MacArthur Genius Kyle Abraham’s NYC Dance Company, Abraham.In.Motion, One Night Only at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, March 28, 2015

Fresh from a MacArthur Genius Award win, hailed modern dance choreographer Kyle Abraham and his NYC-based dance company, Abraham.In.Motion, bring Pavement, a contemporary dance performance depicting black culture in 1990s Pittsburgh, to Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Pavement examines the cultural ebbs and flows of two historically black neighborhoods in Abraham’s inner-city hometown of Pittsburgh, Penn. Drawing from the classic 1991 movie Boyz N the Hood and Abraham’s early years spent in Pittsburgh, Pavement pays homage to the bold, backwards-jean and faded high top styles of 90s hip-hop – while paying deeper tribute to a culture historically battling discrimination.

“The power of this production lies at the intersection between the performers, the piece and the audience,” says Katie Fox, Executive Director at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. “Some will see themselves in the ‘characters,’ others will see our society in the action.

“Although the piece was originally choreographed a few years ago and is based on a neighborhood from a couple of decades ago, there are moments and relationships in Pavement that can be found everywhere – in our city, in our homes and schools and neighborhoods; and there are situations that are reminiscent of recent, highly publicized events in Ferguson, Missouri and in New York. When the performer, piece and audience come together, there we have the power to change ourselves and change our collective outcomes.”

As one of the leading modern dance choreographers of the 21st century, Abraham has been widely recognized for his powerful creative work. Following his nomination to Dance Magazine’s elite 2009 list of “25 to Watch,” awards for Abraham’s brilliant work rolled in quickly. Most recently, Abraham was one of 24 select individuals named to the 2013 class of MacArthur Fellows, receiving a grant of $625,000 over five years to fulfill his creative vision.

His choreography has been performed throughout the U.S. as well as abroad, from The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh to Dublin, Ireland’s Project Arts Center.

“In just a few years, Abraham’s company has risen to the apex of contemporary American dance,” notes Fox. “Their articulated movement quality and connection to the music is overwhelming.”

Abraham’s performing arts training began in high school, after which he went on to earn a BFA and then an MFA from New York University. His experiences at Schenley High School, nestled in Pittsburgh’s historic Hill District, are what brought the concept for Pavement to life.

Ticketing Details

Pavement is one of 9 shows selected for Harbison Theatre’s 2014-2015 Signature Season. Individual show tickets can be purchased at www.harbisontheatre.org/2014/05/abraham-in-motion-presents-pavement.

Buyers may also order tickets via phone at 803-407-5011, or in person at the Harbison Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office also will open two hours prior to each show in the Signature Series.

About Harbison Theatre

Rooted in the performing arts, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Harbison Theatre, please visit www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

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About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest provider of higher education in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually. The college’s Corporate and Continuing Education program, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, annually has 30,000 enrollments and provides continuing education to hundreds of area businesses each year. www.midlandstech.edu

Press Contact: Chloe Rodgers, Flock and Rally, 843.230.1611, chloe@flockandrally.com

Please note: As part of its ongoing rebranding process, Midlands Technical College is transitioning PR and marketing efforts to an internal team. Please feel free to contact Chloe Rodgers at Flock and Rally with immediate questions, and meanwhile please add Jessica R. Huggins, Marketing Manager for Midlands Technical College, to your contacts: 843.289.1301, hugginsj@midlandstech.edu.

Valentine’s Day Cinema Offers Couples All-Inclusive Adventure with The African Queen at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Feb. 14, 2015

Looking for a Valentine’s Day adventure? Join Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College for a special night of movie magic with Valentine’s Day Cinema: The African Queen on February 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Harbison Theatre will host a night of champagne and sweets in the lobby at 7:00 p.m.; river rapids and high romance on the big screen at 8:00 p.m. for its third annual Valentine’s Day Cinema, featuring a screening of classic film The African Queen, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.

Recently featured in the Columbia Visitors Bureau’s ‘Famously Hot Valentine’s Day 2015’ picks, this evening of sweets and cinematic glory stands out from the long list of traditional Valentine’s Day outings offered in the Midlands.

“The event itself is quite charming,” says Katie Fox, Executive Director at Harbison Theatre. “I think one of the best aspects of being in love is experiencing surprises and new things together.”

A romantic journey back in time, The African Queen brings together one of Hollywood’s all-time greatest couples of the silver screen, Bogey and Kate, for World War 1 action, classic scores and plenty of chemistry. 

