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The Time Jumpers, Kevin Eubanks, 'The Sing Off' winners to headline Kutztown University series

June 6, 2013

YellowBrix

June 06--A 20-time Grammy Award winner, a former late-night talk show bandleader and a performance by the winners of the NBC-TV show "The Sing Off" will highlight the 25th anniversary year of the KU Presents! performing arts series at Kutztown University.

-- The "Sing Off"-winning a cappella vocal group Pentatonix will hit the stage Oct. 26.

-- The Time Jumpers, a western swing group featuring Grammy-winner Vince Gill will perform Nov. 14.

-- Former "Tonight Show" bandleader Kevin Eubanks, a former Allentown resident, will play his jazz guitar on March 28.

The series will be presented in Schaeffer Auditorium, which will reopen after an extensive renovation. The reopening of Schaeffer will be celebrated Sept. 10 when Momix, a dance company that uses illusions and puppetry, kicks off the 13-show season.

"Kutztown University is experiencing a metamorphosis of Schaeffer Auditorium, and 'Botanica' is the perfect show to exemplify the beautiful and exciting transformation that is occurring there," said Robin Zaremski, director of KU Presents!

"We look forward to welcoming back all those who enjoyed cultural arts performances here at Kutztown, as well as live arts enthusiasts who may be new to Schaeffer. Our upcoming season at our state-of-the-art facility will offer something for everyone."

Another highlight of the season is "Signature Broadway," a show directed by Kutztown alumnus Eric Schaeffer, who directed the Tony-winning musical "Million Dollar Quartet." The show features roadway numbers by Tony nominees Rebecca Luker, Christine Noll and Ron Rains.

The season also includes three family shows.

Tickets are available to subscribers -- renewing and new -- starting July 22. Single tickets will be available via mail and phone at 610-683-4092 starting Aug. 1. Online sales will start Aug. 15 at http://www.KutztownPresents.org.

The season includes:

-- Momix "Botanica," 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10: Dance company uses light, shadow, props, projections and the human body to present a dream-like journey through the four seasons.

-- "Pinkalicious, the Musical," 2 p.m. Oct. 6: Musical based on the popular children's book by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann. A puppet-making workshop at 11:30 a.m. for ages 5-12 is included in ticket price.

-- Pentatonix, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26: The winner of NBC's "The Sing Off," Pentatonix sings intricate a cappella arrangements of cleverly reimagined pop songs.

-- "Signature Broadway," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28: Eric Schaeffer, a Kutztown University alumnus and founder of the Tony-award winning Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va., directs an evening of Broadway with Tony nominees Rebecca Luker, Christiane Noll and Ron Rains, and Broadway and West End veteran Jason Daniely. They are backed by a 23-piece orchestra.

-- Spensers: Theatre of Illusion, 2 p.m. Nov. 10: Kevin and Cindy Spencer perform stage magic that has made them six-time winners of the Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year award.

-- The Time Jumpers, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14: The supergroup of Nashville studio musicians plays classic Western swing and features Vince Gill, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and "Ranger Doug" Green, frontman for Riders in the Sky.

-- Preservation Hall Jazz Band Creole Christmas, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3: The world-renowned band celebrates the holiday New Orleans jazz-style.

-- Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theatre, "Flamenco Passion": 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1: The premiere Spanish dance company in the United States.

-- Missoula Children's Theatre "Hansel and Gretel," 2 and 4 p.m. Feb. 15: The theater troupe casts more than 50 local participants, ages 5-18, in an original adaptation of the classic fairy tale. Weeklong rehearsals culminate in two performances. For audition information and registration, call 610-683-4092 or email kupas@kutztown.edu.

-- The Ahn and Mai Ni Chen Dance Company, "Temptation of the Muses," 7:30 p.m. March 6: Three Korean-born, Juilliard-educated sisters -- Lucia on the piano, Angella on the violin and Maria on the cello --bring a new energy and an ever-evolving vision to chamber music.

-- The Verve Pipe-Family show, 2 p.m. March 9: Platinum-selling 1990s rock group plays songs from its "A Family Album." A sculpture workshop at 11:30 a.m. for ages 5-12 is included with ticket.

-- Kevin Eubanks, 7:30 p.m. March 28: Best known as leader of NBC's "The Tonight Show" band for 10 years, Eubanks is a guitar virtuoso who incorporates rhythmic grooves with soulful reflection, jazz fusion jams and a mixture of Motown.

-- Broadway's Next Hit Musical, 7:30 p.m. April 24: Improvised musical comedy gathers hit song suggestions from the audience and create a spontaneous evening of music and humor.

John.moser@mcall.com

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