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LeAnn Rimes, America among highlights of the Clarion’s 2017-18 season

LeAnn Rimes, America among highlights of the Clarion’s 2017-18 season

Thu Aug 10, 2017

The Clarion at Brazosport College is gearing up for its 12th year of presenting some of the world’s finest performance artists with another all-star lineup of concerts.

The 2017-18 Clarion performance season will feature a variety of top-notch artists, including country music icon LeAnn Rimes, pop/rock legends America and a combination of two of the most acclaimed vocal groups in pop music, the Manhattan Transfer and Take 6. And this is only the beginning.

Opening the season on September 29, America — with founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell — will bring four decades of hits to the Clarion stage.

With hits such as “A Horse with No Name,” “Ventura Highway,” “Sister Golden Hair” and “You Can Do Magic,” America has released 45 singles, including five songs that rocketed to No. 1. Through the years, America has released 17 studio albums, four live albums and seven compilation collections.

Another treat for music lovers will be a holiday performance by LeAnn Rimes on December 14. Rimes will be performing her Today is Christmas Tour 2017.

Rimes is a familiar name throughout the music industry, as she’s won numerous awards, including two Grammys, three ACMs, a CMA, 12 Billboard Music Awards and one American Music Award. She has more than 40 singles on American and international charts since 1996 and more than 37 million records worldwide, with 20.3 million album sales in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard ranked her the No. 17 artist of the 1990–2000 decade.

Then, in 2018, the Clarion will welcome a collaboration of vocal group icons, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6.

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6 is one of the most unique and thrilling musical collaborations ever assembled. With 20 Grammy Awards between them, these two musically iconic groups have joined forces to perform together.

The Clarion will also welcome many other top artists, including vocal prodigy Jackie Evancho on November 3, jazz trombonist, composer and producer Delfeayo Marsalis on November 17, jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater on January 20, 2018, classical crossover group Turtle Island Quartet on March 2, 2018, and classical piano ensemble, the 5 Browns on April 13.

Full season and individual tickets are available, as well as an option to pick four shows. Call the Clarion box office at (979) 230-3156 or log on to clarion.brazosport.edu to learn more.

The following is a closer look at the 2017-18 artists scheduled to perform: 

America

America
Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. 
(Sponsored by STP Corporation)
Tickets: $65 Adults/$60 BC Employees, FSA and Seniors/$40 Students and Children

The year 2017 marks the 47th anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite, America. Founding members, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (along with former bandmate Dan Peek) met in high school in London in the late 1960s and quickly harmonized their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their signature song, “A Horse With No Name.” America became a global household name and paved the way with an impressive string of hits following the success of their first No. 1 single. Forty-plus years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.

Jackie Evanko

Jackie Evancho
Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.
(Sponsored by Freeport LNG)
Tickets: $55 Adults/$50 BC Employees, FSA and Seniors/$20 Students and Children

Fresh from her spotlight performance of the national anthem at the Presidential Inauguration in January, Jackie Evancho recently released her long-awaited new album, “Two Hearts,” from Portrait/Sony Masterworks. Since she first dazzled American television audiences at the age of 10 – gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” – Jackie has released a string of platinum and gold albums, with sales of over 2.5 million in the United States. Along the way, she has also made history – the youngest solo platinum artist, the youngest Top 5 debut artist ever in the U.K., the youngest person to give a solo concert at Lincoln Center, the highest-ranking debut artist of 2010. All six of Jackie’s albums have hit No. 1 on the Billboard Classical chart. The magnitude of her success led Billboard twice (in 2010 and 2012) to include Jackie on its list of “music movers-and-shakers under the age of 21.”

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Delfeayo Marsalis Quartet
Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.
(Sponsored by Olin)
Tickets: $35 Adults/$30 BC Employees, FSA and Seniors/$10 Students and Children

Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason) earned the nation’s highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award. Delfeayo is an exceptional trombonist who toured internationally with five renowned bandleaders. As a bandleader, Delfeayo has earned wide acclaim for his first three albums as a leader: “Pontius Pilate’s Decision” (1992), “Musashi” (1997) and “Minions Dominion” (2006). His January 2011 release “Sweet Thunder” is a modern interpretation of the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn suite, “Such Sweet Thunder.” Rather than merely recreating the classic work, which is comprised of musical depictions of characters from William Shakespeare’s plays, Delfeayo took the work as a point of departure for his octet, creating fresh and new music inspired by the original suite.

