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It’s All About Love
Starring Maceo Parker
and Featuring the Maceo Parker Big Band

7:30 pm Thursday, September 26, 2019

Legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker embodies the legacy of soul and funk music like no other musician today. Always at the forefront, Parker has been a common thread in the history of funk—pioneering the sound of the genre in collaborations alongside seminal icons such as James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince. All the while, he has a signature brand of showmanship with a cool confidence embodied in his distinctive sound.

In this special program, the saxophonist and his flawlessly tight big band, which includes former members of the Ray Charles Orchestra and features the Raelettes, bring together a joyful experience of all things love. “I feel like we can’t say the word enough,” Parker says. “We all could use a little more love in the world.”

Anchored in music from his 2018 album, It’s All About Love will include hits from Crosby, Stills & Nash, Stevie Wonder, and the Isley Brothers; signature songs of Ray Charles; and Parker classics such as “Pass the Peas.” Parker will sing and play his way through an evening that transports audiences to the most soulful of eras in a performance that is positively timeless.

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Adult $52
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $42

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Patricia Best and Thomas Ray

Sandra Zaremba and Richard Brown provide support for engagement programming related to this performance.

This event is part of a season-long focus, The American Experience: Through an African-American Lens.

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Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Thursday, September 26, 2019

Eisenhower Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal discussion moderated by State College jazz musician Rick Hirsch and featuring a visiting artist or artists, is offered one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.