A performance by guitar virtuoso and Las Vegas headliner Mike Rayburn on Monday, Aug. 27, will kick off the Tusculum College Arts Outreach’s Acts, Arts, Academia 2012-2013 performance and lecture series.
Among the other highlights of the annual series will be sacred music and dance by The Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Monestary, a Civil War theatrical and musical presentation and a program by renowned media analyst Jennifer Pozner on reality television.
Theatrical productions will include Theatre-at-Tusculum’s performances of “Seussical” and the musical comedy revue “A … My Name Will Always Be Alice” and Central Ballet Theatre’s interpretaton of “Snow White.” New this year is “5 x 10,” a series of five 10-minute plays written by Tusculum students and directed by Wayne Thomas, chair of the Fine Arts Department and associate professor English.
The Tusculum College band program will be presenting three concerts during the series, and the Tusculum College Community Chorus will perform their Christmas and spring concerts.
Acts, Arts, Academia is a program of Tusculum College Arts Outreach that brings outside performers and lecturers to the campus and community as well as spotlighting the talents of those at Tusculum and the surrounding region. It is supported by the late Dr. Sam Miller in memory of Agnes Ault Miller, Hearts for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Outreach.
Mike Rayburn will bring his “What If …” presentation to the stage at 7 p.m. on Monday in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building. Having been called, “the world’s funniest guitar virtuoso,” Rayburn uses his astounding guitar creations, uproarious songs and veteran presentation skills to encourage, challenge and inspire his audiences to go beyond their perceived limitations.
Rayburn draws from a wealth of life experience as an adventurer, business owner, comedian, world-class guitarist, author, philanthropist, husband and father, to deliver his presentations that mix amazing music, comedy and motivation.
Rayburn has headlined on the strip in Las Vegas in such venues as the Star Theater and is one of a handful of people in the world to become a regular headliner at Carnegie Hall. He does more than 100 presentations each year for leading corporations and associations. Rayburn has been featured in USA Today as well as Newsweek, Billboard, Gig, Programming, American Entertainment and Successful Meetings magazines.
The line-up for the remainder of the year includes:
- “Agate Hill to Appomattox,” the Civil War from three perspectives told through theatrical performance and music by storyteller Barbara Bates Smith, 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Behan Arena Theatre on the lower level of the Annie Hogan Byrd building;
- Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of the musical “Seussical” on Friday-Sunday, Nov. 9-11 and Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 15-18 (Sunday performances at 2 p.m. and all others at 7 p.m.) in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium;
- Tusculum College Band Christmas Concert at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium, featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir;
- Tusculum College Community Chorus Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium;
- Central Ballet Theatre’s production of “Snow White,” Friday-Sunday, Jan. 18-20 (7 p.m. shows on Jan. 18-19 and 2 p.m. shows on Jan. 19-20), in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium;
- “Project Brainwash,” a reality check on reality TV by renowned media analyst Jennifer Pozner, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Behan Arena Theatre (co-sponsored with Tusculum College Student Affairs);
- Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of the musical comedy revue, “A … My Name Will Always Be Alice,” Friday-Sunday, Feb.22-24 and March 1-3 (2 p.m. Sunday performances with all other at 7 p.m.), in the Behan Arena Theatre;
- Tusculum College Band Winter Concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium, featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir;
- “Sacred Music Sacred Dance,” a performance by The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium;
- “5 x 10,” a production of works by Tusculum students under the direction of English professor Wayne Thomas, Friday-Sunday April 19-21 and 26-28 (2 p.m. Sunday performances with all other performances at 7 p.m.) in the Behan Arena Theatre;
- Tusculum College Band Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium, featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir, and
- Tusculum College Community Chorus Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in the Annie Hogan Byrd auditorium.
For more information about any of these events, please contact Arts Outreach at 423-798-1620 or visit its website at http://arts.tusculum.edu.