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2023 Spring Choral Fest

Spring Choral Fest

2023 Spring Choral Fest

Come celebrate with an exceptional afternoon of harmonies and melodies! The Spring Choral Fest welcomes the Chowan University Singers under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Thorburn, Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Chowan University. This community event will also feature Suffolk Public School’s Center for Performance and Production Arts choral ensembles!

Chowan University Choir
The Chowan University Singers is an auditioned ensemble performing a variety of classical, sacred, and contemporary choral repertoire. In March 2022, the ensemble traveled to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Previous performance trips have included concerts throughout North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic region, as well as in Ireland and Italy.

Chowan Singers is under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Thorburn, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Chowan University. Dr. Thorburn holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Rochester, and he performs frequently as a vocal soloist and recitalist. The pianist for the choir is Dejuan Lee, a graduate of the Chowan University music program.

This performance will feature the Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi, joined with the Chowan Community Chorus and accompanied by instrumental ensemble. One of the choral masterworks of the Baroque era, the Gloria is a joyous song of praise and thanksgiving in twelve movements using the traditional text from the Latin Mass.

PRE-SHOW FUN!
Details coming soon!

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April 23, 2023,
Sunday @ 3:30 PM

Genre: Multiple Choral Groups

Ticket Prices: $15 for General Admission Seating
Location: Suffolk Center’s Birdsong Theater

Members Save up to 10%: Click HERE to become a member now!
*Members at the Director’s Society level and above, please call or come to the Suffolk Center to redeem your free tickets.

Visit Chowan University WEBSITE
Chowan University

BIG THANKS to Performance Sponsors:

Thanks to the Suffolk Foundation!
Thanks to Suffolk News Herald!
COVID-19 protocols: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts values the health of our patrons, performers, and the community. Masks are strongly recommended for gatherings inside our building. If you have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19, the Suffolk Center will issue you a credit for a future performance. Please contact the box office at 757-923-2900 for more information.

2023 Spring Choral Fest

Crazy for PATSY CLINE

Patsy Cline

Katie Deal in ‘Crazy for PATSY CLINE’

Award-winning actress/singer/songwriter Katie Deal soulfully embodies country icon Patsy Cline. Deal gained national acclaim for her superbly authentic Patsy, starring in numerous tours of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline and Always… Patsy Cline. An accomplished country music artist, Deal received the Georgia Country Artist of the Year Award and is an honored member of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame. Columbus Free Press definitively states, “She’s pure Patsy.” Deal positively mesmerizes on classic hits including:

Walking After Midnight • I Fall to Pieces • Crazy, and many more!

PRE-SHOW FUN!
Details coming soon!

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April 1, 2023,
Saturday @ 8 PM

Genre:
Patsy Cline Hits
Ticket Prices: $28, $36, $42 for Reserved Seating
Location: Suffolk Center’s Birdsong Theater

Members Save up to 10%: Click HERE to become a member now!
*Members at the Director’s Society level and above, please call or come to the Suffolk Center to redeem your free tickets.

BIG THANKS to Performance Sponsors:

Thanks to Dills Architects!
Thanks to Suffolk News Herald!
Thanks to Smithfield Times!
COVID-19 protocols: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts values the health of our patrons, performers, and the community. Masks are strongly recommended for gatherings inside our building. If you have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19, the Suffolk Center will issue you a credit for a future performance. Please contact the box office at 757-923-2900 for more information.

Crazy for PATSY CLINE

The Hurrah Players LIVE

The Hurrah Players Live ~ Big Show Announcement in JANUARY 2023!

Don’t miss the family-friendly fun of this new Hurrah Players musical coming in 2023! The Hurrah Players experience includes vibrant costumes, amazing sets, soaring songs, and professional choreography!

The Hurrah Players, Virginia’s leading family theatre company, presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid under the direction of Hugh R. Copeland, the founder and artistic director of The Hurrah Players Family Theatre Company and performing arts academy. Since its incorporation in 1984, The Hurrah Players have been and will continue to be, a shining example to both our students and our community that theatre arts can be a vehicle not only for educational enrichment but for the emotional and social well-being of the participants as well.

PRE-SHOW FUN!
Details coming soon!

