Arts series subscriptions available at special rate

Season subscriptions for the Hanover College Community Arts Series’ season are available for a special rate through Sept. 10. The 2014-15 season will feature a diverse range of performances, including the return of the legendary improvisation troupe, The Second City, and Indiana University’s popular a cappella ensemble, Another Round.

The series, sponsored by River Valley Financial Bank, also includes an emotional performance by the Kentucky Opera, Chinese folk-pop group Shanren, moving sculptures from visual artist Michael Cooper, and the sounds of urban Brazil by Paulo Padhila and Group.

The Second City Touring Company will bring its hilarious brand of comedy in its fifth appearance with the Community Arts Series. The troupe, presenting “The Best of The Second City,” will open the season Saturday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m. in Collier Arena.

The Second City has performed around the world at theaters, colleges and universities and festivals for 50 years. The troupe has become an international phenomenon by making its mark in live theater, motion pictures and television, and boasts a list of alumni that includes such stars as Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Mike Myers, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner and John Candy.

Making its Community Arts Series debut, the Kentucky Opera will perform selections from one of the world’s best-loved operas, including highlights from Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts.

Founded in 1952, the Kentucky Opera was one of the nation’s first regional operas and has grown into one of the most-innovative companies in the U.S.

Soprano Shelley Cooper will perform operatic favorites and show tunes in her return to campus Thursday, Oct. 30, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall. A 2008 Hanover graduate, Cooper has performed in New York, Florida and Germany. She currently teaches voice and musical theater in Thailand.

The Chinese folk-fusion band Shanren will appear Saturday, Nov. 8, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall. The four-member group represents the heritage of southwestern China through an indigenous music meshed with modern styles from around the globe.

Founded in 2000, Shanren has earned critical and popular acclaim at major festivals in China, Indonesia, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Canada and Spain.

"Michael Cooper: Masked Marvels and Wondertales" will appear Saturday, Jan. 24, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall. Cooper, an eye-popping visual artist and virtuoso mime, combines handcrafted masks, original stories of courage and wonder to create a moving sculpture.

Indiana University’s nationally acclaimed a cappella group Another Round, comes to Hanover Saturday, Feb. 7, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall. Since its founding in 1996, the ensemble has performed across the country and competed in collegiate vocal competitions.

Originally known as Straight No Chaser, Another Round consists of currently enrolled Indiana students. The group sings an array of selections, including pop standards, rock n’ roll, and rhythm and blues.

Paulo Padhila and Group will perform Saturday, March 14, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall. Highly acclaimed as a musician and lyricist, Padhila’s songs blend samba and pop into an energetic dance-inducing event.

Season subscriptions are available through Sept. 10 at considerable savings compared to the cost of single-session tickets. For just $75, patrons can subscribe to the entire seven-event series and receive a complimentary season subscription to the Hanover College Theatre’s four main-stage productions ($60 value) and admission to the annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” by the Madison-Ohio Valley Community Chorus (Nov. 23).

The cost for a season subscription increases to $90 beginning Sept. 11.

Season subscriptions and individual performance tickets are available by calling the Hanover box office at (812) 866-7110. Information about the series and tickets for individual shows are also available online at www.hanover.edu/arts.