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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 1, 2012

2012-13 Encore season invites patrons to ‘Discover the Arts’

Ticket Information

Season Tickets

  • Orchestra only: $125

Single Show Tickets

  • Adult orchestra: $25
  • Adult balcony: $23
  • Child orchestra (12 and under): $15
  • Child balcony (12 and under): $13

Northwest Student Tickets: Free

Northwest Faculty/Staff Discount

  • Orchestra only: $23 (one discount ticket per show)

Group Discount (groups of 10 or more)

  • Orchestra: $23
  • Balcony: $20

Northwest Missouri State University's Office of Campus Activities has released its Encore performances schedule for the 2012-2013 academic year. Under the theme “Discover the Arts,” this year’s lineup features a capella and string music, a poet laureate, dance and acrobatics, and musical comedy.

Six shows comprise this season's Encore performances series, which Northwest Director of Campus Activities Angel McAdams Prescott said will expose audiences to many facets of performing arts.

“No two shows will be alike,” she said. “Each show will provide a truly amazing example of the wonder and discovery of the arts. Each show will challenge patrons to expand their minds and be introduced to what performing arts can be. I hope at the end of each show, patrons leave with a sense of wonderment, enjoyment and satisfaction.”

Tickets may be purchased at the Student Services Center, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, on the first floor of the Administration Building, or online.

Season ticket sales began Monday, Aug. 6. 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.

For more information about the Encore season or to learn about donating, contact McAdams Prescott at or 660.562.1226.

The schedule for the 2012-2013 Encore performances series, along with the dates that individual tickets are available, is listed below.

(Wednesday, Sept. 12, co-sponsored by the Student Activities Council)
Tickets: Patron donors – Aug. 20 | General public – Aug. 27

Having elevated itself far beyond its humble street performing roots, the Boston-based professional male a cappella group Overboard can be heard serving up its high-powered, soul-infused vocal rock from Maine to California. The group's tight harmonies and intricate arrangements arouse even the most discerning audiences, while its dynamic, energetic performance guarantees to get them on their feet. Since 2009, Overboard's albums and “Free Track Tuesday” single of the week program have taken the a cappella community by storm, landing the group numerous accolades and awards. In 2011, Overboard won the overall prize at the Boston Regional Harmony Sweepstakes Festival and was voted Audience Favorite.

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Water Coolers

The Water Coolers
(Thursday, Oct. 18)
Tickets: Patron donors – Sept. 10 | General public – Sept. 17

The Water Coolers offer a clean musical comedy that’s been called “one of the hottest tickets in town” by E! Entertainment TV. This award-winning musical comedy is a funny, smart, authentic take on work and life full of original songs, sketch comedy and pop parodies. Conceived by one of the creators of the long-running New York hit “Tony n' Tina's Wedding,” The Water Coolers is a “laugh-out-loud” show about the things we share around the water coolers of America every day – life, work, kids, husbands, wives, travel, technology – and trying to balance it all. From pretending to understand what the IT guy is saying to having a second job as a gift wrap salesperson to trying to figure out exactly what that one guy does all day, The Water Coolers will make audiences howl at the things we all face from 9 to 5. 

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Cirque Mechanics

Cirque Mechanics
(Monday, Nov. 19, co-sponsored by the Student Activities Council)
Tickets: Patron donors – Oct. 10 | General public – Oct. 17

Enter the most unlikely setting for a circus, a factory – where the workers are acrobats and the machines are circus props. A place where spectators will watch a contortionist perform on a turntable powered by unicyclists, they will be captivated by the trapeze artist flying high thanks to the spins of an acrobat inside a giant gear-like wheel and they will be stunned when the trampoline wall artists defy the laws of physics by virtually flying and walking on air. All the while they will be giggling at the antics of the comedic characters, impressed by the acro-dancing and enchanted by the story of laughter, love, flight and birdhouses. Birdhouse Factory was hailed by Spectacle Magazine as “The most important contribution to the American Circus since Cirque du Soleil.” 

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Step Afrika

Step Afrika!
(Monday, Feb. 18, co-sponsored by the Student Activities Council)
Tickets: Patron donors – Jan. 15 | General public – Feb. 27

Step Afrika! is the only professional dance company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Founded in December 1994, the company is critically acclaimed for its efforts to promote an understanding of and appreciation for stepping and the tradition’s use as an educational tool for young people worldwide. Step Afrika! reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year and has performed on prestigious stages in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

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Parker Quartet

Shai Wosner

The Parker Quartet with Shai Wosner
(Monday, March 11)
Tickets: Patron donors – March 5 | General public – March 12

Hailed by The New York Times as “something extraordinary,” the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The quartet began its professional touring career in 2002 and garnered international acclaim in 2005, winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France. In 2009, Chamber Music America awarded the quartet the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2009-2011 seasons.

Pianist Shai Wosner has attracted international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight. His performances of a broad-range of repertoire from Beethoven and Mozart to Schoenberg and Ligeti, as well as music by his contemporaries, communicates his imaginative programming and his intellectual curiosity. Wosner’s virtuosity and perceptiveness have made him a favorite among audiences and critics, who have praised him for his “keen musical mind and deep musical soul” (NPR’s “All Things Considered”) and for exemplifying a “remarkable blend of the intellectual, physical and even devilish sides of performance” (Chicago Sun Times).

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Bob Walkenhorst and William Trowbridge

Dr. Bill Trowbridge & Mr. Bob Walkenhorst
(Thursday, April 11)
Tickets: Patron donors – March 5 | General public – March 12

William Trowbridge, the poet laureate of the state of Missouri and former distinguished university professor at Northwest, teams up with Bob Walkenhorst, lead singer of the Rainmakers and 1979 Northwest graduate, for a unique poetry and music performance. Trowbridge reads selected poems from his 2011 collection “Ship of Fool,” which consists of poems about “The Fool,” a literary arctype that dates back to the beginning of storytelling, and is embodied in the characters of Keaton, Chaplin, Woody Allan and Steve Martin.

Walkenhorst orchestrates this “musical” with snippets of a strange assortment of sound effects and songs, some originals and some covers. It comes off as a sort of joyful radio-play, with Trowbridge and Walkenhorst volleying poems and songs to illustrate the Grand Cosmic Joke.

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For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468