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Los Angeles Guitar Quartet kicks off new BPAC series

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The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet will perform at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is part of the BPAC’s new Recital Hall Series, featuring classical music performances in the intimate, 145-seat Recital Hall. Ticket holders will enjoy a social hour with heavy hors d’oeuvres one hour prior to the performance beginning at 6:30 p.m. Limited tickets remain to see this award-winning ensemble.

For over three decades on the concert stage, the members of the Grammy® Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet have continually set the standard for expression and virtuosity among guitar ensembles, while perennially redefining themselves in their musical explorations. Popularly known as the LAGQ, the group is recognized as one of America’s premier instrumental ensembles. As one of the most charismatic groups performing today, their critically-acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground.

LAGQ has given recitals in many of the world’s top venues, including Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, Tokyo Opera City, and New York’s Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. They have toured extensively in Europe and Asia and recently made highly successful debuts in China and Australia. They kicked off their 2016-17 season with a tour of Germany and continued performances throughout the season spanning the United States.

Tickets to see LAGQ are $50 and include a social hour prior to the performance. Patrons can also purchase a Recital Hall Series package for $90, which includes tickets to both LAGQ and SYBARITE5 on March 21, 2017.

Tickets are available at the BPAC Ticket Office, open Mondays-Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone at 662-846-4626, or online at www.bolognapac.com. For more information about the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, visit www.lagq.com.

The Avett Brothers will perform at the BPAC Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

The Avett Brothers set to perform Oct. 4

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The Avett Brothers will perform live in concert at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored locally by Guaranty Bank and Trust.

The Avett Brothers’ narrative folk-rock tells bigger stories about what it means to be Southern, to be American and to be alive. The group combines bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, indie rock, honkytonk and ragtime — producing a unique sound that delights audiences of all ages.

The group’s new album, “True Sadness,” achieved their highest career debut to date, and it dominated multiple charts. “True Sadness,” their ninth album, continues to garner overwhelming critical acclaim with many considering it their finest release yet. “Rolling Stone” said it’s “their most heart-baring LP.” “People” claimed “the sincerity of the lyrics keeps the boys true to their roots,” and “Interview” wrote “as a whole, ‘True Sadness’ is the band’s most intimate and exploratory album to date.”

In a letter to fans announcing the album, Seth Avett wrote, “Somewhere along the way, the line between music and life faded — then evaporated altogether. With the disappearance of this division, the songs have become increasingly reflective in their nature. It is with this current focus and harmony between art and living that we pen our songs.” 

Over the past few months, The Avett Brothers have traveling and performing across the nation. They have performed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” the “TODAY Show”and “CBS This Morning” — all while touring with shows across the country.

Be sure to catch them at the BPAC and feel “True Sadness” come to life on stage.

Tickets to see The Avett Brothers start at $55 and are available at the BPAC Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To purchase over the phone, call 662-846-4626, or online at www.bolognapac.com. For all things The Avett Brothers, visit www.theavettbrothers.com.

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Travis Tritt Begins New BPAC Season

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Country music legend Travis Tritt and special guest Luke Combs will kick off the 2016-2017 Season at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is sponsored by Bolivar Medical Center. There will also be a pre-show dinner in the Sculpture Garden.

More than 27 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Grammy award-winning artist continues to sell-out shows, top sales charts, and stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. A Marietta, Georgia native, Travis Tritt is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included Country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson, all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s.

Among his 11 studio albums and numerous charted singles are 19 Top 10 hits, including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Love Of A Woman” and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E.” His over 25-year career has produced millions in album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the Country radio charts. Most recently, Tritt formed Post Oak Recordings in 2012 and released his album “The Calm After…” through his own record label. Continuously performing shows and holding a heavy appearance schedule, Tritt is proving to be unstoppable.

Joining Travis Tritt is special guest Luke Combs.

