2018-19 Season | A Few Words from our Executive Director

Thor Steingraber

With artists from 18 nations in seven different series, The Soraya proudly stands at the forefront of diversity and innovation in the arts.

If there were a single performance exemplifying that spirit, it might be the Silkroad Ensemble, known for converging cultures and genre-busting brilliance. But that’s just one of many this season. The first authorized tribute to Mexican mega-star Juan Gabriel, a new violin concerto from Danny Elfman, jazz that crossed the Caribbean from Cuba, a fresh look at the founding fathers in a new version of the musical 1776, an evening of dance dedicated to the women’s movement by the legendary Martha Graham Dance Company — these are the performances that define our 2018–19 season.

There’s no shortage of good-hearted fun too, including a century of Hollywood classics: for cinephiles, the 1925 horror classic The Phantom of the Opera with live orchestra; for the young and young at heart, Disney’s Silly Symphony; for fans of song and dance, Singin’ in the Rain the Broadway musical; for those who love to whistle a familiar tune, two concerts featuring lm composers Hal Arlen and Henry Mancini.

Welcome to the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts. With our new name, we extend a broader embrace, both onstage and in the auditorium.

Thor Steingraber
Executive Director