SRU Performing Arts Series books five musical acts


Alice Tan Ridley


June 22, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Patrons of the arts will be treated to five musical acts ranging from top-rated singers, to family performers to holiday and Broadway music as part of the 2015-16 Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series.

SRU Performing Arts Series logo

"This year, we looked to bring a diversity of music programs to the region, including our own, very talented SRU Jazz Ensemble and dance students as well as nationally recognized performers, " said Deborah Baker, director of special events.

"We will again offer our programs in the University Union and the Smith Student Center, and we have signed on to provide transportation and tickets to two events in Pittsburgh as part of our programming," she said.

Showtime for all campus performances is 7:30 p.m.

Season and individual event tickets are now available at 724.738.2018.

Season tickets, covering five campus shows, are $76; $68, seniors (62 and older); $60, youth (17 and younger); or $28, SRU students. Season ticket holders will select one of the café-style shows.

SRU Jazz Ensemble


Alice Tan Ridley, a finalist on NBC's "America's Got Talent," will open the series Oct. 16.

Ridley was cited for her powerful voice, electrifying stage presence and the ability to bring her audience to its feet as part of her popular AGT selection. Actress Gabourney Sidibe is her daughter. University Union general admission tickets are $22; $20 for seniors (62 and older); $18 for those 17 and younger; and $8 for SRU students.

The SRU Jazz Ensemble and SRU dance students will combine talents to offer in "A Swinging Good Time," featuring café-style seating in the Smith Student Center Nov. 7. Participants will be urged to "dance along." General admission tickets are $20; $18 for seniors (62 an older); $16, youth (17 and younger); and $8 for SRU students.

Kevin Spiritas


"Holiday Nights and Days," starring Kevin Spirtas, Broadway singing and actor, will be presented with café-style seating Dec. 4. In addition to his singing talents, Spirtas is well-known for his long-running role as Dr. Craig Wesley on TV's soap opera "Days of Our Lives." The University Union show will combine Broadway and holiday tunes. General admission tickets are $20; $18, seniors (62 and older); $16, youth (17 and younger) and $8, SRU students.

Vocaldente music group


The a cappella group Vocaldente, from Germany, will perform in the University Union March 24. Winners of the world's largest a cappella competition, the group is best known for its acoustic concerts. General admission tickets are $22; $20, senior (62 and older); $18, youth (17 and younger); and $8, SRU students.

Barrage 8 music group


Barrage 8, from the creators of the hit show "Barrage," will feature all the instruments in the modern string family exploring the music from a variety of genres in their April 28 University Union concert. General admission tickets are $22; $20, seniors (62 and older); $18, youth (17 and younger); and $8, SRU students.

Two excursions to Pittsburgh' entertainment district are being offered to the local community as non-series events. A coach bus will depart from the Alumni House parking lot at noon, Sept. 25, for a trip to the Lawrenceville and Bloomfield districts of Pittsburgh for a "'Burg, Bits and Bites" food tour. The bus returns at 5 p.m.

Participants will join an American history walking tour, including stops at a variety of neighborhood eateries to sample pizza, pasta, biscotti, Greek and Latin/Asian food.

Tickets are $50 per person with transportation; $35, without.

sister act musical


A March 18 Pittsburgh trip offers a chance to see "Sister Act" at the Byham Theater presented by Pittsburgh Musical Theatre. The Best Musical TONY Award-winning play is based on the Oscar-winning Alan Menken 1992 film of the same name.

A $50 ($40, students and children) ticket includes, orchestra seating, a chance to meet the cast and transportation; $35 ($25, students and children), same, without transportation. The bus will board at 5:15 p.m. in the Alumni House parking lot.

There is a $3 per order handling fee for all ticket orders.

AVI Fresh will offer food and beverages in the University Union Lobby one hour prior to show time for the campus performances. Boozel Dining Hall, located just north of the University Union, will be open offering buffet-like food service for $6.95 with a series ticket. Performances offering café-seating will include a la cart food and beverage service beginning 45-mintues prior to the show.

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