Friday, December 13, 8:00 p.m.
Michael Whitaker Smith is an American contemporary Christian musician, who has charted primarily in the contemporary Christian and occasionally in the mainstream charts. His biggest success in mainstream music was in 1991 when "Place in this World" hit No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Smith is a three-time Grammy Award winner, and has earned 40 Dove Awards. Over the course of his career, he has sold more than 13 million albums and recorded 29 No. 1 Hit songs, fourteen gold albums, and five platinum albums. Smith is an American Music Award recipient; he was also named one of People magazine's "Most Beautiful People". $45, $55, $62
SALINA SYMPHONY - CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Saturday December 14, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday December 15, 4:00 p.m.
Experience the magic of Christmas with festive song and dance from the Symphony, Peggy Simms’ Center for Theatre Arts Dancers, Salina Chorale, KWU Chorale and Children’s Holiday Chorus. Celebrate the season with us!
Sponsored by: Salina Regional Health Center
SALINA SYMPHONY - CELEBRATE ART: PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION
Sunday January 26, 4:00 p.m.
Two art forms unite for this unique concert featuring original artwork by local high school students. A visual presentation of the selected pieces will be displayed behind the Symphony as they perform Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Sponsored by: Great Plains Manufacturing, Salina Arts & Humanities Horizons Grant Program
Wednesday, Feb 12 @ 6:00PM
PRESENTED BY THE MCCUNE FOUNDATION
“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Adapted from the Broadway version, Seussical features 10 actors and enhanced production values and is Theatreworks’ biggest show ever. The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee (and all-around mischief-maker) in this romp through the Seuss classics. The musical score is top notch and reinforces the show themes of kindness, acceptance and self-esteem includes “Oh, the Things You Can Think”, “It’s Possible,” “How Lucky You Are,” and “All For You”. Tickets: Children $8, Adults $15
BELA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN
Saturday, Feb 15 @ 8:00PM
Banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet. Their performances embrace a diversity almost unthinkable - coming from just two banjos and one voice. Washburn’s beguiling composing, playing and singing blend with Fleck’s riveting and virtuosic musicianship to create music both unique yet familiar in texture.
Fleck, a 15 - time Grammy winner, has collaborated with Chick Corea, Oumou Sangare, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Dave Mathews, Earl Scruggs, and the entire Cleveland Orchestra for his Banjo Concert ‘The Impostor’.
Washburn’s banjo has taken her far beyond the usual old - timey comfort zone, musically and geographically. An alumnus of Uncle Earl, the powerhouse all - female stringband, Abby’s adopted second homeland is China, and her music resounds with echoes of Appalachia and the tidal wave of emerging Chinese cultural influence.
Together, Fleck and Washburn employ the relatively rare 3 - finger and clawhammer banjo duet to create an explosion of musical white heat. No wonder that they are married and have a new baby.
“What can I say about my wife Abby, except that the first time I listened to a CD of her music, I started driving so fast that I got pulled over for speeding and was made to walk the line by the men in blue! She’s a beautiful singer/songwriter who builds her material around her distinctive claw-hammer banjo style. This results in very rooted and soulful, yet original music of the first order. Our first musical collaboration together resulted in an unconventional string quartet comprised of two banjos, cello and violin and called The Sparrow Quartet. Abby and I have played as a duo since we first met, trying impromptu duets at picking parties, doing a few tunes at benefits, and occasional radio shows together, but we never took our act on the road til now.” Tickets: $35, $45, $55
Sunday, Feb 16 @ 7:00PM
With a career that spans over a hundred and twenty-five films and television shows, Ronny Cox, one of the nicest guys you will ever meet, is often ironically identified with the villains he has played in movies like TOTAL RECALL, ROBOCOP and the ruthless politician in the hit science fiction TV series STARGATE, and as Captain Jellico in two highly rated episodes of Star Trek. Ronny's first film… his first time acting in front of a camera was as the guitarist in the famous "dueling banjos" scene in DELIVERANCE. His second big film was BOUND FOR GLORY, Hal Ashby’s film about Woody Guthrie. His recording debut, however, entitled RONNY COX, was “pretty much a country record at least it seemed so to me. “I enjoy all kinds of music and I try to bring that eclectic approach to the music I play, Ronny says. “I'm interested in weaving a tapestry of songs and stories with an over-all arc that eventually comes together and tells us something about 'the human condition'. I know that sounds kinda pompous... but that's what I'm trying to do..... and to have a few laughs along the way." Tickets: $25
LARRY THE CABLE GUY
Friday, Feb 28 @ 7:00PM and 9:30PM
Larry the Cable Guy is a multiplatinum recording artist, Grammy nominee, Billboard award winner and one of the top comedians in the country. He has his own line of merchandise and continues to sell out theatres and arenas across the United States. Larry has created The Git-R-Done Foundation, which was named after Larry’s signature catchphrase, and has donated more than 7 million dollars to various charities.
