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ISU Performing Arts Series 2019-2020 season

May 6, 2019

What do rock'n roll, a Christmas themed circus, hypnotism and hip-hop ballet all have in common? They are all part of the Indiana State University Performing Arts Series 2019-2020 season.

Sponsored by Terre Haute Savings Bank, the season will kick off with some rock'n'roll and a salute to the Eagles on Sept. 24. Hotel California will recreate the legendary sound of the Eagles and delivering a sound that blends the boundaries of Rock, R&B, and country. Hotel California was founded with the intent of filling the void left by the demise of the Eagles in 1982 and has been thrilling audiences all over the world.

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass will perform in Tilson on Oct. 14. Big Brass originated on the streets of New Orleans and since has become a one of a kind brass group that plays not only traditional brass concerts, but also contemporary popular music and themed concerts. The spirit of Christmas will be taking over Tilson with Santa's Circus on Dec. 10. The beautifully-themed show will incorporate breathtaking stunts and skills, magic, illusion and comedy into a holiday show. There will be a special pre-event for ticket holders prior to this performance that will include pictures with Santa, carols by the Terre Haute North High School choir, a Toys for Tots collection, refreshments and more.

Next up we bring you a show from the minds of improv and comedy legend Colin Mochrie and master hypnotist Asad Mecci on Jan. 16. Hyprov - or hypnosis and improvisation - will offer an unique and exciting theatrical experience. Volunteers will be selected from the audience and hypnotized, and four are left on stage with comedy legend Mochrie.

Hiplet will dance across the stage on Feb. 6 with the non-traditional ballet troupe. Hiplet is a blend between classical pointe technique, Hip-Hop, and a multitude of other urban dance styles. Originally designed to make ballet accessible to all, Hiplet is an entertaining and original dance performance unlike any other.

The season will wrap up with The Diary of Anne Frank on March 10. The tale of the Franks will forever be one of World War II's most enduring stories. The performance follows the Frank family's life in their secret attic hiding from the Nazis as Jews were being deported. Anne's diary allows us to know her thoughts she grows up in the secret attic. Through laughter, fights, and experiencing love for the first time, her story is as relevant today as when it was first published.

Each of the Performing Arts Series shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. A pre-event will be held before every performance and will feature entertainment relating to the theme of the show that evening as well as refreshments. Pre-events begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Heritage Ballroom unless otherwise advertised.

Season tickets are on sale now, starting at $56, which adds up to over a 50 percent discount for the whole season. ISU faculty and staff enjoy additional discounts, and all ISU students are admitted for free with their student ID.

Individual tickets will go on sale in August. For more information, visit the Hulman Center Ticket Office, call 1-877-ISU-TIXS, or visit For regular updates on shows, follow us on Facebook at ISU Hulman Center Facilities or sign up for the email list.