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Kanawha Valley arts calendar for 2012-13

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Here are the listings for the upcoming season of entertainment for the Kanawha Valley and surrounding area.

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

All symphonic and pops concerts begin at 8 p.m. in the Maier Foundation Performance Hall in the Clay Center. Prices for grand series subscriptions range from $120 to $460. Symphonic Series subscriptions range from $72 to $325; ZMM Pops Series subscriptions range from $48 to $220. Individual concert tickets are $12 to $64 for adults, $10 for $52 for students.

Capitol Conference Center Symphonic Series

Grieg: Piano Concerto: Sept. 21 and 22. Works by Benjamin Britten, Dmitri Shostakovich and Edvard Grieg. Featured artist: Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano.

Respighi: Fountains of Rome: Oct. 19 and 20. Works by Ottorino Respighi, John Williams, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Maurice Ravel. Featured artist: Aubrey Foard, tuba.

Mendelssohn: Scottish Symphony: Nov. 9 and 10. Works by Felix Mendelssohn and Max Bruch. Featured artist: Michael Ludwig, violin.

Mozart: Requiem: Jan. 25 and 26. Works by Johannes Brahms and W.A. Mozart. Featured artists: Mariel van Dalsum, mezzo-soprano; Gerald Gray, tenor; and Timothy LeFebvre, baritone. Also, the West Virginia Symphony Chorus, David Castleberry conductor.

Bruckner 8: March 1 and 2. Works by Anton Bruckner and W.A. Mozart: Featured artist: Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano.

Saint-Saëns: Organ Symphony: May 3 and 4. Works by Béla Bartók, Francis Poulenc and Camille Saint-Saëns. Featured artist: Peter DuBois, organ.

ZMM Pops Series

"Home for the Holidays": Dec. 7 and 8. Favorite holiday music with special touches and unique arrangements by Maestro Grant Cooper and the WVSO.

"And the Winner Is ... Music of Movies": Feb. 8 and 9. Each selection will be voted on before the concert by symphony fans and presented like a movie awards show.

"Cirque de la Symphonie": March 15 and 16. An extraordinary troupe of aerial artists, jugglers and contortionists all perform in the lush musical surroundings of a symphony orchestra.

"Music of the Night": April 12 and 13. Broadway veterans Norman Large and Christina Saffran perform showstoppers from Broadway hits including "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Cats."

City National Bank Family Series

All family concerts begin at 11 a.m. at the Clay Center. Season tickets for the two concerts are $25 for adults, $14 for children. General admission is $12 for adults, $6 for students and children.

Little Red Riding Hood: Nov. 10. Maestro Grant Cooper retells this childhood classic with his "Boyz in the Wood."

Symphony at the Circus: March 16. The acrobatic high jinks of Cirque de la Symphonie and favorite circus tunes are featured.

Orchestras & All That Jazz: April 13. The WVSO features the intersection of jazz and classical music.

Ballet co-production

"The Nutcracker: Tchaikovsky's holiday classic is presented with the Charleston Ballet. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. at the Clay Center. Tickets are $22 to $52 for adults, $10 to $32 for children.

Clay Center Presents

All shows begin at 8 p.m. and are at the Clay Center unless otherwise stated. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo: Sept. 23. Fiery rock legend Pat Benatar and guitarist/husband Neil Giraldo bring all of Benatar's '80s gold, including hits like "Love is a Battlefield," "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and "We Belong." Tickets $40, $55 and $75.

Earth, Wind & Fire: Sept. 27. Pioneering rock, soul and funk band known for hits like "September," "After the Love is Gone" and "Boogie Wonderland." Tickets $55, $75 and $95.

Phildanco: Oct. 12. Elegant but fierce dance company known for innovative choreography that blends African-American-based dance with ballet, jazz and modern technique. Tickets $15, $25 and $35.

Wayne Brady: Oct. 14. A night of comedy with the Emmy Award-winning actor, singer, comedian and game-show host. Tickets $25, $35 and $45.

"Hello Dolly" with Charleston Light Opera Guild: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27, 2 p.m. Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3, 2 p.m. Nov. 4. Broadway classic featuring such songs as "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "It Takes a Woman" and, of course, "Hello, Dolly." Tickets $15 and $20.

