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August 21, 2017


Three Rivers' Patrons of the Arts Society Launches 2017-18 Season

Three Rivers College's Patrons of the Arts Society has announced the schedule for its upcoming 2017-18 season, which will include the return of Russian ballet and Chinese acrobats, a Platters tribute concert, an "Evening with Mark Twain," and more.

All shows will be performed at the Tinnin Fine Arts Center on the Three Rivers campus in Poplar Bluff. Because of the support of donors to the Patrons of the Arts Society, ticket price for each main show will be $15.

"We've specifically crafted this season to have a combination of old favorites and fresh, new acts," said Dr. Wesley Payne, President of Three Rivers College. "There will truly be something for everyone to come and enjoy, at unbeatable prices."

"The Patrons of the Arts is dedicated to bringing quality live performances to Southeast Missouri," said Mary Libla, chair of the Patrons of the Arts Society, a non-profit organization that raises funds to bring special music, art, drama, dance, literature, lecture, and film events to the community through Three Rivers College. "These are the same performers you would see in the most prestigious venues across the world. I encourage everyone who enjoys these shows to help out by joining the Patrons of the Arts or sponsoring a show. It's that kind of community support that helps us continue bringing high-quality entertainment to Southeast Missouri."

The Patrons of the Arts 2017-18 season will include the following performances. For more information on the performances or to order tickets online, visit trcc.edu/tinnin. For info on joining the Patrons of the Arts Society or sponsoring a show, call 573-840-9688. Those interested in keeping track of the season via Facebook can "Like" Facebook.com/TinninCenter.

Golden Sounds of The Platters, 7 p.m. Sept. 21. Direct from Jon Sousan's Tribute Theatre in Branson, Golden Sounds features the greatest hits of The Platters, one of the most successful vocal groups of the early rock and roll era, as brilliantly performed by veteran R&B musicians. In addition to such Platters hits as "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes," "The Great Pretender," and "Only You," the concert also features Motown hits from The Temptations, the Four Tops, and many others.

Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People's Republic of China, 7 p.m. Oct. 12. With breathtaking stunts, magnificent feats of athletic daring, and glittering costumes, the Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People's Republic of China is one of China's most acclaimed acrobatic troupes. With a legacy stretching back thousands of years, the troupe's show offers thrilling acrobatics, illusions, aerial stunts, juggling, contortion, and mesmerizing martial arts displays. This vibrant spectacle will dazzle and delight.

An Evening with Mark Twain, 7 p.m. Nov. 16. This one-man show featuring New York actor Dr. Michael Mauldin is a hilarious and insightful recreation of an actual lecture from world-famous humorist and author Mark Twain. The show combines Twain’s uproarious comedy, biting social satire, and often dark commentary on the human condition.

SIX, 8 p.m. Dec. 7. Direct from Branson, SIX is an a cappella band of brothers who create an orchestra of sounds with their voices. These masters of showmanship amaze audiences with their powerhouse vocals, impeccable harmonies, and high-end production.

Olé Music & Dance of Spain, 7 p.m. March 29. Olé Music & Dance of Spain from Kansas City performs an evening of flamenco dance styles, including fandango, tango, and alegrias. These colorful and lively dances of Spain are performed by a diverse group of talented dancers and musicians in native Spanish costumes.

Moscow Festival Ballet, 7 p.m. April 30. Direct from Russia, the Moscow Festival Ballet will perform The Sleeping Beauty, widely considered the finest achievement of classical ballet. The beloved tale of Princess Aurora and her handsome prince is told through the enchanting music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the breathtaking movement of the classically trained dancers of this world-touring Russian troupe.

Season tickets covering all six main Patrons shows are $75. Season tickets are available by calling the Patrons of the Arts Society at 573-840-9688 or the Financial Services office at 573-840-9670.

Tickets for individual shows are available online at trcc.edu/tinnin and will remain so throughout the season. For two weeks prior to each show, tickets will be sold at the Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce and the Three Rivers College Student Accounts Office. Tickets will be sold at the door as available.

"We at Three Rivers are immensely appreciative of the support of the Patrons of the Arts Society," said Payne. "Donors to the Patrons allow us to bring in national and international touring troupes at an unbelievable price for performances of this quality. You would pay two, three, four or more times as much to see these performers in St. Louis or Memphis."

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