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Marshall Artists Series 2013-2014 lineup includes Cole, Mraz and more

The Parthenon

Published: Thursday, August 8, 2013

Updated: Thursday, August 8, 2013 08:08

Marshall Artists Series 2013-2014 lineup includes Cole, Mraz and more

Photos Courtesy of Marshall Artists Series

Natalie Cole will perform as part of this year’s lineup for the Marshall Artists Series. The series aims to promote the educational and cultural life of Marshall University. It was founded in 1936 and has since provided the area with an array of quality entertainment.

The upcoming 77th season for the Marshall Artists Series invites audiences to explore a variety of musical genres and entertainers in 2013 and 2014. Providing entertainment for the community as well as for Marshall students since 1936, the Marshall Artists Series aims to bring innovative and educational programs to the Tri-State.

The series kicks off Thursday, Oct. 10 with nine-time Grammy Award winner, Natalie Cole. Performing at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center, Cole is the daughter of legendary jazz musician Nat “King” Cole and is known for her chart topping single, “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love).”

On Oct. 18, chart-topper and singer-songwriter, Jason Mraz, will bring his soulful sounds to the stage of the Keith-Albee. With hits such as “I’m Yours,” “I Won’t Give Up” and “The Remedy,” Mraz is a two-time Grammy Award winner and holds the record for the longest running song on Billboard’s Hot 100 at 76 weeks.

Known for their exciting shows and combining music and technology, the Blue Man Group will make their debut appearance at the Keith Albee on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Performing an entire show without speaking a word, Blue Man Group is a performance for all ages and cultures.

Also a group of Grammy Award winners, Blood, Sweat & Tears, will take the stage of the Keith-Albee with a 40-piece orchestra on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Known for combining brass and rock band instrumentation, Blood, Sweat & Tears created popular jazz-rock music in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The group will perform its own hits along with popular holiday music.

Starting the new year for the Marshall Artists Series, Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet” tells the true story of the recording session combining the talents of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Also, the 32-piece Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra will perform its repertoire of Mozart, Beethoven, Lehar and Strauss pieces on Thursday, Jan. 30 followed by a presentation of Bizet’s Carmen by Teatro Lirico D’Europa on Thursday, Feb. 20. Backed by a full orchestra, The French opera will be staged at the Keith-Albee for the first time in 48 years.

On Tuesday, March 11, world-renown artist and sister of Barbara Streisand, Roslyn Kind, will presents “An Evening of Cabaret.” The night will feature music and family stories of the artist and her career in music, film and television.

Rounding out the season, “American Idiot,” a Broadway musical based on the Grammy Award winning album by Green Day, will take the stage on Thursday, April 24. Using the album as its soundtrack, the musical tells the story of three friends and their lives beyond 9/11.

Each performance will be held at the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at the Marshall Artists Series office located in Marshall’s Jomie Jazz Center on Fifth Avenue.

 

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