Escape the Ordinary
November–December Performing Arts Highlights
A Very Electric Christmas
Tuesday, November 28, 7:00pm
“America’s Got Talent” semi-finalist, Lightwire Theater captivates people of all ages with a show that tells the story of Max, a young bird who gets stranded in the North Pole. Follow him on his adventure home as he meets friendly caroling worms, dancing poinsettias, Nutcracker soldiers, mischievous mice and an evil Rat King. Combining the arts of puppetry, theater, and dance with glow-in-the-dark visuals and the music of timeless holiday hits, this experience will be a treasured memory for years to come.
Glorious Sounds of the Season
This scholarship fundraiser is a thrilling musical holiday celebration that features well over 200 performers - students and faculty - from every corner of MU’s Music Department. MU Student discount tickets are $5 (Saturday shows only) with a valid ID at a ticket office location or at the door. All tickets are $25 at the door. Show is 90 minutes; no intermission.
Robin Spielberg’s Spirit of the Holidays
Thursday, December 7, 7:30pm
With an impressive tour schedule and 17 recordings, Steinway Artist Spielberg has been winning the hearts of listeners around the world. This evening will include gorgeous arrangements for the season, from traditional Christmas carols to winter favorites, as well as tales from the bench that uplift and inspire.
Irish Christmas in America
Thursday, December 14, 7:30pm
Now in its 13th year, the perennial favorite is back, with a family-friendly performance featuring evocatively-sung Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing, while reminiscent photographic images provide a backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions.
Holiday Jazz with Champian Fulton Quartet
Friday, December 15, 7:30pm
Oklahoma native Fulton has become a world class jazz pianist and vocalist with international acclaim. With seven previous albums under her belt while still in her twenties, she will be debuting her brand new holiday release. In addition to comfortable table seating, your evening includes the option to purchase food and beverages to enjoy during the event.
For a full list of all the events happening at the Ware Center and Winter Center, visit our general ticket page
Club 42 - Jazz in the Sky Series
Join us for hot jazz, sultry cabaret, and some of the hippest touring acts on the scene today. The Atrium is your spot for sophisticated listening in a club-style atmosphere. In addition to comfortable table seating, your evening includes the option to purchase food and beverages to enjoy during the event. But don’t forget, listening to our delightful acts is the top priority and conversation above a whisper is strongly discouraged during the sets.
Tickets: $20 reserved seating, no discounts.
Jazz in the Sky
Holiday Jazz with the Champian Fulton Quartet
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, 7:30 P.M
Oklahoma native Fulton has become a world class jazz pianist and vocalist with international acclaim. With seven previous albums under her belt while still in her twenties, she will be debuting her brand new holiday release.
Julie Keough "Crossover"
Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, 7:30 P.M.
Julie Keough and friends present "Crossover," a unique story about the influence of popular music styles and Broadway musicals on each other through the decades. From the early days of "trunk musicals" by greats such as Cole Porter and George Gershwin, "Crossover" explores Broadway’s Golden Era, and progresses to the favorite shows and styles of today including Country & Western, Rhythm & Blues, and modern Broadway shows.
Jazz in the Sky
February, Feb. 3, 2018, 7:30 P.M.
Celebrate Black History Month with an artist dubbed “Chicago’s next rising star.” Jazz vocalist and composer Suggs’ vocals and approach to music are a reflection of the many great voices in Black music and culture from the past century and beyond. Enjoy his lush baritone on original compositions, vocalese tunes and time-honored standards.
Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, 7:30 P.M.
Eclectic gypsy jazz for the 21st Century, the Savannah, GA quintet returns this season to serve up dazzling original tunes along with traditional swinging favorites that would make Reinhardt and Grappelli proud.
The Seamus Egan Project
Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:30 P.M.
St. Patrick’s Day at the Ware has never been more authentic! Bandleader of Philadelphia-based Solas, the preeminent Irish-American band of their generation, Egan brings friends and musical guests to share the stage in his latest creative endeavor, fusing hits from the iconic band with new tunes that continue to explore "the farther reaches of the Irish tradition and beyond."
Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Trio
Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:30 P.M.
An appropriate wrap up of our Jazz in the Sky series, celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with saxophone player, singer and composer Camille Thurman, known for amazing her audiences throughout the world with her impeccable sound, remarkable vocal virtuosity and captivating artistry. Many have praised her vocal abilities to the likeness of Ella Fitzgerald and Betty Carter, while her rich and warm sound on the tenor saxophone has alluded others to compare her to tenor greats Joe Henderson and Dexter Gordon.