Currently, Larry is the host of Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy for History, which has been ordered for a third season. The show premiered in 2011 and was a huge ratings success. In each episode, Larry visits various sites across the country revealing bits of real history while immersing himself in new and different lifestyles, jobs and hobbies that celebrate the American experience.
Larry’s road to stardom included the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, which grossed more than 15 million dollars. The ensemble cast of comedians included Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall. The tour’s success led to Blue Collar Comedy Tour, The Movie, which premiered on Comedy Central in November of 2003 and at the time, was the highest rated movie in the channel’s history. The DVD has sold more than 4 million units. The sequel Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again, has sold more than 3 million units. In March of 2006, the Blue Collar boys reunited to shoot Blue Collar Comedy Tour, One For The Road in Washington, DC at the Warner Theater. The movie had its world premiere on Comedy Central June 4, 2006, again receiving some of the highest ratings. The soundtrack was nominated for a 2006 Grammy award.
He is a bestselling author and his book Git-R-Done, (2005) debuted at # 26 on the New York Times bestseller list. Larry was named to Forbes Celebrity 100 list in 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012. This lists the hottest and most successful people in the entertainment industry. Tickets: $68, $78
Thursday, Mar 13 @ 8:00PM
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.
David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. He is the author of the NYT-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris’s pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” There are a total of seven million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages. Tickets: $38, $49, $55
Friday, Mar 14 @ 8:00PM
Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon is a band where the main constant over the decades is a never-ending desire to give their all to their fans, year in and year out. Formed loosely in the late '60s at college in Champaign, IL, REO (named after the precursor to the light truck) rode to gigs in station wagons, hopping from small gigs to even tinier gigs, just to get their name out. It worked, as fans quickly realized there was much more going on here than your average college party band.
By the early '70s, the band's unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. It carved a path that was eventually followed by STYX, Kansas, Cheap Trick and more. Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as "Ridin' The Storm Out" followed, setting the stage for 1980's explosive Hi Infidelity. REO rode the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S. and 40 million around the globe, with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles.
Even now, fully established with songs on the radio in every city and town they ever set foot in, REO Speedwagon still has that Midwest work ethic. The band has gone on stage and in the studio to work- dozens of albums, thousands of concerts, and countless radio spins. Their eyes have always been on the future and on the road - not a year has gone by where REO Speedwagon didn't perform live, thrilling fans with hit filled sets.
The band's younger fans might not realize the sheer impact REO has had on music and the culture of rock 'n' roll. Hi Infidelity'smillions in sales were fueled by massive hit singles such as "Keep On Loving You" and "Take It On the Run." Thirty-plus years later, the nine-times certified platinum Hi Infidelity still remains a high-water mark for rock bands; the album spent 15 weeks in the #1 slot, a feat simply unattainable in music today.
At the center of REO's desire to keep it rocking for the fans is Kevin Cronin, who looks like he's found the fountain of youth--along with the secret to penning some of the biggest hits in rock. With bandmates Bruce Hall on bass, keyboardist Neal Doughty, Dave Amato on lead guitar and drummer Bryan Hitt, REO has remained busy since the band celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007.
