MSU Riley Center announces 2018 Fall/Winter Series


The MSU Riley Center has announced its lineup for its 2018-2019 Fall/Winter Performing Arts Series.

Tickets go on sale soon. Here is a list of important dates:

Current Season-Ticket Holders: Renew by Friday, August 17, 2018
New Season-Ticket Buyers: On-Sale Date: Monday, August 27, 2018.
Build Your Own Package: On-Sale Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
Individual Tickets: On-Sale Date: Monday, September 10, 2018.

Here are the acts coming this fall and winter:

Chicks with Hits featuring Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss
Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Three top country music stars sit on stage with acoustic guitars, making you feel like you just dropped by their house for a little music, a few stories, and a lot of fun. That’s Chicks with Hits: Terri Clark, Pam Tillis, and Suzy Bogguss. And boy, do they have hits: “If I Were You” and “You’re Easy on the Eyes” by Clark, “When You Walk in the Room” and “Mi Vida Loca (My Crazy Life)” by Tillis, “Drive South” and “Hey Cinderella” by Bogguss, and so many more. Get ready for an intimate, emotional, exhilarating, hilarious, and absolutely unforgettable evening.

Lonesome Traveler: The Concert with Special Guest Peter Yarrow
Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Come and celebrate the story of an ever-changing America! This concert version of an acclaimed off-Broadway musical tells the story of folk music pioneers from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan and beyond. Special guest star and folk legend Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary joins a cast of charismatic young singers and multi-instrumentalists. You’ll also hear the music of Pete Seeger, The Kingston Trio, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and other stars, plus a special tribute to Leonard Cohen. This inspiring evening of great music features multimedia projections and lots of singalongs. It provides rousing entertainment for audiences of all ages.

Take Me to the River New Orleans LIVE! Friday, October 19, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and cousins Ivan and Ian Neville of the band Dumpstaphunk (and of the legendary Neville music family) head an infectiously funky lineup. The concert springs from the Take Me to the River project, which celebrated the musical heritage of Memphis and now looks downriver to New Orleans. Other performers are George Porter Jr., bassist for 1960s and ’70s funk pioneers The Meters; Big Chief Monk Boudreaux of the Golden Eagle Mardi Gras Indian tribe; Cajun music’s Lost Bayou Ramblers Duo (brothers Andre and Louis Michot); 79rs Gang, featuring Mardi Gras Indian leaders Jermaine Bossier and Romeo Bougere; and drummer Terence Higgins. Prepare to get down.

John Prine: Friday, October 26, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

John Prine, affectionately wry observer of the human condition, will bring new songs and old favorites from his 50-year catalog to the Riley Center. Prine delivers sharply sympathetic, humorous insights in a voice as authentic as a weathered old Midwestern barn. This tour debuts music from his first album of new songs in 13 years, The Tree of Forgiveness. It has unexpectedly become the 71-year-old singer-songwriter’s most commercially successful recording. As always, Prine packs his deceptively simple lyrics with tart observations (as in “Caravan of Fools”) tempered with empathy. He reassures us in “Summer’s End,” “No you don’t have to be alone. Just come on home.”

The Magic School Bus – Lost in the Solar System TheatreWorks USA
Family Show / Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Get set for the wildest school field trip ever. Eccentric teacher Ms. Frizzle plans to take her class to a planetarium, but the magic school bus rockets into space to visit the actual planets themselves. When Ms. Frizzle gets stranded outside the bus, rivalries threaten to tear the students apart. The young heroes must learn to pull together to save their teacher and themselves. This musical adaptation stays grounded in science, like the wildly popular children’s book on which it’s based. The cheerful songs, energetic dance routines, and colorful scenery will keep everyone from preschoolers to fifth graders (and their parents) happy.

Ray LaMontagne Just Passing Through Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Ray LaMontagne’s performing style is, to borrow the title of his recent hit single, such a simple thing: He pours his energy, all of the meaning and feeling behind the lyrics and music, into his voice. That ringing, raspy tenor carries an incredible emotional charge. You feel as if he’s singing to you alone, cutting straight to your heart. LaMontagne has a Grammy Award (for the 2010 album God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise) and such hit singles as “Beg Steal or Borrow” and “You Are the Best Thing.” His latest studio album, Part of the Light, continues his explorations of honest intimacy.

Diamond Rio Holiday & Hits: Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Diamond Rio mixes traditional country, country pop, bluegrass, rock, contemporary Christian, and gospel music influences to flavor its signature vocal harmonies. Since “Meet in the Middle,” its 1991 debut single, shot to No. 1 on the country charts, the band has won a Grammy Award and multiple Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards. For its Christmas show, Diamond Rio draws from its 2007 album A Diamond Rio Christmas: The Star Still Shines as well as other secular and religious songs. Its easygoing stage presence, stellar musicianship, and heartfelt sincerity will make this a very special show.

Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly: Dallas Children’s Theater
Family Show / Friday, January 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

This energetic rock ’n’ roll musical captures the droll humor and whimsy of the wildly popular Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly children’s books. It follows the adventures of three unlikely best friends. Worm eats his homework. Fly believes she has superpowers. Spider can’t wait to grow up and molt. The musical, written by Joan Cushing and performed by Dallas Children’s Theater, promotes eco-consciousness, earth science, and tolerance of others. Kids from age 5 through fifth grade will love it. They may just find that bugs’ lives are not that much different from their own.

Ballet Hispánico: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s premier Latino dance organization, brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative productions, transformative dance training, and community engagement. The Company is a group of fifteen highly trained professionals who perform the works of Latino choreographers for audiences around the world. Ballet Hispánico’s repertory explores the diversity of Latino cultures and brings innovative ways of experiencing and sharing a cultural dialogue. Representing a multitude of nationalities, their artists reflect the ever-changing face of our nation.

Frankenstein Aquila Theatre: Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

The most inventive, audacious theater company in America returns to the Riley Center with its reimagined version of Mary Shelley’s 1818 horror/science fiction novel, Frankenstein. As Aquila’s website explains, the company strives “to create bold reinterpretations of classical plays for contemporary audiences that free the spirit of the original work and recreate the excitement of the live performance.” Riley Center audiences have delighted in Aquila’s Romeo and Juliet, Cyrano: The Musical, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Murder on the Nile, and Sense & Sensibility. Frankenstein will be a thrilling addition to that list of masterful, memorable performances.

Enchantment Theatre Company Presents The Phantom Tollbooth

Family Show / Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Enchantment Theatre Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, uses puppets, masks, inventive scenic effects, and original music to create a unique, captivating style of children’s theater. It has applied its magic to creating an entirely new production of the legendary 1961 children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth. Kids devour the story of a bored boy who drives his toy car though a magical tollbooth into a strange land that teaches him about friendship, curiosity, and the endless possibilities of life. Adults relish the puns and wordplay about such characters as Princesses Rhyme and Reason and Tock,
a “watchdog” with a clock in his side.

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour Featuring Cécile Mclorin Salvant, Bria Skonberg, Melissa Aldana, Christian Sands, Yasushi Nakamura & Jamison Ross: Friday, March 29, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the revered Monterey Jazz Festival presents a stage full of young talent. Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant grew up in a French-Haitian household in Miami, listening to everything from classical music to hip-hop. She won the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and has earned two Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Joining her are singer and trumpeter Bria Skonberg, tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, pianist and music director Christian Sands, drummer and vocalist Jamison Ross, and bassist Yasushi Nakamura. These all-stars perform beloved standards as well as their own original music. Together, they make magic.

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