The Center for the Arts just announced two more big shows for spring. Grammy-award winning composer Chick Corea will grace the Grass Valley stage April 30 with his band The Vigil.
Then May 18, outspoken comedian, singer and social commentator Sandra Bernhard will perform in the 300-seat venue on West Main Street.
Tickets for both shows go on sale to members of the Center Wednesday. They will be available to the general public Feb. 14.
Sinceembarking on a solo career in 1966, Chick has been at the forefront of jazz, both as a renowned pianist forging new ground with his acoustic jazz bands and as an innovative electric keyboardist with Return to Forever and the Elektric Band. His extensive discography boasts numerous essential albums, beginningwith his 1968 classic, Now He Sings, Now He Sobs.
“Thiswill be a rare opportunity to see and hear a true living legend up-close in an intimate state-of-the-art setting,” said Center Executive Director Julie Baker.
In 2012, Corea took home two Grammys, including Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, for “Forever,” the 2-CD set recorded on his acoustic trio tour with Return to Forever bandmates Stanley Clarke and Lenny White. The two honors were, remarkably, Corea’s 17th and 18th Grammy Awards.
Tickets for Corea’s show are $65 for members, $75 for non-member.
Sandra Bernhard began her career at L.A.’s famed Comedy Store in the ‘70s, and since then has written and starred in numerous one-woman shows, acted in movies and on television, recorded albums and authored books.
Bernhard’s film credits include Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, for which she was awarded Best Supporting Actress by the National Society of Film Critics, Nicholas Roeg’s Track 29, Hudson Hawk, Dinner Rush, and Dare.
Bernhard’s music albums include: I’m Your Woman (Polygram, 1986), Excuses for Bad Behavior (Epic, 1994) and the world music album Whatever It Takes (Mi5). She has also sung with or opened for various musical acts, including: The Pretenders, Cyndi Lauper, and the Scissor Sisters. Other notable performances include her participation in the Stormy Weather Benefit, the Rainforest Benefit, and The Elton John Tribute for Broadway Cares. “She has musicality to die for,” the L.A. Times wrote recently, “a voice that swoops from the bluesy basement to a top-floor falsetto and a campy soulfulness that can compellingly reinterpret the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady” or just go nuts with “Lady Marmalade.”
Bernhard has also written three books: “Confessions of a Pretty Lady” (Harper & Row, 1988), “Love, Love and Love” (HarperCollins, 1994), and “May I Kiss You on the Lips, Miss Sandra?” (William Morrow, 1998). Her work has also been published in numerous magazines, including, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, Interview, and Spy.
Tickets for her show will be $45 for members, $50 for non-members.
Starting Wednesday, tickets will be available for both shows at The Center Box Office, 530-274-8384, ext. 14, BriarPatch Co-op or online at www.thecenterforthearts.org.
For more information on both these shows, go to www.thecenterforthearts.org.