MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University 2003-04 Performing Arts Series will offer an eclectic mix of music and dance.

Here is a brief overview of the eight events scheduled this year. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.:

•Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble, a six-member taiko (Japanese drum) group based in Toronto, Friday, Sept. 26;

•Mose Allison, a jazz pianist and singer who has composed more than 150 songs covered by such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison, The Who, and Elvis Costello, Saturday, Oct. 18;

•Kate and Anna McGarrigle, singing siblings from Montreal who are known for their distinctive mix of harmonies and intelligence, and whose songs have been recorded by the likes of Linda Rondstadt, Judy Collins and Emmylou Harris, Saturday, Nov. 1;

•Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, whose namesake rose from Los Angeles-based local hero to international jazz star and salsa king, Friday, Nov. 21;

•Hubbard Street 2, a six-member troupe that performs much of the jazz dance choreography that has made the Chicago-based Hubbard Street Dance Company so successful, Saturday, Jan.31;

•C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band, a zydeco star following in the footsteps of his famous father, Clifton Chener, who takes his bayou music to new heights, Saturday, Feb. 21;

•Shemekia Copeland, a blues singer known for her “rafter-rattling” voice that generates waves of energy and emotion, Friday, March 19; and

•Ellen McIlwaine, who has been called the world’s best slide blues guitarist and whose street credits include hanging out with Hendrix in the village., Saturday, April 17.

Season tickets are available at the Superior Dome or by phone at 227-1032. Prices are $42 for students, $98 for NMU faculty and staff, and $105 for the general public. Individual tickets are also available at all NMU outlets. Advance prices are $6 for students, $14 for NMU employees and $15 for general admission. Prices at the door are $2 more per ticket, respectively.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director