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JUNE 14, 2016
 
The Ogle Center at IU Southeast announces 20th season
2016-2017 offers exciting variety of arts and entertainment events featuring nationally-touring artists as well as two local favorites
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.


THE OGLE CENTER PRESENTS Series
DANCE KALEIDOSCOPE
presents COLE!
An Indiana Bicentennial Celebration Event
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 | 7:30 PM
To celebrate Indiana's bicentennial, Dance Kaleidoscope presents  COLE! , a lively two-act modern dance piece set to the most popular songs by Indiana's own Cole Porter. Act One  (Ole King Cole)  sparkles with nostalgia, using vintage LPs by original artists from the 1920s and 30s. Songs include "Let's Do It" and "I've Got You Under My Skin." Act Two  (Cole Soul)  uses modern recordings of Porter's songs and the energy and costumes are current and gritty. Songs include "Don't Fence Me In" and "Miss Otis Regrets."

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Back by popular demand!
THE HOT SARDINES
New Orleans and New York jazz with a Parisian flair
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21 | 7:30 PM
In the hands of The Hot Sardines, music made famous decades ago comes alive through their brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and vocals from a chanteuse who transports listeners to a different era, effortlessly channeling New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets and New Orleans jazz halls. Bandleader Evan Palazzo and singer Elizabeth Bougerol met in 2007 and the pair bonded over their love for Fats Waller, Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday.

The Hot Sardines played to a sold-out crowd the last time they visited the Ogle Center.  Don't miss them this time!

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RIDERS IN THE SKY:
CHRISTMAS THE
COWBOY WAY
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22 | 7:30 PM
Hear the Christmas Yodel resounding! It's a great big western ho-ho-ho from "America's Favorite Cowboys," Riders In The Sky! Those wacky, four-part harmonizing cowboys have spruced up the bunkhouse, donned their sequined yuletide outfits, and loosed their vivid imaginations to create a holiday musical fantasy for Saddle Pals of all ages. Christmas The Cowboy Way will feature their unique brand of cowboy humor sprinkled with a dash of holiday spice. So put on your merry cheer and saddle up and ride! You're invited to spend a holiday evening Christmas The Cowboy Way !
NEIL BERG'S
101 YEARS OF BROADWAY
Featuring five of Broadway's finest singers
FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 | 7:30 PM
101 Years of Broadway is a sprawling revue of American musical treasures from Irving Berlin to Andrew Lloyd Webber - including dazzling tributes to Rodgers and Hart, Kander and Ebb, Lerner and Lowe, George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, and Oscar Hammerstein. 101 Years of Broadway is an unforgettable evening of music that "will keep Broadway buffs in a state of bliss for weeks to come."
As seen and heard on A Prairie Home Companion
RUN BOY RUN
Five-piece band from Tucson blends bluegrass, folk, and "old-timey American"
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 | 7:30 PM
The unique sound of Run Boy Run is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South. Three strong female voices weave a tapestry of sound, and the award-winning fiddlers cut a path for a tightly formed rhythmic front. Every arrangement is - at its core - captivating. 

"When I hear Run Boy Run, it all comes back to me, why I started doing that show back then. I hope they go on forever."
  -Garrison Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion
ALTAN
Internationally acclaimed traditional Irish band
THURSDAY, MARCH 2 | 7:30 PM
No Irish traditional band in the last dozen years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan. With award-winning recordings ranging from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs to hard hitting reels and jigs, and with heartwarming, dynamic live performances, Altan has moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle, and has an unwavering commitment to bring the beauty of traditional music to contemporary audiences.
ADAM TRENT
Magician Reinvented
THURSDAY, MARCH 30 | 7:30 PM
What comes to mind when you think of a "Magician?" Is it a penguin-suited guy making awkward dance movements, telling stale jokes, pretending to torture women in wooden boxes? This has been a sobering reality of people's stereotype of magicians. Perhaps a good refresh is needed. Prepare to feel very different than you expected to after a 'Magic Show.'

