Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Announces 2017-2018 Performances


The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center enters its 14th season in October. The season includes four performances, spanning world-class dance, fan-favorite music, internationally renowned singers and a 50th anniversary tour.

You’ll want to plan ahead, as season tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, Oct. 2 at 9 a.m. and close on Monday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m.

Forest Hills Fine Arts Center 2017-2018 Performances

Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama
& The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet
Performance: Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Single tickets on sale: Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 9 a.m.
$32, $38, $40, $50

If the French Quarter is the musical heart of New Orleans, then Preservation Hall is its heartbeat. Take a group of long-time performers from the venerable concert hall, combine them with the Crescent City’s “soul queen” Irma Thomas, throw in the spiritual authority of The Blind Boys of Alabama, and you get a very special evening of music.

Touring together for the first time, The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans featuring Irma Thomas, The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Preservation Legacy Quintet, will treat audiences to a special evening filled with musical collaborations and traditional standards.

Tower of Power 50th Anniversary Tour
Performance: Jan. 17, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Single tickets on sale: Monday, Nov. 6 at 9 a.m.
$40, $44, $50, $60

Since 1968, Tower of Power has delivered its unique brand of music to its fans, appearing before sold out crowds as it tours the world each year. Tower’s sound can be hard to categorize, but the band’s leader and founding member, Emilio Castillo, has labeled its sound as “urban soul music.”

Tower’s rhythm section lays down a groove like no other band. The band’s horn driven sound is unique, and the way the band approaches everything, from writing and arranging to mixing and performing, is totally its own. Combine all of that with an outstanding lead vocalist and you have one of the most dynamic groups of musicians to ever hit the stage.

Dublin Irish Dance
Performance: Feb. 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Single tickets on sale: Monday, Nov. 6 at 9 a.m.
$28, $30, $34, $40

Through favorite Irish melodies, traditional steps and Celtic instrumentals, Dublin Irish Dance’s production of “Stepping Out” tells a story of the Irish immigration to America after the Great Famine of the mid-1800’s. Greeted by diverse cultures and rich traditions from around the globe, the new Irish emigrants congregate in dance gatherings where ancient Irish melodies fuse with African rhythms, creating American tap dance and early roots music.

“Stepping Out” celebrates the incredible evolution of Irish traditional dance and music, showcasing the new pioneers who will define the new standard of traditional Irish music and dance

Bruce Hornsby
Performance: March 21, 2018 at 7:30pm
Single tickets on sale: Monday, Nov. 6 at 9 a.m.
$46, $48, $52, $60

Bruce Hornsby has built one of the most diverse, collaborative and adventurous careers in contemporary music. Drawing from a vast wellspring of American musical traditions, the singer/pianist/composer/bandleader has created a large and accomplished body of work and employed a vast array of stylistic approaches. His work displays a creative iconoclasm that’s been a constant in the artist’s two and a half decade recording career.

His commercial stock soared early on, when “The Way It Is” the title track of his 1986 debut album became one of the most popular songs on American radio. Despite his early mainstream successes, Hornsby has pursued a more personal, idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that sparked his creative interest, including collaborations with the Grateful Dead, Spike Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Don Henley, Ornette Coleman, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Metheny, and Robbie Robertson.

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