2016 Fall Season
Since first performing with her family at the age of five, Rhonda Vincent has become an iconic American bluegrass, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Her passionate mission over a four-decade career has been to expand the musical reach and accessibility of the genre.
The Wall Street Journal has called Vincent the “the new Queen of Bluegrass,” and together with her band, The Rage, they have become the most decorated band in bluegrass, with over 100 awards to their credit – including Song of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, and an unrivaled seven consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).
With Rhonda Vincent, we are talking genuine American bluegrass royalty — an acclaimed musician who has earned the admiration and respect of her mostly male peers for her mastery of the progressive chord structures and multi-range, fast paced vocals intrinsic to bluegrass music. And she does so with the artistry that brilliantly reaches beyond the boundaries of bluegrass, and that powers one of the most amazing concert “Vincent and her band are dazzling from performance experiences of any musical genre, anywhere.
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Black Jacke Symphony Presents
Prince’s Purple Rain
Friday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm
All Seats $25
Losing an iconic musician is tough. Losing a musical genius is worse.
Prince was a musical innovator known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence and wide vocal range. His music encompassed R&B, rock, pop, funk and even gospel. He could sound innocent, forlorn, bluesy, funny, sexy, seductive, desperate and mysterious. He could bring tears to your eyes – just check out the video of his guitar solo on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at his 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
One of Prince’s most memorable albums holds together best. One album covers all his musical bases and showcases all his amazing talents – songwriting, guitar playing, onstage presence, soul. One album has sold more than 13 million copies in the U.S. alone and encapsulates the celebration of his life. That one signature album is PURPLE RAIN.
The soundtrack to the movie of the same name, PURPLE RAIN won Grammys for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Album of Original Score Written for Motion Picture or TV Special. This Prince masterwork also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score. Its music and
its legacy has held up well over the years, and the Library of Congress placed PURPLE RAIN on its National Record Registry, which includes recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and that inform or reflect life in the United States
As only they can, Black Jacket Symphony will perform PURPLE RAIN in its entirety, followed by a second set of Prince’s greatest hits. We unfortunately were unable to book a second show, so do not delay getting tickets to this absolutely certain sold-out concert experience.
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What better way to get into the joyful spirit that is Christmas than to enjoy a delightful and entertaining adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, a story that has enchanted audience the world over for over 150 years with its simple message of holiday joy.
This acclaimed national touring production captures one of literary history’s most memorable stories of redemption – that of Ebenezer Scrooge, a most unrepentant and miserly fellow who is made to understand the joy of love and generosity toward his fellow man after surviving a merciless battery of revelations from ghosts of his own life. Dickens story has remained a beloved Christmas story over the decades because, through the voice of Scrooge, we are urged to embrace Christmas in our hearts and keep it all the year.
The production boasts a new script adaptation, visionary direction, and a riveting performance as Scrooge by award-winning, 40-year theatre veteran Scott H. Severance. This glorious new version of a classic fable fills the stage with a first-class cast, lush costumes, stunning sets and puppetry, song and dance, along with a heavy dose of humor and timeless message.
Featuring the music of 26 beloved traditional carols of the season woven throughout the evening, this emotionally powerful production celebrates the true spirit of Christmas with its haunting special effects and heartfelt sentiment.
Tickets to A CHRISTMAS CAROL are attractively priced for the perfect group or family outing. The 7:30 curtain immediately follows the 2016 Talladega Christmas Parade.
Charles Dickens Influence on Christmas Today
Historians credit Charles Dickens’ 1843 Victorian morality play, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, with having a significant influence in renewed public enthusiasm for celebrating Christmas in the 19th Century as a family centered holiday of generosity. The prominent phrase “Merry Christmas,” frequently used throughout the story, remains today the most popular holiday greeting around the world.
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2016-2017 FRIENDS of The Ritz Campaign – Tax deductible FRIENDS membership contributions are a critical funding source for The Ritz as a nonprofit regional performing arts center. FRIENDS membership contributions help underwrite expenses of first-class shows, and help maintain affordable ticket prices for the broadest possible audience. Importantly, FRIENDS financial support also helps fund Ritz arts education initiatives that will impact over 4,500 area students this school year. FRIENDS receive priority seating with timely received ticket orders, and are publicly recognized in playbills for all shows. FRIENDS membership is active for one full year from payment date. 2016-2017 FRIENDS membership contribution may be conveniently added to Fall 2016 Season ticket order form. Annual membership levels are: $50 Family Friend; $100 Special Friend; $200 Friend Extraor-dinaire; $500 Ritz Patron and $1,000 Ritz Legacy Benefactor. Of course any preferred gift level will be greatly appreciated.
