Aaron Neville, Molly Ringwald among 2013-14 Clarion artists

Aaron Neville, Molly Ringwald among 2013-14 Clarion artists

Wed Aug 7, 2013
The Clarion at Brazosport College is gearing up for another big season that features something for everyone. This year’s performance season highlights 11 exciting shows, which include popular artists from the worlds of country, R&B, jazz and pop music, among others.
Topping the list will be American R&B icon Aaron Neville, who will perform some of his iconic songs in the opening show of The Clarion’s new season on Sept. 27. A month later, popular country artist Aaron Tippin will visit the Brazosport area on November 1.
There’s much more to look forward to this year, however.
For lovers of pop music, the Grammy-nominated Sixpence None the Richer takes the stage on December 6. The new year will then kick off with actress and author Molly Ringwald, performing with the Brazosport Jazz Orchestra on January 25. Another fantastic combination will be the pairing of one of North America’s most in-demend and beloved tenors, Mike Eldred, with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra on March 22.
Others coming to the Brazosport area include Shaun Hopper on Jan. 31, Celtic Nights on Feb. 22, Voces8 on March 7, Christopher O’Riley on April 5 and Juan L. Sanchez on Nov. 22.
The Clarion also will feature the popular family-themed play, “Angelina Ballerina, The Musical” on October 22.
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 2013-14 artists scheduled to perform:
Aaron Neville

Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.
(Sponsored by South Texas Nuclear Operating Company)
Tickets: $65 Adults/$55 BC Employees and Seniors/$25 Students and Children
Aaron Neville is an R&B and soul music legend. He has had four Top-20 hits in the United States (including three that went to No. 1 on Billboard's adult contemporary chart and one that went to No. 1 on the R&B chart), along with four platinum-certified albums. He has also recorded with his brothers Art, Charles and Cyril as The Neville Brothers and is the father of singer/keyboards player Ivan Neville. With his latest album, “My True Story,” the legendary Grammy-winner revisits the music he grew up with, and adds a few new spins along the way. Co-produced by Blue Note Records’ Don Was and Keith Richards, the album is a collection of doo-wop numbers performed in Neville’s inimitable, soulful R&B style. Neville’s incredible career has seen him move seamlessly back and forth between solo work and his role in the first family of New Orleans music, the Neville Brothers. Known for the hit singles Tell It Like It Is and Don't Know Much (with Linda Ronstadt), join Neville as he performs the songs that shaped his youth and stayed close through the past five decades.

Angelina Ballerina, The Musical

Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20 Adults/$10 Students and Children

Vital Theatre Company presents “Angelina Ballerina, The Musical,” with book and lyrics by Susan Dilallo and music by Ben Morss. Angelina and her friends, Alice, Gracie, AZ, Viki, and even their teacher, Ms. Mimi, are all aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy. Angelina and her friends will perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig and, of course, ballet, and they are excited to show off their skills to their famous visitor. Angelina is the most excited of all, but will she get the starring moment she hopes for? Based on the CG-animated series, Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps on PBS KIDS®, “Angelina Ballerina, The Musical” is a family-friendly show that will have the entire audience dancing in the aisles.


Aaron Tippin

Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $65 Adults/$55 BC Employees and Seniors/$25 Students and Children

Aaron Tippin has been called the hardest-working man in Country Music. Initially a songwriter forAcuff-Rose Music, he gained a recording contract with RCA Records in 1990. Hits include “You’ve Got to Stand for Something,” “This Kiss,” “Prisoner of the Highway” and “That’s as Close as I’ll Get.” Tippin’s concert will be part of the celebration and dedication of the new terminal for the Texas Gulf CoastRegional Airport.


Juan L. Sanchez

Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $25 Adults/$20 BC Employees and Seniors/$10 Students and Children

The Juan L. Sánchez Ensemble features the verse and passionate voice of Juan L. Sánchez, a charismatic modern-day troubadour who has transcended his Spanish roots to create a unique musical universe where Arabic and Sephardic melodies co-exist with gypsy rumbas, and sensual bossanovas are adorned with lush Latin jazz arrangements.


