Single Tickets On Sale Now for the Touhill Performing Arts Center's 09-10 Season

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Season highlights include partnerships with outstanding St. Louis arts organizations; George Jones, Lily Tomlin, Branford Marsalis, The Chieftains, The Second City, La Traviata,Arianna String Quartet, Steven Wright, H.M.S. Pinafore, Pat Metheny

Single tickets for the 2009-10 season at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) are on sale now. The new line-up is reflective of recently formalized partnerships with esteemed St. Louis-area arts organizations and features big names and emerging talents from across the spectrum of performing arts genres. Single tickets are on sale Monday, August 3 at 10 am. Call 314.516.4949, toll-free at 866.516.4949, or visit http://www.touhill.org for ticket prices and other information.

Headliners
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, September 18: Headliners start out swingin' with a tribute to a great bandleader by the ever-popular Big Bad Voodoo Daddy in How Big Can You Get - 100 Years of Cab Calloway. The tribute features some of Calloway's best known hits including "Minnie the Moocher" and "The Jumpin' Jive."

Lily Tomlin, October 3: During An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin, the unique comic artist takes her audience on a wise and hilarious trip with more than a dozen of her timeless characters---from Ernestine to Sister Boogie Woman; Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann.

Steven Wright, November 14: His deadpan, observational style makes Steven Wright the thinking persons' comedian. Hot off his recent Grammy Award nomination, Wright is a fixture on late night TV and regularly sells out theaters internationally.

George Jones, November 21: Recent Kennedy Center honoree George Jones is commonly recognized as the architect of modern country music. He generated an extraordinary 150 solo and duet hits over the course of his impressively lengthy career.

Jim Brickman, February 6: This romantic solo pianist boasts more Adult Contemporary radio hits than any other artist, earned six Gold and Platinum selling albums, and a Grammy Award nomination, among other accolades.

The Nevilles and Dr. John, February 19: A New Orleans double bill sets the good times rolling when the Mardi Gras Mambo Tour featuring The Nevilles and Dr. John brings iconic Funk, Soul, and Blues. These legendary musicians join forces for this powerful tribute to the music of Crescent City.

The Chieftains, March 2: At the Touhill for the first time since the group's sold-out performance in the venue's debut season, The Chieftains continues to maintain a centuries-old Celtic musical heritage. This is a highly anticipated, long awaited return of a much beloved band.

Classical
Amsterdam Cello Octet, October 11: This group of eight cellists, lauded for solo and cooperative virtuosity, plays from its dedicated repertoire, which often incorporates Spanish and South American musical flourishes.

Cypress String Quartet, November 1: Dedicated to growing a new generation of Classical music appreciation, the Cypress String Quartet promises a performance of the piece it commissioned by brilliant young American composer Kevin Puts in honor of Felix Mendelssohn's 200th birthday.

Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, March 28: Through its dynamic virtuosity and intimate style, the Orchestra seeks to entertain and challenge its audiences. Provocative, poetic, and passionate, each concert reflects the vision of music director and conductor Daniel Spalding and his collaborators.

Arianna String Quartet
Fresh from signing a major-label recording contract, the world-class Arianna String Quartet (ASQ) will play a series of four concerts.

Rhythmic Innovation, September 11: ASQ explores the subtle yet crucial role of rhythm in the string quartet as they perform Haydn's Op. 20 No. 4 in D Major, Bartok's Quartet No. 5, and Grahms F Major Viola Quintet.

Messages of Hope, November 6: The thoughtful musicians of the ASQ do their part to perpetuate the voices of composers whose lives were taken during the Holocaust.    

Revolution!, February 20: This concert immerses the audience in Beethoven's works that changed classical music as the ASQ performs the Complete Op. 18 Quartets - all six works in one special performance.

Triple Crown, April 9: The series concludes with a nod to the crowning achievements by three of the genre's greatest composers, Mozart, Bach, and Schuman. The concert includes a guest artist, pianist Chiharu Iinuma, who joins the ASQ on Schuman's Piano Quintet.

Opera
O Pioneers!, October 9-10: The Touhill hosts the world premiere of a new piece by composer Barbara Harbach. Based on Willa Cather's novel, the opera features arias, dance, chorus, and an unmistakably American story.

La bohème, October 21: An enduring tale with a coincidentally timely lesson - abandon material things and embrace loved ones, presented in its original language by Teatro Lirico D'Europa.

Brundibar, November 19 & 21: The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis brings Hans Krasa's fairytale opera that strikes a chord with youthful audiences, yet carries another level of appreciation with adults who learn that it was written for performances by children in a Nazi concentration camp.

La Traviata, January 16: All the rich melodies and drama from the story of a Parisian courtesan forced to abandon her true love, performed in its original language by Teatro Lirico D'Europa.

H.M.S. Pinafore, February 20-21: The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players are back for two shows, this time as the sailors of the H.M.S. Pinafore. The title lends itself perfectly to the cast's gift for clever choreography, outstanding vocal capability, and playful sense of humor.

