Denzel Washington, Patti LuPone, Arturo Sandoval, Suzanne Farrell and Judith Jamison have partnered with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and will serve as artistic advisors for the 2015-2016 season, during which each will participate in a master class or event at the Beverly Hills-based complex.
Washington is an Academy-, Golden Globe- and Tony Award-winning actor; LuPone is a Grammy-, Olivier- and Tony Award-winning actor and singer; Sandoval is a Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter, pianist, composer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; Farrell is the former principal dancer in George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet and founder of Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center; and Jamison is a dancer, choreographer and artistic director Emerita of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Four of the advisors will be giving master classes that can be attended by the public: Sandoval on Oct. 27; Farrell on Jan. 24, 2016; LuPone on March 31, 2016; and Jamison on April 5, 2016. LuPone will also perform her Far Away Places concert on April 1-2, 2016. Washington will participate in an Arts & Ideas conversation titled An Evening with Denzel Washington on Sept. 17, 2015. All of these events will take place in the Bram Goldsmith Theater.
Patricia Wolff, interim artistic director for the Wallis, said in a statement, “They are not just advisors in name but will participate in the season with a focus on education. Each of our artistic advisors will either teach a master class that the public can observe or participate in our Arts & Ideas conversation series.”
Said LuPone, who previously performed at the Wallis in her show Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda … played that part: “When I performed at The Wallis last season, I found the venue to be one of the best in the country, allowing for an unparalleled intimacy between myself and the audience. They helped me arrange for an amazing high school choir to join me onstage as part of my show. I was also very impressed with the future artistic and educational plans for The Wallis. I am thrilled to be returning this season not only as a performer but as an Artistic Advisor, leading a master class for young singers, passing along what I know. The Wallis understands that education is one of the most important ways for the arts to thrive in our culture.”
More information can be found at thewallis.org.