Jazz legends Spyro Gyra and Lee Ritenour kick off the 25th Performing Arts Season with a concert April 12, 2014. Tickets to the concert are $60 for reserved pit, $45 and $35 for reserved seating. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. The concert is held in conjunction with the 9th Annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival and is presented by Xfinity.
Spyro Gyra is performing songs from one of their first albums, “Morning Dance,” from 1979. The band released “The Rhinebeck Sessions” their 30th album in 2013. Spyro Gyra is an unlikely story of a group with humble beginnings in Buffalo, N.Y. who have continued to reach an international audience over nearly 40 years, resulting in sales of more than 10 million albums and having played more than 5,000 shows on five continents. They have accomplished this due to a forward looking approach combined with the work ethic of an underdog and always challenging themselves to do something new while never resting on past success. It has proven to be a recipe for longevity for this jazz group while music has gone in and out of styles in ever shorter cycles. This year marks 40 years from their start where they were first known as "Tuesday Night - Jazz Jam."
In a career that spans five decades and more than 40 albums, guitarist Lee Ritenour has developed a keen understanding of the symbiotic balance between the frontman and the supporting players, between the wisdom of experience and the enthusiasm of youth. On “Rhythm Sessions,” released in 2012, Ritenour surrounds himself with a cadre of high-profile veterans and promising newcomers all of whom reaffirm the vital role played by the rhythm section in any worthwhile musical endeavor.
Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, including Fiesta, Walmart, select H-E-B locations and Media Magic, by calling 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
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