Gladys Knight, Branford Marsalis, David Sedaris highlight Peace Center’s 2016-17 season

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Music, dance, comedy and theater — it’s all on the 2016–17 Peace Center schedule.

From big-name Grammy Award-winning musicians such as Gladys Knight to a pianist who has been called the symbol of the youth of China to best-selling author David Sedaris and one of the world’s most renowned dance companies, the Peace Center’s 2016–17 season schedule has something for everyone.

The shows below join the already-announced shows on the Broadway series, including “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” “An American in Paris,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical,” “Something Rotten!,” Disney’s “The Lion King,” “Finding Neverland” and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The King and I.” A four-show Peace Chamber program schedule has also been announced.

More events will be added as the season goes on.

Tickets for all shows except Broadway go on sale to the public July 1 at 10 a.m. Broadway and Peace Chamber subscriptions are available now, and individual Broadway show tickets will go on sale at later dates to be announced.

Tickets may be purchased at the Peace Center box office, online at peacecenter.org or by calling 846-467-3000. Handling fees are charged on phone and online sales.

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An Evening with Chris Thile

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Chris Thile is a multiple Grammy Award winner, MacArthur Fellow, a virtuoso, composer and vocalist. He first rose to fame as a member of the trio Nickel Creek, with whom he released four albums and sold more than 2 million records. As a soloist, he’s released five albums.

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Ben Folds

Thursday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Multiplatinum-selling singer-songwriter-producer Ben Folds first found success with the Ben Folds Five. He’s gone on to have a successful solo career and served as a judge on NBC’s a cappella competition show, “The Sing-Off.”

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Branford Marsalis Quartet with Special Guest Kurt Elling

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.

The tight-knit Branford Marsalis Quartet rarely invites other musicians into the folds of their nearly telepathically cohesive unit. This collaboration between jazz’s most intense band and one of jazz’s foremost singers should prove to be anything but standard.

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Ron White

Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Comedian Ron White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour.” Now, he’s a star in his own right. All four of his comedy albums charted No. 1 on the Billboard Comedy Charts.

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Zakir Hussain, tabla, with Niladri Kuman, sitar

Monday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Zakir Hussain is a world-renowned, multiple award-winner who has elevated the status of the Indian tabla drum. Niladri Kuman mastered the sitar at an early age, playing his first performance at only six years old.

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An Evening with Keb’ Mo’ Band

Thursday, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Keb’ Mo’ is a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, producer, actor, humanitarian, mentor and dynamic performer. His newest project, Keb’ Mo’ LIVE, is a double-album compilation that highlights his 2015 tour. The 16 tracks were captured in nine different cities.

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Julie Fowlis: Music of the Scottish Isles

Friday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m.

Julie Fowlis was the first solo Gaelic singer to be radio playlisted on the BBC. She also sang to a live television audience of 1 billion people at the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. She also sang the theme song to the Pixar film “Brave.”

An Evening with Gladys Knight

Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m.

Gladys Knight has won seven Grammy Awards; had No. 1 hits in pop, gospel, R&B and adult contemporary; and has been successful in film, television and live performance.

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En Garde Arts: Basetrack Live

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.

“Basetrack Live” is a documentary theater piece about the impact of war on veterans and their families. It was named one of the top 10 performances in 2014 by the New York Times.

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Renee Fleming in Recital

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2017, 8 p.m.

Soprano Renee Fleming was awarded the National Medal of the Arts, America’s highest honor for an individual artist. She won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo and continues to perform on the world’s greatest opera stages and in its greatest concert halls. She was the first classical artist to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl.

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Lang Lang

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Pianist Lang Lang has been called “the world’s ambassador of the keyboard” and selected as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time magazine, which described him as the symbol of the youth of China and its future.

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MILOS: Bach to Beatles

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 8 p.m.

Milos Karadaglic began playing guitar at 8 years old. By 16, he had been accepted into the Royal Academy of Music in London. Today, he’s considered the leading classical guitarist of his generation. In this concert, he will be backed by an ensemble of strings.

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Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

Sunday, March 12, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Through a fusion of film, dance and music, this performance takes audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. The production is a celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture and deep traditions.

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Celtic Woman

Friday, March 17, 2017, 8 p.m.

Celtic Woman is a multiple award-winning, Billboard chart-topping, all-female musical ensemble that has been taking the world by storm since it debuted in 2004. The concert will cover everything from traditional Irish tunes to today’s popular hits.

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Nufonia Must Fall Live

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 8 p.m.

Based on Kid Koala’s 2003 graphic novel of the same name, “Nufonia Must Fall Live” is a heart-tugging romantic tale of an outdated robot trying to impress the human girl that has his heart.

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Paul Taylor Dance Company

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Paul Taylor Dance Company is one of the world’s most highly respected and sought-after ensembles. It has performed in more than 500 cities in 64 countries.

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Black Grace

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Black Grace is New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance group. The work is highly physical, rich in the storytelling traditions of the South Pacific and expressed with raw finesse, beauty and power.

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David Sedaris

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. There are 10 million copies of his books in print and they’ve been translated into 25 languages. His next book will be a collection of his diaries, entitled “Theft By Finding,” to be released in summer 2017.

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