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Hermon Mehari Quartet 

Athough he already had a growing reputation, the success of Mehari's debut album, "Bleu", put him concretely on the musical map. It covered both the ground of his contemporaries and his own original music in such a way as to establish his artistic identity. “Bleu” includes ECM recording artist Aaron Parks on piano, Blue Note recording artist Logan Richardson on alto saxophone, Peter Schlamb on vibraphone, Ryan J. Lee on drums, and Rick Rosato on bass.

Hermon Mehari received his BM in Jazz Performance from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2010. In addition to performing, he dedicates himself to being a serious educator and has participated in clinics and panels around the world. 

 Saturday, February 18, 2023 8:00 PM Hermon Mehari Quartet  [buy tickets]
Sweet Honey in the Rock 

The Grammy-nominated, iconic, women-led African-American vocal ensemble SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK marks its 50TH ANNIVERSARY with a powerful three-year celebration that will honor its storied past and set the course for the future of the group, which has been called “one of the most dynamic, versatile and still relevant musical collectives in music today.”

Ever since its inception in Washington DC in 1973, Sweet Honey in the Rock has thrived as both a performance ensemble and as an ambassadorial African-American organization founded on the triumvirate missions of empowerment, education and entertainment. Current members include Carol Maillard and Louise Robinson (both original co-founders of the group), Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass, plus sign language interpreter Barbara Hunt.

Sweet Honey In The Rock is a powerful and unique performing entity that fuses the elastic 360-degree possibilities of the human voice with a theatrical flare that keeps audiences returning for more, year after year. Throughout its five decades of distinguished service, the group and its members have created positive, loving, and socially-conscious message music that is spiritually fortifying. Through its music and its members’ actions, Sweet Honey consistently takes an active stance toward making this planet a better place for all in which to live.

The Folly-Bridge Americana Series is sponsored by 90.9 The Bridge.

 Friday, March 3, 2023 8:00 PM Sweet Honey in the Rock  [buy tickets]
Camp Encourage 
For its tenth anniversary year, Camp Encourage will host An Evening With the ‘Rents, a unique comedy event which help bring humor and empowerment to the autism community and benefit its mission to provide youth with autism spectrum disorder meaningful experiences in which they build the knowledge, courage, and skills to be empowered participants in the community.  With roughly 500 anticipated guests, An Evening With the 'Rents 10th anniversary is unique in that all the comics are parents of children with autism who are working alongside local comedians to craft their very raw life experiences into hilariously touching stories.​​​​​​​
 Friday, March 10, 2023 7:30 PM Camp Encourage: An Evening With the 'Rents  [buy tickets]
Oleta Adams 
Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut album, Circle of One (which went Platinum), and the impassioned hit single "Get Here" (which became an unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War), Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans around the world with journeys of the heart. These songs draw deeply from her roots in gospel while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music. Her success was first nurtured by worldwide tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross and was solidified by four GRAMMY® nominations and more than two and a half million records sold.                   

In 2019, Oleta was inducted into the American Jazz Walk of Fame at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, MO. Her medallion is ensconced in the sidewalk of the historic area of 18th & Vine. In 2017, she was the honoree of the Legends Award at the televised Black Music Honors, acknowledging her influence and significant music contributions to African-American culture and American music worldwide.

 Saturday, March 11, 2023 8:00 PM Oleta Adams  [buy tickets]
Tia Fuller Quintet 
Tia Fuller is a saxophonist, composer, and educator, and a member of the all-female band touring with Beyoncé.  Fuller is currently a faculty member in the ensembles department at Berklee College of Music. She has appeared with Terri Lyne Carrington to perform her GRAMMY®-winning Mosaic Project and Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue; served as assistant musical director for Esperanza Spalding’s Radio Music Society tour, and recorded and toured with Dianne Reeves for her Grammy-winning Beautiful Life album.
 Saturday, April 22, 2023 8:00 PM Tia Fuller Quintet  [buy tickets]
Hits! The Musical 

Dionne Warwick, 6-time Grammy Award winner and music legend, presents Hits! The Musical - 90 minutes of pure joy with extraordinary singing, spectacular dancing, hundreds of costume changes, and state-of-the-art lighting and sound that will leave you amazed. Imagine songs like “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” “Hero,” “I Will Always Love You,” “Singing In The Rain,” and nearly 80 more of America’s most iconic songs performed by the greatest young singers and dancers in the country. The cast of 29, ages 10-22, was selected from a nationwide audition of over 7,000 individuals. Their talent is exceptional, and the energy is unsurpassed. This show is an unforgettable experience for the entire family.

Hits! The Musical is for individuals of all ages and will leave you dancing in the aisles. Don’t miss America’s next great musical!

VIP tickets include:
​​​​​​​Best seats, post-show Meet & Greet, a 'special gift' item! 

 Tuesday, April 25, 2023 7:30 PM Hits! The Musical  [buy tickets]
Rob Schneider: I Have Issues Tour 

Rob Schneider is an accomplished actor, comedian, screen writer and director. A stand-up comic and veteran of the award-winning NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, Schneider has gone on to a successful career in films, television and continues his word-wide standup tour.

Schneider’s first Netflix comedy special, “Asian Momma, Mexican Kids,” premiered globally on August 11, 2020. Filmed in February, the special gives viewers a look at Schneider’s family and personal life through hilarious anecdotes. The special ends with a surprise duet performance with Schneider’s daughter Elle King.

