Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts announces its 2018­‐2019 Performing Arts Season

The Norton Center for the Arts is proud to welcome audiences to a new season of incredible performing arts at Centre College. The world class venue will once again offer a season of variety, entertainment and culture, where you can choose your own personalized subscription series from performances across both Newlin Hall and Weisiger Theatre, with greater discounts offered for the more shows you select.

“We are excited to announce this season’s full spectrum of performing arts, hand-picked from the world’s finest artists,” said Norton Center Executive Director Steve Hoffman. “We encourage patrons to be creative when selecting their series—one that reflects their personal interest and level of adventure. Once again, the more shows selected, the higher the discount will be. Plus, this year, subscription pricing will be the lowest offered to the public all year, including Cyber Monday.”

Martha Redbone
September 28, Weisiger Theatre
The season kicks off with two incredible performances in the Norton Center’s Weisiger Theatre. The intimate theatre is a perfect setting for both shows in vastly different ways. Opening the season on September 28 is Martha Redbone; one of today’s most vital voices in American Roots music. A multi award-winning musician, the charismatic songstress is celebrated for her tasty gumbo of roots music embodying the folk and mountain blues sounds of her childhood in the Appalachian hills of Kentucky, mixed with the eclectic grit of her teenage years in pre-gentrified Brooklyn. Her latest CD, The Garden of Love—Songs of William Blake, is an unexpected twist—“a brilliant collision of cultures” (The New Yorker). Her signature sound will feel right at home in Weisiger Theatre, where all performances continue to be sponsored by Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda, as she makes a return to Kentucky for her Norton Center debut.

The Westerlies
October 5, Weisiger Theatre
New York-based brass quartet, The Westerlies take the Weisiger stage on October 5. Comprised of four childhood friends from Seattle, Washington: Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler on trumpet, and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombone, The Westerlies explore classical, jazz and roots music influences to create the rarest of hybrids: music that is both “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music). Equally at home in concert halls and living rooms, The Westerlies navigate a wide array of venues much like Weisiger Theatre with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band and the charm of a family sing-along.

Wizard of Oz
October 26, Newlin Hall

There truly is no place like home as one of the greatest family musicals of all time, the wonderful Wizard of Oz, twists its way into Danville on October 26. The curtains open for not only the first show of the season in Newlin Hall, but also for more Broadway musical and theatre productions than normal. Featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs, the entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, Toto and friends in this lavish production. Sponsored by Farmers National Bank.

The Comedy of Errors
November 2, Newlin Hall 
Direct from the Blackfriars Playhouse, the American Shakespeare Center (ASC) on Tour elevates Roman comedy to dizzying heights and delivers a rollicking farce on November 2, in Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Two long-separated twins, their two tricky servants (also twins), a jealous wife and her lovelorn sister romp through this fast-paced comedy. ASC on Tour invites audiences to enjoy shows that are produced as Shakespeare’s company performed them—surrounded by audience members who share the same light with the actors, each of whom play multiple roles. Plus, ticketholders will be able to purchase tickets to an exclusive performance of Sophocles’ classic, Antigone.

Ballet Hispánico
November 16, Newlin Hall 

Continuing the Norton Center tradition of annually presenting a prestigious dance company, America’s premier Latino dance organization, Ballet Hispánico, brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance to Newlin Hall on November 16. The program will feature an all-Latina choreographed repertoire by some of Mexico’s most noted contemporary choreographers.

Vince Gill
November 18, Newlin Hall
Vince Gill returns to Newlin Hall on November 18 on a brief hiatus from touring with the legendary American rock band, The Eagles. One of the most popular singers in modern country music, Gill is famous for his top-notch songwriting, world-class guitar playing and warm, soaring tenor, all wrapped up in a quick and easy wit. He has won 20 Grammy® Awards and 17 more CMA honors, including Song of the Year four times—making him the most-awarded artist in that category in CMA history. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the four-time Grammy®-nominated band, The Time Jumpers. This performance is sponsored by Community Trust Bank and Toyota on Nicholasville.

Celtic Woman
December 1, Newlin Hall

Celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman as they present The Best of Christmas with full orchestra. Taking the Newlin Hall stage on December 1, the show will feature music from the all-female ensemble’s most favorite Yuletide songs performed by them over the years. Prepare for an enchanting and festive evening filled with mesmerizing music, performance and holiday cheer. This performance is sponsored by Ephraim McDowell Health.

Gabriel Royal
January 18, Weisiger Theatre
Kicking off 2019 will be Oklahoma-born, Brooklyn-based, 30-something, singer-songwriter and cellist, Gabriel Royal, who was discovered playing his “grown-up lullabies” in the subway stations of New York City. Influenced by Stevie Wonder’s groove and Burt Bacharach’s jazzy yet poppy sensitivities, along with other contemporary artists such as John Legend, James Blake, Janelle Monae and Thundercat, Royal’s trademark sound is all his own. With his new-found popularity, Royal is now popping up at prestigious music festivals and performing art centers around the country. This performance is made possible by a sustaining endowment from Panasonic.

Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar
February 6, Newlin Hall 

Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar have transcended cultural boundaries with their fresh adaptations of contemporary gospel, pop and musical theater hits—the group’s music is sung all over the world. Thanks to their viral videos and millions of loyal YouTube followers, they are one of the brightest new sounds on the gospel scene today. This project is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council.

Peg + Cat Live!
February 9, Newlin Hall

For younger audiences, the Norton Center will present the Emmy®-winning PBS Kids show Peg + Cat. A totally awesome musical, Peg + Cat Live! features wild comedy, countless favorite songs from the show and Peg’s super coolest pal Ramone! Peg and Cat use math to solve their biggest problems—bar graphs, size comparison, position words, fair sharing and a whole lot of counting.

Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra
February 20, Newlin Hall
Continuing its tradition of presenting the world’s finest orchestra’s and chamber ensembles, the Norton Center brings grand-scale orchestral music back to Newlin Hall this season with the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra. Established in 1956 with the construction of the famous Shanghai Opera House, the Orchestra has built a repertoire of the world’s most historic masterpieces. They make their North American debut with 100 musicians performing familiar classics from Verdi and Dvorak, while also playing the beautiful and melodic work, Yellow River, by Xian Xinghai. This performance is made possible in part by Milton and Sandy Reigelman and sustaining endowments from Joe A. and Cecil Dulin Wallace and The Stafford Memorial Fund.

Alfredo Rodríguez & Pedrito Martinez
February 24, Weisiger Theatre
From a different part of the globe, Grammy®-nominated artists Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez combine Cuban sounds from the piano and percussion as a fearless and virtuosic duo. Each artist brings a different approach to the collaboration: pianist Rodriguez was schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana, and percussionist Martinez’s musical training came directly from the streets of the Cayo Hueso neighborhood of Old Havana, in which he was raised. Together, these two master musicians take listeners on a unique and exciting journey.

Steel Magnolias
February 28, Newlin Hall
At turns, both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, the L.A. Theatre Works’ unique production of Steel Magnolias reveals the strength of the human condition and our shared need for companionship. This classic play has had multiple New York runs and performances staged around the globe, and is also a popular film starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts.

Carrie Newcomer & Over the Rhine
March 8, Weisiger Theatre
The next performance is a soulful double-bill featuring singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer and husband-wife folk duo, Over the Rhine. Described as a “soaring songstress” by Billboard, Newcomer’s spiritually progressive music is grounded in earthy truths. Ethereal and earthy at once, Over the Rhine’s arrangements and lyrics are subtly satisfying.

We Banjo 3
March 17, Newlin Hall
Danville will be the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day as Galway, Ireland’s We Banjo 3 find common ground between old world tradition and authentic Americana by playing their banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin in an innovative fusion of styles that they dub “Celtgrass.” Made up of two sets of award-winning siblings—brothers Enda Scahill (tenor banjo, vocals) and Fergal Scahill (fiddle, viola, dobro, percussion, guitar, mandolin, vocals) and brothers Martin Howley (tenor banjo, mandolin, vocals) and David Howley (lead vocals, guitar), along with Trevor Hutchinson on bass, We Banjo 3 has developed a loyal following in the U.S., Ireland and other parts of the world, winning over audiences at major music and Irish festivals and prestigious venues with their joyous live show.

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure
April 5, Newlin Hall
The creators of the Norton Center audience favorite, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all new adventure—this time to the bottom of the ocean in Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure. Audiences can explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago—and maybe live still today! This performance is sponsored by Sodexo.

Rock of Ages
April 14, Newlin Hall

Closing out the season are two incredible, award-winning Broadway favorites. First will be the tenth anniversary tour of Rock of Ages. Nominated for five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, Rock of Ages captures the iconic era that was the big, bad 1980s Hollywood. Featuring the music of hit bands such as Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister and Whitesnake, among many others, this production features a dynamic new cast revisiting the larger-than-life characters and exhilarating story that turned Rock of Ages into a global phenomenon. This performance is sponsored by Applied Behavior Advancements.

Jersey Boys
April 25, Newlin Hall

One of the most requested musicals will be this season’s finale. Audiences can explore a different era of music with Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true. This performance is sponsored by Macy’s and G&J Pepsi.


September 28 Martha Redbone Roots Project
October 5 The Westerlies
October 26 The Wizard of Oz
November 2 The Comedy of Errors
November 16 Ballet Hispánico
November 18 Vince Gill
December 1 Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas
January 18 Gabriel Royal
February 6 Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar
February 9 Peg + Cat Live!
February 20 Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra
February 24 Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez
February 28 Steel Magnolias
March 8 Carrie Newcomer & Over the Rhine
March 17 We Banjo 3
April 5 Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure
April 14 Rock of Ages
April 25 Jersey Boys

The Norton Center recognizes that great performances are often just the beginning of a lifelong connection to the creativity that crosses our stage each season. Thus, the Norton Center provides many opportunities for audiences to deepen their connection to the arts through art exhibits, curated interactions with performers, scholarly articles from Centre faculty, workshops and master classes that are held throughout the year, open to the general public, and often offered free of charge. Complete information on these activities will be posted on the Norton Center’s website throughout the season.

Subscribers to the Norton Center Series can opt in or out of shows they want to attend; the more performances a patron selects, the better their seats will be (and the greater the discounts). Subscribers should pay specific attention to the value of upgrading their packages to ensure they get the most for their money. To accommodate those with busy weekday schedules, each Norton Center performance that occurs on Monday through Thursday will again feature a start time of 7:30 p.m. Additionally, this year Sunday evening performances will begin at 7:00 p.m. in order to get audiences home earlier.

All 2018-2019 Norton Center Season subscriptions are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale beginning Monday, August 13, 2018 at 9 a.m. For information on the Norton Center’s 2018-2019 Performing Arts Season or to request a brochure, please call 1.859.236.4692 or Toll Free at 1.877.HIT.SHOW (448.7469), or visit www.NortonCenter.com.

About Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts
The Norton Center is home to an annual performing arts season of professional touring presentations. It is also the primary venue on campus for music and theatrical productions, lectures, other convocations and live student entertainment. The Norton Center has two venues: the 1,470-seat Newlin Hall, known for its acoustics, and the warm and intimate 367-seat Weisiger Theatre. The Norton Center also boasts a large art collection with many of the works on display in the Grand Foyer and throughout campus.

June 18, 2018


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