Fox says The African Queen was an audience choice for the third occurrence of the popular Valentine’s Day Cinema event. “We took the audience’s suggestions for this year’s film, and The African Queen topped the list!”

Ticketing Details

Valentine’s Day Cinema: The African Queen is one of 12 shows selected for Harbison Theatre’s 2014-2015 Signature Season. Individual show tickets and The Flex Pass, offering a 10% discount with the purchase of 4 or more tickets, can be purchased at www.harbisontheatre.org/2014/05/valentines-day-cinema-the-african-queen.

Buyers may also order tickets via phone at 803-407-5011, or in person at the Harbison Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office also will open two hours prior to each show in the Signature Series.

About Harbison Theatre

Rooted in the performing arts, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Harbison Theatre, please visit www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Harbison Theatre on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarbisonTheatre

Harbison Theatre on Twitter: www.twitter.com/HarbisonTheatre 

About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest provider of higher education in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually. The college’s Corporate and Continuing Education program, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, annually has 30,000 enrollments and provides continuing education to hundreds of area businesses each year. www.midlandstech.edu.

Press Contact: Chloe Rodgers, Flock and Rally, 843.230.1611, chloe@flockandrally.com

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Hitches Up With Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College on March 8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Get lost in an evening of boot-stomping, hand-clapping song and dance with the tenth installment of Harbison Theatre’s 2014-2015 Signature Series, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sunday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.

The classic musical theatre production, based on the original 1950s film, is a romantic comedy that has toured internationally for years – and is now coming to the Midlands to capture Harbison Theatre patrons’ hearts, courtesy of a nationally-touring professional theatre company.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers will take audience members on a ride back in time to rural 1850s Oregon, where rugged mountain man Adam is on the search for the perfect bride. The catch? She’ll have to look after not only him, but his six brawny brothers, as well. Once Adam meets Milly, a kind, local waitress, all looks well – until Milly realizes one mountain man is more than enough to handle, and sets out to find matches for each of her wild brothers-in-law.

The rambunctious characters, fun story line and catchy tunes of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers will have audience members laughing and singing along, while perched on the edge of their seats, wondering what antics these in-laws could possibly get into next.

Ticketing Details

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is one of 12 shows selected for Harbison Theatre’s 2014-2015 Signature Season. Individual show tickets are available now, and The Flex Pass, offering a 10% discount with the purchase of 4 or more tickets, is available until February 14, 2015. Purchase tickets at http://harbisontheatre.org/2014/05/seven-brides-for-seven-brothers.

Buyers may also order tickets via phone at 803-407-5011, or in person at the Harbison Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office also will open two hours prior to each show in the Signature Series.

About Harbison Theatre

Rooted in the performing arts, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Harbison Theatre, please visit www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Harbison Theatre on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarbisonTheatre

Harbison Theatre on Twitter: www.twitter.com/HarbisonTheatre

About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, two-year, public college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest higher education provider in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC offers an excellent education at an excellent value. Serving approximately 18,000 academic credit students and 15,000 Corporate and Continuing Education students annually, MTC equips students with the tools they need to meet the challenges and opportunities of the modern work world. Learn more at midlandstech.edu.

Press Contact: Chloe Rodgers, Flock and Rally, 843.230.1611, chloe@flockandrally.com

Valentine’s Day Cinema ‘Dinner and a Movie’ Giveaway Returns to Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College with The African Queen, Feb. 14, 2015

Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College is giving away dinner and tickets to its third annual Valentine’s Day Cinema, featuring The African Queen, for an evening of romance on February 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Cinema, a beloved annual tradition, kicks off with a champagne and dessert reception in the lobby of Harbison Theatre at 7:00 p.m. and is followed by a screening of classic black-and-white romance: The African Queen, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, at 8:00 p.m.

“The event itself is quite charming,” says Katie Fox, Executive Director at Harbison Theatre. “I think one of the best aspects of being in love is experiencing surprises and new things together.”

The public can enter to win one of four ‘dinner and a movie’ packages, each including a $50 gift certificate from Homegrown Hospitality Group, good for Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse, Liberty Taproom, Liberty on the Lake or Pearlz Oyster Bar, and a pair of tickets to Harbison Theatre’s dessert reception and showing of The African Queen.

Register to win at http://www.harbisontheatre.org/2014/05/valentines-day-cinema-the-african-queen until Sunday, February 8 at 11:55 p.m. Four winners will be announced on Monday, February 9.

