SRU Performing Arts Series Focuses on American Music

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The 2013-14 Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series highlights five American musical events:

·        The New Christy Minstrels, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 6;

·        “Simply Sinatra” starring Steve Lippia and featuring the SRU Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 11;

·        The Broadway Boys Holiday Show, 4 p.m., Dec. 8;

·        Rocky Mountain High – John Denver tribute starring Ted Vigil, 7:30 p.m., April 3 (café-style seating); or

·        Dala – Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine, 4 p.m., May 4, (café-style seating)

All performances take place in the University Union. Season tickets, including three main stage shows and choice of one of two café-style seating performances, are now on sale. Individual performance tickets may be ordered, but will not be distributed until after season ticket sales have been completed.

Tickets may be ordered by calling (724) 738-2018 or by visiting the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center. John DenverTed_LARGE 1New Christy Minstral#B8DE26

Adult season tickets are $76; $68 for seniors (age 62 and older); $60, youth (age 17 and younger); and $28 for SRU students. Patrons may add the fifth show for an additional $15.       

            Individual tickets for the main stage shows are: $22, adults; $20, seniors; $18, youth; and $8 for SRU students. Tickets to the café-style performances are: $20, adults; $18, seniors; $16, youth; and $8 for SRU students.

            Rock Star tax deductible contributions are also being accepted.

AVI, the campus contract food vendor, will also offer a variety of food options at the performances.

The series also offers two separate bus excursions to regional events, including a Nov. 2 scenic tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and the March 28 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the “West Side Story” film event at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall. Details will be released later.

The New Christy Minstrels have recorded more than 20 albums, including their Grammy Award-winning debut album. They are know for such hits as “Green Green,” “Saturday Night,” “Today,” “Denver” and their cover of “This Land Is Your Land.” Randy Sparks, who founded the minstrels, still leads the singers.

Steve Lippia interprets some of the most well-known and beloved Frank Sinatra hits, including “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “My Way,” “The Best Is Yet to Come” and “Come Fly with Me.” SRU’s award-winning and internationally traveled jazz ensemble, directed by Jason Kush, SRU music instructor, will be the back-up band.

The Broadway Boys infuse elements of pop, funk, gospel and rock into traditional holiday classics and show tunes to create a new and contemporary musical theater sound. The performance will include songs from “The Book of Mormon,” “Wicked,” “Jersey Boys,” “Mary Poppins,” “Memphis,” “Spiderman” and others.

The legendary John Denver, a brilliant songwriter and gifted performer, will have his music combined at SRU. Selections, including “Annie’s Song,” “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane,” “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” and “Calypso” will be presented by Vigil, accompanied by longtime Denver guitarist Steve Weisberg. 

Drawing upon influences such as the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Walther and Carabine write and sing in soprano and alto harmonies. Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year.           

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