Campus Connection

News for the WIU Community July 14, 2006   Vol. 21 No. 18

Western's Bureau of Cultural Affairs Announces 06-07 Lineup; "Grease" Star Headlines

Western's Bureau of Cultural Affairs (BCA) 20062007 season lineup includes 16 shows, from Broadway musicals to prime time opera to Chinese acrobats to a headliner who crossed over into the superstar category with the 1978 production of "Grease."

BCA season headliner Olivia Newton-John is scheduled to perform Wednesday, Oct. 18 in Western Hall. She received her first Grammy Award as Best Country Vocalist and was honored by the Academy Of Country Music as the Most Promising Female Vocalist with her 1973 U.S. album debut and first top-10 single, "Let Me Be There." She won three more Grammys as well as numerous Country Music, American Music and Peoples Choice awards; had five No. 1 hits, including "Physical," which had a 10-week run on top; and had 15 top-10 singles.

Also appearing in Western Hall will be China's Golden Dragon Acrobats, who combine acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes and ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques to entertain audiences. The Golden Dragon Acrobats are scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway hit "RENT" is back by popular demand for a Sunday, Oct. 29 show; the East Village Opera Company, which features a five-piece band, a string quartet and two vocalists who turn classic opera into modern rock, take the stage in Western Hall Tuesday, Nov. 14; and a perennial Broadway favorite, "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" returns to Macomb Wednesday, April 25.

The BCA season kicks off Friday, Sept. 15 with legendary jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis and his trio in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall. Marsalis' visit is in conjunction with the Fifth Annual Al Sears Jazz Festival Sept. 13-17.

The series of four Wednesday Faculty Chamber Recitals scheduled in the COFAC Recital Hall begins Oct. 4, featuring Western's Camerata Woodwind Quintet and two special ensembles. It continues with the Hopper Jazztet Wednesday, Nov. 1; the music of Francaix, Sibbing, Caldwell, Gregson and four special ensembles Tuesday, Feb. 7; and concludes with the Julstrom String Quartet, baritone Paul Kreider and clarinetist Eric Ginsberg April 4.

The COFAC Recital Hall will also be the venue for the American Brass Quintet, Monday, Nov. 6; Prime Time Opera, including arias, duets and trios featured in movies, television and commercials, Thursday, Jan. 25; vocalist Adam Pascal, an original cast star of "RENT," who will present a concert of Broadway favorites and his own popular music; and the Faculty Solo Showcase, featuring five solo masterpieces performed by some of Western's best musicians, Wednesday, April 18.

University Union Grand Ballroom performances will include jazz vocalist and saxophonist Curtis Stigers with his trio performing jazz standards and popular pieces Tuesday, Oct. 10; and Jim Witter's Piano Men, a multimedia presentation and life performance of Billy Joel and Elton John music, Tuesday, March 6.

All shows being at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m.

Patrons may renew their ticket subscriptions through July 15. New series subscriptions for the 200607 season will be on sale to the public Monday, July 17 through Friday, Sept. 1.

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