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     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –  A variety of music ranging from the always popular Kingston Trio to the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops will be offered in the four-part 2006-07 Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series with season tickets on sale now.

     “Our first efforts into a performing arts series was very successful,” says Deborah Baker, manager of university events. “All four of the series events sold out, and the extra event, designed for families, sold out weeks before the performance. We are hopeful this year’s series will be equally well received by the regional community, and we are encouraging those interested in obtaining season tickets to subscribe early.” A special spring program, not part of the four-event season ticket, is again designed as family entertainment with emphasis on the youngest members. The event is “Seussical,” an adapted version from the popular Broadway musical “Seussical: The Musical” is planned for 3 p.m., May 20.

     The regular series opens at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 15 in Miller Auditorium on the SRU campus with The Kingston Trio, a group of singers that emerged from San Francisco’s North Beach club scene in 1957 bringing the rich tradition of American folk music into the nation’s musical mainstream. For two decades, the troupe enjoyed unprecedented record sales and worldwide fame while becoming a substantial influence on the nation’s musical tastes. The group has remained popular by refining its talents, but keeping to its roots, including its most famous version of “Tom Dooley” as well as the popular “M.T.A.,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Try to Remember” and “Lemon Tree.”

          A collegiate hobby for a few young men in Providence, R.I., has turned into the very popular musical group known as “Rockapella.” The group will bring its “Rockapella Holiday” show to SRU at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 as family holiday entertainment. The group – John Thacher, Kevin Wright, George Baldi, Scott Leonard and John Brown – makes use of a cappella to showcase its musical talents. The singers are best known as regulars on the popular Public Broadcasting System show “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” Rockapella was a sellout in last season’s series at SRU.

     The emphasis moves to Pittsburgh in early 2007, with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops taking the Miller Auditorium stage at 8 p.m. Feb. 7 and the Duquesne University Tamburitzans showing their musical talents at 7:30 p.m. March 30. The Pops will offer an evening of popular favorites conducted by Resident Director Daniel Meyer. The Tamburitzans, billed as the longest-running multicultural song and dance company in American, offers a unique ensemble of talented young folk artists dedicated to the performance and preservation as well as the sharing of the music, songs and dances of Eastern Europe, including Armenia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Carpatho-Rus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine, and others. Dressed in brilliantly colored costumes, all of the performers are full-time Duquesne students.

      Subscription and “Seussical” ticket orders will be beginning June 12 by completing the mail-in form available from the SRU Web site, Charge card orders will be accepted by calling 724-738-2091 or in person at 201 Old Main on the SRU campus. Adult season tickets are $68; senior and those ages 17 and under, $58; and $25 for SRU students. (A one-charge $3 handling fee for the entire order also applies.) “Seussical” tickets are $10 each, plus a one-charge $3 handling fee. Individual event ticket orders for the Kingston Trio will be accepted Aug. 12; or Sept. 20 for all other shows. Credit card payment will be accepted.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Art for each of the groups is available by calling 724-738-2199.




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