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Miss DSU 2017 coming to BPAC

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Five Delta State students will compete for the crown of Miss DSU 2017 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s contestants include:
* Amber Stone of Olive Branch. Rose is a sophmore majoring in exercise science. Her talent will be singing.
* Madison Wahlstrom of Horn Lake. Wahlstrom is a junior majoring in psychology. Her talent will be dancing.
* Amelie Goss of Rolling Fork. Goss is a senior majoring in child development. Her talent will be dancing.
* Haley Scalzo of Marion, Arkansas. Scalzo is a freshman majoring in pre-nursing. Her talent will be singing.
* Hannah Leflore of Greenwood. Leflore is a junior majoring in speech and hearing sciences. Her talent will be singing.

The emcee for the evening will be Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president of Student Affairs. The judges are Patrick Davis of Cleveland, Brad Hill of Starkville, Lynn Baker of Vicksburg, Terri Frazier of Vicksburg and Othor Cain of Jackson. The auditors are Jaime VanVulpen and Josh Morgan with Hardy and Associates in Cleveland.

Tickets to the event are $6 for general admission and $3 for students.

Mavis Staples and The Blind Boys of Alabama visit the Bologna Performing Arts Center Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Mavis Staples and Blind Boys of Alabama coming to BPAC

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Two powerful acts will deliver a potent performance of fervent vocals and uplifting lyrics Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Delta State’s Bologna Performing Arts Center. The BPAC proudly presents Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama in an incredible night of music. The concert is sponsored by Cannon Motors of Mississippi.

Mavis Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Kennedy Center Honoree and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. Since her first recording at age 13 in 1954, Staples has learned from, worked with, and schooled countless legends, and has brought her own timeless talent to every performance.

Staples stardom began with the Delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s with her father, Pops, and her brother and sisters as The Staple Singers. She then became known for her freedom songs of the Civil Rights era, and then topped the radio charts during the Stax era with hits like “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself.” She served as muse to both Bob Dylan and Prince at the peak of their careers, and later formed 21st century collaborations with Van Morrison, Billy Preston, Zac Brown, Ry Cooder, Chuck D. and Willie Nelson. She then formed a GRAMMY-winning partnership with fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy. Throughout it all, the one constant has been Mavis and her singular voice. Staples has embraced her evolution, absorbing new sounds and ideas, rising to meet the challenges of longevity and bringing her message of hope and positivity to new listeners, song after song, show after show.

Winner of five GRAMMYs, the Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognized around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators. They are not just gospel singers borrowing from old traditions; the group helped to define those traditions in the 20th century and almost single-handedly created a new gospel sound for the 21st.

Since the original members first sang together as kids at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s (including Jimmy Carter, who leads the group today), the band has persevered through seven decades to become one of the most recognized and decorated roots music groups in the world. The Blind Boys’ live shows are roof-raising musical events that appeal to audiences of all cultures, as evidenced by an international itinerary that has taken them to virtually every continent. The Blind Boys of Alabama have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 75 years and shows no signs of diminishing.

Tickets start at $30 and are available at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone at 662-846-4626, or online www.bolognapac.com.

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“Viva Ginastera! A Centennial Celebration” by guest pianist Jovanni-Rey V. de Pedro

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The Department of Music at Delta State University presents guest artist Dr. Jovanni-Rey V. de Pedro in a master class at noon and recital at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

In celebration of the centennial of Alberto Ginastera’s birth, de Pedro will perform piano solo works written by the Argentine composer and two other composers, Christopher Norton and Sonny Chua, at the evening recital. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Delta State Department of Music at 662-846-4615.

Filipino-American pianist de Pedro enjoys an artistic career that has brought him to concert venues and musical institutions in Asia, across North America, South America, Australia and Europe. Winner of the Boesendorfer Stipendium and Grand Prizewinner of the Fidelio Competition sponsored by the city of Vienna’s Cultural Affairs Department, de Pedro also acquired top prizes in several competitions including the United States Open Music Competition, Pacific Piano Competition in Canada, Ibiza Competition in Spain, and the Beethoven Society of Europe’s Intercollegiate Piano Competition in England.

Upon graduation from Trinity College of Music, he received the Isabelle Bond Gold Medal for Performance Excellence. He was recently given a first place award at the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, which led to a performance in Weill Recital Hall. His artistic and educational activities have been further supported by grants from the Solti Foundation in Belgium, the Irish Arts Council and the American Women’s Association in Vienna.

de Pedro ’s academic research and pedagogical interests have led to numerous presentations at conferences for the Music Teachers National Association, College Music Society, European Piano Teachers Association/World Piano Teachers Association in Serbia and the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Association. As a passionate and dedicated educator, he has presented numerous master classes in institutions in the U.S. and abroad. He has served on the teaching staff at City University London and the New Ross Chamber Music Festival (Ireland), and he currently is on the piano faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.