Broadway in Charleston

All shows are at the Clay Center and begin at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Season ticket packages are $215 and $345 for six shows, $180 and $290 for five, and $145 and $235 for four. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.

Blue Man Group: Oct. 3. Wildly popular theatrical show that combines music, comedy and technology to produce a unique form of entertainment. Tickets $45 and $65.

Cirque Dreams: Holidaze: 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Reimagined holiday spectacle with acrobatic gingerbread men, toy soldiers and snowmen, spinning penguins, dancing puppets and more. Tickets $35 and $58.

"Shrek: The Musical": Dec. 20. Based on the animated film, the Broadway adaptation features 19 new songs, dance numbers and lots of laughs. Tickets $40 and $61.

"Fiddler on the Roof": April 4. Broadway classic based on the stories of author Sholom Aleichem. Tickets $34 and $58.

"Experience the Beatles with Rain": April 23. A multidimensional experience with historic footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s. Features Beatles music from their earliest days to their breakup. Tickets $34 and $58.

"Rock of Ages": May 7. Arena-rock love story featuring the music of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, REO Speedwagon and more. Tickets $40 and $61.

Community Music Association

All concerts begin at 3 p.m. in the association's new venue in Geary Auditorium, Riggleman Hall, at the University of Charleston. Season tickets are $90 for adults, $30 for full-time college students and $10 for youths age 18 or younger. Single tickets are $35 adults, $10 college students, $5 for youths 18 and under. Call 304-744-1400 or visit www.communitymusicassociation.com.

"Liverpool Legends: The Beatles Tribute": Sept. 30. The Beatles tribute group has performed from Carnegie Hall to Liverpool, home of the original band, and is a popular mainstay in Branson, Mo.

Mac Frampton's "Fanfare for the American Hero": Nov. 11. In observance of Veterans Day, pianist Mac Frampton brings a full orchestra with a host of world-class singers.

"The Water Coolers": Jan. 20. An award-winning off-Broadway musical comedy that tackles such topics as husbands, wives, kids and technology. "E! Entertainment" dubbed it one of the hottest tickets in town.

From Galway to Broadway: March 17. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Broadway performers Ciaran Sheehan and Kimilee Bryant bring Irish spirit to life powered by a piano and Irish strings.

Saxton's Cornet Band: April 14. As the United States marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Saxton's Cornet Band presents a two-part program of music from the era.

Woody Hawley series

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are at the Clay Center, usually in the Walker Theater. Season tickets available for $115. Individual tickets $18, except where noted. Call 304-561-3570 or visit www.theclaycenter.org.

Jim Hurst: Oct. 6. Savvy guitar picking and impeccable vocal range with an artist who steps beyond the musical boundaries of bluegrass and country.

Rob Carlson: Nov. 3. One of Connecticut's most prolific songwriters, recognized for his highly acclaimed album, "Peaceable Kingdom," and for his parodies and comedy bits written for the American Comedy Network.

Michael Jackson: Jan. 5. Singer-songwriter with a smooth baritone voice and intricate guitar playing known for hits "Bluer Than Blue" and "Give Me Wings."

Cheryl Wheeler: March 9. Natural storyteller with an eclectic sense of humor and a beautiful voice. Onstage seating.

Jonathan Edwards: April 6. Witty folk singer-songwriter best known for 1971 gold-record hit "Sunshine." Special meet and greet.

Peter Yarrow: May 11. Best known for his work with iconic folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, Yarrow is recognized for co-writing the legendary song "Puff the Magic Dragon." Onstage seating. Special meet and greet. Tickets $20.

FOOTMAD

Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance shows begin at 8 p.m. in the Culture Center Theater, except where noted. Season tickets are $70 for adults, $35 for students. Individual tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students and free to children under 13. Call 304-415-3668 or visit www.footmad.org.

Girsa: Oct. 6. Eight female Celtic artists playing traditional Irish music.

Ernie Hawkins: Nov. 17. An accomplished acoustic blues guitarist.

The Steel Wheels: Dec. 1. Americana roots music.

Hank Williams Tribute: Dec. 29. Rob McNurlin, John Lilly, Buddy Griffin, Ritchie Collins, Kayton Roberts and Roger Carroll play the music of Hank Williams.

Full Set: Feb. 23. The group performs traditional Irish music.

