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Plácido DomingoMonday, Oct 1, 2018 | 7:30pm
Musco Center, in association with
LA Opera, Presents

Don Carlo in Concert
Starring Plácido Domingo

By Giuseppe Verdi
Featuring the LA Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Conducted by James Conlon

Opera legend Plácido Domingo, the mighty LA Opera Chorus and Orchestra, and a superstar cast join forces at Musco Center for this concert version of one of Verdi’s grandest creations! With rich orchestrations, thundering choruses and an endless flow of rapturous melodies, Don Carlo is an enthralling tale of morality and mortality. Starring renowned tenor Ramón Vargas in the title role, Domingo as his heroic friend Rodrigo, and Ana Maria Martínez as Elisabeth de Valois.

Row A-B 101-114 $1000 / Row B-C 101-114 $500 / Rest of Orchestra $225 


Jon Batiste

Friday, Sept 21, 2018 | 7:30pm
Musco Center Presents

Jon Batiste

You know him; you love him as the virtuosic, engaging leader of Stay Human, the house band that rocks The Late Show with Stephen Colbert five nights a week. Now Jon Batiste – New Orleans-bred, Juilliard-trained, New York-based musician, educator, humanitarian and citizen of the world – makes his Musco Center debut: singing and playing keyboards and his signature harmonaboard in an intimate, anything-goes performance that fully invites the audience to participate in the fun.


Miranda Sings

Saturday, Sept 22, 2018 | 7:30pm
Musco Center Presents

Miranda Sings Live…No Offense
with special guest Colleen Ballinger

Colleen Ballinger created the character Miranda Sings as a parody of the girls she studied acting and voice with: egotistical, antagonistic, and pretty much always off-key. The lovably ridiculous character became a YouTube sensation and a scripted Netflix series. Now Ballinger brings Miranda to life onstage in a live show that proves this legend in her own mind still has more vibrato than talent, but u know wat? Haters Back Off!


Beauty and the Beast in Concert

Saturday, Sept 29, 2018 | 7:30pm
Musco Center Presents

Disney: Beauty and the Beast
Live in Concert

Be our guest and experience Disney’s classic animated film in a whole new way: with a live orchestra featuring professional musicians and Chapman students. This tale as old as time dazzles with the Grammy and Academy Award-winning score by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Sir Tim Rice.


Sharyl Attkisson

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018 | 7:30pm
Office of the Provost and Musco Center Present

Sharyl Attkisson: The Smear

How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think and How You Vote

A Provost Series Lecture

Sharyl Attkisson, Emmy-winning journalist and host of the TV program Full Measure, unravels the hidden world of political opposition research in her latest book, The Smear. In it, she reveals the dirty tricks those in power on all sides use to influence public opinion. Spin doctors and outside interests use a tactic known as “the Smear” to blindly influence the American public, she writes, noting that there is an agenda by those pushing most major political stories.


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Lucia Micarelli

Thursday, Oct 4, 2018 | 7:30pm
Musco Center Presents

Lucia Micarelli, Violin

“A violinist of heart-melting talent” proclaims the Wall Street Journal of this powerhouse musician and actress, best known for her stunning collaborations with Jethro Tull, Josh Groban, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Barbra Streisand, and Chris Botti, as well as her role in TV’s Treme. Her glistening “Emmanuel” duet with Botti has received more than 7 million YouTube views, and her 2018 PBS special won her many more devoted fans.


Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra

Sunday, Oct 7, 2018 | 4pm
Musco Center Presents

Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra

with Chapman University Big Band

Made up of seasoned musicians who played in jazz legend Stan Kenton’s band, as well as in the bands of Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Count Basie and other greats, the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra keeps the big-band flame burning brightly. With a focus on jazz education, they generously pass that flame along to a new generation of jazz artists. Enjoy a blazing set that’s “sharp and smokin’ from the outset, with never a letdown” (All About Jazz).


Sunday, Oct 28, 2018 | 4pm
Musco Center Presents

An Evening with Nathan and Julie Gunn

Globe-trotting superstar baritone Nathan Gunn returns to OC following his hit one-man show Flying Solo at Laguna Playhouse. Selected as one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive, he has performed in major operas at nearly every top venue in the world. On this outing he appears with his wife, acclaimed pianist Julie Gunn, to offer an intimate performance that transcends the form of opera, featuring an unorthodox program ranging from Mozart to Bernstein, Tom Waits, and Kurt Weill.


