Jazz legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton will headline a diverse 2012-13 season at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts.
The season will also include an appearance by Ira Glass, the creator and host of public radio’s “This American Life,” and a performance by three correspondents — Rob Riggle, Al Madrigal and Rory Albanese — from “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.”
Other performers coming to the Ferst Center will include jazz pianist Keiko Matsui, Spyro Gyra, the Atlanta debuts of Los Angeles-based drumming troupe TAIKOPROJECT, the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company and the Sean Curran Company dance group. Curran will be one of the ARTech resident artists for the season.
Ferst Center Director George Thompson announced the season at a luncheon today on the facility’s stage. “We wanted to continue our 20-year tradition of presenting great jazz and contemporary dance, but also to acknowledge the young, up-and-coming artists who are continuing that tradition with their own voices,” he said.
Here’s the press release with the details:
Break of Reality
Friday, September 21 at 8 p.m.
$30, Special Children’s Price $22
Cello and percussion crossover group Break of Reality returns with its unique sound of “cello rock.” Cinematic, subdued and heavy all at once, it’s not surprising that their musical influences run from heavy metal to classical and indie rock.
Indecision Tour 2012: The Daily Show Live
Friday, September 28 at 8 p.m.
‘Tis the political season, and Rob Riggle, Al Madrigal and Rory Albanese give us an inside look into “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.” Through stand-up, multimedia and Q&A, the three correspondents from the Comedy Central show take on everything from comedy and the news to the show’s creative process at this hilarious event. Atlanta Premiere.
Friday, October 5 at 8 p.m.
$36, $46, $61
An icon of contemporary jazz, pianist Keiko Matsui creates music both powerful and introspective, blending Western and Eastern musical influences. Her exquisite style of Japanese jazz spans three decades of international acclaim. Elegant piano melodies, a free spirit and creative genius mark her return to the Ferst stage.
Sunday, October 21 at 5 p.m.
$29, $39, Special Children’s Price $22
Exuberant in performance, the premiere taiko drummers of TAIKOPROJECT blend traditional forms with an innovative and fresh aesthetic approach. TAIKOPROJECT, based in Los Angeles, was the first American group to win the prestigious Tokyo International Taiko Contest in 2005. Atlanta Premiere.
Empire Brass featuring Elisabeth von Trapp
Sunday, December 2 at 5 p.m.
$36, $46, Special Children’s Price $22
Empire Brass enjoys an international reputation as North America’s finest brass quintet, renowned for brilliant virtuosity. For this holiday concert, “The Sound of Christmas,” Empire Brass is joined by acclaimed vocalist Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired “The Sound of Music.”
Saturday, December 8 at 8 p.m.
$40, $50, $65
Enjoy the holiday season with the jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra, whose signature sound merges jazz with R&B, pop and Latin. Garnering success through 25 albums and multiple Grammy nominations, their high-energy live concerts have kept this band popular for three decades.
Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company
Sunday, January 13 at 5 p.m.
$29, $39, Special Children’s Price $22
An array of sensual and powerful dancers, singers and musicians from Spain, France and the United States, Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company presents a mixed repertory program of flamenco dance including the stunning work “Encuentro.” This recipient of Santa Fe’s 2011 Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts has made its mark in the world of flamenco with unique, world-class artistry. Atlanta Premiere.
Chick Corea and Gary Burton with Harlem String Quartet
Saturday, January 26 at 8 p.m.
$40, $50, $65
NEA Jazz Master and 16-time Grammy winner Chick Corea and Gary Burton perform standards from their new album “Hot House” featuring the Harlem String Quartet. The partnership between two of jazz music’s longest-standing pioneers has flourished for decades, producing three Grammy-winning albums since their landmark “Crystal Silence” in 1972.
Saturday, February 2 at 8 p.m.
Mesmerizing, magical and imaginative, Momix spellbinds audiences across the globe. Since the debut of “Botanica” last year, the show has played to packed houses around the world. In “Botanica,” Momix dancer-illusionists conjure up an ethereal world that follows the rhythms of the seasons, the changing shape of life on Earth and the passing of a day.
Saturday, February 9 at 8 p.m.
$33, Special Children’s Price $22
Fiery and percussive guitar work, Latin rhythms and smoldering onstage charisma describe Jesse Cook, a virtuoso guitarist breaking new ground with each recording. The rumba flamenco artist makes his first appearance at the Ferst Center, showcasing his passion for world music in all its forms.
Saturday, February 23 at 8 p.m.
$30, $40, $55
Captivating jazz vocalist and six-time Grammy nominee Nnenna Freelon celebrates Lena Horne in this evening of song and story set against the backdrop of Lena Horne’s 92-year life and legacy. The recipient of numerous international honors, Freelon has earned a global fan base for her performances and recordings.
“The Mikado” by New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players
Sunday, March 10 at 5 p.m.
$36, $46, and Special Children’s Price $22
Wonderfully silly humor, superb production values and marvelous voices combine to tell Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedy of a fictitious town full of colorful characters: three little maids from school, a wandering minstrel, a hilariously corrupt public official and a Lord High Executioner. NYGASP, led by Artistic Director Albert Bergeret, is America’s foremost Gilbert and Sullivan company.
Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m.
$30, $40, $55
Jazz, pop and world music intersect in British band Acoustic Alchemy. In more than two decades of performing and recording, the group has established themselves as an ever-evolving powerhouse force in contemporary jazz. The two-guitar attack of Greg Carmichael and Miles Gilderdale makes their music instantly recognizable, leading them to three Grammy nominations.
Seán Curran Company
Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m.
Known for wit, intelligence, ingenuity and uncanny physical humor, Seán Curran successfully blends a myriad of influences into a purely original dance style. An audience favorite since bursting onto the dance scene in 1997, the company exhibits Curran’s zest for theatricality. In addition to this performance, Seán Curran is one of the ARTech resident artists for 2012-13. Atlanta Premiere.
An Evening With Ira Glass
Saturday, April 6 at 8 p.m.
The bespectacled creator of the public radio show “This American Life” talks personally about the show, its origins, his influences and the elements of a good story. Under Glass’ editorial direction, “This American Life” has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including several Peabody and DuPont-Columbia awards.
“The Velveteen Rabbit” by ODC/Dance
Sunday, April 14 at 5 p.m.
$29, $39, Special Children’s Price $19
ODC/Dance, one of America’s most exciting contemporary dance companies, enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told through music, dance and a powerful narrative, “The Velveteen Rabbit” celebrates the enduring power of love through the unique relationship of a little boy and his stuffed rabbit. Brimming with wit, festive costumes, madcap characters and the perfect amount of childhood whimsy! Atlanta Premiere.
Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m.
For invigorating artistry and inventive programming, Ethel is recognized as America’s foremost postclassical string quartet. Using amplification and improvisation in its performances, the ensemble boldly explores new synergies between tradition and technology. In addition to this concert, Ethel is one of the ARTech resident artists for 2012-13.