Arts Center at LSSU Announces Spring Concert Season

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Lunasa
SOUNDS FOR ST. PADDY – The award-winning Celtic ensemble Lunasa enjoys a return engagement to the Arts Center at Lake Superior State University on March 12, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Other concerts planned through April offer live music ranging from classical piano through a homage to country music greats Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. Go to https://www.lssu.edu/arts-center/ for details. (Courtesy Lunasa)

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – The Arts Center at Lake Superior State University winds down the 2018-19 concert season with live music ranging from classical piano, through a homage to country music greats Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.

Classical pianist Jenny Lin opens the 2019 portion of the concert season on February 21. She specializes in Steinway pianos such as the one in LSSU repertory collection. Lin’s discography includes more than 30 recordings on Steinway & Sons, Hänssler Classic, eOne, BIS, New World, and Albany Records. She is also the central figure in “Cooking for Jenny” by Elemental Films, a musical documentary portraying her journey to Spain.

Other media appearances include CBS Sunday Morning, NPR Performance Today, and “Speaking for Myself”, a film about Manhattan as seen through the eyes of eight contemporary artists by filmmaker Bert Shapiro.

In time for St. Patrick’s Day on March 12, is Lunasa, a quintet that has been called the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet. Lunasa is one of the most sought-after bands on the international Celtic music scene. The band’s inventive arrangements and bass-driven grooves steered Irish acoustic music into surprising new territory. It has performed more than 1,500 shows around the world in internationally-renowned places such as the Hollywood Bowl, Dublin’s National Concert Hall, and the Sydney Opera House, and has recorded with the RTE Concert Orchestra, Ireland’s national concert orchestra. The band appeared at the White House in 2011.

For the classic country music fans, April 8 brings Obie Award winners Jason Petty and Katie Deal, who team up on a tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. Petty and Deal honor these music icons by performing over 20 of chart-topping hits, interspersed with stories of Hank and Patsy.

Petty made a striking impression on New York’s Theatre District with his ‘Hank Williams: Lost Highway,’ which played to sold out audiences at the Little Shubert Theater. Audiences and critics alike were taken back by Petty’s amazing acting ability in his portrayal of Hank Williams.

Deal earned critical acclaim touring nationally in her show Katie Deal in Today, Tomorrow & Forever: A Tribute to Patsy Cline as well as two national tours of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. As a singer-songwriter Deal was awarded the 2016 Georgia Country Artist of the Year, the 2016 Atlanta Society of Entertainers Recording Artist of the Year, and is also an Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Honoree.

The season closes April 9 with Take 3, a trio comprised of cellist Lila Yang, pianist Van-Anh Nguyen, and violinist Lindsay Deutsch, who put a modern twist on classical music. With a flair for the wild and unexpected, the genre-bending trio brings the refinement of a rigorous classical background and mixes it with rockstar charisma. Whether performing their take on pop, jazz, or classical tunes, they bring enthusiasm to their interpretations and impart their love of music to audiences of all musical preferences.

Tickets for the remaining season are grouped by general admission, senior citizen, and children. They are available by calling the Arts Center box office at 906-635-2787, online at https://www.lssu.edu/arts-center/ or at the door the night of the event. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. LSSU students see all events for free.

Free parking is available in Lot K, in front of the Arts Center, and Lot E, behind the Cisler Center.

The 2018 – 2019 Arts Center season was made possible with generous support from the Michigan Council For Arts and Cultural Affairs, the Fund for LSSU, the ​Al Beamish Music Performance Endowment Fund,​ and the Duncan MacLaren Family Fund for the Performing Arts.