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Country music star Tracy Lawrence to take BPAC stage

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Multi-platinum Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music award-winning recording artist Tracy Lawrence will perform live in concert at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is locally sponsored by Robinson Electric.

Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in country music, with songs such as “Paint Me a Birmingham,” “Time Marches On,” “Alibis,” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.” The entertainer has enjoyed 22 songs on the Billboard Top 10 charts with 18 No. 1 singles, selling over 13 million albums. Few country artists have known the kind of success that Lawrence has earned. His iconic voice has influenced the country music genre like none other.

Prior to Lawrence ‘s concert, weather permitting, there will be a picnic-style dinner in the Sanders Sculpture Garden located in front of the BPAC. Moonlight Smokers and Catfish Cabin will have their food trucks on site for dinner purchases. Additionally, patrons can enjoy the recently installed sculptures in the sculpture garden. Dinner in the garden will last from 5:30-7:15 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the concert are now on sale at www.bolognapac.com or by contacting the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

School-Time Matinee Series tickets on sale

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Tickets for the 2017-18 School-Time Matinee Series at the Bologna Performing Arts Center are now on sale for schools throughout the Delta. This year’s performance slate includes offerings for every grade level, from pre-kindergarten to high school audiences, as well as educational partnerships with the Delta Arts Alliance and Delta State University.

Students at public schools in 12 Delta and northwest Mississippi counties are eligible for $1 scholarship tickets provided by Double Quick, Inc. and the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.

2017 shows include:

  • “Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey on Wednesday,” is set for Sep. 27 (kindergarten-fourth grade).
  • In October, the BPAC will partner with the Delta Arts Alliance for an Arts Beyond the Stage workshop in conjunction with the production of Dallas Children’s Theatre’s “How I Became a Pirate” on Oct. 16 (pre-kindergarten through fifth grade). Call the BPAC at 662-846-4844 to register your class for the workshop.
  • Modern dance “Ailey II” on Nov. 2 (upper elementary, middle and high school) is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Commission. All tickets for this special education initiative are only $1 each.
  • Audiences will greet the holiday season with everyone’s favorite lasagna-loving feline as GARFIELD© presents “A Garfield Christmas” (pre-kindergarten through fourth grade) on Dec. 6.

2018 shows include:

  • “Go, Dog. Go!” is set for Jan. 19 (pre-kindergarten through second grade).
  • Arguably Shakespeare’s most celebrated play “Hamlet” comes to the BPAC stage with a performance by Aquilla Theatre on Feb. 7 (middle and high school).
  • Based on Prokofiev’s famed symphony for children, “Petra and the Wolf” takes place Feb. 20 (first-eighth grade).
  • The season concluded April 5 with Enchantment Theatre’s production of “My Father’s Dragon” (pre-kindergarten through fifth grade).

For more information about tickets, pricing, study guides, and scholarship tickets, contact the Arts Education office at 662-846-4844 or email cholder@deltastate.edu.

Volunteering opportunities at the Bologna Performing Arts Center

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Over 50 volunteers in Cleveland and across the Delta gathered at the Bologna Performing Arts Center August 8-10 for annual volunteer trainings.

Each volunteer received training for the various positions in the theater, as well as emergency procedures for the center.

“Volunteerism at the Bologna Performing Arts Center is a great opportunity to get involved with the community, meet new people, and work in a fun, entertaining environment,” said Amber Foster with the BPAC.

Each season, the dedicated volunteers provide services at performances. These volunteers are known as “Ambassadors,” and they serve as greeters, ticket-takers, door captains and ushers.

“Our Ambassadors help ensure that every patron attending has a wonderful, enriching experience from beginning to end,” added Foster. “From community members to DSU students, the Bologna Ambassadors make the show go on.”

Positions are always open to join the Ambassador Program for this season’s performances. Upcoming trainings will be held at the following times:
-Aug. 23 from 10-11:30 a.m.
-Aug. 31 from 5-6:30 p.m.

To register for one of the training times, contact Foster at 662-846-4625 or email afoster@deltastate.edu.

The Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State University is a multidisciplinary facility that presents an annual performing arts season featuring top touring productions and concerts. Learn more at http://bolognapac.com/.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit opens BPAC season

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Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit will play the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Aug. 24.

