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2017-18 Performing Arts Series

Fresh off the conclusion of a second season that drew rave reviews, Blinn College has announced four incredible shows for the 2017-18 season that promise fun for the entire family.

 


 

Asleep At the Wheel

The season kicks off Sunday, Sept. 24, when Grammy Award-winning Asleep at the Wheel comes to Blinn’s Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center. Founded by Ray Benson in Paw Paw, W.V., 46 years ago, the Austin-based band has sold more than 1.5 million records, recorded 20 studio albums, posted 20 singles on the Billboard country charts, and won 10 Grammy Awards.

Now traveling as an eight-piece band with the addition of Katie Shore (fiddle, vocals), Dennis Ludiker (fiddle, mandolin), and Connor Forsyth (keyboard, vocals), Asleep at the Wheel brings a newfound energy and a unique country style to the stage.

Asleep at the Wheel

 


 

Snowkus Pocus

Blinn will bring “Snowkus Pocus” to the O’Donnell Center stage on Sunday, Nov. 26. In this fantastical production, Young Brianna is whisked away to an enchanted winter wonderland where she encounters the colorful characters that inhabit this magical world. The tale is told through dazzling cirque, breath-taking ballet, and incredible acrobatics – sure to melt the audience’s heart.

“Snowkus Pocus” is produced by Cirque-tacular Entertainment, a premier New York City-based acrobatic and specialty entertainment company. Its work has been enjoyed in more than 70 countries in conjunction with the most recognized brands, venues, and arts organizations in the world.

Snowkus Pocus

 


 

Million Dollar Quartet

On Feb. 8, 2018, the Performing Arts series brings Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Million Dollar Quartet” to Brenham audiences. Inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, “Million Dollar Quartet” is a must-see for music lovers.

On Dec. 4, 1956, Sam Phillips brought the four young musicians together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. “Million Dollar Quartet” brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayals, and celebrations featuring timeless hits such as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going’ On,” “Who Do You Love?” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Hound Dog.”

Million Dollar Quartet

 


 

m-pact

The 2017-18 Performing Arts Series will conclude Friday, April 13, 2018, with m-pact, hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world.” Respected worldwide as a cutting-edge trailblazer in vocal music, this Los Angeles-based sextet has cultivated a new generation of ears hungry for the raw power of nature’s first instrument – the human voice.

Touring renowned fine arts halls and jazz festivals across four continents, m-pact has performed alongside Sheryl Crow, Boyz II Men, Kenny G, Liza Minnelli, Rick Springfield, Ray Charles, and Natalie Cole. Over the last dozen years, their signature sound has been used in TV themes and animated Disney feature films, and is enjoyed on syndicated radio worldwide.

Prior to the performance, m-pact will host workshops for Blinn vocal, music, and theatre students.

Season Ticket Renewal

Season tickets for the 2017-18 season are $100, and include tickets to all four shows. Renewing season ticket holders can upgrade to premier season tickets, which include special receptions prior to each performance, for free April 1-30, by calling the box office at 979-830-4024, or emailing BoxOffice@blinn.edu.

Beginning May 1, new season ticket purchasers can upgrade to premier season tickets for an additional $40.

Single ticket sales begin June 1 for all events. Individual tickets are $30. Discounts are available for children ages 10 and under ($15), and groups of 10 or more ($26). Blinn employees can purchase tickets for $20 and Blinn student rush tickets are $10. Single reception tickets will be available up to five days prior to the event for $20.

The season schedule is subject to change.

M Pact