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Planters Bank receives President’s Award

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Planters Bank received the 2018 President’s Award, given for outstanding service to the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

 

The Bologna Performing Arts Center recently announced Planters Bank and Trust Company as the 2018 recipient of the President’s Award, the highest honor given for outstanding service to the BPAC.

Delta State University President William N. LaForge presented the award May 22 at a special event on the theater’s stage.

“Our good friends at Planters Bank have been staunch supporters of the Bologna Performing Arts Center since its inception,” said LaForge. “Over the years, the bank’s engagement and generosity have helped the BPAC develop a strong programming component that adds so much to the culture of the Delta. Planters Bank is a remarkable exemplar of what it means to be a strong corporate supporter of the arts and community activities. Delta State is very grateful to Planters Bank for its unwavering support, and it is our pleasure to recognize the bank with the 2018 President’s Award.”

The award is given by Delta State’s president to those who have contributed their expertise, insights and energy to promote the arts for the enrichment of the Delta in special ways. The award is the BPAC’s highest honor. Acknowledgement is made through a unique award modeled after architectural details of the BPAC façade, which are covered in gold leaf.

Planters Bank is the first business to receive the award.

Founded almost 100 years ago in Ruleville and headquartered in Indianola, and with branches across the region, Planters Bank is an independent community bank with a strong focus on the Delta. The bank has been a strong supporter of Delta State, including the athletics program and various departments across campus.

Particularly notable is their consistent and continued support to the BPAC. Since the center’s construction in 1995, Planters Bank has supported the BPAC’s performances, the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Program, and year-round education programs such as the Juliet Kossman Arts Pass.

A multidisciplinary facility, the BPAC presents an annual season of national and international touring productions in addition to hosting university and community events. The new 2018-19 lineup will be announced June 1.

To learn more about the BPAC, visit www.bolognapac.com or stop by the center.

Mississippi Summer Arts Institute camps filling up quickly

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The arts education department at the Bologna Performing Arts Center is gearing up for the 2018 Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute camps (MSAI). Now in its 21st summer of operation, MSAI has impacted the lives of countless emerging artists by providing one-of-a-kind opportunities for campers to gain exposure in multiple artistic disciplines. Two camps will be offered this summer for children ages 5-18.

CORE Arts Camp is a two-week residential intensive camp held on campus at Delta State University. Students create their own class schedule in a five-period-per-day format, attending hour-long courses in the performing, visual, digital and literary arts.

This year’s camp is scheduled for June 3-16, and limited residential spots remain. Non-residential options with lower fees are available for local students who wish to attend daily classes and activities, but who do not wish to stay in the dorms. Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate artistic merit and significant financial need on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information on scholarships, contact the arts education office at 662-846-4844.

CORE Arts classes are taught by leading artistic faculty from the state of Mississippi as well as artistic professionals from around the nation. Funding from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area will help to bring the poet laureate of the state, Beth Ann Fennelly, onto Delta State’s campus to lead the literary arts courses at CORE Arts this year, as well as Dr. Alphonso Sanders, chair of the fine arts program and director of the B.B. King Studio at Mississippi Valley State University. Sanders will lead a history of blues and instrumentation course while at camp. Other classes scheduled for CORE Arts camp include ballet, mixed media, paper sculpture, comic-book drawing, musical theatre and more.

Space is still available for young artists ages 5-11 to attend PLUS Camp from July 16-21, a high-energy, performance-oriented day camp. Campers learn a choreographed medley of songs and attend other classes throughout the day, including storytelling, mixed media textiles, ceramics and music. A final performance on July 21 showcases the hard work and dedication of PLUS Campers.

Interested campers can download hard-copy applications or pick them up from the BPAC, or fill out an online application at bolognapac.com/education. For more information, stop by the BPAC or call Cade Holder, arts education coordinator, at 662-846-4844.

The 2018 Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute is sponsored in part by the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, the American Legion Delta Post 1776, the Mississippi Arts Commission, Entergy, AT&T, the King’s Daughters and Sons Circle Number Two, the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, Hey Joe’s, Dominos Pizza, the Crosstie Arts Council and the EPHIC Women’s Club.

