Tituss Takes Carnegie Hall

Award-Winning Guest Stars Loretta Devine, Jane Krakowski, and Lillias White Join Tituss Burgess in Carnegie Hall Tribute to Stephen Sondheim on February 1 at 8:00 PM

On Saturday, February 1 at 8:00 p.m. Emmy-nominated Broadway star Tituss Burgess makes his Carnegie Hall debut in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with a tribute concert to the music of Stephen Sondheim. Titled Take Me to the World, guest artists include Emmy Award winner Loretta Devine and Tony Award winnersn Jane Krakowski and Lillias White. Directed by Gabriel Vega Weissman with music direction by Charlie Rosen, the program focuses on the music of Sondheim – on the occasion of his upcoming 90th birthday – and its singular impact on Burgess’s life and artistic trajectory.

On curating the program, Tituss offered, “Sondheim is a religion. I don’t claim to have some profound knowledge on interpreting his catalog, but I do have an expert awareness on how deeply I’ve been affected by his vast array of compositions. I simply want to thank him for what he’s given me and so many other people.”

Tituss Burgess by Jeff Mills

Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominated actor, musician, and writer Tituss Burgess is quickly emerging as one of the entertainment industry’s most versatile and dynamic performers, with his work in television and theater generating both critical and commercial acclaim.

Most notably, Burgess stars as Titus Andromedon in the Emmy-nominated comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, opposite Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, and Carol Kane. The show follows a young woman named Kimmy Schmidt as she adjusts to life in New York City after living in a doomsday cult for 15 years. Burgess’s character becomes a friend, roommate, and mentor to Kimmy while he pursues his dreams of Broadway superstardom and becomes a viral sensation on YouTube. Tina Fey created Burgess’s outrageous character specifically for him. For the actor’s extraordinary performance on the series, Burgess has been nominated for two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series and two Critics’ Choice TV Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He was also awarded Best Actor at the 2015 Webby Awards and Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy at the 2015 Gold Derby TV Awards.

The actor was first introduced to television audiences in Tina Fey’s Emmy-winning NBC series 30 Rock, where he played the scene-stealing ‘D’Fwan,’ a vivacious hairdresser and the sidekick of Angie Jordan (Sherri Shepherd). Burgess quickly became a breakout star in the series’ fifth and sixth seasons. His other television credits include A Gifted Man, Blue Bloods, and Royal Pains. On the big screen, Burgess recently lent his voice to two major studio films: The Angry Birds Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village – and appeared in this year’s Dolemite is My Name alongside Eddie Murphy.

A veteran of the stage, Burgess made his Broadway debut in 2005 as Eddie in Good Vibrations. Since, he has held many memorable roles on the Broadway stage including Hal Miller in Jersey Boys, Sebastian the Crab in The Little Mermaid, and Nicely-Nicely Johnson in the 2009 revival of Guys and Dolls. Burgess has also performed in regional theater productions such as The Wiz and Jesus Christ Superstar.

With a celebrated high tenor voice, Burgess is an acclaimed singer and songwriter, headlining major symphonies and top cabaret venues throughout the world. In 2008, he performed at the Broadway for Obama benefit concert in Easton, PA and the Broadway After Dark benefit concert in New York City. In 2013, he performed a gender-swapped version of the classic Dreamgirls song “And I Am Telling You…” at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraising concert for Broadway Backwards— a performance that quickly became one of the highlights of the show.

In addition, Burgess has built a rich solo music career. His most recent album Saint Tituss was released in July 2019 and follows his previous two albums, Here’s To You and Comfortable.

Program Information

February 1, 2020 at 8:00 p.m., Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

  • Gabriel Vega Weissman, Director
  • Charlie Rosen, Music Director

with Special Guests

  • Loretta Devine
  • Jane Krakowski
  • Lillias White

Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

Tickets, priced at $34–$80, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800, or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org. In addition, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

For all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts. Artists, programs, and prices are subject to change.

Priscilla Presley Returns to Graceland to Host a Spring Edition of “Elegant Southern Style Weekend,” March 13 – 15, 2020

The unique event is in an inspirational weekend celebrating the food, fashion and design that have shaped the modern South. Ticket packages on-sale now.

This fall, Priscilla Presley returned to Graceland to host the first-ever Elegant Southern Style Weekend, a unique event commemorating everything people recognize and cherish about The American South. The inaugural celebration drew fans from around the world, and March 13 – 15, 2020, Presley, along with some of the South’s premier names in food, fashion and entertaining, will return for Elegant Southern Style: Spring Edition. The inspirational weekend will feature lively, one-of-a-kind parties, interactive hands-on workshops, delicious food, celebrity guests and more – all at one of the most elegant and iconic destinations in the world: the home of Elvis Presley.

I’m really excited to host our second Elegant Southern Style Weekend at Graceland,” stated Priscilla Presley. “The event this year was a huge success. The guests loved it and I loved interacting with them and sharing stories why Elvis always returned home, not only to Graceland, but Memphis and the South. Our amazing line-up of speakers and events covered so many topics in the interactive seminars and events. The weekend celebrated Southern food, décor and architecture, dinner parties, floral design, wine tastings, outdoor living and entertaining, fashion, a Southern dance party and so much more. We look forward to welcoming back those who attended our inaugural event, as well as welcoming new friends in March of next year.

During the weekend guests will have the opportunity to see, learn and do at multiple seminars hosted by Presley and special guests covering topics such as cooking, gardening, entertaining, travel and fashion that have shaped the modern South. The weekend also features food and cocktail tastings, crafting workshops, a gospel brunch and an exclusive dinner cruise with Presley along the mighty Mississippi River.

