The Center for the Arts announces inaugural season lineup for “The New Center”

The Center for the Arts announced its inaugural 2019/2020 season lineup on Monday — the first time The Center announced a full season at once. Other shows could be added later, however.

Putting together an annual season of performance and visual arts can be likened to preparing a 10-course meal for royalty. Every detail must be carefully considered, every ingredient carefully selected, and every course and dish strategically placed on the menu. Each course, from appetizer to dessert, must be prepared using the finest ingredients and perfectly seasoned to create a heavenly blend of flavors that thrill the palate.

The seasoning that goes into creating an annual season for The Center for the Arts is passion, creativity, dedication, collaboration, negotiation, hard work, excitement, joy, and a generous pinch of magic. We are looking forward to our upcoming season—which promises to thrill your palate! While a full season runs from September through June, this year’s season will begin in December, to coincide with the Grand Opening of The New Center, and run through June 2020.

The inaugural season includes musical performances by Storm Large, The Mother Hips, Terry Riley, Gyan Riley, and Kronos Quartet, Riders in the Sky, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, Masters of Hawaiian Music, DakhaBrakha, Arlo Guthrie, and Marc Cohn.

The Center is bringing back comics Paula Poundstone and The Second City, as well as Tom Papa in a special show presented by Sirius XM. The circus comes to town with Latvia’s B – The Underwater Bubble Show for a cirque du soleil style performance. And, there is a series of three holiday shows including, Irish Christmas in America, Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice and Mark O’ Connor Band – An Appalachian Christmas.

Family Fun Days continue to happen quarterly and The Briarpatch is sponsoring the first in a series of student matinee performances with Call of the Wild, Illustrated Edition – a multimedia experience.

The new gallery will feature a show from Nancy Mintz, a display of The Greenberg Collection, women artists for the Yuba Lands Biennale, and Off The Wall a contemporary fiber art exhibition.

Season announcements provide more advance notice for buying tickets. You can get the best seats by purchasing early, and The Center is making it easier for everyone to purchase discounted tickets to their favorite shows with new “Choose Your Own” ticket packages at

Members also receive extra discounts, access to member only tickets, reserved seating and ticket exchange benefits.

Get your tickets to the new season, become a member of The Center for the Arts, or learn more about the shows at The New Center on their website, on Facebook/thecenterforthearts and at the temporary box office at 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley.

Since 2000, The Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization, has grown into a leading presenter of music, dance, theater, comedy, literary and visual art, and family programming. Typically, the Center presents more than 150 events per year from its location in downtown Grass Valley.

The Center is currently underway in a major renovation of its multiuse 21,000 square foot facility in downtown Grass Valley. After the renovation, the Center will have a 490 seat main theater, a large visual art gallery, classroom space, and a 90-seat black box theater. For more information about the renovation, please reach out to The Center’s Executive Director, Amber Jo Manuel.

—The Center for the Arts

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