After the successful launch of the Broadway Las Vegas and Jazz Roots series, The Smith Center branches out, adding the “Classical & Beyond” and “The Best of the New York Stage” packages featuring artists ranging from opera diva Renee Fleming to Broadway divas Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald.
Joining Fleming in the Classical & Beyond lineup: the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet (premiering a special work by Philip Glass) and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, returning to The Smith Center with music director Joshua Bell.
Another Smith Center returnee, Michael Feinstein, also turns up on the Best of the New York Stage schedule, while performers from Dee Dee Bridgewater to David Sanborn anchor the Jazz Roots schedule.
Subscriptions for all three series go on sale to the public beginning Monday and must be purchased by Sept. 30 at The Smith Center Box Office, 361 Symphony Park Ave., by phone at 702-749-2000 or online at www.thesmithcenter.com.
A complete schedule for the three series:
Oct. 23 — “Ladies of Jazz,” featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Mosaic Project (Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, Gretchen Parlato, Gerri Allen and Tia Fuller)
Nov. 18 — “The Blues,” featuring Keb Mo and Shemekia Copeland
Feb. 28 — “Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating Ray Charles,” featuring Take 6, Nnenna Freelon, Clint Holmes, Kirk Whalum, Shelly Berg, Raelettes and the UNLV Singers and Orchestra conducted by David Loeb
March 21 — “Satin & Soul,” featuring David Sanborn and Jonathan Butler
CLASSICAL & BEYOND
Oct. 21 — Kronos Quartet: Kronos at 40
Nov. 17 — Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
March 1 — St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, with conductor Nikolai Alexeev and violinist Vilde Frang
March 18 — Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, with Joshua Bell, director and solo violin
May 1 — Renee Fleming, soprano
BEST OF THE NEW YORK STAGE
Oct. 22 — Audra McDonald in Concert
Nov. 16 — Michael Feinstein: The Gershwins and Me
Feb. 17 — The Ten Tenors, 10 Australia tenors performing Broadway hits
March 20 — Patti LuPone in “Far Away Places”
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