May 20, 2008
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Slippery Rock University's 2008-09 Performing Arts Series features legendary harmonies, Irish music, comedy
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Another renowned array of singers, comedians and dancers highlights Slippery Rock University's just announced 2008-09 Performing Arts Series. Subscriptions for the four shows - Capitol Steps, The Four Freshmen, Pastures of Plenty (Woody Guthrie tribute) and Dublin's Traditional Irish Cabaret - are now available.
An added attraction - not part of the series but offered for families - is the musical "If You Give a Pig a Pancake and Other Story Books." The musical combines eight children's stories into one extraordinary performance.
"This is an exciting, joyous season," said Deborah Baker, manager of University events. "All of the acts are upbeat and explosive. We expect plenty of laughter, stunning harmonies and masterful musicianship."
All subscription shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in SRU's Miller Auditorium. Free parking is available. The family event begins at 7 p.m.
The series opens Sept. 12 with Capitol Steps. Capitol Steps began as a group of U.S. Senate staffers who set out to satirize Washington, D.C., politicians. The group's newest album is titled "Campaign and Suffering." It includes parodies of the presidential candidates, such as "When I'm 84," "Obama meets Osama" and "Hillary's Way."
The Four Freshmen will bring its vocal harmonies to campus for a holiday show Dec. 6. The SRU Jazz Ensemble will be featured in this show. The Four Freshmen placed No. 1 in the "Best Vocal Group" category for the 2007 Jazz Times Readers poll. The group is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The line up has changed, but the legendary sound continues.
The music of Woody Guthrie, the folk legend who wrote "This Land is Your Land," will be celebrated by Pastures of Plenty Feb. 6. The group pays tribute to Guthrie through music, dance and song. Guthrie's daughter Nora Guthrie produces the show.
Dublin's Traditional Irish Cabaret rounds out the series March 21 with a celebration of traditional Irish music, humor and dance. The performance stars Irish comedian Noel V. Ginnity and features vocalists, dancers and award-winning musicians. Ginnity, a performer for 30 years, was honored with a special reception by the president of Ireland, Mary McAleese, in 2002.
Subscriptions are $70 for adults, $64 for those 62 and older and 17 and under, and $28 for SRU students. Subscription tickets will be mailed in July. Orders are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Individual tickets for Capitol Steps go on sale Aug. 13. Individual tickets for the other shows will be available Sept. 22. Tickets are $8 for the family show. Call 724.738.2091.
SRU launched the Performing Arts Series four years ago to bring accessible, top quality arts entertainment to the region.
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