2015-16 Lyceum Series takes stage in September

A Sept. 3 concert by American musician and singer-songwriter ZZ Ward will kick off Mississippi State's 2015-16 Lyceum Series season.

All beginning at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall's Bettersworth Auditorium, this year's other Lyceum events include (by date):

-- Oct. 20, L.A. Theatre Works, presenting Bram Stoker's "Dracula." Employing a hybrid form of audio theatre and innovative technology, the Los Angeles-based non-profit media arts organization keeps the venerable art form thriving.

-- Dec. 9, National Circus and Acrobats of the People's Republic of China, in a performance of "Peking Dreams." One of China's longest running and most distinguished circus troupes, it mixes circus arts and acrobatic entertainment to delight and astound children of all ages.

-- Feb. 26, The American Shakespeare Center's performance of "Henry V." A regional theatre company located in Staunton, Virginia, ASC returns to campus to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death and present his rousing story of England's hero king and one of the greatest upsets in European military history.

-- March 22, Ballet Memphis, in a presentation of contemporary original works. Nationally acclaimed for producing more original work than any other company its size, the Tennessee dance company has been recognized by the Ford Foundation as a "national treasure."

-- April 21, The Delphi Trio, a chamber music group praised for beautifully blended sound, rich string tone, artistic piano skills and rhythmic flexibility.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for each Lyceum event.

Additional programs that are part of the Lyceum Series include a Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College observance of "Classical Week 2015." Aristophanes' comedy "Clouds" will be performed September 29-30 at 6 p.m. in the Zacharias Village courtyard behind Griffis Hall. The event is free and open to all.

Also, the Starkville-MSU Symphony Orchestra will present its free annual Criss Christmas Concert December 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall.

Season ticket renewals for those wishing to retain the same seats as last year will take place through June 19, while new season tickets will go on sale June 29-July 17.

Season tickets for the general public are $125; for MSU employees and senior citizens, $105.

In addition to season-ticket packages, a mini-series package available July 20-Aug. 7 will include a choice of three events. Mini-series ticket purchasers will receive a discounted rate and reserved seating options.

Beginning Aug. 8, individual show tickets may be purchased online at lyceum.msstate.edu, as well as on a first-come, first-served basis before each show.

Except for the opening ZZ Ward concert, free MSU student tickets will be available prior to each performance.

Coordinated by the MSU Performing Arts Committee, annual Lyceum Series programs are designed to expose residents of campus and surrounding communities to national and international artists in dance, music and theater. Follow the series on facebook.com/MSULyceumSeries, twitter.com/MSU_Lyceum or instagram.com/MSULyceum.

For other information on the 2015-16 events schedule, telephone the Center for Student Activities at 662-325-2930, email lyceum@msstate.edu, or visit Colvard Student Union, Suite 314.

Support for the Lyceum Series also is provided by the Division of Student Affairs, Richard Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, Music Maker Productions, Student Association, Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College, as well as Starkville arts patron Ida Cunetto.

The MSU Performing Arts Committee accepts tax-deductible donations via the MSU Foundation. To contribute, contact Lynn Durr at 662-325-8918 or ldurr@advservices.msstate.edu.

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Sasha Steinberg | Public Affairs

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