May 12, 2016
This is 21st year of the SOPAA/SSU partnership that has brought exciting performances to southern Ohio.
The Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association and Shawnee State University are pleased to announce the line up for the 2016-17 season.
This year will mark the 21st year of the SOPAA/SSU partnership that has brought exciting and intriguing performances to southern Ohio.
For 2016, the line up is as follows:
September 22 – Landau Murphy, Jr. with Leonard, Coleman and Blunt - Due to the overwhelming response from the 2014-15 season, Murphy, Jr. is returning to the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts with living legends, Glenn Leonard, former vocalist for the Temptations; Joe Coleman, lead singer with the Platters; and Joe Blunt, lead singer of the Drifters. Landau’s “Sinatra style” singing has earned him respect throughout the nation and abroad and was named the 2011 winner of America’s Got Talent competition. For more information, check out http://www.landaumurphyjr.com/ or http://leonardcolemanandblunt.iconosites.com.
October 12 – Once – is a truly original Broadway experience and the winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show features an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians that tell the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. To check out Once, please visit http://oncemusical.com.
November 3 – Morehead University Percussion Ensemble – this internationally acclaimed percussion ensemble from Morehead University will perform under the direction of Dr. Brian S. Mason. The group has toured Brazil, Spain and China, as well as tours all over the United States. Members of the ensemble include musicians from the Portsmouth area. Check out https://www.facebook.com/msupercussionstudio for more information.
December 13 – SHUFFLE Concert – In their performance, the audience mixes the deck by choosing from a menu of Christmas musical numbers for the musicians to play. Embracing the motto, “You choose, we play,” these accomplished musicians will bring an entertaining music-on-demand format to classical music. Visit http://www.shuffleconcert.com for more information.
The lineup continuing into 2017 will be:
February 16 – Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella – This Tony Award winning Broadway musical comes from the creators of The Sounds of Music and South Pacific. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations, and all the classical moments of Cinderella – the pumpkin, glass slipper and masked ball. New and surprising twists have been added to the plot as well. The show will play some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago.” For more information, please go to http://www.cinderellaonbroadway.com.
March 23 – Mark & Maggie O’Connor – Mark O’Connor was the youngest person ever to win the Grand Master Fiddler Championships, and forty years later, his record still stands. Mark and his wife, Maggie, will perform selected tunes and arrangements from America’s songbook that have made an impact on American music. Check out www.markoconnor.com for more information.
April 6 – Texas Tenors – With an Emmy Award winning PBS special and billboard chart topping album, it is clear why the Texas Tenors are America’s favorite new tenors. Since their debut on America’s Got Talent, the Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades and fans. The audience will be treated to a unique blend of country, classical, Broadway and current pop music. Please go to http://thetexastenors.com for more information.
April 20 – Alpin Hong: Chasing Chopin – Pianist Alpin Hong’s lifelong relationship with music from Chopin brings a multi-media performance with a rare and intimate look into Hong’s interpretations of classical masterworks. For more information about Hong, visit http://alpinhong.com.
May 2 – Driving Miss Daisy – Television stars Charlene Tilton (Dallas) and Clarence Gilyard (Walker, Texas Ranger) star in Alfred Uhry’s iconic Pulitzer Prize winning story about the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white southern lady and a proud, soft-spoken black man. The show will sure to “give off a warm glow of humane affirmation.”
In addition to the nine shows in the SOPAA/SSU season, SSU is also offering its annual concert by the Oak Ridge Boys who will return to the VRCFA on December 1, 2016. For more information, go to http://www.oakridgeboys.com.
Tickets are available at the McKinley Box Office located in the VRCFA from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. With the exception of Oak Ridge Boys, current subscribers can renew and purchase tickets starting in June while new subscriptions and single ticket purchase will be available starting July 11. Discounts for groups and families are available. Tickets are also available online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, contact the McKinley Box Office by phone at 740-351-3600.
The 2016-17 SOPAA/SSU season is presented with the support of the Ohio Arts Council, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, The SSU Development Foundation, City of Portsmouth, OH, the Martings Foundation and the Scioto Foundation.