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March 25, 2023,
Saturday @ 2 PM

Genre:
Family Musical Theater
Ticket Prices: $22 / Youth, $28 /Adults for Reserved Seating
Location: Suffolk Center’s Birdsong Theater

Members Save up to 10%: Click HERE to become a member now!
*Members at the Director’s Society level and above, please call or come to the Suffolk Center to redeem your free tickets.

Visit The Hurrah Players WEBSITE

BIG THANKS to Performance Sponsors:

Jim & Becky Habel

Thanks to Suffolk News Herald!
COVID-19 protocols: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts values the health of our patrons, performers, and the community. Masks are strongly recommended for gatherings inside our building. If you have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19, the Suffolk Center will issue you a credit for a future performance. Please contact the box office at 757-923-2900 for more information.

The Hurrah Players LIVE

ICONS: A Tribute Show

ICONS

ICONS: A Tribute Show

ICONS is a tribute show packed with number 1 hits of some of the greatest women from the 60’s all the way to today. This show will keep you enthralled and have you dancing in your seats, as we celebrate some of the most iconic women in music. ICONS includes performances of your favorite hits from:

Janis Joplin • Whitney Houston • Mariah Carey • Cher • Celine Dion, and many others!

PRE-SHOW FUN!
Details coming soon!

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March 11, 2023,
Saturday @ 8 PM

Genre:
Greatest hits of the 60’s to today!
Ticket Prices: $25, $30, $35 for Reserved Seating
Location: Suffolk Center’s Birdsong Theater

Members Save up to 10%: Click HERE to become a member now!
*Members at the Director’s Society level and above, please call or come to the Suffolk Center to redeem your free tickets.

BIG THANKS to Performance Sponsors:

Thanks to Cross Realty!
Thanks to Suffolk News Herald!
COVID-19 protocols: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts values the health of our patrons, performers, and the community. Masks are strongly recommended for gatherings inside our building. If you have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19, the Suffolk Center will issue you a credit for a future performance. Please contact the box office at 757-923-2900 for more information.

ICONS: A Tribute Show

Masters of Soul

Masters of Soul

MASTERS OF SOUL

Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and Soul music. This show features stylishly costumed and choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by the TFC Dance band. Masters of Soul performs:

The Temptations • Gladys Knight & the Pips • Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles • The Four Tops • Diana Ross & The Supremes • The Jackson Five • Martha Reeves & The Vandellas • Stevie Wonder • The Commodores, and many more!

PRE-SHOW FUN!
Details coming soon!

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January 28, 2023,
Saturday @ 8 PM

Genre: Motown Soul
Ticket Prices: $30, $38, $45 for Reserved Seating
Location: Suffolk Center’s Birdsong Theater

Members Save up to 10%: Click HERE to become a member now!
*Members at the Director’s Society level and above, please call or come to the Suffolk Center to redeem your free tickets.

Visit Masters of Soul FACEBOOK

BIG THANKS to Performance Sponsors:

Thanks to Chorey & Associates Realty!
Thanks to Margie Wiley Freedom Street Partners!
Thanks to Mike Duman Auto Superstore!
Thanks to Suffolk News Herald!
COVID-19 protocols: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts values the health of our patrons, performers, and the community. Masks are strongly recommended for gatherings inside our building. If you have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19, the Suffolk Center will issue you a credit for a future performance. Please contact the box office at 757-923-2900 for more information.

Masters of Soul

The LION KING Experience Jr.

The Lion King Experience Jr. OCT 15

The Hurrah Players present
THE LION KING EXPERIENCE JR. 

Disney’s The Lion King Experience Jr is a live musical adaptation of the 1994 animated film, bringing the wonderful music and adventures of the Pride Lands to life onstage based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor, music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice. Disney’s The Lion King Experience Jr is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). Additional music and lyrics by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, and Hans Zimmer. Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi.

The Hurrah Players, Virginia’s leading family theatre company, presents The Lion King Experience Jr under the direction of Hugh R. Copeland, the founder and artistic director of The Hurrah Players Family Theatre Company and performing arts academy. Since its incorporation in 1984, The Hurrah Players have been and will continue to be, a shining example to both our students and our community that theatre arts can be a vehicle not only for educational enrichment but for the emotional and social well-being of the participants as well.

PRE-SHOW FUN!
Details coming soon!

