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SPOTLIGHT

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 03, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
724.738.2199
karl.schwab@sru.edu

SRU announces Performing Arts Series

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Five musical events comprise the 2013-14 Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series.

Season tickets, including three main stage shows and choice of one of two café-style seating performances, are now on sale. Individual performance tickets may be ordered, but will not be distributed until after season ticket sales have been completed.

The 2013-14 season, with all performances in the University Union, includes,

The New Christy Minstrels, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 6;

"Simply Sinatra" starring Steve Lippia and featuring the SRU Jazz Ensemble,

7:30 p.m., Oct. 11;

The Broadway Boys Holiday Show, 4 p.m., Dec. 8;

Rocky Mountain High - John Denver tribute starring Ted Vigil, 7:30 p.m.,

April 3 (café-style seating); or

Dala - Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine, 4 p.m., May 4, (café-style seating)

The New Christy Minstrels are a renowned American folk group that has recorded more than 20 albums, including their Grammy Award-winning debut album. They are known for such hits as "Green Green," "Saturday Night," "Today," "Denver" and their cover of "This Land Is Your Land." Randy Sparks, who founded the minstrels, still leads the singers.

Lippia has been selling out pops audiences across America. In this musical celebration, he interprets some of the most well-known and beloved Frank Sinatra hits, including "I've Got You Under My Skin," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "My Way," "The Best Is Yet to Come" and "Come Fly with Me." SRU's award-winning and internationally traveled jazz ensemble, directed by Jason Kush, SRU music instructor, will be the back-up band.

The traditional holiday show will bring a collection of the hottest singers working on the New York stage to campus. The Broadway Boys infuse elements of pop, funk, gospel and rock into traditional holiday classics and show tunes to create a new and contemporary musical theater sound. The performance will include songs from "The Book of Mormon," "Wicked," "Jersey Boys," "Mary Poppins," "Memphis," "Spiderman" and others.

Tribute artist Vigil will bring the music of John Denver, a brilliant songwriter and gifted performer, to life at SRU. Vigil, accompanied by longtime Denver guitarist Steve Weisberg will perform "Annie's Song," "Leavin' on a Jet Plane," "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" and "Calypso" among other selections.

Drawing upon influences such as the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Walther and Carabine write and sing in soprano and alto harmonies. Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, the two singers have been featured in the PBS special "Girls from the North Country" and have toured extensively.

The series will also offer two separate bus excursions to regional events, including a Nov. 2 scenic tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and a March 28 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and "West Side Story" film event at Pittsburgh's Heinz Hall. Details will be released later.

Performing Arts Series tickets may be ordered by calling 724.738.2018 or by visiting the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center.

Adult season tickets are $76; seniors (age 62 and older) are $68; youth (age 17 and younger) are $60; and SRU students are $20. Patrons may add the fifth show for an additional $15.

Individual tickets for the three main stage shows are: $22, adults; $20, seniors; $18, youth; and $8 for SRU students. Tickets to the café-style performances are: $20, adults; $18, seniors; $16, youth; and $8 for SRU students.

Rock Star tax-deductible contributions are also being accepted.

AVI, the campus contract food vendor, will also offer a variety of food options at the performances.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.