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Trailblazing Women of Country

The Carpenter Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, is the heart of country music on Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. as the Center welcomes Trailblazing Women of Country: A Tribute to Patsy, Loretta, and Dolly. This heartfelt afternoon concert honors the contributions of Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton to country music through a celebration of their beloved songs, their unmistakably female perspectives, and the achievements that have made them trailblazers for generations of female artists.

Featuring rising stars of country music Miko Marks and Kristina Train, along with a stellar all-female band, the afternoon concert includes the hits that propelled Cline, Lynn, and Parton to the top of the charts, from Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight” to Lynn’s “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ with Lovin’ On Your Mind” to Parton’s rousing anthem “9-to-5.” Marks and Train explore these trailblazers’ emotive storytelling through the songs that continue to inspire and resonate with generations of fans. Part of a 43-date tour, Trailblazing Women of Country is also making a SoCal appearance at the Wengler Center at Pepperdine (3/5) and at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert (3/26).

Miko Marks

Miko Marks was named to the 2022 Class of CMT’s “Next Women of Country,” and her album Our Country garnered nods from NPR, Rolling Stone, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Marks released her widely anticipated album Feel Like Going Home and made her Grand Ole Opry debut, in 2022. In 2023, she was included in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s American Current exhibit.

Kristina Train

Hailing from Savannah, Georgia, Kristina Train splits her time between Nashville and the UK. Her debut album premiered on Blue Note Records, followed by a second solo album released on Mercury Records. She has toured the world as a featured vocalist and violinist in Herbie Hancock’s band, collaborated with Dr. Dre, performed at The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, and made a fan of Bruce Springsteen. Her latest releases are Rayon City (2021) and Body Pressure (2022).

Tickets: $45, available at www.carpenterarts.org.

 

Music of Fleetwood Mac

Prepare to embark on an enchanting musical journey as Long Beach Symphony presents "Landslide: A Tribute to the Music of Fleetwood Mac" on Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. This extraordinary symphonic experience promises to captivate audiences with a blend of timeless melodies, iconic hits and powerful orchestration.

Fleetwood Mac's indelible mark on the music world comes to life in this unique production, expertly crafted to honor the group’s legacy while breathing new life into their legendary tracks.

Led by a talented ensemble of musicians and powered by a full symphony orchestra, "Landslide" will engage audiences with Fleetwood Mac's iconic discography, synergy of orchestration, and the band's cherished songs that promise a mesmerizing experience across genres and generations.

Under the baton of Mark Alpizar, be ready to sing along, sway, or dance to beloved classics such as “Gypsy,” “Gold Dust Woman,” “Dreams,” “Rhiannon,” "Go Your Own Way," "Rhiannon," “The Chain,” and of course, the emotive anthem "Landslide," among others.

Audiences will enjoy Long Beach Symphony’s unique offering of a full symphony concert with a band, dance floors at the sides of the stage, and the socially engaging indoor picnicking that welcomes home-brought favorites or pre-ordered catering.

Held at the Long Beach Arena, reserve tickets at https://aabn.short.gy/ixKOUh.

Beyond Symphonic Jazz

Tune in or log in for encore presentations of the best of the 6th season of "Beyond Symphonic Jazz" radio show hosted by SJO Music Director Mitch Glickman. March features in-depth interviews with Chris Botti, Kurt Elling, José Soto, and Bill Cunliffe.

The 2-hour radio show on KJazz 88.1 FM airs every Monday evening from 9 - 11 pm (PST) and can be heard online at jazzandblues.org.

March Special Guests:

  • trumpeter/composer Chris Botti Mar. 4, 2024
  • vocalist/composer Kurt Elling Mar. 11, 2024
  • pianist/composer José Soto Mar. 18, 2024
  • pianist/composer Bill Cunliffe Mar. 25, 2024

"Beyond Symphonic Jazz" explores where the worlds of jazz and classical music meet, with interviews with some very special composers and performers. The show also features rare recordings along with new works that continue the great American tradition of symphonic jazz. Where the musical lines start to blur, is where things get Interesting.

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