Free Planet Radio
May 5, 2017 • 8:00 p.m.
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For more than a decade, Free Planet Radio has been bringing its innovative world-jazz-classical music blend to festivals, concert stages, and classrooms – and now to the Mainstage Series in a benefit performance for the Y.E.S. (Youth Education Scholarship) Fund. Expertly weaving jazz-style improv with the subtleties of Western classical music and Middle Eastern, Indian, and North African rhythms and melodies, the ensemble
comprises two-time Grammy winner Eliot Wadopian on electric and string basses, River Guerguerian on an extensive array of global percussion instruments, and Chris Rosser on the 17-stringed Indian dotar, Turkish cumbus oud, guitar, piano, and melodica. Performing mostly original compositions, the trio always maintains a sense of accessibility, spontaneity, and easy engagement as it mines the depths of world music.
Tickets: Regular $35; Student $30; Child $20
Emerging Artists Fund Scholarship Winners
The winners of the 2017 Emerging Artists Fund scholarship for graduating seniors will be announced during the Free Planet Radio performance. These talented graduating high school seniors will each receive a scholarship to the school of their choice as they pursue education in their particular fields of performing arts. The scholarship winners' talents — dance, spoken word poetry, vocal performance, and musical theatre — will be showcased in a special performance with the Free Planet Radio band.
Annual Y.E.S. Fund Raffle
The 9th annual Y.E.S. Fund Raffle is May 5 & 6 in the lobby of Diana Wortham Theatre. Exciting items like event tickets, jewelry and art, chic apparel, and more may be won while raffle ticket sales support children through DWT’s Y.E.S. Fund. The public is encouraged to purchase raffle tickets either at the box office on these dates between 10am-4pm, or during the Free Planet Radio performance on May 5, or the Susan Werner performance on May 6. Attendance at these performances is not required to participate in the raffle, nor do winners have to be present to win. Different raffle items each day! Bring your cash: $5 per ticket, 5 tickets for $20. Learn more
Music Series Sponsors
Joel & Deborah Bohan Berkowitz
George & Diana Bilbrey