The Hillman Center for Performing Arts at Shady Side Academy has announced the lineup for the 2017-2018 Hillman Performing Arts Series. The season includes four shows from October 2017 through March 2018, plus a special event celebrating the music of Ella Fitzgerald in April 2018. All shows are Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts on the Shady Side Academy Senior School campus, located at 423 Fox Chapel Road in Fox Chapel.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.thehillman.org or by calling the box office at 412-968-3040. A four-show series package (excluding Ella Fitzgerald) costs $100 for adults, $84 for seniors (over 65) and $56 for children (18 and under); a three-show package is also available. Tickets for individual shows cost $16-$50 per person.
The 2017-2018 season lineup includes:
The Jason Bishop Show
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.
America's hottest illusionist Jason Bishop delivers stunning and original state-of-the-art magic with a modern energy. This funny, engaging show features award-winning sleight of hand, exclusive grand illusions and close-up magic projected on a huge screen, all set to a rock/pop soundtrack. No other touring illusionist showcases such a diverse array of talents and virtuosity!
Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 • 7:30 p.m.
Transforming their bodies into human drums, the cast of SOLE Defined creates a "percusical" – an action-packed fusion of acting, singing, percussive dance and multimedia. Translating global rhythms into movement, these unique artists fuse tap dance, sand dance, tapping on roller skates and body percussion to create a free-flowing conversation through music and movement.
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.
This award-winning vocal band takes you on a journey that spans decades of music, from classic oldies to current chart-toppers, all sung a cappella. Featuring vocal dexterity, comedic timing and adventurous song selections, this remarkably talented sextet navigates multiple genres of music with a wonderfully eclectic repertoire that's guaranteed to captivate and entertain.
PUSH Physical Theatre
Saturday, March 10, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.
With intense athleticism, gravity-defying acrobatics and soulful artistry, these genre-defining masters of physical storytelling express what it means to be human: the joy and sorrow, humor and tragedy, the big questions and the simple things. Unparalleled performers bring the narratives of our lives to the stage with hope and optimism: The strength of the human soul expressed by the power of the human body.
A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald – SPECIAL EVENT
Saturday, April 14, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.
Featuring vocalist Delores King Williams and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra
Co-presented by MCG Jazz
"First Lady of Song" Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century, winning 13 Grammy awards and selling more than 40 million albums. In celebration of her 100th year, this special tribute presents many of her original big band arrangements, some of which have not been heard in concert in more than 40 years. (Not included with series subscriptions)
The Hillman Center for Performing Arts,established in 2004, is one of Western Pennsylvania's newest cultural venues. Its flagship offering, the Hillman Performing Arts Series, presents programs of excellence that represent Pittsburgh's cultural traditions while celebrating global artistic innovation. In addition, the Hillman Center strives to foster an accessible environment for all patrons to explore and enjoy fine art. Special emphasis is placed on family-friendly programming. Learn more at www.thehillman.org.