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New York-based quartet The Westerlies to perform at BPAC

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The Westerlies are a New York-based brass quartet comprised of four childhood friends from Seattle, Washington — Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler on trumpet, and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombone. The Westerlies will be performing on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State University. The event is part of the Recital Hall Series, featuring a more intimate audience setting in the BPAC’s 145-seat Recital Hall. Tickets are on sale now.

Formed in 2011, the self-described “accidental brass quartet” takes its name from the prevailing winds that travel from the West to the East. “Skilled interpreters who are also adept improvisers” (NPR’s Fresh Air), The Westerlies explore jazz, roots and chamber music influences to create the rarest of hybrids — music that is both “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music). Equally at home in concert halls and living rooms, The Westerlies navigate a wide array of venues with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along.

Their latest concert program, “Songs We Sang: American Vocal Music of the 20th Century,” traces the sound of the 20th century through a variety of American vocal traditions. From the songs of Charles Ives .to the spirituals of the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, The Westerlies draw a line through jazz, classical and folk languages.

In addition to their public performance, The Westerlies will perform a mini-concert for a local assisted living community, as well as conduct a masterclass for Delta State University students.

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

World-class trombonists to perform at Delta State

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The Department of Music is proud to announce Slidin’ in the Delta 2018! — Delta State’s Trombone Day. The event will be held on campus April 7 beginning at 11:30 a.m., and includes two free concert performances by world-renowned guest artists.

The featured guests for the day-long event will be Scott Hartman, professor of trombone at Yale University, and the United States Military Academy Trombone Quartet, featuring members of the United States Army Band – West Point.

As part of the festival, both guest artists will be performing solo recitals. The trombone quartet will be performing a recital at 11:30 a.m. and Hartman will perform a trombone recital at 3:30 pm. Both performances will take place in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

The quartet will perform works by Hornoff, Bach, Reifenberg, Rossini and Wilder, among others.

Hartman’s performance will feature selections by Hahn, Quilter, Jongen, Shewan, Piazzolla, Da Silva and Nestico.

The recitals are free and open to the public. For more information, contact 662-846-4615.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella coming to BPAC

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RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA, the 2013 Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of “The King & I” and “The Sound of Music,” will play at the Bologna Performing Arts Center for one night only, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available now and can be purchased at the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626 and www.bolognapac.com.

The event is locally sponsored by Planters Bank and Trust.

With its fresh new take on the beloved tale of a young woman who is transformed from a chambermaid into a princess, this hilarious and romantic Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA combines the story’s classic elements — glass slippers, pumpkin, and a beautiful ball along with some surprising twists. More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size, this Cinderella is a contemporary figure living in a fairytale setting. She is a spirited young woman with savvy and soul who doesn’t let her rags or her gowns trip her up in her quest for kindness, compassion and forgiveness. She longs to escape the drudgery of her work at home and instead work to make the world a better place. She not only fights for her own dreams, but forces the prince to open his eyes to the world around him and realize his dreams too.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a new book by Douglas Carter Beane, and original book by Oscar Hammerstein II. Originally directed by Mark Brokaw and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, the tour is directed by Gina Rattan and choreographed by Lee Wilkins. Music adaptation and arrangements are by David Chase and music supervision is by Greg Anthony Rassen. Orchestrations are by Bill Elliott and are adapted from the original Broadway orchestrations by Danny Troob.

One of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most popular titles, the production was written for television — debuting in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. In 2013, the show made its long-overdue Broadway debut. Along with CINDERELLA, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s legendary musicals include “OKLAHOMA!,” “Carousel,” “The King and I,” “South Pacific” and” The Sound of Music.”

Mr. Beane’s book for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA blends masterfully with the musical’s cherished score with songs including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?”

The creative team includes scenic design by Tony® Award-nominee Anna Louizos, costume design by six-time Tony® Award-winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony® Award-winner Kenneth Posner, and sound design by Tony® Award-nominee Nevin Steinberg.

