Tobin Center announces 2019 gala headliner
Gladys Knight will headline the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ 2019 gala concert.
The concert and the lineup for the Tobin Center’s Signature and National Geographic Live subscription series was to be announced Wednesday night at a season preview.
Knight will perform Oct. 24. Tickets go on sale Thursday morning and range from $100 to $200 for the concert alone. Dinner/show packages cost $600 per person or $6,000 for a table of 10. Unlike in years past, there will be some cabaret-style seating available for the performance.
Knight follows previous benefit headliners Paul McCartney, Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton, Steven Tyler and Paula Abdul.
Her legendary career dates back to the 1960s. With the Pips, she released such hits as “If I Was Your Woman,” “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye”). She has racked up hits as a solo artists, as well, and has acted from time to time.
She sang the National Anthem for the Super Bowl in January, and was revealed to be the superstar hidden inside an elaborate bee costume on the first season finale of TV competition “The Masked Singer.”
“She’s more relevant than ever,” said Aaron Zimmerman, vice president of programming and marketing for the Tobin Center. “It’s another coup for the Tobin to be able to bring her in for this.”
Subscriptions also are going on sale for the Tobin Center’s Signature series of touring theater productions. The subscription package holds just four shows: “Once,” Nov. 20; “Finding Neverland,” Jan. 29, 2020; “Stomp,” Feb. 7-8, 2020; and “An American in Paris, March 1, 2020.
Subscriptions range from $142.40 to $289.60 for evening shows and from $140 to $284 for matinee shows.
The Edge series, which has presented Off Broadway-style shows, will not be offered as a subscription at this point, though those kinds of shows will be folded into the Tobin Center’s programming as one-offs, Zimmerman said.
The National Geographic Live series of multimedia talks by scientists and journalists will return. The presentations have been a hit with patrons, Zimmerman said.
“It’s different, it’s unique and it ties in with the mission of something for everyone,” he said.
The talks are:
“Ocean Soul,” Sept. 29: Photographer Brian Skerry, who specializes in marine photography, will share images and stories from the depths of the sea.
“I Bought a Rain Forest,” Jan. 12, 2020: Photojournalist, filmmaker and conservationist Charlie Hamilton James, who has spent years documenting life along the Amazon, bought 100 acres of Peru’s Manu National Park in 2012 to try to protect it from illegal loggers. He will talk about that experience.
“The Search for Life Beyond Earth,” April 5, 2020: Astrobiologist Kevin Hand, who is part of a team working on a probe to send to Jupiter’s moon Europa, will talk about the search for extraterrestrial life.
Subscription packages range from $48 to $108 for all three talks and from $36 to $81 for two talks. Single tickets range from $20 to $45.
For more information, visit tobincenter.org.
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