LUFKIN AREA NEWS
2018-2019 PERFORMING ARTS SERIES SHINES BRIGHT

LUFKIN, TX. The Angelina Arts Alliance announced its upcoming 2018-2019 Performing Arts Series to the public today at 12 noon at the Lufkin / Angelina County Chamber of Commerce First Friday luncheon at Crown Colony Country Club.


The Angelina Arts Alliance is celebrating its 18th year of presenting world-renowned performing arts in Lufkin. In conjunction with the 2018-2019 season announcement, the Arts Alliance will begin accepting requests for season ticket subscriptions. Being a season ticket holder means having the same seat – guaranteed – for all seven performances within the Performing Arts Series, and never having to wait in line hoping to get tickets only to discover the show sold out.


Each new season the Angelina Arts Alliance seems to raise the bar in terms of exceptional programming, and the 2018-2019 Season does just that. The season line-up represents the best artists and performances in several genres. Starting in September and running through June patrons will enjoy an iconic country singer and a legendary western swing band, two touring Broadway musicals, a holiday jazz concert straight from New York City, a night of Celtic delight, an astonishing dance performance and more!


The Angelina Arts Alliance is proud to present its 2018-2019 season along with its season sponsors Georgia- Pacific and Southside Bank.

TRAVIS TRITT and Band
Friday, September 7, 2018/7:30 p.m.

More than 27 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Southern rock-influenced artist continues to sell-out shows, and stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. Continuously performing shows and holding a heavy appearance schedule, Tritt is proving to be unstoppable.


The highly abbreviated Tritt timeline started when the young Marietta, Georgia native incorporated his lifelong influences of Southern rock, blues and gospel into his country during a honky-tonk apprenticeship that led him to Warner Bros. in 1989. Over the course of a decade, Travis released seven studio albums and a greatest hits package for the label. His 1990 debut Country Club and its succession of hits put him in the vanguard of the genre's early '90s boom, dubbing him as one of “The Class of ‘89”, which included country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson, all whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s.


The Southern rock-influenced artist continues to stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. In 2015, Tritt topped the SoundScan Top 200 Catalog Country Albums chart for over 60 consecutive weeks, with 15 weeks spent at No. 1 and 35+ weeks notched in a Top 5 position. Tritt’s compilation album, Very Best of Travis Tritt, which was released in 2007, saw a resurgence of sales that started in Nov. 2014. The 20-track album features some of Tritt’s biggest hits, including “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive”, “Here’s A Quarter”, and “Anymore.”

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
featuring the Quebe Sisters
Sunday, October 14, 2018/7:30 p.m.


Ray Benson founded Asleep at the Wheel in Paw Paw, West Virginia 48 years ago. Now based in Austin, the band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts. The Grammy Award-winning Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys is the band’s most recent release (2015) and marks their third full-length Bob Wills tribute album. Featuring 22 acclaimed collaborations, the all-star lineup includes legends such as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and George Strait, and newcomers like the Avett Brothers, Amos Lee, Old Crow Medicine Show and many other fine talents.


Asleep at the Wheel is bringing a fresh look, sound and new album in 2018. With recent additions Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin) Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals) and Josh Hoag (bass) Asleep at the Wheel’s newest members have given a newfound energy and their own unique style within the band. Asleep at the Wheel veterans David Sanger (drums) Eddie Rivers (steel guitar) and Jay Reynolds (saxophone and clarinet) round out the now 8-piece band. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!


When the Quebe Sisters from Texas take the stage, audiences are usually transfixed and then blown away by the triple-threat fiddle champions and their multi-part, close harmony vocals. Their performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, and respectful of the artists that inspired them the most.


Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared stages with American music legends like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Ray Price, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Riders in the Sky and many others.


Today, after more than a decade of travelling the U.S. and the world and recording three acclaimed albums, Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe are pros in a variety of genres, and count many famous musicians among their biggest boosters.
The Quebes’ unbridled passion for American music, along with their talent, skills and a lot of hard work, has taken them far beyond their wildest early aspirations.