Don’t call country music newcomer Luke Combs an “outlaw.” The word doesn’t really fit, though he does have an undeniable independent streak. “Outsider” doesn’t really work anymore either, since he’s come to Nashville and quickly won himself a record deal and quite a bit of attention. “Outlier” is a better fit for Combs. The 26-year-old has built an already enviable following, with his first single “Hurricane” making the iTunes Top 10 Country as well as Billboard Hot Country Top 40 charts.

Combs has been touring throughout the summer with Tritt, and has shared the stage with other artists such as the Eli Young Band, Corey Smith, and Chace Rice.

Prior to the show, weather permitting, there will be a picnic-style dinner in the Sanders Sculpture Garden located in front of the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Delta Dairy, Delta Meat Market, and Nehi Bottling Co. will have food and beverages available for purchase. Dinner in the garden will last from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., and the Travis Tritt performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30-60 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 662-846-4626 or online www.bolognapac.com. Tickets to the performance are not required to attend the dinner in the Sculpture Garden; food purchases may be made directly from vendors on-site.

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Tickets available for BPAC School-Time Matinee Series

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School is back in session and the Arts Education office at the Bologna Performing Arts Center is ready to help teachers make their reservation to the 2016-17 School-Time Matinee Series.

The series connects children, teachers and schools with the performing arts in meaningful ways by bringing performances to Mississippi that complement the school curriculum. Exposure to live theater ignites a child’s imagination in a unique way, opening the door to a greater understanding of the world and a life-long love of the arts.

The School-Time Matinee Series offers a wide variety of programming that incorporates academic subject matter, literary classics, and art-forms such as music and theatre. The series also aims to meet the artistic and educational needs of students from preschool through high school seniors. Each production provides a variety of curriculum connections, as well as comprehensive study guides that aid in classroom learning both before and after the performance.

The season kicks off Oct. 25 with “A Year with Frog and Toad,” based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved children’s books. The program was nominated for three TONY Awards, including Best Musical.

Next, the internationally renowned dance company Parsons Dance Company will perform its energized, athletic ensemble work on Nov. 9. On Nov. 18, audiences are invited to spend some time with the groovy Pete the Cat and rock out as they learn about friendship and adventure.

The first show of 2017 will be Feb. 1 with “Alonzo King LINES Ballet,” which is hailed by critics as stunning, fierce and evocative. On Feb. 23, get ready for the ultimate playdate as “Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo LIVE” takes the audience on a breathtaking tour of pre-historic Australia.

The season concludes with the musical adaptation of the Caldecott award-winning Cinderella tale of John Steptoe’s “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” on April 12.

Tickets are now on sale for all productions in the School-Time Matinee Series. To place a reservation for a school group or family, visit http://bolognapac.com/education/school-time-matinee-series/ and complete an order form. Payment is required to hold reservations. For more information, call Joannah Taylor, Arts Education coordinator, at 662-846-4844.

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$10,000 Monsanto grant to fund BPAC spring break camp

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A recent grant from the Monsanto Fund will fund a spring break camp focused on helping young students explore the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Local Monsanto employees recommended the Bologna Performing Arts Center be awarded the $10,000 grant from their companies’ Monsanto Fund’s 2016 site grant initiative.

Funds from the grant will be used towards the S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Spring Break Camp. The camp seeks to gather campers looking for a challenge and a creative and comprehensive experience that extends beyond their academic year. Creative thinkers and explorers are encouraged to attend.

“We are excited to partner with the Science department here on Delta State’s campus to offer a S.T.E.A.M. Camp during the spring break week of 2017.  The visual arts work so nicely with math and science, as you use many of the same problem solving skills and creativity,” said Joannah Taylor, BPAC’s arts education coordinator.

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations through its site grant initiative to help address essential needs in rural communities. Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $7.5 million through this program over the last five years.

The BPAC is dedicated to providing exceptional artistic and educational opportunities to children in the Mississippi Delta region. Through its affiliation with Delta State University, it is able to offer a variety of programming to suit the needs of local families, school children, and educators.  BPAC has a long history of providing interactive camp experiences for young people through their Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute.

The purpose of the Delta State University Foundation is to foster private financial support for Delta State University, such as the Bologna Performing Arts Center.  The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.