SiriusXM Presents The Brian Setzer Orchestra – Christmas Rocks! Tour
The iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra whip up a huge dose of retro holiday cheer with their Christmas Rocks! Tour presented by SiriusXM. The acclaimed show also features music from their latest Christmas album, “Rockin’ Rudolph,” their three other best-selling holiday albums, as well as original Brian Setzer hits. Consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, Setzer’s trademark guitar work and vocal stylings are matched with the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s rockin’ big-band horn arrangements—an unbeatable combination guaranteed to rock you into the holiday spirit!
Special guest performance by
December 12, 2018
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
At a moment when musical streams are crossing with unprecedented frequency, it’s crucial to remember that throughout its history, New Orleans has been the point at which sounds and cultures from around the world converge, mingle and resurface, transformed by the Crescent City’s inimitable spirit and joie de vivre. Nowhere is that idea more vividly embodied than in the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which has held the torch of New Orleans music aloft for more than 50 years, all the while carrying it enthusiastically forward as a reminder that the history they were founded to preserve is a vibrantly living history.
Please be advised, this performance’s venue was incorrectly listed as Jones Hall in our brochure.
January 24, 2019
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The critically acclaimed production of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show’ created by Jonathan Rockefeller features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapts four stories by author/illustrator Eric Carle: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The Very Hungry Caterpillar has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Brown Bear, Brown Bear – now celebrating 50 years – has sold more than 16 million copies.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide.
Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself.
The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage.
January 26, 2019
CAPTURING THE IMPOSSIBLE: Filmmaker Bryan Smith
For extreme filmmaker Bryan Smith, the line between going for it and going too far is often blurry – especially when you’re exploring the earth’s most remote environments. In this edge-of-your-seat presentation, Bryan shows you what it means to adventure with purpose, and why he believes the best expeditions are the ones with a healthy chance of failure. He’s faced machete-wielding locals in Papua New Guinea, suffered frostbite during the first-ever ice climb of Niagara Falls, explored the South Pacific’s deepest canyons and scaled North America’s tallest mountains to bring you behind the scenes and capture the impossible.
February 2, 2019
Dorrance Dance – “ETM: Double Down”
ETM: Double Down
Dorrance Dance is an award-winning tap dance company based out of New York City, combining classic tap with more contemporary styles for more interesting and conceptual performances that aim to expand the audience of tap dancing. ETM: Double Down utilizes original tap “instruments” designed by 2014 Bessie Award Winner Nicholas Van Young, the score is not simply danced to, but danced BY the company. With the right programming, the sound of a single footfall can range from a snare drum to a note on an arpeggio.
Single tickets on sale November 12, 2018
February 9, 2019
Arlo Guthrie – “Alice’s Restaurant” Back By Popular Demand Tour
Alice’s Restaurant – Back By Popular Demand Tour
With a distinguished and varied career spanning almost sixty years, Arlo Guthrie has become an iconic figure in folk music. When he took to the road to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of his seminal song “Alice’s Restaurant Massacre,” he was incredibly moved by the feedback from enthusiastic fans. Alice’s Restaurant – Back By Popular Demand Tour will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the feature film “Alice’s Restaurant,” originally released in 1969, starring Arlo as himself, directed by famed director Arthur Penn.
February 20, 2019
Beijing Dance Theater – “Hamlet”
Beijing Dance Theater, one of China’s most distinguished dance companies, with its stunning dancers, returns to the U.S. with Hamlet. In 2006, FENG Xiogang invited WANG Yuanyuan to work on his film The Banquet, based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This inspired WANG to create a ballet telling the story of Hamlet through the eyes the melancholy prince, who struggles with power, family, revenge and love.
February 22, 2019
The Wizard of OZ
The national Broadway tour of THE WIZARD OF OZ is a spectacular celebration of that classic 1939 MGM film. It is a new, refreshed and lavish rendition of the beloved classic. Audiences young and old, seeing it for the first time or the fifth, will be dazzled by the brightly colored sets, charmed by its timeless score and enthralled with its breathtaking special effects. And whether it creates new memories or conjures them up from the past, everyone deserves to experience or relive the wonderful, whimsical and enduring story, THE WIZARD OF OZ.
February 23, 2019
This show has been rescheduled from November 16, 2018 to March 1, 2019. Please contact the Box Office at 713-227-4772 for more information regarding tickets.
Society for the Performing Arts has provided ticket holders with three options for this scheduling conflict:
- Patrons’ tickets are valid the new show date. If a patron would like a new ticket issued with the correct date and time, please contact the box office.
- Patrons may exchange tickets to any performance in Society for the Performing Arts 2018-2019 season.
- If patrons cannot attend the performance at the new date, patrons may request a full refund.
Society for the Performing Arts requests that all exchanges and refunds are submitted no later than 30 days before “Becoming Kareem’s” newly scheduled date.
Based on Kareem’s newest autobiography, Becoming Kareem, this exciting and poignant multimedia spectacle showcases Kareem’s top 7 mentors and the most important lessons he learned from each. In some cases, the lessons learned were not the ones intended but were a reaction to what Kareem saw as a flaw in the teaching. From the schoolyard to the basketball court to the streets of America’s civil rights marches to the stages of Hollywood, we invite you to sit back, watch, listen and learn from the moments that have inspired one man’s incredible journey.
VIP Tickets Available. Includes meet & greet, photo opportunity, and a signed copy of his book.
