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San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet to dance at BPAC

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center is thrilled to host the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Jan. 30-Feb. 1.

Hailed by critics as “stunning, fierce and evocative,” Alonzo King LINES Ballet leaps to uncharted heights with bold new dance innovations that redefine what ballet can be. Brought to life by the extraordinary LINES Ballet dancers, Alonzo King’s visionary choreography is renowned for connecting audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity.

They will perform two pieces, “Art Songs” and “Sand,” on Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25-35. For more information, visit www.bolognapac.com, or call the Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

The performance is locally sponsored by the USA International Ballet Competition.

Collaborating with noted composers, musicians and visual artists from around the world, Alonzo King creates honest and spiritually-gripping work that draws on a diverse set of deeply-rooted cultural traditions, imbuing classical ballet with new expressive potential.

King has received several performing arts awards and honors over the course of his career, including the Doris Duke Foundation Artist Award, Kennedy Center Master of Choreography and Jacob’s Pillow Creativity Award.

LINES Ballet will arrive in Cleveland on Jan. 30 to begin their three-day residency. The company will give two master classes that afternoon at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. for dance students ages four and up. Limited space is available, and interested students are asked to call 662-846-4844 to sign up for the free master classes.

Following their evening public performance Jan. 31, the company will present one ballet for students on Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the BPAC. Grant funding is available for free tickets for Delta area schools, but advanced reservations are required. Following the performance, schools can take a guided campus tour with Delta State University’s Office of Admissions as part of “Experience DSU Day,” a recruiting event and arts showcase that will highlight the best of what Delta State has to offer. Contact the BPAC Arts Education office for more information at 662-846-4844.

The Southern Company is the national sponsor for the Southern U.S. tour of the LINES Ballet. The LINES Ballet performance and residency activities are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Grant-funded tickets available for LINES Ballet and Experience DSU Day

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Delta State University’s Office of Admissions and the Bologna Performing Arts Center will team up Feb. 1 for Experience DSU Day, a recruiting event and arts showcase that will highlight the best of what Delta State has to offer.

Experience DSU Day begins with check-in at the BPAC at 10 a.m. Potential Delta State students will have the opportunity to watch a performance piece from Alonzo King LINES Ballet, a company that redefines traditional ballet with their athleticism and culturally charged performances. The performance has been described as “stunning, fierce and evocative.”

Grant funding for free tickets for Delta area schools is available, but reservations are required. Call the BPAC’s Arts Education Office at 662-846-4844 to reserve your class’s free tickets today. Delta State students may also attend the Alonzo King LINES Ballet matinee for free by presenting their Okra Card at the door.

Guests will receive a welcome packet and brief address from the Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Charles McAdams followed by the Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s performance at 10:30 a.m. Guided campus tours will take place prior to lunch. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 662-846-4020 or admissions@deltastate.edu to reserve a campus tour guide.

For more information on Experience DSU Day, check out the Facebook event, or contact the BPAC at 662-846-4844 or Admissions at 662-846-4020.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood coming to BPAC

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The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on PBS KIDS.

Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!” coming to the Bologna Performing Arts Center Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and available at www.bolognapac.com, by phone at 662-846-4626, or at the BPAC Ticket Office. The office is open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children must be at least one to attend the performance, and every person must have their own ticket.

Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel invites the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood tells its engaging stories about the life of a preschooler using musical strategies grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark social-emotional curriculum. Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key social skills necessary for school and for life.

The animated TV series has garnered a host of prestigious awards, and most recently was nominated for a 2015 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Preschool Animated Program. This recognition follows a string of additional honors, including a 2015 Parents’ Choice Gold Award and 2014 Prix Jeunesse International Selection, as well as the 2013 Kidscreen Award for Best Animated Series in the Preschool Category, and 2013 Cynopsis: Kids! Imagination Award for Preschool Series.

Before the performance, in partnership with the Delta Arts Alliance, all families are invited to the BPAC lobby for “Arts Beyond the Stage.” Beginning at 5 p.m., children will be able to participate in free, hands-on arts activities related to the performance led by Delta Arts Alliance artists in residence.

For more information, visit the BPAC website www.bolognapac.com and the PBS KIDS Website http://pbskids.org/daniel/. “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!” is the final performance in the BPAC’s Family Series, a new series featuring lower ticket prices and performances geared towards children of all ages.untitled1

 

Chamber ensembles concert coming to BPAC

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The Delta State Department of Music presents an evening of chamber music featuring the DSU Woodwind Quintet, DSU Flute Quartet and the DSU Saxophone Duo in the Bologna Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The chamber ensembles have just returned from a tour of northern Mississippi, where they delighted high school audiences with their performances.

Delta State’s newly-formed Woodwind Quintet is comprised of leading members of the DSU Wind Ensemble, including flute player Amanda Lutz of Horn Lake, oboe player Mollie Searcy of Grenada, clarinet player Emily Hercules of Ripley, bassoon player Tristan Crockett of Grenada, and horn player Jacob Jackson of Southaven. The quintet is coached by Dr. Shelley Collins and Dr. Bret Pimentel. The quintet will play works by Haydn and Persichetti.

The DSU Saxophone Duo, under the direction of Pimentel, will perform works by W. F. Bach, Arthur Mayeur, and Paul Hindemith. Members of the ensemble ainclude Sara Crider of Purvis and Dakota Young of Grenada.

The DSU Flute Quartet, under the direction of Collins, will perform Cathleen McMichael’s “Legends from the Greenwood,” a showpiece inspired by the poetry of Longfellow, and “Concerto in A Minor,” by French Baroque composer Boismortier. Members of the quartet include Savannah Cavalier of Brookhaven, Barbara Doorenbos of Meridian, Amanda Lutz of Horn Lake, and Caitelan Shelton of Ripley.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 662-846-4615.

BPAC to host NYC’s Parsons Dance

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New York City’s Parsons Dance Company comes to the Bologna Performing Arts Center Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Parsons Dance, a modern dance company, is noted for its contemporary, athletic movements and high-energy ensemble performances. Created in 1985 by artistic director David Parsons, and two-time TONY Award winning lighting designer Howell Binkley (for Jersey Boys in 2006 and Hamilton in 2016), the event promises to entertain, challenge, and educate audience members.

The Bologna Center is thrilled to host the internationally renowned group on both Nov. 9-10.

In addition to their public performance on Nov. 10, the company will also present a shortened version of their evening program for K-12 students on Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. Immediately following both performances, dance members will participate in a Q&A session with audience members. The company will also lead two masterclasses in the afternoon on Nov. 9 for dance students ages four and up. Limited space is available, and interested students are encouraged to call 662-846-4844 for more information and to sign up for the free masterclass.

Tickets are available for both performances. For more information, visit www.bolognapac.com or call the Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

The Parsons Dance performance and residency activities are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Commission.