West Virginia University at Parkersburg
Bluegrassí Bering Strait to open Distinguished
CONTACT: Dr. H.G. Young, DP Series coordinator, 304-424-8248.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Virginia University at Parkersburg opens its 2003-2004 Distinguished Performance Series on Friday, Sept. 5, with Grammy-nominated Bering Strait, a country/bluegrass band from Russia that has been receiving international acclaim.
Showtime is 7 p.m. in WVU Parkersburgís College Activities Center.
The six classically trained Russian musicians, who play country and bluegrass music, were featured on CBSí "60 Minutes" last month. "The Ballad of Bering Strait," a recently-released documentary, traces the groupís musical journey from a Russian classical conservatory to the country big time.
Bering Straitís music has been described as a cross cultural of pop rock and classic country. The natives of Obninsk, Russia were nominated for a 2003 Grammy in the best country instrumental performance category. They lost to the Dixie Chicks. Bering Straitís self-titled debut album was released in January and its singles "I Could Be Persuaded," which features lead vocalist Natasha Borzilova, and the Grammy-nominated instrumental "Bearing Straight" have garnered world-wide airplay.
The group has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, opened for Trish Yearwood at Wolf Trap and appeared this summer on PBSí Mountain Stage. Bering Strait has been featured in articles in The New York Times and USA Today and in interviews on CNNís Music Room and NPRís Morning Edition.
Tickets for the concert are available in the college business office or at the door one hour prior to show time. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. WVU at Parkersburg students may purchase special advance tickets for themselves and one guest for $2 each. Tickets for WVU at Parkersburg Faculty/Staff are $5 in advance. All tickets at the door are regular price. There are no reserved seats.
The seasonís other programs include the Philadelphia Brass, Oct. 31; The Acting Company performing Shakespeare's "Richard III," Feb. 15 ; and Masters of Mexican Music, March 20.
The Distinguished Performance Series is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and National Endowment for the Arts with approval by the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, University System Board of Trustees Social Justice program, WVU at Parkersburg Academic Affairs budget, and student activity fee.
Additional ticket information for the Bering Strait concert is available by contacting the collegeís Business Office, 424-8223.
For additional information, contact:
Executive Director for Communications
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