A world premiere by the esteemed string quartet, ETHEL. Created in partnership with The Ringling and designer/director Grant McDonald, "Circus - Wandering City" is multi-media performance program inspired by the heroes behind the magic of the Big Top.
Born to parents from Rwanda and Uganda, Somi is now at home in Harlem’s vibrant immigrant community of “Little Africa.” Petite Afrique: The Other Black in Harlem is a song cycle inspired by that place, its ornate traditional fabrics, Francophone bibles, palm oil and shea butter, and fast-fingered hair braiders.
Winner of five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader Chucho Valdés has been a key figure in the evolution of Afro-Cuban jazz for the past 50 years.
In this high flying program, the two-time GRAMMY® winning Turtle Island Quartet, pays homage to the incandescent visionary brilliance of jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker. The genius of his improvisations almost single handedly catapulted jazz from pop into art, indelibly altering the musical landscape of America.
From Montebelluna, Treviso – just minutes from the village of Asolo, Italy – comes I 25 GIRI, a brilliantly talented middle-school choral ensemble who will present a program of music ranging from the classics (Carmina Burana and O Fortuna) to pop songs and selections from musical comedy.