Club McCain before West Side Story

When:
April 3, 2014 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Where:
della Voce, 405 Poyntz Ave, Manhattan, KS, 66502, United States

You are invited to Club McCain, a social group of McCain
Performance Series ticket holders. This group is open to
anyone that enjoys attending performances and socializing before or after shows. Meet new friends or come as a group! Join us Dutch treat for fun, food and drinks! RSVP on the page or ClubMcCain@gmail.com by April 2.

American Legacies: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Del McCoury Band

When:
May 13, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Where:
McCainKSU, 207 McCain Auditorium, Manhattan, KS, 66506, United States

The high and lonesome sound of the Appalachians meets the hot and lively jazz of New Orleans.

7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 13

Since opening its doors to the public in 1961, Preservation Hall’s mission has been to showcase the national treasures of traditional New Orleans jazz music. Forty-eight years later, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band still represents the best opportunity for music fans the world over to experience the planet’s happiest music. Boasting a direct lineage from the earliest incarnations of New Orleans jazz, the current roster of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band features some of the Crescent City’s finest and most exciting musicians. These unforgettable, multi-generational players proudly carry on the traditions passed forward from the most prolific jazz heritage on earth.

The Del McCoury Band is a world-class bluegrass ensemble that performs original and traditional compositions with eloquent harmonies and “ferocious, purebred musicianship” (USA Today). With more than 30 trophies from the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards (including nine for Entertainer of the Year) and multiple Grammy awards and nominations, they’re the most honored group in bluegrass history. The Del McCoury Band has earned the acclaim of colleagues throughout the music industry, ranging from Dierks Bentley to pop star Bjork to jam band favorites Phish.

Together in concert, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band create a seamless blend of soul-lifting traditional harmonies as the high and lonesome sound of the Appalachians meets the hot and lively jazz of New Orleans. Don’t miss this thrilling and very special opportunity to witness the coming together of two legendary groups of musicians from two distinctly American musical lineages.

Season tickets on sale now. Single tickets on sale July 28. More information at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain/events/2013-2014/american-legacies.html.

Cheap Date Night

When:
January 31, 2014 @ 6:00 pm
Where:
Xcalibur Club, 384 Grant Avenue, Junction City, KS, 66441, United States

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Superbowl Top Chef Challenge open 2pm

When:
February 2, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
Where:
Xcalibur Club, 384 Grant Avenue, Junction City, KS, 66441, United States

8th Annual Top Chef Gridiron Challenge to benefit Flint Hills Pride

For best Video category please post a video, between 4 and 6 minutes to this event page of yourself(ves) cooking your entry dish.

Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company – Dynasties and Beyond

When:
February 28, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Where:
McCainKSU, 207 McCain Auditorium, Manhattan, KS, 66506, United States

A visually stunning blend of traditional and contemporary Chinese dance.

7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28

Elegant, sensual and captivating, the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company melds ancient Chinese forms with modern dance in an artistic and inventive marriage of styles. “Dynasties and Beyond” embarks on a dazzling journey of contrasts; from ancient Chinese dynasties to remote regional cultures, and from the elegance of court dances to the dynamic brilliance of contemporary ribbon dancing. With vivid choreography and style, Lily Cai reveals the strength, beauty and complexity of the Chinese woman from the distant past to today.

“In the first six spellbinding minutes, Lily Cai served notice to her audience that they were in for an evening that would be not only exotic but brilliantly theatrical… a terrific show.” — Sacramento Bee

Season tickets on sale now. Single tickets on sale July 28. More information at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain/events/2013-2014/lily-cai.html.

Danu

When:
March 7, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Where:
McCainKSU, 207 McCain Auditorium, Manhattan, KS, 66506, United States

A rousingly authentic musical journey to Ireland.

A high-energy celebration of the Emerald Isle, the music of Danú offers an authentic Irish experience. Using traditional instruments, flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion and bouzouki, the music is clever and fun. Danú mixes ancient Irish music with contemporary works to create an unforgettable evening.

Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Winners of numerous awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine, the group has toured throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America with stops at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Symphony Space in New York City and major concert engagements in the United Kingdom, India, Israel and across Europe.

“… (Danú) stirs the blood and lifts the heart.” – Irish Music Magazine

Season tickets on sale now. Single tickets on sale July 28. More information at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain/events/2013-2014/danu.html

Soweto Gospel Choir

When:
March 30, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Where:
McCainKSU, 207 McCain Auditorium, Manhattan, KS, 66506, United States

A soul-touching evening of pure joy.

The Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African gospel music. The choir draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto and is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music and dance with audiences around the world.

Formed in 2002, the Soweto Gospel Choir has achieved incredible success in a very short time. They have toured the world, recorded five albums and two DVDs, and have won countless awards in South Africa, The United States and Australia. The choir has performed with some of the biggest names in music including Bono, Queen, Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. They are ambassadors for the Nelson Mandela Foundation and their patron is Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“Vivacious mix of peerless voices and hi-energy dance is fun, glamorous, dignified and deeply enriching”- Nottingham Post

Season tickets on sale now. Single tickets on sale July 28. More information at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain/events/2013-2014/soweto-gospel-choir.html

West Side Story

When:
April 3, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Where:
McCainKSU, 207 McCain Auditorium, Manhattan, KS, 66506, United States

A timeless love story with choreography that sizzles.

More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, “West Side Story” soars as the greatest love story of all time. This revival, based on Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction, remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” As the Associated Press says, “West Side Story remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.”

“This fresh, bold production is so exciting it makes you ache with pleasure. It’s both airborne and transcendent.” — John Lahr, The New Yorker

West Side Story is recommended for ages 13+. Please be advised that there is strong language, violence and some sensitive subject matter that is true to the story and plot. Parental guidance is suggested.

Season tickets on sale now. Single tickets on sale July 28. More information at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain/events/2013-2014/west-side-story.html

Earth Harp Meets Oud

When:
April 6, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
Where:
McCainKSU, 207 McCain Auditorium, Manhattan, KS, 66506, United States

Earth Harp Meets Oud
William Close, earth harp
Yuval Ron, oud
Norik Manoukian, Armenian woodwinds
Jamie Papish, percussion

The Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument on the planet. Invented by installation artist and musician William Close, the earth harp’s body rests on the stage while its golden strings soar above the heads of the audience and attach to the balcony rails, turning theater into instrument. Wearing gloves covered with violin rosin, Close runs his hands along the strings to create beautiful cello-like tones which resonate throughout the theater, creating a one-ofa- kind sensory experience that is felt by all.

Yuval Ron is a world-renowned musician, composer, educator and record producer. Among his many accomplishments and honors, he composed the music for the Oscar winning film, “West Bank Story” and was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama. A noted lecturer, Ron has been invited to speak at numerous schools including Yale, The John Hopkins University, UCLA, MIT and many others. Ron is the musical director and oud player for The Yuval Ron Ensemble. Considered the ancestor to the guitar, the modern oud’s roots can be traced to the ancient lute of the Middle East.

Season tickets on sale now. Single tickets on sale July 28. More information at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain/events/2013-2014/earth-harp.html.