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Norton Center for the Arts announces 2013-2014 season

June 20, 2013 By Mandy Prather, Norton Center for the Arts director of marketing and development        
Centre College Norton Center Executive Director Steve Hoffman hopes that
the diverse offerings of this year's season will "spark a desire
for another Norton Center adventure."

Centre College The Norton Center's first performance opens September 6.
Tickets for Norton Center events go on sale beginning August 19.

"Centre College's Norton Center for the Arts' 2013-2014 Performing Arts Season takes audiences around the world, over land and sea, as well as into outer space and Middle-earth," exclaims Executive Director Steve Hoffman.

The Newlin Hall Series offers 16 shows that exemplify the broad range of the performing arts. The six-show Club Weisiger Series offers emerging talent in the intimacy of a 370-seat theatre setting. From novice to aficionado, the performances are meant to entertain as well as stimulate a cultural palate.

Families of all ages will marvel at the hilarious theatrics and death-defying acrobatics of Circus Oz; the witty Raiders of the Lost Ark-esque space adventure, The Intergalactic Nemesis, which includes actors, live sound effects and more than 1,250 giant projected images all depicting the original graphic novel; television celebrity and dog personality expert Cesar Millan; and back by popular demand, the return of Charles Ross with his One Man Lord of the Rings™ performance.

Other theatrical performances in the season include the classic Gilbert and Sullivan hit musical H.M.S. Pinafore and the one-man production Beyond Glory which depicts United States Medal of Honor recipients and stars famed stage and screen actor Stephen Lang (Avatar, Terra Nova, Death of a Salesman). The Newlin Hall season ends on a high note with The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer, starring acting legend John Malkovich along with the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and two soprano singers.

Music fans have many choices this season: the iconic R&B and Chicago soul music of The Official Blues Brothers™ Revue features backup singers, an incredible horn section and the crazy antics of Jake and Elwood Blues; multi-genre banjo superstar Belá Fleck who teams with Brooklyn Rider (who performed at the Norton Center with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble in March 2012) for a special concert featuring new works specifically written by Fleck for this banjo quintet; American Idol winner and rising country star Scotty McCreery shares his critically-acclaimed deep voice and fan-acclaimed charisma; 10 time Grammy® winning vocal group Take 6 kicks off the holiday season with its special "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" concert; and vocal sensation Bobby McFerrin ("Don't Worry Be Happy") presents his spirityouall performance featuring new interpretations of southern spirituals and Gospel songs in a style only Bobby can create.

Award-winning widely acclaimed popular singer and actor Darius de Haas performed on Broadway in Kiss of the Spiderwoman with Vanessa Williams, the original cast of Rent, and originated the role of Cain in Children of Eden, to name a few of his numerous credits. His Club Weisiger debut will include popular Broadway tunes and favorites from the American songbook.Virtuosic classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein pairs with master singer/songwriter Tift Merritt in their atmospheric concert, Night, featuring original compositions and music of Schubert, Brad Mehldau, Bach and Johnny Cash.

Classical, jazz and world music fans will enjoy Tango Meets Jazz, featuring Argentinian legend and Astor Piazzolla's famed pianist Pablo Ziegler and his ensemble with special guest award-winning vibraphonist Stefon Harris. The Sphinx Virtuosi, a chamber orchestra with a mission to advance diversity in classical music, is led on tour by the acclaimed Catalyst Quartet; their performance will include Vivaldi's masterful Concerto for two cellos and string orchestra, Brandenburg's Concerto No. 6 and works by Piazzolla. Mali-based rising star and Afro-pop sensation Fatoumata Diawara will grace the stage with her striking vocals and stage presence. Lastly, the Norton Center will host the North American tour debut of the Irish-based Dublin Guitar Quartet.

A variety of dance performances are also offered: direct from Brazil, the highly energetic and entertaining Balé Folclórico Da Bahia present live music, song and dance; London-based Motionhouse presents physical movement and choreography in front of, above and all over a giant half-wall that continuously projects film and animated images; and one of the world's greatest dance companies, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, returns to the Norton Center after nearly 30 years with an electrifying performance to include the company's signature piece, Revelations.

The Season concludes in the Weisiger Theatre with the club weiSINGER/SONGWRITER FESTIVAL to include an array of diverse emerging performers and songwriters looking for their big breaks as the next Nashville star. Included with admission to the evening show are afternoon workshops and a post-show open mic where anyone in the audience can take to the stage.

"The Norton Center is proud to present this eclectic, edgy and entertaining season. Nearly all performances, with the exception of The Infernal Comedy, are suitable for audiences of all ages," says Hoffman. "The season transports audiences to Africa, to Chicago, to Brazil, to Planet Zygonia, and even to the inner mind of a serial killer — returning them back home in enough time to get a good night's sleep. Hopefully, these brief transformative and transportive excursions leave some small cultural memory that sparks a desire for another Norton Center adventure."

"We know that not all of the artists coming this season will be recognizable to everyone," said Hoffman, "so we provide many fun and informative videos, music clips and background information on our website and via social media to help people learn more about these great performers." The Norton Center also offers free e-newsletters and e-blasts. Patrons may sign up for these and other features by clicking here.

Subscribers to the Newlin Hall Series can opt in or out of shows they want to attend within the Newlin Hall Series; the more performances a patron selects, the better his/her seats will be (and the greater the discounts). Subscribers should pay specific attention to the value of upgrading their packages to ensure they get the most for their money. To accommodate those with busy weekday schedules, each Norton Center performance that occurs on Monday through Thursday will again feature a start time of 7:30 p.m. in order to get audiences home earlier. Each subscription order (starting with just 6 shows) will include a free gift as an additional thank you for supporting the Norton Center.

All six shows in the Club Weisiger Series are Norton Center debuts, and all tickets are $30—with discounts provided for subscribing to the entire Club Weisiger series or becoming a Newlin Hall Subscriber.

All 2013-2014 Norton Center Season subscriptions (Newlin Hall and Club Weisiger) are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale beginning Monday, August 19, 2013. For information on the Norton Center's 2013-2014 Performing Arts Season or to request a brochure, please visit the Norton Center for the Arts website. Patrons are also encouraged to join the Norton Center's Facebook page and Twitter for news and announcements.

To view the complete 2013-2014 season, click here.

For more information about the Norton Center for the Arts, click here.

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