 10 and up.

Aaron Diehl: “Paradoxes in Performance” (Saturday, April 6): Jazz piano virtuoso and featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Aaron Diehl puts a new spin on classical works and jazz favorites. (Beston Hall)

“Shh! We Have a Plan” (Sunday, April 28): This non-verbal performance, filled with magic, music, puppetry, follows a family on a mission through the woods to catch a beautiful bird. Based on the storybook of the same name by Chris Haughton, and presented by Cahoots NI, the leading professional theatre company for young audiences in Northern Ireland. Suggested for ages 4 and up. (Two performances, including a sensory-friendly show)

Rochester City Ballet: “Sleeping Beauty” (Thursday, May 17, through Saturday, May 19): The classic fairy tale featuring Tchaikovsky's score features familiar characters from other stories. All ages.

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