A romantic journey back in time, The African Queen brings together two of the hottest icons of the silver screen, Bogey and Kate, for World War 1 action, classic scores and plenty of chemistry.

Fox says The African Queen was an audience choice. “Plenty of people are making our Valentine’s Day Cinema a tradition, and we took their suggestions for this year’s film. The African Queen topped the list!”

Ticketing Details

Valentine’s Day Cinema: The African Queen is one of 12 shows selected for Harbison Theatre’s 2014-2015 Signature Season. Individual show tickets and The Flex Pass, offering a 10% discount with the purchase of 4 or more tickets, can be purchased at www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Buyers may also order tickets via phone at 803-407-5011, or in person at the Harbison Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office also will open two hours prior to each show in the Signature Series.

About Harbison Theatre

Rooted in the performing arts, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Harbison Theatre, please visit www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Harbison Theatre on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarbisonTheatre

Harbison Theatre on Twitter: www.twitter.com/HarbisonTheatre

About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus, public, two-year college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest provider of higher education in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC enrolls approximately 18,000 credit students annually. The college’s Corporate and Continuing Education program, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the Southeast, annually has 30,000 enrollments and provides continuing education to hundreds of area businesses each year. www.midlandstech.edu

Press Contact: Chloe Rodgers, Flock and Rally, 843.230.1611, chloe@flockandrally.com

Comedian Kathleen Madigan Brings Sold-Out Show Madigan Again to Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, February 6, 2015

Kathleen Madigan, the only comedian in the history of NBC’s Last Comic Standing to go unchallenged by any other performer, will take the stage for one night only during a sold-out performance at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College on February 6, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. This will be Madigan’s first-ever show in the Greater Columbia, S.C. area.

Known nationally for her Comedy Central and HBO specials, the American Comedy Award winner will perform Madigan Again, a merciless showcase of wit delivered via Madigan’s signature dry candor.

“I honestly could not believe she agreed to play a 400-seat hall,” says Katie Fox, Executive Director of Harbison Theatre. “Kathleen Madigan is a really big name now and could fill a much larger auditorium. It’s a huge win for our audience that she likes the intimacy our space provides.”

2014 is packed with nationwide appearances and performances for Madigan, who never slows down, spending on average 300 out of 365 days of the year on the road.

A veteran of late-night talk shows with O’Brien, Letterman, Leno and more, Madigan’s no-frills standup touches everything from tales of her Democratic, Irish Catholic family and rambunctious jailbird friends to her shaky relationship with the gym (constantly swayed by her love for the bar scene).

Madigan, nominated for her second American Comedy Award in 2014 amongst up-and-coming favorites like Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Kevin Hart and Patton Oswalt, received an award for iTunes Best Comedy Albums of 2013 for Madigan Again, which premiered exclusively on Netflix in September 2013, and is now toured as a live show.

Ticketing Details

Kathleen Madigan: Madigan Again is one of nine shows selected for Harbison Theatre’s 2014-2015 Signature Series. The show is now sold out. Learn more about upcoming Harbison Theatre shows online at www.HarbisonTheatre.org, by calling 803-407-5011, or in person at the Harbison Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office also will open two hours prior to each show in the Signature Series.

About Harbison Theatre

Rooted in the performing arts, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Harbison Theatre, please visit www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Harbison Theatre on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarbisonTheatre

Harbison Theatre on Twitter: www.twitter.com/HarbisonTheatre

About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, two-year, public college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest higher education provider in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC offers an excellent education at an excellent value. Serving approximately 18,000 academic credit students and 15,000 Corporate and Continuing Education students annually, MTC equips students with the tools they need to meet the challenges and opportunities of the modern work world. Learn more at midlandstech.edu.

Press Contact: Chloe Rodgers, Flock and Rally, 843.230.1611, chloe@flockandrally.com

Mavis Staples Kick Starts Huge Year at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Jan. 31, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Legendary gospel and R&B singer Mavis Staples takes the stage at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., singing hits both old and new from her incredible 60-year career.

Mavis Staples launched her musical career as a member of her family’s musical group, the Staples Singers, with her father and siblings, and their songs “I’ll Take You There” and “Let’s Do It Again” quickly became chart-toppers. (The late Pops Staples’ final album, finished by Mavis and her album’s producer, Jeff Tweedy of indie band Wilco, will be released in February 2015, and has been the talk of the music industry as of late.)

