Thursday, 14 February 2019 19:11

Winter Concerts at the McCallum Theatre

Written by Jeff Shotwell
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Having been a mainstay in Palm Desert's cultural scene since 1973, the stage boards of McCallum Theatre have been graced by some of the greatest names in the business. This historic theatre is considered one of the top-50 theatres in the world with just over 1,100 seats. Continuing their 2019 season, some great musicals, comedy acts, and concerts are scheduled. 

Here are some must-see concerts slated for the next few months:

  1. Michael Feinstein with Storm Large, February 15th-16th: Mr. Feinstein and Ms. Large are frequent visitors of the McCallum and tour California extensively, as they both call San Francisco home. Having mastered the musical canon of American music from the Great American Songbook and Jazz standards to the more modern sounds of the early 1960s, this duo is guaranteed to provide some excellent throwback entertainment.

  2. John Mueller's Winter Dance Party, February 21st: February is a somber month for rock n' roll- the month the music died in 1959. Even young fans have heavy hearts as they mourn the untimely deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. Luckily, the music didn't die with them and we can "rave" on in memoriam. John Mueller, Ray Anthony, and Linwood Sasser will be paying homage with a rousing recreation of a night on their fateful tour. Make sure to put on your dancing shoes and relive or re-enact the days when rock n' roll was in it's prime.

  3. Oregon Ballet Theatre's Rhapsody in Blue, March 7th: This Gershwin masterpiece has snuggled its way into American culture- used in movie soundtracks, animations, and gracing the most sophisticated of stages, including the McCallum. Catch this enjoyable classic live and in tandem with Oregon's professional ballet troupe and just two live pianists- Thomas H. Lauderdale and Hunter Noack. An intimate night with Gershwin never sounded so nice.

  4. An Evening with Matthew Morrison, March 21st: Outrageous Glee fame aside, Matthew Morrison has been a Broadway powerhouse for a couple of decades. While the Fox musical comedy put him in the mainstream spotlight, Morrison has won countless awards for his stage abilities. His trophy case displays accolades like Tonys, Golden Globes, and Emmys. Join him as he sings Broadway classics from South Pacific, Hairspray, and The Light in the Piazza all accompanied by the critically-acclaimed Desert Symphony. If you're lucky, he'll throw in some Glee hits too!

This is just a fraction of what McCallum has to offer. Other playbills this season will sport the famous comedienne Lilly Tomlin, the classic Wizard of Oz, folk trio The Lettermen, and Monty Python's hilarious SpamAlot! It's going to a cultured late winter, huh?

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