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TRACE ADKINS BRINGS THE CHRISTMAS SHOW 2014 TOUR TO THE STIEFEL THEATRE

Trace Adkins

Tour Combines History, Humor and Carols

Saturday, December 6 @ 8:00PM

(Each ticket buyer is given a digital download of Trace’s newest album “King’s Gift” with the purchase of their tickets. The album will be emailed to each ticket buyer.)

Adkins’ The Christmas Show is a reverent, family-friendly theatrical production, featuring songs from his Celtic Christmas album, The King’s Gift. The show combines fireside story-telling with performances of classic carols. Adkins’ historical and humorous narration, loving delivery of time-honored Christmas classics and the lush instrumentation make for a truly special holiday event.

Trace Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits (“You’re Gonna Miss This,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “Songs About Me,” “Every Light In The House,” and “Just Fishin’”) to the top of the charts and sold over 10 million albums, cumulatively. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a TV personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program, and American Red Cross, for whom he raised over $1,500,000 (1.5 million dollars) as the winner of NBC’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.” In recent years, Adkins has performed seven USO Tours.

Tickets: $62.50 $80.50

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Salina Symphony – CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

Salilna Symphony

Saturday December 13 @ 7:30PM

Sunday December 14 @ 4:00PN

Experience the wonder of Christmas with festive song and dance from the Symphony, Peggy Simms’ Center for Theatre Arts Dancers, Salina Chorale, Kansas Wesleyan University Chorale and Salina Youth Choir. Celebrate the season with us!

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Michael McDonald Holiday Songs and HITS

Michael McDonald

Tuesday, December 16 @ 8:00PM

Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. To this add formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. From ’70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’” through two highly-acclaimed Motown albums, genre-busting guest spots and innovative concept shows, the five-time Grammy Award winning McDonald is both timeless and ever-evolving. After moving from his hometown of St. Louis to Los Angeles in the early ’70s, McDonald honed his talent as a session musician and singer before being invited to join Steely Dan. Over the course of four classic albums, from Katy Lied to Gaucho, McDonald became an integral part of the group’s sound, singing background vocals on FM staples like “Black Friday” and “Peg.”

In the mid-’70s, McDonald joined The Doobie Brothers, helping the band redefine their funky R & B sound as a singer, keyboardist and songwriter on such Top 40 singles as “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Minute By Minute” and “What A Fool Believes.”

With a career that encompasses five Grammys, numerous chart successes, personal and professional accolades, as well as collaborations with some of the world’s most prominent artists, Michael McDonald remains an enduring force in popular music.

Tickets: $57 $67 $77

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THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR AND OTHER ERIC CARLE FAVORITES by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

The very hungry caterpillar

Saturday, January 17 @ 4:00PM

This wonderful puppet production includes the story of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of LITTLE CLOUD’s travels through the sky; and THE MIXED-UP CHAMELEON’s discovery of his own unique nature. The show incorporates evocative original music, and innovative “black light” staging techniques which highlights the stunning puppets and props. The work follows closely the books by Eric Carle providing a new generation with a seamless entry into the world of theatre and music.

Mermaid’s choice of material is based on the belief that young people can benefit substantially, both in their emotional an aesthetic development, from early experiences with literature, the arts, and the power of imagination. The company’s creative ambition is to produce work which is good theatre-entertaining, informative and stimulating to all the senses. As important is the goal of encouraging literacy and generating enthusiasm for the art of reading.

“…The show is so beautiful that there were occasional cries of amazement from the children; it was as if the images were really alive. This is one of those puppet shows in which it is easy to forget that someone is working behind the scenes and it is possible to make the story one’s own and, above all, to believe in the small imaginary world.” Angel Sanchez Borges, Milenio, Monterrey, Mexico.

Tickets: children 11 and under $9, adults $14

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Salina Symphony – DISNEY IN CONCERT – TALE AS OLD AS TIME

Salina Symphony

Sunday January 25 @ 4:00PM

Join us for a magical journey into storytelling and music as only the timeless tales of Disney can evoke. Brought to life by the talents of four Broadway-caliber singers and featuring high resolution animated feature film sequences, “Disney In Concert – Tale as Old as Time” observes iconic moments, plot twists and feats of daring heroics from Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, The Lion King and many more!

