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Salina Symphony – WOMEN IN MUSIC

Women in Music

Sunday May 3 @ 4:00PM

The season will conclude with a celebration of women in music. The program will include Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful orchestral suite, Scheherazade, Songs from Letters by world-renowned composer Libby Larsen and a premiere composition by KWU alumna Katherine Falk.

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STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES

Steve Earl and the Dukes

Thursday, May 7 @ 8:00PM

A protege of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, Earle quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.” What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin’ (1995), the politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award Winning albums The Revolution Starts Now (2004), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and Townes (2009). I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (2011) is Steve Earle’s 14th Studio Album and shares the same name with his 2011 debut novel. Of the novel, Patti Smith stated, “Steve Earle brings to his prose the same authenticity, poetic spirit and cinematic energy he projects in his music. I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive is like a dream you can’t shake, offering beauty and remorse, redemption in spades.”

Tickets $29, $42, $58, $65

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Don Williams

Regretfully, the Don Williams concert date at the Stiefel has been cancelled. All purchased tickets will be automatically refunded. We hope to reschedule sometime early next year.

Mat Kearney

Mat Kearney

With Special Guest: Judah & The Lion

Friday May 22 @ 8:00PM.

Mat’s most recent album, 2011’s Young Love debuted at #1 on the Billboard Digital Chart and #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Known for ubiquitous anthems such as “Nothing Left to Lose”, “Hey Mama”, and “Ships in the Night”, his music has been featured in countless television shows and films ranging from Soul Surfer and Parenthood to The Closer, NCIS, 30 Rock, and Vampire Diaries. His 2006 major label debut Nothing Left to Lose has sold over 450,000 copies, while 2009’s City of Black & White hit #13 on the Billboard Top 200. In between it all, he supported everybody from John Mayer to Keane on the road.

Tickets: $20, $28, $35

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LUCINDA WILLIAMS

Lucinda Williams

Sunday, June 7 @ 7:30PM

Lucinda Williams has been maneuvering down a path all her own for more than three decades now, emerging from Lake Charles, Louisiana (a town with a rich tradition in all of America’s indigenous music, from country to the blues) having been imbued with a “culturally rich, economically poor” worldview. Several years of playing the hardscrabble clubs of her adopted state of Texas gave her a solid enough footing to record a self-titled album that would become a touchstone for the embryonic Americana movement helping launch a thousand musical ships along the way.

As a rule, you can divide music into three categories -- the kind that aims for the head, the kind that aims for the heart and the kind that aims for the hips. Forging two of those connections at once is pretty impressive, but connecting on all three? That’s a rare accomplishment indeed, one that Lucinda Williams manages on her 11th studio album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone.

Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, the first release on Lucinda Williams’ own Highway 20 Records label, is easily the most ambitious creation in a body of work that’s long on ambition. Over the course of two discs, Williams leaves no emotional crevice left unexplored, drinking deeply from a well of inspiration that culminates with an offering that overflows with delta-infused country soul.

Tickets: $35, $45, $55, $65

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COLBIE CAILLAT & CHRISTINA PERRI

“THE GIRLS NIGHT OUT,
BOYS CAN COME TOO TOUR”

Christina Perry

Tuesday, July 21 @ 7:00PM

In what is sure to be one of the most talked about tours of the summer, Christina Perri and Colbie Caillat have announced plans for a North American co-headline tour. Christina Perri has spent much of the past year on the road celebrating the release of her acclaimed second album “HEAD OR HEART.” In addition to high profile TV appearances, festival performances, and treks with OneRepublic and Demi Lovato, Perri recently returned from her biggest worldwide headline tour to date, with sold out shows in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Named iTunes’ “Breakthrough Pop Artist of 2011,” Perri earned critical applause and an increasingly fervent fan following with her extraordinary debut, “lovestrong.” Highlighted by the 4x-platinum certified smash, “Jar of Hearts,” the album entered the SoundScan/ Billboard 200 among the top 5 upon its initial 2011 release. Perri followed “lovestrong” with the RIAA 4x-platinum certified hit single, “A Thousand Years,” exclusively featured on “THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN: PART 1 & 2” ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACKS.

