By Cami Hancock
Looking to immerse yourself in the arts? Want to have your mind challenged or be swept away by the beauty of art? You should consider becoming a Wharton Center subscriber, where you’ll get first access to all that Wharton Center has to offer. As Michigan’s largest performing arts center, Wharton Center’s consistently provides an abundant array of the performing arts events—including everything from ballet and hip-hop to jazz and classical icons. Sound exciting? Here are five sights you’ll see this season if you become a Wharton Center subscriber:
You’ll witness a unique blend of hip-hop and classical music
Black Violin is the only group of its kind in the world: violinist Kev Marcus and violist Wil B. unite to create a fusion of hip-hop music with classical instruments. The two met in high school, and their music has been breaking boundaries and engaging audiences to view the world through a different perspective ever since.
You’ll get to bask in the sounds of a nine-time Grammy Award-winning quartet
That’s right—NINE TIME Grammy winner Emerson String Quartet is hailed as the world’s greatest string quartet. The group formed when they were all students at Julliard, and they have been awarded Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year, an Avery Fisher Prize, and three Gramophone Awards. For three decades, their music has been enchanting audiences and keeping the string quartet art form alive and fresh.
You’ll get to see one of the world’s most prolific musical trailblazers
Since beginning playing the piano at age five, Japanese keyboardist Keiko Matsui has been wowing audiences with her rich blend of Eastern and Western sounds. With a huge and dedicated following, she performs all over the world and fulfils her dream of using her music to bring people together and change their lives.
You’ll be whisked away to the land of Oz
Who doesn’t love the story of The Wizard of Oz? Canada’s premiere ballet company, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, is bringing the iconic story to life in a way you’ve never seen before. This production features 250 costumes, 112 hats, 115 pairs of pointe shoes, and 20 puppets. It’s a spectacle you don’t want to miss.
You’ll play a role in preserving the Great American Songbook
As one of the most important musical forces of our time, Michael Feinstein has spent the last three decades sharing the Great American Songbook with the world and preserving the art form through his Great American Songbook Foundation. Now, he’s joining forces with vocal powerhouse Storm Large, and their joint concert promises to charm audiences as they reimagine standards and modern classics.
Who would want to miss out on experiencing all of these opportunities at Michigan’s largest performing arts center? For more information on becoming a Wharton Center Performing Arts Series subscriber, visit www.whartoncenter.com/subscribe. Broadway Series packages are also available. Want to talk to a human? Call 1.800.WHARTON, where Wharton Center’s Ticket Office staff is more than ready to answer any questions you may have.
Cami Hancock is a Wharton Center intern and a junior at MSU, studying Arts and Humanities with a focus on writing and theatre.