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Etheridge, Wicks highlight Anderson Center schedule

The Anderson Center is celebrating 25 years of world-class artists on a world-class stage with its 2009-10 season lineup.

The season opens on Wednesday, July 22, with Hippiefest, which includes five acts from the 1960s and 1970s playing the music that defined this influential period. The lineup includes: The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie; Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night; Felix Cavaliere of the Rascals; Mountain featuring Leslie West and Corky Laing; and Badfinger featuring Joey Molland. Tickets are: $55, inside reserved; $27.50, lawn.

Melissa Etheridge, “Live and Alone,” rocks the house on Sunday, Aug. 23.  Etheridge is an Academy Award-winning, two-time Grammy Award-winning rock singer-songwriter and musician who has released 10 albums, including three multi-platinum and two other platinum albums plus two gold albums. Tickets are: $60, inside reserved; $30, lawn.

Fresh from televison’s Dancing with the Stars, Chuck Wicks brings a little country to the Anderson Center stage on Thursday, Sept. 3.  His debut single, Stealing Cinderella,  topped the Hot Country Songs chart in 2007 and was one of the biggest debuts for any new country singer that year. Tickets are: $25, inside reserved; $15, lawn.

The season continues on Saturday, Oct. 17 with the world-renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company featured as the centerpiece of the Anderson Center’s anniversary season. Enhancing the three Taylor pieces to be performed for Binghamton will be live music by the University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Timothy Perry. Tickets are: $50, general public; $45, faculty/seniors; $30, students.

The celebration continues with the return of the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra will present a Russian Composers Gala featuring the works of Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Khachaturian. The special Binghamton performance will offer two Tchaikovsky concertos: the Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 35, considered by many to be the most difficult concerto ever composed, and Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op 33 cello concerto, performed by the 17-year-old child prodigy Julian Schwarz. Schwarz is the son of Gerard Schwarz, who conducted the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra on stage at the Anderson Center in 1987.

Closing the Anderson Center’s silver anniversary season on Wednesday, March 24, will be the Moscow Festival Ballet Theatre performing, only for Binghamton, the second acts from two quintessential ballets: Giselle and Coppelia. Both acts will be fully staged productions.

Tickets for the Virsky Ukrainian Dance Company, Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra and Moscow Festival Ballet are $41, general public; $36, faculty/staff, seniors; $21, students.

All performances are at 8 p.m.

Subscription series prices (package includes Paul Taylor Dance Company, Virsky Ukrainian Dance Company, Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra and Moscow Festival Ballet) are $156, general public; $136, faculty/staff/seniors; $84, students. 

Tickets go on sale at noon Monday, April 27. For tickets and information, call 777-ARTS or visit (subscriptions cannot be ordered online). Box Office is open weekdays, noon-5:30 p.m.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08