Jazz
Sonny Rollins, September 19: An undeniably stellar lineup of Jazz greats kicks off with the legendary saxophonist, presented by Jazz St. Louis. This special concert marks Rollins' first visit to St. Louis in decades, and his return has fans waiting with great anticipation.

Branford Marsalis, February 12: Those same enthusiasts are sure to appreciate An Evening with Branford Marsalis, welcomed by Jazz St. Louis. Marsalis, a three-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, celebrates the tenth anniversary of his quartet with music from his latest release, Metamorphosen.

Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival, April 16 & 17: The forces behind the jazz festival continue to cultivate new audiences with Saturday night's headliner, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, a group with the same pursuit.

Pat Metheny: Solo Guitar & Orchestrion, May 8: With more Grammy Award wins and nominations than any performer in Grammy history, Metheny plays his brilliant solo guitar improvisations and debuts a completely new technology for the presentation of a "solo ensemble" he dubbed Orchestrionics.        

Dance
Dance St. Louis and The Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) continue to delight audiences with some of the hottest shows on Touhill stages.

MADCO's Music and Moves, September 18 & 19: MADCO pairs with the UMSL Percussion Ensemble to take the dancers and musicians out of the proscenium setting. Relocated to the middle of the audience, they invite patrons so inclined to get out of their seats and join them in dance.

Complexions, November 6 & 7: Dance St. Louis brings two former Alvin Ailey stars, Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, who lead this hugely popular company of muscular heft, blistering speed, and soulful grace.

River North Chicago Dance Company, February 26 & 27: Back at the Touhill after a spin at the Spring to Dance Festival 2009, Dance St. Louis presents River North Chicago, a company with show-stopping style and quicksilver charm.

MADCO in Concert, March 19 & 20: MADCO will reprise favorite pieces, including "Movement Activities: Response," and collaborate with guest artists who promise world premieres.

Aszure Barton & Artists, March 26 & 27: Baryshnikov protégée Aszure Barton brings her own seven-year-old company, brazen, fearless, tough and sexy universally praised for innovative choreography, presented by Dance St. Louis.

Moscow Festival Ballet, April 23 & 24: Dance St. Louis imports the stars of Russian dance, resplendent in solos, duets and ensembles from to perform European favorites rarely seen in the U.S.

International
The Center for International Studies brings emerging talents from across the globe represent diverse cultures and genres.

Chinese Opera Sampler, September 26: Revel in the dance, song and music of the historic repertoire of Chinese Opera as performed by masters of the operatic arts.

The Thailand Dance Troupe, October 30 & 31: From classical Thai music to chatri, the prototype for all Thai dance, this concert exemplifies the history of Thailand through dance, ornate musical instruments, and elaborate costumes.

Greek Songs of Love and Passion - Lina Orfanos and the Poetica Ensemble, November 7: The seductive vocal lyricism of Orfanos is enhanced by her technical agility, especially when accompanied by the seasoned group of traditional and modern musicians of the Poetica Ensemble.

Kuniko Yamamoto: Magical Mask, Mime, and Music of Japan, January 22 & 23: A favorite performer at Disney Epcot Center and the Kennedy Center, Kuniko Yamamoto's storytelling promotes cross-cultural communication and understanding through the use of masks, origami, musical instruments, and mime.

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, April 7: Bassekou plays an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa called ngoni. His mastery of the instrument creates a resonant experience with the Bambara music from the region of Segu.

Special Events
Golden Dragon Acrobats: Cirque d'Or, September 26: Grace, power, precision, and daring athleticism combine to create an awesome spectacle based in the ancient art of Chinese Acrobatics. Expect explosive choreography, sheer mastery of skill, and audience astonishment.

Ambassadors of Harmony: Sounds of the Season, December 11 - 13: The internationally lauded group is an award-winning a capella chorus with more than 150 male vocalists. Back for its 6th annual Christmas show at the Touhill, this show is one of St. Louis' most beloved holiday traditions.

Mike Super, March 6: The winner of NBC's Phenomenon and numerous performing arts accolades, Mike Super puts on a show with a spectacular combination of illusions and his signature form of magic that transcends the mere "trick."        

The Second City: 50th Anniversary Tour, April 30 & May 1: The last 50 years of The Second City has turned out an incredible number of legendary comics including Tina Fey, John Belushi, Bill Murray, and Robert Klein. To celebrate, The Second City returns to the Touhill with a cast sure to include the next big names in comedy.

Tickets may be purchased at the Touhill Ticket Office Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm, by phone at 314.516.4949 and toll-Free 866.516.4949, and online at http://www.touhill.org.

Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center
Now in its seventh season of presenting the finest in the performing arts to the St. Louis region, the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center opened its doors in September 2003. The $52 million facility designed by Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, features the 1,600-seat Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall and the 350-seat E. Desmond and Mary Ann Lee Theater. The not-for-profit Center is the jewel of the University of Missouri-St. Louis campus and is the first impetus and focal point for creating an arts district for students at the University.

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