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Bacon Brothers Kick Off New Performing Arts Series Season

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 8, 2009) –Seating is still available as UCM ’s Performing Arts Series launches its 2009-2010 season with the Bacon Brothers in Concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, in UCM’s Hendricks Hall.

The Bacon Brothers
The Bacon Brothers, Kevin and Michael, will kick off the upcoming Performing Arts Series season Sept. 9.

Kevin Bacon, known for his stage and film career, and film and television composer Michael Bacon will bring their blue-collar brand of rock with a touch of Philly soul to the stage as they celebrate their 14th year of performing together. The concert is sponsored by the UCM Student Programming Board and Spotlight.

Tickets Available Now

Season tickets and individual performance tickets are available by contacting the Performing Arts Series box office at 660-543-8888, visiting the box office on Administration 100 from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, on the UCM campus, or online at

An Exciting Season of Great Entertainment

The season continues as The Performing Arts Series and the UCM Department of Theatre come together to bring the annual children play Sept. 17-19. Morgan and the Falcon Prince, written by Jim Anderson and B.J. Hursh, is an original play that was named the winner of the 2009 Theatre for Young Audiences National Playwriting competition. School matinee performances are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 and Friday, Sept. 18. General public performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, with a matinee performance at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 19. All performances of the children’s play are in UCM’s Highlander Theatre.

Maraca2, a young percussion duo from the United Kingdom, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in Hendricks Hall. The talented duo will perform with the UCM Department of Music’s Percussion Ensemble, offering a premier performance of a specially commissioned duo concerto. The performance also includes a free master class for UCM and high school students at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The L.A. Theatre Works, America’s premiere radio theatre company, will offer back to back live performances of War of the Worlds, made famous in 1938 by Orson Welles, and The Lost World, an epic tale of the adventures of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28. A school matinee of War of the Worlds, appropriate for grades six and older, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29. Both performances are in Hendricks Hall.

The music of John William “Blind” Boone comes home to Warrensburg as pianist John Davis plays Boone’s music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in Hendricks Hall. The performance kicks off the Warrensburg debut of the Smithsonian Exhibit New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music at the Johnson County Historical Society museum. As part of his performance, Davis will conduct a free master class for UCM and high school students at 10 a.m.

The a capella group Tonic Sol-Fa, a member of the Midwest Music Hall of Fame, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 in Hendricks Hall in a program that offers a variety of music genres. A free master workshop for UCM vocal students and high school students is planned for 2 p.m.

Celebrate the Christmas season as the Performing Art Series and Center Stage Performing Arts Academy present the newly choreographed A Christmas Spectacular at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec 18, with a matinee performance at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec 19. Both performances are in Hendricks Hall. Audiences of all ages will enjoy the show, including a visit from Santa Claus himself.

The Performing Arts Series, in conjunction with the UCM Office of Community Engagement, brings the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Gospel Concert, a highlight of UCM’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, to Hendricks Hall at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18.

Also in January, the Cashore Marionettes will perform to the delight of children and adults alike. Public performances are planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, in Hart Recital Hall on the UCM campus. School matinees are planned for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, and Tuesday, Jan. 26 in Hart Recital Hall. A free workshop for UCM and high school art students is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Eclectica, featuring electric violinist Tracy Silverman, who returns to UCM after an exciting performance with pianist Jim Brickman during the Performing Arts Series’ 2008-2009 season, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in Hendricks Hall. Also performing with the group will be percussionist Roy “Futureman” Wooten and bass player Steve Forrest. Free percussion and improv workshops also are planned. The concert is in conjunction with the UCM Jazz Festival sponsored by the UCM Department of Music.

Mad Science presents CSI-LIVE! in a public performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 21, and a school matinee at 10 a.m. Monday, March 22, both in Hendricks Hall. Audience recruits will join the cast as they solve a crime using logic and science to support their theories. The program is appropriate for children age eight and older.

The Jen Chapin Trio takes the stage in Hendricks Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, with a wide range of musical influences, including reggae, jazz, blues and hard rock. The daughter of music legend Harry Chapin, Jen Chapin has firmly established herself as a unique talent. This is a three-day mini-residency that includes a free music workshop, lyric workshop and WHY lecture.

The FireWire Ensemble, an internationally acclaimed Chicago-based new music group, wraps up the 2009-2010 season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10 in Hart Recital Hall. Their performance is part of the UCM New Music Festival and includes a free music technology improv workshop.