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Source: Todd Holmberg, 785-532-6425,
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-2535,

Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Award-winning vocal artist Janis Ian brings her talent to Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, as part of the 2010-2011 McCain Performance Series.

Ian will perform an intimate concert sharing, inspiring songs and stories of her life. Her performance will include the Grammy Award winning hit "At Seventeen," a song she performed as the first-ever musical guest on "Saturday Night Live."

She made her recording debut in 1966 with her Top 40-single, "Society's Child" -- a song about interracial teen dating that many radio stations wouldn't touch at the time. Both "At Seventeen" and "Society's Child" were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

After more than 40 years in the music business, Ian is a celebrated folk icon and a champion of several social issues.

Ella Fitzgerald called her the best young singer in America, while reviewers have described her as a star of song and poetry, the voice of a generation and a musical genius.

Tickets for the performance are on sale now with prices starting at $13 for K-State students and $26 for the general public. Discounts for K-State faculty and staff, military and children are also available. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or by calling 785-532-6428. More information is available online at