Fans should hurry to obtain tickets for concerts headlined by Johnson, Shelton

A bit of this and a bit of that, with a reminder that a pair of annual galas again will take place on the same night this year. Each plays an important role in the community, and each tends to sell out early.

 

The Lubbock Chorale will hold its annual fundraising Gala at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 in the ballroom at the McKenzie Merket Alumni Center, 2521 17th St. on the Texas Tech campus. The annual Gala is the Lubbock Chorale’s most important fundraiser for scholarships each year.

VIP tickets are $94.75; those purchasing VIP tickets are given priority seating, front and center. Remaining reserved seats are $74.75.

Patrons, seated at tables of eight, will enjoy a full dinner menu. Following the dessert, the chorale will perform a medley of highlights from “Camelot,” including solos by scholarship singers.

Prior to the concert and during intermissions, the audience can peruse an exhibit called “A Sound Investment.” There are raffles of donated items, which help fund vocal scholarships. A jazz trio also is featured.

Meanwhile, LHUCA will hold its annual Celebrate the Arts Gala at 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at the LHUCA building, 511 Ave. K. The event will include a catered, seated dinner, a live auction, a silent auction and awards presentations.

LHUCA director Jean Caslin announced Thursday that the event is sold out.

An after-party takes place at the LHUCA Icehouse, 511 Ave. J, with entertainment by DJ Souljah.

Earning this year’s prestigious Catalyst Award is the Lubbock Arts Alliance, the guiding force behind each year’s Lubbock Arts Festival, represented by LAA executive director Elizabeth Regner.

Singer-songwriter-poet-recording artist Andy Wilkinson is the winner of the 2018 William D. Kerns award for the Performing Arts. This year’s William D. Kerns Award for the Visual Arts will be given to artist Renee Steger Simpson.

Call 762-8606 for more information.

Take note, also, of a pair of intriguing concerts earlier that same week, but thankfully not on the same night:

Jorgen van Rijen, principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Netherlands, will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Texas Tech School of Music’s Hemmle Recital Hall. Both the concert, and an earlier 4 p.m. master class in the same hall, are free and open to the public.

He is in demand as a soloist with a commitment to promoting his instrument, developing new repertoire and bringing existing repertoire to a broader audience. He is a specialist on both the modern and baroque trombones.

Van Rijen has performed as a soloist in most European countries, and in the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Korea, Russia, Singapore and Australia. In 2004, he was awarded the Netherlands Music Prize, the highest distinction in the field of music, by the Dutch Ministry of Culture. He has won other major prizes, including first prizes at the international trombone competitions of Toulon and Guebwiller.

He also teaches at the Amsterdam Conservatory, and has been appointed international visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Two nights later, Sammy Miller & The Congregation, a Grammy Award-nominated jazz ensemble, will headline at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Allen Theatre at the Tech Student Union Building. The program is part of the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series on campus.

General admission tickets are $18 (includes service charge).

Tickets are on sale at the Select-A-Seat outlets at Amigo’s Supermarket, Dollar Western Wear, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Market Street, Ralph’s Records and United Supermarkets. Texas Tech students receive one free ticket with a valid student ID only at the Tech Student Union’s East Information Desk.

Call 770-2000 for more details.

Closer at hand, a pair of concerts this week are predicted to sell out. At press time, Select-A-Seat outlets still had tickets for the show headlined by Blake Shelton on Friday at the United Supermarkets Arena.

And the $20 seats in the balcony are all that are left for those wanting to see Eric Johnson, the Texas rock guitarist who won a Grammy Award for best rock instrumental performance for “Cliffs of Dover. He performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Cactus Theater, 1812 Buddy Holly Ave.

Advance tickets can be purchased by calling the theater at 762-3233, or visiting the venue online at cactustheater.com.

Finally, the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at Texas Tech will host its 11th annual production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, and at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, in the Escondido Theatre at the Tech Student Union Building.

General admission tickets are $5, and can be purchased in room 123 at Doak Hall in advance, or at the door. Proceeds benefit Lubbock Women’s Protective Services. A resource fair will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, prior to the final performance.

“The Vagina Monologues” includes true stories based on interviews Ensler conducted with a variety of women. The play continued to affect people after its 1994 debut, and many reached out to share their struggles with Ensler.

In response, Ensler created V-Day in 1998 to help end shaming and violence toward women and girls. On V-Day, groups stage their own productions of the monologues and donate any profits to local, non-profit women’s interest groups.

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