Christine Balfa and Balfa Toujours: April 6. Location to be announced. Reviewer Barry Ancelet dubbed the group "the future of Cajun music."

'Mountain Stage'

All shows begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Rodney Crowell, Lucero, Sara Watkins: Oct. 14. Americana, alternative country, progressive bluegrass, folk and more. Templeton Blackburn Memorial Auditorium, Athens, Ohio. Advance tickets $25 (first 10 rows), $15 all other seats. Call 740-593-1780 or www.ohio.edu.

Brandi Carlile, Logan Venderlic, Kat Edmonson, Ben Taylor, The Trishas: Oct. 21. Alternative country, folk rock, jazz and more. WVU Creative Arts Center, Morgantown. Advance tickets $18, day of the show $23. Call 304-293-SHOW or www.ticketmaster.com.

Beth Orton, Jesse Harris, David Wax Museum: Oct. 28. British folk rock, singer-songwriters and pop. Culture Center Theater, Charleston. Advance tickets $15, at the door $25. Call 800-549-TIXX or www.mountainstage.org.

Dr. Dog, The Mountain Goats, Spirit Family Reunion, Red Wanting Blue: Nov. 4. Indie folk, folk rock, indie rock and more. Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, Huntington. Advance tickets $25, day of the show $30. Call 304-696-6656 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Bruce Cockburn, Iris Dement, Brooke Waggoner: Nov. 18. Folk rock, alternative country and indie pop. Culture Center Theater. Advance tickets $15, at the door $25. Call 800-549-TIXX or www.mountainstage.org.

Chamber Music Society

Except where noted, Charleston Chamber Music Society shows begin at 7 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist. Season tickets are $60 for adults, $40 for first-time members and $10 for students. Individual shows are $20, and children's admission is free with a paying adult. For more information, call 304-344-5389 or visit www.charlestonchambermusic.org.

Antonio Lysy and Patricia Hoy: Oct. 6. Cellist Antonio Lysy has performed as a soloist in major concert halls worldwide; the playing of Canadian pianist Patricia Hoy has been described by reviewers as "powerful," "passionate" and "sensuous."

Orchestra 2001 with George Crumb: 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at the University of Charleston. The orchestra premieres a new work by Charleston's own Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Crumb.

West Shore Piano Trio: March 9. A talented, up-and-coming trio of pianists, "The West Shore Trio plays with a very vibrant and colorful sound," says Dr. Haewon Moon, of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Elysian Camerata: April 6. From Bach to Bartók, this Philadelphia-based ensemble has won praise for its inspiring and engaging performances. Talia Schiff, daughter of former Charleston Symphony Conductor Charles Schiff, is cellist for the group.

Daedalus String Quartet: May 11. The Washington Post was effusive in its praise for this leader among the new generation of string ensembles, featuring "jet-propelled rockets of blistering virtuosity ... the music rang gloriously."

Montclaire String Quartet

All concerts begin at 3 p.m. Sundays in the Erma Byrd Gallery at the University of Charleston. Season tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for children. General admission is $12 for adults, $6 for students and children.

"Miniatures": Oct. 12. Pieces by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Bridge, Shostakovich, Kirchner, Turina, Ives, Ljova and Piazzolla.

"With Love, MSQ": Jan. 13

Kreutzer Sonata: Feb. 24

"Grand Finale": April 28

Womansong

Holiday concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Christ Church United Methodist. Free.

Spring concert: 7:30 p.m. April 27, location to be announced. Free.

West Virginia Symphony Chorus

Mozart Requiem, with West Virginia Symphony Orchestra: 8 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26 in the Maier Foundation Performance Hall in the Clay Center. Tickets: $12 to $64 for adults, $10 to $52 for students.

Marc-Antoine Charpentier "Midnight Mass for Christmas": Nov. 30 at Christ Church United Methodist.

Charleston Civic Chorus

Winter concert: 3 p.m. Dec. 2, Baptist Temple. Chorus will perform "Canticum Novum," a composition by Stephen Paulus accompanied by harp, flute, oboe and percussion. Free.

Kanawha Kordsmen

"Wine and All That Cheese: A Barbershop Cabaret": 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Charleston Woman's Club, 1600 Virginia St. E. Tickets $15. Call 304-346-7464 or visit www.kordsmen.org.

