Cultural Services

For Immediate Release
July 27, 2015

Marin Center Presents ANNOUNCES 2015-16 Season

For Immediate Release


July 27, 2015

San Rafael, CAMarin Center Presents announces the 2015-16 season of performances and events at the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium and Showcase Theater. Programmed by Director of Cultural Services Gabriella C. Calicchio, Marin Center Presents is all new with programs ranging from small theater productions with Bay Area artist Brian Copeland to the ever popular 106 Years of Broadway and a special holiday program with the TEN Tenors just to name a few. Many of the performers are also offering master classes or other community programs in conjunction with their events.


Calicchio says, “It is important for me in programming to create opportunities to transform our patrons from observers to active engaged participants.”

  • Soul Street Dance will conduct a master class on stage for young people before their performance
  • Willie K. has invited 100 ukulele students from Novato’s Lynwood Elementary School to join him on stage for one of his songs
  • Armistead Maupin will participate in a meet-and-greet and book signing following his show
  • The Ten Tenors and the performers from Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway will also do meet-and-greets following their performances.


Marin Center Presents began in 1986 with a three-show season and has grown ever since presenting renowned artists from all over the globe including some of the best artists in many genres of our time. Artists from Chile, China, India, Japan, Mexico, Italy, Ireland, Cuba, South Africa, France, Indonesia, Spain, Senegal, Ukraine, and Turkey have all had Marin County debuts at Marin Center introducing the Marin County community to arts, culture, and creative tradition from all over the world.


Marin Center Presents Season 2015-16


Friday, October 2, 8 pm
Joey Alexander / 12-Year-Old Jazz Sensation
$50, $40 / Showcase Theater
With rave reviews from the New York Times, don’t miss Joey Alexander’s first show ever in Marin County. An extraordinary and uniquely gifted pianist from Bali, 12 year old Joey brings a delicate, profound and soulful touch to his own interpretation of such classics as My Favorite Things, Giant Steps and Over the Rainbow and showcases his talents as an arranger, composer and bandleader. His major influences include Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis.


Sunday, October 4, 3 pm
Master class at Noon
Soul Street Dance – Breakin’ Backwards
$45, $35, $25, $20 students / Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium 
Houston based Soul Street Dance is one of the most dynamic premier dance companies in existence. Their technical and artistic skills, stage presence and wit allow them to push the performance envelope to an amazing standard of excellence. With repertoire ranging from the music of Vivaldi and, to Rock n Roll to Hip-Hop and every stop in between, Soul Street brings the arts straight into your heart.


Sunday, October 25, 7 pm
Armistead Maupin’s Logical Family
$50, $40, $65 pre-show meet & greet / Showcase Theater      
Post show book signing in partnership with Book Passage
Celebrated and revered author Armistead Maupin presents his newest work “Logical Family” for a special performance at Marin Center. In this witty and poignant new stage presentation Maupin turns a keen eye on his own youthful (and stumbling) search for family, love and authenticity. It’s a tale that leads from a repressive boyhood in North Carolina to the Mekong Delta of Vietnam to a new life and sexual salvation in 1970’s San Francisco. Funny, witty and wise, “Logical Family” embodies the qualities that have already endeared Maupin to generations of readers.


Friday, November 6, 8 pm
Brian Copeland’s Scion
$45 / Showcase Theater
THE SCION (KQED’s Best New San Francisco Play of 2014) looks at the role of privilege in society through the case study of Stuart Alexander, the 4th generation owner of San Leandro’s Santos Linguisa Factory who in 2000 videotaped himself murdering three meat inspectors because he believed that the rules didn’t apply to him. With his trademark humor and pathos, Copeland explores how we decide who’s dangerous in society.


Friday, November 13, 8 pm
Brian Copeland’s Jewelry Box
$45 / Showcase Theater
In his third solo play, Brian Copeland takes us back to the East Oakland of Christmas 1970 when, as a six year old he wanted to buy his mother the perfect gift...a jewelry box from the White Front store on Hegenberger Road. The astronomical price of the gift ($11.97) sends the child on a quest to raise the needed funds by Christmas Eve. The journey through a gentler Oakland teaches the child (and all of us) about the true meaning of Christmas.


Friday, November 27, 8 pm
The TEN Tenors – Home for the Holidays$75, $55, $30 students
Home for the Holidays is a magical experience for the whole family that will dazzle, delight and captivate audiences. Join Australia’s rock stars of the opera as they amaze and enthrall with their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites. With soaring versions of Joy to the World, Sleigh Ride, White Christmas, Amazing, Grace, Winter Wonderland, Feliz Navidad and many more, Home for the Holidays is the perfect way to kick off the spirit of the season. 


Friday, February 5, 8 pm
Moscow Festival Ballet – Romeo & Juliet
$65, $50, $25, $20 students / Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium
Join us and get in the mood for Valentine’s Day with a special performance of Romeo & Juliet. The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.


Saturday, March 5, 8 pm
Willie K
$55, $40, $25 / Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium
One of Hawaii’s most versatile talents, Willie Kahaiali`i (a.k.a. Willie K) will perform a myriad of musical genres, including Hawaiian, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Rock, Country Western, and even Opera. He has played with musical giants, such as B.B. King, Santana, Al DiMeola, Willie Nelson, Prince, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Rait, Jackson Browne, Mick Fleetwood, George Benson, Jimmy Buffett and more. Raised on Maui, Willie has been entertaining audiences with his music since the age of 10.

Willie will be joined on stage for a special encore presentation with Novato’s Lynwood Elementary School ukulele class followed by a special CD signing.


Saturday, March 12, 3 pm
Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra performs Beethoven
$65, $45, $25, $20 students / Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium 
Founded in 1945 on the heels of postwar Polish independence, The Polish Baltic Philharmonic is the largest music institution in northern Poland. The orchestra is visited not only by local music lovers but by cosmopolitan Polish and international patrons alike. This is the place for those who enjoy art of the highest quality. The Philharmonic organizes symphonic concerts, recitals, and chamber music soirées performed by the most prominent Polish musicians as well as by many world-famous artists.


Sunday, May 1, 3 pm
Neil Berg’s 106 Years of Broadway
$65, $45, $25, $75 post-show meet & greet reception
Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium
Back by popular demand, the history of the Broadway musical returns with an all-new show! Direct from New York, Neil Berg’s 106 Years of Broadway features five of Broadway’s finest stars singing hit songs from classic shows like My Fair Lady and South Pacific, groundbreaking songs from West Side Story and Chicago, and the biggest hits from current blockbusters like Jersey Boys and Wicked.


Marin Center performances have delighted Bay Area audiences for over 26 years. The 2015-16 season will once again spotlight acclaimed and celebrated entertainment from around the world. As the major performing arts, events center, and fairgrounds in Marin County, Marin Center serves the community by presenting and expanding a variety of multi-cultural theater presentations, affordable rental venues, and professional expertise. Bringing art, music, dance, and performance of all kinds to audiences around the Bay, attendees also enjoy visiting the beautiful Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium inspired by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.



Gabriella C. Calicchio
Department of Cultural Services

Marin Center
10 Avenue of the Flags
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 473-6400
Email: Gabriella C. Calicchio
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