Tickets by Mail: P.O Box 228, Talladega 35161 • Tickets by Phone: 256-315-0000
Tickets by Direct Purchase: Ritz office at 115 North Court Square, 10am-5pm weekdays, or Ritz box office 2 hours before all show times
2016 Spring and Summer Season
All Seats $25
The Eagles is an American country rock band that became one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 150 million records.
Hotel California was the band’s fifth studio album in 1976 and a best-seller with over 32 million copies sold worldwide. Three singles were released from the album – “New Kid in Town” and “Hotel California” both hit No. 1 on Billboard and won Grammy Awards, and “Life in the Fast Lane” was a huge hit as well. The album’s iconic cover is a photograph of the Beverly Hills Hotel by David Alexander.
This will be the fourth Ritz concert appearance by Black Jacket Symphony, who has built a huge regional fan base in response to their extraordinary symphonic approach to recreating classic rock albums note for note and sound for sound. Contractually, BJS requires advance sales for the next booked show to begin at intermission of the concert at hand. As a result, the March 12 “Hotel California” concert sold out quickly last fall. Yet we are thrilled for the opportunity to schedule a second March 11 concert.
With the recent untimely death of Eagles co-founder/lead singer Glenn Frey, public reflection on the band’s lofty status in American music history is at a peak and this second concert is a certain sell-out. Hurry!
Tickets: Adult $7, Student $5
Woodlawn, the motion picture, is based on true events surrounding the 1974 Banks and Woodlawn football game at Birmingham’s Legion Field. That historic game still holds the record for the largest attendance at an Alabama high school football game. The film follows Woodlawn running back Tony Nathan’s recruitment by the legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant (played by Academy Award winner Jon Voight) during a period when the state was embroiled in racial tensions.
This film was shot on location in Birmingham and produced and directed by Jon and Andy Erwin, whose father is the real-life chaplain character in the movie. National film critics typically are not kind to faith-based, inspirational films, yet Woodlawn laid waste to convention with almost universal critical acclaim for this real-life story. Equally vital to an independent film’s success is fan reviews and word of mouth, Woodlawn ranked among the most favorable in all national fan review polls for major films released in 2015.
With great excitement, join our celebration of The Ritz’ major capital investment to upgrade capacity to screen films which will be unveiled with Woodlawn – a new automatic full-proscenium screen, surround-sound, digital soundboard and projector. Films at The Ritz are going to be a whole new ballgame!
Tickets: Adult $20, Student $14
We have a Special Family Pricing — with a full-priced parent/adult ticket, first student is free and additional students on same order are half-price (or just $7). Offer not available online, only by phone or at Ritz box office.
Adam Trent is one of the most in-demand young illusionists working today, and was a star in record-breaking runs of The Illusionists on Broadway in 2014 and 2015. With over 300 sold-out appearances a year, Trent has been described as “Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield” due to his high-energy, interactive performances which are part magic, part concert, and part stand-up comedy.
Adam Trent is “a long way from the stale magicians of the past,” says the Associated Press, blending hip dancing and singing of his original pop music, innovative stage illusions, charming wit, and kinetic energy that fuels an entertainment experience you’ll be talking about for years. Not only is Trent one of the youngest international award-winning magicians in history, U.S. News & World Report named him ‘One of the Ten Most Influential Youths in America’. He is also the recipient of the ‘Men in Pink Award’ from the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Top Ten Men who have stood up to cancer.
You can’t miss the show audiences are calling “thrilling,” “surprising,” “funny” and “extremely entertaining.” And definitely, do not leave the kids at home. Adam Trent: The Futurist has genuine heart and mesmerizes everyone!
Tickets: Adult $20, Student $14
The Nashville based family band known as The Willis Clan has firmly established themselves as one of the hottest acts in American entertainment. Fueling their exploding popularity is the unique mix of talents among the twelve Willis siblings, ranging in ages 5-23, who have quickly matured into seasoned performers of Country, Bluegrass and Irish music – and they can hold their own with the most seasoned musicians working anywhere.
With now over 50 guest appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, The Willis Clan have become favorites of Opry fans everywhere. Add to that resume being quarter finalists on America’s Got Talent, winner of NBC’s national search for the ‘Next Sound of Music Family’, and the 6.4 million YouTube views of their performance of “My Favorite Things” on The Today Show. Clearly this talented family is rapidly becoming a household name across America due to the exploding popularity of their hit reality series on the TLC Cable Network, The Willis Family, which just concluded its highly rated second season.
Last fall’s Willis Clan appearance at The Ritz blew folks away, with the bulk of the audience largely out of town fans from across the Southeast. For this performance, better get your tickets early, gather together your own clan and get ready for the some of the best singing, dancing, wholesome humor and youthful vitality like you’ve never before experienced.
So plan your family outing now. You’ve never witnessed such joyful sounds and wholesome fun on The Ritz stage.