"Charleston Harmony": June 22. Features international champion quartet O.C. Times. For more information, call 304-346-7464.

Charleston Ballet

Except for "The Nutcracker," performances are at 7:30 p.m. in the Civic Center Theater. Except for "The Nutcracker," shows cost $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students. Call 304-342-6541 or visit www.thecharlestonballet.com.

"La Bayadere (The Temple Dancer)": Oct. 19 and 20. Set in exotic India, this full-length ballet features a love triangle between Nikiya, a bayadere or temple dancer; Solar, a noble warrior; and Gamzatti, beautiful daughter of the wealthy Raja. Performed with guest dancers from Columbia Classical Ballet, of South Carolina.

"The Nutcracker": Dec. 14 and 15. The seasonal family favorite returns to the Clay Center in a collaboration between the ballet and the West Virginia Symphony, featuring more than 150 performers. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Tickets range from $22 to $52 for adults and $10 to $32 for children under 12. For tickets, call 304-561-3570 or visit tickets.theclaycenter.org.

"Partners and Pairs": March 22 and 23. Includes an encore performance of "Squaredance," a ballet danced to Appalachian folk tunes; a dramatic classical pas de deux, "Diana and Actaeon"; and "Majisimo," a ballet for five couples described as an exhibition of passion, athleticism and style, performed to the music of Massenet.

River City Youth Ballet

All performances begin at 7 p.m. Ticket prices vary and will be announced.

Music In Motion: Nov. 30, featuring live and local musicians, Culture Center Theater. General admission.

Nutcracker in Review: Dec. 15, Clendenin Middle Community Center. General admission.

Toymaker Workshop and Graduation Ball: Feb. 22, Clay Center. Reserved seating.

JADCO Contemporary Dance Company

"Chasing Butterflies": School performances 9:15 and 11 a.m. March 8; public performance 7:30 p.m. March 8 in the Clay Center. An original children's ballet written and directed by January Wolfe and orchestrated by Mark Scarpelli tells the adventures of friends Capable and Bucket as they overcome obstacles to reach Eagle's Point, where Capable is convinced she will find her beloved butterfly, Violet. Tickets are $7 per student for the school shows; $24 for adults and $17 for children under 12 for the evening show.

Charleston Light Opera Guild

"Hello Dolly!": 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27, Nov. 2 and 3 and 2 p.m. Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. A meddlesome widow tries to play matchmaker and bring romance to several couples, as well as herself. Clay Center. Tickets $15 and $20.

"Evita": May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18; Sunday matinees to be announced. Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical about Argentine political leader Eva Perón. Civic Center Little Theater. Tickets $20.

Kanawha Players

Evening shows are at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees 2 p.m., Kanawha Players Theater, 309 Beauregard St. Packages of five and 10 tickets, good for any production, are $68 and $128, respectively. Single-show tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for students (with ID) and ages 18 and younger. Family packages for individual productions are $42 for two adults and two children, $26 for one adult and two children ($6 per additional child on each) and $21 for one adult and one child. All packages must be purchased in advance. Call 304-343-7529 or visit www.kanawhaplayers.org.

"Evil Dead: The Musical": Oct. 5, 6, 12 and 13. Musical take on the cult classic horror film series where five college kids unwittingly unleash an evil terror in the woods.

"A Christmas Story": Nov. 29-Dec. 2. Jean Shepherd's Christmas classic about Ralphie and his quest for a Red Ryder BB Gun.

"Sleuth": Feb. 15, 16, 22 and 23. The ultimate game of cat and mouse is played out in a cozy English country house owned by a celebrated mystery writer.

"The Sugar Bean Sisters": April 12-14. Two sisters are determined to escape spinsterhood by hopping the next spaceship out of town, and they're not going to let the arrival of a snake charmer, Mormon bishop or a mysterious bird woman stand in their way.

"Sing Down the Moon: Appalachia Wonder Tales": June 28-30. Musical weaving original tunes with six traditional tales of mountain lore and wisdom.

Alban Arts Center

Evening shows begin at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. Call 304-721-8896 or visit http://albanartscenter.com.

"Greater Tuna": Oct. 19-21 and 26-28. Two men play 20 characters in this wacky satire of small-town Southern life.

