The EKU Center for the Arts launches its second season on Sept. 11 with a patriotic themed concert by the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
The concert, on the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks on New York City and Washington D.C., will “honor the heroes of 9/11 and our nation's storied history,” according to promotional material for the concert.
Tickets have been selling well since the 21-act second season was announced in late July, said Jill Price, the center's interim director.
The season's final show, Celtic Woman, scheduled for April 20 has already sold 25 percent of its tickets, she said.
The artists, as well as the center's manager have been pleased with ticket sales so far, Price said.
There was an upsurge in ticket sales this past Monday, the first day that unsold seats reserved for package-ticket holders from last season were released, she said.
Each time the center sends out an email blast or launches a new advertising campaign, the public has been responding, Price added.
Ticket sales for the Jan. 16 performance by STOMP got an unexpected boost after television viewers watched the group perform for the closing ceremonies of the recent London Olympics.
Tickets sales cannot be compared to last year because the center did not even print the first tickets until Sept. 15, Price pointed out.
Among the most popular shows so far have been Vince Gill on Oct. 18, Tony Bennett on Oct. 27, The Blue Man Group on Nov. 9 and Kenny Rogers on Dec. 4.
Even as exotic an act as the Royal Dummers and Dancers of Burundi on Sept. 23 is selling well.
The African group has a loyal following that will be coming to Richmond to see and hear them perfrom, Price said.
The center is planning some extra matinee performances to which high school students will be bused in to see. Among those will be the April 16 performance of John Steinbeck's “Of Mice and Men,” Cirque Ziva on March 26 and STOMP on Jan. 16.
EKU students will have the opportunity to attend 10 of the season's 21 shows for $10 each. An email was to be sent to students announcing the line-up. The 10 are shows for which the center will pay performers a flat fee. That means the center will gain revenue by making unsold tickets available to students, even at the discounted price, said Dr. Skip Daugherty, executive assistant to EKU President Doug Whitlock.
Beginning with the Sept. 21 performance by Al Green, a catered meal will be served for $25 each in the center's Black Box Theater. Also, a seating chart has been added to the center's website, www.ekucenter.com.
The season features three shows a month in September, October and November. After one show in December and two in Jaunary, the schedule pace picks up again in February with three shows a month through April.
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