AVON PARK — South Florida State College’s 2014-15 Artist Series will offer an eclectic mix of national and international performers from India to Ireland and from Philadelphia to Broadway.
The schedule of 10 performers/shows includes Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., who were part of the popular 1960s vocal group The 5th Dimension, whose hits included “Up, Up and Away” and “Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In.” As a couple they continued to record and perform.
The series also will feature three late 1950s and early 1960s male teen idol singers from Philadelphia - Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Fabian - who were billed as Dick Fox’s The Golden Boys.
Two-time Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Jim Brickman will perform holiday favorites of new and old along with many of his hits, according to SFSC.
SFSC Dean of Cultural Programs Cindy Garren said her predecessor, Doug Andrews, laid out a good season for the college’s audience.
“For example, for the Artist Series, when you see the audience that comes to the majority of those shows, I think that there is a real good mix,” she said. “There is a little bit of Broadway with Smokey Joe’s Cafe; you have an outstanding orchestra; you have some fun stuff with Frankie Avalon and Fabian.”
The Artist Series will feature the Florida premiere of the Abhinava Dance Co., which is flying from India to perform in Avon Park and then flying back, Garren said. “So this is not a show that anybody is going to see in Tampa or Orlando or Miami.
“It’s really going to be a unique and different and beautiful dance concert,” she added.
They take contemporary dance and meld it with traditional Indian dance, she said.
This will mark the 30th year of the series, which started as the Cultural Series on Dec. 18, 1984 with a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet.
The 2014-15 SFSC Artist Series schedule follows with the college’s summary of the performers and their shows:
Nov. 22 - The Abhinava Dance Co. explores new ways of bringing out the essence of Indian dance to appeal to audiences around the world by fusing modern and ethnic dance.
Dec. 1 - Jim Brickman “On A Winter’s Night” - For 20 years, Brickman has been one of the top-selling pianists and top-charting adult contemporary artists in the U.S.
Dec. 11 - A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the most beloved holiday traditions.
Jan. 12 - Smokey Joe’s Cafe - Legendary group The Coasters bring you this Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning musical revue of the classic songs of Lieber and Stoller.
Jan. 21 - National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico - Since its inception in 1971, this world-renowned orchestra has toured the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
Jan. 31 - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. - This Grammy Award-winning couple recorded hits like “Wedding Bell Blues,” “One Less Bell To Answer,” and “Stoned Soul Picnic.”
Feb. 7 - Dick Fox’s The Golden Boys - Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, and Fabian, teen idol performers from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, have joined together as The Golden Boys.
Feb. 16 - Rhythm of the Dance - Returning to our stage, this extravaganza of Irish dance and music features some of the Emerald Isle’s finest performers, including 18 dancers, five musicians and three tenors.
March 5 - Swingtime! featuring The Jive Aces, who are internationally renowned for their musicianship, spectacular stage show and their energetic renditions of fresh arrangements of swing, jive, and R&B classics.
March 28 - The Broadway Boys - a collection of six of the hottest male voices who have appeared on Broadway stages.
The performers and dates are also set for the college’s other performance series - Matinee Series, Jazz Series and the Kaleidoscope Series
For more information, including ticket prices which vary for each show, go to www.southflorida.edu and click on Cultural Programs and then Performing Arts.