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Country music star Tracy Lawrence to take BPAC stage

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Multi-platinum Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music award-winning recording artist Tracy Lawrence will perform live in concert at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is locally sponsored by Robinson Electric.

Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in country music, with songs such as “Paint Me a Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis,” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The entertainer has enjoyed 22 songs on the Billboard Top 10 charts with 18 No. 1 singles, selling over 13 million albums. Few country artists have known the kind of success that Lawrence has earned. His iconic voice has influenced the country music genre like none other.

Prior to Lawrence ‘s concert, weather permitting, there will be a picnic-style dinner in the Sanders Sculpture Garden located in front of the BPAC. Moonlight Smokers and Catfish Cabin will have their food trucks on site for dinner purchases. Additionally, patrons can enjoy the recently installed sculptures in the sculpture garden. Dinner in the garden will last from 5:30-7:15 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

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

School-Time Matinee Series tickets on sale

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Tickets for the 2017-18 School-Time Matinee Series at the Bologna Performing Arts Center are now on sale for schools throughout the Delta. This year’s performance slate includes offerings for every grade level, from pre-kindergarten to high school audiences, as well as educational partnerships with the Delta Arts Alliance and Delta State University.

Students at public schools in 12 Delta and northwest Mississippi counties are eligible for $1 scholarship tickets provided by Double Quick, Inc. and the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.

2017 shows include:

  • “Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey on Wednesday,” is set for Sep. 27 (kindergarten-fourth grade).
  • In October, the BPAC will partner with the Delta Arts Alliance for an Arts Beyond the Stage workshop in conjunction with the production of Dallas Children’s Theatre’s “How I Became a Pirate” on Oct. 16 (pre-kindergarten through fifth grade). Call the BPAC at 662-846-4844 to register your class for the workshop.
  • Modern dance “Ailey II” on Nov. 2 (upper elementary, middle and high school) is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Commission. All tickets for this special education initiative are only $1 each.
  • Audiences will greet the holiday season with everyone’s favorite lasagna-loving feline as GARFIELD© presents “A Garfield Christmas” (pre-kindergarten through fourth grade) on Dec. 6.

2018 shows include:

  • “Go, Dog. Go!” is set for Jan. 19 (pre-kindergarten through second grade).
  • Arguably Shakespeare’s most celebrated play “Hamlet” comes to the BPAC stage with a performance by Aquilla Theatre on Feb. 7 (middle and high school).
  • Based on Prokofiev’s famed symphony for children, “Petra and the Wolf” takes place Feb. 20 (first-eighth grade).
  • The season concluded April 5 with Enchantment Theatre’s production of “My Father’s Dragon” (pre-kindergarten through fifth grade).

For more information about tickets, pricing, study guides, and scholarship tickets, contact the Arts Education office at 662-846-4844 or email cholder@deltastate.edu.

Volunteering opportunities at the Bologna Performing Arts Center

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Over 50 volunteers in Cleveland and across the Delta gathered at the Bologna Performing Arts Center August 8-10 for annual volunteer trainings.

Each volunteer received training for the various positions in the theater, as well as emergency procedures for the center.

“Volunteerism at the Bologna Performing Arts Center is a great opportunity to get involved with the community, meet new people, and work in a fun, entertaining environment,” said Amber Foster with the BPAC.

Each season, the dedicated volunteers provide services at performances. These volunteers are known as “Ambassadors,” and they serve as greeters, ticket-takers, door captains and ushers.

“Our Ambassadors help ensure that every patron attending has a wonderful, enriching experience from beginning to end,” added Foster. “From community members to DSU students, the Bologna Ambassadors make the show go on.”

Positions are always open to join the Ambassador Program for this season’s performances. Upcoming trainings will be held at the following times:
-Aug. 23 from 10-11:30 a.m.
-Aug. 31 from 5-6:30 p.m.

To register for one of the training times, contact Foster at 662-846-4625 or email afoster@deltastate.edu.

The Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State University is a multidisciplinary facility that presents an annual performing arts season featuring top touring productions and concerts. Learn more at http://bolognapac.com/.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit opens BPAC season

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Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit will play the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Aug. 24.

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit will kick off the Bologna Performing Arts Center’s 2017-18 season on Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Opening the night is special guest Amanda Shires and her band.

The concert is locally sponsored by Wade, Inc.

Amanda Shires

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist Jason Isbell and his mighty band, The 400 Unit, are on a U.S. tour following the release of their highly anticipated new album “The Nashville Sound” on June 16. The album is the followup to 2015’s critically-acclaimed “Something More Than Free,” which won two Grammy Awards and two Americana Music Association Awards.

Isbell has become one of the most respected songwriters of this era, and when he steps onto the stage with the mighty 400 Unit, they become one of the strongest live acts on the road today, captivating audiences worldwide. The 400 Unit features Derry deBorja (keyboards), Chad Gamble (drums), Jimbo Hart (bass), Amanda Shires (fiddle) and Sadler Vaden (guitar).

In March, tickets for a five-night run at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in October sold out in just two hours. Tickets to their Mississippi Delta performance are now on sale at www.bolognapac.com or by contacting the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

McAnally to perform album release and benefit concert at BPAC

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On Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m., the statewide non-profit organization Extra Table will host country music star Mac McAnally along with the Mississippi Bicentennial Orchestra and members of the Coral Reefer Band in a benefit concert at the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State.

Now, in his fifth benefit concert to help fight hunger, McAnally joins Extra Table to help get healthy food to the hungry across the Mississippi Delta. All profits from the show will be used to purchase healthy food for area feeding agencies.

Extra Table, founded by chef, author and restaurateur Robert St. John, is a non-profit organization committed to ending hunger in Mississippi by providing food pantries and soup kitchens with the nutritious food they need to feed Mississippi’s hungry.

Through a partnership with Sysco, the nation’s largest food distributor, Extra Table uses 100 percent of donations given for food to purchase healthy food bundles from Sysco, which are delivered free of charge on a monthly basis to 27 food pantries and soup kitchens that Extra Table is partnered with throughout the state.

In addition to the profits from the concert, McAnally is also announcing a special album release of biggest hits and favorite songs set to orchestration, with a portion of proceeds also benefitting Extra Table.

McAnally’s peers have voted him County Music Association Musician of the Year for an unprecedented eight years in a row. He’s a member of the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame and Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer band. He has been releasing albums since he was 20, and he’s written several No. 1 hits, beginning with Alabama’s “Old Flame.”

Scheduled to release Aug. 25 on Mailboat Records, “Southbound” is the first of his 14 albums to present all original material in McAnally’s newly arranged orchestral context. The album features 16 tunes from his catalog, each one spotlighting members of Hattiesburg, Mississippi’s FestivalSouth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jay Dean, accompanying McAnally’s performances.

To purchase tickets to the Sept. 7 performance, visit http://bolognapac.com or www.extratable.org.