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Center Stage announces winter entertainment series at BYU-Idaho

January 4, 2019

REXBURG — The Center Stage Performing Arts Series at Brigham Young University-Idaho has announced its Winter Semester lineup that ranges from the a cappella group Vocal Point to thrilling Chinese acrobats.­­

Here is detailed information about each event:

BYU Ballroom Dance Company

Jan. 18, 6 and 8:30 p.m., Kirkham AuditoriumThe BYU Ballroom Dance Company is one of the most distinctive university dance companies in the world. Based in Provo, Utah, the company consists of 32 dancers, all of whom are full-time students at Brigham Young University. Their new show, Come Alive, presents ballroom dance in a theatrical environment with a contemporary point of view. Its innovative choreography is compelling, engaging and just plain fun. Audiences will be fascinated as couples dance a romantic waltz and will feel the energy as the company moves to the infectious rhythms of Latin America. Tickets are on sale now. Cost is $6 for BYU-Idaho students and $12 for general public. No children under 4. Classroom dress.

BYU Vocal Point

Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., Hart AuditoriumVocal Point, a popular male a cappella group from BYU, entertains audiences throughout the world with their stunning, high-energy performances and elaborate, cinematographic music videos. With a wide range of vocal possibilities, these crowd-pleasers have it all — rock, pop, country, jazz and R&B, making their concerts a showstopper. The nine-man group takes the songs you are familiar with, retools them and delivers a new rendition, complete with all the complex instrumentation done entirely with their mouths.Tickets go on sale Monday. Floor and Red Seats: $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. Bleachers: $5 for BYU-Idaho students, $10 for general public. No children under 4. Classroom dress.

The 5 Browns

Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., Hart AuditoriumThe 5 Browns are veterans in bringing classical music to a newer, younger audience. Upon their signing with Sony, they have shown the world that ensemble piano can actually be a well-melded symphony of pianos. The 5 Browns — Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae – all attended New York’s Juilliard School. In fact, they became the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously. They have released three albums that each went to No. 1 on Billboard Magazine’s Classical Album Chart. Tickets go on sale Monday. Floor and Red Seats: $8 for BYU-Idaho students, $16 for general public. Bleachers: $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under 4. Classroom dress.

VOCES8

Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., Barrus Concert HallFormed by former Westminster Abbey choristers, the British octet VOCES8 performs works ranging from Renaissance polyphony to modern jazz and pop arrangements. In 2013, VOCES8 was nominated for seven Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, winning for best classical album and best classical song.Tickets go on sale Jan. 14. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. Event dress.

Golden Dragon Acrobats

Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Hart AuditoriumThe Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago. The performers are recognized as one of the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring companies of today. World-renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.Tickets go on sale Jan. 14. Floor and Red Seats: $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. Bleachers: $5 for BYU-Idaho students, $10 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

Barbershop Music Festival, featuring After Hours

Feb. 23, 6 and 8:30 p.m., Barrus Concert HallThe 2018 world-champion barbershop quartet After Hours will headline this year’s Barbershop Music Festival at BYU-Idaho. After Hours began at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, in 2007. The group placed in the top 10 in the International Quartet Contest multiple times, finally winning the gold medal and the BHS International Quartet Championship in 2018 in Orlando, Florida. Also performing on the show will be the BYU-Idaho Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, student quartets and the Carousel Chorus.Tickets go on sale Jan. 14. $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. No children under 4. Classroom dress.

Goitse

March 1, 7:30 p.m., Hart AuditoriumNamed Live Ireland’s “Traditional Group of the Year,” Goitse has become a leader of the new generation of traditional Irish bands. Laying the foundations for the music are all-Ireland Bodhrán champion Colm Phelan and Conal O’Kane, who is fast making a name for himself as one of the finest guitarists of his generation. The rhythm section sets a powerful drive for the music, while the sweet, charismatic voice of Áine McGeeney draws audiences into a song the way few performers can.Tickets go on sale Jan. 14. Floor and Red Seats: $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. Bleachers: $5 for BYU-Idaho students, $10 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

Winter Jazz Fest, featuring Miami Saxophone Quartet

March 9, 7 p.m. preshow by winning bands, show at 7:30 p.m., Hart AuditoriumThe Miami Saxophone Quartet will headline this year’s Winter Jazz Fest. South Florida saxophonists Gary Keller, Gary Lindsay, Ed Calle and Mike Brignola have created a contemporary sound unique among saxophone quartets. The quartet explores the realms of jazz, pop, Latin, R&B and chamber music, performing both originals and their own arrangements of songs from a diverse array of musical legends. Backing up the saxophone quartet will be the BYU-Idaho Sound Alliance jazz ensemble under the direction of Mark Watkins. Tickets go on sale Jan. 14. Floor and Red Seats: $6 for BYU-Idaho students, $12 for general public. Bleachers: $5 for BYU-Idaho students, $10 for general public. No children under four. Classroom dress.

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