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September 22, 2013 • 3:00 pm

The Fountain City Brass Band 

FCBB returns to Graceland University! On the heels of last year’s stunning Homecoming performance celebrating the opening of the renovated Shaw Center, this top American brass band under the direction of Dr. Joseph Parisi will present a varied program, including familiar folk tunes, ballads, Broadway and Hollywood favorites, marches and classical and contemporary masterworks. Founded in 2002 in Kansas City, this wonderfully spirited band is now in its 11th season, and continues to perform throughout America and abroad as the current U.S. Open Brass Band Champions. We will again experience the incredible abilities of the musicians, and the warm and witty humor of Conductor Joe Parisi as he introduces the selections on the program.


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November 18, 2013 • 7:30 pm

Lakota Dance Theatre

Founded in 1978 on the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota, SOLARIS/LAKOTA SIOUX DANCE THEATRE began with the support of traditional Lakota Indian educators, healers, community leaders, championship powwow dances, singers and storytellers. Its signature work allows the opportunity for people of all ages to experience the holistic worldview of the Lakota Sioux through performance, educational outreach, and original broadcast television programs. They have educated, entertained and enlightened audiences all over the world for more than three decades. The Company has appeared often at the Kennedy Center, and was featured in the opening festivities for the National Museum of the American Indian and The Millennium Celebration of Times Square 2000.



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February 13, 2014 • 7:30 pm

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

In 2013, Ladysmith Black Mambazo – led by founder and leader Joseph Shabalala – celebrates over fifty years of joyous and uplifting music that marries the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. In those years, the a cappella vocal group has created a musical and spiritual alchemy that has touched a worldwide audience representing every corner of the religious, cultural and ethnic landscape. Their musical efforts over the past five decades have garnered praise and accolades within the recording industry, but also solidified their identity as a cultural force to be reckoned with. In addition to their work with Paul Simon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with numerous artists from around the world.


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 April 4, 2014 • 7:30 pm

Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival

In 1975, Nikolai Massenkoff founded the MASSENKOFF RUSSIAN FOLK FESTIVAL, a festival of Russian music, song and dance expressing love for his Russian heritage. He has performed more than two decades both nationally and internationally to great acclaim.  These performances included: Carnegie Hall; Olympic Stadium in Seoul, Korea before a live audience of 90,000 people; over 100 performances at the International Division of Epcot Center's World Stage in Florida; with major symphony orchestras - San Francisco, Baltimore, Edmonton, Honolulu, Palm Beach, Flagstaff, London, Edmonton and Cincinnati Symphony; major performing arts centers; national and international television, including Suwestfunk (Baden, Baden, Germany) and the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.