Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts 60th Anniversary 2014-15 Season features a host of Grammy Award winners; Featuring Bobby McFerrin, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Klezmatics, Take 6, Eddie Palmieri, and more

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May 8, 2014


Michelle Tabnick, (646) 765-4773, [email protected]

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

60th Anniversary 2014-15 Season features a host of

Grammy Award winners


Featuring Bobby McFerrin, Sweet Honey in the Rock,

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The Klezmatics, Take 6, Eddie Palmieri, and more! 

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College is pleased to announce its 2014-15 music series.  This year’s lineup includes 60th Anniversary Season opener Bobby McFerrin, a holiday concert by Sweet Honey in the Rock, South Africa’s Lady Smith Black Mambazo, a tribute to Woody Guthrie by the Klezmatics, a cappella superstars Take 6, and Eddie Palmieri performing with his Latin Jazz Septet. These musical events reflect the artistic excellence and cultural diversity to which Brooklyn Center is dedicated. The season also features children’s concerts by Black Violin and Nick Jr. favorites Hot Peas ‘N Butter.


Tickets to Brooklyn Center’s world music series range from $36-$60 with a 50% discount for children ages 12 and under. Tickets are available for sale to Brooklyn Center Members beginning May 6, 2014 at 12pm, and to the general public on May 20, 2014 at 12pm.


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ 2014-15 music events include:

  • Bobby McFerrin
  • Hot Peas ‘N Butter
  • Black Violin
  • A holiday concert by Sweet Honey in the Rock
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • The Klezmatics’ Woody Guthrie’s Wonder Wheel Tour
  • Take 6
  • Eddie Palmieri’s Latin Jazz Septet 

Bobby McFerrin

60th Anniversary Season Opener

Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8pm

Tickets: $36-$60
Best known for his chart-topping single, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin has redefined the role of the human voice in contemporary music. He has interpreted everyone from Bach to The Beatles, and his collaborative partnerships range from Yo-Yo Ma to Sesame Street. Join this international superstar as he opens Brooklyn Center’s 60th Anniversary Season with a concert featuring his Grammy-winning vocal finesse and musical genius.

Hot Peas ‘N Butter

Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2pm

Recommended for ages four and up

Tickets: $9

Even if your kids don’t like vegetables, they won’t be able to resist Hot Peas ‘N Butter! Best known for their appearances on Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr., these four-time Parents’ Choice Award winners blend jazz, R&B, folk, Latin, and Afro-Caribbean tunes into a fun world-pop sound that will have your kids dancing in the aisles.

Black Violin

Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 2pm

Tickets: $15
Virtuoso violinists Kev and Wil B make their triumphant return to Brooklyn Center to blow the roof off the Walt Whitman Theatre with their electrifying fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop and R&B. With a long list of credits including tours with Alicia Keyes, P Diddy, and Akon, this dynamic duo smashes musical stereotypes and creates a sound that inspires young people to pursue their dreams.

Sweet Honey In The Rock: Celebrating The Holydays

Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 8pm

Tickets: $30-$40

Celebrate the holidays with this joyful concert of music from many faiths, performed with Sweet Honey in the Rock’s stunning vocal prowess rooted in the rich textures of African American traditions. With American spirituals, Latin, Chinese, African, and Hebrew influences, this program honors the holiday spirit from Christmas to Kwanzaa. The repertoire includes traditional holiday standards such as “Go Tell it on the Mountain” and “This Little Light of Mine,” as well as new holiday favorites.


Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 8pm

Tickets: $30-$40

Almost 30 years after they acquired international superstar status with Paul Simon’s Graceland album, Ladysmith Black Mambazo continues to tour the world as South Africa’s cultural emissary. With a career including more than 50 recordings and four Grammy Awards, including 2013’s Best World Music CD, the group continues to thrill audiences with its rich a cappella arrangements and joyously energetic performances.


The Klezmatics

Woody Guthrie’s Wonder Wheel Tour

Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 3pm

Tickets: $30

Flash back to 1940s Coney Island, where Woody Guthrie and his wife settled into the raucous life on Mermaid Avenue. Inspired by his Jewish family and their community, he wrote hundreds of lyrics rich with spirituality, tenderness, and a passionate belief in the human fight for peace and justice. Now Guthrie’s poetry is given new life by the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, infusing his words with Eastern European, klezmer, Celtic, Afro-Caribbean and folk flavors in a lively dialogue about the spiritual power of music to unite.


Take 6

Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8pm
Tickets: $30-$40  Six voices seamlessly navigating syncopated rhythms and funky grooves, blending into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B and pop – that’s Take 6. Heralded by Quincy Jones as “the baddest vocal cats on the planet,” this multi-platinum selling group has recorded or performed with such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston. Celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month at Brooklyn Center with an unforgettable concert by the most nominated group in Grammy history.


Eddie Palmieri’s Latin Jazz Septet

Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 8pm

Tickets: $35

Known for his charismatic power and impeccable arrangements, pianist/bandleader Eddie Palmieri has dominated the Latin and salsa genres for more than 50 years. Join this nine-time Grammy Award winner and Latin Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient as he ignites the stage of the Walt Whitman Theater with an evening of Afro-Cuban rhythms and hot Latin jazz.


Multibuy discounts (four or more shows) save 15% off individual ticket prices (not applicable for Hot Peas ‘N Butter, The Snow Maiden, or Target Storybook Series events). 50% discount for children ages 12 and under for select performances. Discounts also available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/alumni, and groups. $10 student rush tickets available day-of-show.Tickets are available for sale to Brooklyn Center Members beginning May 6, 2014 at 12pm, and to the general public on May 20, 2014 at 12pm.


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About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Founded in 1954, Brooklyn Center for the PerformingArts at Brooklyn College presents outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, at affordable prices. Each season, Brooklyn Center welcomes over 65,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre, including up to 45,000 schoolchildren from over 300 schools who attend their SchoolTime series, one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the borough. In 2014-15, Brooklyn Center celebrates its 60th Anniversary Season of presenting world-class performances on the Brooklyn College campus.


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts’ programs are supported, in part, by public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support for the 2014-15 season is provided by: Brooklyn College, Target, Con Edison, TD Bank, National Grid, the Macy’s Foundation, the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the TD Charitable Foundation, the Henry and Lucy Moses Foundation, Inc., the Herman Goldman Foundation, the Alice Lawrence Foundation, and The Harkness Foundation for Dance. Additional support provided by CNG Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, and WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM. The Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center’s 2014-15 season. Backstage catering is graciously provided by Applebee’s.


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts gratefully acknowledges generous support from New York City Councilmember Albert Vann, New York State Assemblymembers Alan Maisel, Rhoda Jacobs, Félix Ortiz, Annette Robinson, and Helene Weinstein, the Department of Youth & Community Development, and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.


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