Friday, August 24, 2007

Knox's 2007-08 lineup

In case you missed it in The Star's Escapes section on Thursday, here's the lineup for the upcoming Knox Concert Series.

LeAnn Rimes
Tuesday, Oct. 2. 7:30 p.m.

She hit the big time when she was all of 13 with her remake of Patsy Cline’s “Blue” (also the title of her first record). Now all grown up and married at 24, LeAnn Rimes has tried her hands in rock, pop and country. In the process, she’s sold more than 37 million albums worldwide, not to mention her two Grammys and three Academy of Country Music Awards. Her current single, “Nothin’ Better to Do,” features Chicago-style dancing on the video. Her latest album, Family, comes out a few days after her Knox concert.

The Ten Tenors
Tuesday, Nov. 6. 7:30 p.m.

In concert, they perform Queen‘s “Bicycle Race,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Who Wants to Live Forever” as well as ABBA’s “Dancing Queen,” then they’ll switch to opera or maybe to jazz or maybe to pop standards. Australia’s Ten Tenors obviously don’t like to be pigeonholed. Formed in 1995 by 10 opera students from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane, Australia, they were just a way for the guys to earn extra beer money, but by 1998 they had parlayed it into a touring act.

The Nutcracker
Sunday, Dec. 3. 2 p.m.
$30, $20 and $12

An annual Christmas-time favorite, Tchaikovsky’s ballet is performed by Alabama Ballet. This season, they’re presenting the George Balanchine version. Begun in 1954, this is the best-known version to American audiences.

State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico with pianist Lionel Morales
Saturday, Jan. 26. 8 p.m.

Created in 1971, the State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico has toured the world. When it comes here, its program will include Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3, Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 5 “Reformation” and S. Revueltas, “Sensemaya.”

Tuesday, Feb. 26. 7:30 p.m.

Evita by Andrew Lloyd Weber (Cats, The Phantom of the Opera) follows the rise to power of Eva Peron in Argentina in the late ’40s and early ’50s. The musical features such songs as “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and “Buenos Aires.” Singer Madonna starred as Peron in the 1996 film version.

Thursday, March 13. 7:30 p.m.

Their first and biggest hit was a last-minute addition to their first American album. “A Horse With No Name” topped the U.S. singles chart in 1972 and the album, America, also hit No. 1. From there came half a dozen other hits, including “I Need you,” “Ventura Highway,” “Don’t Cross The River,” “Tin Man,” “Lonely People” and “Sister Golden Hair.” Original member Dan Peek left in the late ‘70s, but Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley have soldiered on.

All concerts will be held in the Anniston Performing Arts Center inside Anniston High School. Season tickets are $130 (excluding The Nutcracker). Call 237-3897 or e-mail