#ComingToSKyPAC Charlie Daniels Band

2014-band-bwBowling Green, KY — (August 12, 2015) — From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape then Charlie Daniels. This legendary artist and his band,the Charlie Daniels Band, will perform at SKyPAC Sunday, November 22nd at 7:30 p.m. presented by Overhead Door Company of Bowling Green.

An outspoken patriot, beloved mentor to young artists and still a road warrior at age 78, Charlie has parlayed his passion for music into a multi-platinum career and a platform to support the military, underprivileged children and others in need. Raised among the longleaf pine of North Carolina, Charlie began his career playing bluegrass music with the Misty Mountain Boys.

After moving to Nashville in 1967, he began making a name for himself as a songwriter, session musician and producer. Elvis Presley recorded a tune Charlie co-wrote titled “Its Hurts Me,” which was released on the flip side of “Kissin’ Cousins.” He played on such landmark albums as Boy Dylan’s Nashville Skyline and tired his hand at producing on the Youngbloods’ Elephant Mountain and Ride the Wind.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, September 11th at 10:00AM. To take part in future SKyPAC pre-sale opportunities contact Deborah Stein at 270-904-5002 to become a SKyPAC member. For additional information visit www.TheSKyPAC.com or call the SKyPAC ticket office at 270-904-1880.

Glenn Miller Orchestra: A Legend Lives On

The legendary Glenn Miller, who was one of the most successful bandleaders back in the Swing Era and his influence led to the formation of the Glenn Miller Orchestra which will grace the SKyPAC stage on Friday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. With their unique jazz sound, this group is one you won’t want to miss.

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The Glenn Miller Orchestra is owned and operated by Glenn Miller Productions, Inc., under license from the Miller Estate. Glenn Miller Productions, Inc., has the sole and exclusive right to use the Glenn Miller Orchestra name.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra is a fully self-contained group consisting of the musical director, five saxophone players, four trumpeters, four trombonists, and three rhythm musicians (piano, bass and drums). Also, there are two vocalists, one male and one female, who perform individually and as part of The Moonlight Serenaders vocal group.

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The big-band business today requires almost constant travel as a result of an arduous schedule of one-night stands. The Glenn Miller Orchestra is “on the road” longer and more continuously than any other in the whole world, having celebrated its 55th year anniversary on June 6, 2011. It covers over a hundred thousand miles a year, working most every night for 48 weeks out of every 52-nearly 300 playing dates, performing for an “in person” audience that adds up to more than a half million people annually.

The orchestra has performed in all 50 United States, as well as throughout Europe, Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Guam, the Philippines, South and Central America. The orchestra’s tour of Japan during November/December 2011 will be its 44th annual tour of that country.

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The “Road Book” carried by the Glenn Miller Orchestra adds up to over 300 charts-many of them out of the original library. Today, the complete library totals over 1,700 compositions including all of the original charts from both the civilian band and the Army Air Force Band.

Of course, all of the biggest hits are included in a regular program. But so are arrangements of less well-known tunes like The White Cliffs of Dover, Rainbow Rhapsody, Everybody Loves My Baby, and That’s Sabotage. The Miller library features contributions from many fine arrangers including Bill Finegan, Jerry Gray, Billy May, Mort Lindsay, Deane Kinkaide, Joe Cribari, and Dave Wolpe. They have added such numbers as Over the Rainbow, September Morn, The Body Electric from the T.V. series Fame, Up Where We Belong, from the hit movie, An Officer and a Gentleman, and Star Wars/War of The Stars.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra has always been very musical, disciplined, and visually entertaining. And it has its own distinctive “sound.”

That sound is created by the clarinet holding the melodic line, doubled or coupled with the tenor sax playing the same notes; and the harmonies produced by three other saxophones, while growling trombones and wailing trumpets add their oo-ahs.

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Glenn Miller and His Orchestra made a big impact right before and during the war. And it had more hit records in one year than anybody in the history of the recording industry. In fact, its recording of Chattanooga Choo-Choo earned the first Gold Record ever awarded to a performing artist. Additional Gold Record recordings include “In the Digital Mood” and “In The Christmas Mood,” Volume I & II.

Back in the days of the big band era of the forties, any dance band “worth its salt” had a distinctive theme song. It was the musical signature with which they signed on and signed off at their engagements and radio broadcasts. The theme of Glenn Miller and His Orchestra was the beautiful Moonlight Serenade, and it is still the signature tune of the Glenn Miller Orchestra today. Interestingly enough, Glenn Miller originally wrote the music of the song himself as an exercise for a course in arranging. He composed it long before he organized his band, when he was a trombonist and arranger with Ray Noble’s famous band.

Today, it is considered a standard in the field of popular music with its popularity as an instrumental continuing undiminished through the years.

It is now more than 70 years since Glenn Miller first succeeded with the Orchestra, which still bears his name until this day. Except for a few years following his disappearance, Glenn’s orchestra and music have been heard around the world continuously since 1938.

 

The Power of Arts Education

Written By: SKyPAC Executive Director/CEO, Jan Allan Zarr

The Chinese proverb reads, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for the day, teach a121412_art man to fish – feed him for a lifetime.” With early Arts Education, not only are we meeting the immediate need, we are also providing the foundation for change and improvement!

