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August 1, 2011

Full plate: upcoming McCain performance series season offers music, theater, dance and surprises to suit any taste

By Communications and Marketing

Those with an appetite for a wide variety of entertainment can prepare to help themselves to a buffet of Broadway, music, dance and innovation with the 2011-2012 McCain Performance Series at Kansas State University.

Beginning with the first performance Sept. 30, audiences will be treated to more headliners than ever before -- including great shows for the whole family, said Todd Holmberg, McCain executive director.

"This season will be spectacular in so many ways," Holmberg said. "Last season was met with so much positive reaction, I knew the pressure was on to program another season that would not disappoint. I think the upcoming season hits the mark and is one of the most well-rounded and exciting seasons ever programmed at McCain."

Season tickets for the 2011-2012 McCain Performance Series are on sale now, and single tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 29.

A variety of discounts are available for K-State students, faculty and staff; military members; and youth 18 and under. Discounts also are available for those who subscribe to seven or more events. For more information, call the McCain box office at 785-532-6428.

The season will get off to a high-flying start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, with Mark Nizer's 3-D performance that includes outrageous juggling, comedy and technology. Other performances in the series, all starting at 7:30 p.m. and all in McCain Auditorium unless otherwise noted, include:

* Bill Cosby, Sunday, Oct. 9. One of America's most beloved entertainers delivers a heart touching evening.

* Yamato Drummers of Japan, Friday, Oct. 14. Young and full of energy, bringing a modern edge to Taiko drumming.

* Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Friday, Oct. 21. The award-winning group brings sound ranging from Bach to pop.

* Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Tuesday, Oct. 25. The four-man rock and roots music powerhouse is a special musical force.

* "Mozart's Requiem," Munich Symphony Orchestra, 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. The orchestra will perform Mozart's "Requiem Mass in D Minor."

* Cirque Mechanics "Boom Town," Tuesday, Nov. 29. Jaw-dropping acrobatics and Old West adventure combine.

* A Celtic Tenors Christmas, Wednesday, Dec. 7. Pioneering a new style of cool combining classical, folk, Irish and pop holiday harmonies with charm and wit.

* The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller by Chip Davis, Tuesday, Dec. 13. Everyone's favorite holiday supergroup, mixing big sounds, spectacular ingenuity, synchronized lighting and more.

* "Young Frankenstein," Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. The new Mel Brooks musical is a monstrously good time.

* Simone Dinnerstein, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012. A profound, elegant and graceful pianist.

* "MAMMA MIA!," Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. The characters, story and music make "MAMMA MIA!" the ultimate feel-good show.

* "The Hills are Alive," Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. Rock out to songs from "The Sound of Music."

* McCain Student Showcase, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. K-State students show off their talents.

* Henson Alternative, "Stuffed and Unstrung," Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. Eighty Henson puppets, six comedians, 100-percent uncensored. For mature audiences only.

* Doc Severinsen and His Big Band, Sunday Feb. 26, 2012. Live at McCain without the commercial breaks.

* "STOMP," Tuesday, Feb. 28 and Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. Explosive, sophisticated and special.

* "Macbeth," Aquila Theatre, Friday, March 2, 2012. Shakespeare's tragic tale of ambition, madness and chaos.

* "An Evening of Romance," Jim Brickman, Sunday, March 11, 2012. America's romantic piano sensation.

* Pilobolus Dance Theatre, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Mind-boggling imagery with awe-inspiring athleticism.

* "The Sleeping Beauty," Moscow Festival Ballet, 4 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2012. A timeless good-trumps-evil fairy tale.

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