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The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants will present a free concert April 13 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

U.S. Air Force Band in free BPAC concert

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The United States Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants from Washington, D.C., are coming to Cleveland as part of a 12-day, five-state community relations tour. The performance will take place April 13 at 7 p.m. at Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State University.

The concert is free and open to the public. Tickets are required and can be picked up at the BPAC ticket office or by phone at 662-846-4626. Seating will be general admission. The event is presented by the BPAC and proudly sponsored by The Bolivar Commercial, The Cleveland Current, WABG and WXVT.

The U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants are two of the six performing ensembles within The United States Air Force Band, the premier musical organization of the U.S. Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., the band honors those who have served, inspires American citizens to heightened patriotism and service, and positively impacts the global community on behalf of the U.S. Air Force and the United States of America.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the band. The April 2016 tour also includes stops in Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Texas.

For more information, visit the Bologna Center Ticket Office or call 662-846-4626.

Don’t miss the '80s pop culture phenomenon FLASHDANCE live on stage at the Bologna Performing Arts Center March 18 (Photo by Christopher Ash)

FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL now live on stage

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ALL NEW TOUR MAKES ITS MISSISSIPPI DELTA PREMIERE AT BOLOGNA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER MARCH 18

FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL, the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film that defined a generation, will perform at the Bologna Performing Arts Center March 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale, and prices range from $35-$65, with discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at the BPAC box office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by calling 662-846-4626, or online at www.bolognapac.com.

With electrifying dance at its core, FLASHDANCE tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night. Owens dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, she learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.

The original Paramount Pictures film was a worldwide smash hit that became a pop culture phenomenon, grossing over $150 million and featuring a Grammy Award-winning soundtrack. The performance features a score including the hit songs from the movie, all of which became Top 10 hits on the radio around the world. Songs include the Academy Award-winning title song “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” and “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll.” In addition to these hits, 16 new songs have been written for the stage with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Roth. FLASHDANCE features a book by Cary and Tom Hedley, co-writer of the original screenplay with Joe Eszterhas.

For more information, visit online at www.bolognapac.com.

Tickets to BODYTRAFFIC are on sale now at the BPAC Ticket Office and online at www.bolognapac.com.

BODYTRAFFIC dance company to make Mississippi debut

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Named “the company of the future” by the Joyce Theater Foundation, BODYTRAFFIC is leading the way for contemporary dance in Los Angeles and beyond.

BODYTRAFFIC will make its Mississippi debut March 1 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State. The company will present a matinee for K-12 school audiences at 11 a.m., and a public performance will be held that evening at 7:30 p.m. There will be a complimentary pre-performance reception in the Bologna Center lobby beginning at 6:30 p.m. Immediately following the show, there will be a Q&A discussion inside the Delta & Pine Land Theater.

This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Praised by LA Weekly for its “confident, hard-hitting” execution in a wide range of styles, BODYTRAFFIC is known for their dynamic theatricality and contemporary approach to dance. The show’s growing repertory is vibrant, inspiring, accessible and challenging to both new audiences and experienced dance enthusiasts. Founded by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett in 2007, the company has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world commissioning new works from world-class contemporary choreographers, and was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013.

Prior to their performances, the company will spend time in the Cleveland community. First, dancers will work with Margaret Green Junior High and Cleveland High School students in a partnership with the Junior Auxiliary of Cleveland’s Exceptional Education project.

The company will also work with the Delta Arts Alliance School of Dance. DAA Executive Director Rori Herbison said the experience would be critical to the development of the young students.

BODYTRAFFIC’s debut is just one of many upcoming dance performances in the BPAC’s future through its participation in the Dance Touring Initiative.

“We are very excited to be working with South Arts to feature more contemporary dance and ballet programming at the Bologna Center” said BPAC executive director Laura Howell. “Dance is one of those great art forms where there are no right answers, and there can be a point of access for everyone.”

Tickets to see BODYTRAFFIC are now on sale at the BPAC Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 662-846-4626, and online at www.bolognapac.com. Tickets are $25-39, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.