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Season Events

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IRIS: Jon Kimura Parker

October 17, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

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Jon Kimura Parker, piano

Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Schumann: Symphony No. 1, “Spring”
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2

Few composers in history can rival the youthful genius of the young Felix Mendelssohn. The prolific output of his young teens laid the groundwork for the masterful Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, an astonishing tour de force of evocative orchestral imagery. Robert Schumann’s first orchestral composition, “Spring” Symphony No. 1, was revolutionary. Capping off the program, we welcome back our dear friend, the brilliant pianist, Jon Kimura Parker, in Rachmaninov’s romantic Piano Concerto No. 2.

The Okee Dokee Brothers: Adventure Songs

October 23, 2015 @ 6:30 PM

Adventure Songs is a musical performance of The Okee Dokee Brothers rooted in their childhood imaginations. Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids. Their extended canoe trip down the Mississippi River inspired their GRAMMY Award winning album Can You Canoe? and their trek along the Appalachian Trail is the subject of their latest release, Through the Woods. With songs written by campfire and harmonies born on the water, the natural world is at the heart of their Americana folk music. Adventure Songs makes room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories, and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other, and the world we live in.

Vienna Boys Choir

October 24, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Come hear twenty-five angelic voices perform with pure tone and distinctive charm, backed by more than 500 years of Viennese tradition. The most beloved choir in the world performs a wide repertoire of Austrian folk songs, pop tunes and classical masterpieces. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

ArtSavvy: Big Band Swing

ArtSavvy: Big Band Swing

October 27, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

Jump and jive with a beginning swing dance lesson taught by instructors from Memphis group, Red Hot Lindy Hop. Participants will get insight into the big band era through various vintage styles of swing dance. No experience necessary.

Please contact the Box Office at 901-751-7500 for reservations

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

October 30, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Swing big band style with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. This contemporary swing revival band fuses classic American sounds from Jazz, Dixieland and big-band traditions. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

Jazz in the Box presents Alexis Cole, piano/vocals

November 06, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

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Alexis Cole has been compared to classic jazz singers such as Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'Day. She's performed with the Boston Pops and New York Philharmonic and on stage at venues from Avery Fisher Hall to the Kennedy Center. She can be seen at top jazz venues like Dizzy's Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Jazz Standard, Blues Alley, and Billboard Live, Tokyo.  

GSO Young Artists Concert

November 08, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

Winners of the GSO’s 2015 Concerto Competition take to the stage to give an incredible performance of a movement of a major work with the GSO.  Marissa Liu will perform the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15, Sarah Oh will play the Finale of Carl Reinecke’s Flute Concerto, Op. 283, and Tony Chen will perform  Mendelssohn's Capriccio Brillante, Op. 22.  The concert will begin with F. J. Herold’s Zampa Overture and conclude with Les Preludes by Franz Liszt.

 $12 Adults, $8 Seniors, $3 Students plus handling fees

David Sanborn

November 14, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

Enjoy an evening of jazz with one of the most influential and acclaimed saxophonists, David Sanborn. For over four decades the six-time Grammy winner has released over 30 albums in a limitless range of genres. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

Musicians of IRIS

December 05, 2015 @ 8:00 PM

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Barber: Serenade for Strings
Foote: Air and Gavotte
Grieg: Holberg Suite
Puccini: I Crisantemi (The Chrysanthemums)
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

IRIS opens their annual concert highlighting the string virtuosi of IRIS Orchestra with a “Sweet Sixteen” work from the great American composer Samuel Barber. His first orchestral outing, the Serenade for Strings, Op. 1, shows the mastery of craft that would become the hallmark of his illustrious career. A beautiful and seldom-played American work, from the 19th century by Arthur Foote joins established masterpieces from Norway, Italy, and Russia by Edward Grieg, Giacomo Puccini, and Tchaikovsky, respectively, whose triumphal Souvenir de Florence caps this stunning program.

