Announcing 2016-2017 ASUMH Performing Arts Series 6th Season

6th Season icon.jpgArkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) will present its 6th Performing Arts Series this fall. The season includes lectures, concerts, cultural arts, theater, and more!  All shows will be presented in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center’s Ed Coulter Performing Arts Center on the campus of ASUMH.  The Vada Sheid Community Development Center is known locally as “The Sheid.”

Season ticket packages will go on sale to the general public August 17.  Season tickets include the following six shows for $130, plus $19.70 fees.  That’s a savings of $20 on tickets, if purchased separately.  Season ticket packages are half price for ASUMH students and ages 18 and younger.  All iTickets / processing fees apply. Individual show ticket sales begin August 29.

Season Ticket Packages include:

Music City Hit-Makers – Where Song Meets Symphony
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 7 p.m.
Adults $35, plus $5.45 fees; Students $17.50, plus $2.83 fees

Music City Hit-Makers.jpgMusic City Hit-Makers is “classin’ up country” with a one-of-a-kind musical event featuring Nashville’s hottest songwriters and a 14-piece symphony. In this Bluebird Cafe-esque style writer’s round, three of Nashville’s elite songwriters perform and share the stories behind some of the biggest hits they’ve penned for today’s most iconic stars set to the sounds of a symphony. With more than 30 #1 hits, these GRAMMY® winning writers have had songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson, and many more. Music City Hit-Makers features symphonic scores by Charles Judge, arranger and conductor for Carrie Underwood’s triumphant performances with the Hollywood Bowl & Ravinia Festival Orchestras and Blake Shelton’s Not-So-Family Christmas Special aired on NBC.  These are the most famous people you never heard of!

Haley Cultural Arts Endowment presents O Sole Trio – From Pavarotti to Pop
Sunday, October 30, 2016, 2 p.m.
Adults $15, plus $2.45 fees; Students $7.50, plus $1.33 fees

O Sole TrioO Sole Trio is a vibrant classical crossover ensemble featuring the lush voices of soprano Erin Shields and baritone Giuseppe Spoletini, as well as the versatile and virtuosic David Shenton on piano and violin.  O Sole Trio’s shows are both touching and humorous, breathing new life into familiar favorites with their unique and innovative arrangements. With a decidedly Italian flavor, From Pavarotti to Pop features a program of beloved Italian opera arias, Neapolitan songs as well as jazz and pop standards made popular by such singers as Louis Prima, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Connie Francis and Andrea Bocelli. O Sole Trio has performed sold-out concerts at major venues in the United States, Canada, and the UK including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Sandi Patty’s Christmas Blessing
Forever Grateful: The Farewell Tour

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7 p.m.
Adults $40, plus $6.20 fees; Students $20, plus $3.20 fees
Group tickets will be available and include one free ticket for every 15 purchased.

Sandi Patty Christmas PromoAs one of the most highly acclaimed performers of our time with five Grammy® awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records, and eleven million units sold, Sandi Patty is simply known as The Voice.

Sandi is the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history, with 40 Dove Awards. She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004 and as an Indiana Living Legend in 2007. She has released over 30 albums, including her latest Dove Award-winning album, The Edge of the Divine (2010). Her debut full length symphonic pops album Broadway Stories, conducted by Maestro Jack Everly, was released on October 18, 2011.

Sandi was introduced to the world with her rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” during the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. Virtually overnight she became one of the country’s best-loved performers. Her version of the national anthem has become synonymous with patriotic celebration, including performances at “A Capitol Fourth” with the National Symphony, the Indianapolis 500, the Dedication of Camp David Chapel, and “ABC’s Fourth of July Special.”

While her thirty-year career is heavily rooted in the gospel music industry, Sandi has had the opportunity in more recent years to extend her career outside the genre. Sandi has performed with symphonies across the country, including the New York Pops, Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, Dallas Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

In addition to her prolific musical career, Sandi is also an accomplished author. For the bestseller Broken on the Back Row, Sandi received the 2006 Silver Angel Award. Her other titles include Life in the Blender, Falling Forward, Layers, and her latest book, The Edge of the Divine.

The Giver
Presented by the National Players
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 2 p.m.
Adults $25, plus $3.95 fees; Students $12.50, plus $2.08 fees

The Giver.jpgFrom the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry, this modern classic explores the risks and rewards of a full life. In a “utopian” future of sameness, young Jonas inherits an unusual career: to receive and keep the memories of his community’s past. Throughout lessons with his elder predecessor, The Giver teaches Jonas of love, war, and all of life’s unknown joys and pains. As his oppressive world continues unchanged, Jonas must decide whether to keep these secrets or upend his community.  In their 68th season, the National Players return to Mountain Home following their 2014-2015 season-favorite performance of To Kill a Mockingbird.

U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors
Monday, March 27, 2017, 7 p.m.
Reserved seating; free admission.

Jazz Ambassadors_2015_OnionThe Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing America’s greatest original art form, jazz. Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are programmed to entertain all types of audiences. The band’s diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections, many of which are written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors. The Jazz Ambassadors has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Recent notable performances include concerts at the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and an appearance on the Colbert Report. Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet are just a few of the outstanding jazz artists who have shared the stage with the Jazz Ambassadors. The band has been featured in joint concerts with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Pops, the Colorado Pops Orchestra, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall. The band’s rigorous touring schedule and reputation for excellence has earned it the title “America’s Big Band.”

Russian National Ballet Theatre
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7 p.m.
Adults $35, plus $5.45 fees; Students $17.50, plus $2.83 fees

cinderella-5328-----alexander-daev-2014Direct from Moscow, Russia, the Russian National Ballet Theatre will present Cinderella, a full-length ballet in two acts.  The Russian National Ballet Theatre was founded in Moscow during the transitional period of Perestroika in the late 1980s, when many of the great dancers and choreographers of the Soviet Union’s ballet institutions were exercising their new-found creative freedom by starting new, vibrant companies dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet but to invigorate this tradition as the Russians began to accept new developments in the dance from around the world.

