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New York Gypsy All-Stars

November 1, 2013 - 8:00pm
Kate Buchanan Room, University Center

Uniting virtuosi from throughout the Eastern European diaspora, forged in the halls of the world's best conservatories, The New York Gypsy All-Stars cover the world rhythmically and harmonically. Led with Roma-inspired zeal by classically trained, traditionally-raised, Macedonian clarinet wonder Ismail Lumanovski, the group never loses its sharp musical focus, astounding chops and true spirit of their Gypsy namesakes.

“A blast of raucous party music!” — Chicago Reader

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Pink Martini

December 8, 2013 - 8:00pm
Van Duzer Theatre, Theater Arts Bldg.

Portland’s “little orchestra” Pink Martini returns with what bandleader Thomas Lauderdale calls another “rollicking around-the-world musical adventure.” The multilingual über-hip ensemble is part romantic Hollywood film, part musical archeologist and part red-hot samba parade, wildly diverse yet magically exhilarating.

“Swiftly intoxicating and elegantly chilled.”                   —The Telegraph

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Tommy Emmanuel with Martin Taylor

January 31, 2014 - 8:00pm
Van Duzer Theatre, Theater Arts Bldg.

Moving effortlessly from folk to rock, jazz, country, and blues with remarkable flair and unforgettable showmanship, guitarist Tommy Emmanuel “is unquestionably one of the most gifted artists of our time” (Acoustic Guitar). Expect plenty of fretboard fireworks in this special duo performance, as Tommy joins forces with Martin Taylor, one of the world’s foremost exponents of solo fingerstyle guitar playing.

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Dweezil Zappa Master Class

February 1, 2014 - 3:00pm

Dweezil Zappa will conduct a special guitar master class at 3pm in HSU's Studio Theatre on the day of the Zappa Plays Zappa show. For more information call CenterArts or check out the enclosed order form in our 2013-2014 brochure!

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Zappa Plays Zappa

February 1, 2014 - 8:00pm
Van Duzer Theatre, Theater Arts Bldg.

Over the course of 80 albums, the legendary American composer Frank Zappa raised the bar in the rock world that spent most of its time embracing the ordinary. His music was fearless, imbued with an impeccable sense of technique, but never at the expense of emotion. Zappa Plays Zappa, led by Frank’s son Dweezil, is a dynamic ensemble dedicated to keeping Zappa’s music very much alive, and the result is a full-fledged concert experience honoring his life’s work and memory.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

March 6, 2014 - 8:00pm
Van Duzer Theatre, Theater Arts Bldg.

How do you say excellence in jazz? Eight words: Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Hailed as the “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today” (Chicago Tribune), the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis is composed of 17 of the world’s leading jazz soloists under the leadership of Grammy winning jazz legend Wynton Marsalis.

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Regina Carter

April 29, 2014 - 8:00pm
Van Duzer Theatre, Theater Arts Bldg.

Jazz violinist Regina Carter “creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and breathtakingly daring, taking the listener into the future of jazz” (TIME Magazine). An intrepid musical explorer, her latest project Southern Comfort reveals her diverse musical personality, incorporating slide guitar and accordion along with jazz bass and drums. It’s a joyous celebration of songs redolent of her family’s Southern roots but with a modern perspective.

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Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

May 14, 2014 - 8:00pm
Van Duzer Theatre, Theater Arts Bldg.

Several years ago, contemporary progressive banjo pioneer, Béla Fleck and the singing, songwriting, Chinese speaking, clawhammer-style virtuoso, Abigail Washburn got married—an event that celebrated the union of two of the world’s best banjo players. Now for this rare, live duo performance, they are joining each other on stage showcasing an exciting mixture of traditional and original songs they’ve developed together.

“... Appalachia and folk-pop, with tinges of Asia and Bruce Springsteen.” — The New York Times

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