You know it’s going to be an amazing season at the Smith Center when Esperanza Spalding, Renée Fleming, Audra McDonald and Patti LuPone are in the lineup, especially when that’s just a partial listing.
Additionally, there’s Joshua Bell, Michael Feinstein and Shemekia Copeland, each falling into one of three genre series the Smith Center is offering for its 2013-2014 season: Jazz Roots, Classical & Beyond and Best of the New York Stage.
Spalding joins Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gretchen Parlato, Terri Lyne Carrington, Geri Allen and Tia Fuller for Ladies of Jazz on October 23, to open the Jazz Roots series, which will also feature Keb’ Mo’ (performing with Copeland) on November 18 and the music of Ray Charles performed by Take 6, Nnenna Freelon, Clint Holmes, Kirk Whalum, Shelly Berg, The Raelettes and the UNLV Singers in February, with Dave Loeb conducting the orchestra.
Fleming (May 1) and Bell (March 18) are part of the Classical & Beyond Series, which also includes The Kronos Quartet (October 21), Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra (November 17) and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (March 1).
McDonald opens the Best of the New York Stage (October 22), followed by Feinstein’s “Michael Feinstein: The Gershwins and Me” (November 16). On February 17, The Ten Tenors perform Broadway hits, and Lupone closes the series on March 20 with “Far Away Places.”
While the Smith Center has already established its Jazz Roots Series, this is its first season packaging classical and New York into individual series. Subscriptions go on sale Monday, July 15.
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