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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Chipola Artist Series Opens Sept. 22 "Vienna to Broadway"


The Chipola College Artist Series opens Monday, Sept. 22, with "Vienna to Broadway" presented by the Jacksonville Lyric Opera Company.
"Vienna to Broadway" includes highlights of operetta, grand opera, and classic Broadway favorites performed by a quartet of gifted soloists and their superb accompanist.
Titles include The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme, La Traviata, The Student Prince, Show Boat and Carousel. The show features musical staging reflecting the historical period of each piece, supported by seamless transitions from number to number. Stylish costumes and colorful scenic projections will add to the audience’s enjoyment of this musical presentation. Vienna to Broadway is produced in association with Opera Management Corporation, New York City. Three more exciting performances are scheduled as part of the series.
"An Appalachian Christmas," presented by the Atlanta Pops Orchestra is set for Dec. 8. "An Appalachian Christmas" creates the feeling of a small community at Christmas time with a diverse program including holiday favorites ranging from "The 12 Days of Christmas," to "Deck the Halls," and music from the Appalachian region using flute, harp, dulcimer as performed by Gentle Rain and Scott Douglas.
"The Music at the Crossroads" presented by Celtic Crossroads will have audiences enjoying St. Patrick’s Day a bit early on Jan. 26. Celtic Crossroads is critically-acclaimed as one of the best live music concerts to come from Ireland in over 20 years. This magical display of music incorporates seven world-class musicians, playing an array of both traditional and non-traditional instruments on stage, creating an unforgettable musical experience.
Christine Yoshikawa, classical pianist, will perform March 24. The Canadian pianist has enjoyed a multi-faceted international career performing as soloist with orchestras, recitalist, chamber musician, and teaching masterclasses throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Critics have praised her as an artist of "impeccable artistry and virtuosity" for her interpretation of traditional and contemporary repertoire. She is on the Roster of Recording Artists for Eroica Classical Recordings and serves on faculty at Chipola College.
The Chipola Artist Series is funded through Chipola’s Performing Arts Fund, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Arts Federation, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Chipola Regional Arts Association and corporate donors.
Season tickets—$40 for all four events—are available. Individual event tickets—$12 for adults and $8 for ages 18 and under—will be available prior to each performance at the Chipola Business Office. For performance information, contact Joan Stadsklev at 850-718-2301 or

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