The Galaxy of Stars Series is part of Northeastern State University’s Sequoyah Institute. Each year the performances selected are chosen to expose the Northeastern community to not only the entertainment provided by fine arts, but also the education associated with it.
The series promotes experience and understating of cultural enrichment beyond that found in the classroom and those who attend are able to actively or passively participate through the national and international artist’s performances.
The 2014 – 2015 season of Galaxy of Stars Series has a little bit of something for everyone.
Sept. 23, 2014 – Golden Dragon Acrobats will be visiting NSU again. This premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company’s performance will include: acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques.
Oct. 14, 2014 – Tulsa Ballet II, the pre-professional ensemble of Tulsa Ballet Theatre will grace the stage with a combination of classical and contemporary pieces.
Dec. 5, 2014 – Kathy Mattea, country music sensation, will perform. The twice named Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year and Grammy award winner is both a singer and songwriter. She is known for bringing elements of folk, bluegrass, gospel and intimacy to her music. She will perform a thoughtful blend of old favorites, along with new songs from her holiday albums “Joy for Christmas” and “Good News.”
Jan. 27, 2015 – Ryan and Ryan, a dynamic father-son piano duo will take the stage. The pair blend classic and contemporary music into an enthralling concert experience. From Rachmaninoff to Gershwin to Billy Joel, Donald and Barron Ryan combine their talents to create a dazzling blend of old and new schools.
Feb. 23, 2015 – Montana Repertory Theatre will be returning to Tahlequah to perform The Great Gatsby. Past audiences will remember the professional quality of MRT’s previous Galaxy performances of To Kill a Mockingbird and Biloxi Blues. Their mission is to tell the great stories of our world to enlighten, develop and celebrate the human spirit in an ever-expanding community.
March 31, 2015 – Junior Brown will also be part of this year’s lineup. He is known for his unique voice, songwriting skills and most unique double necked “Guit-Steel.” Brown invented the “Guit-Steel”, the instrument consolidating standard and steel guitars allows him to switch mid-song between the two while singing.
There is also a special performance scheduled for Oct. 29, 2014. The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the Unites States Army. The 19 member ensemble formed in 1969 and has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing America’s greatest original art form—jazz.
There are educational outreaches accompanied by each of the performances, to allow for those who are interested to delve a little deeper. Beyond the Stage outreach events offer educational workshops, master classes and lectures. Learning LIVE outreach events offer daytime performances to area schools with accompanying curriculum guide resources to be used in the classroom.
“The educational outreaches for kids in the community are my favorite part of the series,” Anita Thompson, Director of Sequoyah Institute said. "The students are exposed to so many different genres of performances. It’s not every day that students their age get to see a professional ballet company right here in Tahlequah. These performances may spark interest in students, that they might not have had if not exposed to the arts. That’s the most exciting part for me.”
Each of these shows will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on their respective dates in the NSU Center for the Performing Arts. Season tickets will go on sale August 18 and individual tickets go on sale September 1.
For more information regarding performances or to obtain tickets, please contact the Sequoyah Institute at 918-458-2075 or visit them online at www.nsuok.edu/si.
Published: 8/6/2014 8:59:17 AM