NORTHRIDGE, CA -- Twelve diverse and delightful performances will grace the stages of the Valley Performing Arts Center and the Plaza del Sol at California State University, Northridge during the month of March.  Plays, international symphonies, dance and jazz greats, country legends and the first-ever Saturday matinee for children and families highlight the March schedule.

L.A. Theatre Works presents The Graduate

Saturday, March 1     8 pm                Plaza Del Sol Concert Hall

Producing director Susan Albert Lowenburg's presentation of this iconic American classic that deals with controversial themes is immediate, spontaneous and features a first rate cast.Tickets are $35 to $40 at www.ValleyPerformingArtsCenter.org or call 818-677-3000.

 

Savion Glover's STePz

Friday, March 7                      8 pm                Valley Performing Arts Center Great Hall

Savion Glover's STePz is an exuberant celebration of tap dance to sound and sound to dance.  The genius of Mr. Glover and his ensemble takes the art form to new heights. Tickets are $25 to $65 at www.ValleyPerformingArtsCenter.org or call 818-677-3000.

 

Jim Henson's Sid the Science Kid: Live!                   

Saturday, March 8     1 pm                Valley Performing Arts Center Great Hall

Sid and his friends invite you and your family to join them as they take an incredible journey though the five senses: sight, sound, taste, smell and touch, and discover there's a very special super duper sixth sense!  Kids in the audience will be invited to a Science Fair created by Cal State Northridge students after the show.  Tickets are $25 to $65 at www.ValleyPerformingArtsCenter.org or call 818-677-3000.

 

Direct from Haifa, Israel, Haifa Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, March 9                   7:30 pm           Valley Performing Arts Center Great Hall

Monday, March 10    11 am              Valley Performing Arts Center Great Hall

 

Sunday's performance features Weber's Overture to the opera Euyanthe, Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 Op. 36 conducted by Boguslaw Dawidow and featuring Roman Rabinovitz on piano.  Monday's performance features Dawidow and Rabinovitz

exploring the musical landscapes of Weber, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. Tickets are $45 to $65 for Sunday and $25 to$65 for Monday, at www.ValleyPerformingArtsCenter.org or call 818-677-3000.

 

Gala Flamenca                       

Friday, March 14        8 pm                Valley Performing Arts Center Great Hall

                                    6:30 pm           Pre-concert lecture   Kurland Hall in Performing Arts Complex

Witness world-renowned flamenco artists Antioni Canales, Carlos Rodriguez, Karime Amaya and Jesus Carmona ignite the stage with masterful modern choreography, dramatic vocals, and seamless flamenco rhythms.  Gala Flamenca is preceded by a pre-concert lecture by a dance professor who will explain the show in “Gala Flamenco: What are the dancers actually doing?” Tickets are $25 to $60

 

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Sunday, March 16                 7:30 pm           Valley Performing Arts Center         Great Hall

Grammy-award winner Wynton Marsalis and the renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will present an evening of Ellington, Basic and more great jazz from across the nation.  Tickets are $25 to $65 at www.ValleyPerformingArtsCenter.org or call 818-677-3000.

 

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell, Violin

Thursday, March 20              7:30 pm           Valley Performing Arts Center         Great Hall

Violin virtuoso and newly appointed music director of Academy of St. Martin in the the Fields, Joshua Bell joins the conductorless chamber ensemble for a performance of signature masterpieces by Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven. Tickets are $25 to $65 at www.ValleyPerformingArtsCenter.org or call 818-677-3000.

 

Parsons Dance Company

Saturday, March 22               7:30 pm           Valley Performing Arts Center         Great Hall

The New York-based Parsons Dance Company, a powerhouse of energy, ingenious innovation and athleticism will present an evening of exhilarating choreography that will delight a dance-loving audience.  Tickets are $25 to $65 at www.ValleyPerformingArtsCenter.org or call 818-677-3000.

 

Scharoun Ensemble Berlin

Sunday, March 23                 7:30 pm           Valley Performing Arts Center         Great Hall

This evening's chamber performance will take audiences through a vibrant musical journey of quintets, octets and septets by Mozart, Hindermith, Henze, Dvor ák, Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms.  Tickets are $40 to $65 at www.ValleyPerformingArtsCenter.org or call 818-677-3000.

 

Doc Severinsen & His Big Band Featuring Special Guest Mary Wilson

Friday, March 28                    8 pm    Valley Performing Arts Center         Great Hall

Two great American icons – Doc Severinsen and Mary Wilson of the Supremes -- together onstage is a perfect pairing to present a night of Ellington and Basie standards, pop, jazz, big band classics and, of course the Tonight Show theme.  Tickets are $50 to $75 at www.ValleyPerformingArtsCenter.org or call 818-677-3000.

 

John Anderson and Tracy Lawrence

Saturday, March 29   8 pm Valley Performing Arts Center                       Great Hall

Two of country music's greatest singer/songwriters, John Anderson and Tracy Lawrence, perform heartfelt songs such as “Wild and Blue,” “Swingin,” and “If the Good Die Young.” Tickets are $25 to $65 at www.ValleyPerformingArtsCenter.org or call 818-677-3000.