$495 and $376
March 2 & 5, 8 pm
March 30 & April 2, 8 pm
The MPSF Speaker Series offers the best of today’s thought leaders to the Oakland, Peninsula and Marin communities in separate, but identical, subscription-based series of eight speakers per season running September through April.
Through an open, unbiased forum for the exchange of ideas and intellectual enrichment of the community, our inspiring speakers cover an exciting range of topics that build awareness and understanding, introduce new – and sometimes controversial – ideas, and spark conversation!
The largest community speaker series in America, MPSF Speaker Series is dedicated to providing the highest quality lecture experiences with personal touch service for our subscribing members
$29.50/$34.50 at the door
$20 students (20 and under)
Todd Boston, Silvia Nakkach, Matthew Schoening, and special guests
Gita Records presents Nature’s Song: A World Music Concert Event
Join us for an audiovisual journey as these three talented artists share the stage for one special evening. Todd Boston is an award-winning guitarist and multi-instrumentalist producer. His style encapsulates all that is great about acoustic guitar, with superb tone and dexterity and brilliant compositional sense. Utne Reader named Silvia Nakkach one of 40 cutting-edge artists who will shake the art world. She is, a recent Grammy nominee, an award-winning composer and leading authority in the field of sound and consciousness transformation. Matthew Schoening creates the sound and feeling of a full symphony through live looping and his gift for musicality and composition.
Saturday, March 7, 1 & 3 pm
Sunday, March 8, 1 & 3 pm
Based on the book by E. B. White, follow the lovable Wilbur as he grows from being the runt of the litter to “Some Pig” with the help of a miraculous spider named Charlotte. Adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette and presented by Masque Unit of Marin, this classic tale of friendship and community will warm your heart. Come along as Wilbur moves to a farm and gains an unexpected family. Produced by special arrangement by Dramatic Publishing. Music and lyrics by Charles Strouse. Read more at masqueunit.org.
Friday, March 13, 2pm & 7:30pm
$50, $35, $25
Hop aboard the "Chattanooga Choo Choo" to “Tuxedo Junction and get "In the Mood" to hear a “Moonlight Serenade” performed by a 13-piece Big Band and a half dozen singer-dancers wigh some hot boogie woogie! In The Mood is a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, The Andrews Sisters and big band greats of the '40s. Complete with period costumes and choreography, In The Mood celebrates America's greatest generation that listened and boogied to up-tempo big band rhythms and danced to intimate ballads. Experience the jazzy, brassy, sentimental and patriotic music of the World War II era.
“a toe-tapping nostalgic ride to yesteryear.” –Brad Downall, Director, Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville, KY
“a wonderful rendition of Halcyon days put to Music.” –Margaret Webster, Dover Plains, NY
“a wonderfully entertaining two hours of good tunes intertwined with high-stepping moves and sassy vocals.” –Albert Rodriguez, Seattle Gay News October 17, 2012
“Our emotions ran from goose bumps to tears.”
–Ken and Elaine Aubrey, West Springfield, MA
Saturday, March 14, 8 pm.
$45, $35, $25
Premium Seats $60
Students (20 and Under) $20
Direct from Mexico City
Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico
Enrique Batiz, Music Director and Chief Conductor
The acclaimed 70-member Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico (State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico)under legendary conductor Enrique Batiz makes their Marin Center debut. Conductor Batiz – a fixture on the international classical music scene since 1965 – founded the Orquesta Sinfonica in 1971. A source of pride and joy to Mexican-Americans and Mexiquense, the Orquestra Sinfonica has toured North America, China and throughout Europe. Their concerts feature a wide range of traditional Mexican and Spanish songs as well as classics by Verdi and Beethoven.
“….Brilliant technique, a fine sense of harmony, and a strong temperament…….” - Salzburger Nachrichten
Blue Cast performances:
Friday, March 20, 7 PM;
Saturday, March 21, 1 PM
Gold Cast performances:
Saturday, March 21 7 PM;
Sunday, March 22, 1 PM
Please note: There are two casts. While the main characters will be switching off, all actors will be in all performances.
$18, 8th grade and under $12
Attend a performance of “Tik Tok of Oz”, a musical performed by the talented middle school students of Marin Primary and Middle School and adapted for the stage by the school’s fine drama director, Charlie Queary. The play chronicles the overthrow of the evil Metal Monarch, a villain featured in over half a dozen of the “Oz” chronicles. Onstage at the Marin Showcase Theatre at the Civic Center, the young performers will not only act but sing and dance their parts to music written by Jef Labes and performed by jamming MP&MS band The Metro-Gnomes.
This chapter of Oz contains colorful characters such as an adventurous young girl and her mule, a rose princess and a sky fairy, a shaggy man and a copper man, and many fanciful others who promise to delight the audience with their wit and charisma. L. Frank Baum’s well-loved whimsical stories, with the perceptive and incisive wisdom of America’s heartland, are truly entertainment for the whole family.
Friday, March 20, 8 p.m.