Parents often hear about the wonderful benefits of organized sports, but the creative arts are another terrific medium to keep their children active, healthy and engaged. Creativity, social skills, goal achievement, communication skills and self-esteem are all characteristics that are attained through participation in the arts. Exposure to and participation in the theater arts provide benefits that cannot be found in sports programs, such as increased comfort with public speaking, greater self-confidence and trust in group process, and a positive outlet that helps children learn how to think outside of the box and solve creative problems. For the introverted child who is uncertain in sport group activities, theater can be the perfect place to gain personal confidence in smaller steps. While we are not building houses or feeding the poor, we are helping to nourish souls and those souls will, in return, nourish others. Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Just like any other skill, creativity needs to be practiced to develop into the kind of problem-solving ability that is needed in the workplace of the 21st century.

PaintFostering creativity is important, even for children who are successful in organized sports and school activities. Arts Education provides a safe place for students to practice creativity and take personal risks in a venue that celebrates success with every new work of art, whether it is a performance, written or visual piece. The social rewards each child gains through his/her participation in art activities are rich and numerous. Whether a child has been diagnosed with a learning difference that makes social encounters particularly challenging for them or not, all young people can profit from the drawingmyriad of opportunities for social growth available to them through art education. We live in a highly competitive era where our children are introduced at an early age to the critical realities of our achievement and success-oriented society. From academics, to athletics, to social interaction, youth are pressured to get the best grades, to score the most points, to have the most friends. This is especially true during the middle and high school years. At the same time, segments of our society tend to view the arts as a luxury, a frill, an extra-curricular activity running a distant second to the popular status of sports.

When times are hard in the economy, many people believe that cutting funding to artsed-final-5-01-01“unimportant” programs like art, theatre and music is the first solution. It is thought by many people that we will raise a generation of financially sound individuals if we simply focus on subjects that could potentially place them in high paying jobs with benefits. But what if the arts were part of the answer? How can something like theatrical arts impact their everyday lives, and what are the benefits of the arts in education? In a sea of eager and well behaved students, less fortunate children often slip through the cracks of the educational system. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy: these children are born poor, they grow up poor, and they end up poor. What if there was a way to help these kids before it’s too late?

041411_Arts_Education_617_347By encouraging our youth to take part in some form of arts during these informative school years, students are able to develop skills that they will find useful in practical real life situations. In general, students who study the arts tend to be better communicators, highly motivated, and score higher on tests of creative thinking than those without art education. According to the issue brief for the National Governors Association, studies have found that students who study the arts are “four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, four times more likely to participate in a math and science fair, three times more likely to win an award for school attendance and four times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem. These skills and achievements are necessary to gain the upper hand in today’s competitive workforce. Everyone needs a place where they feel they belong, can relax and be themselves. If you learn to be emotionally present at a young age, you will grow up to be a healthy participant in the ensemble that is the world.”art-education

Arts Education can help break the vicious cycle of poverty and encourage children to strive for a better life. An educated society is an ideal society. Therefore an increase in arts education is important for our economy, our future, and our well-being as a society!

 

COUNTRY STAR JOSH TURNER SET TO PERFORM AT SKyPAC

JoshTurner_Banner_Web_goldSKyPAC announces the return of the Sounds of Independence, August 29, 2014, as Country performer Josh Turner rolls into Bowling Green with his Roughstock and Rambler Tour. One of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers, earning numerous CMA, ACM and GRAMMY nominations; Turner has JoshTurner_SquarePoster3sold more than five million albums and garnered four No. 1 hits. His song, “All Over Me,” from Haywire also reached the top spot on the charts, making him one of only seven country artists to have two No. 1 hits in 2010.

“It’s an electrifying time at SKyPAC and we are delighted with our partnership with Independence Bank,” states Jan Allan Zarr, Executive Director of SKyPAC. “This concert is an enduring testament of the continued spirit both SKyPAC and Independence Bank have, in bringing to Bowling Green and the surrounding communities, quality entertainment. “

Turner released his fifth studio album, Punching Bag, on June 12, 2012 which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. The debut single, “Time is Love” was #1 on the Best of 2012 Billboard Country Chart. The Associated Press says, “With Punching Bag, Turner once again proves he ranks among the most effective — and most hard-core country — performers of his generation.” Turner is one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry, inducted in 2007.

“With the success of last year’s Sounds of Independence Music Festival and our partnership with SKyPAC, we are excited about this event and what it means for our community,” says Brad Howard, President of Independence Bank. “We hope the support from this event will continue to attract and favor SKyPAC and downtown Bowling Green.”

Tickets go on-sale May 23, 2014 at 11:00 am. They may be purchased at the SKyPAC Ticket Office, online at TheSKyPAC.com or by phone at 270-904-1880.

For more information on Josh Turner, visit www.JoshTurner.com

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About SKyPAC

SKyPAC Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, oversees the administration of the SKyPAC and the Capitol Arts Center facilities and programs. SKyPAC is a multi-use facility located in downtown Bowling Green, KY and has become a premier center for entertainment.

The SKyPAC facility includes an 1,800-seat state-of-the-art auditorium that serves as the home of Orchestra Kentucky & Kentucky Stages; The Renshaw Education Center which houses the Carol Wedge Studio Theater – a flexible 2,600 sq. ft. space for intimate productions and gatherings; several multi-functional rehearsal halls/classrooms; a children’s art gallery and a main gallery. The Capitol Arts Center provides a 750-seat auditorium and two art galleries, the Houchens Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery.  For more information, visit TheSKyPAC.com or call (270) 904-5000.

 About Independence Bank

Independence Bank is a regional community bank with 19 locations in 9 counties in western Kentucky – Calloway, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Hopkins, McCracken, McLean, Warren and Webster counties, with assets of $1.4 billion. For more information, visit 1776bank.com