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Susquehanna University’s Artist Series Takes the Stage

Aug. 19, 2008

SELINSGROVE (Pa.) – Susquehanna University kicks off its annual Artist Series Sept. 14 with the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Other 2008-09 Artist Series headliners are Hal Holbrook presenting Mark Twain Tonight! on Nov. 12 and the American Spiritual Ensemble on Feb. 17.

Glenn Miller, arguably music's most iconic performer from the World War II generation, chose to create a definitive sound unlike any other in the big band era. In 1938, his orchestra smashed attendance records, and 70 years later, the Glenn Miller Orchestra still plays to sold-out audiences around the world. Now led by trombonist Larry O'Brien, the orchestra recreates the music made famous in dance halls and through radio broadcasts. The 3 p.m. performance in Weber Chapel Auditorium costs $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $5 for students.

On Nov. 12, Hal Holbrook will present Mark Twain Tonight!, the quintessential one-person show and one of the most acclaimed and enduring performances in the history of theatre. The 7:30 p.m. production will be staged in Weber Chapel Auditorium.

Holbrook, who was nominated for an Emmy Award and won a Tony Award for this performance, developed dozens of sketches over the decades and delivers a unique show every time. The script is culled from Twain's own work but remains current and relevant to today. Recently nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Into the Wild , Holbrook continues to build upon a five-decade legacy with outstanding performances on the stage, in film and in television. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $5 for students.

he American Spiritual Ensemble will take the stage in the final event of the 2008-09 Artist Series Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Degenstein Center Theater. Composed of some of the finest classically-trained singers in the United States, the mission of the ensemble is to keep the American Negro spiritual alive. Founded in 1995, the group has thrilled audiences around the world with a dynamic repertoire that ranges from spirituals to classical to Broadway and dance. The ensemble is unique in that 90 percent of the members are accomplished soloists who have sung in theaters and opera houses world-wide. Tickets for the evening performance are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $5 for students.

The ensemble's founder and music director Everett McCorvey will present a lecture at 3 p.m. about the history and legacy of the American Negro spiritual. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, this free lecture will be held in Stretansky Concert Hall.

Contact: Gerald Cohen


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