Performing Arts Series
Celebrating 21 years of the Hill College Performing Arts Series
In the 1993-94 academic year the Hill College Performing Arts Series presented its first season of concerts on the Hillsboro campus. The series began with the help of Dr. William Auvenshine and the initial seed money from Hill College as well as help from Scotty Cason in enlisting community leader support. From the beginning it was decided that the series would be free to the public and that donations from the public and financial help from Hill College would be our only means of support. From a very modest initial budget of $2,000, support, both financial and in attendance, has grown tenfold in the past twenty years.
The Performing Arts Series presents four to six programs per year to students, faculty, staff and the community. These free-admission programs bring outstanding performing artists of all genres to Hillsboro each year and, in addition to the concerts, allows for those in attendance to interact with the artists in the receptions which follow each event.
Dimensions in Blue
Jazz Ensemble from the United States Air Force Band of the West
Mon, September 22, 2014
The Dimensions in Blue jazz ensemble, from the United States Air Force Band of the West, generates a unique excitement through performances of America’s only original art form: Jazz. As one of the Air Force’s finest and most versatile big bands, Dimensions in Blue features 18 talented musicians from around the country.
Dimensions in Blue presents outstanding big band jazz to audiences throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. From working with high schools and colleges to promote music education, to fostering national pride and patriotism through community relations concerts, Dimensions in Blue’s commitment to musical excellence reflects the core values of the United States Air Force.
For more information on the Dimension in Blue jazz ensemble, visit them online at www.bandofthewest.af.mil.
Mon., November 3, 2014
Heinavanker, a music vocal ensemble from Tallinn, Estonia, has performed since 1996 under the direction of composer Margo Kõlar and has delved into early sacred music, our ancestors’ traditions and contemporary imagination. Ancient Estonian runic songs and folk hymns are an important part of Heinavanker’s repertoire. The ensemble is named after the famous altarpiece by Hieronymus Bosch, which depicts a huge wagonload of hay rolling through a world vexed by agony and greed. From atop the haywain, angels make beautiful music to heal the misery below. Known for their exquisite vocal quality, amazing blends, and perfect intonation, this group embodies the qualities that delight us when we listen to the human voice soar in harmony, unaccompanied.
For more information on Heinavanker, visit them online at http://heinavanker.ee.
Tues, December 2, 2014
The Baylor Bronze is a handbell ensemble of Baylor University students with varied ringing experience. The Baylor Bronze is dedicated to furthering excellence in the art of handbell ringing. They ring five octaves of Schulmerich handbells with the recent addition of eight of the lower 6th & 7th octave of Malmark aluminum "basso profundo" bells. The ensemble enjoys ringing a variety of styles of music, including classical, secular, and hymn-based arrangements.
Cirque Zuma Zuma
Tues., February 17, 2015
Audiences and critics agree – Cirque Zuma Zuma is unlike anything they have ever seen before. Many describe it as an African-style Cirque du Soleil; such is the standard of the performers and the quality of the show’s live musical score. Like Cirque, our talent pool of 120 loyal performers has a family business kind of feel.
Cirque Zuma Zuma packs every show with non-stop action and incredible features which keep audiences on the edges of their seats..
For more information on Cirque Zuma Zuma, visit them online at http://www.zumazuma.com.
The Brock McGuire Band
Tues., March 3, 2015
The BROCK McGUIRE BAND is fronted by founding members Paul Brock and Manus McGuire. Residing in County Clare, button accordionist and melodeonist Paul Brock and fiddler Manus McGuire are two of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional musicians and have been at the forefront of Irish music for many years.
Passion and precision, authenticity and diversity: these are the hallmarks of the BROCK McGUIRE BAND in concert. They are steeped in tradition and perform it with abiding respect and creativity. The band’s repertoire runs wide and deep; their tight, tenacious blend of instruments emphasizing mostly Irish music but also sprinkling in impressive arrangements of American Old Timey, Bluegrass, French-Canadian, and other Celtic traditions.
BROCK MCGUIRE BAND’S new CD collaboration “GREEN GRASS BLUE GRASS” with 14–time Grammy Award Winner Ricky Skaggs, has been hailed as “A Masterpiece” by American Music critic Bill Margeson
Supporting the Hill College Performing Arts Series
If you would like to support the Hill College Performing Arts Series, you are invited to become a BENEFACTOR ($100.00), a SUSTAINER ($50.00), a PATRON ($25.00), or a SUPPORTER ($10.00) of the Hill College Performing Arts Series. Also, for a donation of $1,000 or more you can become a LIFETIME BENEFACTOR. Names of Lifetime Benefactors, Benefactors, Sustainers, Patrons, and Supporters appear in each program. You may send your donation to:
Hill College Music Dept.
Attention: Phillip Lowe
112 Lamar Dr.
Hillsboro, TX 76645
Or give online at https://app.etapestry.com/hosted/HillCollege/OnlineDonation.html/.
Select "Performing Arts Center" as your gift designation.
Whether or not you support the series with a monetary gift, we hope you will support the series with your presence and invite others to wonderful evenings of entertainment at Hill College.