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June 15, 2013

NSU releases lineup for season’s Galaxy of Stars

— TAHLEQUAH — A member of the country music hall of fame and an array of other talented acts are included in the 2013-14 Galaxy of Stars Series presented by the Sequoyah Institute at Northeastern State University.

Don Williams, a country music legend whose long list of hits includes the local favorite “Tulsa Time,” will take the stage Oct. 14. Now in his fifth decade as a performer, he still packs venues wherever he plays.

“We already have had several inquiries about Don Williams tickets from across the country, so I anticipate those will be selling fast,” series director Anita Thompson said in a media release. “I encourage those interested to either purchase season tickets now or for individual tickets to be sure to call for reservations as soon as they are available on July 1.”

The curtain rises on all performances at 7:30 p.m. at the NSU Center for the Performing Arts, 605 N. Grand Ave. Presentations for the 2013-14 season of the Galaxy of Stars are:

• August 27, 30-31 — “Nanyehi: Beloved Woman of the Cherokee.” This two-act musical with 17 songs was written by award-winning songwriter Becky Hobbs and Nick Sweet. The story is based on the life of Hobbs’ fifth great-grandmother, Nancy Ward, who was honored as a Cherokee warrior and peacemaker in the 18th century. This performance is sponsored by the Cherokee Nation and will be a part of the Cherokee National Holiday.

“ ‘Nanyehi’ is a unique show and the Center for the Performing Arts will be just the second venue in which it has been performed,” Thompson said.

• Oct. 14 — Don Williams. During his decades in country music, Williams came to be called “The Gentle Giant” because of the contrast of his commanding presence and laid-back personality.

• Dec. 6 — Dave Bennett’s Benny Goodman Holiday. Bennett is an outstanding clarinet prodigy who pays tribute to the music of “The King of Swing” with incredible technique, expression and sensitivity. He is accompanied by jazz singer Carol McCartney and his All-Star Septet. The concert will mix Goodman’s big swing-era hits with holiday classics.

• Jan. 23, 2014 — Bravo Brass Quintet. A dynamic chamber ensemble composed of members of the Tulsa Symphony, Bravo Brass will perform something for everyone. Its repertoire includes baroque, jazz, light classical, contemporary and Broadway show tunes.

• Feb. 27, 2014 — “At Last: Jaimee Paul.” This is a tribute to the fabulous female jazz voices of yesteryear. Jaimee Paul and her jazz combo, led by husband Leif Shires on trumpet, deliver classics made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Rosemary Clooney and others.

“Jaimee Paul is an emerging talent that people will remember they had the chance to see,” Thompson said. “She has powerhouse vocals and sings songs of all of the great female jazz singers. She recently put out an album of James Bond theme songs and I anticipate we will hear a few at her Galaxy performance.”

• March 13, 2014 — “Flipside: The Patti Page Story.” Set in Tulsa’s KTUL radio station in 1965, “Flipside” relates the times and memories of Clara Ann Fowler, who became “The Singing Rage — Miss Patti Page.” The cast of six and accompanying band will perform hits such as “Tennessee Waltz” and “Mockingbird Hill.”

All performances include a “Beyond the Stage” event, which may include a student matinee, workshop or lecture. Further information will be announced as performance dates approach.

“We work to fulfill the mission of the Sequoyah Institute by bringing quality arts performances through the Galaxy of Stars to our campus and community to educate and inspire,” Thompson said in the release. “We hope patrons not only attend our performances, but also participate in the ‘Beyond the Stage’ educational events coupled with each show.”

Season tickets for all six shows are $90 for adults; $68 for NSU employees, alumni, retirees and seniors 60 and older; $42 for ages 18 and younger; and $24 for NSU students wishing to be in orchestra seating.

A “Favorite Four” package is available for $65 for adults; $52 for NSU employees, alumni and retirees and seniors 60 and older; $36 for ages 18 and younger; and $18 for NSU students who want orchestra seating. Individual tickets go on sale July 1.

To reserve tickets, call (918) 458-2075. For more information, go online to www.nsuok.edu/si.

The Galaxy of Stars series is made possible through the support of Oklahoma Arts Council, Mid-America Arts Alliance and National Endowment for the Arts.

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