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PHOENIX (November 30, 2017) – The MIM Music Theater proudly announces its Winter/Spring 2018 Concert Series, sponsored in part by Sanderson Lincoln. The series includes more than fifty concerts from January through April, spanning multiple genres from across the globe.
Highlights this season include Beach Boys cofounder and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Al Jardine, who will share stories about the Beach Boys’ music and sing along with his son Matt Jardine. Montreal-based scratch DJ and music producer Kid Koala, who is featured in the recently Grammy-nominated album Baby Driver (Music from the Motion Picture), will present a remarkable theatrical performance. He will reenact his graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall with several miniature stages, a cast of puppets, turntables, and the dynamic Afiara Quartet playing on the piano and string instruments. Americana country superstar Lyle Lovett will join forces with legendary singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen for an unforgettable night of song and stories. Presented in coordination with MIM’s special exhibition, Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum, pipa virtuosa Wu Man and the Huayin Shadow Puppet Band will perform stories of life in rural China, with shadow puppets, lutes, fiddles, and other traditional instruments.
Guests can look forward to the return of several favorites to the MIM Music Theater, including “Father of Modern Soul Music” Booker T. Jones; Mongolian throat singing group Huun-Huur-Tu; fourteen-year-old jazz pianist prodigy Joey Alexander; and Karla Bonoff, one of the finest singer-songwriters of her generation.
The series also welcomes some artists who will be performing at MIM Music Theater for the first time. New performers include blues guitarist and singer Joanne Shaw Taylor; jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, featuring the E-Collective; Afro-Cuban jazz singer Daymé Arocena; and Canadian country singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega, who has been compared to classic country stars such as Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn.
The MIM Music Theater presents over 250 concerts per year and has had over 150 Grammy-winning artists perform on its stage. Within the span of only seven years, the theater has been recognized as one of the top music venues of its size, anywhere in the world. It has received praise from audiences and musicians for its unparalleled intimate atmosphere and acoustically superb sound quality.
“We have been invited to some of the world’s greatest venues like the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, and also the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. But I tell you one thing, this Theater and this Museum are second to none,” says Allen Bailey, founder of Harlem Gospel Choir.
Tickets will go on sale to members who give $250+ annually on Monday, December 4 at the Winter/Spring 2018 Concert Series Preview Event. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Thursday, December 7 at 10:00 a.m. Members who give $500+ annually receive 10% off concert tickets. Additional artists will be added to the lineup throughout the season. To get the latest information on these announcements, visit MIM.org and sign up to receive concert newsletters.
About MIM and the MIM Music Theater
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches our world by collecting, preserving, and making accessible an astonishing variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. MIM offers guests a welcoming and fun experience, incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming, and exceptional musical performances. MIM fosters appreciation of the world’s diverse cultures by showing how we innovate, adapt, and learn from each other to create music—the language of the soul.
In addition to hosting performances by renowned artists, the MIM Music Theater introduces guests to emerging talents from around the world. It has been called, “the best 300-seat venue in the country,” by Grammy winner Shawn Colvin. Each performance is an extension of the museum exhibits―showcasing the instruments, the people who play them, and the musical language we share.
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Chris Wieman, Theater Marketing Specialist, MIM