Two-time Grammy Award-winning artist Colbie Caillat released her fourth full-length album, “GYPSY HEART, in September of 2014. The album immediately landed in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Top 200 Chart fueled by the strength of her gold-selling single “Try”. Co-written by legendary producer and singer-songwriter, Babyface, "Try" became one of the biggest performing songs featured as iTunes "Single Of The Week." Quickly amassing nearly 40 million YouTube/VEVO views, the single’s inspirational companion video became a global viral sensation and reached the #1 spot on the iTunes Video Chart. At radio, that success continued as the song went Top 10 at Hot AC. To date, Caillat has sold over six million albums and ten million singles worldwide. Her breakthrough hit "Bubbly" remains "one of the best-selling digital tracks in history" and her multi-platinum debut COCO hit #5 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, while her gold-selling sophomore set Breakthrough landed at #1. An international live draw, Caillat has played sold out venues everywhere alongside artists from John Mayer to Sheryl Crow.

Tickets $59, $69, $79, $99

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HARRY CONNICK, JR.
SOLD OUT

Harry Connick Jr.

Friday, July 24 @ 8:00PM

Showered with awards and recognition for his live and recorded musical performances, and for his achievements on screens large and small as well as the Broadway stage, Harry Connick, Jr. has exemplified excellence in every aspect of the entertainment world. The foundation of Connick's art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of five. His career took off when he signed with Columbia Records at 18 years old and revealed his stunning piano technique and vivid musical imagination on his self-titled debut album. His follow-up album, "20," announced that Connick was equally gifted as a singer; but this was soon overshadowed by his multi-platinum success with the soundtrack for the hit comedy "When Harry Met Sally..." To date, Connick has released 29 albums, won three Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards, and garnered sales of over 28 million albums. His most recent releases are "Smokey Mary" and "Every Man Should Know."

In addition to his music career, Connick has also appeared on the screen and stage as an actor. Among his feature film credits are "Little Man Tate," "Copycat," "Hope Floats," "Memphis Belle," "Independence Day," "Life without Dick," "Mickey," "Basic," "P.S. I Love You," "New in Town," "Dolphin Tale, and, Dolphin Tale 2, the sequel to 2011’s hit family film. His voiceover skills were featured in "My Dog Skip" and "The Iron Giant."

Tickets: $89, $109, $129

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JIM GAFFIGAN

Jim Gaffigan

Will perform TWO shows

Thursday, July 30 @ 7:00PM and 9:00PM

Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy nominated Comedian, New York Times Best Selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum selling father of five. His fourth hour special (“Beyond the Pale” 2006, “King Baby” 2009, “Mr. Universe” 2012), “Obsessed” premiered on Comedy Central in 2014 and the DVD/CD was released soon after by Comedy Central Records. “Obsessed”” premiered at #1 on iTunes which gave Gaffigan five albums in the Top 25 Comedy category on iTunes. The album also earned a nomination for ‘Best Comedy Album of the Year’ at the 2015 Grammy’s. In 2013, Jim’s first book ‘Dad is Fat’ was released by Crown Publishing and debuted at #5 on the New York Time’s Bestseller’s List and remained on the list for 17 weeks after. His second book, ‘Food: A Love Story’ was released in the fall of 2014 and debuted at #3 on the New York Time’s Bestseller’s List.

Jim Gaffigan will serve as Executive Producer and star in “The Jim Gaffigan Show” which will premier in July of 2015 on TV Land and Comedy Central. In advance of the show premiering, Jim will be on his latest national tour called CONTAGIOUS.

Gaffigan has had guest appearances on many TV comedies and dramas ranging from Portlandia to HBO’s cult hits Flight of the Concords and Bored to Death to dramatic roles in all three versions of Law & Order. He also starred in the movie The Experimenter that debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Tickets $49, $59, $69, $79

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RODRIGO Y GABRIELA

Rodrigo Y Gabriela

Saturday, August 15 @ 8:00PM

Internationally acclaimed Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are back on the road again in 2015, bringing their unique instrumental blend of metal, jazz and world music to audiences all over the US.

Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero have been playing together for more than fifteen years. First as young thrash metal fans in their native Mexico City, then as innocents abroad and street musicians in Dublin, Ireland at the turn of the millennium, and finally as the globe-straddling, film-scoring, record-breaking artists they are today.

Known for exhilarating live shows, Rodrigo y Gabriela have won the hearts of music lovers from the haciendas of Cuba to the Hollywood Bowl and festival fields of Europe, as they continue to weave their unique six-string magic. The extraordinary interplay between Sanchez's fiery lead lines and Quintero's phenomenal rhythmic battery is truly universal.

Tickets: $32, $46, $59, $69.

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