Center for the Performing Arts’ 2018-19 season features variety of good vibrations


The Center for the Performing Arts’ 2018-19 season features a bit of something for everyone.

“We receive a lot of feedback from our patron surveys and simply from talking to people who come to the performances, so we have a pretty good idea of what they want to see,” said Doug Tatum, vice president of programming, the Center for the Performing Arts. “The challenge and the fun for us is to cater to all those different tastes as much as possible with the resources we have, yet also to present artists who may be less familiar but can provide a compelling experience for our audiences that really expands their appreciation of the arts.”

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The 2018-19 season, sponsored by Allied Solutions, with most of the shows at

The Palladium, includes three rock and roll stars: Brian Wilson (Nov. 17), of Beach Boys fame, Graham Nash (March 22, 2019), from the Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and John Hiatt (Nov. 9). All are making their first appearance at The Palladium.

Others included in the Katz, Sapper & Miller Series are a wide variety of crowd-pleasing rock, pop and folk acts, including blues legend Buddy Guy (Sept. 22), two-time Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge (Sept. 25), Indigo Girls (Sept. 28); plus Queen (Sept. 20) and ABBA tribute shows (May 2, 2019) and Dennis DeYoung (Nov. 30), playing hits from his Styx days.

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The Country Series includes Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (Sept. 21), Kellie Pickler (Nov. 3) and Sara Evans (Nov. 29).

The Holiday series includes “Glee” star Jane Lynch (Dec. 1) and David Koz & Friends Christmas (Dec. 9).

The Printing Partners Classical Series includes violinist Joshua Bell (Oct. 12), Drew Petersen (Jan. 13, 2019) and the Russian National Orchestra (Feb. 22, 2019).

“(Bell) has appeared here previously with a chamber orchestra, but this is his first recital at the Center with only piano accompaniment, so his skills will be on full display for the entire evening,” Tatum said. “We also have a recital by Drew Petersen, a brilliant young pianist who was the American Pianists Association’s 2017 Gold Medal Winner. The Russian National Orchestra, which truly is one of the world’s greatest, will perform an all-Rachmaninoff program, so that’s quite a combination.”

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The Drewry Simmons Vornehm Jazz Series showcases Pat Metheny (Oct. 11), a 20-time Grammy-winning guitarist and composer who has a new band featuring acclaimed British pianist Gwilym Simcock, and David Sanborn’s Jazz Quartet (Feb. 8, 2019).

“There is a real buzz in the jazz world about Metheny’s new quartet, so this is on my list as a ‘don’t-miss’ event,” Tatum said. “David Sanborn’s Jazz Quintet also is a new group that represents a return to his more acoustic jazz roots.”

Tatum said Veronica Swift, 23, is one of the hottest jazz vocalists in New York and has been compared to Ella Fitzgerald.

“She’s one of several emerging artists that we’re introducing to our audiences this season,” Tatum said of Swift, who will visit March 8, 2019.

The Songbook Series includes Engelbert Humperdinck (Oct. 26), Megan Hilty (Feb. 15, 2019) and Jack Jones (March 23, 2019) and Michael Feinstein (April 13, 2019). The Songbook Celebration Gala, featuring actor/crooner Chris Isaak, is set for Sept. 15.

“Megan Hilty has a lot of fans as a TV actress as well as a Broadway star, so we think a lot of people will enjoy seeing her,’ Tatum said. “Jack Jones is a real singer’s singer, and people say his voice is just as rich as ever.”

Series subscriptions go on sale June 12. For more, call 317-843-3800 or visit Single-event tickets will go on sale in August.