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Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds

Sunday, March 4, 2018 8:00 PM

The acclaimed actor and renowned cellist team up to showcase core American values in literature and music. Murray brings his wit and charm to classic songs, prose, and poetry by Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, Bernstein, Gershwin, Foster, and more in dialogue with Vogler’s transfixing Stradivari cello. 

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Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds

Bill Murray, actor, vocals
Jan Vogler, cello
Mira Wang, violin
Vanessa Perez, piano

“A truly enchanting evening”—Billboard Magazine

“Spot on! The evening’s journey was unpredictable and affecting… old-fashioned entertainment that was sophisticated but with zip and heart”—Globe & Mail (UK)

Acclaimed actor Bill Murray—recipient of the Kennedy Center’s 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor—and internationally renowned cellist Jan Vogler team up for this fascinating program showcasing core American values in literature and music—and the bridges that artists have built between the U.S. and Europe. Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, Cooper, Bernstein, Gershwin, and Foster were some of the strongest voices to influence generations of humans in America and give them a glimpse into the creative force of the New World. As a singer and narrator, Murray brings his wit and charm to classic songs, prose, and poetry in dialogue with Vogler’s transfixing Stradivari cello, joined by violinist Mira Wang and pianist Vanessa Perez.

This program enjoyed its world premiere in June 2017 at the Dresden Music Festival, with its U.S. premiere the following month at the Napa Valley Festival. The Kennedy Center now presents the D.C. premiere, following other acclaimed performances in venues across the country and an acclaimed album recording of the project.