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MSU Riley Center announces a star-studded lineup

 

The Mississippi State University Riley Center in Meridian presents Tony Bennett in concert July 26. Other performers earlier this spring include Rosanne Cash, John Prine and Clint Black.

The Mississippi State University Riley Center in Meridian presents Tony Bennett in concert July 26. Other performers earlier this spring include Rosanne Cash, John Prine and Clint Black.
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Jan Swoope

 

The Mississippi State University Riley Center in Meridian has released the lineup for its spring and summer Performing Arts Series. The star factor is high. 

 

The legendary Tony Bennett anchors a season offering A-list artists, ballet and family theater at the venue that frequently draws audience members from the Golden Triangle area. 

 

Bennett's July 26 show features the famed singer who had his first No. 1 song, "Because of You," in 1951 and was still winning Grammys in 2012. (He has taken 17 home, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.) The performer synonymous with jazz standards and classic show tunes captured the attention of one generation, then staged a comeback by winning over the grandkids of his original fans.  

 

 

 

Season highlights 

 

The Riley Center season boasts a diverse roster of entertainers, beginning in March. They include: 

 

  • Rosanne Cash, March 22; 

     

  • Southern Soul Assembly (JJ Grey, Anders Osborne, Marc Broussard, Luther Dickinson), April 3; 

     

  • John Prine (with Holly Williams, daughter of Hank Williams Jr.), April 12; 

     

  • Amy Grant, May 2; 

     

  • Clint Black, May 31; 

     

  • Eric Benet, June 26; 

     

  • The Heart Behind the Music (Deana Carter, Billy Dean, Collin Raye, Bryan White), July 15; 

     

  • "Shadows of the 60s," Tribute to Motown Super Groups, Aug. 1. 

     

     

     

    Theater, ballet 

     

  • "Fancy Nancy the Musical," April 25; 

     

  • The Moscow Ballet's "Cinderella," May 6. 

     

     

     

    Tickets 

     

    Current season ticket holders must renew by Wednesday, Feb. 5 to receive their same seats. New season ticket buyers may begin purchasing season tickets Monday, Feb. 10.  

     

    Patrons can "build a package" of three or more shows to receive a discount and early seating options starting Monday, Feb. 17.  

     

    Individual show tickets go on sale Feb. 24. For tickets or additional information, visit msurileycenter.com or call the box office, 601-696-2200. Two shows from the previous season are still ahead: Women of Ireland, an evening of traditional Irish dancing and song on Feb. 21, and the Walnut Street Theatre's production of "Driving Miss Daisy" Feb. 28. 

     

    The MSU Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts, located at 2200 Fifth St. in downtown Meridian, opened its doors in 2006. Its mission is to entertain and enrich, further lifelong learning and improve the quality of life for people of Mississippi and West Alabama through education and the arts, while enhancing the reputation and offerings of MSU.  

     

    The center includes a fully restored 1889 grand opera house theater that seats about 950, a 200-seat studio theater, and 30,000 square feet of meeting space, exhibit hall and boardrooms. 

     

     

     

    ON THE WEB: 

     

  • msurileycenter.com

     

  • Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.

     

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