Press Release for Sunday, August 10, 2008

The UNF Fine Arts Center Announces 2008-2009 Season

Highlights Include:
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
The Capitol Steps
Tracy Byrd – Warsaw Philharmonic – The Pajama Game
The St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet’s Cinderella – Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors
DanceBrazil – Birdhouse Factory by Cirque Mechanics – Tiempo Libre

(Jacksonville, FL) – From the hot sounds of Latin salsa to the elegant gracefulness of ice ballet, The University of North Florida Fine Arts Center offers an exciting slate of performances and world famous artists for its upcoming 2008-09 season, sponsored by Winn-Dixie.
The season starts on September 25th with The Capitol Steps, who bring their political wit and musical mischievousness to lampoon the left, right and everything in between. The fall and early winter season also features legendary jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (January 24); country musician Tracy Byrd (October 10); The Warsaw Philharmonic and renowned Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa (November 2); and the Tony Award winning, musical comedy, The Pajama Game (November 22).

 

Fans of Shakespeare and The Brothers Grimm will delight when The Aquila Theatre Company performs The Bard’s masterpiece, A Comedy of Errors (February 6), a tale of mistaken identity, assumed personas, hilarious machinations, and whimsical family ties, and The St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet skates to Cinderella (December 11).

 

For something a little more high flying, The Center has DanceBrazil (March 7), a gravity-defying blend of contemporary dance and Capoeira. Conjured by a creative team of Cirque du Soleil veterans, Birdhouse Factory / Cirque Mechanics (March 7) is a show in which acrobats and early-twentieth-century machines come together.

 

Finally, rising Latin music stars Tiempo Libre (April 17) will be performing the Grammy-nominated blend of Afro-cuban jazz, as well as join forces with the UNF Wind Ensemble and String Orchestra for a special performance of Rumba Sinfonica.

 

Throughout this season, the Center will hold special events related to select performances, including a Patriotic Jamboree and voter registration drive ahead of Capitol Steps; a champagne brunch before the Warsaw Philharmonic; and an advanced screening of “Chops,” a documentary featuring Wynton Marsalis and the Douglas Anderson Jazz Ensemble, prior to his show.

 

Season tickets for The UNF Fine Arts Center are available now, and single ticket sales begin on August 18. For complete information about any shows or to purchase single tickets, visit www.unf.edu/fineartscenter or call the UNF Ticket Box Office at (904) 620-2878.
Tickets and Information:

 

Season tickets for The UNF Fine Arts Center are available now, and single ticket sales begin on August 18. For complete information about any shows or to purchase single tickets, visit www.unf.edu/fineartscenter or call the UNF Ticket Box Office at (904) 620-2878. Patrons can visit the Box Office in person at the University of North Florida, Building 45, Room 1400, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224. Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 90 minutes prior to show time.

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About The University of North Florida Fine Arts Center
Established in 2001, The University of Florida Fine Arts Center has built a rich tradition of showcasing an eclectic series of world-class performers, commercial entertainers, ethnic music and dance, cutting edge performances, and children’s programming as well as the premiere of new works to support upcoming artists. The Center’s goal is to enhance the academic programs of the University and to complement the cultural offerings within Jacksonville, building new audiences, and contributing to the quality of life and economic development of the city.