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit will kick off the Bologna Performing Arts Center’s 2017-18 season on Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Opening the night is special guest Amanda Shires and her band.

The concert is locally sponsored by Wade, Inc.

Amanda Shires

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist Jason Isbell and his mighty band, The 400 Unit, are on a U.S. tour following the release of their highly anticipated new album “The Nashville Sound” on June 16. The album is the followup to 2015’s critically-acclaimed “Something More Than Free,” which won two Grammy Awards and two Americana Music Association Awards.

Isbell has become one of the most respected songwriters of this era, and when he steps onto the stage with the mighty 400 Unit, they become one of the strongest live acts on the road today, captivating audiences worldwide. The 400 Unit features Derry deBorja (keyboards), Chad Gamble (drums), Jimbo Hart (bass), Amanda Shires (fiddle) and Sadler Vaden (guitar).

In March, tickets for a five-night run at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in October sold out in just two hours. Tickets to their Mississippi Delta performance are now on sale at www.bolognapac.com or by contacting the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

BPAC unveils 2017-18 season

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University recently released its 2017-18 season. The new lineup features a total of 23 performances across four series: the Main Stage, featuring evening public performances; Family Series, geared at theatergoers of all ages; Recital Hall Series, featuring classical music; and the School-Time Matinee Series, providing educational opportunities for preK-12 students and educators.

There will be 11 performances on the Main Stage lineup. This year, the season begins on Aug. 24 with GRAMMY award-winning Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit with special guest Amanda Shires, sponsored by Wade Inc. One of the most recognizable voices in country music Tracy Lawrence will play on Sept. 21, sponsored by Robinson Electric. On Oct. 3, the Aaron Neville Duo will tell it like it is in a concert sponsored by Delta State’s International Conference on the Blues. On Oct. 19, the singer-songwriter siblings Brothers Osborne, who have won “Vocal Duo of the year” at the ACM and CMA awards, will perform live in concert. On Nov. 2, the talented dancers of Ailey II of New York will capture audiences in a performance funded in part by South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. This year’s holiday program is Red and Green, a family-friendly tap extravaganza by the world-renowned dancers of Rhythmic Circus and their swingin’ seven-piece band.

A brand new production of The Sound of Music begins the 2018 schedule on Jan. 25, sponsored by Guaranty Bank and Trust. On Feb. 6, Aquila Theatre brings to life Hamlet, arguably Shakespeare’s greatest play. The five-time GRAMMY award winner Michael McDonald will perform on Feb. 22, sponsored by Cannon Motors. The 20th anniversary tour of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning rock musical RENT comes to the Mississippi Delta on March 1. The Main Stage season will conclude with the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA on April 17, sponsored by Planters Bank. The 2017-18 season’s producing partner is Bolivar Medical Center.

The Family Series features two performances appropriate for all ages. Don’t miss the latest theatrical sensation B – The Underwater Bubble Show, an interactive performance that appeals to children and adults alike on Nov. 16. On March 6, the internationally acclaimed percussion artists TAO present Drum Heart, an energetic and unforgettable production.

The new Recital Hall series will begin on Nov. 14 with the Attaca Quartet who celebrate the timeless beauty of the string quartet. On April 12, New York-based brass quartet The Westerlies will explore jazz, roots and chamber music.

The School-Time Matinee Series will feature “Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey” sponsored by AT&T on Sept. 27; “How I Became a Pirate” sponsored by Walmart on Oct. 16; a matinee performance by Ailey II on Nov. 2 is funded in part by a grant from South Arts and the NEA; “A Garfield Christmas” sponsored by Heidi’s on Dec. 6; “Go, Dog. Go!” on Jan. 19 sponsored by Monsanto; a special daytime performance of “Hamlet” on Feb. 7; “Petra and the Wolf” sponsored by Entergy on Feb. 20; and “My Father’s Dragon” on April 5.

Tickets are now on sale to all public performances. More information on all performances, including videos, can be found at www.bolognapac.com. To purchase tickets, learn about becoming an Annual Member, for information on group tickets, or any other questions, call 662-846-4625.