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Harris Center rolls out new season

By From page B1 | July 19, 2017

Bringing great shows from around the world, across the country and throughout the region, the Harris Center for the Arts’ new 2017-18 season is on sale now.

The Harris Center is the one venue in the greater Sacramento region that unites national tours of Broadway blockbusters like “Dirty Dancing” with international phenomenas like the Sachal Ensemble, while offering a home for both local arts organizations (El Dorado Musical Theatre and the Folsom Lake Symphony) and local promoters (SBL Entertainment and Carerra Productions). With an unwavering commitment to building community through memorable performances, the Harris Center is a busy, vibrant hub of cultural activity hosting upward of 400 events per year.

Highlights for the 2017-18 season of performing arts are many. The season marks the debut of the Big Stage Series, featuring the national tours of Broadway musicals “Dirty Dancing,” “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “Motown The Musical” and “Amazing Grace,” as well as (just for fun) “Mummenschanz.”

It also marks the inaugural season of the Folsom Lake College Speakers Series, featuring evenings with Steve Murphy & Javier Peña, Diana Nyad and Jeffrey Toobin, for which a subscription package is also available.

“Our patrons have asked us to offer subscription packages, and this year we’ve done so as a way to reward our most loyal ticket buyers with savings,” noted Harris Center Executive Director Dave Pier. “Our Big Stage Series offers subscribers an unprecedented discount of 20 percent off single ticket prices for some of the season’s biggest shows and, like our new Folsom Lake College Speakers Series, allows subscribers to retain the same seats, year in and year out.”

A third subscription package is also available for the popular Keyboard Conversations series with Jeffrey Siegel.

Other highlights of the season include classic rockers like Don Felder, JD Souther, Lee Rocker and Los Lobos, as well as popular music icons like B.J. Thomas, Sergio Mendes and The Hit Men.

Guitar wunderkinds in the season include Al Di Meola, Ottmar Liebert and Lee Ritenour. Guitar virtuosos also figure prominently in The Paco de Lucía Project, impressive concerts presented by the Sacramento Guitar Society and the ever-popular International Guitar Night.

Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blow Out this year focuses on Chicago blues greats, while Take Me To The River Live with William Bell, Bobby Rush and Charlie Musselwhite celebrates the music of Memphis. New Orleans is center stage in a special concert featuring R&B great Irma Thomas together with The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet.

International dance offerings include Festival of South African Dance, Tango Buenos Aires, Dublin Irish Dance, Moscow Festival Ballet and Lezginka, The State Dance Company of Daghestan.  World music offerings include Pakistan’s Sachal Ensemble, Chile’s Inti-Illimani and Niyaz whose music fuses traditional Persian with electronica.

Two pre-eminent women of country music, Terri Clark and Tanya Tucker, are featured in the season, as well as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash’s legendary recording in Folsom Prison — on the actual anniversary date of the famed concert.

Nowhere else in the region is there such a rich mix of holiday fare under one roof and 2017 will continue this tradition with more than 30 holiday-themed performances. These include national tours of A Charlie Brown Christmas, Mannheim Steamroller, Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice, Jim Brickman and An Irish Christmas. Regional favorites range from the Folsom Lake Symphony’s Deck the Hall to Placer Pops Chorale’s Holiday Pops, Ballet Folklórico de Sacramento’s Posada Navideña to Pamela Hayes Classical Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker and more.

“And this is just part of the coming year’s lineup,” added Pier. “The best way to find out about the entire season is to visit the Harris Center website, and to check back regularly as events are added throughout the season when other artists become available.”

Tickets for the 2017-18 season of performing arts may be purchased online, by phone or in person. The ticket office phone number is (916) 608-6888. Complete information about shows, ticket prices, performance times and more is available at HarrisCenter.net. The Harris Center is located on the west side of the Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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