Encore Series to kick-off season in September
07/29/2003

From CATS to A Streetcar Named Desire, the 2003-2004 Encore Series season at Fort Hays State University should have something for everyone.

To kick the season off, the Trinity Irish Dance Company will visit at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, to perform its unique brand of step dancing that transcends craft into art. TIDC is the world's only nonprofit, professional Irish-American dance company and was formed to "create choreography that explores and elevates the art form while educating through professional performances and outreach activities," according to the company's promotional material. Tickets for reserved seats for the performance are $17 for the general public, $15 for senior citizens and children under 18 and $13 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets are $13, $11 and $9, respectively.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, Rhythm and Brass will demonstrate its "unique ability to incorporate influences as divergent as Josquin Des Prez, Pink Floyd, John Coltrane, Johann Sebastian Bach and of course Duke Ellington," according to the band's description of itself. The group finds the commonality in these performers and unites them into a single concert. Tickets for reserved seats for the concert cost $14 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens and children under 18 and $10 for FHSU students. Unreserved seats cost $10, $8 and $6, respectively.

As an additional presentation to the Encore Series, Michael Martin Murphey will perform his Cowboy Christmas at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20. Murphey said of the show, "in keeping with the old-fashioned, down-home flavor of the show, we toss in a bit of cracker-barrel philosophy and homespun humor. The concert isn't deadpan serious. We respect the true meaning of Christmas, but we also emphasize the fun and joy of the season." Tickets for the concert cost $18 for the general public and $10 for FHSU students.

The Tony Award-winning, Best Musical of the Year CATS, will be performed at 8 p.m. Dec. 8. According to its promotional material, "CATS has become something more: a unique, spectacular event to stand through many seasons." Reserved tickets for the performance cost $30 for the general public, $27 for senior citizens and children under 18 and $25 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets cost $25, $22 and $20, respectively.

Playing entirely from memory, The Jacque Thibaud String Trio with special guest Eugenia Zuckerman will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 5.

It was founded at the Berlin School of Art in 1994 and has since performed in Europe, Japan, the United States and Canada. Zuckerman is an accomplished flautist and arts correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. Reserved tickets for the concert cost $13 for the general public, $11 for senior citizens and $9 for FHSU students. Unreserved seats cost $9, $7 and $5, respectively.

Tennessee Williams' classic A Streetcar Named Desire will be performed by the Montana Repertory Theatre at 8 p.m., Feb. 26. The Montana Repertory Theatre is "one of the most highly acclaimed professional repertory companies in the United States." Reserved tickets for the performance cost $18 for the general public, $16 for senior citizens and children under 18 and $14 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets cost $14, $12 and $10, respectively.

Under the direction of Moses Pendleton, dancer-illusionists MOMIX will perform at 8 p.m. March 5. The internationally-known company will perform its latest work, Opus Cactus, which was "inspired by the flora, fauna, and simple magic of the American Southwest," according to the company's description of the performance. Reserved seats for the performance are $18 for the general public, $16 for senior citizens and $14 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets are $14, $12 and $10, respectively.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company will perform All the Great Books at 8 p.m. April 13. This comedy troupe will present a reduced version of almost all of Western Literature in a 90-minute time span. The Lowell Sun proclaimed, "English class was never as much fun!" Reserved tickets for the performance cost $18 for the general public, $16 for senior citizens and children under 18 and $14 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets cost $14, $12 and $10, respectively.

As a grand finale to the season, The Moscow Chamber Orchestra will perform under the direction of Conductor Constantine Orbelian at 8 p.m. May 6. The orchestra was created in 1956 by Rudolph Barshai. Known in Russia as the Russian State Academic Chamber Orchestra, it has been an inspiration to many Russian composers, including Dmitri Shostakovich. Reserved tickets for the concert cost $16 for the general public, $14 for senior citizens and children under 18 and $12 for FHSU students. Unreserved tickets costs $12, $10 and $8, respectively.

All performances and shows take place in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall on the FHSU campus.

To order season tickets, individuals can call (785) 628-5308 or (785) 628-5801.


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