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Sound of Music to make Delta premiere at BPAC

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A brand new production of “The Sounds of Music,” produced by NETworks Presentations, is making its Mississippi Delta premiere Jan. 25 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center as part of a North American tour.

Tickets are on sale now at the BPAC Ticket Office, 662-846-4626 and online www.bolongapac.com. The event is locally sponsored by Guaranty Bank and Trust. For more information, visit www.SoundOfMusicOnTour.com.

“The Sounds of Music” features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by The Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp.

The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award®–winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

The production enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television prrogram when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history.

“I waited for a moment when we could rediscover ‘The Sound of Music’ as it was originally create,” said Ted Chapin, president of Rodgers & Hammerstein. “Because of the enormous success of the film, few were aware that it started life as a hit Broadway show — and a very big hit at that. The artists behind this production embraced what the authors wrote, looked at it all through modern eyes and, in so doing, found depth and resonance that has been recognized by critics and audiences across the country. It’s like visiting an old friend but finding yourself surprised as well. It’s also a reminder of why this show is such an evergreen.”

The creative team for this new production includes direction by Matt Lenz, based on the national tour’s original direction by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Coast of Utopia). Original choreography by Danny Mefford (Dear Evan Hansen, Fun Home, The Bridges of Madison County, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) has been recreated by Jonathan Warren, with music supervision by Andy Einhorn (Hello, Dolly!, Bullets Over Broadway, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Light in the Piazza).

The design and production team is comprised of Tony Award® nominee Douglas W. Schmidt, set design (The Front Page, 42nd Street, Into the Woods); Tony Award® winner Jane Greenwood, costume design (The Little Foxes, 2014 Special Tony Award® for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre), six-time Tony Award® winner Natasha Katz, lighting design (Long Day’s Journey Into Night, An American in Paris, Once, Aida, The Coast of Utopia, The Glass Menagerie) and Shannon Slaton, sound design (Present Laughter, The Humans). Casting is by Stewart/Whitley.

For more information, including the 2017–2018 touring schedule, please visit:
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Gladys Knight to perform at BPAC March 22

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University announces a special addition to the 2017-18 lineup — the “Empress of Soul,” Gladys Knight.

Knight, a winner of seven GRAMMY Awards, possesses one of the richest voices in pop music. She will perform live in concert March 22 at 7:30 p.m. on the BPAC’s main stage.

The concert is locally sponsored by the Bolivar Medical Center.

In the late 1960s and 1970s, Knight created a string of memorable hits, including “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Neither One of US (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye),” “You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Rolling Stone magazine listed her among the 100 greatest singers of all time, and she’s a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Knight has enjoyed No. 1 hits in pop, gospel, R&B and adult contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. She loves to perform, beaming her trademark smile as she connects with audiences on an intimately emotional level.

Tickets to see Knight are on sale now at www.bolognapac.com or by contacting the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

“B-The Underwater Bubble Show” to wow BPAC

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 Don’t miss “B-The Underwater Bubble Show” at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

Following your dreams and allowing your inner child to take over for a while is the premise of “B-The Underwater Bubble Show,” performing at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State University Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

Inspired by childhood classics like “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Peter Pan,” “B-The Underwater Bubble Show” is a modern day fairy tale with one major twist.

“Each classic tale represents a journey of a kid who grows up and learns something,” said co-creator and director Enrico Pezzoli. “We wanted a story about an adult character who discovers that he can still go back and enjoy life. We don’t always need to grow up. Sometimes we need to step backwards for a bit and restart.”

The story follows Mr. B, a creature of modern habits who always feels pressured by a thousand things to do in a world that seems to be moving too fast. The office worker discovers a little aquarium that appears like magic inside his briefcase and gradually becomes enchanted by the wondrous underwater world of Bubblelandia.

“Mr. B represents each of us,” Pezzoli notes. “His transformation is a journey which each of us could take.”

