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Lady Gaga, SELLOUT, and the Tar River Orchestra !

ROCKY MOUNT, NC:  A full weekend of evening entertainment is coming up at the NC Wesleyan College Dunn Center for the Performing Arts.  Beginning Thursday October 27 with the hilarious comedy show, S.E.L.L.O.U.T.!, followed on Friday night with a performance of “Cowboys and Aliens” by the Tar River Orchestra and Chorus, the weekend will conclude on Saturday night with the music and costumes of Lady Gaga performed by look-a-like, Athena Reich.

This wide variety of programs coincides with the college’s annual Homecoming Weekend and was selected to provide something for every age and interest.  Program details and ticket information can be found on the NCWC website

According to their website, the self-titled group The Blackpack will present “S.E.L.L.O.U.T.!” The four male headlining comedians, who will perform in Minges Auditorium on Thursday evening at 8 pm have been featured on: HBO, Comedy Central, CBS, NBC, A&E, Showtime, UPN, MTV, ESPN, VH1, FOX, and B.E.T.

S.E.L.L.O.U.T. is an acronym for: Serious, Educated, Laughing, Learning, Outrageous, Unique, and Talented!

When asked about the title of their show the group said, “Because at some point in our career…each of us has been accused of not being true to our heritage…our culture…and our profession. Too Black for one venue; not Black enough for another. But, funny is funny. Right? We are here to celebrate our individualism. Our motto: Be Yourself, Because Everybody Else Is Already Taken.”

Friday evening’s program will be dramatically different, when the Tar River Orchestra and Chorus take the stage at 7:30 pm to open its 2011-12 season.  The orchestra will perform “Cowboys and Aliens” under the direction of Alfred E. Sturgis.

The program will include several popular selections such as: “Mars and Jupiter” from the enduring classic based upon the planets and their astrological influence, The Planets, written by English composer Gustav Holst; “Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes” by Aaron Copland; “Jupiter” from the last symphony composed by Mozart, Symphony No. 41.  Additional selections include: the “Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz” by Austrian composer Johann Strauss II; Charles Ives’ humorous cowboy song “Charlie Rutlage”; a variety of selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma; and a crowd-pleasing Sci-Fi trifecta including the Star Trek main theme and selections from Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T.

The Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra is a professional orchestra that hires musicians throughout NC. The group is one of several that make up the Tar River Choral and Orchestral Society, Inc. Its other groups include the Symphonic Band, Youth Strings, Adult Chorus, Children’s Chorus and Swing Band.

And finally, on Saturday night fans of pop idol Lady Gaga will enjoy the lively music and costumes of this popular and unique singer as Athena Reich takes over the stage at 8 pm and renders her amazing musical impersonation.  Reich is a singer/songwriter, actress, TV host/personality, arts educator and Lady Gaga impersonator. She has performed and taught in schools, performance halls, colleges, and on radio and TV across North America and Europe. Originally from Toronto, she is currently based out of New York City.

In a special activity prior to the concert, high school students are invited to come in costume and compete for cash prizes in a Gaga Look-a-Like contest that will be judged by Reich. Details about this contest and all concert information are located on the NCWC website or by calling the Dunn Center Belk Box Office at 252-985-5197.