John Hiatt

John Hiatt

The Center for the Performing Arts has announced the lineup for its 2018-19 season, and it's stellar.

The jazz series includes appearances by Pat Metheny, David Sanborn and emerging artist Veronica Swift.  In the country category, there's Kellie Pickler and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; and pop/rock icons include Brian Wilson, Graham Nash, John Hiatt, Melissa Etheridge and the Indio Girls.

Classical performances from Joshua Bell, Drew Petersen and the Russian National Orchestra are also scheduled--as are legendary names like blues icon Buddy Guy and British balladeer Engelbert Humperdinck.

Plus, Jane Lynch at Christmas. What's not to love?

President/CEO Jeffrey C. McDermott enthusiastically praised the success of the Center's most recent season in a press the press release announcing the upcoming season, and emphasized the breadth of the lineup. 

“We’ve gathered a lot of feedback from our patron surveys and conversations at the concerts, and I think this season represents our best effort yet at appealing to that wide range of tastes,” McDermott said. “At the same time, we think it’s important to provide opportunities for up-and-coming artists who really bring something new to our audiences.”

Visit TheCenterPresents.org for more information on tickets, subscription packages and benefits.

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Indigo Girls


All events at the Palladium except * at the Tarkington theater


Sept. 20 – Queen Extravaganza

Sept. 22 – Buddy Guy

Sept. 25 – Melissa Etheridge

Sept. 28 – Indigo Girls with special guest Lucy Wainwright Roche

Oct. 18 – Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Nov. 9 – John Hiatt

Nov. 16 – Boney James

Nov. 16 – Royal Wood*

Nov. 17 – Brian Wilson: Greatest Hits Live

Nov. 30 – Dennis DeYoung: The Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Tour

March 22 – Graham Nash: An Intimate Evening of Songs and Stories

May 2 – Arrival from Sweden: The Music of ABBA

DREWRY SIMMONS VORNEHM JAZZ SERIES (series package available)

Oct. 11 – An Evening With Pat Metheny

Feb. 8 – David Sanborn Jazz Quintet

Feb. 23 – A Tribute to Benny Goodman: The Julian Bliss Septet

March 8 – Veronica Swift featuring the Benny Green Trio*

May 4 – Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation


Oct. 12 – Joshua Bell with pianist Sam Haywood

Nov. 2 – Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Jan. 13 – Drew Petersen

Feb. 22 – Russian National Orchestra

April 14 – Australian Chamber Orchestra

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Joshua Bell

COUNTRY SERIES (series package available)

Sept. 21 – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Nov. 3 – Kellie Pickler

Nov. 29 – Sara Evans: At Christmas

SONGBOOK SERIES (series package available)

July 28 – Songbook Academy Finals

Oct. 26 – Engelbert Humperdinck

Jan. 12 – Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock and Roll

Feb. 15 – Megan Hilty

March 23 – Jack Jones

April 13 – Michael Feinstein with special guest

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Megan Hilty


Feb. 28 – Songs of Ireland: A Celtic Celebration

March 1 – Kodo Drummers: One Earth Tour 2019: Evolution

April 18 – Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion


Dec. 1 – Jane Lynch: A Swingin’ Little Christmas

Dec. 9 – Dave Koz & Friends Christmas

Dec. 15 – All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 

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Zakir Hussain

OLD TOWN COMPANIES FAMILY SERIES (two performances each)

Nov. 11 – Lightwire Theater: The Ugly Duckling*

Jan. 26 – Hudson Vagabond Puppets*

March 23 – The World of Magic* 

SPECIAL EVENTS (not eligible for series packages)

Sept. 15 – Songbook Celebration presented by Krieg DeVault

Oct. 27 – United States Marine Band

Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve Extravaganza presented by Taft