September 12, 2009 8:29:00 PM
The much-anticipated fourth season of Mississippi State University''s Riley Center in Meridian is off and running. Launched with a quickly sold-out appearance by B.B. King in September, the 2009-2010 season is filled with music and theatrical performances for adults as well as children.
Neo-soul and rhythm and blues Grammy winner India Arie is the next stellar artist to perform in the jewel-box of a theater. Tickets to her Oct. 1 show are $55 and $49 and can be purchased online at www.msurileycenter.com, or by contacting the box office at 601-696-2200 weekdays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Other musical guests on tap for 2009 include Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Oct. 10; The Four Freshmen, Oct. 16; Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Nov. 20; and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Dec. 3.
The entertainment continues in 2010 with Los Lobos, the Vienna Boys Choir, Keb ''Mo,'' Sophie Milman, the Oak Ridge Boys, Cassandra Wilson, a tribute to Sinatra and The Spinners.
Theatrical productions include "Charlotte''s Web," "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Little Mermaid"
Season tickets, as well as Pick 5 packages, are available. Visit www.msurileycenter.com to view a complete schedule and seating charts or purchase tickets. To request a season brochure, contact the box office. The Riley Center is located at 2200 Fifth St. in downtown Meridian.
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.