The performing arts series at shepherd university 2015 - 2016 season calendar

All performances are at 8 p.m. at Shepherd University’s Frank Center Theater.

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No BS! Brass Band



Get ready for a dance party as the 11 members of Richmond’s No BS! Brass Band take the stage. Fusing New Orleans brass band spirit with East Coast funk, No BS! Brass charts new territory, fearlessly combining elements of James Brown, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson, and Led Zeppelin into their fiercely original sound.

$15 general admission; $10 senior citizens/Shepherd staff; $5 for kids under 18. Free to Shepherd students with valid Rambler.

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation National Endowment for the Arts
nikki giovanni


Friday, October 2 - Friday, October 9, 2015

Join us for a week of outstanding programs, readings, lectures, and more focused on the work of Nikki Giovanni, one of America’s most celebrated poets. Giovanni has been incredibly prolific, publishing more than 30 volumes of nonfiction, poetry, books for children, and essays. Her autobiography, Gemini, was a finalist for the National Book Award; Love Poems,, Blues: For All the Changes, Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea, and Bicycles were significant in garnering for her three of seven NAACP Image Awards. Giovanni was the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award and the Langston Hughes Medal for Outstanding Poetry. For a complete listing of events and locations, visit the Writer-in-Residence website:

All Events are FREE. No tickets are required.

West Virginia Humanities Council West Virginia Center for the Book Shepherd University Foundation



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Celebrate the Appalachian region with a weekend full of dance, music, and traditional culture in the heart of West Virginia’s oldest town. Friday will feature school visits by the artists, a storytelling showcase, and an old-time community square dance. Saturday's schedule includes a poetry and stories program; a community gospel sing led by the Como Mamas; banjo workshop with Sheila Kay Adams; old-time string band competition ($1,000 prize); and Saturday showcase concert hosted by Adam Booth featuring the High Ridge Ramblers, poet Kirk Judd with Dave Bing, gospel artists the Como Mamas, and the final showdown between the top two bands of the string band competition.

This year we are proud to be partnering with Freedom’s Run for Health and Heritage. To sign up for the race or to learn more, visit

Showcase Concert Tickets
$15 general public, $10 seniors/Shepherd staff, and $5 children. Free for Shepherd students with Rambler ID.

Gospel Group The Como Mamas:
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Old-Time Band The High Ridge Ramblers featuring Dave Bing, Mark Payne, and Andrew Dunlap:
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Storyteller Adam Booth:
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Poet Kirk Judd:
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Storyteller, Ballad-Singer, Banjo Artist & National Heritage Award Fellow Sheila Kay Adams:
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Duquesne University Tamburitzans

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Get ready for a two-hour journey through the cultures of Eastern Europe filled with colorful costumes, live music, and spectacular dances. Now celebrating 79 years, the Duquesne Universty Tamburitzans are the longest-running multicultural ensemble in the United States. More than a dozen languages, more than 200 costumes, and nearly 50 instruments are featured in every show.

$15 general admission; $10 Shepherd staff/senior citizens; $5 kids under 18. Free for Shepherd students with valid Rambler ID.

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appalachian studies

Appalachian Studies Association Showcase Concert

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Shepherd University will be hosting the 39th annual Appalachian Studies Association conference from March 18-20. Nearby 1,000 scholars, educators, students, activists, and learners will come together in Shepherdstown to celebrate our region. As part of the conference, PASS will be hosting a special showcase concert for the community featuring John Lilly and Blue Yonder, Appalachian dance, storytelling and more. For more information about the Appalachian Studies Association or the annual conference, visit

Concert Tickets
$15 general admission; $10 Shepherd staff/senior citizens/ASA conference registrants; $5 kids under 18. Free for Shepherd students with valid Rambler ID.

Hugo e Ines

Teatro Hugo e Ines present Short Stories

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Peruvian puppeteers Hugo and Ines create characters through imaginative use of knees, feet, elbows, and props. In Short Stories, using an amazing mix of mime, dance and puppetry, the characters of Teatro Hugo e Ines play out the poetic moments of daily life. Hugo e Ines have performed throughout the world in venues such as the Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater, The Kennedy Center, International Festival for Children (Singapore) and Festival of Wonder (Denmark) and also appeared regularly on the PBS series Between the Lions. Recommended for ages 10+.

$15 general admission; $10 Shepherd staff/senior citizens; $5 kids under 18.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation National Endowment for the Arts

artistic excellence, diversity, and opportunities for learning are at the heart of our mission

Join the Performing Arts Series at Shepherd for another year of extraordinary arts experiences designed to inspire and extend learning opportunities across our regional community.

Did you know that ticket sales cover only about 10 percent of the cost of most events? PASS performances and outreach programs for children and community members are made possible by Shepherd students through Student Activity Fees allocated by the Student Government Association. Additional financial support for some programs is provided by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the West Virginia Humanities Council, and the with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

All of the events listed in the PASS season feature additional opportunities to engage with the artists. For more information about workshops and masterclasses, contact Rachael Meads, director of student activities and leadership, at To learn more about arts opportunities in our community, visit our website for links to the wonderful arts organizations that make Shepherdstown such a vibrant community: Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to PASS to allow us to continue our school and community outreach programs.

Tickets & Accommodations

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Ticket prices vary from event to event, reflective of the production costs for the performance. Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID may receive one free ticket to all PASS events while tickets last at the Shepherd Bookstore.

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Performing Arts Series at Shepherd tickets are available for purchase at the Shepherd University Bookstore.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7:45 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday 7:45 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Bookstore is located on the ground level of the Student Center (210 N. King Street), directly across the street from the Scarborough Library. Shop online at

Tickets may be purchased using cash, checks, or VISA, MasterCard, or Discover at the Shepherd University Bookstore until 4 p.m. on the day of the event or the last business day prior to the event. Tickets may also be purchased at the Frank Center Lobby Box Office one hour before each performance (if the show is not already sold out).

Buy Tickets Over the Internet

Tickets may be purchased using VISA, MasterCard, or Discover at the Shepherd Bookstore webstore. Just visit, and click on the Performing Arts Series at Shepherd box. Follow the instructions and your tickets will be held for pick up at the Frank Center Lobby Box Office on the night of the performance. Note: Online ticket orders will be accepted through NOON the day of the performance. After this point, patrons should purchase them in person at the Student Center or at the Frank Center Lobby Box Office one hour before the performance.

Buy Tickets Over the Phone

Tickets may also be purchased with VISA, MasterCard, or Discover over the phone by calling the Shepherd Bookstore at 304-876-5219. Phone purchases will be held under the purchaser's name for pick up at the Frank Center Lobby Box Office on the night of the performance. Reservations are not accepted without payment.

Special Accommodations & Seating

Shepherd University is committed to making all of its programs, services, and activities accessible to persons with disabilities or special needs. To assure that we are prepared to accommodate your needs, please contact Rachael Meads at or 304-876-5113 to make a request at least 7 days prior to the event.

All seating is general admission/non-reserved. Doors usually open for seating at 7:30 p.m.