2006-2007 ISU Convocation Series announced

July 7 2006

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State University Convocation Series will feature a wide variety of programs for its 2006-2007 series ranging from Russian Ballet Theater to Broadway musicals.

The season begins with the return of The Flying Karamazov Brothers to Tilson Auditorium Sept. 28.

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The Flying Karamazov Brothers
The Flying Karamazov Brothers will return to Terre Haute juggling everything from the standard pins to lubricated kelp, skateboards, Borscht Belt humor, jazz rhythms, Eastern religion, and Western politics during their show "Life: A Guide for the Perplexed."

Similarly, while the overt "story" of the show is about the spiritual questions hovering over Dmitri's midlife crisis, the philosophical underpinning of the show owes less to the Brothers Karamazov than the Brothers Marx. "Life is a series of unconnected experiences that make up a connected whole," says one character seriously before adding "which, believe me, you don't want to step into."

While the Brothers are not airborne, just about any inanimate object is fair game to take flight, usually landing in one of the marvelously dexterous eight hands onstage. As one of the skits within the story, audience members bring possessions onto the stage and then the audience votes on which three Dmitri is going to juggle.

The Broadway musical "Camelot" will be presented Friday, Oct. 10.

Filled with one memorable song after another such as; "I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight," "If Ever I Would Leave You," "What Do the Simple Folk Do," "I Loved You Once In Silence," "How to Handle a Woman," "The Simple Joys of Maidenhood," and of course, the wonderful title song, "Camelot," this is always a show that moves every audience and leaves them wanting and hoping for the realization of the ideals and high morals of this most perfect place.

The sounds of bluegrass will be heard throughout Tilson Auditorium when Cherryholmes comes to Terre Haute on Oct. 19.

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Cherryholmes
Since 2002, Cherryholmes has been taking the bluegrass world by storm. This incredible family (dad, mom, and four children ages 13-21) travel throughout the country, approximately 300 days a year, singing, dancing, and playing the music with their trademark drive and energy.

Hitting their stride in 2003, they have traveled thousands of miles in their vintage 1960 GM 4104 bus/home. They have appeared on "The Grand Ole Opry," The Ryman Auditorium, Ernest Tubb's Midnight Jamboree, Nashville's Country Music Fan Fare, Branson, Dollywood, and countless radio and TV shows, festivals, and concert venues throughout the U.S.

In 2004, Cherryholmes self-released their third CD, "Bluegrass Vagabonds," produced by Darrin Vincent. They have continued to receive many industry nominations and awards, including SPBGMA's "Entertaining Group of the Year, 2005" and daughter Cia being named "Banjo Player of the Year, 2005." They released their debut album on Skaggs Family Records in 2005, which was a Grammy nominee for Best Bluegrass Album.

Also in 2005, the band received a nomination for the International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year as well as the Emerging Artist of the Year -- the first time any artist had secured those slots in the same year.

In addition to recording, they have performed at many major bluegrass festivals throughout the United States, including their own new festival at the Hoofer's Gospel Barn in LaGrange, Ga.

Returning once again as part of the Contemporary Music Festival, the Louisville Orchestra will make its 20th consecutive appearance as the orchestra-in-residence for the internationally known festival. It will present works by the guest composers at the concert Nov. 10.

The artistry and elegance of ballet will fill Tilson Auditorium on Monday, Jan. 16, 2007, when the Moscow Festival Ballet comes to town to perform either Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. Cast your vote by calling Allen Varner at (812) 237-2336 with your choice.

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The Moscow Festival Ballet Company
The Moscow Festival Ballet (a company of 50) was founded in 1989 by Sergei Radchenko, who is now its artistic director. The company has blended leading dancers from across Russia with stars of the Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets, and under Radchenko's direction, new productions of timeless classics such as "Don Quixote" and "Carmen" have been staged. The company specializes in 20th Century full-length ballets such as "Romeo and Juliet" and "Legend of Love."

Pull out your cowboy boots when the Broadway musical Urban Cowboy comes to town Feb. 1, 2007.

Urban Cowboy, based on the hit Paramount film of the same name, is the story of Bud, a new breed of cowboy who's turnin' heads and lookin' for love in the biggest honkeytonk in the world.

The musical features classic songs from the original film, hits from such current country stars as Shania Twain, Clint Black and the Dixie Chicks, and original songs from musical director and conductor Jason Robert Brown, Jeff Blumenkrantz and Bob Stillman.

Closing out the Series will be the Ninth Annual Department of Music Showcase Concert Feb. 9, 2007. This fast-paced concert, presented in a collage-like atmosphere, will highlight some of the superb performing organizations from Indiana State University. A delightful program for the whole family!

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place in Tilson Auditorium. Season ticket holders have until Aug. 11 to renew their seats. Tickets for individual shows and remaining season tickets will be available from the Hulman Center ticket office Sept. 1. Season ticket prices are $67 for patrons; $57 for senior citizens and non-ISU students and $27 for ISU students.

Tickets for each show range from $17.50- 20 for the general public and $12.50- 17.50 for senior citizens and non-ISU students. ISU students are admitted free with a valid student ID. Contact the Hulman Center box office at (812) 237-3737 for ticket information.

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Contact: Allen Varner, ISU Convocation Series, (812) 237-2336

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783, devmeyer@isugw.indstate.edu

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