Woodbine productions proudly announces its 2018-2019 concert series
A project of the SDSU Foundation, the Woodbine Productions concert series is underwritten by an anonymous benefactor. This sponsorship allows every dollar of every ticket sold to go directly to the Woodbine Music Scholarship Fund. Over the past ten years, the series has presented some of the world’s most talented artists to Brookings, including Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Kristen Chenoweth, The Kings Singers, Tine Thing Helseth, Doc Severinsen, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Frankie Avalon, Aaron Neville, The Tenors, The Midtown Men, The Dukes of Dixieland, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Mark O'Connor, Home Free, Pentatonix, The Five Browns, Canadian Brass, Gavin Lee and Emily Harvey, Rhythmic Circus, The Peking Acrobats, Sir James Galway and John Tesh.
For more information, contact the SDSU Music Department at 605-688-5188.
Monday, September 24, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Ethan is a 17-year-old vocalist and pianist Ethan Bortnick’s “Generations of Music” show. Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as “The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Head-line His Own Concert Tour,” Bortnick has been performing around the world since age five. With three nationally aired television specials, Ethan performs a broad mix of popular and original tunes.
Ethan has performed at venues around the globe, including large arenas with over 70,000 people. “When I perform at someone’s home or in a huge arena, I just love every moment of it! When I see the audience enjoying the music, having fun, smiling and dancing, there’s just nothing better that that!” he says. Billy Joel's musical director also serves as Music Director for Ethan’s shows. The connection to Woodbine Productions’ emphasis on scholarships is a natural fit; as Ethan has helped raised more than $50 million for charities.
Tuesday, November 6, 7:30 p.m.
On November 6, Mandy Harvey of “America’s Got Talent” brings her ukulele, jazz vocals, original and familiar tunes and her indomitable spirit to Brookings. Known for winning the “golden buzzer” from judge Simon Cowell, Mandy is an American jazz singer and songwriter. Mandy is also deaf.
While pursuing a Vocal Music Education degree at Colorado State University, Mandy lost her residual hearing at age 18 due to a neurological disorder and left the program. Though her hearing loss is profound, her timing, pitch and passion are perfect. That’s why the media, including NBC Nightly News, have taken notice. Woodbine Productions is thrilled to bring a musician of Mandy’s accomplishment and personal journey to Brookings.
With three jazz recordings to her credit, and multiple national awards for inspiring others, Mandy promises an evening of outstanding music and the ability to inspire others to embrace their pivot.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
The Grammy-award winning vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo from South Africa will complete its North American tour in Brookings. Named by the late Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s Cultural Ambassadors to the World, their remarkable harmonies and unique melodies are most likely familiar to Woodbine fans. The ensemble was created in the mid-1960s and came to prominence in the United States through its work with recording star Paul Simon.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo has also recorded with Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Sarah McLachlan, Josh Groban, Emmylou Harris and Melissa Etheridge. They have appeared on Broadway and have been nominated for Tony Awards and have won a Drama Desk Award.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Woodbine Productions brings Postmodern Jukebox from its skyrocketing success with more than a billion views on YouTube to the stage of the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center. Recognized for remaining modern top-40 pop hits in vintage styles of 1940s swing, blues, big band, Broadway or whatever strikes their fancy. Drawing from a collective of exceptional vocalists and instrumentalists, each presentation by Postmodern Jukebox is refreshing and perfect for bringing together young fans with their older family members.