Since upsetting Justin Bieber fans everywhere after winning the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2011, Esperanza Spalding has swept the nation with her cool, controlled jazz riffs and earthy vocals. The Oregon native is a celebrated prodigy, recognized by her teachers and her audience as a powerful upright bassist in tune with her own rhythm. Esperanza’s music has impressed and inspired listeners all over the world, including President Barack Obama, who chose the young musician as the sole artist to perform in his honor at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.
Esperanza Spalding was raised in Portland, Oregon in a nurturing musical environment. Although her mother’s dedication to music inspired the young girl, Esperanza credits her interest in performing to YoYo Ma’s performance on an episode of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood that Spalding watched when she was 4. Esperanza had taught herself the violin a year later and played with the Chamber Music Society of Oregon until she left as a concertmaster at the age of 15. In high school, Esperanza dabbled with a variety of instruments including the oboe and clarinet, but found her true love when she picked up a bass for the first time. The aspiring musician left high school when she was 16 and enrolled on a music scholarship at Portland State University. Shortly after, Esperanza received a full scholarship to Berklee School of Music and became an instructor by the age of 20, the youngest instructor in the institution’s history.
Despite her academic involvements as a Berklee instructor, Esperanza Spalding continued to record and produce critically-acclaimed albums over the next few years, slowly rising in popularity. Her Grammy win in 2011 has only further inspired and encouraged Esperanza’s artistic creation. As she insists, “the spotlight can actually directly serve the music.” And, the spotlight is certainly shining. Spalding has released 4 solo albums over her career, impressing audiences with her multi-lingual vocal performances and smooth, soulful bass playing. Esperanza’s album Chamber Music Society was the best selling contemporary jazz album of 2011 and the jazz artist had the honor of performing at the 84th Academy Awards, singing “What a Wonderful World” with the help of the Southern California Children’s Chorus.
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A New Brain (March 23-24 at Lyric’s Flagler Center) deals with a brain tumor and art and, yes, mortality and love. Both witty and touching, the show displays Finn’s melodic gift and his talent for suggesting sentiment without sentimentality but one that will linger in your memory and heart. Starring Broadway’s Anna McNeely, Jake Sanders, Michael Hurst II, Caiti Marlowe, Larry Brooks, Lanardo Davis, Michelle Elaine Lucey.
“50 Shades! is a very good laugh and is impossible to resist!” – The Chicago Tribune
A sexy, hysterical musical romp, 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL is a laugh out loud night of fun that you won’t want to miss!
50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL, the hilarious parody of the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon. A resounding hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in Chicago and New York, 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is lead on an uproarious roller coaster ride of this unlikely bestseller. The show is full of dance numbers, and original songs delivered by an outrageous cast with a live, on-stage band.
Join the global sensation and experience the show that had sold-out audiences in New York and Chicago screaming for more!
This production contains adult language and adult content.
50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL is at The Lyric Theatre in Stuart Florida April
24 and 25 2013! The hilarious parody of the Fifty Shades of Grey
phenomenon. A resounding hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in
Chicago and New York, 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL opens with a ladies book
club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation
of the novel, the audience is lead on an uproarious roller coaster ride
of this unlikely bestseller. The show is full of dance numbers, and
original songs delivered by an outrageous cast with a live, on-stage