$50, $35, $25
Premium Seats $75
Students (20 and Under) $20
Whether they are performing for millions at the Olympics, on an Oscar® telecast or live on stage, Pilobolus continues to amuse, innovate and engage. With more than 40 years spent charming audiences, the company “is that rarity of rarities: a profoundly serious artistic enterprise that has successfully reached out to a popular audience.
March 21, 8 pm
$150 VIP, $60, $40, $25
The 12th Annual Irish-American Crossroads Festival presents
A Celtic Appalachian Celebration:
Traditional Irish & American Old Time Music
Don’t miss the event of the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Season! Join us for a West Coast Musical Premiere. This exhilarating concert will feature world-class artists including Irish music legend, Mick Moloney with members of the famed Green Fields of America including Athena Tergis (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (button accordion), Joey Abarta (Uilleann Pipes) and Niall O’Leary (dancer) and special guest four-time, All-Ireland multi-instrumentalist, Michelle Mulcahy (Irish harp, concertina, piano, fiddle, and accordion).
We also welcome internationally renowned ‘old time’ artists, Eddie Bond (old time fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass, autoharp & mandolin) from the Virginia Blue Ridge, Kirk Sutphin (old time fiddle, banjo & guitar) from the North Carolina hills and San Francisco’s own powerhouse guitarist, singer and ‘old time’ fiddler, Karen Heil.
Join us for an evening of the finest Irish music and dance today!
You're Invited: Please join us for a VIP wine & cheese reception with the artists immediately following the performance. VIP tickets are $150 each. Supplies are limited.
For more information about the artists and a full schedule of Festival events, please go to: www.irishamericancrossroads.org
Friday, March 27, 7 pm
Saturday, March 28, 7 pm
Sunday, March 29, 1 pm
$20 adults, $16 senior (65+) and children (12 and under)
Performing Arts Academy of Marin Presents Mary Poppins
Let Mary Poppins take you on a magical and memorable adventure in this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical! With a little magic and common sense, even grown-ups can learn a lesson from this practically perfect nanny. Through her wit and wisdom, Mary Poppins teaches Jane, Michael, and their parents the value of family. This musical production features performers ages 9 and up. PAAM’s Youth MainStage Musical is the premier theater event for its student performers, open to various age groups and offering a fantastic opportunity for students to create meaningful characters, build confidence on stage, and grow as young artists.
Saturday, March 28, 2 pm
$12 General Admission
Experience the magic and adventure of Pan: Adventures in Neverland! Join the Darling children as they take on Captain Hook alongside Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and Peter Pan. This musical production features performers ages 6 to 9. Designed to enrich and enhance our younger artists’ theater experience, PAAM’s Mini Musical program offers an excellent opportunity for new performers just beginning their musical theater training. Run time is approximately 20 minutes.
$32.50/$37.50 at the door
$20 students (20 and under)
Jennifer Berezan: An Intimate Concert Evening
The renowned Bay Area artist Jennifer Berezan returns to the Marin Center 18 months after the acclaimed “Song for All Beings” sold-out event. Berezan is joined by a virtuosic band led by Julie Wolf (Indigo Girls, Carly Simon, Bruce Cockburn) with don benedictson, Geoff Pearlman, Michaelle Goerlitz, Anthony Costello, Bouchaib Abdelhadi, and Raz Kennedy, Enjoy intimate songs, topical themes, and tender ballads from an artist who always delights audiences. Her musical vision and live performances are transformative, communal, and healing. Enjoy intimate songs, topical themes, and tender ballads from an artist who always delights audiences. Her musical vision and live performances are transformative, communal, and healing.
Love it LIVE! 14-15 Season
Celebrate 62 years of great music and Alasdair Neale's 14th season leading the Marin Symphony Orchestra as Music Director.
Love it LIVE! begins on Saturday, September 13, 2014 with our second Waterfront Pops outdoor concert-Hooray for Hollywood-movie music classics with a fireworks finale! Virtuoso cellist Zuill Bailey returns as the soloist for our first Masterworks concerts, French Reverie on September 28 and 30. Our Holiday Pops Concert is happening on December 16-now truly, a new Marin tradition. The 2014-15 season marks the 20th anniversary of Jeremy Constant's leadership as our concertmaster. He will be the featured soloist for the first concert in the New Year: Eight Seasons, on February 15 and 17, 2015. The season finale Spring Pops event is certain to be a hit: the world premiere of Star Trek in Concert on Saturday, June 6, 2015.
Tuesday, April 28, 8 pm
$85.50, $65.50 & $45.50
At the age of 73 the veteran singer/ songwriter/ guitarist/ producer/ bandleader is still making some of the most compelling music of his long and storied career. It almost goes without saying that Merle Haggard is widely regarded as country music's greatest living recording artist. A rugged individualist who simultaneously embodies and transcends the genre, Haggard is both a seminal superstar and an unrepentant outsider. Over the course of a remarkably prolific five-decade career, he's consistently shown himself to be an uncompromising creative force, far more concerned with pursuing his iconoclastic vision than with meeting the expectations of the music-industry establishment.
