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Wind ensembles set to perform April 14 at BPAC

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A concert featuring the Delta State University Wind Ensemble as well as three other ensembles is set for 7 p.m. April 14 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

The concert is free and open to the public. Admission is free.

The DSU Symphonic Band, the Hinds Community College Wind Ensemble and the Cleveland High School Concert Band will also perform.

The DSU Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Director of Bands Dr. Erik Richards.

“We have not invited a community college or high school band to play at our spring concert for a while now,” Richards said. “This is something we hope to continue to do to build relations with bands in the state and prospective students.”

Provost/Vice-President of Academic Affairs Dr. Charles McAdams will also serve as a guest conductor for the DSU Wind Ensemble.

For more information, contact Delta State University Department of Music Secretary Cheryl Beaty at (662) 846-4615.

Children's book author Chuck Galey will present his Illustrator As Storyteller workshop April 8 at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

BPAC to host children’s book author

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Award-winning children’s book author Chuck Galey will present his Illustrator As Storyteller workshop April 8 at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. The event will run in conjunction with the production of Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide on the same day.

Reservations are required to attend the free workshop. To reserve a spot, email Joannah Taylor, BPAC Arts Education coordinator, at jtaylor@deltastate.edu.

Galey, a Greenwood, Mississippi native, has been working in children’s book publishing for 22 years. He will discuss visual storytelling from a child’s point of view. Some of the books he has illustrated include “Jazz Cats,” “Rock’N’Roll Dogs,” “Jay And The Bounty of Books,” and “A Special Visitor Comes To Possum Ridge.”

His workshop will cover character development, drawing the main character, storyboarding and executing the finished art for publication. He will also show samples of the creative process from a few of the 15 picture books he has illustrated.

Galey’s original illustrations for his books will be on display April 4-15 in the BPAC atrium. The exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The workshop and exhibit are sponsored by the Bologna Performing Arts Center, The Delta Arts Alliance and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Visit Galey’s website for more information, www.chuckgaley.com, or contact Taylor at jtaylor@deltastate.edu.

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.