In these early years, Staples was heralded as the “voice of the civil rights movement” of the 1960s, as she belted out message songs like “Long Walk to D.C.” and “Respect Yourself” with her iconic, soulful voice, and family friends like MLK, Jr. and Bob Dylan.

In the 1980s, Staples branched out into a solo career – one that would continue for the next three decades and beyond, producing hit after hit. Even now, at the age of 75, Staples shows no signs of slowing down.

“This prolific artist could be resting on her laurels at this point in her career, but she’s making new music!” says Katie Fox, Executive Director at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. “She never stops creating and inventing, and that’s inspiring.”

In the past five years alone, Staples has been quite busy, producing two new albums, “You Are Not Alone” and “One True Vine,” as part of an ongoing collaboration with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Staples won her first GRAMMY Award as a solo artist in 2010 for “You Are Not Alone” in the category of Best Americana Album. “One True Vine” was also nominated for a GRAMMY in 2014. In 2013, she performed for President Obama at “In Performance and the White House: Memphis Soul” alongside Justin Timberlake, Sam Moore, Ben Harper and Queen Latifah.

Staples recently celebrated her 75th birthday in style during a special show, “I’ll Take You There – Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples,” in her hometown of Chicago, Ill. The concert featured a star-studded list of musicians honoring Staples’ extraordinary career, including Gregg Allman, Patty Griffin and Otis Clay, with Staples also performing.

What will 2015 hold for the legendary singer? In addition to an extensive U.S. and international tour, and frequent features at music festivals like the hailed Newport Folk Festival, Staples’ current influence is reaching beyond the realm of music.

Mavis!, a new documentary directed by Jessica Edwards, will premiere at South by Southwest indie film festival in March 2015, showcasing Staples’ incredible career’s breadth, from her impact on the American civil rights movement to her freshest award-winning music making and unexpected collaborations. This is the first feature-length film about the legendary gospel/pop singer.

Guests at Staples’ Harbison Theatre performance on Jan. 31, 2015 will enjoy the ultimate Mavis experience: a live show that will have them dancing in the aisles.

Ticketing Details

Mavis Staples is one of 12 shows selected for Harbison Theatre’s 2014-2015 Signature Season. Individual show tickets and The Flex Pass, offering a 10% discount with the purchase of 4 or more tickets, can be purchased at www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Buyers may also order tickets via phone at 803-407-5011, or in person at the Harbison Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office also will open two hours prior to each show in the Signature Series.

About Harbison Theatre

Rooted in the performing arts, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Harbison Theatre, please visit www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Harbison Theatre on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarbisonTheatre

Harbison Theatre on Twitter: www.twitter.com/HarbisonTheatre

About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, two-year, public college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest higher education provider in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC offers an excellent education at an excellent value. Serving approximately 18,000 academic credit students and 15,000 Corporate and Continuing Education students annually, MTC equips students with the tools they need to meet the challenges and opportunities of the modern work world. Learn more at midlandstech.edu.

Press Contact: Chloe Rodgers, Flock and Rally, 843.230.1611, chloe@flockandrally.com

Reigning Comedian Kathleen Madigan Makes Columbia, S.C. Debut with Madigan Again at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, February 6, 2015

Kathleen Madigan, the only comedian in the history of NBC’s Last Comic Standing to go unchallenged by any other performer, will take the stage for one night only at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College on February 6, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. This will be Madigan’s first-ever performance in the Greater Columbia, S.C. area.

Known nationally for her Comedy Central and HBO specials, the American Comedy Award winner will perform Madigan Again, a merciless showcase of wit delivered via Madigan’s signature dry candor.

“I honestly could not believe she agreed to play a 400-seat hall,” says Katie Fox, Executive Director of Harbison Theatre. “Kathleen Madigan is a really big name now and could fill a much larger auditorium. It’s a huge win for our audience that she likes the intimacy our space provides.”

Why it’s a must-see:

2014-15 is packed with nationwide appearances and performances for Madigan, who never slows down, spending on average 300 out of 365 days of the year on the road.

A veteran of late-night talk shows with O’Brien, Letterman, Leno and more, Madigan’s no-frills standup touches everything from tales of her Democratic, Irish Catholic family and rambunctious jailbird friends to her shaky relationship with the gym (constantly swayed by her love for the bar scene).

Madigan is currently nominated alongside other up-and-coming favorites like Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Kevin Hart and Patton Oswalt for her second American Comedy Award.