Along the way, Haggard has scored no less than 39 #1 country hits; won various Grammy, CMA and ACM awards; become the only California-born artist in the Country Music Hall of Fame; been the only country performer ever featured on the cover of the jazz bible Downbeat; as well as the only man to be invited to perform at the White House and invited to serve time in San Quentin Penitentiary.
Merle Haggard's turbulent and ultimately triumphant life has been full of surprises. The son of parents who'd fled the ravages of the Oklahoma dust bowl, he was born in a converted boxcar in Oildale, California on April 6. 1937. His father died when Merle was nine, and he spent his adolescence following his restless urges, hitting the road and riding the rails. He was also incarcerated in—and escaped from—a series of juvenile institutions, and his troubles with the law culminated in a botched robbery attempt that won the 20-year-old Haggard a three-year stretch in San Quentin.
His prison experiences led Haggard—who'd begun playing guitar at the age of 12 and worshipped Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams—to take stock of his life and decide to pursue a career in music. Upon his 1962 release, he became a fixture on Bakersfield, California's thriving country music scene, working manual labor jobs by day and playing local clubs by night. A string of singles for the local Tally label led to a deal with Capitol Records, and in 1965 Haggard launched an incredible string of classic hits including "Swinging Doors," "The Bottle Let Me Down," "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive," "Branded Man," "Sing Me Back Home," "Today I Started Loving You Again," "Mama Tried,” "Hungry Eyes," "Silver Wings," "Workin' Man Blues," "The Fightin' Side of Me," "If We Make It Through December" and the much-misunderstood "Okie From Muskogee."
Those classics found Haggard honoring country-music traditions while drawing upon a broad range of jazz, blues, and folk influences, while his vivid, emotionally nuanced lyrics poignantly chronicled the dreams and heartbreaks of common people, as well as his own harsh life experiences.
Sunday, May 3, 3 pm
$45, $35, $25
Premium Seats $60
Students (20 and under) $20
Our fantastically popular annual celebration of the history of the Broadway musical returns with an all-new show! Direct from New York, Neil Berg’s 105 Years of Broadway features five of Broadway’s finest stars singing hit songs from classic shows like My Fair Lady and South Pacific, groundbreaking songs from West Side Story and Chicago, and the biggest hits from current blockbusters like Jersey Boys and Wicked. If you love Broadway musicals, this is your must-see event of the season! Featuring Rob Evan (Les Miserables, Jekyll and Hyde, Little Shop of Horrors), Jeannette Bayardelle (Dreamgirls,Caroline, or Change), Carter Calvert (It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues, CATS), and Rita Harvey (Phantom of the Opera).
Sunday, May 10, 3 pm
$60, $45, $35, $25, $20 students (20 and under)
Champagne brunch: $36 adults, $19 children (12 and under)
Mother’s Day with Deana Martin—A Tribute to Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra
Join us for a special Mother’s Day champagne brunch at the Embassy Suites San Rafael, followed by a performance by Deana Martin in our theater. Martin, an influential American singer, actor, and performer, is the very proud daughter of the iconic entertainer Dean Martin.
Performing such classic hits as It Had to Be You, Strangers in the Night, Mack the Knife, and more, this special tribute concert is one not to be missed. Martin will take us on a musical journey honoring her father and his Rat Pack cronies and woo us with stories of her days with “Uncle Frank,” Sammy Davis Jr. and the others.
$29.50/$34.50 at the door
$65 VIP (includes best seats, signed copy of the CD, and a meet and greet after the performance)
students (20 and under) $20
Bodhi: Peace Is Now with an all-star band of musicians and singers
The national CD release concert for Peace Is Now promises to be an enchanted evening of long-form chant with a large chorus and more than 20 musicians, all of them stars in their own right. The melody, “peace is now,” becomes a choral mantra, played through a wide variety of musical styles such as folk, jazz, rock, reggae, gospel, and more, all brilliantly woven together, to deliver a vision of peace in the world. The album itself includes the talents of 35 musicians from various genres with one message: affirming a world of peace. Under Bodhi’s skillful direction, many voices and instruments unite to sing and perform as one. Best known for his exquisite flute work, Bodhi is equally at home on guitar, keyboards, and vocals, which add to the magic of this heartfelt recording.
Wednesday, May 27, 7 pm
$100, $70, $40
Singing sensation Celtic Woman brings their 2014 North American Tour to The Marin Center. Under the distinct musical direction of Emmy®-nominated music producer, David Downes, this spectacular musical experience features Celtic Woman performing traditional Irish tunes, timeless pop anthems and inspirational songs including the return of fan favorites “You Raise Me Up,” “Orinoco Flow” and many more, all with the signature Celtic Woman sound. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Celtic Woman as you’ve never seen them before.
This wonderful whimsical show is funny, provocative and endearing about chance meetings, secret loves, and the everyday up’s and downs of men and women meeting and falling in and out of love. It is several heartfelt stories of loves lost and found, but always speaks to the resilience of the human spirit and our capacity to love again, and again and yet again. You will laugh, and you might cry, but you will rejoice in all the experiences love can bring.