These days REO are still doing what they've always done - taking good care of their legacy while keeping the focus on the future. REO's career will always carry on with music that continues to define excellence in song craftsmanship and brilliant live performance for several generations of fans. Tickets: $79, $89, $99
Saturday, Mar 22 @ 8:00PM
Marty Stuart is a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, charismatic force of nature, and country music fan.Since starting out singing gospel as a child, Stuart, 54, has spent over four decades celebrating American roots music with a missionary's zeal. His teenage years on tour with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt in the '70s were followed by six years in Johnny Cash's band during the '80s and a chart-topping tenure as a solo artist in the '90s.The turn of the century saw Stuart looking inward to make deeply felt records paying homage to his love of vintage gospel, his Native American passions, and as always, his core -- foot-stompin', tail-shakin', honky tonkin', rockin' hillbilly music. His latest musical oeuvre is ably supported by the coolest cats in Nashville - his backing band, The Fabulous Superlatives: guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson, and bassist Paul Martin.Stuart's zest for every conceivable flavor of country music is also seen regularly by TV viewers these days, on RFD-TV's "The Marty Stuart Show", a musical variety show and the number one program on the network.So, what's next? As musicologist Peter North cites, "Marty Stuart seems wrapped in his destiny at this point in time. Not only as country music's most notable ambassador/caretaker, but as its main archetypical crusader. He has without question evolved into one of the most important roots musicians and visionaries in America." Tickets: $35, $45, $55
SALINA SYMPHONY - BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Presented in Partnership with the Salina Community Theatre & Kansas Wesleyan University
Saturday March 29, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday March 30, 4:00 p.m.
“Be our Guest” for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast as it comes to life on the Stiefel Theatre stage. Join Belle, the Beast, Mrs. Potts and the cast of characters as they tell this enchanted story accompanied by
Sponsored by: The Bank of Tescott
SALINA YOUTH SYMPHONY
Sunday April 6, 4:00 p.m.
These inspiring performances will feature more than 160 members of the Youth Symphony, Junior Youth Symphony and Preparatory Orchestra.
Sponsored by: Symphony Educational Partners, Claudia Perez-Tamayo, M.D., & Alfredo Lopez
SALINA SYMPHONY - CELEBRATE THE MAESTRO: MAESTRO’S CHOICE
Sunday May 4, 4:00 p.m.
The season will conclude with a musical celebration of Maestro
Hakoda’s 10th anniversary with the Symphony! The program will include a number of the Maestro’s favorite works, including the fourth movement from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 featuring the Maestro’s former students as soloists as well as a community chorus.
Sponsored by: Artful Parties and Events, Roger & Sissy Morrison
Friday, May 9 @ 8:00PM
As the founder of The Byrds, Roger McGuinn is firmly established as an indisputable industry icon. From his signature 12 string Rickenbacker sound, to his instantly recognizable vocals on hits like “Turn, Turn, Turn”, Eight Miles High” and Mr. Tambouring Man”, McGuinn didn’t just make music; he made history with his fearless sense of experimentation. As the leader of the influential 60s group, The Byrds, he was on the leading edge, combining the rock beat of the Beatles with the folk sensibilities of Bob Dylan, to create the genre known as “folk-rock.” Roger’s solo career began in 1973 and has yielded 10 albums, a Grammy nomination, and extensive touring and performing for enthralled audiences ever since. Tickets: $35
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
Friday, May 30 @ 7:30PM
The Wichita Grand Opera presents Rossini’s comic opera, The Barber of Seville, under the music direction of Maestro Ken Hakoda. Charming, lighthearted, and endlessly enjoyable, Rossini’s most popular comic opera tells the story of Rosina, whose heart is pursued by two suitors. The town’s mischievous barber, Figaro, is at the heart of the action. Tickets: $15 students, $32, $42
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