LIMA — Whether you’re looking for a daring start to your holiday season or a relaxing evening of a capella, you’re promised a good time by these international acts.
The Illusionists: “Magic of the Holidays” — Veterans Memorial Civic Center
The Illusionists go well beyond simple magic tricks. This show features illusions, close-up magic, mentalism, daring escapes and more performed by entertainers who have toured North America, including Broadway stages, as well as the rest of the world.
Darren “Dizzy” Partridge, who plays the Trickster, called his seven costars “world champion acts.” He will be joined by magicians and illusionists Valentin Asema, Steve Valentine, Stuart MacLeod and Florian Sainvet, transformationalists Sos Jr. Petrosyan and Nadejda Mititelu and daredevil Jonathan Goodwin.
“There will be plenty of audience participation, but not the type where it’s ‘Please don’t pick me,’” Partridge explained. “Even if you’re scared to be on stage, the performers are so professional you will wish you’re the person on the stage it’s so good.”
Christmas with the Swingles — Niswonger Performing Arts Center
The Swingles came to be in 1963 when Ward Swingle assembled a group to create the album “Jazz Sebastian Bach.” Since then, the London-based a capella group has won five Grammy awards and created more than 50 recordings of a variety of covers and original songs. They have made appearances on soundtracks for “Sex and the City,” “Milk,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Glee.”
The Swingles’ latest project “Folklore,” a collection of diverse folk music, was released in 2017. This year’s group is made up of Federica Basile, Joanna Goldsmith-Eteson, Imogen Parry, Oliver Griffiths, Jon Smith, Kevin Fox and Edward Randell.
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