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MERLE HAGGGARD LIVE AT THE SAENGER THEATRE

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The man behind country musics working man's anthems, legendary troubadour MERLE HAGGARD has hung his soul on the line with dozens of songs that tell tales of hard living.  Ever the lonesome fugitive, outlaw and flesh-and-bones performer, Haggard weaves his one-of-a-kind vocal textures, lead guitar and fiddle to reveal the heart and soul of a musician who may be the most well-rounded country talent ever to take the stage.

From his first national hit, Sing A Sad Song, to classics like Okie from Muskogee, Big City and Silver Wings, Merle Haggard has brought a lyrical depth to country music. His hart-toppers include Lonesome Fugitive, Hungry Eyes, and Working Man Blues. One of his all time favorites, Today I Started Loving You Again, has been recorded by over 400 artists. He continues to tour with one of country musics finest road bands, The Strangers, eight time winners of the Academy of Country Musics Touring Band of the Year Award. 

The singer and songwriter comes to the Pensacola Saenger Theatre on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are priced at $59, and may be purchased at the theatre box office and Ticketmaster, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.


CHORAL SOCIETY OF PENSACOLA'S "LYRIC LIBATIONS"

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The Choral Society of Pensacola is jazzing up their annual Lyric Libations gala in a big way this year with performances by The Uptown Trio and vocalist Angie Powers. This popular evening of entertainment, food and wine takes place on Friday, April 25 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at Dollarhides Music Center located at 41 South Palafox Place in downtown Pensacola.
 
Angie Powers has defined her distinct talent by performing with such greats as Kenny Loggins, George Carlin, Roy Clark, Johnny Nash and Brooke Benton. Her voice is strong, dynamic, diverse and one not soon to be forgotten. From Boot Scootin' Boogie to New York, New York as well as tunes by Tina Turner and Dianna Krall, Powers truly performs a wide array of unforgettable musical selections. She has also been a featured entertainer at Disney World.
 
The Uptown Trio features three of the areas finest jazz musicians with Jim Armstrong on guitar, Tim Jackson on bass, and Sandy Spivey on saxophone. This veteran trio will accompany Powers and also liven up the evening with their own finely-crafted instrumental stylings.
 
Lyric Libations patrons will also be treated to a tasty variety of heavy hors d'oeuvres and fine wines, several enticing silent auction items, a 50/50 drawing, and ticket giveaways for the Choral Society's performance of the magnificent Bach Mass in B Minor on May 10th.
 
The public is cordially invited to enjoy a fun-filled evening with the Choral Society of Pensacola - Northwest Florida's premier symphonic chorus, now in its 78th season. Reservations for Lyric Libations are $25 per person. Reservations can be made online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/612727, or by calling the Choral Society office at 850-484-1806. The Choral Societys e-mail address is csop1@juno.com. Visit the Choral Society web site at www.choralsocietyofpensacola.com.


Pensacola Symphony Orchestra’s Final Concert of 88th Season

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Join the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra for the triumphant finale of the 88th concert season featuring pieces by Mozart & Mahler. The evening begins with Mozart's delightful concerto for two soloists with orchestra, Sinfonia Concertante, and will conclude with Mahler's wonderfully dramatic First Symphony, Titan. PSO's beloved Concertmaster Leonid Yanovskiy and Principal Violist Brian Brown will be featured on violin and viola respectively. This performance will take place on Saturday, April 26th at 8PM in the Saenger Theatre in Downtown Pensacola.

Maestro Peter Rubardt's pairing of Mozart & Mahler also showcases the expansion of the orchestra from the Classical Period into the late 19th Century. Mahler's aptly named "Titan" calls for a massive orchestral force of over 80 musicians - including 8 French horns, quadruple the woodwinds, and a powerful percussion section - while the much more delicate Sinfonia Concertante is scored for strings, with only a pair of horns and oboes.

There is certainly a special reverence for both Mozart & Mahler amongst musicians and audience members alike. Mozarts transcendent melodies have long been praised as a pinnacle of human achievement, and the daunting nuances of Mahler stir a mixture of excitement and emotion that is stunning. Ask any orchestral performer how they feel about Mahler, and their eyes will glaze over as they grasp for words, says Music Director, Peter Rubardt. Playing Mahler is the high point of an orchestra's collective artistic achievement and a Mahler symphony sets the bar for an ensembles musical, technical, and emotional capacity.

There will be a special matinee dress rehearsal for the concert beginning at 2PM. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Palafox entrance of the Saenger Theatre. Then starting at 7PM, Dr. Larry Reed will present Classical Conversations. It's the perfect opportunity to learn more about the music, as well as a chance to hear from the evening's guest artist. The event is free with your concert ticket.

Tickets start at only $22 " available at pensacolasymphony.com, by phone at 850-435-2533, and the Saenger Theatre, at Palafox Place and Intendencia Street.


SHOWTIME 2014

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The Pensacola Children's Chorus, under the direction of Allen and Susan Pote, will present its annual production of Showtime at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre in downtown Pensacola Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, May 4 at 2:30 PM. Tickets are on sale at the Saenger Theatre Box Office (open weekdays between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm), at all Ticket Master outlets, and at www.ticketmaster.com. Prices are $23, $33 and $39 (plus applicable service charge).

Showtime will once again feature the seven choirs of the Pensacola Children's Chorus comprised of over 300 members performing a variety of music, showcasing spectacular costumes, dynamic choreography and impressive staging. Highlights this year feature numbers from Broadway classics, including West Side Story, Camelot, A Chorus Line, and Matilda. Creative themed segments include Songs from Around the World, Michael Jackson Tribute, Disney Medley, and Patriotic.

The Pensacola Children's Chorus is led by Founding Artistic Directors Allen and Susan Pote, with LaRaye Ryan as costumer, Emily Mixon and Michael Dennis as choreographers, and Karen Hebert as guest choreographer. The mission of the Pensacola Children's Chorus it to provide quality music education and performances to include both traditional, classical, choral training and musical theater to enrich the lives of children from all religious, racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds.

For more information about this performance or general inquiries regarding the Pensacola Children's Chorus, call 850-434-7760 or www.pensacolachildrenschorus.com.


BRIT FLOYD - THE WORLD'S GREATEST PINK FLOYD SHOW

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Brit Floyd - The Worlds Greatest Pink Floyd Show will debut on the Saenger Theatre stage on May 5 at 7:30 p.m. It's spectacular new LIVE production featuring music from all fourteen Pink Floyd studio albums plus a dazzling new light and laser show. Tickets are on sale at the Saenger Theatre Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone by calling 800-745-3000, or online at Ticketmaster.com

Having performed to over one million fans around the world since it's first show in Liverpool, England in January 2011, Brit Floyd - The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show returns to North America from March to June 2014 to perform DISCOVERY, a stunning new three hour chronological musical journey spanning the entire recording career of Pink Floyd from 1967 - 1994.

Named after Pink Floyd's recent box set of the same name, and featuring music from the Syd Barrett led '60s psychedelic pop of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, through to the nineties The Division Bell, and everything in between, the brand new DISCOVERY show will capture in note-for-note detail, all your favorite moments as well as a few lesser known gems, from one of the most outstanding and enduring back catalog's in the history of recorded music.

Featuring the trademark Pink Floyd arch and circle light show, Brit Floyd's musical performance will also be accompanied by amazing original video and brand new animation, inspired by the timelessly brilliant artwork designs of longtime Pink Floyd collaborator Storm Thorgerson.  

With painstaking attention to detail, replicating every nuance of every Floydian moment both musically and visually, the band's execution of all Pink Floyd's greatest works will make each familiar track sound fresh and pristine.

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