As a chamber musician, de Pedro has collaborated with numerous instrumentalists and vocalists. Together with Irish cellist Tara-Lee Byrne and Portuguese clarinetist Sergio Neves, he founded the Tarvangio Trio in 2008. After making their debut at the Yamaha Chamber Music Series in London, they joined with Hungarian violinist Gwendolyn Masin for a tour of Ireland performing Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.” Tarvangio continues to bring entertaining and innovating programs to audiences in the U.S. and Europe.

He continually seeks to serve the music profession and wider community. Through benefit and outreach recitals, he has raised funds for various community, educational, religious and non-profit organizations. As president of the University of Michigan’s MTNA Collegiate Chapter, he established the Piano Pedagogy Symposium, a national pedagogy conference for university students, which aims to promote communication, fellowship and collaboration among these future music professionals.

A California native, de Pedro holds a Konzert Diplom (with auszeichnung) from the Vienna Conservatory in Austria, where he spent six years as a scholar of the ASCAP/Leiber and Stoller Foundation, a Master’s of Music from Trinity College of Music in London, and a doctoral degree in piano pedagogy and performance from the University of Michigan. He has worked with pianists Robert Ward, Aries Caces, Gerhard Geretschlaeger, Yonty Solomon, Mikhail Kazakevich, Deniz Gelenbe and Louis Nagel, and he coached with Menahem Pressler, Martino Tirimo and Pierre Laurent Aimard. He received additional studies in pedagogy with John Ellis and collaborative piano with Christopher Harding and Eugene Asti.

de Pedro recently served as a visiting professor of music at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and an instructor of piano and chamber music at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. He joined the faculty at the University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton School of Music in 2014 as an assistant professor of piano and piano pedagogy and co-director of the preparatory division.

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A Year With Frog and Toad comes to BPAC

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Watch the seasons unfold with the lovable Frog and Toad, two beloved characters from Arnold Lobel’s wildly-popular children’s book series, one of the Honor Book finalists for the prestigious Newbery Medal in children’s literature.

Produced by Casa Mañana Theatre, “A Year With Frog and Toad” hops onto the stage at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Oct. 25. Come see the amphibious dynamic duo participate in activities for all seasons — leaf raking, snow sledding, garden planting and summer swimming —during the BPAC’s School-Time Matinee Series opening show.

Boasting a jazzy score with a host of entertaining and amiable forest creature friends, this three-time Tony Award nominated musical follows Frog and Toad as the seasons progress, relaying a tale of enduring friendship sure to excite and educate.

Tickets are still available for the 11:30 a.m. performance. The suggested grade levels for this performance are pre-K through fifth grade. Teachers are encouraged to download the free study guide compiled by Casa Mañana Performing Arts Conservatory from the BPAC’s website, www.bolognapac.com.

Tickets are $6 for adults and students, and are available for purchase by stopping by the BPAC or calling 662-846-4844.

“A Year With Frog and Toad” is sponsored locally by Monsanto.

The Shanghai Acrobats present “Shanghai Nights!”  Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Shanghai Acrobats to perform at BPAC

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Direct from Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China, the Shanghai Acrobats present “Shanghai Nights!” Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Founded in 1959, the award-winning company of more than 40 performers epitomizes the thrilling combination of strength, agility and balance that forces an audience to hold its breath, sit up straight, then break into spontaneous applause.

Renowned as an award-winning troupe in both acrobatic and circus competitions at home and abroad, the Shanghai Acrobats have become one of the most influential and competitive acrobatic companies in China.

Share the thrills with the whole family as trampoline artists and aerial acrobats fly through the air with the greatest of ease, while jugglers, contortionists and martial artists demonstrate the exacting precision of their skills. Through jaw-dropping feats of acrobatics, impeccable timed stunts and beautiful costumes, Shanghai Acrobats merge the hustle and bustle of contemporary Shanghai with China’s rich cultural heritage to produce this celebration of their country. From hoop diving to performances on the aerial rings, this world class acrobatic performance is guided by a gentle narrative and performed with beautiful costumes, wonderful lighting and lovely music.

Tickets to see the Shanghai Acrobats are $15-20 and are available at the BPAC Ticket Office Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone at 662-846-4626, or online www.bolognapac.com.

The show is part of the BPAC’s new Family Series, featuring performances for audiences of all ages. Additional shows in the series include “Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle” on Nov. 6, and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!” on Jan. 24, 2017.

Patrons can save $10 per person when buying the Family Series Package, which includes tickets to all three Family Series performances.