"One thing is for sure, you don't see a group like the Quebe Sisters come along every day,” famed Opry announcer Eddie Stubbs told listeners on his own show on Nashville’s WSM. “Give them your undivided attention, and if you're not already, you too, will become a fan."


JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA
With Wynton Marsalis
HOLIDAY CONCERT
Tuesday, December 4, 2018/7:30 p.m.


The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (JLCO) comprises 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today. Led by Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director, this remarkably versatile orchestra performs a vast repertoire ranging from original compositions and Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works to rare historic compositions and masterworks by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, and many others. The JLCO has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988, performing and leading educational events in New York, across the United States, and around the globe. Alongside symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, local students, and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists, the JLCO has toured over 300 cities across six continents. Guest conductors have included Benny Carter, John Lewis, Jimmy Heath, Chico O’Farrill, Ray Santos, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Faddis, Robert Sadin, David Berger, Gerald Wilson, and Loren Schoenberg. The JLCO has been voted best Big Band in the annual DownBeat Readers’ Poll for the past four years (2013–2016).


SOMETHING ROTTEN
Tuesday, January 22, 2019/7:30 p.m.


With 10 Tony® nominations including Best Musical, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is a “big, fat hit!”(New York Post). Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Portrayed on Broadway by Tony® nominee Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the "rock star" Shakespeare (Portrayed on Broadway by Tony® nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. squared!” (New York Magazine).


JACKIE EVANCHO
Friday, February 1, 2019/7:30 p.m.


A worldwide sensation when she was only ten years old, Jackie Evancho is moving past the exuberant promise of a child prodigy vocalist toward maturity as a singer, as a creative artist and as a young woman. Fresh from her spotlight performance of the National Anthem at the Presidential inauguration in January, she seizes the moment with the release of Two Hearts, her long-awaited new album from Portrait/Sony Masterworks. The album not only features popular hits both old and new, and classical crossover Italian songs, but also Jackie’s emerging gifts as a collaborative songwriter. A career that began with a little girl’s fascination with the film soundtrack of The Phantom of the Opera has become an evolving and enduring musical phenomenon.


Since she first dazzled American television audiences at the age of 10 – gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on NBC’s America’s Got Talent – Jackie Evancho has released a string of platinum and gold albums, with sales of over 2.5 million in the US. Along the way, she has also made history – the youngest solo platinum artist … the youngest Top 5 debut artist ever in the U.K. … the youngest person to give a solo concert at Lincoln Center … the highest-ranking debut artist of 2010. All six of Jackie’s albums have hit No. 1 on the Billboard Classical chart. The magnitude of her success led Billboard twice (in 2010 and 2012) to include Jackie on its list of “music movers-and-shakers under the age of 21.”
With the release of Two Hearts, the amazing journey of Jackie Evancho reaches an exciting new place, both creatively and personally. The album’s title says a lot about growth: Jackie’s heart is always in the classical crossover singing her fans love, but she is discovering another facet of her work, her range and, thus, her heart – a love of songwriting and a new, expressive pop sound.


Never could there be a better time for a new album called Two Hearts – a celebration of the success Jackie Evancho has achieved, but an opportunity to reach higher and farther to transform a career that is already a dream come true.


CELTIC NIGHTS
Sunday, March 10, 2019/7:30 p.m.


Celtic Nights-Oceans of Hope captures the very essence of who they are, where they came from, the dreams of a better place, liberty, freedom, and above all…family.


It's the story of America, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. It's the story of people moving across oceans from all the nations to free themselves from hunger, war, persecution and famine to find a better place. This is their story told through Irish eyes.
Celtic Nights-Oceans of Hope will tell the epic story through song, music and dance. The audience will be brought on this wonderful journey with two hours of high-quality entertainment direct from Ireland. There will also be moments of joy, sadness, happiness and laughter.
Their message will leave the audience knowing that the stories of their grandparents, great-grandparents and beyond should always be passed down through generations. Oceans of Hope is not only about the past, it’s about now and the future....
As with previous Celtic Nights shows, the audience will be taken on a memorable journey. They will be a part of this production and warmly welcomed into the Celtic Nights family. A truly great night of sheer entertainment will be had by all...leaving the audience full of hope as the journey continues.


