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Anderson Center unveils 2008-09 season


INGRID MICHAELSON

The Anderson Center for the Performing Arts’ 2008-09 season will begin with three summer concerts, featuring Chuck Mangione; Earth, Wind & Fire; and alumna Ingrid Michaelson. The season continues in September with a variety of dance productions featuring performers ranging from Turkish Sultans of the Dance to the St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet. The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra will also perform.

Mangione, a jazz legend and Rochester native, will perform with special guest Tony DeSare, an Ithaca College graduate. That show starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 11.  Tickets are $35 (inside reserved) or $20 (lawn).

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Earth, Wind & Fire will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31. Their hits include Shining Star, Serpentine Fire and Getaway. Tickets are $65 (inside reserved) or $35 (lawn).

Michaelson, a singer-songwriter whose music has been featured on the television show Grey’s Anatomy, will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26. Australian-born Ben Lee will open for her. Tickets are $25 inside reserved ($17 for students) or $17 for lawn seats ($10 for students).

The dance productions will feature groups returning to the Anderson Center stage as well as at least one company that’s new to American audiences. Floyd Herzog, director/producer of the Anderson Center, discovered Sultans of the Dance while visiting Istanbul at the invitation of the Republic of Turkey. The group will perform Wednesday, Sept. 24.

Ballet Flamenco Jose Porcel will return for a show on Wednesday, Oct. 22. And the St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet, which performed a well-received ice ballet version of The Nutcracker last season, will return with Swan Lake on ice on Tuesday, Dec. 9.

Looking ahead to 2009, the diverse season will continue with the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra presenting an evening of Celtic traditional and folk music Saturday, Feb. 14.

The National Acrobats of China will take the stage Thursday, March 12, while the Russian National Ballet will perform Cinderella on Wednesday, March 25.

Subscriptions and individual tickets are now available. Subscriptions include the four dance productions and the Dublin Philharmonic concert.

Subscription prices are $164 for the general public, $144 for senior citizens, faculty and staff and $84 for students. Single tickets are $41 for the general public, $36 for senior citizens and $21 for students. Group discounts are available.

For more information or to order tickets, call the box office at 777-ARTS or visit http://anderson.binghamton.edu.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08