The Webb Center has announced the 2016-2017 Season! Tickets go on sale to members of the support organization, the Encore Society, on Wednesday, September 7. Membership begins at $50 and permits early ticket buying opportunities before tickets go sale to the general public on September 21.
The theater’s season will open on Saturday, November 5, with a performance from 70’s folk rock band America. Founding members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell have been creating and performing music together since 1970; with hits “Horse With No Name” and “Ventura Highway.”
“After our very successful 15th Anniversary year, we are thrilled to be presenting a combination of brand-new and returning artists this season,” stated Cathy Weiss, Executive Director of the Webb Center. “The Webb Center strives to offer exciting performances from multiple genres. For example, storyteller Garrison Keillor, whose A Prairie Home Companion ran for 42 seasons; Piano Battle, where members of the audience decide which of the dueling pianists is the best; and returning favorites, The Texas Tenors.”
Audiences will be delighted by the sophisticated sounds of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra; Greek guitarist Pavlo’s blend of Latin and Mediterranean music; Americana singer-songwriter Paul Thorn; and a new Phoenix Symphony’s pops program.
Country music fans will enjoy hits by singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal; a rocking performance from Roots & Boots, featuring Sammy Kershaw, Pam Tillis and Collin Raye; the high-energy hits from band Sawyer Brown; and Riders in the Sky, King of the Cowboys! A Salute to Roy Rogers. Kicking off Wickenburg’s Gold Rush Days celebration in February is John Anderson, who had five #1 singles top the country charts.
Comedy this season comes in the form of Capitol Steps, with a brand new show just days after the election in November; and stand-up comedian Tom Papa, who got his big break opening for Jerry Seinfeld.
Holiday shows in December include a performance from adult contemporary artist Melissa Manchester; a fun take on classics with Canadian Brass Christmas; and the return of western-swing band Asleep at the Wheel Merry Texas Christmas Y’all.
In January, Jessica Lang Dance returns to showcase her “Made In Wickenburg” Residency piece The Wanderer. Also performing in January will be the Prague Philharmonia; dynamic vocalist Storm Large with her band; and classical pianist Alpin Hong in collaboration with the exciting Portland Cello Project. February welcomes the a capella styling’s of The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6.
Completing the season is jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis; and a fascinating presentation of National Geographic Live with explorer and environmental anthropologist Kenny Broad, who has led or participated in extreme scientific and filmmaking expeditions on every continent.