"Thrilling, surprising, funny, and extremely entertaining" -Theatre Guide
"The next big thing in magic" -Yahoo! Entertainment
LET'S HANG ON!
American's #1 Frankie Vallie Tribute Show!
SATURDAY, MAY 20 | 3 PM & 8 PM
Let's Hang On! is a group of entertainers who are preserving the music and style of the iconic group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Respectfully paying tribute to all the classic "Seasons" details, Let's Hang On! also pays tribute to the Broadway show, Jersey Boys. Let's Hang On! captures the trademark vocal virtuosity, tight harmonies, and crisp choreography that made The Four Seasons one of the greatest vocal groups of all time. If you liked Jersey Boys, you'll love Let's Hang On!

SPECIAL  À LA CARTE ADD-ONS

The following special, à la carte add-on shows are not part of our regular series packages, but may be added to a season subscription order, giving subscribers the opportunity to purchase tickets for these shows before the general public single ticket on-sale date.
RYAN & RYAN
Father & Son Piano Duo
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | 7:30 PM
A dynamic father-son piano duo that blends classic and contemporary music into a delightful concert experience. With remarkable credits as solo performers, Donald and Barron combine efforts to amaze audiences with their skill, expressiveness, and love of making music. Their experience in classical, jazz, ragtime, hip-hop, and funk allows them to create exciting new music and give fresh interpretations of old. 

"It was breathtaking to see and listen to both father and son play the piano so brilliantly, to a sold-out house, and watching everyone respond with such enthusiasm, standing ovations and cries of 'encore, encore, encore.' "
-Chuck Cissel, former Artistic Director, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK
J.R. Stuart is Mark Twain
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 | 7:30 PM
Adapted from the words and works of Mark Twain, The Gospel According to Mark is a one-man tour de force, celebrating both sides of the Mark Twain/Samuel Clemens coin. Act One (1895) portrays Twain onstage as he appeared during his "debt tour" - providing his humorous takes on the joys of travel by rail, doling out sage "Advice to Youth," reflecting on his preferred vocation (piloting on the Mississippi), and offering a whirlwind selection from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, in which the author plays all the parts himself. Act Two (1905) finds Twain decades later as he puts together his Autobiography, reminiscing about the carefree days of childhood and early family life and celebrating the joys of advanced age. He also delves into the conscience of America with The United States of Lyncherdom and attempts to reconcile his vast literary success with his multiple personal losses.  

"Stuart's irascible charm is the perfect complement to the gentle bite of Twain's witty reflections. Just as a song needs the right singer to unearth its truest delights, so the author's charms shine brighter in the warm light of Stuart's performance."
-The Courier-Journal

HOLIDAY POPS SPECTACULAR
with the IU Southeast Orchestra, Concert Choir & Community Chorus, and Concert Band
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 | 7:30 PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4 | 3 PM
The IU Southeast Holiday Pops concerts have become an annual tradition for many area concertgoers.  Thrill to the spectacle of the most wonderful time of the year with this sparkling holiday celebration. Join us for carols and warm your heart with traditional holiday favorites performed by the IU Southeast Orchestra, Concert Band, Concert Choir, and Community Chorus. And yes, Virginia, there will be a Santa Claus! 

VALENTINE'S DATE NIGHT!
MELISSA COMBS:
WHEN WILL I BE LOVED 
A Tribute to the Music of Linda Ronstadt
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 | 7:30 PM
You may know her from her many years of performing on the WHAS Crusade for Children or from her sold-out shows at Derby Dinner Playhouse. Melissa Combs has spent a lifetime on the stage, performing in venues from coast to coast, in radio, television, film and video, the recording studio, clubs and theaters.  Now she brings her acclaimed Linda Ronstadt tribute show to the Ogle Center for a special Valentine's Day performance.

... AND MORE!

In addition to our Ogle Center Presents series, we again this year will host performances by the Louisville Orchestra as well as performances by the IU Southeast Music Department and IU Southeast Theatre Department.  More information about these events will be coming later this summer.
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