Woodbine Productions proudly announces its 2012-2013 concert series. A project of the SDSU Foundation, the Woodbine Productions concert series is fully underwritten by an anonymous benefactor wherein every dollar of every ticket sold to a Woodbine concert goes directly to the SDSU music scholarship fund. Since its inception, the series has presented an eclectic variety of entertainment ranging from artists including Patti LuPone, Doc Severinsen, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Frankie Avalon, Aaron Neville, The Dukes of Dixieland, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, violin virtuoso Mark O’Connor, The Canadian Brass, Broadway stars Gavin Lee and Emily Harvey, and Rhythmic Circus.
For more information, contact the SDSU Music Department at 605-688-5188.
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Pentatonix
Pentatonix has that special a cappella swag, something that most singing groups tend to lack. When they graced the stage of NBC’s hit show, The Sing Off, the nation learned just how well this irresistible group can sing, dance, and harmonize. The five-member group based in Los Angeles is very new, although some of the members were part of a trio that went to high school together in Arlington, Texas. The final two members were found on YouTube and, just like that, Pentatonix was born. They have a modern style and draw influences from several underground electro genres, including dubstep and garage house. Pentatonix is hip and current, melding electronic music with pop hits and creating something that their audiences never forget. Group members include: Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado and Kevin Olusola.
Monday, December 10, 7:30 p.m. John Tesh: Big Band Christmas Tour
Twenty five years and 50 plus recordings into his multi-faceted, ever-evolving musical career, John Tesh is finally ready to swing—not metaphorically as in the cliché “for the fences,” but literally. For the four-time Emmy Award winner and two-time Grammy nominee, these projects are unique creative departures from his rich history as a composer and performer of “sports music,” new age, contemporary jazz and inspirational works. More importantly, and in a deeper sense, they mark a return to his musical roots.
Tesh’s highly successful and varied career path includes a 10-year run as anchor on Entertainment Tonight, six hit public television specials, including his landmark Live At Red Rocks in 1994, a string of #1 radio hits, his popular nationally syndicated radio show “Intelligence For Your Life” in which he has 14.5 million listeners, and a high profile advertising and marketing company. His musical accolades since releasing his debut album Tour De France in 1988 include seven million units in total sales; a Keyboard Magazine Award; a 2003 Grammy nomination for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” for his double CD The Power of Love; and gold certification for his Live At Red Rocks album.
A self-proclaimed school “band geek” playing trumpet in marching and jazz bands in junior high and high school, Tesh was proficient on the horn and piano from the age of six. He studied with teachers from The Julliard School, and was named to the New York State Symphonic Orchestra in high school—while also playing organ in a rock band. Tesh got hooked on Hendrix and the Doors, but also has fond memories of his parents spinning Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Count Basie at parties in their Long Island home.
Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. Sir James Galway
The living legend of the flute, Sir James Galwayis regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries.
Sir James has made himself a modern musical master whose virtuosity on the flute is equaled only by his limitless ambitions and vision. From Galway’s lips have come definitive treatments of classical repertoire and masterworks by Bach, Vivaldi and Mozart. Through his extensive touring, over 30 million albums sold and his frequent international television appearances, Sir James has endeared himself to millions worldwide and is a tireless promoter of the arts.
One of the busiest men in classical music, the 2012/13 season sees Galway appearing all over the world in concert – opening the season with concerts with the Grammy award winning Emerson String Quartet in Ireland and Italy; a tour of the UK with the Orchestra of St. John’s, and onto China for a collaboration with guitarist Xuefei Yang, including concerto performances at the Beijing Festival and in Hong Kong.
Following this will be ‘The Legacy Tour’ with Sir James and friends, stopping at major cities throughout the US, including New York, Boston, Washington DC and Los Angeles – and Brookings!