Born in San Francisco, Schneider’s family is of Filipino and Caucasian descent. His father was Jewish and his mother Catholic. His mixed background has been a common theme in his comedy acts. Schneider started his stand-up career in high school opening for the popular San Francisco band “Head On,” and was a regular guest on local radio. An opening slot for Dennis Miller garnered him an appearance on the HBO’s “13thAnnual Young Comedians” special also hosted by Miller. The special led him to a coveted position as a writer for SNL in 1988.Schneider swiftly moved from a writer and featured player to a full cast member with a cast that included Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade and the late Chris Farley.

After leaving SNL in 1994 Schneider went to roles in film and television including a starring role in the NBC sitcom “Men Behaving Badly,” and starring roles in the feature films DEUCEBIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO, THE ANIMAL, THE HOT CHICK, DEUCE BIGALOW:EUROPEAN GIGALOW and THE BENCHWARMERS. DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO has the distinction of being the second highest grossing DVD in the US in 2000.

Schneider’s early film roles also include JUDGE DREDD, DEMOLITION MAN, BEVERLYHILLS HILLBILLIES and DOWN PERISCOPE. He also co-starred in numerous comedies that were some of the biggest films in the past twenty years, including GROWNUPS, THEWATERBOY, LITTLE NICKY, THE LONGEST YARD, 50 FIRST DATES, I NOW PRONOUNCEYOU CHUCK AND LARRY, YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN, and narrated the animated film 8 CRAZY NIGHTS. He also recently appeared in Netflix’s THE WRONG MISSY and the recently released HUBIE HALLOWEEN.

On television Schneider starred in the CBS comedy “Rob,” loosely based on his real life. In2015 he produced, directed and starred in “Real Rob,” that followed his life and co-starred his real-life wife Patricia and daughter Miranda for Netflix. “Real Rob” was a milestone for the comedian as he starred, directed, produced and financed the entire season.

Schneider’s directorial debut was the comedy BIG STAN, in which he also starred in the title role. In 2010 he released his first comedy album, “Registered Offender,” a collection of audio sketches and songs. That year Schneider also revived his stand-up career with an international tour and has continued to tour nationally and internationally ever since. Schneider is currently co-starring in Netflix’s “Home Team,” starring Kevin James and is embarking on his stand-up comedy tour throughout the summer. In addition, Schneider recently completed production on the film “Daddy Daughter Trip,” which he produced, directed and starred in.

The three-time Emmy nominated writer for SNL is having the best time of his life, enjoying raising his 7-and 3-year-old girls, Miranda and Madeline, with his wife Patricia. Schneider is also the father of singer/songwriter Elle King.

 Thursday, April 27, 2023 7:30 PM Rob Schneider: I Have Issues Tour  [buy tickets]
Anat Cohen Quartetinho 
Ever charismatic, prolific, and inspired, GRAMMY®-nominated clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. The New York Times writes, “Ms. Cohen on the clarinet was a revelation. Using the clarinet’s upper register, she could evoke infectious joy. In the lower register, her playing could conjure a deep, soulful melancholy. On up-tempo numbers, her improvisations were not just bebop fast; they had a clarity and deep intelligence that is really quite rare. She made it look effortless; even as she was playing the most technically difficult of all the reed instruments… she took my breath away.”
 Friday, May 5, 2023 8:00 PM Anat Cohen Quartetinho  [buy tickets]
Park University Presents Pianist Behzod Abduraimov 

Student Tickets available day-of-show for $10.00 (plus handling fees) - One ticket per valid photo ID shown at time of purchase

With prodigious technique and rhapsodic flair, Mr. Abduraimov dispatched the work’s challenges, including burst upon burst of arm-blurring octaves, with eerie command.” - The New York Times

Behzod Abduraimov performs with renowned orchestras worldwide including the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and Concertgebouworkest and with prestigious conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Lorenzo Viotti, James Gaffigan, Jakub Hrůša, Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Gustavo Dudamel. In recital Behzod has appeared a number of times at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and has recently been presented by Chicago Symphony, Kölner Philharmonie and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Festival appearances include Aspen, Verbier, Rheingau, La Roque Antheron and Lucerne Festivals.

2021 saw the release of his recital album for Alpha Classics based on a program of Miniatures including Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. In 2020 recordings included Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with Lucerne Symphony Orchestra under James Gaffigan, recorded on Rachmaninov’s own piano from Villa Senar for Sony Classical and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 with Concertgebouworkest under Valery Gergiev, for the RCO live label. Both recordings were nominated for the 2020 Opus Klassik awards in multiple categories. A DVD of his BBC Proms debut in 2016, with the Münchner Philharmoniker under Valery Gergiev, was released in 2018. His 2012 debut CD of Liszt, Saint-Saëns and Prokofiev for Decca won the Choc de Classica and Diapason Découverte and his first concerto disc for the label featured Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 and Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No.1.

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 1990, Behzod began to play the piano at age five as a pupil of Tamara Popovich at Uspensky State Central Lyceum in Tashkent. In 2009, he won First Prize at the London International Piano Competition with Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3. He studied with Stanislav Ioudenitch at the International Center for Music at Park University, Missouri, where he is Artist-in-Residence.

Program to include Maurice Ravel’s “Gaspard de la Nuit” and other works. Program subject to change.

 Thursday, May 11, 2023 7:30 PM Park University Presents Pianist Behzod Abduraimov  [buy tickets]
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