BUY TICKETS

October 15, 2022,
Saturday @ 2 PM

Genre: Family Musical Theater
Ticket Prices: $22 /Youth, $28 /Adult for Reserved Seating
Location: Suffolk Center’s Birdsong Theater

Members Save up to 10%: Click HERE to become a member now!
*Members at the Director’s Society level and above, please call or come to the Suffolk Center to redeem your free tickets.

Visit Hurrah Players WEBSITE

BIG THANKS to Performance Sponsors:

Thanks to Nansemond Insurance Agency!
Thanks to Suffolk News Herald!
COVID-19 protocols: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts values the health of our patrons, performers, and the community. Masks are strongly recommended for gatherings inside our building. If you have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19, the Suffolk Center will issue you a credit for a future performance. Please contact the box office at 757-923-2900 for more information.

The LION KING Experience Jr.

SHOWTIME at The Center

Showtime at The Center June 30

Showtime at The Center!
Date: Thursday, June 30, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Ticket Prices: $10

Food and drinks available for purchase.
Must be age 18+ to attend.
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Members Save up to 10%: Click HERE to become a member now.

SHOWTIME at The Center

Open Mic has been popular for some time in the downtown Suffolk area.  Suffolk Center is partnering with Wall Street Café to expand Open Mic and collaborate with local businesses. Based upon the popular Showtime at the Apollo, the show features LIVE performances from local professional, up-and-coming artists, and amateur performers. Attendees are encouraged to Cheer & Boo ~ just like the iconic Showtime at the Apollo!

On JUNE 30th from 7-10 PM, Showtime at The Center kicks-off! The evening is hosted by Drinking on Sunday’s ROSHAWN HOLLAND featuring show band TAVARIS POWELL & DA CREW.

TO PERFORM:  Please submit a video showcasing your genre to WallStreetCafeVA@gmail.com.

COVID-19 protocols: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts values the health of our patrons, performers, and the community. Masks are strongly recommended for gatherings inside our building. If you have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19, the Suffolk Center will issue you a credit for a future performance. Please contact the box office at 757-923-2900 for more information.
SHOWTIME at The Center

HURRAH PRESENTS DISNEY

Saturday
MARCH 26, 2022
2:00 pm

Ticket Prices:
$20 Youth, 18 & under – $25 Adult for Reserved Seating

Members Save up to 10%: Click HERE to become a member now

*Members at the Director’s Society level and above, please call or come to the Suffolk Center to redeem your free tickets.

BUY TICKETS
WE THANK EVENT SPONSORS:

JIM & BECKY HABEL

SPONSOR: Farmers Bank
SPONSOR: Southern Bank
Sponsor: Suffolk News Herald
Hurrah Players WEBSITE

The Hurrah Players, Virginia’s leading family theatre company, presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid under the direction of Hugh R. Copeland, the founder and artistic director of The Hurrah Players Family Theatre Company and performing arts academy. Since its incorporation in 1984, The Hurrah Players have been and will continue to be, a shining example to both our students and our community that theatre arts can be a vehicle not only for educational enrichment but for the emotional and social well-being of the participants as well.

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is a beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”

Disney’s THE LITTLE MERMAID is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

COVID-19 protocols: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts values the health of our patrons, performers, and the community. Masks are strongly recommended for gatherings inside our building. If you have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19, the Suffolk Center will issue you a credit for a future performance. Please contact the box office at 757-923-2900 for more information.

HURRAH PRESENTS DISNEY

THE DRIFTERS

The Drifters

Saturday
October 2, 2021
8:00 pm

Ticket Prices:
$32, $38, $42 & $48  for Reserved Seating

Members Save up to 10%: Click HERE to become a member now

*Members at the Director’s Society level and above, please call or come to the Suffolk Center to redeem your free tickets.

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PERFORMANCE SPONSORS:

Anonymous Donor

Thanks to Cross Realty!
Thanks to Suffolk News Herald!
The Drifters WEBSITE

The Drifters

The Drifters, one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups, are the second most successful recording artist of all time, according to Billboard Magazine. Through a historical journey, which included no less than 5 legendary lead singers, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King the group’s ongoing story has covered the entire spectrum of Rock & Roll.

They were the first musical group to sell 2 million records with their pop classic, “Up On The Roof”. They were the first African American vocal group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Along with fellow inductees the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Supremes, the Drifters were in the first class of Rock & Roll legends to be initiated into the Hall of Fame. Their classic tune “Under The Boardwalk” is the most played R & B record of all time. 20 other million sellers followed.

