May 4, 2000
VITERBO ANNOUNCES 2000-01 BRIGHT STAR SEASON LINE UP
LA CROSSE, Wis.—The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Vienna Choir Boys, and the American Player’s Theatre’s production of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" are just a few of the delights featured in Viterbo’s 2000-01 Bright Star Season schedule.
The 29th season of performances, held at the Fine Arts Center on the Viterbo campus, begins in September. The events are:
- American Repertory Ballet, Thursday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m.—Set to the music of Bach, Copland, and Mendelssohn, this classic ballet company’s presentation is a diverse program choreographed by George Balanchine and Canadian Mark Godden.
- "She Stoops to Conquer," Friday-Saturday, Oct. 13-14, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 15, 2 p.m.—Written by Oliver Goldsmith, this play has been described as one of the funniest "laughing-comedies" ever. A Viterbo production, it tells the tale of Kate Hardcastle, a country girl who "stoops" to a lower social class to win the love of her betrothed.
- American Players Theatre’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m.—Shakespeare’s delightful comedy continues to intrigue audiences with its celebration of relationships, revelations, romance, and revelry.
- Trinity Irish Dance Company, Sunday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m.—The first ensemble to make the leap from competition to performance, Trinity Irish Dance Company has inspired other productions, such as Riverdance.
- Vienna Choir Boys, Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.—The incomparable Vienna Choir Boys will feature works by the great composers associated with the choir, like Haydn, Schubert, and Strauss, as well as the signature Viennese folk songs and short operettas that are favorites of their modern repertoire.
- "Messiah," Saturday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m.—The Viterbo Music Department’s production of Handel’s "Messiah" has become part of the Christmas tradition and includes a festive lobby party following the concert.
- Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.—Famous for their work on Paul Simon’s "Graceland" album, this 10 man Zulu group’s music is rooted in contemporary South African culture—from its high kicking and stop-stomping dances to its songs about conditions in the mines and apartheid.
- "Crazy for You," Friday, Mar. 2, 7:30 p.m.—This Tony-award winning musical is filled with unforgettable music from George and Ira Gershwin, including "Embraceable You" and "I Got Rhythm." A 1930’s style musical, it features dazzling choreography.
- "Cosi Fan Tutte," Friday-Saturday, March 30-31, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 1, 2 p.m.—One of Mozart’s most beloved comic operas comes to life through the collaboration of the Viterbo Music and Theatre Departments. The story of two men who test the love, loyalty, and faithfulness of their intended is filled with beautiful music, colorful characters, and clever plot twists.
- Glenn Miller Orchestra, Sunday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.—Still one of the most sought after big bands in the world, The Glenn Miller Orchestra proves that Swing is King. Their unique sound has popularized tunes like "In the Mood," "Chattanooga Choo Choo," and "A Sentimental Journey."
- Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Tuesday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.—The internationally renowned Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra makes a return trip to La Crosse as pianist Lydia Artymiw joins the orchestra for an evening to remember.
Each year, Viterbo continues its tradition of providing outstanding local, national, and international performances at the Fine Arts Center. Events range from plays, musicals and operas to symphony, jazz and dance. Season tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets will be available beginning Aug. 22.
For additional information on Bright Star Season events, please contact the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Box Office at 608-796-3100 or check out their website at www.viterbo.edu/academic/ug/sfa/bss.htm.