CATAPULT! – The Magic of Dancing Shadows

Catapult is technically a shadow dance company…What it really is: a theatrical art form that is an amazingly imaginative combination of dance, story-telling, and sculpture. Founded in 2009, by Adam Battlestein (Choreographer, Creative Director and Master Teaching Artist for Pilobus Dance Theatre for 19 years), Catapult catapulted to fame on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent, earning their way to the finals of the NBC-TV hit show.

Join us at ESU’s Albert Taylor Hall on Friday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. for


By showcasing the human body and its ability to transform, CATAPULT dancers work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible dancing shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. You’ll be amazed when a person turns into a flower, and then transforms into a full size helicopter right before your eyes!

Click here to learn more about CATAPULT!

A special thanks to our
Major Presenting Sponsor:
ESB Financial

We would also like to recognize CATAPULT’s gracious Underwriter Clint Bowyer Autoplex, and Event Partner Edward Jones of Emporia for supporting this amazing show!

Sugar Skull! – A Día de los Muertos Musical Adventure!

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration of life and death. While the holiday originated in Mexico, it is celebrated all over Latin America, and communities in the U.S.

Leading up to Emporia’s Hispanics of Today and Tomorrow 2nd Annual Dia de los Muertos Festival on October 26th, the Emporia Arts Council is bringing a delightful cross-cultural musical production to the community.

Join us at Albert Taylor Hall on Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 PM for

Sugar Skull! A Dia de los Muertos Musical Adventure

Sugar Skull! is a joyous, heartfelt adventure that delves into the rich, tuneful traditions of the day of the dead through music and dance. Featuring a company of gifted musicians and dancers, this colorful stage production is the perfect fall entertainment for youth and family audiences alike!

Click here to learn more about Sugar Skull!

A special thanks to our
Major Presenting Sponsor:
ESB Financial

We would also like to recognize Sugar Skull’s gracious Underwriter Clint Bowyer Autoplex, and Event Partner Kari’s Diamonds & Bridal for supporting this amazing show!

Additional thanks to Hispanics of Today and Tomorrow, Emporia Migrant Education Program, and Mitchell-Markowitz Construction for their support of the Emporia Arts Council and our community.

Femme Fatale – Movies. Music. Mayhem.

Join us at the historic Emporia Granada Theatre on Saturday, September 21, 7:00 pm for FEMME FATALE: Movies, Music, Mayhem.

Click here to learn more about Femme Fatale

For an even greater experience, select our VIP Dinner and Show tickets. For $50, VIP tickets include priority floor seating and a delicious pork chop meal from Radius Brewing Company. The VIP experience begins at 5:00 pm, seats are limited so reserve yours today!

A special thanks to our Major Presenting Sponsor:
ESB Financial

We would also like to recognize Femme Fatale’s gracious Underwriter Gerald Schumann Electric and Event Partner AM Cohron & Son for supporting this fantastic show!


If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again.

Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. They have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase, numerous national TV appearances and proven success with CD releases.

Straight No Chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of nine unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.

The Emporia Arts Center Presents
Straight No Chaser: The Open Bar Tour

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 7:30 PM
Emporia Granada Theatre
807 Commercial St. Emporia, KS 66801

Tickets will be available 10:00 AM CT on FRIDAY, MAY 17

Tickets will also be available at the Emporia Arts Center,
815 Commercial St. or by calling (620) 343-6473
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Emporia Arts Council is pleased to announce the rescheduled performance for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

The performance was originally scheduled for last Tuesday April 30.  With less than

36 hours-notice, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy announced to EAC they could not make the April performance, due to illness of lead singer Scotty Morris.



Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Doors Open: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Venue: Emporia Granada Theatre

The band is devastated and regrets any inconvenience for their fans. If you purchased a ticket for the performance it will be honored for the rescheduled performance date. If you would like to purchase additional tickets to the show, they are available on our website:

If you are a 2018-2019 Emporia Arts Center Member or Business Partner please hold on to your season tickets, they will also be honored for the new date.

We are incredibly grateful to all of our EAC members and all our business partners.