New York-based quartet The Westerlies to perform at BPAC

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The Westerlies are a New York-based brass quartet comprised of four childhood friends from Seattle, Washington — Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler on trumpet, and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombone. The Westerlies will be performing on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State University. The event is part of the Recital Hall Series, featuring a more intimate audience setting in the BPAC’s 145-seat Recital Hall. Tickets are on sale now.

Formed in 2011, the self-described “accidental brass quartet” takes its name from the prevailing winds that travel from the West to the East. “Skilled interpreters who are also adept improvisers” (NPR’s Fresh Air), The Westerlies explore jazz, roots and chamber music influences to create the rarest of hybrids — music that is both “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music). Equally at home in concert halls and living rooms, The Westerlies navigate a wide array of venues with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along.

Their latest concert program, “Songs We Sang: American Vocal Music of the 20th Century,” traces the sound of the 20th century through a variety of American vocal traditions. From the songs of Charles Ives .to the spirituals of the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet, The Westerlies draw a line through jazz, classical and folk languages.

In addition to their public performance, The Westerlies will perform a mini-concert for a local assisted living community, as well as conduct a masterclass for Delta State University students.

Tickets to see The Westerlies are $35, and discounts are available for students and groups of 10 or more. Tickets are on sale now at www.bolognapac.com or at the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

Japanese drumming group TAO to perform at BPAC tonight

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TAO, the Japanese drumming sensation, is coming to the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University tonight, March 6. The company’s all-new production, “TAO: Drum Heart,” will take the BPAC stage at 7 p.m.

TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals, the performers of “TAO: Drum Heart” create an energetic and unforgettable production.

Critics are raving about TAO:

“Extraordinarily talented percussion artists … The crowd was unmistakably wowed.” — Chicago Tribune
“A beautiful story, simple and elegant… an experience to be had.” — Stage Buddy
“Supernaturally fit and superbly trained… stunning.” — The Herald

Taiko drumming is considered to have originated in sixth century Japan and refers to a variety of traditional percussion instruments, from small and hand-held, to those that are so large that they rest vertically on the ground and are played on their sides.

Breaking past the traditional notions of Taiko since it was formed in 1993, TAO has created an entirely new art form that is modern yet retains a sense of nostalgia. The performers are both highly-trained athletes and expressive artists. Their rigorous training in TAO’s home of Oita, Japan often consists of daily workouts lasting 17 hours. The music they create in different genres, and with traditional instruments, results in a unique production, using world-class techniques and specialized methods.

The Cleveland performance is part of a world tour that has covered 24 countries and has been seen by almost 8 million people. Don’t miss the chance to see these internationally-acclaimed percussion artists.

Tickets are $15-20 and are now on sale at the Bologna Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 662-846-4626, or by visiting www.bolognapac.com.

RENT 20th anniversary tour to stop at BPAC

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“RENT,” the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning landmark rock musical, written by Jonathan Larson, will return to the road in a 20th Anniversary production that promises to be as impactful and exciting as the original. The exciting performance takes the BPAC stage March first at 8 p.m.

Tickets to the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour in Cleveland are now on sale at the Bologna Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 662-846-4626, or by visiting www.bolognapac.com. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 662-846-4625.

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway, and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s “RENT” continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, the masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème,” the performance follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters — love.

The show received its world premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on Feb. 13, 1996 to ecstatic reviews and transferred to Broadway on April 29, 1996. “RENT” won the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Based on original direction by Michael Greif (Tony and Drama Desk Nominations, RENT), Evan Ensign re-stages the 20th anniversary tour. Original Broadway creatives Marlies Yearby (Choreography), Angela Wendt (Costume Design), and Tim Weil (Music Supervision and Additional Arrangements) are joined by Jonathan Spencer (Lighting Design), Keith Caggiano (Sound Design), MiRi Park (Associate Choreographer), and Matthew E. Maraffi (adapting original scenic design by Paul Clay) to make up the creative team for the tour. The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour was cast by Joy Dewing Casting with additional casting by Wojcik | Seay Casting.

The tour is produced by Work Light Productions, whose other touring productions include “Cinderella,” “Motown,” “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” and “Clue.”

For more information, visit www.bolognapac.com.