The Hillman Performing Arts Series at Shady Side Academy kicks off the 2019-2020 season with a solo acoustic performance by Grammy Award-winning folk artist Dom Flemons on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m.
The show takes place in the Peter J. Kountz Theater of the Hillman Center for Performing Arts, located on the Shady Side Academy Senior School campus, 423 Fox Chapel Road, Fox Chapel. Tickets are only $20 and can be purchased online at www.thehillman.org or by phone at 412-968-3040.
Dom Flemons is known as "The American Songster" since his repertoire of music covers over 100 years of American folklore, ballads and tunes. He is an expert player on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, jug, percussion, quills and rhythm bones. His 2018 album, Dom Flemons Presents Black Cowboys, peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard bluegrass chart and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. The recording is part of the African American Legacy Recordings series, co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. In 2005, Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, who won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2010 and were nominated for Best Folk Album in 2012. He left the group to pursue his solo career in 2014. Learn more about Dom Flemons.
The 2019-2020 Hillman Series features seven shows from September through April, including four main stage shows in the 662-seat Richard E. Rauh Theater and three intimate black box shows in the intimate Peter J. Kountz Theater. Show tickets cost $20-$30 and a variety of subscription packages are available for $50-$145. Learn more and purchase tickets at www.thehillman.org. After Dom Flemons, remaining shows include:
Wayne Hoffman: Mind Candy – Oct. 19, 2019 • Main Stage
Award-winning mentalist and illusionist
Ariel Pocock – Nov. 16, 2019 • Black Box
Jazz pianist, vocalist and composer
Six Appeal Vocal Band: Ugly Sweater Party – Dec. 14, 2019 • Main Stage
High-energy holiday show by a cappella vocal band
Tami Lee Hughes: The Legacy Show – Feb. 15, 2020 • Main Stage
Multimedia concert celebrating African American composers
Blackwater – March 14, 2020 • Black Box
Celtic band blending folk, classical and contemporary influences
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus – April 18, 2020 • Main Stage
Unique hybrid of vaudeville, circus, comedy and original live music
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.