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Giveaway: Rufus Wainwright To Bring Pop Classical To North America

Rufus Wainwright Tour Includes A Stop At New York’s Famed Capitol Theatre

Canadian pop/classical singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright is bringing his show on the road on a tour that will make stops all around North America, including Port Chester, New York’s beloved Capitol Theatre. The tour kicks off on August 17th in Port Chester and makes its way all across the U.S and Canada.

The Montreal native is the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle but Rufus has carved out his success on his own unique blend of rock, opera, theater, dance, and film. He was once referred to as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” by Elton John himself and is hailed by the New York Times for his “genuine originality,”. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest singer/songwriters of his time.

Wainwright has released an extensive collection of studio and live albums along with contributions to soundtracks. He’s also a Grammy nominated artist for his Rufus Does Judy At Carnegie Hall, which is a collection of recordings from his powerful and highly celebrated Judy Garland tribute performance at the London Palladium in 2007. His long list of awards include a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album in 1999 and 2002 for Rufus Wainwright and Poses. He was also nominated for Songwriter of the Year for Release The Stars in 2008.

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In 2012 Rufus Wainwright released what many say is his most mainstream, commercial album to date entitled Out Of The Game. The record found Rufus teaming up with larger than life producer Mark Ronson (Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga). The album debuted Top 25 in retail and has received widespread critical acclaim. The songwriter has also received major praise from the LGBTQ community with awards in 1998 at the Gay & Lesbian American Music Awards for Best Debut Artist; in 1999 he won the Outstanding Music Award at The GLAAD Media Awards and again won awards with GLAAD in 2002, 2004 and 2008.  

Rufus is no stranger to live performances either; some of his notable shows include performing with world renowned orchestra’s which include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, playing some original material and well known classical pieces. He has also has created his own opera. Wainwright’s critically acclaimed first opera Prima Donna made its premiere at the Manchester International Festival in 2009. The opera debuted in London in April 2010, and its North American debut in Toronto in 2010. Prima Donna made its US premiere in February 2012 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House. Rufus Wainwright’s second opera, based on the story of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and Antinous, will premiere in Toronto October 2018.

Wainwright’s schedule heading in to the end of 2018 is jam packed, between the tour in August, the Opera in October, and then heading back out on the road in November for the All These Poses Anniversary Tour in November there will surely be a few chances to see Rufus in 2018! The start of all these dates takes place at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on August 17th. The show is 18 and older, and tickets start at $35 and are available now Here! For more on Rufus Wainwright’s upcoming schedule visit his official website at

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