Sixpence None the Richer

Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
(Sponsored by The BASF Corporation)
Tickets: $35 Adults/$30 BC Employees and Seniors/$10 Students and Children

Sixpence None the Richer (also known as Sixpence) is an American Christian rock/pop band that formed in New Braunfels, Texas, eventually settling in Nashville, Tennessee. They arebest known for their songs "Kiss Me" and "Breathe Your Name" and their covers of "Don't Dream It's Over" and "There She Goes." The name of the band is inspired by a passage from the book Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis.


Molly Ringwald
w/ the Brazosport Jazz Orchestra

Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m.

(Sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company)
Tickets: $35 Adults/$30 BC Employees and Seniors/$10 Students and Children

After spending her teen years on the big screen in blockbuster movies Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink, Molly Ringwald left Hollywood for the big stage in New York. On Broadway, she starred in Cabaret, Enchated April, and Sweet Charity. Today, Ringwald is fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a jazz singer. Her new CD “Except Sometimes” on Concord Records has received critical claim. Ringwald appears at The Clarion as the special guest artist with our own Brazosport Jazz Orchestra.


Shaun Hopper

Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.

(Sponsored by Shintech Inc. & EXCEL Group, Inc.)
Tickets: $25 Adults/$20 BC Employees and Seniors/$10 Students and Children

Acoustic "fingerstyle" guitar player/wizard Shaun Hopper is at first glance an unassuming presence, a true southern gentleman whose humility stands in sharp contrast to the prodigious talents he unveils on stage. Merging complex melodic lines, harmony and bass lines along with a one-of-a-kind percussive technique, he mesmerizes everyone within earshot. His original compositions and pop covers are infused with a cutting edge resonance found only in the new breed of You Tube virtuosos, including players like Adam Rafferty, Don Ross and Andy McKee, and yet he remains loyal to his roots. His overall approach to guitar remains inspired by the legends; Andre Segovia, Tommy Emmanuel, Michael Hedges, George Benson, Martin Taylor, Leo Kottke and Chet Atkins. The final result is a "signature style" which crosses over the full range of musical genres, including Alternative, Folk, Classical, Celtic, Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues and Percussive-New Age.


Celtic Nights
Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.
(Sponsored by Gordon & Nancy Wollam and Danny & Robyn Cochran)
Tickets: $35 Adults/$30 BC Employees and Seniors/$10 Students and Children

Drawn from the history and folklore of Ireland and her Celtic cousins, Celtic Nights will bring the audience on a journey of a people leaving and arriving, their lives spent in a world of ships, trains and planes, coaches and horses, on foot, coming and going – always moving on the surface of a foreign land, meeting, conversing, comparing – searching for a place better than Ireland or half as good. The cast of three male vocalists with three beautiful female singers, alongside six of Ireland’s most talented and coveted international dancers and two fine musicians will leave the theater ringing to the sounds of Celtic music old and new.


March 7, 7:30 p.m.
(Sponsored by TDECU Wealth Advisors)
Tickets: $35 Adults/$30 BC Employees and Seniors/$10 Students and Children

The international award-winning octet, VOCES8, has established itself at the forefront of British a cappella. Performing a repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to unique Jazz and Pop arrangements, the group has been praised for stunning performance, exquisite singing and creating a sound that spans the entire range of vocal color.


Mike Eldred
w/ the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra

March 22, 7:30 p.m.
(Sponsored by Honda of Lake Jackson, Rod & Luz Hall)
Tickets: $35 Adults/$30 BC Employees and Seniors/$12 Students and Children

One of North America’s most beloved tenors, Mike Eldred has thrilled audiences in concert halls, on Broadway and on recordings, radio and television. Eldred appeared on Broadway in Le Miserables in the role of Jean Valjean. Eldred will be performing with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra.


Christopher O’Riley
April 5, 7:30 p.m.
(Sponsored by Brazosport Music Teachers Association)
Tickets: $35 Adults/$30 BC Employees and Seniors/$10 Students and Children

As a prestigious artist, pianist and national media personality, O'Riley has dazzled the world over on stage, the radio and his records. His memorable interpretations of traditional and popular repertoire make him a cherished bridge between musical tastes, genres and audience worldwide. He is the host of the weekly National PublicRadio program “From the Top.” O'Riley is also known for his piano arrangements of songs by alternative artists.