On Saturday, May 4, the newly renovated Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem, N.H. will open for its 104th consecutive season with more movies, more music, and more fun than ever before.
The 2019 season blasts off with a cinematic event 50 years in the making. Apollo 11 chronicles the making of the mission to land on the moon led by Commander Neil Armstrong and pilots Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins and features never-before-seen large-format film footage of one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments.
This year’s LIVE! at The Colonial performance series kicks off with a solo performance by 20 time Grammy Award winning jazz guitarist Pat Metheny. Throughout his career, Pat Metheny has continued to re-define the genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument. Metheny’s versatility is nearly without peer on any instrument. Over the years, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman to Herbie Hancock to Jim Hall to Milton Nascimento to David Bowie and won countless polls as “Best Jazz Guitarist” and awards, including three gold records for Still Life (Talking), Letter from Home, and Secret Story. His 20 Grammy Awards are in 12 different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, and Best Instrumental Composition. The Pat Metheny Group won an unprecedented seven consecutive Grammies for seven consecutive albums.
Following Metheny on stage is an expanded roster of established and exciting emerging touring artists including: Natalie Merchant, Bela Fleck and Abagail Washburn, Ghost of Paul Revere, Bombino, The War & Treaty, Hot Sardines, Quebe Sisters, Gangstagrass, Iris Dement, Anais Mitchell, Adonis Puentes and the Voice of Cuba Orchestra concluding with a Halloween Bash with Kat Wright. In addition this summer The Colonial will host The Capitol Steps, a troupe of Congressional staffers-turned-comedians who travel the States satirizing the very people and places that once employed them and the ever popular Summer Children’s Series in July and August.
The Colonial will also feature the very the best of independent and world cinema. Adding to the popular Manhattan Short Film Festival and White Mountain Jewish Film Festival, REEL Outdoors Series launches with REEL ROCK 13 a collection of this year’s best climbing films. Festival Fridays commences with Cat Video Fest (in partnership with Second Chance Animal Rescue). New series this season includes: Exhibition on Screen, films which offer a cinematic immersion into the world’s best loved art, opening with Van Gogh & Japan in June, and In Her Image, a series that will revisit some of the acclaimed and (no surprise) overlooked achievements by women directors of the last 100 years.
Please visit www.BethlehemColonial.org for more information.