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CANTUS

Cantus Vocal Group

Sunday, February 8 @ 7:30PM

The “intellectually, emotionally and musically rich” (Star Tribune) nine-member men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and blend and its engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process. The Washington Post hails the ensemble’s sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to their musicmaking as “spontaneous grace.” Cantus performs more than 60 concerts each year both in national and international touring, as well as in its home of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota and has released 17 albums on its own self-titled label. Each year the artists of Cantus share their own love of singing with thousands of students through workshops and master classes to ensure the future of choral arts. During the 2014-2015 season, Cantus will be performing their new program Anthem, which explores the traditions and customs of singing throughout the world with specific emphasis on when and why people sing together. “Anthems are an expression of identity and create a way for communities to show support for a cause, belief, a heritage, or even a sports team,” says Cantus tenor Aaron Humble. “If you have once sung a song in a group, that music forever after will conjure the emotions of that moment for you: pride, identity, unity.”

Tickets: $28, $35, $42

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DAVID SANBORN

David Sanborn Photo

Saturday, February 14 @ 8:00PM

David Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. Having inspired countless other musicians, Dave has worked in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and lately, more and more traditional jazz. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school when he was inspired by the great Chicago blues artists near his hometown of St. Louis.

Dave’s solo release of Taking Off in 1975–still considered a classic— solidified his career. His 1979 release of Hideaway became a popular hit and further propelled Dave’s ascent with the single, “Seduction” being featured in the movie, American Gigolo. Veteran bassist and composer Marcus Miller joined Dave on the 1981 album, Voyeur. The single, “All I Need Is You” won Dave his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance. In 1983, Dave released the hit album Backstreet that included Luther Vandross as a featured guest vocalist. Later albums have included guest artists such as Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Charlie Hayden, Wallace Roney, Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, and Eric Clapton.

In his three-and-a-half decade career, Dave has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. He continues to be one of the most highly active musicians of his genre, with 2010 tour dates exceeding 150. Considered as a whole, Dave is an artist who pushes the limits and continues to make music that challenges the mind and goes Straight to The Heart.

Tickets: $25, $44, $55

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WYNONNA AND FRIENDS: STORIES & SONG

Wynona

Thursday, February 19 @ 8:00PM

Everyone has a story to tell. And, for Wynonna Judd, those stories have been told through song with one of the most influential and important voices of our generation. Come experience the timeless tales of her unparalleled artistry as she takes you on the revolutionary journey of her 30 year platinum career. Hear the stories that inspired her to record the songs, create the tours and make recording history while inspiring countless friends along the way. Joined by her 3-piece band including her husband, producer and award-winning artist Cactus Moser, they will take you inside the hits and history of this iconic artist.

Tickets: $38, $48, $58

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An Evening With Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan

Wednesday, March 4 @ 8:00PM

Sarah McLachlan is one of the most celebrated singer songwriters in entertainment with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. She is an eight-time Juno Award winner and a three-time Grammy Award winner. McLachlan's landmark fifth album, the 10x-platinum SURFACING, contained two Grammy Award-winning tracks: “Building a Mystery” and “Last Dance.”

In addition to her personal artistic efforts, she founded the Lilith Fair tour showcasing female musicians which raised over $7 million for local and national charities over its 3 years and in 2002 founded her non-profit organization the Sarah McLachlan School of Music.

The school provides free afterschool music education for at-risk and underserved kids who otherwise would have no access to music programming. From an early age, music provided Sarah with the tools she needed to navigate the challenges she faced in her life so she recognizes how important it is for every child to have those same opportunities. McLachlan’s latest album SHINE ON was released earlier this year, it explores her personal journey over the last three years navigating love, loss and change. SHINE ON celebrates the human ability to grow from our experiences, thrive and shine on.

$99, $119

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THE UGLY DUCKLING and THE TORTOISE & THE HARE

The Ugly Duckling

Thursday, March 5 @ 7:00PM

…Fresh on the heels of their break out success, the creators of Darwin the Dinosaur are at it again! In an age when television, computers and video games reign supreme, the folks at Light Wire Theater (in conjunction with Corbian Visual Arts and Dance) bring their use of cutting edge technology, moving sculpture, and dance to another unforgettable theatrical experience. The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare will follow in Darwin’s footsteps through the use of Corbian’s signature electroluminescent puppetry.

THE UGLY DUCKLING

Of the five eggs in Mother Duck's nest, one is the largest and last to hatch. Bigger and paler than the others, this last hatchling is treated as an outsider by Mother Duck and her ducklings. He may be the best swimmer of the brood, but this alone is not enough to ensure his acceptance. Knowing only rejection, this Ugly Duckling goes out into the wild alone. Reflecting upon his plight under the glow of a remote willow tree, he sees a wily cat creeping in the direction of Mother Duck’s nest. The Ugly Duckling follows and watches as one lagging duckling is captured and taken back to the cat’s lair. In true heroic fashion, this Ugly Duckling succeeds in vanquishing the cat and rescuing the captured duckling. Celebrated by Mother Duck and her ducklings for his uniqueness, all realize that he may have been an ugly duckling, but he has grown into a beautiful and powerful swan.

