FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
DATE:  August 25, 2005
CONTACT: Dr. Lari Young, Director of the Performing Arts Center, (361) 825-2374; Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336   

A&M-Corpus Christi’s Performing Arts Center to Feature Eight Concerts during First Season of Furgason Bravo! Series

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Performing Arts Center (PAC) will begin selling tickets for eight concerts scheduled for the first season of the Furgason Bravo! Series on Monday, Aug. 29.

To purchase tickets to any of the Furgason Bravo! Series events go to www.ticketweb.com or call Ticketweb toll free at (866) 468-7621. The PAC box office will also open one hour before each show for on-site ticket sales. Tickets sold at the box office may be purchased with cash or charged to Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover cards. Checks will not be accepted.

The series will open on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. when “Orange Kellin's New Orleans Blue Serenaders featuring Vernel Bagneris” brings a troupe of talented Broadway performers to the PAC. These seasoned troupers will thrill listeners with sounds of the “Big-Easy.” Joining Orange and his trio is legendary song-and-dance man Vernel Bagneris the creator and director of the Broadway musical “One Mo' Time.”

On Friday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. “I Musici de Montreal” takes the PAC stage. Founded by cellist and conductor Yuli Turovsky, “I Musici de Montréal” is a chamber orchestra of 15 musicians that presents a vast repertoire extending from the baroque to the contemporary.

Anthony Kearns, a founding member of the world-renowned "Irish Tenors," will perform traditional songs of Ireland on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Kearns’ concerts offer a blend of time-honored Irish music, light opera standards and beautiful arias from the world's grand operas. His concerts are the quintessential celebration of Irish culture and heritage.

Friday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. will feature an evening of Tejano music with Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution plus the Latin Breed. Ramos continues a family musical legacy of Tejano music with traditional Mexican roots infused with the big-band sound of the 1940s, and heavily influenced by blues and rock. Latin Breed is the quintessential jazzy, horn-driven classic Tejano band.

Singing cowboy and poet Michael Martin Murphey will perform his “Cowboy Christmas” concert on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. In 1975 Murphey gained national exposure when "Wildfire" reached No. 1 on the radio and records charts and on all adult contemporary charts. He broke ground with his innovative "Cowboy Christmas" show in 1987, which now plays 40 cities per holiday season.

On Friday, Jan. 27 at 7: 30 p.m. “Keith Brion's New Sousa Band” will recreate the style, spirit and ensemble sound of John Philip Sousa, composer of the most famous American military marches of all time, including "Stars and Stripes Forever.” The band members, selected from major orchestras, military bands, university faculties and freelance musicians, were chosen for their ability to transmit the original style, spirit and ensemble sound of Sousa's band and wear authentic replicas of the original Sousa Band uniforms.

Steinway Artist Pianist Anton Nel will be featured in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24. Since winning the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, Nel has enjoyed a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken him throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. 

The season concludes on Sunday, May 7 at 2 p.m. with a concert by the “Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer Program.” Since its inception in 1957, The Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singer Program has been the springboard for many American singers including James Morris, Samuel Ramey, Ashley Putnam, and Neil Shicoff.

For in-depth information about the upcoming Furgason Bravo! Series concerts go to http://pac.tamucc.edu/events.html or call (361) 825-2787.