Tickets to Valley Performing Arts Center’s 2014-2015 Season Go On Sale

NORTHRIDGE, CA – Individual tickets to performances during the 2014-2015 season of the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) at California State University, Northridge, will go on sale Tuesday, June 10.  The season will feature 46 different performances from 15 countries that present an eclectic range of Latin, country, jazz, theatre, dance, classical, and entertainment for the whole family.

Featured performers include Yo-Yo Ma, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Angélique Kidjo with special guest Red Baraat, Jane Monheit, the Second City 55th Anniversary Tour, Lee Ann Womack, the London Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Vladmir Jurowski, and the PBS children’s show Dinosaur Train Live!

When the VPAC surveyed its audiences, patrons indicated they wanted to see familiar and new pop culture artists who transcend categories. As a result, next season’s offerings include groups such as Swiss mime artists Mummenschanz; the National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China; The Fab Faux; The Canadian Brass Holiday Concert; Disney Fantasia – Live in Concert; the SITI Company, an ensemble that creates physical theatre that is “a gymnasium for the soul” and Les 7 doigts de la main -- Sequence 8, an energetic troupe from Montreal that mixes circus acts with jazz and hip-hop. 

One of the highlights of the VPAC’s new season’s offerings will be its Latin music series beginning in October and featuring Mexican ranchera (Mexican folk ballads) singer Paquita la del Barrio and Brasil Guitar Duo, about whom Classical Guitar Magazine, wrote "the maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity...is simply outstanding.” The Latin showcase will continue when fifth generation superstar Mariachi Vargas appears in December and Tango Buenos Aires, direct from Buenos Aires, Argentina, visits the VPAC in January, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico performs in March. 

Other features will be Vanessa Williams and choreographer Todd Ellison’s revue direct from Broadway, and a wide-ranging movement and dance series featuring the Russian National Ballet Theatre, The Martha Graham Dance Company and many other cutting-edge acts in between.  The VPAC’s commitment to hosting the best in classical orchestras from around the world continues with Yo-Yo Ma in May and The London Philharmonic with conductor Juri Belohlavek in October, the Czech Philharmonic in November and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, one of Europe’s foremost orchestras conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in February.  January brings the pairing of pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz. The Mutter-Bronfman-Harrell Trio, featuring violinist Anna-Sophie Mutter, pianist Yefim Bronfman and cellist Lynn Harrell will appear in April and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with Jeffrey Kahane, conductor and harpsichordist, is scheduled for December.

The VPAC will again present stellar jazz artists, including Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), the double bill of the Brad Mehldau Trio and Bad Plus, and vocalist Jane Monheit’s Hello Bluebird Celebrating the Jazz of Judy Garland. Three guitar master acts will bring their individual styles to the Great Hall in spring.  Tommy Emmanuel plays on February 5, Bill Frisell’s Big Sur Quintet is on March 5 and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet strums away on March 7.

Additional artists from around the world will travel to Northridge from Switzerland, Israel, Mali, Russia, Canada, Sierra Leone and Benin. In September, The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will dazzle the audience with their performance of Cirque Peking. In October, singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo deemed “Africa’s greatest living diva” by NPR teams up with pioneering Brooklyn-based band, Red Baraat. November brings the cross-cultural collaboration of the Touré-Raichel Collective featuring Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel, Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, percussionist Souleymane Kane and musician and vocalist Amit Carmeli. In May the VPAC will present Canadian husband and wife master fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy and the Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, who use music to raise awareness of humanitarian causes in their home country.

The 1,700-seat LEED Gold certified Valley Performing Arts Center has established California State University, Northridge, as a hub for culture and live performing arts in the region. It was recently ranked number three on the Best College Ranking’s list of “The 25 Most Amazing College Campus Theaters” in the U.S. and was voted one of the top ten performing arts centers and theaters in Los Angeles by Time Out Los Angeles.

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For more information contact:

Mauren Rubin, Public and Community Relations, (818) 677-8821, maureen.rubin@csun.edu

Annikki Lotta, Public Relations and Communications, (818) 677-8837, annikki.lotta@csun.edu

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