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September 9, 2011

‘Letters Home’ kicks off Indiana State University’s 2011-2012 Performing Arts Series on Sept. 21

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana State University’s Hulman Center has announced the annual Performing Arts Series, presented by First Financial Bank, will be bringing world class entertainment to Terre Haute.

Six strikingly varied shows will keep fans excited throughout the year:

Starting on Sept. 21, the performance “Letters Home” brings to life the emotional letters of those serving in the current wars in the Middle East.

Each piece is crafted to present the experiences of soldiers without politicizing. Instead, audience members will be confronted with the patriotism and humanity of the war through the men and women serving in it.

In a thrilling display of athleticism and grace, Aparna Ramaswamy and Ragamala Dance present a performance of the Indian dance system Bharatanatyam, titled “Sacred Earth,” on Oct. 18.

Each dance features the exciting sounds of a live Indian orchestra as artistic directors Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy create an explosive yet elegant performance that displays the connection between people and the earth. With a unique dance style and energetic displays, Ragamala Dance will leave audiences rejuvenated.

On Nov. 9, rock music superstars Matthew and Gunnar Nelson will present the multi-media production, “Ricky Nelson Remembered,” honoring rock music and their late father Ricky Nelson.

Using their own considerable musical talent, the Nelson brothers will perform live covers of Ricky’s music. In addition, die-hard fans will be treated to footage of the Nelson family. This concert is a must-see for anyone who has ever enjoyed rock ’n’ roll.

Just in time for Christmas, The Nebraska Caravan Theatre will stop in to perform one of the holiday’s most timeless classics, “A Christmas Carol.” With a large cast and mystifying special effects, this traditional story will come to life in a delightful way. Each audience member will be touched by the moving story of salvation and hope, helped along by the sounds of timeless Christmas Carols and gorgeous costumes. The performance is scheduled on Dec. 13.

On Jan. 22, The Hot Club of San Francisco will present “Cinema Vivant” to help kick start 2012 with a celebration of innovation. A combination of startlingly emotional live gypsy swing and a set of imaginative silent films will intrigue audience members. With each note of the all-string ensemble, a new life will be brought into the gifted animation of Ladislaw Starewicz’s films. This utterly unique experience is a must-see.

Lovers of big band orchestra music are in for a treat March 28 when The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra stops in Terre Haute to wrap up the performing arts season. As one of the most sought-after big bands in the world, The Glenn Miller Orchestra will bring an air of time-gone-by in its jazzy sound. Don’t miss the festivities as the band performs many of its namesake’s biggest hits.

Each show will begin at 7:30 p.m. “Letters Home” will be performed at the ISU Hulman Center, while all others will appear in Tilson Auditorium on the ISU campus. Special pre-event activities will begin at 6:45 p.m. before each performance. Each activity is offered free of charge to ticket holders.

Audiences can save by purchasing season tickets for $75. ISU students are admitted free of charge with a valid student ID, and are encouraged to participate in a punch card program allowing them to win prizes just for attending. Season tickets are available at the Hulman Center Ticket Office or by calling 1-877-ISU-TIXS. Individual tickets are on sale now.

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