JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration
Live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
November 6, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
November 7, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.
Nov 06, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Nov 07, 2018 | 6:30 PM
JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration Live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Star-studded Lineup to Perform Joni Mitchell Songs in Her Honor
Joni Mitchell’s songs are the most sublime paintings of the landscapes of human emotions ever created. They are an unprecedented marriage of intimacy and universality, creating a sound that is incomparable, yet relatable to all. She is a trailblazer, a wanderer and a searcher, who continuously explored new territory and invited the world to join her on her journey of discovery.
In celebration of Joni Mitchell’s tremendous career and her 75th birthday, The Music Center will present two star-studded concerts, JONI 75: A Birthday Celebration Live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on November 6 and November 7, 2018, featuring an incredible array of singers and musicians who will perform Joni Mitchell songs in her honor. On both nights, Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos, Graham Nash, Seal, and Rufus Wainwright will perform songs from all stages of her life, across the entire oeuvre of her 19 studio albums. Co-musical directors/arrangers for the concert are drummer Brian Blade, who recorded three studio albums and toured extensively with Mitchell, and pianist, composer, arranger and producer Jon Cowherd.
Joni Mitchell performed on the stage of The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on two occasions, in 1972 and 1974. The Los Angeles Times headline for the 1972 concert read, “Joni Mitchell in a Giant Living Room” and, in 1974, read, “'New' Joni Sparks Dancing in the Aisles.” The concerts will be a return of her music to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, creating both an intimate “living room” experience and a joyous celebration of her work by artists who have been deeply impacted by her music and wish to honor her through their performances.
Featured Artists to Honor Joni Mitchell
• Brian Blade: co-musical director, drums
• Jon Cowherd: co-musical director, piano
• Christopher Thomas: bass
• Greg Leisz: pedal steel and guitar
• Marvin Sewell: guitar
• Jeff Haynes: percussion
• Ambrose Akinmusire: trumpet
• Bob Sheppard: woodwinds
Music Producer: Danny Kapilian
The Music Center's Soirée: JONI 75
Following the second concert, on November 7, 2018, The Music Center will salute Joni Mitchell at The Music Center’s Soirée: JONI 75, an exclusive birthday celebration dinner and fundraiser for The Music Center’s artistic programming. During the special event, The Music Center will honor Joni Mitchell with The Music Center’s Excellence in the Performing Arts Award, acknowledging her pioneering spirit and timeless art and music. The Music Center’s Soirée: JONI 75 is presented in partnership with Vanity Fair.
Funds raised at The Music Center's Soirée: JONI 75 are vital to allow The Music Center to extend the accessibility of the performing arts to new generations and diverse audiences through nationally recognize education programs that support life-long learning in the arts, world-class dance presentations that inspire and enchant audiences and free and low-cost community programming that reaches across boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, gender and beyond.