A Rockapella Christmas
The Biggest-Selling A Cappella Group of All Time!
Thursday, December 4th, 7:30 PM
They’ve become one of the world’s most sophisticated, lasting, and imitated vocal groups around today. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more influential one out there in this new era of network television a cappella shows like NBC’s The Sing-Off, movies like Pitch Perfect, and innumerable college vocal groups that own the corner of cool on campuses everywhere.
Since the early ’90’s when they first achieved national television fame on PBS’s Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?, they’ve toured the globe and provided a funky powerful soundtrack to several generations of vocal music fans, while keeping it all fresh along the way. With buckets of catchy original pop songs, and complete contemporary revisions of sparkling Motown, pop, and soul classics, this group has always been the one to watch. ”Often imitated – never duplicated” applies here. Now they’re better than ever!
As one of the progenitors of the astonishing full-band sound of “contemporary” a cappella, Rockapella has shown every audience the raw power of pure vocal talent and originality. “There’s nothing between us and the audience – it’s very human music – with nothing missing” says Rockapella’s human beatbox Jeff Thacher. No instruments, no tracks, no mirrors…but never lame.
We make it rock and make it interesting,” explains Scott Leonard, the group’s chief songwriter, arranger and an architect of their ever-evolving and imitated dynamic sound. USA Today summed up the lasting appeal like this: “The best musical instrument of all is the human voice – if you’ve seen Rockapella you know that’s the truth.”
The current Rockapella line-up features Scott Leonard (since 1991, High Tenor), Jeff Thacher (1993, Vocal Percussionist), George Baldi III (2002, Bass), Steven Dorian (2010, Tenor), and Calvin Jones (2013, Tenor). This line-up marks a new generation of Rockapella, keenly focused on musical excellence. “People have a hard time believing it’s just us making all of that music. It’s still those same elements that make modern band music: percussion, bass, melody and harmonies,” says Scott. “Our success in the art of it – it’s not what you do, but how you do it!” adds Jeff. And Rockapella has indeed proven that forming original pop & soul magic onstage is what sets them apart.
2014 - 2015 Delos V. Smith Winter Film Series Announced - Series Passes On Sale Now
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Tickets for the 2014-2015 Delos V. Smith Winter Film Series will remain $5, - Buy One, Get One FREE! Single tickets can only be purchased the day of the show and go on sale 45 minutes prior to showtime.
WINTER FILM SERIES PASSES are also available for $40 - Buy One, Get One FREE and include a punch card for 10 free popcorns. This means for $40, you and a friend can see all ten movies in the series (excluding the Christmas movie) and share a popcorn at each film for only $40! Passes can be purchased online or at the Fox Box Office. To purchase online, click the link below and follow the instructions. *For each Series Pass you purchase online, you will actually recieve a second pass and the popcorn punch card free.
Fox Theatre to get State-of-the-Art Digital Projection in January
Thanks to funding provided by the Delos V. Smith Foundation and additional anonymous donations, the Fox will be upgrading its projection system from 35mm film to the current industry standard format of digital projection in early 2015. Over the past several years the movie distribution industry has switched from shipping titles to theatres on 35mm film to digital content on small, light-weight hard disk drives, saving an incredible amount of money associated with creating and shipping large, heavy film reels to theatres across the country. The Fox has still been using 35mm projectors for film presentation, but with major studios earlier this year announcing the complete discontinuation of the distribution of film, a conversion to digital cinema became unavoidable.
Fortunately the Delos V. Smith Foundation, who also underwrites our summer and winter film series, stepped up with partial funding for the transition, while donations from other anonymous sources will cover the remaining costs of the $100,000 project. The new digital cinema equipment will provide a brighter, clearer picture without the scratces and graininess of 35mm film, along with better sound.
The digital cinema conversion is tentatively scheduled for the first week of January. Because the winter film series actually begins with three movies in December, those first few films will be shown on 35mm film. If all goes according to plan, digital movies will begin with “Jersey Boys” on the weekend of January 23rd.
A Band Called Honalee
Saturday, January 17th, 7:30 PM
A Band Called Honalee is a modern-day folk trio inspired by the music and legacy of Peter, Paul and Mary. Musically accomplished, interactive and energetic, their shows allow audiences to experience this timeless music live onstage once again.
Following in the footsteps of that iconic trio, A Band Called Honalee got its start in the heart of New Year City’s East Village in 2009, and believes the melodies and messages of the 1960s folk and folk/rock era are just as relevant today as they were when they were first sung, perhaps even more so. Their mission is to share this uniquely American music with new audiences, while rekindling the passion of long-time fans. Above all, they celebrate the undeniable ability of these songs to inspire people and bring them together once again.
The group maintains an active national touring schedule, with frequent appearances at performing arts centers, concert series, music festivals and arts conferences nationwide. Their recordings have been featured on The Folk Connection (bostonpete.com) radio program, which showcases excellence in folk. Most recently, A Band Called Honalee has been asked to participate in educational outreach programs across the United States, where they nurture music students of all ages in songwriting and explore the continuing cultural relevance of this vital American music.