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Sara Evans will perform live in concert at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on April 21. A special pre-show dinner is planned in the Sculpture Garden featuring several food vendors and live music.

BPAC presents Sara Evans live in concert and Sculpture Garden dinner

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Join the Bologna Performing Arts Center April 21 for Sara Evans live in concert at 7:30 p.m. Evans, a multi-platinum selling country singer and songwriter, has been called one of the most compelling vocalists of her generation.

Since emerging in the late 1990s, Evans has had a prolific recording career that has seen the sale of more than six million albums. She’s had five No. 1 songs, four others appearing in the Top 10, two No. 1 Billboard Country Albums, five appearances on Billboard’s Top 200 all-genre chart, and four consecutive RIAA certified Gold, Platinum or Multi-Platinum albums. She has received awards from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards, and has garnered nominations for Grammy Awards (2), American Country Awards (10) and CMT Music Awards (5).

Prior to the show, there will be a dinner in the Sanders Sculpture Garden located in front of the BPAC. Along with live music by The Callie Champion Band, food and beverages will be sold on site by Delta Dairy, Delta Meat Market, Nehi Botting Company and The Warehouse Restaurant. Sales will be cash only. Dinner in the garden will last from 5:30–7 p.m., and the Sara Evans will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to the show start at $30 and are available at the BPAC Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 662-846-4626, or going online at www.bolognapac.com. Tickets to the performance are not required to attend the dinner. Food purchases may be made on site.

For more information, stop by the Bologna Center Ticket Office, call 662-846-4626, or visit www.bolognapac.com.

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Carmina Burana presented by Delta State University Choirs

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The Delta State University Choirs will present “Carmina Burana” April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

“Carmina Burana” is a cantata composed by Carl Orff, and uses the text of 24 medieval poems. The text, written and performed in Medieval Latin and Middle High German, ranges in subject from the frightful and tense sounding “O, Fortuna” to the playful “Swaz hie gat umbe,” and to themes of love as in “Veni, veni, venias.”

All three of Delta State’s choral groups (Delta Chorale, University Chamber Singers, and Delta Singers Women’s Chorale) will participate in the performance. The choirs will be joined by faculty instrumentalists Dr. Karen Fosheim, Dr. Kumiko Shimizu and Dr. Josh Armstrong, as well as the DSU Percussion Ensemble. This performance will also feature three soloists: faculty member Dr. Chad Payton (countertenor) and guest artists Abigail Rethwisch (soprano) and Andrew Paulson (baritone).

Dr. Chad R. Payton, countertenor, is an assistant professor of music at Delta State. He teaches private voice instruction, song literature and vocal pedagogy. Payton is the originator and host of the Opera Lecture Series, in which he offers lectures and public viewings of operatic masterworks to Delta State students and community members. He has served on DSU’s Gender Studies Group, where he presented research on gender issues surrounding countertenor performance practice, and is the chair of the Department of Music’s Recruitment Committee. Payton received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Kansas with honors.

He switched to countertenor repertoire in 2005, having made his Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center operatic debuts, as well as his off-Broadway debut, as a tenor in the world premiere of Michael Ching’s opera “Corps of Discovery: A Musical Journey.” Payton found success in local, regional, and national competitions, including National Association of Teachers of Singing, National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award and the Music Teachers National Association. He is a proponent of oratorio literature, often seen with regional orchestras such as the Quincy Symphony Society in Illinois, the Saint Joseph Symphony, Columbia Civic Orchestra, Odyssey Chamber Orchestra and the University of Missouri’s Philharmonic Orchestra in Missouri. Frequent oratorio engagements include the alto soloist in Handel’s “Messiah,” Bach’s “Mass in B Minor,” “St. John Passion” and “St. Matthew Passion,” and Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” In addition, he premiered and has frequented the countertenor soloist role in Barbara Garrett’s “Requiem for Broken Souls,” a signature piece of Kansas City’s Artistic Advocates for Healing.

