Lyle Lovett to headline 2017-18 Angelina Arts Alliance schedule

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina Arts Alliance announced their 2017-28 schedule Friday that includes a Texas Music icon and a Tony Award winning performance.

This will be the 17th annual season for the alliance that strives to keep the arts relevant in the Pineywoods.

"The season line-up represents the best artists and performances in several genres," a press release stated. "Starting in August and running through April patrons will enjoy an iconic country and western superstar, two award-winning Broadway shows, the top jazz trumpeter in the world, an astonishing Cirque holiday show, and more!"

The season kicks off with a special event featuring Lyle Lovett. The show will be on August 23 starting at 7:30 p.m.. A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums over three decades. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.

Whether touring as a duo' or with his acoustic group, or the large band, Lovett's live performances show not only the breadth of this Texas legend's deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music. Since his self-titled debut in 1986, Lyle Lovett has evolved into one of music's most vibrant and iconic performers. Among his many accolades, besides the four Grammy Awards, he was given the Americana Music Association's inaugural Trailblazer Award, and was named Texas State Musician. His works, rich and eclectic, are some of the most beloved of any living artist working today.

The rest of the season is as follows:

Chris Botti, Thursday, September 21, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.: Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy Awards. Most recently, his latest album Impressions won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 2013 55th Grammy Awards. Performing worldwide and selling more than four million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. Over the past three decades, Botti has recorded and performed with the best in music, including Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael Bublé, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and even Frank Sinatra. Hitting the road for as many as 300 days per year, the trumpeter has also performed with many of the finest symphonies and at some of the world's most prestigious venues from Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House and the Real Teatro di San Carlo in Italy. Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.

Home Free, Sunday, October 15, 2017 / 7:30 p.m.: Home Free is bringing new music, new production, and more country favorites as they come to town! The 5-man band is known for their show-stopping performances that mix their signature no-instrument, all-vocal music with their quick-witted humor. Home Free has become a household name for peppering Nashville country standards with country-dipped pop hits (and having a great time doing so). In the past 3 years, Home Free has crashed the world music scene, as they have sold 250,000 albums, racked up more than 100-million YouTube views, and entertaining more than 150,000 people live in concert. In 2015, the band celebrated the release of COUNTRY EVOLUTION, which debuted No. 4 on the Billboard Country Charts, elevating the band "from auxiliary entertainment to headlining attraction" (Times Leader), and they come to town on the 2016 release of FULL OF (EVEN MORE) CHEER, which debuted at No.2 on the Billboard Country Charts.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 7:30 p.m .: he Family Holiday Spectacular / Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the 2017 season with its 10th Anniversary National Tour created by Cirque Dreams Founder and Broadway Director Neil Goldberg. This critically-acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza is a cirque spectacle …Broadway musical…and family show all in one! Hailed by The New York Daily News as a "delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload" and "so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil!," audiences around the country continue celebrating the most wonderful time of the year at this multi-million dollar live stage production. Filled with over 300 imaginative costumes, 20 world-class astonishing acts, the finest singers, original music and seasonal favorites, don't miss snowmen, penguins, angels, reindeer, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, ornaments and of course Santa. Cirque Dreams Holidaze soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers and illusions will leave you mesmerized. Experience this 2-hour theatrical phenomenon the Boston Globe proclaims "full-on sensory immersion in which Las Vegas meets family entertainment meets musical theater" and BroadwayWorld hails "The Perfect Holiday Gift…a show that everyone will enjoy... colorful, festive, imaginative, inventive, and thoroughly entertaining."

CINDERELLA, Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.: Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that's delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including "In My Own Little Corner," "Impossible/It's Possible" and "Ten Minutes Ago," in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who's ever had a wish, a dream... or a really great pair of shoes.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, Thursday February 8, 2018  - 7:30 p.m.: Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there's no better proof than the knock-'em-dead hit show that's earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award® for BEST MUSICAL — A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER! GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancée (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars!

Diavolo: L.O.S.T., Sunday March 18, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.: DIAVOLO Architecture in Motion® performs a distinct style of Architecture in Motion that uses abstract and recognized structures to explore the relationship between the danger of our environment and the fragility of the human body. DIAVOLO is a fusion of many different movement vocabularies such as everyday movement, ballet, contemporary, acrobatics, gymnastics, martial arts, and hip-hop. What we do on stage is like a live abstract painting. There is no narrative, but strong themes pervade the work such as human struggle, fear, danger, survival, chaos, order, deconstruction, reconstruction, destiny, destination, faith, and love. Throughout the course of our lives, we lose ourselves; mentally, physically and emotionally. When we experience this loss, though temporary, we also experience our capacity to recognize and rise to the challenge of adapting and reshaping who we are in every moment. The constant teetering balance between vulnerability and control is the most natural process of the human experience and is the inspirational center for the L.O.S.T. An exploration of what both divides and unites, this series is an abstract study of our transient reality as we traverse through our daily lives and our daily work.

The 5 Browns, Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:30 p.m. The 5 Browns are delivering on their dream to wake up classical music by introducing it to the widest, largest and most excited audience they can find. Whether performing individually or together in various combinations from duo to complex five-piano arrangements, The 5 Browns reveal a deep connection to the intent of their material while bringing a fresh energy and dynamic character to the color and tonal spectrum of their sound. The 5 Browns – Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae – all attended New York's Juilliard School. In fact, they became the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously. The quintet enjoyed their first wave of critical attention in February 2002 when People magazine dubbed them the "Fab Five" at about the same time they were featured on Oprah and 60 Minutes. The 5 Browns have released 3 CDs that each went to #1 on Billboard Magazine's Classical Album Chart.

Moon Mouse - A Space Odyssey - Sunday September 24, 2017 - 2 p.m.: SPECIAL *FREE ADMISSION* EVENT * RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Marvin the mouse wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the "cool" mice, he is labeled as a loser and a geek. To get away from the continuous badgering, he retreats into his science books and a world of fantasy. He longs to have adventures, to be the hero. Join Marvin on the space adventure of a lifetime: a trip to the surface of the moon on his homemade rocket where he meets a strange cast of misfit creatures, learns of infinite peril, and views awesome beauty. Will Marvin make his dream come true and experience the glory and acceptance he craves? Lightwire Theater is proud to present MOON MOUSE, a cosmic adventure about celebrating differences.

ARTRAGEOUS –The Interactive Art & Music Experience, Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 2:00 pm: There will be family friendly activities at the Temple Theater prior to the performance. Doors will open 12:30 p.m. The pre-activities are free to the public. Tickets are $5 for children 17 and under. $10 for adults.
IMAGINE an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments.With a palette that also mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting audience interaction - Artrageous takes you on a unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity and fun! The Artrageous troups of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. The result? A one of a kind crossover experience! The signature of the Artrageous Troups is interaction and engagement, so be prepared to be part of the show!

Apply for season subscriptions at the Temple Theater box office weekdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, or call (936) 633-5454 for more information. Remaining single tickets for every show will go on sale August 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. For more information, about the upcoming 2017-2018 season visit the Angelina Arts Alliance website at and follow us on Facebook for up to the minute news and ticket giveaways.

The Angelina Arts Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve the community by presenting a diverse array of performing arts and educational opportunities.

An Angelina Arts Alliance Press release contributed to this article.

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