Taking cues from Cirque du Soleil, the visually spectacular show incorporates the latest in stage technology. Lasers, low-ground smoke, and flying foam simulate waves and the underwater atmosphere. A juggler in a huge plastic ball is the performer that immediately attracts Mr. B and the audience into Bubbleandia’s wondrous world, while dancers and acrobats serve as small colorful fish chasing Mr. B and each other inside the aquarium. The biggest attraction of the show is the spectacular use of soap bubbles in multiple artistic ways.

“The biggest challenge was to make everyone understand that the show is for everyone. Many people relate it to kids, but everyone loves bubbles. After performing in so many countries around the world, we have seen adults enjoying the show as much as kids, sometimes with even bigger reactions,” said Pezzoli.

Tickets to see the “B- The Underwater Bubble Show” are $15-$20, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are on sale now at www.bolognapac.com or at the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

 

Attacca Quartet coming to BPAC

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One of the most internationally acclaimed quartet ensembles, Attacca Quartet, will take the stage of the Bologna Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The performance is part of the new Recital Hall series, featuring classical music in an intimate setting in the BPAC’s 145-seat recital hall.

From sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Musical Hall to National Public Radio’s far-reaching “Tiny Desk” concerts, the Attacca Quartet celebrates the timeless beauty of the string quartet for a broad audience and this sublime art form.

Praised by The Strad for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years,” the group was formed at the Juilliard School in 2003 and made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

From 2011-2013 they served as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet, and for the 2014-15 season, they were selected as the Quartet in Residence by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

As stated by The Washington Post, “Mastery like this is scarce enough in quartets that have played together for decades.”

The group has engaged in extensive educational and community outreach projects, serving as guest artists and teaching fellows at the Lincoln Center Institute, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Woodlands ChamberFest in Texas.

During their time in Cleveland, Attacca Quartet will give a mini-performance at a local assisted living facility in addition to providing a masterclass for Delta State University’s Department of Music students.

Tickets to see Attacca Quartet are $35, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are on sale now at www.bolognapac.com or at the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

Ailey II dance coming to BPAC

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Ailey II will perform Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Photo by Kyle Froman.

Ailey II Dance Company is making Cleveland one of its stops during the acclaimed 12-member dance ensemble’s 32-city world tour. The group will perform at Delta State’s Bologna Performing Arts Center on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Ailey II, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s second company, is internationally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. One of the most popular dance companies in the country, Ailey II combines a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs. Their Nov. 2 program will feature two new commissions, “Breaking Point” and “Road To One,” in addition to the “Revelations,” the must-see masterpiece by Alvin Ailey himself.

Jamaican-born choreographer Renee I. McDonald’s “Breaking Point” is an intense depiction of the fight for our heart’s desire. Whether it is love, friendship, forgiveness or a secret longing – these things can take us to our limit. Suitably paired with the bold and pulsating sounds of Audiomachine, McDonald’s high-powered, modern-based choreography captures the willpower and frenzy it takes to keep up the fight until you hit your breaking point.

Darrell Grand Moultrie’s “Road To One” passionately embraces the journey we take to find meaning in our lives and eventually pass it on to the next generation. Inspired by a mentor who introduced him to the arts at a young age, Moultrie pays it forward with the Ailey II dancers, creating a high-energy ensemble work that uses elegant, modern movement with a contemporary edge. The musical score features an eclectic range of artists, including Ezio Bosso, Kinjey Bunchens, Monica Chuchi, Oliver Davis, and Spark.

Troy Powell, artistic director for Ailey II, will speak at a luncheon on the Delta State campus on Nov. 1. The title of his program is “Growing up Ailey,” and he will speak about his personal experiences of being mentored by Alvin Ailey, as well as speak to the history of the company and its impact on the dance world. The luncheon is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To register, contact the BPAC’s main office at 662-846-4625.

Ailey II will be in residency at the BPAC for three days, funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Commission. In addition to the public performance and luncheon, the company will also perform a matinee for school audiences on Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. and provide masterclasses for area youth.

Tickets to see Ailey II start at $25, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are on sale at www.bolognapac.com or at the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.