The company, then titled the Soviet National Ballet, was founded by and incorporated graduates from the great Russian choreographic schools of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Perm.  The principal dancers of the company came from the upper ranks of the great ballet companies and academies of Russia, and the companies of Riga, Kiev, and even Warsaw.  Today, the Russian National Ballet Theatre is its own institution, with over 50 dancers of singular instruction and vast experience, many of whom have been with the company since its inception. In addition to their extensive tour history, beginning in January 2017 the company will embark upon a 4-month coast-to-coast tour of the United States, including a stop at ASUMH.

Gaston Lecture Series:

UnknownWendy E. Simmons, Author
My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 6 p.m.
Free admission, no tickets required

A born explorer, Wendy Simmons was thrilled when she was granted a rare entry visa to North Korea, despite the country’s penchant for detaining tourists. In her book, My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth, Wendy offers a glimpse of North Korea as it has never been seen before. For ten days, she hurtles through the country with two female “handlers.” During the Gaston Lecture presentation, Wendy will chronicle one of the strangest vacations ever through poignant and laugh-out-loud stories, accompanied by stunning photographs and will offer a revealing glimpse into a secretive land.

Wendy won’t stop traveling until she visits every country in the world. Despite her hatred for packing, she’s managed to explore more than eighty-five so far – including territories and colonies – and chronicles her adventures on her blog, and on Huffington Post. Her writing has also been published on Travel & Leisure, PopSugar, MSN, and Yahoo. She is president of Vendeloo, a consultancy she founded in 2001, Chief Brand Officer of a NYC-based global eyewear brand, and an award-winning photographer. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from George Washington University.

A one-man play by Andrew Edlin
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 6 p.m.
Free admission, no tickets required

churchill_deskAndrew Edlin is best known for his portrayal of Sir Winston Churchill in the play Churchill, which he authored.  Big Ben strikes ten, and the first of many overhead images, and a BBC broadcast, set the scene that Sir Winston Churchill, aged 80, is pondering in his bunker: ‘to go or not to go’ as Prime Minister. Churchill decides what to do based on his experience, so he reviews his life from the beginning: his socialite mother, his cold father, unhappy schools, and his army career. He compellingly describes combat experience in Cuba, Africa, India, and then Europe in World War One, becoming ever more at the center of events as a Member of Parliament, and then a Minister.  As World War Two approaches, Churchill the orator, in the House of Commons, warns, and then leads, the free world against Hitler.

In addition to Churchill, Edlin has performed in over 30 stage productions. Edlin was born in Brighton, England. His grandfather was the actor Tubby Edlin. He was educated at Cranleigh School, Surrey, and went on to Magdalen College, Oxford University where he received a scholarship in history. He graduated with a degree in psychology and philosophy.

Arvest Concert Series:

IMG_6744Steve Azar – Acoustic Delta Soul
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 6 p.m.
Free admission, no tickets required

Steve Azar is a modern day renaissance man, hit songwriter, recording artist, music producer, golfer and philanthropist. Steve calls his own breed of music “Delta Soul,” a mixture of country, rock and blues. His debut album Waitin’ On Joe was released in 2001. The title track went to #1 on CMT and featured academy award winning actor Morgan Freeman. From the same album the hit single “I Don’t Have To Be Me, ‘Til Monday” is one of the top five most played songs of the past decade on country radio. As a songwriter, Reba McEntire among many others have cut his songs. In 2007, Azar was personally chosen by Bob Seger to perform 46 shows on what was rated the #1 Tour in America by Pollstar Magazine.

HarmonyHarmony Band
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 6 p.m.
Free admission, no tickets required

The band called Harmony hails from Mountain View, a beautiful town nestled in a valley of the Ozark Mountains.  The group specializes in traditional and contemporary folk music, old-time string band music, and good-old three-part harmony gospel songs. They do a lot of songs by great writers like Bill Staines, John McCutcheon and James Keelaghan, as well as songs from regional writers like Bob Dyer and Charley Sandage. In the last five years, they have recorded and performed Charley Sandages’ “Arkansas Stories,” a collection of songs relating to the long and colorful history of the state. Robert Gillihan, Mary Gillihan, and Dave Smith are the band’s members.

The Arvest Concert Series and Gaston Lecture Series are presented each year free of charge to the community. ASUMH Performing Arts Series Patrons will have a reserved section at these events.

Patron support is important to bring the finest performances to the area. The ASUMH Performing Arts Series offers benefits and privileges to enhance enjoyment of the performances.  Patrons may purchase tickets first according to giving level, as scheduled:  Presenting Sponsor – June 1; Producer Patrons – June 15; Director Patrons – June 29; Assistant Director Patrons – July 13; Actor Patrons – July 20; Cameo Patrons – July 27; Friend Patrons – August 3; Fan Patrons – August 10.  Support the Performing Arts Series and kick off the season at the Patron’s Preview Party, August 25.  For more information on becoming an ASUMH Performing Arts Patron and complete list of Patron benefits, visit or call 870-508-6105.

Ordering tickets is as easy as 1-2-3!
1. Online – – Available 24/7 through the secure, online ordering system, iTickets.
2. Phone – (870) 508-6280 or toll-free 800-965-9324
3. In Person – Box Office hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., one hour prior to performances, and during intermission. Holiday hours vary according to the ASUMH schedule.

For more information on the Performing Arts Series at ASUMH, contact Christy Keirn at (870) 508-6019.

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