Critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated saxophonist, composer, and sideman Ravi Coltrane satisfies hungry jazz fans during a one-night performance at Picotte Recital Hall. As the son of iconic jazz couple John and Alice Coltrane, Ravi has succeeded in carving out his own aural alcove inside ears across the globe, splitting his career between solo work and collaborations with such luminaries as McCoy Tyner, Carlos Santana, and Herbie Hancock. Coltrane's longtime band mates––including pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress, and drummer E.J. Strickland––elevate his soaring sax notes with expert licks of their own, three years after helping create Coltrane's latest album, Blending Times, by melting their watches into one collaborative compact disc.
Backed by the 60-piece human melody machine of the Johann Strauss Orchestra, conductor and violinist André Rieu enchants audiences with an evening of swooning in seats and dancing in the aisles. A violinist since the age of 5, André radiates his lifelong love of classical music to the audience with celebratory renditions of beloved pieces. As Rieu interacts with the audience, the air fills with kaleidoscopic balloons, lilting tenors and sopranos, and special surprises, which may include a John Philip Sousa séance or an explosion of confetti fired from tubas.