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California Center for the Arts, Escondido Announces 2017-18 Schedule

Escondido CA— California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) is thrilled to announce its forthcoming 2017/2018 season featuring an exceptional lineup of acclaimed performers, including Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends; Jane Lynch; Cesar Millan; Chris Botti; Valerie June; Pink Martini; Shaping Sound; Black Violin; Jesse Cook; Priti Gandhi; Natalia LaFourcade; Bria Skonberg; Las Migas with Flamenco Arana; The Hillbenders: TOMMY; International Guitar Night; Masters of Hawaiian Music; QUATTROSOUND; Flip Fabrique; Michelle Cann Pianist; Simply Three; and more! Through its presentation of internationally renowned talent, the Center is a premier performing arts venue in the Southern California market.

The Center’s 2017/2018 season debuts on Saturday, October 21, 2017 and continues until Thurs, May 25, 2018, and events will take place in both the 1,523-seat Concert Hall and 404-seat Center Theater. Please see the 2017/2018 performance schedule below, and for additional information about the Center, visit artcenter.org.

The Center’s Executive Director Jerry VanLeeuwen comments, “The upcoming season brings outstanding artists to the theaters. The variety of entertainment is extraordinary as well including Bill Murray, Cesar Millan and Shaping Sound. The goal of the season is to offer shows that will attract to a wide array of interests. I believe we have hit the mark.”

“We are excited to not only bring quality entertainment, but also a quality experience to our guests at California Center for the Arts, Escondido, ” said Cynthia Weir, Board Chair. “From free parking, beautiful theaters, welcoming staff and incomparable acoustics we hope every attendee and performer will walk out with a ‘WOW!'”

Alongside other celebrated Escondido attractions and facilities such as the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Mayo Clinic, Stone Brewing Company and many others, the Center is thrilled to continue placing Escondido on the national map as a cultural mecca of the arts and innovation. In addition to the diverse programming for their stages, the Center remains steadfast in their mission to provide standout educational and family-friendly offerings, captivating museum exhibitions, free community festivals and more.

Confirmed sponsors for the 2017/2018 season include Jay & Gale Stienon, Jean Will and WEWSTAF. Please see the comprehensive performance schedule below for the Center’s 2017/2018 season:

Performing Arts 2017/2018 Season Lineup

Shaping Sound
After the Curtain
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Concert Hall @ 7:30pm

Through his Emmy Award-winning work on So You Think You Can Dance, Travis Wall has established himself as one of America’s favorite choreographers. His artistic direction of SHAPING SOUND has already produced one spell-binding show in Dance Reimagined, which has captivated audiences all across North America. Now, Travis and SHAPING SOUND are back with their brand new show, After the Curtain. These visual musicians continue to dazzle audiences as they tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breath-taking and ultimately uplifting, this is one dance show that audiences will remember forever.

Las Migas with Flamenco Arana
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Lyric Court @ 7:30pm

Las Migas (Spanish for “the crumbs”) plays a fascinating blend of Flamenco and Mediterranean music that combines classic and contemporary rhythms with powerful melodies. Hailing from four different regions of Spain, guitarists Marta Robles and Alicia Grillo, singer and dancer Alba Carmona, and violinist Roser Locos unite around the common passion for Flamenco who have also incorporated other influences to expand their repertoire.

Simply Three
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Center Theater @ 3:00pm

Simply Three is an electrifying trio that has old school training but a new school sound and have been captivating audiences worldwide with high-octane performances since 2010. The trio is comprised of Glen McDaniel a multi-faced violinist, Nick Villalobos a bassist and Zack Clark a cellist.

Flip Fabrique
Attrape-Moi! (Catch Me!)
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Concert Hall @ 3:00pm

Come one, come all to the spellbinding cirque sensation that will entertain adults and children alike! Leave your troubles behind and settle in for an astonishing, lively show that will leave you smiling from ear to ear as this Quebec-based troupe of six acrobats will dazzle you in this fast-paced circus show.

Valerie June
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Concert Hall @ 7:30pm

Valerie June is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist whose sound encompasses a mixture of folk, blues, gospel, soul, country, Appalachian and bluegrass. June has earned the attention of music legend Bob Dylan. Dylan said he’d been listening to June, whose latest album, The Order of Time, is a blend of spacey hippie soul, blues and folk with June’s pinched, modern-Appalachian voice at the center.

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends
New Worlds
Friday, December 1, 2017
Concert Hall @ 7:30pm

Bill Murray teams up with distinguished German cellist Jan Vogler, alongside violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez, to present a spirited evening of music and literature. In this rare live appearance, Murray — as both singer and narrator — brings his charm and wit to songs by Foster, Gershwin, Mancini, and Bernstein, as well as readings of classic American poetry and prose in dialogue with Vogler’s singing Stradivari cello.

Jane Lynch
A Swingin’ Little Christmas featuring Kate Flannery & Tim Davis with The Tony Guerrero
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Center Theater @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm

Join Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner singer, actress, and comedian Jane Lynch as she rings in the holidays with songs from her brand-new Christmas album, A Swingin’ Little Christmas!, and other holiday classics.

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Center Theater @ 7:30pm

QUATTROSOUND is an innovative acoustic ensemble that skillfully blends their classical and jazz training with a wide-range of musical influences to create a uniquely engaging sound. The four musicians are equally astute at playing a Bach Suite, rocking out to Led Zeppelin, or interpreting a piece by Chick Corea. Their playful passion captures enthusiasm from audiences of all ages.

The Hillbenders: TOMMY, A Bluegrass Opry
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Center Theater @ 7:30pm

With the Hillbenders incredible ability to bridge the gap between common music and the bluegrass genre, they bring to you the bluegrass version of The Who’s breakthrough fourth studio album, Tommy. Experience this GRAMMY Hall of Fame rock album and relive 1969 in the glory of the Scotch-Irish and English settlers musical traditions of bluegrass.

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