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 5th Annual President’s Gala Promises Thrills

Lively performance slated for Friday night at Anderson University

One of the most anticipated events in the performing arts scene of Anderson and the surrounding areas makes its return Friday night as the finest performers from the highly ranked College of Visual and Performing Arts at Anderson University put on a thrilling show for Anderson area residents.

The free, but ticketed President’s Gala will take place Friday at 8pm at the Henderson Auditorium of the Rainey Fine Arts Center at AU. The show is free, but tickets are required and can be obtained by calling the Rainey Fine Arts Center box office at 864-231-2080.

The fifth annual President’s Gala will be bigger and better than ever.  Featuring over 125 student performers, the annual pops concert extravaganza is packed with exciting musical performances. The concert will feature five musical theatre numbers, including Operator and Fine Romance, from The All Night Strut, and Mama Says and Holding Out for a Hero, from Footloose. A coveted tradition at the President’s Gala is The Freshmen Theatre Showcase, which this year will present a medley from Seussical the Musical. The sixty-member AU Orchestra will perform Mars, the Bringer of War, from Gustav Holst’s The Planets. The new Piano Symphony will present The Noise of a Multitude and senior soprano Octavia Hall will perform Summertime, from Porgy and Bess. This is the first year that the AU Jazz Ensemble will be featured in the performance, playing a jumping version of the Theme from Peter Gunn, by Henry Mancini. The President’s Gala will conclude with rousing version of One Day More, from Les Miserables.  According to CVPA Dean, Dr. David Larson, “The caliber of performances this year is exceptional. This will be an event you don’t want to miss.”

Anderson University is a selective comprehensive university offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees on campus and online.  Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier of US News and World Report’s America’s Best Colleges and is on that publication’s list of the 46 “Up & Coming” universities in America.  It is also ranked as one of America’s “100 Best College Buys.”




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