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Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

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The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is an American symphony orchestra based in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1880 by Joseph Otten as the St. Louis Choral Society, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States.

Performance Date: November 14, 1994

Sam Pilafian, Travelin’ Light

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Sam Pilafian, tuba; Frank Vignola, lead guitar; Don Keiling, rhyth guitar/vocals; Joe Ascione, drum Website:

Tubist Samuel Pilafian is noted for having achieved a degree of fame on an instrument that usually fills an accompanimental role. Equally noteworthy, however, is the ease with which Pilafian moves between classical music and pop. A native of Miami, Pilafian started early on the tuba. He attended the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, becoming only the second tuba player in history to win the school’s concerto competition. That propelled Pilafian to scholarships at Dartmouth College and the Tanglewood Music Center in Massachusetts. While he was studying in the latter program, he was selected by Leonard Bernstein to perform in the world premiere of Bernstein’s Mass, which was simultaneously part of the opening ceremonies for Washington, D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Performance Date: October 31, 1992

Sandi Patty, Larnelle Harris, Dino, & Crimson Bridge

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Christian musical legends team up to present a night of worship, praise, and fellowship that you’ll never forget!

Performance Date: November 1, 2001

Saturday Night Fever

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A musical based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York Magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night” and Norman Wexler’s 1977 film, featuring music by the Bee Gees.

Performance Date: November 13, 2003

Say Goodnight Gracie

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You’re invited to spend a hilarious, heart-warming evening in the uplifting company of the world’s favorite and funniest centenarian. George Burns, whose life spanned one hundred years of American entertainment history, is now miraculously alive and kicking in a stunning tour de force by veteran stage and screen actor Jamie Farr. Fondly remembered as the cross-dressing Klinger on the legendary TV series M*A*S*H*, Farr transforms himself into the beguiling George Burns in the hit Broadway show that was nominated for the 2003 Tony Award for Best Play.

Performance Date: November 8, 2004

Scotty McCreery

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Country music superstar Scotty McCreery has had a blindingly rapid rise to stardom since he became American Idol’s youngest male winner at age 17, as well as the show’s first country male winner in 2011.  The Garner, NC, native quickly emerged as one of country music’s most successful new artists after his debut album topped the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country charts, earning him a spot in the Guinness World Records for being the youngest male in history to score a No.1 album on the all-genre chart with a debut release.  The hot streak continued as Scotty went on to win New Artist of the Year at both the 2011 American Country Awards and the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards.  He also picked up the USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for “The Trouble With Girls” at the 2012 CMT Music Awards.  McCreery was ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s list of Top New Country Artists in 2011 and also ranked No. 4 on Billboard’s list of “21 Under 21: Music’s Hottest Minors 2012,” for his second consecutive year.

Performance Date: November 1, 2013

Seraphic Fire

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Founded in 2002 by Artistic Director Patrick Dupré Quigley, this exquisite chamber choir has garnered critical acclaim both locally and nationally. Lauded by the Miami Herald as “one of the best choirs
anywhere,” Seraphic Fire brings together talented young singers from across the country for cutting-edge concerts of rarely heard music. The group continues to build on their reputation for giving dynamic performances, and Artistic Director Quigley was recently featured in Ocean Drive Magazine, which credited the young ensemble with “putting a fresh, hip face on classical music.” In 2005, Seraphic Fire commissioned a 50-minute work from 28 year-old composer Shawn Crouch, The Road from Hiroshima: A Requiem, which was subsequently nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The group’s repertoire includes classical and contemporary, sacred and secular. In 2011 the ensemble received two Grammy® Award nominations for their recordings of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (Best Choral Performance) and A Seraphic Fire Christmas (Best Small Ensemble Performance).

Performance Date: April 26, 2013

Shakespeare For My Father: The Life and Times of an Actor’s Daughter

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devised and performed by Lynn Redgrave

Shakespeare for My Father is a one-woman play written and performed by Lynn Redgrave. The play concerns Redgrave’s relationship with her father, the imposing actor and family patriarch Sir Michael Redgrave.

Performance Date: February 27, 1993

Sharon Isbin, guitar; Thiago de Mello, percussion

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Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time”. She is also the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, and the Toronto and Madrid Queen Sofia competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition. She has appeared as soloist with over 170 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in the world’s finest halls, including New York’s Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, London’s Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Paris’ Châtelet, Vienna’s Musikverein, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Madrid’s Teatro Real, and many others. Gaudencio Thiago de Mello is a caboclo* who was born and grew up in the Brazilian Amazon rain forest. Besides listening to the hymns and spirituals brought by missionaries, and hearing his sister and brother playing classic pieces on the the piano and violin, Thiago’s musical awareness was informed by the whistling wind, the roar of rivers, and delicate bird songs – elements he incorporates in his percussion and composition.

Performance Date: November 19, 1998

Sherrie Austin

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Whether performing solo or with a band, Sherrié Austin has a sound uniquely her own with arrangements built around her sweet voice, charming and personal lyrics, and often adding chiming acoustic guitars, sparkling mandolins, evocative fiddle lines, and the occasional ripple of the steel guitar.

The Australian singer/songwriter has spent most of her life – from the time she was 14, when she got her “big break” by being asked to open for Johnny Cash‘s 1985 Australian tour – on the road in this circus we call show business. And whether it was the crazy carnival atmosphere of L.A.‘s pop music and TV world (she played Pippa McKenna on The Facts of Life), the gypsy-like feel of passing from writers night to writers night during those early years in Nashville, or the thrill of soaring without a net during her days on Broadway in the Big Apple Circus, Sherrié embraced it all and distills those experiences into her own music.

