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Improv violinist opens Clover’s 2015 Performing Arts Series

Improv violinist Alex Depue opens the Clover Performing Arts Series in September.
Improv violinist Alex Depue opens the Clover Performing Arts Series in September. ALEX DEPUE

Season 14 of Clover School District Auditorium Performing Arts Series will feature a phantom, a fiddler, a family affair, an American army of instrumentalists and singers, Irish lads and lassies, tributes to a legendary crooner and a country crossover superstar, the symphonic, the silly, and A Band Called Honalee.

The series opens in September with Alex Depue. Depue is described as “one of the leading improv violinists of his generation.” With a background in both violin and fiddling, he displays his legendary prowess in blues, bluegrass, classical, jazz and rock.

A Band Called Honalee visits in October. Three gifted young artists delightfully evoke the warm sound and spirit of the folk era. Sarah, Chris and Eli offer a fresh take on music from folk music favorites.

The United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus takes the stage in October as well. The 65-member Concert Band and the 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform orchestral masterworks and operatic arias, to Sousa marches, jazz classics and Broadway musicals.

In November, audiences will recall “old blue eyes” as vocalist John Love fronts the 17-piece Doug Burns Big Band to recreate one of the all time great icons of American music, Frank Sinatra.

Children’s Theater of Charlotte puts a slapstick spin on the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, “The Princess and the Pea” in January.

February brings back the tale of country music legend Patsy Cline. Sandia Ahlers stars in America’s favorite Patsy Cline tribute, “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.”

Family night, also in February, features husband and wife team Timmy and Susana Abell. Blending award winning music with storytelling and puppetry, this night of family fun is a wonderfully engaging interplay of music, storytelling, lessons and laughter.

In March, “the iron man of the mask,” Franc D’Ambrosio returns to the Clover stage. After 2,300 performances as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera,’ D’Ambrosio unmasks the Phantom and takes the audience on a journey from the Bronx to Broadway and beyond.

The Young Irelanders make their way from the Emerald Isle in March. Eight sensational performers who have Irish traditional music, song and dance running through their veins make old traditions new.

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra closes out the season in April. Performing great symphonic music that educates, entertains and enriches the human spirit is the mission of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Resident Staff Conductor Albert-George Schram will take the podium for this “pops” oriented concert.

Season tickets are available for $50. Individual tickets are also on sale for each event. For more information, call the auditorium at 803-222-8018 or go to www.clover.k12.sc.us/csda.