Between October and May, Reichhold Center presents a top-selling R&B vocalist, England’s hottest all-female quartet, a famous Latin percussionist, an Argentine cabaret and an African-style circus show.
“This season is full of international flavor and is certainly one of our most ambitious to date,” said Karen Gutloff, the center’s manager of marketing and development. “We believe this introduction to performers from far parts of the world is going to be exciting for our patrons.”
In addition to the concert performances, Reichhold Center’s Arts in Education program will feature free student workshops by most of the artists in the season lineup. Performers Tito Puente Jr., Najee, the Bond Quartet, Etana, Rhythm and Passion, Zuma Zuma and Aga-Boom will each present educational workshops to students from public, private and parochial schools.
The multicultural season kicks off Oct. 26 with R&B vocalist Brian McKnight in an intimate performance on piano. McKnight’s hits include the chart toppers “Back at One” and “Crazy Love.”
Sensational Latin and Afro-Cuban flavors take center stage when Tito Puente Jr. brings his 13-piece orchestra to the Reichhold stage Nov. 17. The son of legendary mambo king, Puente keeps his family’s musical legacy alive. A salsa party will be held in the Reichhold concession area after the concert.
On Jan. 26, jazz fans get an extra bonus with a concert presenting not one, but three, of the top performers in the smooth jazz genre. Najee’s Smooth Side of Jazz concert featuring Najee, female vocalist Maysa and Swedish pianist Alex Bugnon.
The sexy, all-female quartet that wowed audiences with their contemporary violin on the recent Olympics broadcast, England’s Bond Quartet, makes its way across the pond to Reichhold on March 9.
Reggae has become a mainstay of the Reichhold Center season and fans will be delighted to hear from one of the brightest and freshest voices from Jamaica on March 30. Etana debuted on the reggae scene in 2008 with her breakout hit “Roots” and performs at Reichhold with Dominica’s Temptatious (Tracy Johnson).
The arts center’s family series is also back with two exciting shows for all ages.
Theater of Physical Comedy: AGA-BOOM has performed to sell-out crowds throughout the United States with its hilarious brand of slapstick comedy. They’ll delight the Reichhold audience Nov. 10, 2012.
The second family series event is Cirque Zuma Zuma on Feb. 22 and 23, 2013, when more than a dozen African acrobats, gymnasts and tumblers come to Reichhold Center riding the wave of their successful turn on the hit NBC show “America’s Got Talent.”
Rounding out the season are a number of co-productions with community partners, including The Forum, The University of the Virgin Islands Music Department, and the V.I. Lottery:
- On Oct. 13, The Forum presents the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra with Superior Court
- The V.I. Lottery and UVI Music Department collaborate to bring Motown & More: The Power of Music from the 60s, 70s & 80s. Some of the Virgin Islands’ top singers and dancers join this talent extravaganza on Oct. 20.
- The UVI Music Department returns to the Reichhold stage on Dec. 8 for A Golden Jubilee Christmas, featuring the UVI Concert Band, UVI Steel Orchestra and UVI choir.
- The UVI Office of the President presents the Alfred Heath Lecture Series on April 2, 2013, featuring a nationally recognized speaker discussing issues of interest to the Virgin Islands community.
The Reichhold Center will offer season subscriptions between Aug. 30 and Sept. 7, which
Beginning Sept. 10, single tickets for each performance will go on sale.
For more information, call the Reichhold box office at 693-1559 or visit www.reichholdcenter.com.