 

Leeann

LeAnn Rimes: Today is Christmas Tour 2017
Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
(Sponsored by Brazosport CAP – BASF, Olin, Shintech)
Tickets: $75 Adults/$70 BC Employees, FSA and Seniors/$50 Students and Children

Leann Rimes made her breakthrough into country music in 1996 with her debut album, “Blue,” which reached No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and was certified multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album’s eponymous leadoff single, “Blue,” became a Top 10 hit and Leann gained national acclaim for her similarity to Patsy Cline’s vocal style. When she released her second studio album in 1997, “You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs,” she moved toward country-pop material, which set the trend for a string of albums released into the next decade. Leann has won many awards, including two Grammys, three ACMs, a CMA, 12 Billboard Music Awards and one American Music Award. She has more than 40 singles on American and international charts since 1996 and over 37 million records worldwide, with 20.3 million album sales in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard ranked her the No.17 artist of the 1990–2000 decade. Leann has also written four books, which include two novels and two children’s books.

 Dee Dee

Dee Dee Bridgewater with the Brazosport Jazz Orchestra
Jan. 20, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
(Sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company – Texas Operations)
Tickets: $35 Adults/$30 BC Employees, FSA and Seniors/$10 Students and Children

Few entertainers have ever commanded such depth of artistry in every medium as Dee Dee Bridgewater. One of the best jazz singers of her generation, Dee Dee has been rewarded with Broadway’s coverted Tony Award (Best Featured Actress in a Musical: “The Wiz”), nominated for the London theater’s West End equivalent, the Laurence Oliver Award (Best Actress in a Musical: “Lady Day”), won three Grammy Awards and earned France’s 1998 top honor, “Victoire de la Musique” (Best Jazz Vocal Album). Dee Dee captured the hearts of audiences worldwide in “The Wiz” with her signature song, “If You Believe.” According to Nick Ashford of Ashford and Simpson, Dee Dee’s rendition “Personified a generation and gave us all hope.”

Summit 

The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6
Feb. 2, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
(Sponsored by NALCO Champion & SI Group)
Tickets: $55 Adults/$50 BC Employees, FSA and Seniors/$20 Students and Children

THE SUMMIT: The Manhattan Transfer meets Take 6 is one of the most unique and thrilling musical collaborations ever assembled. With 20 Grammy Awards between them, these two musically iconic groups have joined forces to perform together. Unlike other music co-bills or meetings, The Manhattan Transfer and Take 6 were not content to sing a set and simply join each other for a finale. They have created musical moments on the stage – singing and performing nearly a dozen songs together – during this show. You will experience the creativity, excitement and renowned performances that only two phenomenal groups can bring to one stage, in-the-moment.

 

Turtle

Turtle Island Quartet
March 2, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
(Sponsored by CHI St. Luke’s Health Brazosport)
Tickets: $35 Adults/$30 BC Employees, FSA and Seniors/$10 Students and Children

Its name derived from creation mythology found in Native American Folklore, the Turtle Island Quartet, since its inception in 1985, has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings. Winner of the 2006 and 2008 Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover category, Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic with contemporary American musical styles, and by devising a performance practice that honors both, the state of the art has inevitably been redefined. Cellist nonpareil Yo-Yo Ma has proclaimed TIQ to be “a unified voice that truly breaks new ground – authentic and passionate – a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today.”

 

5 Browns

The 5 Browns
April 13, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.
(Sponsored by Gordon & Nancy Wollam and Robyn & Danny Cochran)
Tickets: $50 Adults/$45 BC Employees, FSA and Seniors/$15 Students and Children

Whether performing individually or together in various combinations from duo to complex five-piano arrangements, The 5 Browns reveal a deep connection to the intent of their material while bringing a fresh energy and dynamic character to the color and tonal spectrum of their sound. The 5 Browns – Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae – all attended New York’s Juilliard School. In fact, they became the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously. The quintet enjoyed their first wave of critical attention in February 2002 when “People” magazine dubbed them the “Fab Five” at about the same time they were featured on “Oprah” and “60 Minutes.” The quintet has garnered extensive coverage from media outlets ranging from “The Tonight Show,” “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” and “The View,” to CNN, “Fox and Friends,” Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” as well as “The New York Times,” “Parade,” “People,” the “Los Angeles Times,” the “Sunday London Telegraph” and “Entertainment Weekly.”