Holiday Concert with the Germantown Community Chorus

December 12, 2015 @ 7:00 PM

Join us for this festive concert in celebration of the holiday session with both new and familiar holiday hits, always with a sing-along! Be sure to order your tickets early.
$14 Adults, $12 Students & Seniors (plus handling fee)

Larry Gatlin with Jason D. Williams

January 09, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Country music's chart-topping legend Larry Gatlin performs a rare solo, acoustic set in GPAC intimate listening hall. Setting the stage for the golden-voiced singer-songwriter Gatlin is Jason D. Williams, the rockabilly sensation who has been dazzling crowds live for three decades. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

Dianne Reeves

January 16, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

One of the foremost jazz vocalists in the world, Dianne Reeves is recognized for her virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

IRIS: Midori

January 23, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

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Midori, violin

Bizet: Symphony in C
Carter: Symphony No. 1 (1942)
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto

Georges Bizet, the composer of Carmen – arguably the most popular romantic opera in the canon – wrote his brilliant Symphony No. 1 just after his 17th birthday. The beauty of this precocious work caused a sensation, and Bizet found himself compared favorably to a young Mozart. Lost for eight decades, it was given its first performance in 1935, and has been a gem of the orchestral repertoire ever since. Elliot Carter, a major force in American music who continued to compose almost until his recent death at the age of 103, announced himself to the world as a symphonist with his tonal, patriotic Symphony No 1. This piece premiered at the height of World War II, a remarkable creation from a true American original. The beloved artist Midori, a violin powerhouse since her teenage years, returns to IRIS to perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.

Jazz in the Box presents Gerald Stephens, piano & Jeremy Shrader, trumpet/vocals

January 29, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

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Gerald Stephens has been in demand as a blues and jazz pianist in the Mid-South area since 1995, and has performed with many notable musicians of local and international fame, including Levon Helm, Hugh Masekela, The Memphis Horns, Antonio Hart, Annie Sellick, and Valerie June. While performing solo, with various groups and recording his own music, Stephens teaches at Rhodes College and the University of Memphis.    

Koresh Dance Company

January 30, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Known for their athleticism, diversity, and dynamic dance, the critically acclaimed Koresh Dance Company was founded by Israeli-born choreographer Ronen Koresh. Both eloquent and explosive, this dance troupe presents an exciting blend of ballet, modern and jazz choreography. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation

February 13, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Rising to prominence as a gifted performer, first with Wynton Marsalis and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra band, the pianist Marcus Roberts is famous for his dazzling virtuosic playing that taps this full range of the jazz piano tradition. Together with the Modern Jazz Generation, a 12-piece ensemble, Roberts represents the next generation of jazz greats. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

Jazz in the Box presents Michelle Walker, vocals

February 19, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

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Armed with a provocative, whiskey-soaked tone, jazz vocalist Michelle Walker is a charismatic singer that uses an artful blend of blues, bebop, swing and soul with playful rhythmic expressiveness. Based in New York City, she bends the lines and pushes the boundaries of jazz vocal art. With rich colors and adventurous flexibility, she moves easily from a dark, deep tone to a mid-range, swinging lilt. 

Sing Along with The Muppet Movie

February 20, 2016 @ 6:30 PM

Goodie bag purchase includes free admission. Goodie bag purchase required by everyone.

The IBEX Puppetry Presentation of the Sing Along with The Muppet Movie provides family-friendly, raucous interactions with the classic, timeless Jim Henson film. Sing Along with The Muppet Movie was created by Heather Henson, Jim Henson's daughter, and her production company, IBEX Puppetry. In this Sing Along, IBEX Puppetry leads the audience of cheering, singing fans to renew their Rainbow Connection with our fleecy friends who started it all. It's full of interactive surprises like bubbles, streamers, kites, confetti pops, and characters coming right out of the screen into the audience. Children and adults alike are urged to yell out famous lines, blow bubbles, dance in the aisles, and of course, sing along  with the movies to forge new or renew connections to films from another generation.

IRIS: Project Trio

February 27, 2016 @ 6:00 PM

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Project Trio (flute, cello, bass)
Mozart: Symphony No. 20
Schoenburg, Adam: new work; world premiere
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7

IRIS' mission to nurture new American music is alive and well as we present an IRIS co-commission, a new concerto by our dear friend and collaborator, composer Adam Schoenberg. Written specifically for Project Trio, this piece features the intrepid Greg Pattillo, flute; Peter Seymour, bass; and Eric Stephenson, cello; brilliant musicians all. Opening the program is a wondrous work by Mozart, already a veteran composer at 16, when he wrote his Symphony No. 20. To close, Antonín Dvořák most Brahmsian and romantic Symphony No. 7 rounds out this extraordinary evening.

