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Northwest Missouri State University

Encore Series (Photo by University Photography)

Welcome to a wonderful world of magical performances, culturally rich experiences, and some of the best shows available in the Midwest! Our goal, through the Encore Series, is to provide an unparalleled experience where the very best performing artists create and share knowledge through the arts in order to serve the students, Maryville residents, alumni and visitors to the campus of Northwest Missouri State University.

If you have never attended an Encore event, we invite you to experience one for the first time on our campus. If you have attended a past performance, thank you for your participation in a long-standing, Northwest tradition of supporting the arts. We appreciate you being a part of this vibrant community!

All performances are at 7:30 p.m.

St. Louis Brass
Monday, Oct. 6, Charles Johnson Theater

Tickets: Free and open to the public, Priority seating for Season Ticket Holders

Founded in 1964, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet is one of America's longest standing brass quintets. Originally formed by members of the St. Louis Symphony to play children's concerts around the St. Louis area, the group soon expanded to present full length concerts funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Now, 50 years and more than 2,500 engagements later, the quintet members hold top positions across the United States.

Circus Electronica
Friday, Oct. 10, Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: Patron donors – Sept. 8 | General public – Sept. 15

Experience a new kind of electronic music when world class acrobats groove on the scintillating beats of DJ Bucken while Circus Electronica takes audiences of all ages deep into the singularity. As technology and the human experience merge, witness high-flying aero-ballet blend seamlessly with electronic dance music in a revolution that leaves audiences stunned. 

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
Thursday, Nov. 6, Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: Patron donors – Sept. 29 | General public – Oct. 6

For more than a decade, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have been brewing their own blend of American roots music. Musically, the band is a melting pot of American folk melody and style, “a mini music festival of different styles filtered through the vibrant interaction of all four players.” Gleefully drawing from a variety of traditions, they hang a Georgia Sea Islands song on a New Orleans groove. They sneak an Afro-Cuban Cajun groove under an Irish fiddle tune. Leonard Cohen gets clawhammer banjo, Springsteen gets bluegrass harmonies and their own eclectic originals – about spirituality, cancer, red-haired boys, love, midlife and more – fit seamlessly with the classics.

Recycled Percussion
Tuesday, Feb. 10, Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: Patron donors – Jan. 5 | General public – Jan. 12

Justin Spencer formed Recycled Percussion in 1995, and the band’s junk rock music became a national phenomenon week after week during their smash hit performances on America’s Got Talent in 2009. Playing more than 4,000 shows and more than 400 corporate events in more than 15 countries, the quartet has appeared on “The Today Show,” “China's Got Talent,” the 2010 Latin Grammys and the World MMA Awards as well as NBA and NFL halftime shows.

Sons of Brasil
Friday, March 6, Charles Johnson Theater

Tickets: Patron donors – Feb. 2 | General public – Feb. 9

The Sons of Brasil is a group of American musicians who fell under the magical spell of Brazilian music. The Kansas City natives have been together for 23 years and have assembled an impressive repertoire of music from virtually every region of Brazil. Their music is vital and compelling, with dynamic rhythms, soaring melodies and lush harmonies while transcending age groups and musical tastes.

The St. Louis Ballet
Monday, April 13, Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: Patron donors – March 2 | General public – March 9

Love is in the Air” features the company along with smooth and romantic melodies such as George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Dancers in evening dresses and tuxedos will sway and plunge to the familiar melodies with choreography by Francis Patrelle. Emery LeCrone, who has created choreography for Guggenheim Museum’s acclaimed Works & Process performing arts series and New York City Ballet’s New York Choreographic Institute, will choreograph a romantic ballet.

Ticket Sales Information

  1. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Student Services Desk or by phone.
    • The Student Services Desk is located on the 1st Floor of the Administration Building and is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. You may also call by phone at 660.562.1212

If you wish to order tickets over the phone, you must have a valid credit card. Tickets purchased at the Student Service Desk can be purchased via cash or check.

Reserve Your Tickets Online!


Season Ticket Holders

Single Show Tickets

Seating Style Price Seating Style Price
Orchestra only $100.00 Adult Orchestra $25.00
Adult Balcony $23.00
Student Orchestra (12 and under) $15.00
Student Balcony (12 and under) $13.00

Northwest Student

Northwest Faculty/Staff Discount
one discount ticket per show

Seating Style Price Seating Style Price
-- Free Orchestra (only) $23.00

Group Discount (groups of 10 or more)

Seating Style Price
Orchestra $23.00
  • Season ticket holders receive benefits that include a private reception before each show, VIP seating at select University events and meet-and-greets with select performers.
  • Additionally, for as little as a $25 donation, individuals will be classified as patron donors and become a member of “Friends of Encore.” Patron donors receive benefits that include the ability to purchase tickets before they are available to the general public.

Guidelines for Discounts

  • Discount tickets must be purchased 24 hours prior to the event.
  • Group Discount
    • Group discounts may be purchased in person at the Student Services Desk or by calling 660.562.1212.
  • If you wish to purchase tickets with the group discount, you must fill out a Group Discount Form form and submit it to the Student Services Desk when picking up your tickets. You may download that form here.

Season Ticket Holder Benefits

  1. The Best Seats 
    You will have the first choice of the best seats available, guaranteed. 

  2. Guaranteed Renewal Privileges 
    Only season ticket buyers can renew their exact same seats year after year. 

  3. Advance Notice for Special Events 
    You will know about the big shows first and always have the opportunity to buy tickets in advance of the general public for any Encore Series presented show. 

  4. Savings 
    Season Ticket Packages are discounted, offering a $25 savings over single show prices. 

  5. No Waiting in Lines 
    Avoid standing in line at the Box Office. With your season tickets in hand, you are ready for the show when you arrive at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. 

  6. Season Ticket Holders Reception 
    All season ticket holders are invited to attend an Encore Reception for hors d'oeuvres, desserts and beverages prior to the start of each performance. 

  7. Autographed Post Of One Performance Of Your Choice Upon Request 
    Prior to the beginning of the season, Season Ticket Holders can request an autographed poster of the performance of their choice. Posters are subject to availability and at the discretion of the artist. 

  8. Opportunity To Attend Special Meet And Greet Engagements With Artists Before Or After Performances

    Season Ticket Holders will have the opportunity to attend Season Ticket Holder's Meet and Greets with an artist before or after the performance. This opportunity is subject to the approval of the artist and must be made at least one week prior to the performance.

Seating Charts

Click on the thumbnail images below for an enlarged view of specific sections of Mary Linn Auditorium.


Orchestra section


Balcony section