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Composer-Conductor Rob Kapilow Concludes What Makes It Great? Series With Ladies of the Canyon (Music of Carole King and Joni Mitchell) on Wed., March 27, 7:30 PM

CERRITOS, CA – Acclaimed composer ROB KAPILOW concludes the 2023-2024 What Makes It Great? series at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) with LADIES OF THE CANYON (MUSIC OF CAROLE KING AND JONI MITCHELL), on Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 PM. Tickets are $55. The show is sponsored by George & Bev Ray.

Four-time Grammy winner King, who wrote or co-wrote 118 Pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100, is celebrated for Tapestry, featuring It’s Too Late, I Feel the Earth Move, and You’ve Got a Friend. The Songwriters Hall of Famer was inducted twice into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a performer and songwriter. King won the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for “Popular Song.”

Rolling Stone magazine called Mitchell “one of the greatest songwriters ever.” The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is the brain behind the iconic hits Big Yellow Taxi, Woodstock, and Chelsea Morning. She has won 10 Grammys, including one for “Lifetime Achievement.”

Kapilow will take audiences inside the music, the craft, and the legacy of both women. With his What Makes It Great? presentations, the composer dissects and examines the mysteries of music in terms everyone can grasp and appreciate. Part One is an entertaining discussion displaying Kapilow’s gift for observation and his animated teaching style. Part Two features performances of the composition. The evening concludes with Part Three, a spirited Q&A on the work. The New York Times called the series “the kind of enlightening musical seminar in which you hang on to every word and note.”

Cited by The Boston Globe as “an educator, motivational speaker, and game show host, all rolled up in one,” Kapilow has built a loyal following and a name for himself around the world. His renowned What Makes It Great? series is a recurring event at New York’s Lincoln Center and in Boston, Cerritos, and Kansas City. Kapilow’s acclaimed FamilyMusik series introduces youths to all things musical; and Citypieces celebrates American life – its history, citizens, diversity, and destination – through collaborative compositions.

Kapilow claimed the top spot in the Fontainebleau Casadesus Piano Competition, and Second Prize in the Antal Dorati Conductor’s Competition with the Detroit Symphony. He is a featured composer on Chicago Public Radio’s prestigious Composers in America series and a recipient of an Exxon “Meet-the-Composer” grant and awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He spearheaded the Tony award-winning Nine on Broadway and the premiere of Frida for the opening of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival. He authored the award-winning book All You Have to Do Is Listen; its follow-up What Makes It Great? Short Masterpieces, Great Composers; and Listening for America: Inside the Great American Songbook From Gershwin to Sondheim.          

For tickets or more information, call (562) 916-8500 or go to


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