KRAVIS CENTER Presents Superstars of Pop, Jazz, Country, Classical & Comedy April through June 2013

KRAVIS CENTER to Present Superstars of Pop, Jazz, Country, Classical & Comedy April through June 2013
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Caps Off the Season with a Parade of Pop, Jazz, Country, Classical & Comedy Superstars During April, May and June 2013

(West Palm Beach, FL – March 15, 2013)  The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performance Arts will present an audience-pleasing line-up of top stars and powerhouse performances during April and beyond...


April 3 – 2 p.m.   (Wednesday)
Anthony & Joseph Paratore, Duo Piano
(Regional Arts Concert Series)
Described as "a symphony orchestra and solo stars all rolled into four hands and one mind” (Milwaukee Sentinel), the Paratore Brothers are America's reigning duo-piano team. In 2012, the pianists celebrated their 40th anniversary as an unsurpassed duo. Their powerhouse program for two pianos features such ground-breaking compositions as Ravel’s Rapsodie Espagnole and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, both in the composers’ original versions.
+ Ravel / Rapsodie Espagnole
+ Liszt / Piano Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (trans. Saint-Saëns)
+ Rachmaninoff / Suite No. 1, Op. 5 (Fantaisie-Tableaux)
+ Gershwin / Rhapsody in Blue
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25
(Series sponsored by Leonard & Sophie Davis)
Beyond the Stage: Join us for a free pre-performance discussion by Sharon McDaniel at 12:45 p.m.

April 4 – 7 p.m.  (Thursday)
African-American Film Festival
A Deadly Deception: The Tuskegee Experiment
Host: Lea Jefferson
(ArtSmart / Film Offering)
Between 1932 and 1972, the U.S. Public Health Service conducted an experiment on 400 black men in the late stages of syphilis to help eradicate the disease. These men, for the most part, illiterate sharecroppers from one of the poorest counties in Alabama, wee never told they had syphilis, nor were they ever treated for it after the 1940s validation of penicillin as an effective cure.  The utilization of interviews with survivors of the experiment, and experts in the field of research, medicine and civil rights, along with original film taken during the experiment, results in a starting portrayal of medial misconduct unparalleled in our nation’s history.
Helen K. Persson Hall
Tickets $10

April 4-7
+ Thursday, Friday, Sunday – 7:30 p.m.
+ Saturday – 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Robert Dubac:
Free Range Thinking
Comedy master Robert Dubac (The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron?) finds himself on one man’s existential journey to find the truth. Combining theatre with stand-up, Dubac buckles us up for a fast-paced joy ride over the pot-holed highways of cultural hypocrisy. Riding shotgun with intelligence and absurdity, he crashes head first into the barriers of politics, religion and the media, portraying multiple characters that all take turns beating the hornets’ nest of hype and spin with the big stick of knowledge. The Denver Post calls it, “… an erudite comic trek, razor-sharp!”
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets: $32
(Sponsored by Donald & Linda Silpe)

April 8 – 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  (Monday)
Golden Dragon Acrobats’
Cirque Ziva
(Adults at Leisure Series)
Representing the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago, the Golden Dragon Acrobats are recognized here and abroad as the premiere acrobatic touring company. With their newest production, Cirque Ziva, world renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music, and theatrical techniques to present a show of spellbinding artistry.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets: $28

April 10 – 8 p.m.  (Wednesday)
Kevin James
An everyman comic, Kevin James is widely known for playing the amiable deliveryman Doug Heffernan on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens. Finding a second home onscreen in films expanded his persona into highly visible comedies including Hitch, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Here Comes the Boom.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25

April 11 – 8 p.m.  (Thursday)
Monterey Jazz Festival
with Christian McBride, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Chris Potter, Ambrose Akinmusire, Benny Green & Lewis Nash
Featuring leading critically acclaimed, Grammy® winning jazz artists, the All-Star band consists of bassist and musical director Christian McBride, vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, saxophonist Chris Potter, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Benny Green and drummer Lewis Nash. Embracing the past, present and future of jazz, the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 55th Anniversary Celebration will perform an assortment of classic jazz repertoire and original compositions by band members. vyfxf
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25

April 11-13
+ Thursday, Friday – 7:30 p.m.
+ Saturday – 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.  
Spellbound Dance Company
(P.E.A.K. – Provocative Entertainment at Kravis – Performance)
Founded in 1994 and led by artistic director Mauro Astolfi, Spellbound
Dance Company (Rome) is Italy's premier contemporary dance company. Characterized by its unique vocabulary of expression, versatility and physicality, the company has won over audiences and critics alike all over the globe with their virtuosic and dynamic performances.
Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets: $28
Beyond the Stage: Join us for a free pre-performance discussion by Steven Caras on April 11 at 6:15 p.m.
(P.E.A.K. – Provocative Entertainment at Kravis – is made possible by a grant from the MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis)

April 12 – 7 p.m.  (Friday)
Showcase the Writing
Host: Julie Gilbert
(The Writers’ Academy At The Kravis Center)
Showcase the Writing introduces talented new writers to the public. All genres of work are presented by professional actors who breathe life into the written work. Showcase the Writing is open to the public.
The Picower Foundation Arts Education Center in the Cohen Pavilion
Tickets: $10

April 12 – 8 p.m.  (Friday)
Kenny Rogers
Known for his instantly identifiable, sweetly raspy vocals, three-time Grammy® Award winner Kenny Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his storied career. His impressive catalog of #1 hits – 24 in all – includes “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille” and “She Believes In Me.” The Tampa Tribune has called Rogers, “One of the most consummate entertainers of our time.”
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
Tickets start at $25

The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL.  For more information, please call 561-832-7469 or visit

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