By: Veneshia Gillespie, Public Relations Coordinator, MaxxSouth Broadband
2018 Annual Lyceum Series offers exposure to the talents of national artists in a variety of performance areas, ranging from music to drama to dance. These programs are an important part of expanding cultural and educational horizons.
Musical treasure Patti LaBelle will fill Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium with her legendary rhythm and blues when she headlines the upcoming season of Mississippi State’s Lyceum Series.
Known as the “Godmother of Soul” and ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the “Top 100 Singers of All Time,” the Grammy Award winner will perform Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Doors open approximately 30 minutes before the curtain rises on all shows scheduled for the 2018-19 Lyceum Series, the university’s long-running performing arts program.
Taking place at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium, additional Lyceum events include:
Dec. 5, a holiday show with M-Pact. Hailed as “one of the best pop-jazz vocal, A cappella groups in the world” by the San Francisco Chronicle, m-pact is respected worldwide as a cutting-edge trailblazer in the realm of vocal music. Emerging from an age of auto-tune and overproduction, the Los Angeles-based ensemble is celebrating 20 years of music and touring, and has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature’s “first instrument”—the human voice. The group’s albums have been highly praised, winning a variety of a cappella awards, as well as Best Unsigned Band from Billboard Magazine. For more, visit www.m-pact.com.
—Feb. 5, Aquila Theatre’s innovative production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved and witty comedies. Full of memorable characters including Puck, Oberon, Hermia and Nick Bottom, the famous “play within a play” deals with the universal theme of love. With its signature physical theatre style of expressive movement, combined with music and song and some of today’s most accomplished Shakespearean acting, Aquila Theatre takes audiences to the heart of an enchanted forest while witnessing the injustice of the Athenian court and the political strife of the fairy kingdom. For more, visit www.aquilatheatre.com.
—Feb. 19, Russian National Ballet’s production of the classic tale, “Cinderella.” Featuring Prokofiev’s symphonic score, the ballet features familiar characters—the wicked step-sisters and fairy godmother—along with the bells chiming at midnight and the lost slipper in a full-length evening of music and dancing sure to enchant audiences of all ages. The Russian National Ballet 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 newfound creative freedom. They started new, vibrant companies dedicated not only to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet, but also to invigorate this tradition as the Russians began to accept new developments in the dance from around the world. For more, visit http://radchenko-ballet.com/en.
For additional MSU Lyceum Series information, contact the Center for Student Activities at 662-325-2930, visit www.lyceum.msstate.edu, email email@example.com, and follow on Facebook @MSULyceumSeries and Twitter and Instagram @MSU_Lyceum, using hashtag #MSULyceum. Contributions to the Lyceum Series can be made via the MSU Foundation by contacting Lynn Durr at 662-325-8918.