Special guests announced to date include event plannerTroy Williams; lifestyle expert Jim Norton; renowned chef Elizabeth Heiskell; award-winning florist and event planner Kevin Coble; award-winning chocolate and candy maker Rebecca Dinstuhl; travel and fashion blogger Alice Kerley; horticulture expert Lisa Lawhead; and host of Southern Living’s “Hey Y’all” digital series Ivy Odom. Additional guest speakers to be announced soon.

In addition to the events, guests will have the opportunity to tour Graceland Mansion, explore a full city block of Elvis-themed exhibits, shops and restaurants in the Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment complex, the new Graceland Exhibition Center and can stay at The Guest House at Graceland, where most of the weekend’s events will be held, at a discounted rate by using this link: Elegant Southern Style.

Ticket packages and more information are available here.

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Monumental Poles Among First Art Placed In Denver Art Museum’s Northwest Coast And Alaska Native Galleries For Reopening In 2020

Re-imagined, Artist-Centered And Immersive Installation In Renovated Martin Building To Present Contemporary And Historical Art From Pacific Northwest And Alaska

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) team has completed the installation of its monumental Haida poles, marking the beginning of art installations for a redesigned and reinstalled Northwest Coast and Alaska Native gallery. The reimagined space will be among the first art galleries to reopen to the public in the initial phase of the renovated Lanny and Sharon Martin Building on June 6, 2020.

The DAM’s beloved Haida poles, frequently misattributed as “totem” poles, were the first items installed in the new space. Featured in the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, the largest is called the Land Otter Pole, and tells the story of a man who narrowly escaped capture by land otters after his canoe capsized. This pole was carved by Dwight Wallace in 1870.

The museum collaborated with descendants of the Wallace family in November 2019 to celebrate the placement of the poles in their new locations, which will enable museum visitors to walk around the poles and see carvings from all sides. The pole raising included singing, dancing and storytelling. Video from the event, as well as additional details and images, can be seen here. Engineering support to install the 22-and 29-foot poles, originally from the Kaigani Haida village of Sukkwan, Alaska, was provided by Demiurge LLC.

Installation of the Haida poles in the Denver Art Museum galleries, November 2019. Photo by Chris Schneider.

It was an honor to host Lee Wallace and his family here in Denver. From the start of planning, we aimed to approach this reinstallation with utmost respect and awareness for cultural protocols,” said John Lukavic, the Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Native Arts at the DAM. “The opportunity for our staff to participate in the raising ceremony will leave an indelible mark on us all. Visitors will now have the opportunity to get up close to the poles to see details and experience them in meaningful ways. You can now more easily see carved figures that relate to the stories on the poles, such as land otters, minks, human figures.”

The poles were the first pieces installed in more than 2,500 square feet of reimagined, immersive gallery space featuring works by Indigenous artists from the western coastal region of North America, stretching from Puget Sound to southeastern Alaska. Access to the galleries will be included in general museum admission.

Kwakwaka’wakw artist, Transformation mask, 1870. Wood, paint, and string; 15 x 12 x 24-1/2 in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisition fund, 1951.228

The DAM is home to a world-renowned and comprehensive collection of American Indian arts. Works in the collection include objects created by artists from more than 250 Indigenous nations across the United States and Canada, and from artistic traditions within these cultures spanning the past 2000 years.

The Northwest Coast and Alaska Native art gallery on level 2 of the Martin Building is one of three new galleries that will be presented in the first phase of reopening following the museum’s multi-year, $150 million renovation and construction project. The DAM will reopen in phases, welcoming visitors to explore its unified campus starting next summer. The June 2020 phase will include three galleries, the new Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center, the Bartlit Learning and Engagement Center and two dining options. The complete campus will be open at the end of 2021, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the iconic Gio Ponti-designed building.

We are excited to welcome our community back to their Denver Art Museum this summer to explore dynamic new galleries and spaces to get creative,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “The Northwest Coast and Alaska Native collection is a gem in our global holdings. In collaboration with Native artists and community members, this new installation will share powerful stories and creative traditions from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.”

The Northwest Coast and Alaska Native gallery will continue the DAM’s approach of highlighting individual artists as creators, as well as demonstrating the ongoing continuum and traditions of Indigenous artists into present day. The reinstallation is led by John Lukavic, with major contributions by Assistant Curator Dakota Hoska and Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral Curatorial Fellow Chris Patrello. The gallery includes several interpretive moments developed by Senior Interpretive Specialist Danielle St. Peter, design and graphics work from Fricker Studio of Colorado and McGinty Co., and video production by Steven Yazzie and Gillian Darling Kovanic.

Attributed to Cora Benson, Deinkul.at (Tlingit), Chilkat shirt, late 1800s. Dyed mountain goat wool and cedar bark; 52 (length) x 25-1/2 (width at bottom) in. Denver Art Museum: Purchase from Axel Rasmussen, 1936.297

Indigenous artists from the Northwest Coast are deeply connected to community and place,” Lukavic said. “Their artwork reflects connections between humans, the landscape and animals, as well as supernatural and ancestral beings. Artists from the region working today produce works that reinforce links to the past and at the same time push customary arts in new directions.”

The new Northwest Coast and Alaska Native art installation will build upon past successes of centering presentations and stories on artists. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore several spaces that highlight the systems of community and place that root the artists and their practice.

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