Northwestern Concert Series announces performers

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Northwestern Concert Series announces performers

September 15, 2009

Herod Hall Auditorium at Northwestern Oklahoma State University will be full of excitement as the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats kick off the 2009-2010 Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series, on Monday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Other Concert Series performers include the Byron Berline Band, Edgar Cruz and the Les Elgart Orchestra. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and will be held in Herod Hall Auditorium on the Alva campus.

Audience members will be amazed watching the Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats perform acrobatics, balancing feats, martial arts displays and much more. This is a show for all ages.

Three-time national fiddle champion Byron Berline and his band consisting of John Hickman, Jim Fish, Greg Burgess, Richard Sharp and Steve Short, will take the stage Tuesday, Nov. 17. The audience will enjoy an exciting evening of traditional bluegrass and Western swing music.

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Edgar Cruz will mesmerize concert goers with his unorthodox style. Cruz has been named Oklahoma’s Best Performing Artist/Acoustic Guitarist five out of the last 10 years by the Oklahoma Gazette.

The fabulous Les Elgart Orchestra will complete the list of Concert Series performers on Tuesday, April 13. Les Elgart Orchestra represents one of the few remaining "Big Bands" from the 1940s.

Elgart wrote the theme for the popular show American Bandstand "Bandstand Boogie," and was the award winner in Variety, Billboard and Cashbox polls as the number one dance band in the United States.

The orchestra is now under the direction of former band member Russ Dorsey.

Season tickets now are available at Holder Drug, Schuhmacher’s, the NWOSU Bookstore or by calling (580) 327-8692. Adult season tickets are $30 (a $40 value) and student season tickets are $15 (a $20 value). Tickets to individual performances will be sold on an “as available” basis at $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Again this year, four different sponsorship packages are being offered, each including season tickets, reserved seating and program advertisements.

“Each year, the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series strives to bring outstanding music and cultural events to Alva and the entire northwestern Oklahoma region,” said Dr. Stephen Kingsbury, chair of the Department of Fine Arts and coordinator of the Concert Series.

“The Concert Series has a long tradition of providing quality performances that contribute profoundly to the artistic and cultural life of the community.

“However, such quality acts are expensive. Funding for the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is provided, in large part, by ticket sales, as well as the generous support of our patrons. Money that is raised through sponsorship and ticket sales is what enables us to continue to bring the best possible performers to Alva.

“Put simply, the concert series relies on the continued support of the community in order to survive. Purchasing season tickets or one of our sponsorship packages is a tangible way for individuals, families, businesses and organizations to support this wonderful community asset.”

The sponsorship packages are as follows:

Producers Circle, $100 to $299 Contribution—Three season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program.

Directors Circle, $300 to $599 Contribution—Six season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program, quarter-page ad in concert program.

Composers Circle, $600 to $999 Contribution—Twelve season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program, half-page ad in concert program.

Impresarios Circle, $1,000 or more Contribution—Eighteen season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program, full-page ad in concert program.

The reserved seating section at each concert will be held until five minutes prior to the performance.

Anyone interested in buying a sponsorship package should contact Kingsbury at (580) 327-8692 or

The Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is made possible with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for Fine Arts and the Share Trust of Alva.