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April 29, 2002

2002-03 BRIGHT STAR LINE UP SHINES WITH CREATIVITY

LA CROSSE, Wis.—Doc Severinson & His Big Band and the Tony-Award-winning shows Fosse and Ain’t Misbehavin’ The Fats Waller Show are highlights of this new Bright Star Season at Viterbo University.

The 2002-03 season of performances, held in the Fine Arts Center’s Main Theatre on the Viterbo University campus, begins in September. The events are:

  • Forbidden Hollywood, Thursday, Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m.—Nothing is sacred during this satirical look at Hollywood today.
  • Celebrating 100 Years of Richard Rodgers, Friday-Saturday, Oct. 11-12,        7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m.—Relive a century of classics as the Viterbo theatre department presents a musical revue of Richard Rodgers’ music. Spanning his collaborations with Oscar Hammerstein II and Lorenz Hart, the audience will enjoy this retrospective of Rodgers’ music through song and dance.
  • Doc Severinsen & His Big Band, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m.—In a vivid array of exhilarating styles, Grammy-Award-winning Doc Severinsen plays sizzling jazz and big band tunes with former members of his Tonight Show band.
  • Turtle Island String Quartet, Sunday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.—With special guests the Ying Quartet, Turtle Island presents an evening of traditionally classical music, paired with innovative jazz improv.
  • Christmas Celebration & Lobby Party, Saturday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m.—The Viterbo music department presents the traditional Christmas concert and lobby celebration with its performance of the J.S. Bach Baroque choral masterpiece, "Magnificat," and John Rutter’s 20th century collection of carols, "Dancing Day."
  • Les Percussions de Guinée, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 7:30 p.m.—The New Year starts off with the excitement of this African percussion ensemble which presents its authentic African drumming and dancing.
  • Fosse, Friday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.—Experience Tony-Award-winning director and choreographer Bob Fosse’s sexy style and unique vision of dance during this musical tribute.
  • Die Fledermaus, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 28-March 1, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 2, 2 p.m.—Misbehaving upper classes, love affairs, and the lilting waltzes of Johann Strauss combine to create this cornerstone of operatic repertoire, performed by the Viterbo music and theatre departments.
  • Cherish the Ladies, Monday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.—What better way to spend St. Patrick’s Day than with a traditional Irish folk group? Cherish the ladies shares their Irish traditions and music with spirit, precision, wit, and soul.
  • Le Trio Gershwin, Friday, April 4, 7:30 p.m.—From the heart of Paris, this trio succeeds at conveying all the spirit, magic, and swing of Gershwin. With a unique instrumental combination, they fascinate audiences with the pure natural sound of piano, guitar and the profound sound of cello.
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’ The Fats Waller Musical Show, Tuesday, April 29,             7:30 p.m.—This finger-snapping Tony-Award-winning revue of Fats Waller’s 1930’s Harlem is considered one of Broadway’s very best. Humor and infectious energy are trademarks of this rollicking American original.

Viterbo University continues its tradition of providing outstanding local, national, and international performances at the Fine Arts Center. Events range from plays, musicals, and operas to chamber music, jazz, and dance. Bright Star Season events are supported, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.

Season tickets are on sale through June 5. Individual tickets will be available beginning in August. For additional information on Bright Star Season events, please contact the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Box Office at 608-796-3100.

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