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BCA Season Series


Fall 2013

COFAC recital Hall (Al Sears Jazz Festival Headline Act)
Saturday, September 21, 2013
7:30 PM

Hailing from Chilliwack, BC and now living in New York City, award winning trumpeter/vocalist / composer Bria Skonberg is "poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation." Bria focuses on innovating while honoring tradition. Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and pursuit of worldwide adventure, she is creating a style all her own rooted in swampy New Orleans grooves, featuring world percussion and contemporary soul influenced vocals.

COFAC Recital Hall
Friday, October 25, 2013
7:30 PM

With warmth and charm, mentalist Joshua Kane leads audiences through a dazzling demonstration of the powers of the mind. Like Professor X of legend, Kane identifies those in the audience with special abilities who will successfully project their own thoughts and tap the powers of their intuition. An amazing, interactive performance where the entire audience experiences simultaneous telepathy and witnesses dazzling feats of lie detection and what must be psychic phenomena. People of all ages leap to participate in the Strange Happenings at the Borders of the Mind!

The Grand Ballroom
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7:30 PM

Non-stop entertaining throughout their show, Rhythmic Circus satisfies their rhythmic appetite on everything from sand to folding chairs while investigating their early beginnings as a band of traveling misfits. Full of energy and charm, the performers even utilize the technology of electric drum triggers to change the sound of their taps during a dance vs. beatbox battle leading their audience into a land of their own making. Guaranteed to be unforgettable, this show has proven to leave audiences of all ages amazed and dancing in the aisles with its unique "you have to see it to believe it" quality.

ryan and ryan
COFAC Recital Hall
Friday, November 8, 2013
7:30 PM

Ryan & Ryan is a dynamic father-son piano duo that blends classic and contemporary music into an enthralling concert experience. From Rachmaninoff to Gershwin to Billy Joel, Donald and Barron Ryan combine their talents to create a dazzling blend of old and new schools. As a performing team, Donald and Barron amaze audiences with their skill, expressiveness, and love of making music. Their experience in classical, jazz, ragtime, hip-hop, and funk allows them to create exciting new music and give fresh interpretations of old.


Spring 2014

COFAC in Recital Hall (Brassfest Headline Act)
Sunday, January 19, 2014
7:30 PM

Praised for their "high level of musicality and technical ability" and for their "clean, clear and precise sound", the award-winning Axiom Brass Quintet has quickly established itself as "one of the major art music groups in brass chamber music." Internationally recognized for their groundbreaking programming, their repertoire ranges from jazz and Latin music to string quartet transcriptions, as well as original compositions for brass quintet. Axiom Brass’ performances have captured the hearts and imaginations of their audiences, leading the ensemble to national radio and television appearances as well as concerts in Asia, Europe and across the U.S.

COFAC Recital Hall
Friday, February 7, 2014
7:30 PM

For over two decades, the musical partnership of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, known as Switchback, has been entertaining audiences around the world with their unique American Roots music blended with Celtic Soul. Their first album was literally a commercial success, with Chevrolet using one of the songs to promote their Chevy Blazer. The duo has shared the stage with such notable Celtic musicians as Cherish the Ladies, Gaelic Storm, Liz Carroll, and John Williams. Wherever they play, no matter the size or age of audience, Switchback always captivates and charms folks with their energy and creativity.

Entertainment for Mom's Weekend
Grand Ballroom
Friday, March 28, 2014
8 PM

For over 20 years, Rex Havens has entertained and educated audiences in all 50 states and 15 plus countries around the world with his insightful observations about the hilarious miscommunications that populate our personal lives. Rex takes the very heart of the world around each of us, applies his own gentle combination of logic, bemusement and insanity, and offers it back to his audience in a way that is engaging, thoughtful and hilarious. Rex's show is suitable for all ages!

The Grand Ballroom in the University Union
Thursday April 3,2014
7:30 PM

Based in Orlando, FL, VoicePlay (formerly 42Five) performs their own incredible brand of entertainment across the country and around the world. What began quite literally as a street corner barbershop act has now evolved into an internationally acclaimed touring sensation. VoicePlay is unlike any theatrical experience available today, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice. Fit for all ages, VoicePlay’s recordings and concerts are an impossible to miss hit which have to be heard to be believed.

Gabriel Iglesias
Western Hall
Friday April 11, 2014
7:30 PM

Gabriel Iglesias has been described as unbelievably funny, electrifying, and a gifted performer who has the ability to consistently deliver a quality comedy experience in every venue he performs in. His high-octane show is a hilarious mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring all his personal issues to life. Gabe’s clean, animated comedy style has earned national crossover appeal. Ask anyone who has seen him in concert and you will probably hear the same thing, "He was so funny!"

COFAC Recital Hall
Saturday, April 26, 2014
7:30 PM

Hailed as the "Paganini of the Steelpan," Liam Teague currently serves as the Head of Steelpan Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Northern Illinois University. Along with Clifford Alexis, he co-directs the NIU Steelband. He has distinguished himself as the recipient of many awards in his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, including championships for his ability with the steelpan, violin and recorder. Some of these performances include opening for the MC Hammer tour of Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago Jazz Festivals, the Cool Drummings Percussion Festival in Toronto, and MusicFest in Vancouver, Canada.