The tour is produced by Work Light Productions. CINDERELLA was produced on Broadway by Robyn Goodman, Jill Furman, Stephen Kocis, Edward Walson, Venetian Glass Productions, The Araca Group, Luigi Caiola & Rose Caiola, Roy Furman, Walt Grossman, Peter May/Sanford Robertson, Glass Slipper Productions LLC/Eric Schmidt, Ted Liebowitz/James Spry, Blanket Fort Productions , and in association with Center Theatre Group.

For more information, visit www.CinderellaOnBroadway.com. Facebook: Facebook.com/CinderellaTheMusical  and Twitter: @CinderellaBway.

Gladys Knight takes BPAC stage March 22

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The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last 50 years have matched her unassailable artistry. The seven-time GRAMMY winner will perform live in concert March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Delta State’s campus.

The concert is locally sponsored by Bolivar Medical Center.

Georgia-born, Knight began performing gospel music at age four. Three years later, she won the grand prize on television’s “Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour,” and the following year, her mother Elizabeth Knight created the group consisting of Gladys, her brother Bubba, her sister Brenda, and her cousins William and Elenor Guest. They called themselves The Pips in honor of their cousin and manager, James Pip Woods.

In 1959, Brenda and Elenor left the group, replaced by cousin Edward Patten and friend Langston George. The group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips, and following George’s departure in 1962, the classic lineup was in place.

The group debuted their first album in 1960, when Knight was just 16. With Knight singing lead and The Pips providing lush harmonies and graceful choreography, the group went on to achieve icon status, having recorded some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Top 20 hits, like “Every Beat of My Heart,” “Letter Full of Tears,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” and “If I Were Your Woman,” set the stage for an amazing run in the mid-1970s, with Top 10 gold-certified singles like “Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye),” “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination,” “Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me,” and the No. 1 smash “Midnight Train to Georgia,” established Gladys Knight and The Pips as the premiere pop/R&B vocal ensemble in the world.

The party kept rolling with hits like “On and On” from the Academy Award-nominated soundtrack of Curtis Mayfield’s “Claudine,” the 1974 comedy about love in the inner city. Knight enjoyed another No. 1 hit in 1985 when she teamed with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Dionne Warwick on “That’s What Friends are For.” She and Wonder sang together again for the successful “Frank Sinatra Duets II” album, joining his voice for the song “For Once in My Life” in 1994.

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

Japanese drumming group TAO to perform at BPAC tonight

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TAO, the Japanese drumming sensation, is coming to the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University tonight, March 6. The company’s all-new production, “TAO: Drum Heart,” will take the BPAC stage at 7 p.m.

TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals, the performers of “TAO: Drum Heart” create an energetic and unforgettable production.

Critics are raving about TAO:

“Extraordinarily talented percussion artists … The crowd was unmistakably wowed.” — Chicago Tribune
“A beautiful story, simple and elegant… an experience to be had.” — Stage Buddy
“Supernaturally fit and superbly trained… stunning.” — The Herald

Taiko drumming is considered to have originated in sixth century Japan and refers to a variety of traditional percussion instruments, from small and hand-held, to those that are so large that they rest vertically on the ground and are played on their sides.

Breaking past the traditional notions of Taiko since it was formed in 1993, TAO has created an entirely new art form that is modern yet retains a sense of nostalgia. The performers are both highly-trained athletes and expressive artists. Their rigorous training in TAO’s home of Oita, Japan often consists of daily workouts lasting 17 hours. The music they create in different genres, and with traditional instruments, results in a unique production, using world-class techniques and specialized methods.

The Cleveland performance is part of a world tour that has covered 24 countries and has been seen by almost 8 million people. Don’t miss the chance to see these internationally-acclaimed percussion artists.

Tickets are $15-20 and are now on sale at the Bologna Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 662-846-4626, or by visiting www.bolognapac.com.