Ticketing Details

Madigan Again is one of nine shows selected for Harbison Theatre’s 2014-2015 Signature Series. Individual show tickets and The Flex Pass, offering a 10% discount with the purchase of four or more tickets, can be purchased at www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Buyers may also order tickets via phone at 803-407-5011, or in person at the Harbison Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office also will open two hours prior to each show in the Signature Series.

About Harbison Theatre

Rooted in the performing arts, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Harbison Theatre, please visit www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Harbison Theatre on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarbisonTheatre

Harbison Theatre on Twitter: www.twitter.com/HarbisonTheatre

About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, two-year, public college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest higher education provider in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC offers an excellent education at an excellent value. Serving approximately 18,000 academic credit students and 15,000 Corporate and Continuing Education students annually, MTC equips students with the tools they need to meet the challenges and opportunities of the modern work world. Learn more at midlandstech.edu.

Press Contact: Chloe Rodgers, Flock and Rally, 843.230.1611, chloe@flockandrally.com

Mavis Staples Brings GRAMMY-Winning Voice to Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Jan. 31, 2015

Named one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers,” Mavis Staples will rock the house at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. with R&B, pop and gospel hits from across her legendary career. Mavis Staples has graced stages worldwide for more than 60 years, and now, at age 75, the soul-singing icon still has audiences dancing in the aisles.

An unexpected innovator, Staples has recently become known for fresh, boundary-breaking collaborations with artists across a variety of genres. On One True Vine, her latest GRAMMY-nominated studio album (her 14th), she partners with Jeff Tweedy, frontman of the popular indie band Wilco, to create a beautiful new rendition of Funkadelic’s hit, “Can You Get To That.” This is the second album on which Staples and Tweedy have collaborated; the first being GRAMMY Award-winning You Are Not Alone in 2010.

Staples will perform new music as well as the gospel and R&B hits that made her a household name.

Staples’ made her musical debut as a member of her family’s musical group, The Staple Singers, known for their hit singles “I’ll Take You There” and Billboard #1 “Let’s Do It Again.” A close family friend of political activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Dylan, Staples gave soulful voice to the equality movement of the 1960s with her siblings as The Staple Singers, belting “message” songs like “Long Walk to D.C.” and “Respect Yourself.”

The songstress recently celebrated her 75th birthday with a special concert, I’ll Take You There – Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples, held in her honor in her hometown of Chicago on Nov. 19, 2014. The star-studded show featured performances by fellow musicians and friends, from Gregg Allman and Bonnie Raitt to Widespread Panic and Grace Potter.

But even at the age of 75, Staples is nowhere near slowing down.

“This prolific artist could be resting on her laurels at this point in her career, but she’s making new music!” says Katie Fox, Executive Director at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. “She never stops creating and inventing, and that’s inspiring.”

Ticketing Details

Mavis Staples is one of 12 shows selected for Harbison Theatre’s 2014-2015 Signature Season. Individual show tickets and The Flex Pass, offering a 10% discount with the purchase of 4 or more tickets, can be purchased at www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Buyers may also order tickets via phone at 803-407-5011, or in person at the Harbison Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office also will open two hours prior to each show in the Signature Series.

About Harbison Theatre

Rooted in the performing arts, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Harbison Theatre, please visit www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Harbison Theatre on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarbisonTheatre

Harbison Theatre on Twitter: www.twitter.com/HarbisonTheatre

About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, two-year, public college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest higher education provider in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC offers an excellent education at an excellent value. Serving approximately 18,000 academic credit students and 15,000 Corporate and Continuing Education students annually, MTC equips students with the tools they need to meet the challenges and opportunities of the modern work world. Learn more at midlandstech.edu.

Press Contact: Chloe Rodgers, Flock and Rally, 843.230.1611, chloe@flockandrally.com

The HT@MTC Performance Incubator Production Woven: Life in Notes and Steps Debuts at Harbison Theatre Jan. 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Experience the beauty of live jazz matched with fluid, contemporary movement when The HT@MTC Performance Incubator debuts Woven: Life in Notes and Steps, composed by internationally-touring, locally-bred trumpeter Mark Rapp on Saturday, January 14, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.

In this one-of-a-kind tapestry of jazz and modern dance, gifted jazz composer Rapp teams up with professional choreographer Stephanie Wilkins to present Woven, developed exclusively as part of The HT@MTC Performance Incubator. Woven melds choreography with improvisation, taking the audience on a life voyage through universal human experiences, from passion to despair; questioning to acceptance.

