Monday, October 31, 2011


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tony Lucca - Date change and addition to the bill!


Tony Lucca and Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers

Tickets now on sale


WHO: David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

WHAT: Tony Lucca and Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers

WHEN: Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.

· Club Jaeb concert by Lucca was originally scheduled for Dec. 19

· SK6ERS are an addition to bill

WHERE: Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center

DETAILS: Tony Lucca’s sixth studio album Rendezvous With the Angels finds the performer crafting his most thoughtful, tuneful and mature work. The album includes appearances by Lucca’s 2009 tour mate Sara Bareilles (who duets on “Back to Me”) and Lady Antebellum guitarist Jason “Slim” Gambill (featured on the bonus track “Nobody But You”). The songs on the new recording, mostly written on the road during a busy touring schedule, demonstrate new growth and fresh perspectives.

On Gift Horse, their second album for Vanguard and fifth studio effort overall, Stephen Kellogg and his band mates (or SK6ERS as their loyal fans fondly refer to them) — Kit “Goose” Karlson (keys, bass, vocals), Brian “Boots” Factor (drums, vocals) and Sam “Steamer” Getz (guitars, vocals) —bring the rich legacy of American rock and roll into the present tense. This is thrilling music, muscular, immediate and life-embracing, steeped in tradition but addressing the present moment boldly and eloquently.

Regularly priced tickets start at $28.50 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at

Those already holding tickets for the Dec. 19 concert by Lucca will soon receive tickets for the Lucca/SK6ERS concert in the mail. Before Dec. 19, refunds may be obtained at the point of purchase for those not wishing or unable to attend the show on March 6.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

JUST ADDED: José Carreras


José Carreras

On sale to the public Monday, Dec. 5, at noon

On sale to Opera Tampa season ticket holders – Now

On sale to Opera Tampa League members and Straz Center Circle members – Nov. 14 at noon

On sale to Straz Center Friends – Nov. 16 at noon

WHO: Opera Tampa and AEG Live

WHAT: José Carreras concert added to the 2011-2012 Opera Tampa series at the Straz Center

WHEN: Friday, March 2, 2012, at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Carol Morsani Hall – David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

DETAILS: José Carreras occupies a privileged position in the music world. Born in Barcelona, he studied music in his hometown and in 1970 started his professional career in the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona with Nabucco and Lucrezia Borgia. His meteoric musical career resulted in early debuts at the world’s most prestigious opera theaters and festivals and over time he has collaborated with the world’s most renowned conductors.

His repertoire encompasses more than 60 operas including Andrea Chenier, La Bohème, Tosca, Werther, Don Carlo, Carmen, La Forza del Destino, I Pagliacci, L’Elisir d’Amore and Un Ballo in Maschera. His extensive discography includes more than 150 recordings, notably 50 complete operas, oratories, popular and classical recitals.

Carreras, together with his colleagues Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, offered to the world the now legendary The 3 Tenors concerts in the 1990s and early 2000s. With a worldwide audience of more than two billion, they created an unprecedented impact in the world of opera.

Regularly priced tickets start at $49.50 (a very limited number of VIP tickets, which include a meet and greet with Carreras, are available for $150) and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at Please note on-sale dates.

The rest of the 2011-2012 Opera Tampa season, presented by Homes by Helen, features the double bill of Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci (Jan. 27 & 29, 2012) and Aida (April 20 & 22, 2012). The season also includes two performances of the Fond Farewells Concert (Feb. 18-19, 2012), celebrating Maestro Anton Coppola in his final season as artistic director. Additionally, Opera Tampa will present international opera superstar Andrea Bocelli (Dec. 4, 2011) in concert at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Events, days, dates, times, performers and prices are subject to change

Wednesday, October 19, 2011




(October 14, 2011 – New York, NY) – Bestselling authors Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow announce today the release of a landmark debate about the conflict between science and spirituality moderated by one of the world’s most famous journalists, Larry King.

The debate will be released on Deepak Chopra’s YouTube channel in four parts over the course of four days, available starting Tuesday, October 18th at 7pm EST. There will be a live chat following the final episode. Deepak Chopra’s YouTube channel is available at: Deepak Chopra Global YouTube as well as at his website

Two of the world’s foremost authorities on spirituality and science, Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow face off on some of the most fundamental questions that have intrigued humanity for hundreds of years, including how the universe began, where life comes from, and whether or not Darwinism fully explains evolution. Their YouTube debate series was inspired by their collaboration on War of the Worldviews: Science vs. Spirituality, a new book published by Harmony Books on October 4, 2011.

In the YouTube debate with Larry King, Mlodinow defends his controversial position that science does not -- and cannot -- conclude that God is an illusion. And Chopra explains that his definition of spirituality is separate from organized religion. Both agree that a literal view of the bible is an outmoded way of thinking. “This will go down as one of the more important books of this decade” said Larry King of War of the Worldviews.

“We are thrilled that Larry King, one of the legendary broadcasters of all time, has joined Leonard Mlodinow and me for a YouTube event that epitomizes the exciting new ways that authors and thinkers can connect with and engage with audiences around the world.”

The author of over sixty books and nineteen New York Times bestsellers, Deepak Chopra has been widely recognized for his innovative use of social and digital media to share his message. He has nearly 650,000 followers on Twitter (@DeepakChopra) and fifty thousand friends on Facebook. He writes over 200 blogs a year for outlets such as Huffington Post,, The Washington Post’s On Faith site,, and, among others. His own radio and podcast channel, Deepak Chopra Radio on Blogtalk Radio, will debut soon.

