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Public encouraged to reserve free tickets for April 11 arts gala

University President Dr. Evans Whitaker and First Lady Diane Whitaker cordially invite the Anderson community to the annual President’s Gala. A host of talented singers, dancers and instrumentalists will present the free concert on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm. In its seventh year, the President’s Gala has become a beloved event for the arts in the Anderson, South Carolina, area and throughout the South Carolina Upstate. The program features top performers from The South Carolina School of the Arts.

“The 2014 President's Gala aims to deliver pop, sizzle and razzle-dazzle,” says Dr. David Larson, dean of The South Carolina School of the Arts.  “Along with amazing choreography and musical virtuosity, highlights of the year’s production include Grammy-winning conductor and arranger Johnny Mann directing two performances by the AU Choir, including a rendition of his classic arrangement of 'Up, Up and Away.'”

The free-ticketed show will also feature a modern dance interpretation of Elmer Bernstein’s “Theme of To Kill A Mockingbird," a full symphonic performance of the theme to The Magnificent Seven, an original Bluegrass number by AU student Chris Belk, jazz performances, musical theatre numbers and the blockbuster finale, “I’ve got the Music in Me.“

All are welcome to come and enjoy this free night of culture and entertainment, but tickets are required. Pre-concert music will be presented outside the Rainey Fine Arts Center in the lobby and onstage beginning at 7:30 p.m.  The President’s Gala will be held in the Henderson Auditorium of the Rainey Fine Arts Center. Call (864) 231-2080 for tickets or (864) 231-2125 for more information. Admission is free, but a full house is expected so patrons are encouraged to get their tickets early.


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