2015-16 Stiefel Friends members may buy tickets starting on June 3. As a self-sustaining non-profit the Stiefel relies on donations from Stiefel Friends/Sponsors to cover all operational expenses. For information, to join the Stiefel Friends, or to buy tickets stop by or call the Stiefel at 785-827-1998. Buy online only at ticketmaster.com or www.stiefeltheatre.org
Trombone Shorty – Thursday, August 6 @ 8PM
New Orleans native Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the young age of six, toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and touring worldwide with Lenny Kravitz. He fronts Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band. Together they have toured across the U.S., Europe, Australia, Russia, Japan and Brazil. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy®-nominated “Backatown,” followed by “For True” in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine’s Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, “Say That to This,” was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans. Trombone Shorty appeared in several episodes of HBO’s “Treme,” and has recently appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “Conan.” In 2012, he performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with music royalty such as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and Booker T. Jones. At this year’s Grammy Awards, he performed alongside Madonna, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Mary Lambert. In 2012, he received the President’s Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with the Trombone Shorty Foundation, which donates quality instruments to schools across New Orleans. Tickets start at $35
“A Royal Enchanted Evening” WGO – Friday, August 7 @ 7:30PM
The Wichita Grand Opera presents “A Royal Enchanted Evening.” The program will consist of highlights of WGO’s 2015 “Season of Royalty,” letting you experience the greatest musical moments of WGO’s season in a single evening. Maestro Ken Hakoda will lead WGO’s soloists, chorus and the Salina Symphony. The cast will include:
Brian Frutiger, Metropolitan Opera tenor
A native Kansan, Brian made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2008-09 season, and has returned there every season since.
William Powers, Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone
Bass-baritone William Powers, has been hailed by both audiences and critics
for his riveting performances of over 100 roles in New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Paris, Bilbao, and Vienna.
Dustin Peterson, tenor
Dustin Peterson is one of the most promising young tenors in the U.S.
Marcus DeLoach, baritone
Marcus has sung leading roles with the New York Philharmonic, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Yunnie Park, soprano
Praised in Opera News as “gleaming, elegant, soaring toned” Ms. Park made her professional debut in New York City as Magda (La Rondine). Tickets $25, $35
Chris Cornell, Solo Acoustic – Saturday, October 3 @ 8PM
Starting today at 9AM through Thursday, June 4th at 10PM EST, fans who signed up for Chris Cornell’s email list will receive an exclusive link and code word to purchase tickets in advance of the public on-sale date. American Express card members can get advance tickets beginning this Wednesday, June 3rd at 10AM (local time). $1 from every ticket sold will go to the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, a charitable organization that helps to protect the most vulnerable children facing problems such as homelessness, poverty, abuse or neglect.
Chris Cornell is a modern icon who transcends genre. He was the chief architect of the 90s grunge movement and remains one of the most iconic rock voices of all time. Achieving multi-platinum success with three legendary bands – selling over 30 million records worldwide – he has forged his own unique identity over three decades as a Grammy award-winning, Golden Globe nominated singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer and lyricist. His career began with Seattle trailblazers Soundgarden, whose wild soundscapes combined visceral punk attitude with artistic depth. Powerfully original, they were the first of their generation of Seattle bands to sign to a major label in 1989 and their work continued to evolve over the course of seven groundbreaking albums. Soundgarden made a historic return to the live stage in 2010 and have since toured the world, releasing the all-new studio album, KING ANIMAL, to widespread acclaim.
Cornell has continually redefined his sound and vision. He joined with three other musical pioneers from Rage Against the Machine to create supergroup Audioslave. The multi-platinum band released three albums and toured stadiums around the world, becoming the first American rock group to perform a massive free concert in Castro’s Cuba. Cornell has also collaborated with many different artists, most recently the Zac Brown Band on their single “Heavy Is The Head”, which peaked at #1 on rock radio in the US.
His soundtrack work has spanned both big budget and independent cinema. He was the first male American artist to write and perform the theme song for a James Bond movie (“You Know My Name” for Casino Royale). With Soundgarden, he wrote the end title song “Live To Rise” for The Avengers, the 3rd highest grossing film of all time. He duetted with Joy Williams on his song “Misery Chain” which appeared on the soundtrack of the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave and his song “The Keeper” from Marc Forster’s Machine Gun Preacher was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2012.
Cornell’s recent solo acoustic ‘Songbook’ tour attracted sellout crowds and critical acclaim worldwide. Jim Farber of the New York Daily News observed, “sometimes you don’t recognize the full power of a voice until you strip everything away from it.” For more information on Chris Cornell please go to www.chriscornell.com. Tickets start at $49
The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears and Ranger Doug Green – Saturday, November 7 @ 8PM
“It’s hard to imagine a more skilled band playing [Western swing/country]. Pick a country or bluegrass artist — past or present — and it’s a good bet someone in the group has worked with them.” – Associated Press
Formed in 1998 by a group of Nashville’s recording studio elite, the Time Jumpers began just as a jam session for the musicians to blow off steam and play their favorite songs. Soon they were playing gigs in the Nashville area and were offered a regular slot at the Station Inn every Monday night. The critics loved the show and as word spread, The Time Jumpers became the “show that stars go to see.” On any given Monday, stars such as Reba McEntire, Bonnie Raitt , Norah Jones, Toby Keith, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello and even Robert Plant have been known to pull up a chair and sit in with this band.
The current lineup of 10 singers and musicians includes highly-regarded Nashville session and touring artists:
Brad Albin – upright bass
Larry Franklin – fiddle
Paul Franklin – steel guitar
Vince Gill – Country Music Hall of Famer – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar
“Ranger Doug” Green – of Riders in the Sky – vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar
Kenny Sears – vocal, fiddle
Joe Spivey – fiddle, vocals
Andy Reiss – electric guitar
Jeff Taylor – accordion, piano
Billy Thomas – drums, vocals
In 2007, the group recorded a live album titled Jumpin’ Time that was nominated for two Grammy® awards.
Tickets start at $44
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