If All the Sky Were Paper

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 | 7:30pm
Chapman CoPA Theatre
and Musco Center Presents

If All the Sky Were Paper

By Andrew Carroll
Directed by John Benitz

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Veterans Day, experience a special, one-night only performance of the critically acclaimed play If All the Sky Were Paper. Based on historian Andrew Carroll’s bestselling books, the play features real letters from troops and their families in times of war. These letters highlight the full range of emotions, from love and heartbreak to resilience and humor. If All the Sky Were Paper has moved and inspired audiences at theatres from coast to coast, including the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Celebrities including Laura Dern, Annette Bening, Common, and Mary Steenburgen have starred in previous performances.


Pilobolus

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 | 7:30pm
Musco Center Presents

Pilobolus

The athlete-illusionist dancers of Pilobolus know how to pack a lot of magic into a stage performance. Since their founding in 1971, these versatile and merry tricksters have incorporated puppetry, gymnastics, acrobatics, theatrics, multimedia lunacy, and extreme “wow” effects into their bravura offerings – and it’s hard to predict what they may do next. Whatever it is, it will be extraordinary.


Sunday, Nov 18, 2018 | 4pm
Musco Center Presents

Sarah Chang, Violin

Already a renowned star by age eight, Sarah Chang continues her quest for perfection and is recognized today as one of the foremost violinists of our time. With an international performance schedule now spanning more than two decades, her talent takes her around the world and has seen her appear in every major concert hall.


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Michael Feinstein Holiday Show

Friday, Dec 14, 2018 | 7:30pm
Musco Center Presents

Michael Feinstein Holiday Show

Michael Feinstein makes his Musco Center debut by bringing you a merry little Christmas – so let your hearts be light! The crooner has built a dazzling career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American Songbook to the world with Grammy-nominated recordings, Emmy-nominated TV specials, an acclaimed NPR series, and concerts spanning the globe. His Musco Center appearance will include pop standards along with a selection of holiday favorites.


A Southern California Christmas

Sunday, Dec 16, 2018 | 4pm
Musco Center Presents

A Southern California Christmas

Join us for the second annual tradition as more than 150 performers from across Southern California – musicians, singers, dancers – bring you a holiday spectacular packed full of your favorite carols. From the triumphal tones of a brass fanfare to the thrilling sound of a chorus in full voice and the sugarplum dreams woven by dancers’ feet, there’s something for all ages in this merry delight. It’s a show that’s sure to make your Christmas season glow brightly.


Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019 | 7:30pm
Musco Center Presents

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

Now in its 41st season, this crowd-pleasing, high-flying ensemble opens up a world of human movement, forever changing your understanding of what is possible for the body and soul. The company is critically acclaimed for its exuberant and innovative repertoire, featuring works by master American and international choreographers.


Alan Cumming Legal Immigrant

Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 | 7:30pm
Musco Center Presents

Alan Cumming: Legal Immigrant

Tony Award-winning Scottish-American actor Alan Cumming is many things to many people: provocateur, Renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon vivant, stage and television star (Masterpiece Mystery, The Good Wife, Instinct) – and, above all, storyteller. He became an American citizen in 2008, and Legal Immigrant is a cabaret of stories and songs about his life and loves in his adopted homeland.


Elvin Bishop Charlie Musselwhite

Sunday, Jan 27, 2019 | 4pm
Musco Center Presents

Elvin Bishop & Charlie Musselwhite Duo

Two Hall of Fame bluesmen on one stage – and that’s just the start of what’s in store when Elvin Bishop and Charlie Musselwhite join forces. Between them, there are more than 100 years of the blues, and this promises to be a front-porch session that shimmers with history and that rarest musical quality: authenticity. Bishop, with his Gibson guitar, and Musselwhite, with his wailing harmonica, show us the roots of Chicago blues in this meeting of musical minds.


