It’s easier to book a season for a performing arts venue if you’re coming out of a pandemic that has stifled the performing arts for nearly two years. It’s a lesson the Center For The Performing Arts is capitalizing on with its 2022-23 lineup that features what its CEO says is its most diverse schedule in its history.
“We are announcing 50 performances for the upcoming season (there were 48 in the 2011-22 season), and we plan to add several more later to have up to 70 shows,” said Jeff McDermott by releasing the season which officially started in July with the Songbook Academy concert – but really intensified in September, with legendary blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughn.
Several artists will make their debut in the Centre’s main hall, the Palladium. They include iconic West African singer Angélique Kidjo, R&B giants Trombone Shorty and Tower of Power and legendary jazz-pop pioneer trumpeter Herb Alpert, performing with his wife and vocalist Lani Hall. Alpert remains the only artist in history to have Billboard number one hits with a vocal (“This Guy’s In Love With You” from 1968) and an instrumental (“Rise”, from 1979).
The holiday season brings several fan favorites to the Palladium stage, including Marie Osmond and – returning for his annual visit – saxophone legend Dave Koz.
McDermott is especially proud that the Center was able to book the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra from Ukraine. “Obviously Ukraine is going through a horrible and tumultuous time, and we’re working on a fundraising aspect for the Ukrainian people in conjunction with that performance,” McDermott said.
Also on the program, a musical celebration of New Orleans led by Dumpstaphunk, tributes to Ella Fitzgerald and the Electric Light Orchestra, and comedians Lewis Black and Kevin Nealon, part of a growing list of comedy events .
Returning artists to the Center include legendary crooner Johnny Mathis, jazz diva Diana Krall, Indiana-born violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, trumpeter Chris Botti and pop-soul singer Michael Bolton. “Nothing can replace the experience of coming together for live arts and entertainment, and this lineup should give everyone a reason to come join us at the Center,” McDermott said.
Tickets and subscriptions for the 2022-23 season at the Performing Arts Center are available here.