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BPAC tops in state

By August 4, 2006General

Recently heralded as the Best Performing Arts Venue in Mississippi by the readers of Mississippi Magazine, Bologna Performing Arts Center Executive Director David Dallas is hoping that’s just the momentum the center needs as it prepares to, both, announce its 2006-2007 season and launch its annual membership drive.


“We know that there aren’t many facilities in the nation that compare to what we have here, but it’s wonderful to know that there are others out there who feel the same,” Dallas proclaimed. “This is a huge honor because it was voted on by readers all over the state, not just the Delta readers.


“Being recognized is a high honor. But more than that, I think it speaks to our continued commitment to bring our patrons and supporters the best in both stage productions and arts education programs,” he continued.


But, like many of the most successful performing arts centers across the country, ticket sales and other earned income cannot cover the cost underwriting the season’s programming alone. Annual memberships are vital to the success of any arts venue, including the BPAC.


“We would urge one and all to become an annual member for the 2006-2007 season,” Dallas advocated. “Yearly contributions are critical to fulfilling our cultural mission. Private contributions will ensure the future success of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.”


For loyal patron and perennial annual member Wilma Gilbow, the decision is simple, offering, “The Bologna Performing Arts Center has been repeatedly recognized as one of the premiere venues for the performing arts in the Southeastern United States, and we are very fortunate to have the BPAC at home in the Mississippi Delta.


“By supporting the annual membership program, I consider it an investment, not only in this outstanding facility and its phenomenal main stage series, but particularly in the superlative arts education programming the BPAC offers to the children of the Delta. The return on this investment is incalculable,” she finished.


And, Dallas feels confident your “investment” would be well worth it, as the BPAC is expected to deliver another stellar season of programming.


“While we’re still ironing out some of the final details, what I can share with you is this – you won’t be disappointed,” Dallas lauded. “We have high standards with our programming, and this year is no different.”


The Bologna Performing Arts Center will first welcome CeCe Winans, Sunday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. as the inaugural performance of the 2006-2007 season.  A pure musical delight, Winans has received nine Grammy Awards, 21 Grammy Nominations, 18 Dove Awards and numerous Stellar Awards, as well as being named Female Vocalist of the Year twice in her 20-plus year career as one of the gospel greats. Her heavenly voice will amaze your ears and relax your soul.


Also slated for this year’s season – KODO, Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. “We are very, very excited to be able to bring KODO to our mainstage. Just as the Sowetto Gospel Choir had audiences riveted last season, I am sure KODO will be just as exciting, energetic and truly,  a performance you will not want to miss,” Dallas boasted.


Based in Sado Island, Japan, KODO is one of the elite taiko drumming groups today. Showcasing traditional dance and vocal arrangements based on the traditional rhythms of regional Japan, their energetic renditions will have you leaving the theater in awe and amazement.


The complete BPAC season schedule is set to be announced in late August. For more information on the season schedule or to become an annual member, please call (662) 846-4625 or visit