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May 9, 2003

2003-04 BRIGHT STAR SEASON SHINES WITH VARIETY

LA CROSSE, Wis.—The Gospel sounds of The Blind Boys of Alabama, the graceful moves of the Moscow Festival Ballet as they perform "Swan Lake," and the lighthearted fun of the romantic comedy "Singin’ in the Rain," highlight the 2003-04 Bright Star Season at Viterbo University.

Held in the Fine Arts Center’s Main Theatre on the Viterbo University campus, the Bright Star Season begins in September. The events are:

  • Blind Boys of Alabama, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m.—Unexpected instrumentation, inspirational Gospel music, and an eclectic sound are part of the repertoire of this Grammy Award-winning group.
  • No, No Nanette, Friday?Saturday, Oct. 10-11 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 12,      2 p.m.—Set in the Roaring ’20s, this Tony Award winner is a tap-dancing musical comedy packed with memorable melodies like "Tea for Two" and "I Want to be Happy." It is produced by the Viterbo Music and Theatre Departments.
  • Belize National Dance Company, Thursday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.—With influences from Latin America and the Caribbean, this multicultural and multiethnic dance company performs contemporary and traditional folkloric dances.
  • Burning River Brass, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2 p.m.—A blend of refined sound, exquisite technique, and exceptional musicianship are hallmarks of this ensemble.
  • Windham Hill Winter Solstice, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.—The music of Philip Aaberg, Barbara Higbie, and Tracy Silverman provide a backdrop for a musical beginning the holiday season.
  • Swan Lake, Monday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.—Starring 50 of the finest dancers from the former Soviet Union, including dancers from the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets, the Moscow Festival Ballet performs this classic.
  • Noises Off, Friday?Saturday, Feb. 20-21, 7:30 p.m.—The Viterbo Theatre Department presents a look at the love, lies, and deceit that take place behind the scenes of an off-Broadway play in this Tony-winning play.
  • Singin’ in the Rain, Friday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.—"Good Mornin’," "You are My Lucky Star," and "Singin’ in the Rain" are among the timeless songs that highlight this romantic comedy about a silent screen studio’s transition to talking pictures.
  • Marcus Belgrave, Friday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.—In a tribute to Louis Armstrong, Belgrave and his octet track Satchmo’s music from the 1920s to the 1970s.
  • Ethnos Percussion Ensemble, Saturday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.—With a wide variety of musical styles, this percussion group performs on an eclectic battery of instruments from around the world.
  • Marvin Hamlisch, Sunday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.—Award-winning composer, conductor, pianist, and entertainer, Marvin Hamlisch presents an evening of memorable music and captivating stories.

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 13. Individual tickets will be available on Aug. 20. 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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