For release: June 15, 2011
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The University of Memphis will launch its 100th anniversary celebration with a Centennial
Kick-off Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Cannon Center for the Performing
Arts. The evening of entertainment will feature performances by students and faculty
of the University’s Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, along with a special guest –
Grammy Award-winning soul and R&B singer/musician Aaron Neville.
The program will feature the debut of two original compositions, “Centennial Fanfare”
and “Presidential Portraits,” written by longtime U of M music professor James Richens.
Performers will include the University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble,
Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra, Sound Fuzion, the University Singers, and the U of
Neville has had a successful career as a solo artist and as a member of the Neville
Brothers. His hits include “Tell It Like It Is,” “Don’t Know Much,” “All My Life”
and “Everybody Plays the Fool.”
Tickets are $28 and $20, plus fees, available through Ticketmaster and at the Cannon
Center box office. A limited number of tickets will be sold to U of M faculty, staff
and students for $12, plus fees, in early September.
The University of Memphis centennial celebration will begin this fall and last through
December 2012. During that time, a series of landmark events will pay tribute to the
University’s past and look forward to its future. Among the highlights will be the
largest theatre production ever staged by the University, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera, in February 2012; an Alumni Weekend in April 2012, when a bronze sculpture of beloved
Tiger mascot TOM will be unveiled; and the 30th Biennial Public Address Conference
in September 2012, just weeks before the U.S. presidential election.