FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
DATE:  February 14, 2005
CONTACT: Dr. Lari Young, Director of the Performing Arts Center, (361) 825-2374; or Melissa Goonan, Public Affairs Manager, (361) 825-2337

A&M-Corpus Christi’s Performing Arts Center Selling Tickets for Inaugural Concert Series
First concert scheduled for Friday, April 1 featuring Freddy Fender

Although construction crews are still putting the finishing touches on the new Performing Arts Center, tickets went on sale at noon Monday, Feb. 14 for a series of inaugural concerts featuring artists such as the award-winning Freddy Fender on Friday, April 1 and America’s premier doo-wop group The Alley Cats on Friday, April 8.

The $18 million facility at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will celebrate its premier concert with the “An Evening with Freddy Fender” on Friday, April 1. Fender’s career has brought him multi-platinum recording sales with songs like “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” and recognition such as Grammy Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The concert is funded in part by a grant from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation and tickets are available from www.ticketweb.com or by calling Ticketweb toll-free at (866) 468-7621. Tickets will also be available at the Performing Arts Center box office one hour prior to showtime.

The California-based group The Alley Cats will perform at the Performing Arts Center Friday, April 8. The Alley Cats combine the musical styles of the 1950s and the 1960s with spontaneous humor and audience interaction. Known as America’s premier doo-wop group, The Cats’ tight harmonies, universal humor, and a cappella energy have made them a favorite among fans of doo-wop groups. Tickets can also be purchased from www.ticketweb.com or by calling Ticketweb toll-free at (866) 468-7621. Tickets will also be available at the Performing Arts Center box office one hour prior to showtime.

The Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society partners with A&M-Corpus Christi to feature the performances by The Ying Quartet and St. Lawrence String Quartet on Saturday, April 9. The renowned string quartets will perform works by Strauss, Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn. The Ying Quartet continues to develop ways of making artistic and creative expression an essential part of everyday life. After performing more than 1,500 times over the past 12 years, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has established itself among the world-class chamber ensembles of its generation. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students and are available from the Corpus Christi Chamber Music Society by calling (361) 855-0264. Tickets will also be available at the door one hour prior to showtime.

The partnership between the A&M-Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra kicks off with a performance at the Performing Arts Center by world-renowned pianist Van Cliburn on Saturday, April 16. The Texas-born Cliburn dazzled the world in 1958 by winning the grand prize at the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow and with his subsequent million-selling recording. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the arts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. For ticket information, contact the Corpus Christi Symphony Office at (361) 883-6683 or (877) 286-6683.

The Performing Arts Center (PAC) is a non-profit academic building on the A&M-Corpus Christi campus which will serve the University’s many performing arts ensembles. It will accommodate 1,500 patrons and feature 180-degree seating and a technologically advanced sound system. The PAC will have a striking 50-foot, glass walled atrium and the lobby will feature the bronze sculpture “Danzamar” by artist Kent Ullberg.  The PAC was designed by local architects Cotten, Landreth, Kramer Artchitects & Associates, Inc. and Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, LLP of New York City. For more information on the PAC visit the web site.