Celebrity Concert Series: Bringing the World to our Stage
By Steve Lemmon
The Celebrity Concert Series was established in 1958 to bring world-class performances to our St. George community. During that time, we have seen some incredible artists who have brought their craft to our DSU Cox Performing Arts stage. The 2016/2017 season continues in that tradition as we welcome such luminaries as Manhattan Transfer, Take 6, and the Drifters.
Sharing the bill on November 16 are Manhattan Transfer and Take 6. Between them, the two groups boast a remarkable 20 Grammy Awards, and perform a range of styles that cover nearly every genre of popular music from jazz to swing, from gospel to R&B. As Manhattan Transfer marks the 40th Anniversary of their debut recording on Atlantic Records, Janis Siegel, Alan Paul, and Cheryl Bentyne will honor founding member Tim Hauser while continuing to tour with their newest member Trist Curless. Meanwhile, Take 6 as they share their crystal clear harmony, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves, demonstrate why this sextet is recognized as the pre-eminent a cappella group in the world. No ordinary double bill, this is a show combining unexpected twists and turns to create a once-in-a-lifetime musical event!
“Up on the Roof”, “Under the Boardwalk”, “This Magic Moment”, “There Goes My Baby”, “Dance with Me”, “Spanish Harlem”, “Stand by Me”… The list of hits goes on and on. The Drifters, one of rock and roll’s founding vocal groups, is once again touring the U.S. Through a historical journey, which included no less than five legendary lead singers (including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King) the group’s ongoing story has covered the entire spectrum of rock and roll. They were the first musical group to integrate string instruments into rhythm and blues music with their hauntingly beautiful song “There Goes My Baby”. They were the first musical group to sell 2 million records with their pop classic “Up On The Roof”. Along with fellow inductees the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and the Supremes, the Drifters were in the first class of rock and roll legends to be initiated into the Hall of Fame, and the first African American group to be inducted. Their classic tune “Under The Boardwalk” is the most played R & B record of all time. Twenty other million-selling tunes followed.
In addition to the Celebrity Concert Series events, DSU is pleased to announce that the Utah Symphony will return to the Cox Performing Arts Center stage on November 22, 2016. Tickets go on sale September 8, 2016. Proceeds will benefit Art Around The Corner, as they continue to add art installations in St George and on the DSU Campus.
Founded in 1940, the Utah Symphony is one of America’s major symphony orchestras, known internationally for its distinctive performances and recording legacy. A leading cultural organization in the Intermountain West, the Utah Symphony has a rich history of international and domestic tours, award-winning recordings, and in-depth educational programs. Today, the orchestra’s 85 full-time professional musicians perform over 175 concerts each season.
Please visit www.celebrityconcertseries.com for more information about the rest of our current season. Tickets are available by calling 435-652-7800, by going to the DSU box office, or by visiting www.dsutix or www.celebrityconcertseries.com. Join us as we “bring the world to OUR stage.”
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