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The Jazz Room at the Stage Door Theater

Jan 12 - 13 , 2018 · STAGE DOOR THEATER at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

$15 in advance, $20 at the door.

SPECIAL EDITION - JAZZ ROOM: Chad Lawson plays GEORGE GERSHWIN (American Songbook, Classics)

Presented by: Jazz Arts Initiative

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The Jazz Room at the Stage Door Theater

Jan 12 - 13 , 2018 · STAGE DOOR THEATER at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

$15 in advance, $20 at the door.

SPECIAL EDITION - JAZZ ROOM: Chad Lawson plays GEORGE GERSHWIN (American Songbook, Classics)

Presented by: Jazz Arts Initiative

SPECIAL EDITION - JAZZ ROOM: Chad Lawson plays GEORGE GERSHWIN

 (American Songbook, Classics)

After much-acclaim and sold-out performances, Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative’s (JAI) monthly series—The Jazz Room @ The Stage Door Theater – kicks off the 2018 new year with a special tribute by renowned pianist Chad Lawson to one of America’s most favorite composers, the great GEORGE GERSHWIN.  The Stage Door Theater is part of Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, at the corner of 5th and College in Uptown Charlotte.

American composer and pianist George Gershwin’s compositions spanned both popular and classical genres. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928) as well as the opera Porgy and Bess (1935). Gershwin composed Broadway theater works with his brother Ira Gershwin and Buddy DeSylva. He moved to Paris where he began to compose An American in Paris. Upon his return to New York, he wrote Porgy and Bess with Ira and the author DuBose Heyward. Initially a commercial failure, Porgy and Bess is now considered one of the most important American operas of the twentieth century. Gershwin moved to Hollywood and composed numerous film scores until his death in 1937. Gershwin's compositions have been adapted for use in many films and for television, and several became jazz standards recorded in many variations by celebrated singers and musicians.

Pianist and composer Chad Lawson's career has explored a variety of musical genres that has had him topping the charts since the early 2010s. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Lawson, a Steinway artist and composer, has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR's All Things Considered and the Performance Today. His release, The Chopin Variations, reached #1 on Billboard, iTunes and Amazon classical charts in 2015.  He has since released Bach Interpreted and Dark Conclusions/The Lore Variations with great success. His music has been used for television’s The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries as well as Lore podcasts, Microsoft, Delta Airlines and many others. William Ackerman, Windham Hill's founder, took an interest in Lawson's music and helped launch his first solo album, Set on a Hill, in 2009. It marked a new direction for Lawson's career as five more solo projects appeared between 2011 and 2014.

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Parking and Directions

A special preferred parking rate of only $5* is available for our patrons in our designated garage.
Bank of America Center Parking Garage
Enter on Trade or 5th Streets between N. College and N. Brevard Streets. 

The $5 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5pm on weekdays, Mon – Fri. If parked in the garage before 5pm, the $5 rate is void. There is no time restriction for the weekend, Sat & Sun.

Getting and Using Your Parking Pass When You Arrive

  1. Pull the garage entry ticket when you arrive at the designated garage. You will need this to exit!
  2. Purchase a $5 Blumenthal exit pass at the theater or click here to purchase in advance online. If you would rather purchase by phone, please call 704.335.1010*

When You Exit

  1. Insert your garage entry ticket into the yellow slot. Amount due will display on the screen.
  2. Insert your Blumenthal exit pass in the same yellow slot, with arrow pointing at slot.
  3. Gate arm will rise and screen will display “drive safely.”

*Pre-paid parking is not available day of show.

CLICK HERE to Purchase your Parking Exit Pass in Advance

CLICK HERE for parking information for Spirit Square events. (McGlohon Theater, Duke Energy Theater)

CLICK HERE for parking information for Knight Theater events.

Accessibility

Advance reservations for Patron Assistance are encouraged to ensure the best possible experience!

  • Assistive listening systems available
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Wheelchair seating
  • Limited booster seats available at Belk Theater.

Wheelchair access
All of our theaters and classrooms are accessible to patrons who use wheelchairs. Most restrooms and water fountains in all facilities are wheelchair accessible, and restrooms are equipped with strobe-light as well as audio alarm systems. A wheelchair accessible "unisex" restroom on the Belk Theater's Grand Tier level accommodates persons who may need assistance from a spouse or companion of the opposite sex. Ask an usher for the location.

Entry and exit assistance
For performances in the Belk Theater, an usher can meet patrons who need assistance at the corner of Tryon and 5th Streets or valet parking on Tryon. If you wish to receive this service, please contact the Box Office at least 2 days prior to the performance to make these arrangements.

SERVICES FOR THE VISUALLY-IMPAIRED

Audio Description
Certain performances will be audio described for the blind or visually impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances upon request. Audio description provides an on-going oral description of the action, sets and costumes during the performance. Each participant wears a headset, and no other patrons are able to hear the descriptions. For Belk Theater performances, patrons can pick up headsets at the coat check in the Grand Tier Lobby.

Large Print Programs
Large print programs are available for patrons at many performances. At Belk Theater, assistance is available at the coat check in the Grand Tier Lobby.

Service Animals
If you or someone in your party plans to attend an event with a service animal, please inform the Box Office when purchasing your tickets so that we may arrange for an aisle seat.

SERVICES FOR THE DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING

Interpreting
Certain performances at the Performing Arts Center will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances as requested. There will be one Sign Interpreted and Audio Described performance in each Broadway Lights engagement on a Sunday at 2pm.

Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening equipment is available free of charge for all amplified performances. Please see an usher for assistance. In Belk Theater, headsets may be checked out from the coat check located in the Grand Tier.

Communication Devices
TTY/TOO is available on the Mezzanine Level of the Belk Theater near the entrance from Founders Hall.