Your investment in the art and cultural programming of EAC makes Emporia and Lyon County a great place to work and live!  Thank you for making EAC a priority of your involvement!

We would like to extend our Thanks to Clint Bowyer Autoplex our 2018-2019 Major Presenting Sponsor. ESB Finanical, for underwriting the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performance and

Jon & Christi Stewart/Hardway Ranch our Event Partner for this show. 

Thank You for Supporting the Arts! If you have any questions, my email is

Dawn Young

Emporia Arts Council, Executive Director


The Emporia Arts Council was informed this morning that tomorrow’s April 30th performance by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has been postponed. 

The group informed EAC this morning that the lead singer is ill and is unable to perform for tomorrow’s performance,” said Dawn Young, Executive Director of the Emporia Arts Council. “Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and EAC apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and we are rescheduling the performance for a future date.”

We are very grateful to all of you for supporting Emporia Arts Council. With your support we are able to carry on our mission of educating, advocating and celebrating the arts in our community.

If you have any questions, please contact Allyson Walker, EAC Member Service Coordinator. 

Thank You
Dawn Young
Executive Director, Emporia Arts Council

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Emporia Arts Center invites you to join us on Tuesday, April 30, 7 pm at The Emporia Granada Theatre for a roaring night of jazz and swing music as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy takes the stage.

Since it’s formation in the early nineties in Ventura, California, the band has toured virtually nonstop. Early on, they reminded the world, in the midst of the grunge era no less, that it was still cool to swing!

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s efforts to promote and revitalize swing music have taken shape as much more than a simple tribute. Taking inspiration from the creators of this uniquely American art form, the band’s original horn-infused music and legendary high energy show introduces the genre to a new and younger generation while remaining cognizant and respectful of the music’s rich legacy.

What’s in store at a Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performance? A rousing good time, with exuberant and dapper-dressed musicians who turn a performance into an experience.

Rollicking yet polished.
Let’s jive!

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE and at 815 Commercial St. or call (620) 343-6473.

Special Thanks to our Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Sponsors:

Major Presenting Sponsor
Event Partner

Andreas Klein: Sunday, March 10, 2019

The Emporia Arts Center invites you to join us on Sunday, March 10, 2pm at Beach Music Hall for an afternoon filled with touching musical artistry as world renowned pianist Andreas Klein graces the stage.

Since his meteoric start in his native Germany, performing recitals and as a soloist with orchestra, he eventually answered the call to go to the Juilliard School in New York.

Klein has performed in many of the leading houses of Europe, from Wigmore Hall in London to the Berlin Philharmonie, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and is at home with the grandeur of playing with the Berlin Philharmonic or the vast reaches of Ravinia Festival(where he received TWO standing ovations) as he is with the intimacy of Le Poisson Rouge (NYC).

The audience of Klein’s concert can expect an emotional performance featuring works from Schumann, Brahms, Mozart, and the like. Klein’s flowing musicality allows listeners to feel the sensitivity of classical music. Klein will bring taste, touch, and tone to the keys, unlike any other pianist. See why the New York Times calls Andreas Klein “a pianist who makes silences sound like music” in a performance video below.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE and at 815 Commercial St. or call (620) 343 6473

Special Thanks to Our Andreas Klein Sponsors

Major Presenting Sponsor
Event Partner

iLuminate: Monday, February 18, 2019

Join us on Monday, February 18, 7pm at Albert Taylor Hall for a heart-racing and jaw-dropping performance by artists of light, iLuminate!

iLuminate combines state of the art technology with trained dancers to create an unbelievable spectacle. A completely blacked out stage brings the electroluminescent lights on the dancers suits to life creating illusions that will reawaken your senses. Expect to see mind-bending dance moves set to  a range of music styles from current hits to classic jams.

Reaching the finals and being named the “Best New Act in America” by America’s Got Talent judges, iLuminate delivers a completely unique performance to anything you have ever seen. Their groundbreaking combination of storytelling, music, and technology will leave you speechless.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE and at 815 Commercial  St.
or call (620) 343 6473

Hope to see you there!

Take a sneak peek of the iLuminate magic below!

Special Thanks To Our iLuminate Sponsors

Major Presenting Sponsor


Event Partner

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