THE TORTOISE & THE HARE

Ridiculed by the Hare, the Tortoise challenges him to a race. They set off and the Hare takes a commanding lead right away. Thinking he will win easily, the Hare allows himself to be distracted with many modern day activities; texting, video games and the paparazzi, of course. The Tortoise continues to trudge along at his methodical pace and, despite the fact that the Hare is a swifter creature, wins the race due to his discipline and fortitude.

Tickets: children 11 and under $9, adults $14

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Diamond Rio

Diamond Rio

Friday, March 6 @ 8:00PM

Six-time Vocal Group of the Year, Diamond Rio won their first Grammy for their album The Reason, which also garnered the band their first Dove award. Formed in 1984, Diamond Rio features lead singer Marty Roe, guitarist Jimmy Olander, drummer Brian Prout, keyboardist Dan Truman, bassist/harmony Dana Williams and Gene Johnson on mandolin/harmony. The band signed with Arista in the early 90’s and embarked on one of the most successful careers in country music. The band has sold over 10 million albums earning three platinum and five gold records and won the Country Music Association’s Vocal Group of the Year award four times as well as netting two Academy of Country Music Awards in the top Vocal Group of the Year category and fourteen GRAMMY® nominations. When they debuted in 1991 with the hit “Meet in the Middle,” Diamond Rio became the first group in the history of country music to have a debut single reach No. 1. They continued to place 32 more singles on the Billboard chart, including “How Your Love Makes Me Feel,” “Norma Jean Riley,” “Beautiful Mess,” “Love a Little Stronger,” and “One More Day.” Diamond Rio was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1998.

Tickets start at $38, $58.

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DAVE MASON

Dave Mason

Saturday, March 14 @ 8:00PM

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, songwriter, and legendary guitarist Dave Mason has been making music since the age of 18 when he teamed up with fellow England native Steve Winwood to form the band Traffic. Since then he has penned dozens of hits, and has been linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac,The Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Leon Russell, Ron Wood and Mama Cass Elliot. Mason has been performing to sold-out audiences for years and has sold millions of recordings worldwide.

“Mason sounds as good, or possibly better, than ever. His voice is in fine shape, and it’s a wonderful voice with a great range and the ability to convey a world of feeling. From beginning to end, this concert was a standout. Among the well thought-out selections were Traffic’s ‘Dear Mr. Fantasy,’ ‘World in Changes,’ ‘Let it Go Let it Flow,’ and Delaney & Bonnie’s ‘Only You Know and I Know.’ Of course, a Dave Mason show wouldn’t be complete without ‘Feelin’ Alright’ and ‘Only You Know and I Know.’ Mason threw in some newer songs as well, most notably the bluesy ‘Good 2 U,’ and the country-flavored ‘Ain’t Your Legs Tired Baby (From Running Through My Mind’). I thought ‘40,000 Headmen’ was particularly spectacular.”

-Port Washington Patch 2013

Tickets: $35, $45, $55

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Salina Symphony – AMERICAN MUSIC IN MOTION

American Music in Motion

Sunday March 29 @ 4:00PM

Experience a fusion of classical music and contemporary dance featuring popular American classics, such as Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Barber’s Adagio for Strings and Bernstein’s West Side Story. This collage of American music will feature central characters who will tell a story through music and dance.

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YOUTH SYMPHONY PERFORMANCES

Youth Symphony

Sunday April 12   4:00PM

These inspiring performances will feature more than 170 members of the Youth Symphony, Junior Youth Symphony and Preparatory Orchestra.

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MARC COHN

Marc Cohn

Sunday, April 26 @ 8:00PM

After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis”, Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales.

Cohn followed up his platinum-selling debut with two more releases in the 1990s, at which point TIME magazine called him “one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade’ and Bonnie Raitt declared, “Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he’s an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for.” Raitt, James Taylor, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Patty Griffin all made guest appearances on Cohn’s early records for Atlantic, as his reputation as an artist and performer continued to grow. In 1998 Cohn took a decade-long sabbatical from recording, ending in 2007 with Join The Parade. Inspired by the horrific events following Hurricane Katrina and his own near fatal shooting just weeks before, “Parade” is his most moving and critically acclaimed record to date. About his latest album Listening Booth: 1970, Rolling Stone said, “Cohn has one of rock’s most soulful croons - a rich immediately recognizable tenor that makes these songs his own.”

Tickets: $39, $49, $69

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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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