Inspired by the poetry of Langston Hughes and Julia Alvarez, the 18-member Sphinx Virtuosi showcase the beauty and tradition of excellence inherent in classical music created and performed by Black and Latinx composers for many generations. The ensemble seeks to uplift spirits by sharing the sounds that inspire people and transcend the boundaries of time, history and struggle. These alumni of Detroit’s Sphinx Competition, an annual contest focused on increasing representation of Black and Latinx string players in classical music, are the flagship performance entity serving as cultural and diversity ambassadors throughout the country. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info
Bound by blood and a mutual love of American roots music, The Bacon Brothers have spent the past quarter-century in a creative whirl, funneling their shared DNA into a genre-bending sound. They call that sound "Forosoco" — a blend of folk, rock, soul, and country influences, delivered by two songwriters who were born to collaborate — and it's taken the siblings across the world, from shows in Japan to performances at American landmarks like Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. "We're still exploring the sound we began making 25 years ago; we've just gotten a lot better at it," says Michael, whose success as an Emmy-winning composer mirrors his brother Kevin’s accolades as an A-list Hollywood actor. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info.
“I make things up and write them down” is how Neil Gaiman describes his varied art. As one of the most celebrated writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed works bend genres while reaching audiences of all ages. Gaiman’s groundbreaking Sandman comics were described by Stephen King as having turned graphic novels into “art.” The bestselling author of Neverwhere, Anansi Boys, Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Sleeper & the Spindle, Hansel and Gretel, Norse Mythology, and The View from the Cheap Seats, is also the author of American Gods, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, and Locus awards, and proclaimed one of the 125 most important books of the last 125 years by the New York Public Library. His young adult story, Coraline, won the same awards and was adapted as a musical and an opera. Much of his work has been adapted for visual media. Click HERE for the artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info. “Gaiman is, simply put, a treasure-house of story, and we are lucky to have him.” — Stephen King
Have a QUESTION for Mr. Gaiman? Be sure to stop by the table in our lobby before the show and write it on a card. We'll have paper and pen ready, so please follow suit with a fabulous question! Neil might personally pick your question to be answered during the program.
In the 100-plus years since its inception, the SDSO has become one of the leading orchestras in the United States. Their concert at Zoellner will be the same repertoire the orchestra premieres the next day at Carnegie Hall. This is a world-class NYC concert experience in the Lehigh Valley. The Music Director of the San Diego Symphony is Rafael Payare. The Principal Guest Conductor is Edo de Waart, and Jahja Ling serves as Conductor Laureate. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info.
CARLOS SIMON Wake Up: A Concerto for Orchestra
Commissioned by San Diego Symphony Orchestra, (lead commissioner) and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C.
DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
Step into this outrageous adventure of arts: the only show where you can witness the fusion of live art, rock concert, imaginative movement, vocal performance, comedy, blacklight Bunraku, Artpunk wear, and inclusion in one magical experience. Feel the anticipation to see if the artist will complete the painting in time and guess what is being created until the very last brushstroke. Artrageous is the only immersive art experience where you are the heart of the show. You’ll take a magical journey to a blacklight world where things may not be as they seem, up is down and the depth is all a perception, as you try to discover what reality is. Post-show: Bring a t-shirt or item to put in our Creation Lab where we create a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art for you (limited availability up to 100 people). Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info.
Join us before the show for our Family Day Fair!
We invite our community to explore Zoellner's building and experience a fun day filled with art activities, treats and FREE performances by Christopher Agostino's StoryFaces.* Check our website as the day gets closer for more details.
*FREE StoryFaces performances will be held in the Fowler Black Box Theatre at 11am & 12:30pm.
About StoryFaces: The stories come to life on the faces of the audience in this innovative and exciting storytelling show for adults and family audiences, in which volunteers are brought on stage and face paintedto illustrate stories as artist Christopher Agostino tells captivating folktales, and his uniquely animated original stories — ranging from the comic adventures of The Amazing Face Story to the heroic tale of Punia and the King of the Sharks and an ancient tale asking the timeless question: Is Life Fair? He is the artistic director of Transformations Facepainting, a company that has transformed thousands of people annually for the Bronx Zoo, NYC Parks Department, the NYC Housing Authority, and special events like the World Science Festival.
Seamlessly blending illusion, acrobatics, magic, and whimsy, MOMIX sends audiences flying down the rabbit hole in Moses Pendleton’s newest creation, ALICE, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland. “I don’t intend to retell the whole Alice story” Pendleton says, “but to use it as a taking off point for invention.” Join this dazzling company on a mind-bending adventure, as Alice encounters time-honored characters including the undulating Caterpillar, a lobster quadrille, frenzied White Rabbits, a mad Queen of Hearts, and a variety of other surprises. Filled with visual splendor and startling creative movement, Alice reveals that nothing in MOMIX’s world is as it seems! Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info.
America’s premier large brass ensemble always reflects the diverse makeup of people in American culture, RMPBB is dedicated to the notion that music is a gift to be enjoyed by everyone. The band is a family-owned and operated business that had its beginnings on the streets of New Orleans. On the advice of family patriarch Ellis Marsalis, the group created a concert format that breaks the usual barriers between genres—ranging from solo trumpet to brass quintet, to the full 7-piece ensemble and percussion—and strives to create a connection between the audience and performers. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info.
Parking and getting to Packer Memorial Church: Parking will be complimentary in levels 2-4 of the garage attached to Zoellner Arts Center. There is a free shuttle from the parking garage to Packer Memorial Church.
It is a 10-15 minute walk from Zoellner's parking garage to the church. There are also some city meter parking spots along Packer Avenue closer to the church. Doors to the church will open by 6:30pm for the 7:30pm concert.
Fancy Nancy is not too fancy and is someone with many good qualities that you want your children to learn from. She bought a brand-new sparkly tree topper with her own money, but as usual, things don't turn out the way Nancy would like. In the end Nancy teaches us that her family and especially her sister, Jojo, are more important than any fancy stuff that she could buy. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info.
“It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says The Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group that formed in New York City in 1985 to celebrate the rise of extraordinary women in what had been a male-dominated Irish music scene. Since their first sold-out concert, they exploded onto the Irish music circuit performing thousands of concerts around the globe and are now among the busiest and most admired Irish groups on the planet. Their show is a wonderful blend of the old and the new. Irish songs, lively jigs and reels, and heart-wrenching slow airs transport the listener on an enchanted musical journey. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info.
Postmodern Jukebox’s Life In The Past Lane concert tour is a celebration of the greatest 20th century musical genres, fused with the recognizable hits of our own modern era, for the perfect patina of “vintage” and “modern.” As always, the PMJ Universe comes to life with a cast of today’s most exciting vocalists, instrumentalists, and tap dancers, to bring you the top-shelf entertainment experience for which PMJ is known. Whether you’re a vinyl aficionado or a TikTok fashionista, catch a ride with PMJ for an unforgettable trip through 100 years of timeless music. Click HERE for artist's website. LU Students attend for FREE, click for more info.