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Richard Marx And John Waite Headline Hamilton Fine Arts Center Performing Arts Season

Oct. 12, 2010

This could arguably be the best performing arts season yet for the Hamilton Fine Arts Center (HFAC), as it presents national headliners, debut performances and top-notch entertainment for everyone.

Richard Marx, “Stories to Tell” – Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

For more than 20 years, Richard Marx has consistently and powerfully made his mark on the music industry. His debut single, “Don’t Mean Nothing,” and self-titled debut album kicked off his career as a solo artist in 1987 and went on to sell 3 million copies. His 1989 follow-up CD, “Repeat Offender,” became even more successful, selling more than 7 million copies worldwide. From 1987 to 1990, he became the first male solo artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the top five on Billboard’s singles chart, including the No. 1 hits “Hold Onto the Nights,” “Satisfied” and the worldwide classic, “Right Here Waiting.” Enjoy an up close and personal evening with Richard Marx as he sings his favorite songs and shares his personal stories. This performance is supported by the Milwaukee Marriott West and Proline Entertainment, LLC. Tickets are for reserved seating. Advance tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students. Add $5 at the door.

Onstage Swing Dance Soiree – Friday, January 14, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Learn to swing dance with Milwaukee’s most loved Jumpin’ Jive Club instructors Maureen Majeski and Stephanie Wise on the HFAC stage that has been converted into a lounge, complete with dance floor, mood lighting and your favorite swing dance music. Lesson at 7 p.m. Dancing at 8 p.m. Beverages and concessions available throughout the evening. Advance tickets are $10. Add $5 at the door.

UPROOTED Theatre presents, “I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda” – Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Rwanda takes place in London in 1999, five years after the horrors of the Rwandan genocide. Set in London, this touching piece crafted through a series of conversations offers the audience a glimpse of the atrocities that occurred in Rwanda. The play charts the bittersweet relationship between the two characters, Simon and Juliette. Simon is a struggling poet struggling with insecurities stemming from his faltering career. Juliette is a descendant of the Tutsi tribe, who in an attempt to help the people of the world begins to write a book addressing the terrible events of the Civil War in her home country, Rwanda.

The two meet while Juliette is living in a hostel in London. Juliette finds through her friendship with Simon – though limited to their writing project – a pathway to spiritual healing. Simon finds in Juliette a stunning example of resilience, African pride and familial love, while simultaneously regaining his confidence as a writer. This show is sponsored by the Hamilton Education Foundation. Tickets are for reserved seating. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians with Al Pierson – Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 7 p.m.

Countless people remember with nostalgia the tradition of Guy Lombardo with his Royal Canadians playing at New York City's Waldorf Astoria on New Year's Eve. Since then, the playing of “Auld Lang Syne” at the stroke of midnight has become a tradition. Enjoy the Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians Orchestra with conductor Al Pierson as they play the wonderful tunes of yesterday: “Seems Like Old Times,” “Boo Hoo,” “Coquette,” “Sweethearts on Parade” and “Ain't She Sweet,” as well as an occasional Lombardo style arrangement of contemporary classic pop tunes. Tickets are for reserved seating. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $10 for students.

John Waite, “Downtown Journey Unplugged” – Friday, April 15, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

John Waite's career ignited in the 80s with the MTV/radio staple “Change” and then exploded with smash hit “Missing You,” which went to No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. In 1989, as front man for the pop/rock super group Bad English, “When I See You Smile” (penned by Diane Warren) sparked sold-out concert tours and a succession of Billboard Hot 100 Hits. Waite returned to solo work and since 1995 has produced five solo albums including his latest album “Downtown... Journey of a Heart.” This performance is supported by the Milwaukee Marriott West and Proline Entertainment, LLC. Tickets are for reserved seating. Advance tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students. Add $5 at the door.

Special guest performances

The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is pleased to announce special guest performances by the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra and Brookfield Academy throughout the 2010-11 performing arts season.

Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra presents “The Elements of Music” – Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating Mike Kamenski’s 25 years as conductor, the Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra performs a light classics and pops concert entitled, “The Elements of Music.” In the style of Leonard Bernstein, one of Kamenski’s musical heroes, the conductor’s role as teacher will guide this concert. With many orchestral examples, music’s very essence and creative process will be explained and demonstrated. To provide a unique perspective of this concert, the audience will be allowed several occasions to be seated on stage amongst the musicians. Tickets are for general seating. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens (55+) and $6 for students.

Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra presents “A Kamenski Kristmas” – Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

Continuing the 25th anniversary celebration of conductor Mike Kamenski, “A Kamenski Kristmas” features Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, a medley of Polish Christmas carols and many more Christmas delights. Tickets are for general seating. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens (55+) and $6 for students.

Brookfield Academy presents “The Music Man” – March 5-6, 2011 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Continuing a tradition of production excellence, Brookfield Academy is proud to strike up the band with its all-school musical, "The Music Man." Follow fast-talking, flim-flamming Harold Hill in this all-American salute to music and romance. Directed by Mark Salentine, Brookfield Academy Upper School Theatre Director and Sunset Playhouse Artistic Director. Tickets are for general seating. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $5 for students.

Menomonee Falls Symphony Orchestra presents “Spring Classical Concert” – Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

The MFSO classical concert opens with Mahler’s “First Symphony” and concludes with Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man,” a multi-movement, dramatic work for chorus, soloists and orchestra, that explores the devastation of wars and the absolute need for peace and harmony between peoples. Tickets are for general seating. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens (55+) and $6 for students.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.HamiltonFineArtsCenter.com or by visiting the HFAC box office on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Hamilton Fine Arts Center is located at W220 N6151 Townline Road, Sussex. No phone orders accepted, please.

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