With a Silver Celebration of artists and performances, Fort Hays State University will mark the 25th year of its Encore Series of performing arts.
"I am very excited about the 25th anniversary season," said Carol Brock, coordinator of student activities and special events. "It is the biggest season we have ever presented and is truly a world-class series."
All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall on the FHSU campus.
The series begins with the musical "I Can't Stop Loving You" on Saturday, Oct. 7. The musical features 10 dancers, a 15-piece orchestra and six singers covering all the musical genres of Ray Charles' career.
The Miami City Ballet, on Monday, Oct. 30, features a mix of classical and contemporary dance. With more than 50 dancers, the MCB is among the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States. Founding artistic director Edward Vilella will conduct a pre-performance discussion with the audience.
"Stomp!" is a two-night feature on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 28-29. The show features an eight-member percussion group that uses everything but conventional percussion instruments -- including matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and hubcaps -- to create a rhythm. "Stomp!" has received a number of awards and rave reviews and has appeared on numerous national television shows.
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, featuring Irvin Mayfield, will play on Monday, Jan. 22. The NOJO is dedicated to keeping New Orleans jazz music alive in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Artistic director and founder Mayfield is a protege of Wynton Marsalis and lost his own father to Katrina.
Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" will be presented on Monday, Feb. 12. Set during World War II, the story is about two young brothers who are left to live with their frightfully intimidating grandmother while their father travels the country to pay off debts. Published in 1991, it is the first of Simon's plays to win a Pulitzer Prize.
"Man of La Mancha: The Glorious Quest" will be on Tuesday, Feb. 20. A "powerful" blend of comedy, romance, tragedy and adventure, the Broadway musical is the tale of Don Quixote and is a five-time Tony Award-winning production.
The Lettermen will perform on Wednesday, March 14. The trio will sing hits such as "The Way You Look Tonight," "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You," and many more No. 1 hits. The group has recorded more than 70 albums and sold more than 100 million records worldwide in their 45 years together.
The Emerson String Quartet wraps up the Silver Celebration with its performance on Thursday, April 19. One of the world's foremost chamber ensembles, the quartet has a series of recordings exclusively documented by Deutsche Grammophon. It has six Grammy Awards, three Gramophone Magazine Awards, and performances of the complete cycles of Beethoven, Bartok and Shostakovich quartets in major concert halls throughout the world.
Season tickets may be ordered on line at http://www.fhsu.edu/perf_arts/. For more information call (785) 628-5801 or (785) 628-5308.