Woven alludes to how everyone is connected in the giant web of life, like threads strung together,” says Rapp. “Each piece; each melody is choreographed while the solos are improvised by both dancers and instrumentalists – inspiring one another – creating an exciting, organic and unique artistic presentation each time.”

During their professional careers in NYC, Rapp and Wilkins worked in the uppermost echelons of the performing arts industry. In Woven, their collective experiences are conveyed through an evening-length set of works featuring five jazz musicians and six modern dancers, portraying, through notes and steps, how we are all connected – woven – together in this fabric of life.

“You should expect to be blown away by the caliber of talent in the Midlands,” says Katie Fox, Executive Director of Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College. “Our composer and choreographer have a combined two decades of professional experience in NYC and it shows in the sophistication of their work.”

Rapp has performed sold-out shows for audiences in New Orleans, New York City and Europe, playing in legendary venues such as The Blue Note and Joe’s Pub with top-tier musicians like Branford Marsalis and Hootie and the Blowfish. In 2008, DownBeat Magazine listed Rapp on their very short list of “Top emerging jazz trumpeters.” Rapp has since recorded 4 albums as a lead musician, including his critically acclaimed debut Token Tales (2009), and has been featured on various chart-topping jazz albums.

Wilkins, the choreographer for Woven, received her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, where she lived for fourteen years. She has taught, choreographed and performed extensively in New York, San Francisco and Brazil, and has worked with many notable choreographers in NYC, including Bill T. Jones (as an apprentice), Bebe Miller and David Parsons. Wilkins has since returned to Columbia, S.C. and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Dance and a choreographer for the USC Dance Company at the University of South Carolina.

Woven will premier on Harbison Theatre’s stage as a part of The HT@MTC Performance Incubator, with the creative team’s intention to tour the Southeast and beyond.

This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which received support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ticketing Details

Woven is one of nine shows selected for Harbison Theatre’s 2014-2015 Signature Series. Individual show tickets and The Flex Pass, offering a 10% discount with the purchase of 4 or more tickets, can be purchased at www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Buyers may also order tickets via phone at 803-407-5011, or in person at the Harbison Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The box office also will open two hours prior to each show in the Signature Series.

About Harbison Theatre

Rooted in the performing arts, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Harbison Theatre, please visit www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

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About Midlands Technical College

Midlands Technical College (MTC) is a comprehensive, two-year, public college serving Richland, Lexington and Fairfield counties of South Carolina. The fifth-largest higher education provider in South Carolina and the largest provider of transfer students to four-year colleges and universities in the state, MTC offers an excellent education at an excellent value. Serving approximately 18,000 academic credit students and 15,000 Corporate and Continuing Education students annually, MTC equips students with the tools they need to meet the challenges and opportunities of the modern work world. Learn more at midlandstech.edu.

Press Contact: Chloe Rodgers, Flock and Rally, 843.230.1611, chloe@flockandrally.com

The South Carolina Philharmonic presents sold-out Holiday Pops: Winter Wonder at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, Dec. 14, 2014

A new, family-friendly holiday tradition, Holiday Pops: Winter Wonder is a matinee concert (sold-out since October) featuring a compilation of perennial favorites, from classic carols to contemporary tunes, performed by the South Carolina Philharmonic.

The South Carolina Philharmonic, led by gifted conductor Morihiko Nakahara, will perform this show as the second installment in the new 3-show Pops Series, exclusive to Harbison Theatre. This is the third annual Holiday Pops concert at Harbison Theatre.

“You can feel the music in our space. It’s a completely new experience,” says Katie Fox, Executive Director at Harbison Theatre, about the acoustics of the SC Phil’s performance.

Holiday Pops will be presented Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College, 7300 College St., Irmo, SC 29063. Located at the entrance to the Midlands Technical College Harbison Campus, off of Lake Murray Blvd. and I-26.

Website: www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarbisonTheatre

Twitter: www.twitter.com/HarbisonTheatre

About Harbison Theatre

Rooted in the performing arts, Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College offers programs and productions that encourage reflection, examination and discovery; and that provide entertainment, education and opportunity to professionals, learners and community members in all stages of life. To learn about upcoming events, purchase tickets, or pursue sponsorship and volunteer opportunities with Harbison Theatre, please visit www.HarbisonTheatre.org.

Contact: Chloe Rodgers, Flock and Rally, 843.230.1611, chloe@flockandrally.com