Payton serves on the voice faculty and as general manager for Seagle Music Colony, the nation’s oldest young artist training program for opera and musical theatre, located in New York. Each summer he offers multiple audition classes, vocal masterclasses and lessons, and organizes and oversees the daily rehearsal, staging and performance schedule for six fully staged productions in eight weeks. Seagle Music Colony alumni are performing in major opera houses throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Seattle Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Houston Grand Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. They are frequently named national finalists and winners in national competitions such as the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Payton’s doctoral dissertation is titled “A Performer’s Analysis of Lori Laitman’s Men with Small Heads and Jake Heggie’s Encountertenor,” in which he examines two 20th century song cycles written specifically for countertenor. His performances of these pieces earned him national recognition in The American Prize Competition, in which he was named a national finalist in the art song division. He was invited to present “Laitman’s Men with Small Heads” at the regional NATS conference in Baton Rouge in 2012. In addition, he has commissioned and premiered several chamber works for his professional ensemble, Payton and the Pipes, featuring countertenor, clarinet and flute, including “Three Poems of Vladimir Nabokov” by American composer Jason Charney. Payton and the Pipes have been invited to perform on the 2013 Great Spaces Concert Series in Topeka, Kansas, sharing the series with internationally recognized artists such as the Vienna Boys Choir.

Abigail Rethwisch, soprano, is from Iowa City, Iowa, and is currently a resident artist with Tri-Cities Opera, where she has sung the roles of Iolanta (Iolanta), and Lucy (The Telephone), and will soon sing Johanna (Sweeney Todd), as well as Lucy Goat (The Billy Goats Gruff) for Opera Go Round. This June she will join Chautauqua Opera as an apprentice artist singing the role of Annina and cover Violetta in “La Traviata.”

Having recently come from Des Moines, Iowa, she sang with Opera Iowa and Des Moines Metro Opera. Her roles there included Clorinda (La Cenerentola), and Lucy (The Three Billy Goats Gruff) and covering the roles of Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), and Beatriz (La hija de Rappiccini).

Gaining significant recognition in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Rethwisch has been a regional finalist three times, most recently in the Great Lakes Region where she won second place. Other competition awards include first place in the Central Region NATS Competition, first place in the Young Artist Concerto Competition for both the Fort Dodge Symphony and Central Iowa Symphony, later leading to performances with both orchestras.

Equally comfortable on the concert stage, Rethwisch has been highlighted in Tallahassee, Florida. With the Tallahassee Community Chorus she has been seen as the soprano soloist in “Dvořák’s Te Deum” and the soprano soloist in Mozart’s “Grand Mass in C minor.” She has performed Schubert’s “Mass in G” with the Tallahassee Civic Choral, and has sung the Queen of Sheba in Handel’s “Solomon” and as well as a number of performances of “Messiah.”

In addition to Rethwisch’s love for the opera stage, she enjoys engaging younger audiences, and has been seen in two elementary and middle school outreach tours. In the greater Tallahassee area she was seen performing Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel,” and Fiordiligi in an English adapted version of “Così fan tutte.” Rethwisch’s young artist training includes three summers as an apprentice with Des Moines Metro Opera, and a fellowship at the CoOPERAtive Program. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Simpson College and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Florida State University.

Andrew Paulson, a native of Great Falls, Virginia, is currently a studio artist singing with Sarasota Opera. His responsibilities include Marcello cover in the fall season production of “La Bohème” and Guglielmo cover in the winter season production of “Così Fan Tutte.” In addition, he can be seen performing in the Young Verdi Concert, The Verdi Cycle Grand Finale Concert and Aida Chorus. Future engagements feature his Santa Fe debut as Happy in La fanciulla del West and a Diener in “Capriccio.” In addition, he is covering Mercutio in “Roméo et Juliette.”

Recent engagements include Nardo cover in “La Finta Giardiniera” and Marullo cover in “Rigoletto” with Santa Fe Opera, Papageno in “Die Zauberflöte,” Roger Chillingworth in a concert performance of “The Scarlet Letter” by Lori Laitman, Imperial Commissioner in “Madame Butterfly,” the father in “Hansel and Gretel,” and Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliette” with Opera Colorado.

Paulson recently received recognition in competitions including second place in the Mobile Opera Competition, third place in the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition, fourth place in the Florida Suncoast Opera Guild Competition, the Gérard Souzay Award at the Positively Poulenc: Joy in Singing Competition, an Encouragement Award from the Florida District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and first place in the annual voice competition of the Friday Morning Music Club of Washington, D.C.

Concert performances include singing with the Tallahassee Community Chorus as the baritone soloist in the “Dvořák Te Deum,” soloist with the Florida State Baroque ensemble singing “Telemann’s Ist Gott Versöhnt und Unser Freund cantata” and Schütz’s “Symphoniae Sacrae I.” Paulson studied at Florida State University receiving a master’s degree in Voice Performance and at Westminster Choir College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performace magna cum laude with honors.

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.