AiRealistic : Breaking Surface

March 04, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

GPAC brings physical theater to a new peak with AiRealistic! An acrobatic aerial dance theater work staged in and over a flooded stage, Breaking Surface blends dynamic physicality with surprising perspectives and diverse theatrical genres. Subscribe and save up to 30%!


March 12, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

This spirited ensemble from Ireland’s County Waterford in Ireland offers an authentic and passionate celebration of Celtic culture with its high-energy performances. For more than a decade, Danú has performed to enthusiastic audiences around the globe with its use of traditional instruments such as flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, and bouzouki accompanied by exquisite vocals.

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Jazz in the Box presents Bria Skonberg, trumpet/vocals

March 18, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

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Bria Skonberg is a catalyst for all things jazz.  Hailing from West Coast Canada and now living in New York City, the award winning trumpeter/vocalist/composer is "poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation."- Wall Street Journal.

Houston Ballet II

March 31, 2016 @ 7:30 PM

The dynamic second company of the acclaimed Houston Ballet travels the world with a wide array of dance works from stunning contemporary pieces from leading choreographers to excerpts from the great classics. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

Jazz in the Box presents Diego Figueiredo, guitar

April 01, 2016 @ 7:00 PM

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Diego Figueiredo (pronounced fig-a-reed-o) is considered one of the most talented guitar players in the world today. He is the winner of several important competitions including the Montreux Jazz Competition and the VISA Prize. Diego has released over nineteen albums to date, three DVD’s, and several instructional books. His music is a fusion between Jazz, Bossa Nova and Classical. Diego’s unique interpretation, along with his phenomenal technique and emotion, has created an explosion of adoring fans and concert goers.  Born in Franca, Brazil, Diego has performed in over forty countries around the world. 

Stewart Copeland and Jon Kimura Parker & Co.

April 02, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Stewart Copeland’s instantly recognizable drumming pairs with virtuoso pianist Jon Kimura Parker for a night of chamber music for a new generation. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

Jesse Cook

April 09, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Considered one of the most influential artists in the world of "nuevo flamenco" music, Jesse Cook fuses his virtuosic flamenco guitar techniques with almost every genre of world and popular music including jazz, rock, rumba, gypsy, tango and salsa. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

Branford Marsalis Quartet

April 14, 2016 @ 7:30 PM

Enjoy an evening of unsurpassed jazz with saxophonist Branford Marsalis performing with his highly acclaimed quartet.  Having gained initial acclaim through his work with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his own brother Wynton’s quintet, Branford Marsalis has long been considered a star in his own right. The three-time Grammy Award winner was recently named an NEA Jazz Master, the highest honor that our nation bestows on jazz artists. Subscribe and save up to 30%!


April 16, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

Since 1971, this avant-garde dance company has built its fervent and expanding national and international following by showing the human body to be the most expressive, universal, and magical of media. Pilobolus maintains its own singular style, evolving interplay with shapeshifting, shadowplay and other explorations, while actively collaborating with the best and brightest minds from all conceivable professions the world over. The results of these collaborations has proven amazing feats can be achieved, and Pilobolus has been recognized for its developments in dance and multimedia art. Subscribe and save up to 30%!

IRIS: Jonathan Biss

April 30, 2016 @ 8:00 PM

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Jonathan Biss, piano

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1, “Classical”
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 1

This energetic program opens with Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, “Classical,” a tongue-in-cheek homage to Haydn and Mozart that displays all the inventive gifts of one of the 20th century’s greatest symphonists. The fascinating pianist, Jonathan Biss, brings his daring musical insight to bear with Beethoven’s Piano concerto No. 2. To close our “Sweet Sixteen” season, we come back to Mendelssohn, whose Symphony No. 1 – completed before his 16th birthday – displays the full flower of his youthful genius…a brilliant ending to a brilliant season.


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