Founded in 2012, the professional chamber choir The Thirteen has quickly garnered a reputation of exceptionalism. The Thirteen is an ensemble of 13 professional musicians based in the New York City area, specializing in the masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque. The Thirteen is committed to historically informed performance and is known for programming works infrequently performed by American Choirs, and for their World and North American premieres, of music new and old.
In A Very Electric Christmas, follow the story of a young bird named Max and his family as they head south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm and tries to make his way home, his adventure begins. This creative storyline features Nutcracker soldiers, caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, mischievous mice and an evil Rat King with epic battle scene. This captivating and magical tale of adventure, friendship and love is a wonderful opportunity to bring families together and start a new holiday tradition. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the timeless Christmas classics including songs from some of today's most popular artists. www.lightwiretheater.com This is a Doudna Fine Arts Center New + Emerging Artists Series presentation
The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many dancers were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting vibrant companies dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet but to invigorate this tradition as they began to accept new developments in dance. Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with over 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience.
Jason Marsalis is the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis and his wife Dolores, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. Together, the four brothers and Ellis comprise New Orleans' venerable first family of jazz, and recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts 2011 Jazz Masters awards. Jason is well known for his prodigal drumming. Working with his father's group, as well as the great pianist Marcus Roberts, he has fine-tuned his playing in two of the most demanding trio settings in modern jazz.