The Ogle Center at Indiana University Southeast, southern Indiana's center for the performing and visual arts on the IU Southeast campus in New Albany, is pleased to announce its lineup of entertainment for the 2016-2017 season, its 20th season of offering professional arts and cultural experiences to the community.
The season's signature series,
The Ogle Center Presents Series, offers a wide variety of acts. From Broadway to Bluegrass, from Magic to Dance, from New Orleans Jazz to authentic Irish reels and jigs, audiences are sure to find plenty to enjoy during our season.
The season kicks off with a celebration of Indiana's Bicentennial with a production of
Cole! - a two-act modern dance piece choreographed to songs by Indiana's own Cole Porter by
Dance Kaleidoscope of Indianapolis on September 24.
One of the hottest jazz bands touring today,
The Hot Sardines make a return appearance on October 21, having played to a wildly enthusiastic sold-out crowd during their last engagement at the Ogle Center.
Perennial favorites - those wacky, four-part harmonizing cowboys -
Riders In The Sky saddle up to bring their holiday show,
Christmas the Cowboy Way to the Ogle Center on November 22.
2017 starts off with a toast to the Great White Way when
Neil Berg's 101 Years of Broadway - featuring five of Broadway's finest singers - takes the stage on January 20.
Run Boy Run, a Tuscon-based quintet that blends bluegrass, folk, and "old-timey American" music that made two appearances on Garrison Keillor's
A Prairie Home Companion, plays the Ogle Center on February 10.
Direct from Ireland, internationally-acclaimed traditional Irish band,
Altan will move audiences with their old Irish songs and get them dancing with their hard-hitting reels and jigs on March 2.
The magical month of March continues with "magician reinvented,"
Adam Trent on March 30. This is not your father's magic show.
Theatre Guide calls him "thrilling, surprising, funny, and extremely entertaining."
The final show in
The Ogle Center Presents Series is a tribute to the great Frankie Valli.
Let's Hang On! pays tribute to all the classic Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons details, as well as the Broadway show,
Jersey Boys. Certain to be a big hit with audiences, there will be two performances - at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. - on May 20.
In addition to the shows on
The Ogle Center Presents Series, we will also offer four additional
À la Carte Add-On shows. While these shows are not part of a particular series, they can be added to subscription orders at a savings over non-subscription single ticket prices:
Ryan & Ryan, November 4. A dynamic father-son piano duo that amazes audiences with their skill and musicianship performing jazz, classical, and ragtime. Their performance of Gershwin's
Rhapsody in Blue always gets a standing ovation.
J.R. Stuart is Mark Twain in
The Gospel According to Mark, November 29
. Local audiences have fallen in love with J.R. Stuart through the many character roles he has played at Derby Dinner Playhouse over the years. Now he brings his one-man tour de force show adapted from the words and works of Mark Twain to the Ogle Center.
The annual IU Southeast Holiday Pops Spectacular has become a tradition for many area concertgoers. That tradition returns to the Ogle Center on December 3 and 4.
Another holiday is observed when another local favorite, Melissa Combs presents her acclaimed show, When Will I Be Loved: A Tribute to the Music of Linda Ronstadt as a special Valentine's Date Night performance on February 14.
In addition to
The Ogle Center Presents and
À la Carte Add-On
shows, the Ogle Center will once again present the
Louisville Orchestra in their Ogle Neighborhood Concerts during the 2016-2017 season on October 1, November 12, March 24, and April 21. Programs for these dates are TBA.
Finally, the Ogle Center will continue to host performances by the IU Southeast Music Department (including the IU Southeast Orchestra, IU Southeast Concert Band, IU Southeast Concert Choir and Community Chorus, and the Commonwealth Brass Band) and the IU Southeast Theatre Department. Dates, programs, and shows TBA.
Several subscription packages are available to fit a range of budgets and schedules. Subscription orders are being accepted now through August 29. Non-subscription single tickets will go on sale September 1. Subscription orders can be placed online at
oglecenter.com or by calling the Ogle Center ticket office at (812) 941-2525.