Chick Corea, Audra McDonald top Community Performance Series lineup at SUNY Potsdam
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 5:52 am

POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam’s Community Performance Series will include performances by Broadway legend Audra McDonald, jazz-master Chick Corea and viral pop sensation Postmodern Jukebox.

The series kicks off Sept. 20 with Chick Corea & The Vigil in Hosmer Hall at 7:30 p.m. The 20-time Grammy Award winner, and his group of musicians have been touring the world, bringing their jazz sounds all around the world. Their music can be described as a fusion of acoustic and electric instrumentation.

Tickets range from $35-50 for general public, $32-47 for seniors, faculty and staff; and $15-25 for students. Call the CPS Box Office at 267-2277 for more information.

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox will be featured Tuesday, Oct. 21, in Hosmer Hall at 7:30 p.m. Proving that everything new can be old again. Pianist Scott Bradlee has become a viral pop sensation after creating a series of clips for YouTube that finds him and his ad hoc group reworking 21st century pop hits in a variety of vintage styles. He and the group transformed Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" into a '50s-style doo wop number, gave Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" a '20s jazz accent, crossed Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" with Irish folk music, and showed how Ke$ha's "Die Young" would work as a classic country tune.

Winner of six Tony Awards and two Grammys, the barrier-breaking Broadway legend and “Live From Lincoln Center” host Audra McDonald will entertain the audience April 11 with favorite showtunes and songs from her new album Go Back Home. Her appearances on television include work as Naomi Bennet on “Private Practice” and as Mother Abbess in NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live!” with Carrie Underwood.

Organist Caroline Robinson will appear Oct. 19. In addition the organ, Robinson also studies harpsichord and piano. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for seniors, faculty and staff while students are admitted for free.

Anonymous 4 will perform Nov. 22 in Hosmee Hall at 7:30 p.m. For their Potsdam performance, the ensemble will perform music from the year 1000, music and poetry of Hildegard of Bingen and American folk songs.

The Knights will share their sonic experience mixed with the banjo tunes of Béla Fleck Feb. 3 at 7:30 a.m. in Hosmer Hall.

The CPS Box Office is open from 12:30 – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to performances. The Box Office phone number is 267-2277. Tickets may also be purchased in person at Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam during normal business hours.