"Miracle on 34th Street": Dec. 7-9 and 14-16. A young lawyer argues that Santa is real in this charming holiday classic.

"The Wind in the Willows": Summer 2013. Toad, Mole, Rat and Badger have adventures in pastoral England in this stage adaptation of the beloved children's book.

No Pants Players

Unless noted, all shows are at 7 p.m. at the Alban Arts Center, 65 Olde Main St., St. Albans. Tickets for all-ages shows are $12 for adults, and $10 for children under age 12, available online or at the door. Ticket prices for other shows vary, and most have yet to be announced. Call 877-467-7689 or visit www.nopantsplayers.com.

Sept. 8: All-ages show.

Sept. 29: Adults-only show. 8:30 p.m., Charleston Moose Lodge, 2805 Kanawha Blvd. E.

Oct. 6: All-ages show.

Oct. 25: HallowEast mystery theater. 6 p.m., Charleston Woman's Club, 1600 Virginia St. E.

Oct. 26: Adults-only Fall FestivALL show. 10 p.m., Timothy's at Quarrier Diner (downstairs), 1022 Quarrier St.

Oct. 28: Free all-ages show. 2 p.m. at Tamarack, Beckley.

Nov. 17: Adults-only show. 8 p.m., Clay Center Walker Theater. Tickets $12.

Dec. 1: All-ages Joytacular performance benefiting the American Heart Association.

Children's Theatre of Charleston

All shows are at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theater. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-18, and are available at the Civic Center box office or at the door. For more information, call 304-346-0164 or visit www.ctoc.org.

"Peter Pan": School performances 9:15 and 11 a.m. Oct. 11 and 12; public performances 7 p.m. Oct. 12, 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 13, and 2 p.m. Oct. 14. A mischievous boy who can fly and who never ages, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang, the Lost Boys, interacting with mermaids, Indians, fairies, pirates and occasionally ordinary children from the world outside of Neverland.

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever": 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Dec. 9.

"The Hobbit: The Musical": 7 p.m. March 8, 2 and 7 p.m. March 9, 2 p.m. March 10.

Contemporary Youth Arts Company

All performances are at 8 p.m. (2 p.m. for Sunday matinees) at the WVSU Capitol Center, 123 Summers St., unless otherwise noted. Adults $10, students and seniors $6. Call 304-342-6522.

"Ginger and Bobby Joe: The Stock Car Musical": Sept. 27- 30 and Oct. 4-6.

"Mary": Nov. 23-25 and Nov. 29-Dec. 1. It's the 16th annual production of the Scarpelli-Kehde rock opera.

Festival of social-action plays: Includes "Four Young Women Tell the Truth About Eating Disorders," "Gone Tomorrow ...," "The Girls Room," "Love Is Not An Angry Thing," "The Forever Clause," "Keeping Bobby Close" and "A Service for Jeremy Wong." Jan. 1-5 and 8-12.

"Western Civ": March 14-17 and 21-23. A new play by Dan Kehde about alienation in the country's least-understood generation.

Appalachian Children's Chorus

Benefit concert: 2 p.m. Sept. 16, Christ Church United Methodist. Benefit for Tumaini Children's Home in Kenya. Concert is free, but a freewill offering will be taken.

"ACC's Got Talent Too": 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3, River Ridge Church, Charleston. Tickets $25; includes dinner.

Morgantown concert: 3:30 p.m. Nov. 4, Creative Arts Center, Morgantown. Tickets $10.

"Holiday with Friends": 3 p.m. Dec. 2, Clay Center. Special guests: Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus. Tickets $15.

"Joyful Night": 6 p.m. Dec. 6, Governor's Mansion. Free.

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops concert: 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, Clay Center. The ACC concert choir and other guests perform in the WVSO's annual holiday event. Tickets $15 to $67 from Clay Center box office.

Canticle Choir concert: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Charleston. Free.

Canticle Choir concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 16, St. Andrew United Methodist, St. Albans. Free.

ACC Gala: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Charleston Embassy Suites. Valentine Dinner Dance with the Sweet Lipzz Big Band. Tickets $150.

Spring concert: 3 p.m. April 28, Baptist Temple, Charleston. Tickets $15.

Spring concert in Logan: 3 p.m. May 5, Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College. Free.

