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Attacca Quartet coming to BPAC

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One of the most internationally acclaimed quartet ensembles, Attacca Quartet, will take the stage of the Bologna Performing Arts Center’s Recital Hall Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The performance is part of the new Recital Hall series, featuring classical music in an intimate setting in the BPAC’s 145-seat recital hall.

From sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Musical Hall to National Public Radio’s far-reaching “Tiny Desk” concerts, the Attacca Quartet celebrates the timeless beauty of the string quartet for a broad audience and this sublime art form.

Praised by The Strad for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years,” the group was formed at the Juilliard School in 2003 and made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

From 2011-2013 they served as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet, and for the 2014-15 season, they were selected as the Quartet in Residence by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

As stated by The Washington Post, “Mastery like this is scarce enough in quartets that have played together for decades.”

The group has engaged in extensive educational and community outreach projects, serving as guest artists and teaching fellows at the Lincoln Center Institute, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Woodlands ChamberFest in Texas.

During their time in Cleveland, Attacca Quartet will give a mini-performance at a local assisted living facility in addition to providing a masterclass for Delta State University’s Department of Music students.

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

Ailey II dance coming to BPAC

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Ailey II will perform Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Photo by Kyle Froman.

Ailey II Dance Company is making Cleveland one of its stops during the acclaimed 12-member dance ensemble’s 32-city world tour. The group will perform at Delta State’s Bologna Performing Arts Center on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Ailey II, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s second company, is internationally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. One of the most popular dance companies in the country, Ailey II combines a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs. Their Nov. 2 program will feature two new commissions, “Breaking Point” and “Road To One,” in addition to the “Revelations,” the must-see masterpiece by Alvin Ailey himself.

Jamaican-born choreographer Renee I. McDonald’s “Breaking Point” is an intense depiction of the fight for our heart’s desire. Whether it is love, friendship, forgiveness or a secret longing – these things can take us to our limit. Suitably paired with the bold and pulsating sounds of Audiomachine, McDonald’s high-powered, modern-based choreography captures the willpower and frenzy it takes to keep up the fight until you hit your breaking point.

Darrell Grand Moultrie’s “Road To One” passionately embraces the journey we take to find meaning in our lives and eventually pass it on to the next generation. Inspired by a mentor who introduced him to the arts at a young age, Moultrie pays it forward with the Ailey II dancers, creating a high-energy ensemble work that uses elegant, modern movement with a contemporary edge. The musical score features an eclectic range of artists, including Ezio Bosso, Kinjey Bunchens, Monica Chuchi, Oliver Davis, and Spark.

Troy Powell, artistic director for Ailey II, will speak at a luncheon on the Delta State campus on Nov. 1. The title of his program is “Growing up Ailey,” and he will speak about his personal experiences of being mentored by Alvin Ailey, as well as speak to the history of the company and its impact on the dance world. The luncheon is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To register, contact the BPAC’s main office at 662-846-4625.

Ailey II will be in residency at the BPAC for three days, funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Commission. In addition to the public performance and luncheon, the company will also perform a matinee for school audiences on Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. and provide masterclasses for area youth.

Tickets to see Ailey II start at $25, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are on sale at www.bolognapac.com or at the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

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/.