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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 30, 2016

Northwest announces 2016-17 Encore performance series

Updated Dec. 5, 2016

Northwest Missouri State University’s Office of Student Involvement has released its Encore performance series schedule for 2016-17, which features a rising a capella vocal group, political comedy and a legendary jazz orchestra as well as performances by the University’s own vocal and theater ensembles. 

“The Encore performance series continues this year with a focus on providing marquee programming for our students and the community with a limited number of large-scale, nationally touring performances,” Anthony Maly, a coordinator in Northwest’s Office of Student Involvement, said. “We hope this will attract a larger population of both students and community members while also promoting performing arts we host at Northwest.”

Season tickets are now available for patrons to purchase at costs of $70 for adults, $60 for Northwest employees and $35 for youth 12 and under.

Tickets for individual shows will be available for purchase and pickup on dates listed below. Tickets are free for all Northwest students, and Northwest employees may purchase discounted tickets.

Encore tickets may be purchased between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the cashiering office on the first floor of the Administration Building, by calling 660.562.1212 or online at

The Encore performance series is designed in collaboration with the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Office of Student Involvement and the Student Activities Council.

Northwest sponsors the Encore performance series in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The 2016-17 Encore lineup and single ticket pricing is provided below. For more information about the Encore performance series, contact the Office of Student Involvement at 660.562.1226.

The Filharmonic

Rescheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

This event is co-sponsored by the Student Activities Council. Tickets are available for free but required for all patrons to attend.

With Los Angeles as its home base, The Filharmonic consists of vocalists VJ Rosales, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor and Barry Fortgang, vocal bass Jules Cruz and beat boxer Niko Del Rey. Unique in their musical talent and cultural diversity, the six-piece group of Filipino-American youngsters was featured on NBC’s hit musical competition “The Sing-Off” and performed with the first “Sing-Off” national tour. They have shared the stage with Linkin Park, Black Eyed Peas and Pentatonix in addition to an appearance in “Pitch Perfect 2.” Their melodic vocal style exemplifies an urban-esque hip hop sound with ’90s nostalgia.

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The Filharmonic

Wednesday, Oct. 5: The Capitol Steps, “What To Expect When You’re Electing

7:30 p.m., Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets are free for Northwest students, $32 for adults ($27 for Northwest employees); tickets for children 12 and under are $15. They are available for purchase Sept. 14.

Since its founding 35 years ago, the Capitol Steps has earned a reputation for “putting the mock in democracy.” The comedy troupe began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored conventional wisdom and – although not all current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers – have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Their latest production, “What to Expect When You're Electing,” spoofs the greatest hits of the 2016 campaign, including Donald Trump singing a rock song, Bernie Sanders singing a show tune, and Hillary Clinton doing stand-up comedy.

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The Capitol Steps

Friday, Nov. 11: El Group Folklorico Atotonilco

7 p.m., Charles Johnson Theater

This event is part of the University’s Intercultural Festival and is free for all patrons to attend.

El Group Folklorico Atotonilco fills the stage with an exuberant array of the regional dances and music of Mexico, performing nationally and internationally. Established in 1979, El Group Folklorico Atotonilco has garnered a reputation as one of the best Mexican folk dance companies in the U.S., and the Asociacion Nacional de Grupos Folklorico has named this troupe the Premiere Mexican Folk Dance Company in the U.S.

Sunday, Nov. 20: Tower Choir and University Chorale

3 p.m., Ron Houston Center of the Performing Arts

This event is free for all patrons to attend.

The Northwest Tower Choir and University Chorale perform choral music for audiences throughout the Midwest. Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Town, the Tower Choir frequently appears at peer-reviewed, invitation-only performances throughout the United States.

The University Chorale, conducted by Dr. Brian Lanier, is Northwest’s large, non-auditioned choral ensemble on campus.

Both ensembles feature students from a wide variety of majors and fields of study at Northwest.

Tower Choir and University Chorale

Friday, Feb. 24: The Count Basie Orchestra

7:30 p.m., Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets are free for Northwest students, $32 for adults ($27 for Northwest employees); tickets for children 12 and under are $15. They are available for purchase Feb. 3.

In the history of jazz music, there is only one bandleader who has the distinction of having his orchestra still performing sold-out concerts throughout the world, with members personally chosen by him, more than 30 years after his passing. Pianist and bandleader William James “Count” Basie was and still is an American institution that personifies the grandeur and excellence of jazz. The Count Basie Orchestra, today directed by Scotty Barnhart, has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once, won 18 Grammy Awards, performed for kings, queens and other world royalty, appeared in movies, television shows, at every major jazz festival and major concert hall in the world.

This 18-member orchestra is continuing the excellent history started by Basie of stomping and shouting the blues, as well as refining those musical particulars that allow for the deepest and most moving of swing.

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The Count Basie Orchestra

April 6-9: “The Learned Ladies” presented by Theatre Northwest

7:30 p.m. April 6-8, 2 p.m. April 9, Mary Linn Auditorium in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets are $8.

Henriette is in love with Clitandre, a perfect match approved by her bourgeois father, Chrysale. But Chrysale is overruled by his domineering wife, Philaminte, who has plans for Henriette to marry another – the pompous, preening Trissotin, a fraudulent poet intent on stealing the family’s fortune. Moliere’s madcap farce – full of physical humor, silliness and enormous wigs – satirizes the pretentious salon movement of the late 17th Century. Written in 1672, this restoration comedy was one of Moliere’s most popular plays, and remains a classic favorite among theatre-goers today.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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