“I can't get my message out without adapting to the new landscape,” said Chopra, who tweets every day. "As a group, we writers won’t survive until we figure out how to place books in the global conversation, and YouTube represents one great way to accomplish this."

Leonard Mlodinow received his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley and currently teaches at Caltech. His books include Feynman's Rainbow, Euclid's Window, and The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, which was a New York Times Bestseller, Editor's Choice, and 2008 Notable Book of the Year. Mlodinow is the writing collaborator of Stephen Hawking and co-author of the recently published The Grand Design, a book that argues that invoking God is not necessary to explain the origins of the universe.

Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP books have been translated into more than eighty languages. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Adjunct Professor of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization. TIME magazine has described Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as "the poet-prophet of alternative medicine." He also has a multi-media speaker series HomeBase, a physical and a virtual salon he created with ABC Carpet & Home CEO Paulette Cole. His new reality TV show "Dinner with Deepak" will air on the SyFy Channel.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Just Added: President Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton

Embracing our Common Humanity


WHO: David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

WHAT: President Bill Clinton

Embracing our Common Humanity

WHEN: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Carol Morsani Hall

David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

DETAILS: President Clinton served the United States for eight years during a time of unprecedented prosperity and change. Now, President Clinton is a powerful voice for progress around the world as he shares his unique insights and observations with audiences around the world. President Clinton’s public speeches describe the challenge of globalization, emphasize our growing interdependence, and point the way toward a common future based on shared goals and values.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at

Events, days, dates, times, performers and prices are subject to change without notice.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Straz Center and Tampa Museum of Art form partnership

Straz Center and Tampa Museum of Art form partnership

Works from the Museum’s permanent collection on display at The Straz through August 2012


The David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to partner with the Tampa Museum of Art to present studio glass and contemporary paintings from the Museum’s permanent collection. The glass exhibition, which includes works by Dale Chihuly, Toots Zynsky and Dante Marioni, is on view through August 2012 in the lobby of the Straz Center’s Ferguson Hall.

In addition to the glass works, the Tampa Museum of Art has loaned a collection of large contemporary paintings by William Pachner and Richard Protovin that are on view on the mezzanine level of the Ruth Silbiger Lobby of Carol Morsani Hall.

“We are so thrilled to partner with the Tampa Museum of Art,” said Judy Lisi, president and CEO of the Straz Center. “This kind of collaboration is important for the cultural identity and health of our city. We look forward to future projects and an expanded relationship.” Todd D. Smith, executive director of the Museum, added that “this loan of works continues the Museum’s commitment to providing access to its collections, exhibitions and educational programs in a wide variety of locations for a growing audience.”

The exhibitions are open before all Ferguson Hall and Morsani Hall performances, during regularly scheduled tours and by scheduled appointment.

The studio glass exhibition includes:

Chihuly’s Cranberry Seaform Set with Green Lip, blown glass, 1987

Jon Kuhn’s Rainbow Bloom, glass, 1992

Marioni’s Whopper, blown glass, 1993

Michael Pavlik’s Gate to Blue Illusion, cut, polished and laminated glass, 1995

Zynsky’s Night Street Chaos from the series Chaos, fused and thermo-formed glass threads,1998

The contemporary painting exhibition includes:

Pachner’s Great Sunday Beach from the Florida Series, oil on canvas, 1963; Landscape of Crisis, oil on

canvas, 1965; and Landscape, oil on canvas, 1976.

Protovin’s The Garden of Tops, oil on canvas, 1990; The Flag, oil on canvas, 1990; and Light-Kami, oil

on canvas, 1990.

The Straz Center consists of five theaters, three restaurants and the Patel Conservatory. The 335,000 square-foot facility, which opened in 1987, provides an environment for a wide variety of world-class events. It boasts one of the nation’s leading Broadway series and is nationally respected for presenting a wide variety of concerts, performances and events and for its resident company Opera Tampa.

The Tampa Museum of Art opened its new award-winning home in 2010 with a commitment to providing innovative public programs with a strong focus on modern and contemporary art. The Museum balances a growing collection with a dynamic annual schedule of special exhibitions. It is the region’s largest museum devoted to art of our time and has built a reputation for embracing contemporary photography and new media.

The Museum’s 14,000-square-foot LED installation on its façade [Sky (Tampa)] is on its way to becoming an iconic image for the city of Tampa. Since its founding in 1979, the Museum has been dedicated to providing quality education to students and adults, with more than half of its programs offered free of charge. More information about the Tampa Museum of Art can be found at

Monday, October 03, 2011

JUST ADDED! Love, Loss and What I Wore


Love, Loss and What I Wore

Tickets on sale Friday, Oct. 7, at noon

WHO: David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

WHAT: Love, Loss and What I Wore

WHEN: Jan. 10-15

Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Jaeb Theater

David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

DETAILS: Love, Loss and What I Wore, an intimate collection of stories by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, is based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman as well as the recollections of the Ephrons’ friends. The production opened Oct. 1, 2009 to rave reviews at New York’s Westside Theatre, where it continues to play.

Like the popular book, Love, Loss and What I Wore uses clothes, accessories and the memories they trigger to tell stories that women can relate to.

Regularly priced tickets start at $38.50 and may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at