Performance Date: May 6, 2013

Sherry Glaser’s Family Secrets

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Glaser plays three generations of one dysfunctional Jewish American family — from grandmother to tired papa and manic-depressive wife to spiky teens. The play’s characters include Mort, the weary accountant; Bev, the manic depressive wife; Sandra, the rebellious teenage daughter; Fern, the sister who has denounced Judaism for its too-patriarchal nature; and Rose, the 80-year-old grandmother who tries to kill herself by sticking her head in an oven.

Performance Date: November 22, 1999

Show Boat

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A classic musical based on Edna Ferber’s novel of the same name. The first Broadway score ever to have a coherent plot and integrated songs, Show Boat is the story of the Hawks family and their showboat troop of actors aboard the Cotton Blossom floating theater.

Performance Date: March 6, 2000

Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

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Classical music meets world music with The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma! Taking his inspiration from the historical Silk Road trading route as a modern metaphor for multicultural and interdisciplinary exchange, incomparable cellist and cultural ambassador Yo-Yo Ma brings together some of the world’s most talented musicians in this exciting performance that explores the relationship between tradition and innovation in music from the East and the West. For more than a decade, the beloved cellist and his colleagues have promoted the study of cultural, artistic, and intellectual traditions along the ancient trade route that stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. With Mr. Ma’s return to the intimate and acoustically superb Newlin Hall, he joins a collective of renowned performers and composers from more than 20 countries. Each member’s career illustrates a moving response to the artistic challenge of our time: nourishing global connections while maintaining the integrity of art rooted in an authentic tradition.

Performance Date: March 21, 2013

Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz

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Sing along to the famous 1939 American musical fantasy with the most well-known characters imagineable! Follow Dorothy (and her little dog too) on their journey down the dirt road to find their way back to Kansas!

Performance Date: November 18-19, 2003

Singin’ in the Rain

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Taking place in 1920s Hollywood, this light-hearted romantic comedy focuses on two movie actors and how they deal with the transition from silent pictures to the early days of sound film. Don Lockwood and Lina Lamount are the toast of Hollywood. However, Lina has been cursed with a terrible, grating voice. Thus, problems occur when she and Don star in their first talking movie. Secretly, Don and the studio executives arrange to have a beautiful, up-and-coming actress, Kathy, mime for Lina. Luckily, the movie is a hit. However, Lina is furious. In the end, Lina’s terrible voice is revealed to the public and Don and Kathy fall in love.

Performance Date: October 7, 1987

Sir James Galway

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Sir James Galway, Flute; Pillip Moll, piano. Website:

The living legend of the flute, Sir James Galway is regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries. Sir James has made himself a modern musical master whose virtuosity on the flute is equaled only by his limitless ambitions and vision.  Through his extensive touring, over 30 million albums sold and his frequent international television appearances, Sir James has endeared himself to millions worldwide and is a tireless promoter of the arts.

Performance Date: March 18, 2003

Sistine Chapel Choir

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Domenico Bartolucci, Music Director

The Sistine Chapel Choir is a choir based in Vatican City and is one of the oldest religious choirs in the world. At present, the choir comprises approximately twenty adult singers (eleven tenors and nine basses) and thirty unpaid boy choristers (sopranos and contraltos).

Performance Date: September 22, 1986

Sleeping Beauty

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Russian National Ballet

In a magical Fairy Kingdom, a Princess named Aurora was born to a wonderful King and Queen. The Kingdom’s Fairy of Protection, Lilac Fairy, and all of her maidens were invited to celebrate Princess Aurora’s birth, but in the midst of the excitement the royal family forgot to invite the wicked fairy, Carabosse. Although Carabosse is distraught by their neglect, she and her crew come to party anyway with evil intentions in mind. She disguises herself as a beautiful fairy and pretends to enjoy the festivities. Despite her outward appearances of happiness and joy, the evil within her boils to the brim and she can no longer contain it.  She angrily casts a spell over Princess Aurora declaring that on Aurora will prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday. This rendition of the opera, stunningly performed by the Russian National Ballet, will leave dance lovers on their feet!

Performance Date: January 11, 1999

Smash Mouth

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Celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year with a new national tour, Smash Mouth has long since established itself as the ultimate true-to-life California party-band with a fun-loving vibe.  A quick listen to their music and you realize the multi-platinum Smash Mouth is a 60s influenced garage band with a keen pop sensibility that maintains a timeless quality, a style they have created and that is all their own. In addition to selling more than 10 million albums worldwide, Smash Mouth has brought their ska influenced pop-rock to the big screen in popular films, including “Shrek,” “The Jungle Book 2,” “The Cat in the Hat,” and “Rat Race.” Coinciding with Centre College’s Family Weekend, this concert will feature the band’s number one hits such as “Walkin’ on the Sun,” “All Star,” and “I’m a Believer” and music from their new album “MAGIC,” the perfect soundtrack for your year ’round fun in the sun.

Smoke on the Mountain

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Set in North Carolina in 1938, Smoke on the Mountain follows the Sanders Family Singers as they perform at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church’s Saturday Night Gospel Sing! Meet a talented family… quirky, flawed and uniquely entertaining! Become the congregation and enjoy over 30 classic gospel tunes that bring us all back to a much simpler time. Laugh at their crazy antics, sing along and witness a heartwarming conclusion that reminds us all what it means to be a family.

Performance Date: October 3-5, 2008

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