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Performing Arts Series Announces 20th Anniversary Season

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Aug 12, 2008) – The University of Central Missouri's Performing Arts Series celebrates 20 years of bringing quality entertainment to the UCM campus and surrounding area with an outstanding lineup of performances for the 2008-2009 season.

An Exciting New Season in a New Home

The Performing Arts Series has expanded its series of performances to include nine events as it moves to a new home in UCM’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Jeff Imboden also begins his first full season as Performing Arts Series director.

Enhancing Education Through the Arts

In addition to the excitement that will be created with each performance, the Performing Arts Series continues to fulfill its mission of “Enhancing Education through the Arts” by providing workshops and master classes conducted by several of the performing artists through the Arts Education Outreach Program. Supporting the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Show-Me Standards, these opportunities are open to K-12 students and UCM students.

The Kansas City Symphony

The Kansas City Symphony
The Kansas City Symphony opens the 20th season of the Peforming Arts Series, just as it did in 1988.

The Kansas City Symphony returns to UCM to open the series at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Hendricks Hall, just as it did in the inaugural performance of the university’s Premier Performances in 1988. The new symphony, under the direction of music director Michael Sterns, will present a performance from its classical series, “Tchaikovsky’s Fifth.”

UCM President Aaron and Ms. Ronnie Podolefsky will host a reception honoring Performing Arts Series corporate sponsors and Friends of the Performing Arts Series on the lawn of Selmo Park, 518 S. Holden.

Chicago City Limits

Chicago City Limits, the national touring company from The Improv, one of New York’s longest-running off-Broadway comedy clubs, takes issue with the issues at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 in Hendricks Hall, combining the best in sketch comedy, musical theatre and improvisation with the political satire One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State. A student improve workshop is planned, as well as a post-performances reception for sponsors and Friends of PAS.

To The Rescue

The UCM Department of Theatre again joins forces with the Performing Arts Series to offer the children’s performance, To the Rescue. The original play will be presented in five matinees performances and one evening performance Oct 29-30 and Nov. 1 in Hendricks Hall, with groups welcome.

Jim Brickman

Celebrate the holidays with internationally renowned pianist Jim Brickman in his Holiday Concert, scheduled for 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7 in Hendricks Hall. Known for revolutionizing the sound of adult contemporary music as a piano soloist, Brickman has produced six gold and platinum albums and 12 top-10 albums.

Martin Luther King Jr. Gospel Concert

Another UCM tradition, the Martin Luther King Jr. Gospel Concert, a part of the annual Martin Luther King Celebration, will be presented as part of the Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 in Hendricks Hall.

The Butch Thompson Trio

The Butch Thompson Trio, known across America for their long run on Garrison Keillor’s radio program, A Prairie Home Companion, will offer a mix of classic jazz and ragtime at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Hendricks Hall, followed by a student jazz workshop.

Greater Tuna

Don’t miss the hilarious antics of the residents of Tuna, Texas, in Greater Tuna at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3 in Hendricks Hall. Two performers take the stage to create the more than 20 eccentric and eclectic characters that inhabit the tiny community. A master workshop for theatre students follows.

Souls of Our Feet

Souls of Our Feet is a celebration of dance presented by the Tapestry Dance Company of Austin, Texas at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8 in Hendricks Hall. This one-of-a-kind concert pays tribute rhythm tap masters such as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and the Nicholas Brothers. A master workshop for dance students is offered.

BJ Thomas

BJ Thomas
Recording legend BJ Thomas wraps up the 2008-2009 season with a May 1 performance in the Multipurpose Building

The Performing Arts Series season finale brings legendary performer BJ Thomas to UCM’s Multipurpose Building at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, for a memorable evening of his best hits. With more than 70 million records sold, 11 gold and two platinum albums, five Grammys and two Dove awards, his vocal versatility is as apparent today as when he recorded his first hit in 1967.

Tickets Now Available at the New Box Office Location

The Performing Arts Series box office also has a new home in the UCM Administration Building in Suite 100 on the south end of the ground floor, providing easy accessibility and convenient visitor parking for the Performing Arts Series patrons. Season tickets renewals now are available, and new season ticket sales will begin Sept. 2, with individual performance tickets available Sept. 15. Purchase your tickets online, by calling the new box office number at 660-543-8888, or by stopping by the box office between noon and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Corporate Sponsorships

A key component of the continued success of the Performing Arts Series is the support provided by corporate sponsors and the Friends of the Performing Arts Series. This support is essential bringing the quality entertainment offered by the Performing Arts Series to the campus and surrounding communities. For more information about corporate sponsorships, contact Performing Arts Series Director Jeff Imboden at 660-543-4263.

Friends of PAS

Friends of the Performing Arts Series also enjoy benefits such as ticket discounts, being listed in all of next season's programs, knowing first what performances the new season includes, and being included in private the Performing Arts Series events such as receptions and the Friends Lounge.

Learn More About and Exciting Season of Entertainment

Learn more online about the exciting 20th anniversary season of the Performing Arts Series