Troy Arts Council membership kick-off Thursday

Published 4:00 am Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Troy Arts Council will host its 2015-2016 Membership Kick-off from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday at The Studio in Downtown Troy.

Everyone is invited to become a patron of the arts through annual memberships with season tickets beginning at $100. Different levels of membership are available depending on the number of season tickets desired.

Ruth Walker, TAC immediate past-president, said the membership kick-off will be a festive event with food and entertainment. Season tickets will be available on site Thursday along with the TAC’s line-up of events for the year.

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“Under John Jinright’s leadership, we have an outstanding calendar year planned,” Walker said. “We have a full season of events scheduled, beginning with “7 Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience” in September. Seven Bridges is a Nashville-based Eagles tribute band. The band has achieved worldwide acclaim. It’s an event that the young people will especially enjoy.”

In October Martha Redbone, an American blues and soul singer of part Cherokee, Choctaw, European and African-American descent, will be in concert. She has won awards for her contemporary Native American music that is a mix of rhythm and blues and soul music influences, fused with elements of traditional Native American music.

“A Native American Powwow will be a feature of Martha Redbone’s performance,” Walker said. “This performance will be held in conjunction with Troy University and will be at Trojan Arena.”

The masters of Tuvan throat singing, the Alash Ensemble is coming to Troy in November.

Walker said throat singing is the remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. The art is likened to a human bagpipe where the singer could sing a sustained low note while humming an eerie, whistle-like melody.

“In December, we feature one of our own, Shelia Jackson, in the annual Holiday Concert,” Walker said. “The first half of the concert, Shelia sings Broadway, pop, jazz and blues, and the second half is entirely holiday music. Shelia’s concert always packs the Crosby Theater, and we look forward to her concert every year.”

In January, the Malpass Brothers will be in concert at the Crosby Theater. and they are as authentic as stone-ground grits, country ham and red-eye gravy.

“With this concert, the audience will rediscover the pure roots of country music,” Walker said. “It will be a family-oriented concert and a show with humor and heart.”

In March, the TAC will bring Martin Dube to the stage.

“Martin Dube is the world’s greatest living singing impressionist,” Walker said. “His voice has a five-octave range.”

Dube is a symphony of voice and comedy fused together. He has mastered more than 400 impressions, and his performance will be a total entertainment experience, Walker said.

In May, the Troy Arts Council will present ‘Broadway Boys,’ who are selected from Broadway’s brightest singers. The Broadway Boys’ are six of the most striking leading male voices currently singing on Broadway.

Walker said the TAC’s 2015-2016 Calendar of Events is one of the most varied in recent years.

“Those who love music and appreciate a wide variety of entertainment will not want to miss a one of these concerts,” she said.

All of the TAC’s performances will be at 7 p.m. at the Claudia Crosby Theater with the exception of Martha Redbone, which will be at the Trojan Arena. All general admission tickets are $20. Student tickets are $5.

The Troy Arts Council is committed to the promotion of the cultural arts through music, drama and dance by bringing outstanding events to the local community.