Wynonna Judd highlights star-studded 2016-17 Clarion season
LAKE JACKSON, TX — For the past decade, The Clarion at Brazosport has brought many of the world’s finest performing artists to Brazosport College. The Clarion’s 2016-17 season will continue that trend, as the season will open with one of country music’s all-time greatest stars, Wynonna Judd.
Wynonna and the Big Noise will kick off the Clarion’s 11th season on September 9. Wynonna is a five-time Grammy Award winner and holds multiple gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications.
That’s only the start to a big season at the popular concert hall.
A variety of musical styles will be represented, including country songwriters, Music City Hit-Makers; jazz artists David Sanborn and the Helen Sung Quartet; blues storyteller Keb’ Mo’; a cappella ensemble VoicePlay; and a mix of classical music and comedy with “Charlie Chaplin at the Symphony.”
The Clarion also has more treats in store for audiences, including a performance by local talent Ben Edquist, who will be a special guest with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra.
Another highlight will include a return performance from guitar virtuoso Shaun Hopper. Hopper, who wowed the Clarion crowd three years ago, will bring along vocalist/guitarist Caroline Sky.
Rounding out the new season’s Clarion programs will be a special educational outreach event featuring mathematician and magician, Bradley Fields.
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 2016-17 Clarion season:
Wynonna and The Big Noise
Sept. 9, 2016
Wynonna Judd is a five-time Grammy Award winner and “New York Times” best-selling author. She holds multiple gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications from the RIAA in excess of 30 million units sold for albums released throughout her illustrious 28-year career.
Wynonna and her husband, drummer Cactus Moser, formed The Big Noise and released an album in 2016 that blends old-school country, blues, soul and rock and roll.
“Charlie Chaplin at the Symphony”
With the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra
Oct. 8, 2016
The Clarion partners with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra to present “Charlie Chaplin at the Symphony,” staring Dan Kamin. “Charlie Chaplin at the Symphony” is a full evening of comedy, silent film and music.
First, a classical concert goes horribly wrong when Dan shows up as The Classical Clown and wreaks havoc. In the second half, Dan introduces two timeless Chaplin comedies, “Easy Street” and “The Immigrant,” accompanied by terrific new symphonic scores by Grant Cooper, music director of the West Virginia Symphony. This program brings classic comedy, silent film and classical music into the 21st century.
Bradley Fields’ MatheMagic
Nov. 8, 2016
9:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Also in October is an educational program featuring Bradley Field’s “MatheMagic.” Internationally-acclaimed magician and educator Bradley Fields captivates students with his famous magic illusions, and turns them on to the history, the power, and the beauty of the language of Math.
The show promotes math skills and problem solving through visuals, history, language and world-class entertainment. For more than 20 years, teachers, math specialists and educators have given it their highest accolades.
Music City Hit-Makers
Nov. 11, 2016
The Music City Hit-Makers fuses two things that are uniquely American — the songwriter and the pops orchestra. Featuring today's hottest, Grammy Award-winning songwriters with a collective 15 No. 1 songs, the Music City Hit-Makers show is essentially a "Greatest Hits" program with songs penned for such artists as Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Sara Evans, Chris Young and many more, performed by the songwriters themselves, backed by a full-band and world class symphony orchestra.
Helen Sung Quartet
Nov. 18, 2016
Pianist/composer Helen Sung hails from Houston, where she attended the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts. An aspiring classical pianist before jazz intervened during undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Sung went on to graduate from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance (at the New England Conservatory) and win the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition.
Now based in New York City, Sung has worked with such luminaries as the late Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Steve Turre, Wayne Shorter and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter.
Dec. 2, 2016
Keb’ Mo’ rings in the holiday season by singing “Shopping on Christmas Eve.” The three-time Grammy Award winner and visionary roots-music storyteller, Keb’ Mo,’ comes to The Clarion with his band for an unforgettable night of blues and holiday cheer.
Keb’ Mo’s combination of masterful, anecdotal writing skills, distinctive guitar versatility and rich, resonant, blues-soaked vocals are a testament to his longevity as a singer/songwriter. Every song tells a story, and every story reminds us why he is one of the most versatile and engaging musical raconteurs on today’s roots rock and blues scene.
With the Brazosport Jazz Orchestra
Jan. 21, 2017
The New Year brings more jazz to The Clarion as David Sanborn performs with our own Brazosport Jazz Orchestra. Sanborn is one of the most commercially successful and influential saxophonists in America. His signature blend of pop, blues and crossover styles has made him a favorite on smooth jazz radio for four decades.
With the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra
Jan. 28, 2017
Also in January, The Clarion will again partner with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra. This time, the Clarion and the Symphony will be featuring local talent, as Ben Edquist will appear as a special guest soloist with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra.
Edquist received his master of music degree from Rice University. His opera roles include Sid in “Albert Herring,” Antonio in “The Marriage of Figaro,” Charlie in Jake Heggie’s “Three Decembers” and Guglielmo in “Così fan tutte.” He has also sung many musical theater roles with Light Opera Oklahoma and Brazosport Center Stages. Edquist has appeared with the Glimmerglass Festival as Jigger Craigin in “Carousel” and Papageno in “The Magic Flute.” In the summer of 2016, he makes his Wolf Trap Opera debut as Junius in “The Rape of Lucretia.”
Shaun Hopper & Caroline Sky
Feb. 25, 2017
Acoustic fingerstyle guitar wizard Shaun Hopper returns to The Clarion in February. For this concert, Hopper has teamed up with a remarkable young singer/guitarist, Caroline Sky.
The two meet when they both received invitations to perform at a private party held at Joan Baez’s house. Unknown to Hopper at the time, Baez had discovered Sky and had decided to become her mentor. Both performed separately at Baez’s house, but when the two were asked to perform a song together the result was extraordinary. Hopper was featured at the Clarion during the 2013-2014 season as a soloist.
March 31, 2017
The 2016-2017 season finishes with the highly talented, a cappella ensemble, VoicePlay. What began quite literally as a street corner barbershop act has now evolved into an internationally acclaimed touring sensation. VoicePlay is unlike any theatrical experience available today, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice.