Community Series

Alumni Community Series 2012/2013

The Vincennes University Alumni Community Series is once again bringing a great line-up of talent to the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center.

Season tickets are on sale now at the VU Alumni Office located at Third Street and College Avenue.  If available, single tickets will go on sale on Sept. 4.  For more information, call the Alumni Office at 812.888.4354 or 800.945.ALUM.

The 2012-13 season kicks off on Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. (EDT), with Grammy-winning Kathy Mattea.  This country music, bluegrass, singer/songwriter brings folk and traditional country sounds to her music. Active since 1983 as a recording artist, she has recorded 17 albums and has charted more than 30 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks charts.  The co-title sponsor for this performance is Holiday Inn Express.

Jeannie Robertson, a professional speaker who specializes in hilarious humor based on life experiences, will be showcased on Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. Barefoot with her hair "mashed" down, she's 6'2" in her size 11B stocking feet, but nowhere will you find a speaker so proficient at turning personal experiences into funny material that does more than bring out laughter. Her message is that a sense of humor is an attitude.  The co-title sponsors for this performance are Miller Construction Company and Ewing Printing Co., Inc.

Contemporary jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell will perform Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. (EST).  With universal acclaim, Catherine has performed on three continents and won a Grammy as a featured artist on the soundtrack for the HBO-TV series Boardwalk Empire.  Her repertoire features a selection of gems from the 1920s through the present with vital interpretations bursting with soul and humor.  The co-title sponsors for this performance are Drs. Mark and Kathy Stutz.

John Tesh and his Big Band Orchestra will swing into town on Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., to help you “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”!  On stage with 14 performers, Tesh will play favorite holiday tunes in the big band style, will treat you to piano solos, and will charm you with engaging rapport. This show is designed to entertain young and old alike.  With three gold albums, two Grammy nominations, and the nationally syndicated "John Tesh Radio Show,” Tesh is known worldwide as a leading and respected figure in the entertainment industry.  The co-title sponsors for this performance are Goodwin Funeral Home, Niehaus Lumber, L. Fay Hedden Abstract, Inc., and First Vincennes Savings Bank.

The Purdue Varsity Glee Club returns to the Skelton Center stage on March 3, 2:00 p.m.  With integrity, passion, unparalleled showmanship, and attention to every detail, the men of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club have served as ambassadors of the university with honor and dignity for more than 115 years.  This dynamic musical troupe employs a versatile repertoire including gospel, vocal jazz, swing, contemporary hits, romantic ballads, classical choral selections, barbershop, folk melodies, patriotic standards, familiar opera choruses, and country and novelty tunes.  The co-title sponsors for this performance are Old National Bank and McCormick Family Foundation.

On April 28, 7:30 p.m. (EDT), the Series will welcome Amy Grant.  With a career that spans over 25 years, this artist stretches from her roots in gospel to an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality, and philanthropist.  Grant has sold more than 30 million albums and won six Grammys in multiple categories, beginning with the platinum Age to Age in 1982.  She also has six Number One hits, including “Baby, Baby” and “Every Heartbeat” and is one of only two Christian artists to be awarded a star on the legendary Walk of Fame in Hollywood.  The co-title sponsor for this performance is Dillon Wealth Management.