Kohlenberg Lyceum Series Releases 2018-19 Schedule


Four events are scheduled for the 2018-19 Kohlenberg Lyceum Series.

The season begins Nov. 13 with the Tony award winning Broadway show, “Ain’t Misbehain’.” The musical encompasses 30 show-stopping numbers that take audiences on a journey not only through the Fats Waller song book, but through Harlem in its heyday. With Snazzy period costumes, complete with bowlers and spats and ermine and pearls, the dynamic five-member cast takes the audience where the high-steppers partied, from honky-tonk dives to the Cotton Club and from Tin Pan Alley to the Waldorf.

The holiday season will feature m-pact, a group respected worldwide as a cutting edge trailblazer in the realm of a capppella music. Imagine the smooth soul of Sam Smith, the percussive power of “Stomp,” the funk and groove of Bruno Mars, the sophisticated harmonies of Take 6 and the brass bite of the Michael Bublé Big Band – all created by the human voice alone. As seen in the PBS specials, “Christmas from L.A.” and “L.A. Holiday Celebration,” the warmth and elegance of m-pact pairs perfectly with an evening of holiday favorites. Audiences can’t help but get in the giving spirit as the guys share selections from their award-winning album, “The Carol Commission,” plus a few other surprises.

In the new year, “Steel Magnolias” by L.A. Theatre Works will take to the stage in Baldwin Hall Auditorium, Jan. 29. Strong as steel, delicate as magnolias, the six women of Chinquapin, La., face life’s ups and downs together in this beloved comedy/drama based upon Robert Harlins’ play written in 1987. Audiences will be pulled into the walls of Truvy’s beauty shop in the deep Bayou of Louisiana and find a tightly knit band of friends confronting grief, loss, life’s unforeseen tragedies and heartaches with what they do best – gossiping and sharing. At turns both laugh-out-loud funny and deeply touching, “Steel Magnolias” reveals the strength of the human condition and the shared need for companionship.

Lastly, the Havana Cuba All-Stars “asere” or “friendship” tour will bring some of the country’s greatest musicians, as well as three of Cuba’s finest dancing couples. With rhythms and melodies from the cha cha to the rumba, from “Son Cubano” style to the salsa, the All-Stars will showcase a wide variety of Cuban beats. The group is inspired by and dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens. With the greatest dancers and musicians of Cuba working in tandem, the American encore of the Havana Cuba All-Stars tour will be a spirited spectacle of song and dance, exemplifying Cuba’s greatest musical traditions.

Tickets for lyceum events go on sale three weeks before each performance. Cost is $10 (includes tax) for faculty, staff, students and members of the community. Tickets can be purchased at the cashier window in McClain Hall, at Edna Campbells in downtown Kirksville or online at lyceum.truman.edu. Questions regarding the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series can be directed the Public Relations Office at pr@truman.edu or 660.785.4016.

All performances take place at 7:30 p.m. in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. Anyone interested in being a Friend of the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series can go to truman.edu/giving/support-an-area-of-interest/lyceum-series-fund for more information.

“Ain’t MisBehavin’”
Nov. 13
Tickets go on sale Oct. 23.

Dec. 8
Tickets go on sale Nov. 16.

“Steel Magnolias”

Jan. 29
Tickets go on sale Jan. 8.

“Havana Cuba All-Stars”
March 21
Tickets go on sale Feb. 28.