Enjoy Celtic Nights-Oceans of Hope as they make their way from coast to coast...crossing many oceans on their own special journey of hope.


PILOBOLUS – Shadowland 2
Tuesday, April 9, 2019/7:30 p.m.


Following sold-out performances of Shadowland, Pilobolus's new evening length show uses exploration of mixed media to tell a love story about two people and their quixotic quest to save an imaginary bird. Originally performed in Berlin, Germany, Shadowland 2 employs animation, video, shadow-theater, this madcap adventure dips its toe into the genres of science fiction, film noir, and romantic comedy.


For 45 years, Pilobolus has tested the limits of human physicality, exploring the beauty and power of connected bodies. We bring this tradition to global audiences through post-disciplinary collaborations with some of the greatest influencers, thinkers, and creators in the world. We reach beyond performance, bringing storytelling expertise to diverse communities, brands, and organizations, through designed experiences showing how nonverbal communication can maximize group creativity, solve problems, create surprise, and generate joy. Pilobolus has created over 120 pieces of repertory, touring to more than 65 countries – performing for 300,000+ people worldwide each year. Pilobolus has been recognized with honors including a TED Fellowship, a Grammy® Nomination, a Primetime Emmy® Award, and several Cannes Lion Awards at the International Festival of Creativity. Pilobolus has collaborated with over 75 brands and organizations in finance, retail, media, fashion, sports, and more, creating bespoke performances for television, film, and live events.


FINDING NEVERLAND
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 / 7:30 pm


SPECIAL EVENT ·Not included in Subscription Series
The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR).


The Angelina Arts Alliance presents a brand new series specifically for families and young audience members entitled the Discovery Series. Keeping in the spirit of Family Fundays, the Discovery Series features fun and educational performances where there is always something new to discover. This series integrates learning with live theatrical or musical performances for ages 3 and up. By attending Discovery Series performances learning won’t stop when the school bell rings. Curriculum-based study guides will be available on our website. The Discovery Series is great entertainment for the whole family.


The Angelina Arts Alliance is committed to providing various educational programs each year through our Schooltime Series, Educational Outreach Series and Discovery Series. Education is at the core of our mission to ensure that East Texas children are exposed to the performing arts, enabling them to become well-rounded, empathetic and creative thinkers. The Angelina Arts Alliance reaches over 10,000 students each year.


ERTH’S PREHISTORIC AQUARIUM ADVENTURE
Sunday, November 18, 2018
2 p.m. and 5 p.m.


The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all new adventure – this time to the bottom of the ocean. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago - and maybe live still today! Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology. www.prehistoricaquarium.com


JUNIE B.
JINGLE BELLS BATMAN SMELLS
Saturday, December 15, 2018
10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.


It’s holiday time and everyone’s favorite first grader is back to celebrate! All of the students in Room One are happily creating the perfect holiday party. Except how is Junie B. supposed to enjoy anything when she has drawn the name of her arch nemesis, Tattletale May, for her Secret Santa Gift? But wait -- the Secret Santa gift is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves…Maybe. Holiday fun with a lesson about giving is a perfect treat for the holiday season!


DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE!
King for a Day
Sunday, March 17, 2019
2 p.m.


The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back with an all-NEW show! The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country. Now, in its third year of touring, your favorite characters are hopping back on board Trolley and coming to your town with DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE: KING FOR A DAY!, Daniel and all of his friends invite you for a brand-new adventure in Neighborhood of Make-Believe where Daniel learns just what it takes to be King. The beloved characters come alive on stage to captivate you with new songs to sing along to, magical moments, and SURPRISE guests along the way! It’s an event filled with tigertastic fun, teaching the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend. Don’t miss Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King for a Day... a royally great time!


Apply for season subscriptions at the Temple Theater box office weekdays, 11 am - 5 pm, or call 936-633-5454 for more information. Remaining single tickets for every show will go on sale August 6, 2018 at 11 am. For more information, about the upcoming 2018-2019 season visit the Angelina Arts Alliance website at www.angelinaarts.org and follow us on Facebook for up to the minute news and ticket giveaways.
The Angelina Arts Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve the community by presenting a diverse array of performing arts and educational opportunities.
 

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