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Northwest Missouri State University

Discover the Arts

Encore Performing Arts Series

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!

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.



The schedule for the 2016-2017 Encore performances series, along with the dates that individual tickets are available, is listed below.


Capital StepsWednesday, 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. 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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Friday, Nov. 11: El Grupo Folklorico Atotonilco
7 p.m., Charles Johnson Theater

This event is part of the Universities Intercultural festival and is free to 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 peroform choral music for audiences throughout the Midwest. Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Town, the Tower Choir frequently appears at peer-reviewed, invitational-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.

Count Basie OrchestraFriday, 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. 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 countinuing 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 FilharmonicSaturday, March 11: The Filharmonic (Rescheduled Date)
7:00 p.m., Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts

This event is co-sponsored by the Student Activities Council. Tickets are are free but required for all patrons to attend. Tickets to the original show will be honored.

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 were featured on NBC's hit musical competition "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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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 $10

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 - a pompous, preening Trissotin, a fradulent 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.