Appalachian Festival of Young Voices concert: 7:30 p.m. May 26, Civic Center Little Theater. Free.

West Virginia Youth Symphony

Winter concert: 3 p.m. Dec. 2, Scottish Rite Temple. Tickets $10 for adults, free for children.

Chamber concert: 3 p.m. March 24, Kanawha United Presbyterian Church. Tickets $5 for adults, $2 for students and seniors.

Spring concert: 3 p.m. May 5, Scottish Rite Temple. Tickets $10 for adults, free for children.

Symphony Sunday concert: June 2, University of Charleston. Free.

West Virginia University Arts Series

All shows are at 7:30 p.m. at the Creative Arts Center, Morgantown, unless otherwise noted. Ticket prices vary. Packages are available for tickets purchased in groups of 5-7, 8-12 or 13 or more. Visit www.events.wvu.edu or call 800-745-3000 for series pricing information.

Time for Three: Sept. 5. Zach De Pue, violin; Nick Kendall, violin; and Ranaan Meyer, double bass, perform with a passion for improvisation, composition and arrangement in the style of a self-proclaimed garage band. Tickets $33, $28.

"American Idiot": Sept. 7. Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit musical tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Tickets $44, $49, $55, $60.

Blue Man Group: Oct. 5 and 6, and 3 p.m. Oct. 6. Blue Man Group's wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts combine comedy, music and technology to produce a unique form of entertainment. Tickets $46, $55, $61, $65.

Jackson Browne: Oct. 15. For more than 40 years, Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most moving songs in popular music and defined a genre of songwriting. Tickets $50, $60, $70, $80.

Martina McBride: Oct. 20. McBride's award-winning blend of pop and country has produced an endless array of hits. Tickets $45, $65, $85.

Dionne Warwick: Nov. 9. Scintillating, soothing and sensual best describe the legendary voice of the five-time Grammy Award-winning legend. Tickets $45, $55, $60, $65.

"A Chorus Line": In an empty theater, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. Tickets $44, $49, $55.

Jim Brickman: Dec. 11. The best-selling solo pianist of our time, Brickman's "On a Winter's Night" concert celebrates the warmth and humor of the holiday season. Tickets $40, $45, $50, $55.

Moscow Ballet's "Great Russian Nutcracker": Dec. 13. The holiday favorite that's entertained audiences around the world for two decades returns to Morgantown in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Tickets $46, $56, $66.

"West Side Story": Jan. 10. From the first note to the final breath, "West Side Story" soars as the greatest love story of all time. Tickets: $44, $49, $55.

Pilobolus: Jan. 15. Employing the human body as pure sculptural matter, the company incorporates dance, gymnastics, performance art and shadow play to deliver what Newsday proclaims a "mind-blowing" experience. Tickets $40, $45.

Canadian Brass: Jan. 25. The internationally renowned ensemble are masters of concert presentations with consummate imagination and musicianship. Tickets $33, $38.

Traces: Feb. 13. Awe-inspiring acrobatics of this thrilling, modern circus is infused with infectious urban energy. Tickets $38, $43, $48, $58.

ABBA, The Concert: March 3. Waterloo the band was formed in 1996 and has become the ultimate tribute to the band with its fantastic sound and its stunning performance. Tickets $40, $45, $55.

Kodo: March 18. Masters of the ancient tradition of taiko drumming, Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant, living art form. Tickets $35, $40, $45, $55.

Elvis Lives: April 1. Finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises' worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest present unforgettable multimedia and live musical journey in Elvis' iconic style. Tickets $44, $49, $53, $58.

Voca People: April 7. Voca People hail from the musical planet Voca and seek to reboot their spaceship with musical energy featuring amazing vocal sounds and a cappella singing with the art of modern beat box. Tickets $39, $44, $39.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "Cinderella": 3 p.m. April 28. This classic fairy tale ballet features the stunning choreography of Septime Webre in lavish costumes and dazzling sets.

"Hair": May 1. The new Tony-winning musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young and old. Tickets $44, $49, $55, $58.

"Dreamgirls": May 7. A sensational new production tells the story of an up-and-coming 1960s all-girl singing group. Tickets $44, $49, $55.

