Charo Opens Performing Arts Series' Silver Anniversary Season
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WARRENSBURG, MO (July 13, 2012) – World-renowned classical guitarist and entertainer Charo will kick off the 25th anniversary season of the University of Central Missouri’s Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.
Twice recognized by “Guitar Player” magazine as the best classical flamenco guitar player in world, Charo has entertained audiences since the 1970s with her humor, enthusiasm and trademark expression, “cuchi-cuchi.” A frequent guest on many television talk shows, she received the Female Pop Album of the Year award for her platinum album, “Guitar Passion.” She returned to mainstream show production in Las Vegas in 2001, headlining in “Bravo” at the Venetian Hotel and Casino. The show was named the Best Variety Show in Vegan by “Time” magazine.
The Capitol Steps return to Hendricks Hall at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, bringing their unique blend of music and political comedy. Founded in 1981 by a group of Capitol Hill staffers, the group continues to satirize Washington politics. During the past 30 years the group has recorded more than 30 albums and has been featured on NBC, CMS, ABC and PBS. The group also performs four times per year on NPR stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.
The 2011-2012 Performing Arts Series season continues with performances that offer something for everyone. The UCM Department of Theatre and Dance joins the Performing Arts Series in presenting “And We Will Share the Sky” by Donna Latham, a children's performance that is appropriate for all ages. Inspired by the traditional tales of Nigeria and Senegal, the play was the winner of the Theatre for Young Audiences National Playwriting Competition. The children’s play will be presented in four school matinees, as well as two public performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 in Hendricks Hall.
Tonic Sōl-Fa brings their unique a capella style to the Hendricks Hall stage for the PAS Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Featured on NBC’s Today Show and in “Newsweek” magazine, Tonic Sōl-Fa is one of the hottest performing a cappella groups to come out of the Midwest, igniting sold-out crowds from coast to coast. A member of the Midwest Music Hall of Fame, Tonic Sol-Fa offers a mixture of pop hits and country, original works and classic oldies, comedy parodies and cartoons.
The Performing Arts Series and the Office of Community Engagement present the 14th annual MLK Gospel Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21. The concert is free of charge and is presented as part of UCM’s 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. Enjoy an evening of inspirational and uplifting music with community choirs from the surrounding Warrensburg area and special guests as they celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Well-known actor John Amos brings his acclaimed one-man show, “Halley’s Comet,” to Hendricks Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. Amos is best known for his roles in “Roots,” “Good Times,” “The West Wing and “The District.” A funny and touching journey through 76 years of the American experience, “Halley’s Comet” takes the audience on a roller coaster ride through one man's life as he looks back into his past, telling stories and sharing his opinions on childhood dreams, World War II, romance, family, fast-food restaurants, the golden age of radio and the early civil rights movement.
John Tartaglia's “ImaginOcean,” a one-of-a-kind live blacklight puppet show, is a magical, musical undersea adventure for kids of all ages at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in Hendricks Hall. Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel and three best friends who just happen to be fish, and they're about to set out on a remarkable journey of discovery. Ultimately they discover the greatest treasure of all: friendship.
Tony Award nominee Tartaglia starred in the acclaimed musical “Avenue Q,” appeared on Broadway in “Shrek The Musical” and in Disney's “Beauty and the Beast,” and created and starred in The Playhouse Disney series ''Johnny and the Sprites.''
The PAS season finale features a collection of singer/songwriters from around the country in “Nashville Backstage Pass” in Hendricks Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12. An ensemble of singer/songwriters who have written for some of the greatest country and western performers in history unite for this special performance Audiences will gain a sneak peek into the songwriter’s creative process and discover a hit song's true meaning, its intention and its journey to #1. Collectively, these hit songwriters have written for such stars as George Strait, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, The Dixie Chicks, Alabama, Toby Keith, Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Cher, Michael McDonald and many more!
Season tickets are available beginning July 16 through Sept. 28 by contacting the Performing Arts Series box office in Administration 100, calling 660-543-8888, or online at pas.ucmo.edu. Individual performance tickets will be available Aug. 15, and also may be purchased through the box office or online.