The Drifters had 17 Top 40 songs, with 5 Top 10’s (In Billboard Top 100) including:
• Up on the Roof
• Under the Boardwalk
• This Magic Moment
• There Goes My Baby
• Dance with Me
• Spanish Harlem
• Stand by Me
• On Broadway … The list of hits goes on and on!

PRE-DRIFTERS FUN!
Before THE DRIFTERS take the stage at 8 PM … step outside by the Center’s iconic fountain with the Boogie On The Bay Shag Club, from 7:00-7:45 PM. Join the pro’s and sharpen your shag moves! Adult Beverages available outside for purchase.

COVID-19 protocols: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts values the health of our patrons, performers, and the community. Masks are strongly recommended for gatherings inside our building, consistent with the governor’s policy. For children’s classes and programs (including the October 23 performance of Moana, Jr.), masks are required by all attending.
If you have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19, the Suffolk Center will issue you a credit for a future performance. Please contact the box office at 757-923-2900 for more information.

THE DRIFTERS

CHOWAN UNIVERSITY CHOIR

Chown University Choir

Sunday, April 24, 2022, 3:30 pm

Ticket Prices: $10  General Admission Seating

Members Save up to 10%: Click HERE to become a member now

*Members at the Director’s Society level and above, please call or come to the Suffolk Center to redeem your free tickets.

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WE THANK EVENT SPONSORS:

CHARLES & JUANITA POND

SPONSOR: Freedom Street Partners, Office of Margie Wiley
Sponsor: Suffolk News Herald
Chowan University Choir
Learn about CHOWAN UNIVERSITY

Chowan University Choir

The Chowan University Singers is an auditioned ensemble performing a variety of classical, sacred, and contemporary choral repertoire. In March 2022, the ensemble traveled to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Previous performance trips have included concerts throughout North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic region, as well as in Ireland and Italy.

Chowan Singers is under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Thorburn, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Chowan University. Dr. Thorburn holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Rochester, and he performs frequently as a vocal soloist and recitalist. The pianist for the choir is Dejuan Lee, a graduate of the Chowan University music program.

This performance will feature the Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi, joined with the Chowan Community Chorus and accompanied by instrumental ensemble. One of the choral masterworks of the Baroque era, the Gloria is a joyous song of praise and thanksgiving in twelve movements using the traditional text from the Latin Mass.

Boys Choir of Hampton Roads

We are pleased to announce that the Boys Choir of Hampton Roads will be singing as part of the the Chowan University Singers performance on April 24, 2022.

The Boys Choir of Hampton Roads (formerly Park Place Boys Choir) was organized in September 1997 as a resource for the boys in Park Place area of Norfolk, to expand their positive image through singing. The main purpose of the choir is to develop in each young singer a self-respect and respect for others based upon clearly stated and solidly proven values, while striving for excellence in academics and cultural personal pursuits. It has been proven that musical training provides a basis for discipline and focus that enhances self-esteem in our youth.

Boys Choir of Hampton Roads in under the direction of Julius E. McCullough, Clarinetist, Composer, Conductor, vocalist is a graduate of Norfolk State College, now, Norfolk State University and has continued his study of music at Temple University and a master’s degree from Virginia State College.

Julius E. McCullough. He is a highly regarded Music Educator, Performer and Music Clinician. He has directed choirs, bands and orchestras in North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. McCullough was honored to perform as singer with Duke Ellington and his Orchestra in 1974 in the performances of his “Sacred Concerts”

Mr. McCullough is a Board Member of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., the 2nd Assistant Director of the Eastern Region of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc, Artistic Director of the Boys Choir of Hampton Roads, Past Director of the Booker T. Washington High School Alumni Choir, Past Board Member of NASPAAM, former Assistant Manager of the Valley Forge Music Fair, Devon, PA, a Founding Member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s Advisory Council and is President of the Tidewater Area Musicians, Inc.

Boys Choir of Hampton Roads

COVID-19 protocols: Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts values the health of our patrons, performers, and the community. Masks are strongly recommended for gatherings inside our building. If you have been exposed to or have contracted COVID-19, the Suffolk Center will issue you a credit for a future performance. Please contact the box office at 757-923-2900 for more information.

CHOWAN UNIVERSITY CHOIR