Don McLean: June 8. One of America's most enduring singer-songwriters sings some of his best-known songs, "American Pie" and "Vincent (Starry Starry Night)," as well as other award-winning songs. Tickets $40, $45, $55.

"The Addams Family": June 16. This smash-hit musical comedy brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. Tickets $44, $49, $55.

Marshall Artists Series

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. in the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, Huntington, unless otherwise noted. Order tickets at 304-696-6656 or at www.ticketmaster.com. For information about season ticket packages, call 304-696-3326.

John Legend - Show Me Campaign: 8 p.m. Sept. 20. Singer-songwriter John Legend performs his music and shares his thoughts on social justice and poverty in America. Tickets $40, $45.

"Titanic - The Broadway Musical": Oct. 1. On the 100th anniversary of the tragic journey, the show recounts the dreams, hopes and aspirations of those aboard the fateful ship. Tickets $45, $50, $58.

"Skateistan": 7 p.m. Oct. 11. Documentary chronicles the life-changing effect the introduction of skateboarding has on young people in Kabul, Afghanistan. Skateboard industry legend Bryan Ridgeway will speak after the showing. Tickets $10.

Fall International Film Festival: Oct. 12-17. Visit www.marshallartistsseries.org for film titles and times. Times vary. Tickets $7.50 per film.

"Mountain Stage": 7 p.m. Nov. 4. Host Larry Groce broadcasts the radio program from Huntington. Tickets $25 in advance, $30 on day of show.

The Irish Tenors Holiday Celebration: Dec. 3. Irish Tenors Ronan Tynan, Finbar Wright and Anthony Kearns and full orchestra perform hauntingly beautiful Irish tunes and seasonal Christmas music. Tickets $45, $50, $62.50.

"FDR": Jan. 30. Ed Asner stars in a one-man drama based on the long-running Broadway hit "Sunrise at Campobello." Show starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center. Tickets $45.

Smokey Robinson: Feb. 16. The Miracles founder Smokey Robinson performs Motown favorites. Tickets $58, $75.

Spring International Film Festival: Feb. 22-28. Visit www.marshallartistsseries.org for film titles and times. Tickets $7.50 per film.

"Hair": March 7. This revival of the legendary Broadway musical won the Tony Award for best musical revival and features exuberant music about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time. Tickets $45, $50, $58.

"The Addams Family": 7 p.m. April 28. This smash-hit musical comedy brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and Lurch to spooky life. Tickets $45, $50, $58.

Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg

All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, unless otherwise noted. Visit www.carnegiehallwv.com or call 304-645-7917. Ticket prices $12 to $30.

Capitol Steps: Sept. 14. The troupe of congressional staffers-turned-comedians perform more than 500 shows across the country, satirizing the very people and places that once employed them.

Steep Canyon Rangers: Oct. 12. The five-piece bluegrass band from North Carolina have played the Grand Ole Opry and appeared in a national tour with Grammy- and Emmy-winning actor, comedian and banjo player Steve Martin.

Mike Moreno: Nov. 2. Nominated for a Grammy, Moreno is a jazz guitarist whose group has a progressive and lyrical sound.

Campbell Brothers: Nov. 16. The Campbell Brothers present Sacred Steel: Black American gospel music and electric steel guitar and vocals.

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops: Dec. 6. Maestro Grant Cooper and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra return for the annual favorite, "Home for the Holidays," featuring soprano and flutist Lindsey Goodman.

Evening with Judy Collins: Dec. 13. For more than 50 years, the legendary folksinger has performed her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes.

Ben Williams and Sound Effect: Feb. 15. The bassist, winner of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2009, and his band deliver R&B-flecked jazz.

Marty Stuart: March 8. The four-time Grammy-winner has done it all. He's a platinum-selling recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music memorabilia preservationist, songwriter and leader of the band The Fabulous Superlatives.

DanceBrazil: April 13. For more than 30 years, DanceBrazil has performed its unique fusion of Afro-Brazilian movement, contemporary dance and Capoeira, the traditional dance/martial-arts form that had its origins in Africa and evolved in colonial Brazil as a means of fighting enslavement.

Montclaire String Quartet: April 26. The quartet in residence of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

David Wax Museum: May 10. The David Wax Museum fuses traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock. The group includes Latin rhythms, call-and-response hollering and donkey jawbone rattling in its show.


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