Chris Botti “A Man For All Music”

Chris Botti will perform at the Van Wezel on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 @ 8pm

What would you like to see most in a performer?  An artist who exudes charm and sex appeal; a multi Grammy award winning jazz performer who has established himself as a highly successful crossover pop artist;  a classical musician who trained at one of the most prestigious music schools in the world; a renaissance man who is equally at home on the concert stage, in films, as a radio host and recording artist…..or all of the above.  Continue reading Chris Botti “A Man For All Music”

Hooray for Hollywood

February 16, 2013 @ 8pm

“This is one of those shows that is just pure entertainment from the opening number until the curtain falls”. Hooray for Hollywood, last year’s winner of Branson’s Best New Show and Best Dance Troop Awards, is a high energy performance of some of the greatest moments in Hollywood movie song and dance history, featuring spectacular costuming, stunning choreography and some of the finest vocalists and dancers to grace any stage. Continue reading Hooray for Hollywood

John Lennon’s Last Concert

February 13, 2013 @ 8pm

JUST IMAGINE you are sitting in the VanWezel Performing Arts Hall, eagerly anticipating the last concert appearance of John Lennon.  The house lights dim, the curtain opens, the stage lights up, the music begins and out walks John Lennon!  He is mesmerizing as he introduces many of his greatest hits with the famous Beatles,  his voice is in perfect form, backed by his well known band. You are enthralled by his enthusiam as he shares insights into his past, his philosophies, his dreams, his regrets and inspirations.   Continue reading John Lennon’s Last Concert

7 Fingers: Traces

February 6, 2013 @8pm

We all know what we  think of when we hear the word “Circus”?  But, what would circus performers do if they had it their way?  What kind of circus troupe would they create if they were allowed to do more than just their speciality act and push themselves to the furthest limits of their abilities….enter 7 Fingers. Founded in Montreal in 2002, 7 Fingers: Traces initial goal was to bring circus to a human scale.  Its name is a twist on a French idiom — literally translated  “7 fingers of the hand” — used to describe distinct parts united tightly Continue reading 7 Fingers: Traces

The Philadelphia Orchestra

February 9, 2013 @8pm

Renowned for its distinctive sound; beloved for its keen ability to capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences; and, admired for an unrivaled legacy of “firsts” in music-making, The Philadelphia Orchestra has gained the reputation as one of the preeminent Orchestras in the world.  The Philadelphia has cultivated an extraordinary history of artistic leaders in its 112 seasons, including music directors Fritz Scheel, Carl Pohlig, Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy , Riccardo Muti, and Charles Dutoit to mention just a few.  Continue reading The Philadelphia Orchestra

Jungle Jack Hanna

December 29, 2012 @ 7pm.

“Jungle” Jack Hanna is unquestionably the best known “Zoo Keeper” in the world.  It is a position that he has held for almost 40 years.   At the present time he still retains the title “Director Emeritus” of the Columbus Zoo.  His television appearances and wildlife shows have made the Columbus Zoo known world-wide; he has continued his association with the organization for 34 years.  At the time of his appointment in 1978, the Zoo was rundown and the grounds unkempt. Continue reading Jungle Jack Hanna

Kennedy Center / Met Life / Visa / Van Wezel – “Arts Connect All”

The Kennedy Center, a long time Van Wezel collaborator and The MetLife Foundation has awarded a “Very Special Arts” (VSA) grant to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.  This VSA MetLife grant, titled “Building Bridges in the School and Community is focused on integrating learning opportunities for students living with disabilities alongside students who are not disabled to work together on a visual arts installation, while exploring Math, Science, and Theatre. Continue reading Kennedy Center / Met Life / Visa / Van Wezel — “Arts Connect All”

Wynona’s Rockin’ Christmas

November 4, 2012 @ 7pm.

Starting a new career after coming from super stardom might make one ask themselves, “where do I go from here?” If you were a multi-talented vocalist such as Wynonna Judd, your answer would be, “right to the top!”  As any country fan knows Wynonna and her mother, Naomi, were the chart-busting duo known as the Judds.  They were signed to RCA Records in 1983 and between 1983 and 1991 they charted 23 hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart including 14 Number Ones. Continue reading Wynona’s Rockin’ Christmas

The True Story of a Real Fake

Frank W. Abagnale Jr., alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Jonjo, was one of the most daring con-men, forgers and escape artists in history.  In his brief, but notorious, criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilots uniform and co-piloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over$2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. Continue reading The True Story of a Real Fake