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Rosanne Cash

Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 | 7:30pm
Musco Center Presents

Rosanne Cash

The eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash carries on the famous Cash family legacy in the best way possible: with her own unique voice and approach, and a timeless and supremely poetic mixture of country, folk, gospel, pop, blues, Americana and jazz. With a five-piece band, including husband and songwriting partner John Leventhal, Cash summons the spirit of the American South in all its rich history, heartache, joy, and humanity.


Juilliard String Quartet

Thursday, Feb 21, 2019 | 7:30pm
Musco Center Presents

Juilliard String Quartet

Since its founding in 1946, the mighty Juilliard String Quartet has conquered the planet with performances charged with passionate energy and adroit elegance. The JSQ’s unparalleled, enduring artistry continues to inspire audiences world-wide. “The most important American quartet in history” (The Boston Globe) showcases an inimitable ensemble sensibility, playing “magically, like a single four-voiced instrument – and the music it makes sounds like the most natural and inevitable thing in the world” (Broad Street Review).


Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 | 7:30pm
Musco Center Presents

Kishi Bashi – String Quartet Live!

A master of building his music from the ground up, from live violin loops to multi-layered singing and beatboxing, Kishi Bashi designs remarkable pocket symphonies steeped in classical music and 21st-century pop. Backed up at Musco Center with a string quartet, the multi-instrumentalist brings his unpredictable, dreamlike, dizzying, and danceable repertoire that is as hard to define as it is easy to love.


Michio Kaku

Friday, Mar 1, 2019 | 7:30pm
Office of the Provost and Musco Center Present

Michio Kaku: The Future of Humanity

A Provost Series Lecture

In theoretical physicist/futurist Michio Kaku’s new book, The Future of Humanity, he posits that a human settlement on Mars is a “definite possibility,” the next step on our journey to the outer reaches of the galaxy and beyond. With irrepressible enthusiasm and wonder, Dr. Kaku takes his audience on a fascinating journey to a future in which humanity may finally fulfill its long-awaited destiny among the stars.


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Manuel Barrueco

Sunday, Mar 3, 2019 | 4pm
Musco Center Presents

Manuel Barrueco, Guitar

A champion of the classical guitar, Cuban-born Manuel Barrueco made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1975, just eight years after immigrating with his family to the United States. Barrueco combines perfect technique with a sense of rhythms from tango and flamenco, garnered from his travels through virtually every country in Latin America. With more than a dozen recordings for record label EMI and collaborations with luminaries including Plácido Domingo, he is arguably the world’s finest living guitarist.


Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band

Sunday, Mar 10, 2019 | 4pm
Musco Center Presents

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band

with Chapman University Big Band

Combining the big-band swing of the 1930s and ‘40s with contemporary music such as funk and jazz fusion, the Big Phat Band, led by pianist/saxophonist/arranger Gordon Goodwin, is a national phenomenon, a “winning combination of impeccable musicianship and pop savvy” (JazzTimes). Goodwin’s charts bubble over with melodic ingenuity and infectious rhythms.


Scottish Music Tattoo and Parade

Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 7:30pm
Musco Center Presents

The Scottish Music Tattoo & Parade

Break out your kilt — the Scots are coming to Musco Center! Direct from Scotland’s capital city and the renowned Edinburgh Tattoo, this ensemble consists of more than 55 bagpipers, drummers, singers, dancers, and other musicians. Under the leadership of members of the famed Black Watch, the performance includes beloved classics old and new, from “Scotland the Brave” to “Amazing Grace.” Nearly all the participants regularly perform in the Tattoo or compete in Glasgow’s World Pipe Band Championships.


Dustbowl Revival and Hot Club of Cowtown

Friday, March 22, 2019 | 7:30pm
Musco Center Presents

Dustbowl Revival & Hot Club of Cowtown

Across the Great Divide: A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Band

Honoring the 50th anniversary of The Band – the seminal roots-rock group that famously toured with Bob Dylan – two of America’s defining roots groups join in a celebratory outpouring of song. Eclectic L.A. octet Dustbowl Revival mashes up traditional American music into a time-bending, genre-hopping dance party, while Austin-based Hot Club of Cowtown delivers hot jazz licks and Western swing on a wild and woolly ride.

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