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February 15, 2002


LA CROSSE, Wis. —The magic begins when America’s favorite cowboys, Riders in the Sky, step up to the microphone in Fine Arts Center Main Theatre for two performances at Viterbo University on Saturday, March 2.

As part of Arts for Young America, Riders in the Sky will perform music aimed at children and young adults at their 3 p.m. show.  Then, this Grammy award-winning group brings its unique musical style to the stage for a comical and whimsical evening during a NexStar Season performance at 7:30 pm.

 Fans of all ages will enjoy the expert musicianship of Ranger Doug, Woody Paul, Too Slim, and Joey the Cowpolka King, who form Riders in the Sky. Together with one or more of their faithful and bizarre sidekicks, Riders in the Sky combine acoustical music and a wide range of styles with outrageous comedy, delivering entertainment guaranteed to delight listeners, regardless of musical preference.

If you’re a fan of the Old West, good comedy, stellar harmony, or pure entertainment, you’ll love Riders in the Sky.  Since 1977, Riders in the Sky have continued their musical tradition kindled by singing cowboy legends such as the "Sons of the Pioneers," "Rawhide," and "Back in the Saddle." In addition to playing for more than 200 live performances each year, the group has created and hosts Riders' Radio Theater, a radio program broadcast by more than 170 public and commercial stations. They've recorded more than 20 albums, starred in their own Saturday morning TV series for CBS, and performed on a number of other network TV shows. In February 2001, they received a Grammy for their album based on the hit movie Toy Story 2, "Woody’s Roundup featuring Riders in the Sky."

The NexStar production of Riders in the Sky is sponsored by Charter Communications. The Arts for Young America production is sponsored by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin, Inc. Both are supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Tickets are $22/16 for the NexStar Season Production (7:30 p.m. show). And, for the Arts for Young America production (3 p.m. show), tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children age 12 and under.

To order tickets contact the Viterbo University Box Office at 796-3100, email

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