South Orange Performing Arts Center has announced it's Fall 2012 line-up, featuring Tony-Winner Norbert Leo Butz on October 13. For more details on the upcoming season, including a complete schedule and ticket information, visit SOPACnow.org, or contact the SOPAC Box Office at 973.313.2787 (ARTS)
THU 9/27 @ 7:30PM – LOS LONELY BOYS
Los Lonely Boys make their SOPAC debut while riding high on the success of their most recent release, 'Rockpango.’ A Spanglish word coined by the band, Rockpango translates more or less to "rock party.” The album stands as the most personal work yet by the Grammy-winning Garza brothers—Henry, Ringo, and Jojo—who wrote, recorded and produced it themselves. Since their breakout 2004 self-titled album, which went twice platinum and garnered a Best Pop Performance Grammy for the No 1 hit single "Heaven," Los Lonely Boys have toured all over the world, performing roughly 200 shows to more than 350,000 fans in 2009-10 alone. Their last studio album, 2008's 'Forgiven,' earned the band even more critical favor, with the LA Times extolling that it "oozes bone-deep feeling throughout."
SAT 10/6 @ 8:00PM – GIANTS OF JAZZ honoring 2012 JAZZ MASTER George ColeMAN
Seniors & Students: $40, $50
Presented by SOPAC, Village of South Orange, and The Baird
Produced by John Lee & Jazz Legacy Productions
SOPAC is thrilled to welcome what the Star Ledger has described “…easily one of the top jazz shows of the year...anywhere.” The 15th Annual Giants of Jazz benefit concert honors legendary saxophonist George Coleman with performances by guest artists including, but not limited to: Albert “Tootie” Heath, Cyrus Chestnut, Claudio Roditi, and many more TBA.
SAT 10/13 @ 8:00PM – Norbert Leo Butz
Two-time TONY Award Winner for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical, Norbert Leo Butz (Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, RENT) performs the music that inspired him to become a performer: bluegrass, blues, country, and of course Broadway.
THU 11/1 @ 7:30PM – TOOTS & THE MAYTALS
Frederick "Toots" Hibbert coined the term “reggae” nearly fifty years ago. Originally called simply ‘The Maytals,’ Toots and the Maytals are a legendary Jamaican musical group and one of the best known ska and reggae vocal groups. Their 1968 song "Do the Reggay" is widely credited with coining the genre's name, and they appeared in 1972's The Harder They Come, the hit film which launched reggae onto the global stage. Still touring and recording forty years later, they've lost none of their energy or talent.
SAT 11/3 @ 2:00PM + 6:00PM – Golden Dragon Acrobats
The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 27 centuries ago. They blend lavish costumes, award-winning acrobatics, and traditional dance together with a hint of ancient and contemporary theater to create a spectacular performance for all ages.
SUN 11/4 @ 5:00PM – JAZZ IN The Loft
As part of SOPAC’s new “IN The Loft” Series – jazz/blue concerts in a casual, club café atmosphere in SOPAC’s upstairs loft space. Cash bar. No drink minimum.
THU 11/8 @ 7:30PM – REBELLION’S INTIMATE VOICE feat. CAROLYN FORCHE & ALEXANDER STRING QUARTET
Seniors & Alumni: $15
Post-concert reception with the Quartet and Ms. Forché in the SOPAC Loft. This compelling program features a pas de deux of the music of Dmitri Shostakovich, the celebrated Soviet composer, and the poetry of Carolyn Forché, the award-winning political poet. Through Ms. Forché’s spoken word and the performance of Shostakovich’s 2nd, 3rd, and 8th string quartets by the highly acclaimed Alexander String Quartet, we discover the awesome power and exquisite beauty that is born through the deeply personal expression of rebellion.