2013-14 arts season features 12 artists

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JASPER — Jasper Community Arts has announced its schedule for the 2013-14 season. Four series of performing arts events will showcase 12 artists.

Shows in the four series — Performers: Traditional, Performers: New Directions, Backstage and Family Fun — will take place at the Jasper Arts Center from October through April.

Past series subscribers should renew tickets by Friday, Aug. 2 for a same-seat guarantee. Subscribers who do not renew by the cutoff date will lose their seats.

New patrons may order series tickets through Thursday, Aug. 29. Patrons may contact the box office now to be placed on the wait list. Orders are filled first-come, first-served.

Single tickets for all performances will go on sale after Aug. 29, with the exception of those accompanied by a series subscription order. Patrons do not need to buy an entire series to order tickets, but it is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance because of past patron demand. Single tickets also are filled first-come, first-served, so those interested will be put on waiting lists for individual performances.

Tickets may be purchased four ways:

Ӣ In person. Stop by the JCA office, at 951 College Ave., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on a weekday.

ӢBy mail. Use the order form inside the season guide and mail it to the arts center office.

ӢBy fax. Credit card orders using Visa and MasterCard are accepted at 634-6997.

ӢBy phone. Call the box office at 482-3070 to place a credit card order or for additional information and a season guide.

Patrons have several packages from which to choose, which works out to savings of up to 30 percent over single ticket prices. All four series, totaling 12 performances, is a Grand Package and costs $225 for adults, $210 for seniors and $150 for students and children. Tickets for all shows in any single series are available, and groups of 20 or more receive a 15 percent group discount.
Single tickets are available in any combination.

Performers Series: Traditional
The Performers Series: Traditional will feature three artists for main stage performances. The events in this series seek to appeal to a broad range of art lovers. The season opens with a show by the classical sister group The Ahn Trio on Oct. 25 and is followed by The Texas Tenors on Dec. 8 and “The Miracle Worker” on March 29. Season tickets for the series are priced at $85 per person for adults, $77 for seniors and $68 for students and children.

The Ahn Trio
7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25,
Hailed as exacting and exciting musicians, the three sisters of the Ahn Trio  — Lucia on the piano, Angella on the violin and Maria on the cello — have earned a reputation for embracing 21st-century classical music with their unique style and innovative collaborations. www.ahntrio.com

The Texas Tenors Holiday Show
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8  
More than 100 million people from around the world tuned in to NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2009 to see The Texas Tenors become the highest-ranking vocal group in the history of the show. From Alabama to Puccini, John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher have brought their unique blend of country, gospel, classical and Broadway to the stage. www.thetexastenors.com

”˜The Miracle Worker’
7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29
Few stories are as timeless or reveal the courage and resilience of the human spirit as well as “The Miracle Worker,” which tells the story of Helen Keller. Deaf and blind since infancy, Keller finds her way into the world of knowledge and understanding with the help of Anne Sullivan, her gifted tutor. This dramatization will be performed by Montana Repertory Theatre.

Performers Series: New Directions
The Performers Series: New Directions will feature three artists for main stage performances. This brand-new series is designed for the young and young at heartt. The season opens with a show by country music icon Clint Black on Nov. 10, followed by The Official Blues Brothers Revue on Feb. 8 and Broadway Today on April 5.  Season tickets for this series are priced at $85 per person for adults, $77 for seniors and $68 for students and children.

Clint Black
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10
With a career spanning three decades, Clint Black has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and won numerous awards.  www.clintblack.com

The Official Blues Brothers Revue
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8
The Official Blues Brothers Revue re-creates the live concert experience, integrating humor and songs from the movie and subsequent albums. Produced by Judy Belushi Piasano and Dan Aykroyd, the Revue pays tribute to Chicago’s rich history of blues, soul music and gospel. Under the musical direction of Paul Shaffer, Jake, Elwood and the high-energy eight piece intercontinental Rhythm and Blues Revue Band lays down a big sound performed with passion.  www.bbrevue.com

Broadway Today
7:30 Saturday, April 5
Get ready to be entertained by the best of the past two years of Broadway with selections from such hits as “Book of Mormon,” “Jersey Boys” and “Wicked.” www.spotonentertainment.com/shows/broadway-today

Backstage Series
The Backstage Series, comprised of three events, features an intimate seating arrangement with audience members most often on stage with the artist for a house concert feel. The season opener will feature classical musician and TV personality Eugenia Zukerman on Oct. 4, followed by saxophone jazz prodigy Grace Kelly on Jan. 17 and comedienne ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger on March 1. Series subscription prices are $55 for adults, $50 for seniors and $36 for students and children.

Eugenia Zukerman and Friends
7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4
Known for her arts beat reporting, Eugenia Zukerman is an accomplished flutist and graduate of the Julliard School. This performance of music from the Romantic, Impressionist and Contemporary periods also will feature pianist Milana Strezeva and cellist Sophie Shao. www.eugeniazukerman.com

Grace Kelly Quintet
7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17
International jazz star Grace Kelly cut her first record at age 12. The saxophone and singing prodigy has won numerous awards and toured the world with jazz icons including Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. Kelly will perform with her five-piece jazz ensemble. www.gracekellymusic.com

Lynn Trefzger
7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1
Trefzger, a self-taught ventriloquist, brings together figure manipulation and vocal skills to create a comedy act that delights young and old alike. Dummies, puppets, inanimate objects and unsuspecting bystanders become part of the wild world that Trefzger and her comical partners create. www.lynnt.com

Family Fun Series
The Family Fun Series is a three-event series that features rollicking family entertainment for the young and young at heart. The first program will feature the energetic Golden Dragon Acrobats on Oct. 12, followed by AudioBody on Jan. 25 and “Charlotte’s Web” on Feb. 22. To encourage participation by the entire family, series tickets for all three events are priced at $40 for adults and seniors, and $20 for children 18 and younger.

Golden Dragon Acrobats
3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12
The Golden Dragon Acrobats represents the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 27 centuries ago. Group members blend lavish costumes, award-winning acrobatics and traditional dance together with a hint of ancient and contemporary theater. www.goldendragonacrobats.com

3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25
What happens when the Blue Man Group meets the Smothers Brothers? AudioBody. This show features a mix of sibling rivalry, technological mishaps, relentless comedy, full-body contortion, juggling, light shows and up-beat music. The show incorporates a custom 15-foot-wide drum set, electronic jumpsuits and a complete computerized LED light show. www.audiobody.com

”˜Charlotte’s Web’
3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22
Theatreworks’ production of “Charlotte’s Web” is based on E.B. White’s story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops. Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman — she will create a “miracle.” Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution that not only makes Wilbur a prize pig but ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship. www.theatreworksusa.org

Online: www.jasperarts.org

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