March 1, 2019
Mutts Gone Nuts
Expect the unexpected, as canines and comedy collide in a smash hit performance, that’s leaving audiences everywhere howling for more. From shelters to showbiz, these amazing mutts unleash havoc and hilarity in a breathtaking, action-packed, comedy dog spectacular, featuring some of the world’s most talented 4-legged performers. Deemed ‘A Must See’ by the Washington Post, the dogs are sure to steal your heart, and then your socks!
March 2, 2019
George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
The Ukulele Orchestra was formed in 1985 as a bit of fun, but the first gig was an instant sell-out, and they’ve been performing ever since. The current ensemble has been playing together for over 20 years and has become something of a national institution. With thousands of sold-out concerts across the world, the Ukulele Orchestra will provide an evening of pure, delightful entertainment.
March 17, 2019
An Evening with Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood has long been a literary titan, but “current events have polished the oracular sheen of her reputation,” says The New Yorker. With her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale back on the bestsellers lists and its television adaptation awarded eight Emmy Awards, it seems Atwood’s sharp eye is more necessary—and prescient—than ever.
Atwood will speak on a wide range of issues relating to literature, social activism, political engagement, the creative process, the artist’s role in society, technology and art, and, of course, her own accomplished body of work. Her pithy observations and witty comments enlighten and challenge audiences to think critically about our relationship to words and language. “The answers you get from literature,” she has said, “depend on the questions you pose.”
April 5, 2019
Pilobolus – Shadowland: The New Adventure
Shadowland: The New Adventure
Pilobolus is an internationally renowned movement company. For 45 years they have tested the limit of human physicality, exploring the power of connected bodies.
In 2009, Pilobolus created Shadowland, the first show of its kind, which has since performed in 32 countries, for over a million people. Now Pilobolus is proud to present an all-new Shadow adventure.
Shadowland: The New Adventure uses Pilobolus’ exploration of mixed media to tell a love story about two people and their quest to save a magical bird.
Employing animation, video and live shadow theater, this madcap adventure dips its toe into the genres of science fiction, film noir and romantic comedy.
April 12, 2019
FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible, and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.
Single tickets on sale November 12, 2018
April 13, 2019
Gold medalist of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 28-year-old pianist Yekwon Sunwoo has been hailed for “his total command over the instrument and its expressiveness” (San Francisco Examiner). A powerful and virtuosic performer, he also, in his own words, “strives to reach for the truth and pure beauty in music,” and hopes to convey those fundamental emotions to audiences.
April 25, 2019
EXPLORING MARS: Kobie Boykins, NASA Engineer
Join NASA engineer Kobie Boykins for a look at what Curiosity and other Mars rovers have discovered on the red planet.
Few events in the last decade of space exploration have captured the world’s imagination like NASA’s ongoing Mars Exploration Program. In 2004, the successful deployment of the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity launched a new era of scientific investigation of our nearest planetary neighbor. For Kobie Boykins, a mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the rovers’ success was also a personal triumph: he helped design and build the solar arrays that enabled to rovers to keep going long after their planned 90-day life (indeed, Opportunity is still roaming Mars today and sending back images, more than nine years later).
Now, Boykins is also intimately involved with our latest venture to Mars, as supervisor of the mobility and remote sensing mast teams for the Mars Science Laboratory, better known as Curiosity. Curiosity landed on Mars last August and has already made headlines with evidence that conditions on Mars, including the presence of water, once could have supported life. For work on this and other compelling projects, Boykins last year received a NASA Exceptional Service Medal, one of the highest honors given to NASA employees and contractors.
Boykins’ boundless enthusiasm for unraveling the mysteries of outer space, and Mars in particular, is infectious. Join him for an engaging evening exploring the Red Planet⎯¾with an update on the very latest chapter in the ongoing story of Mars exploration.
May 4, 2019
Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of Radiolab , a public radio program broadcast on 524 stations across the nation and downloaded more than 9 million times a month as a podcast. Most days, Radiolab is the 2nd most popular podcast, just behind This American Life. Abumrad employs his dual backgrounds as composer and journalist to create what’s been called “a new aesthetic” in broadcast journalism. He orchestrates dialogue, music, interviews and sound effects into compelling documentaries that draw listeners into investigations of otherwise intimidating topics, such as the nature of numbers, the evolution of altruism or the legal foundation for the war on terror.
May 18, 2019
Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Combining technical precision, power and passion, Complexions Contemporary Ballet transcends tradition in a groundbreaking mix of styles ranging from ballet to hip hop. Founded by former members of Alvin Ailey, Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden, the company has been featured several times on the hit show So You Think You Can Dance; this season the company brings an exhilarating program set to music from Bach to Bowie. Stardust is an “utterly transfixing” tribute to the life and music of David Bowie, full of glitter and glam.
June 1, 2019
June 4, 2019
National Geographic: Symphony for our World
Symphony for Our World combines stunning National Geographic natural history footage with an original symphony and theme created by Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music. Featuring composers Austin Fray and Andrew Christie, the show brings audiences a breathtaking musical journey coupled with some of the world’s most incredible wildlife spectacles.
The inspiring 90-minute, live orchestral performance uses groundbreaking imagery and storytelling from over 130 years of National Geographic history matched in perfect synchronization with an orchestra and choir.
Driven by a five-part composition, Symphony for Our World pairs artistry with science as it brings viewers from the depths of the sea, up to the coastlines, onto land, through mountains and finally into the sky. Each environment will be accompanied by a different orchestral movement, resulting in a powerful musical tribute to the beauty and wonders of our wild world.
June 15, 2019