2021-22 Performing Arts Series

Huge thanks to ESB Financial for generously supporting the Emporia Arts Center this season as our Major Presenting Sponsor. Their gifts and passion for arts vitality in our community makes these performances possible!

Please call Emporia Arts Center at 620-343-6473 to purchase your tickets Adults – $25 Youth – $12.50

Forever Young – September 14, 2021, 7:00 pm –
Emporia Granada Theatre

FOREVER YOUNG is an exciting new look at the greatest hits of all time. Starring the most talented guys you’ll ever meet, FOREVER YOUNG takes you back to the music of your youth, back to the moment you discovered what it meant to set the record down, push play and tune in!

Set in a suburban hangout, FOREVER YOUNG is jam-packed with powerhouse vocals, dynamite choreography, and most importantly, a story of how one record player can truly change everything.

Packed full of pop, rock, and country classics, FOREVER YOUNG is ultimately a tribute to your life…and your music!

Shakespeare In Jazz – October 21, 2021, 7:00pm –
Emporia Granada Theatre

Award-winning composer and pianist, Daniel Kelly, Explores the meeting place of music and literature, visual art, and journalism. Shakespeare in Jazz is Kelly’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s works into fresh and dynamic jazz songs, adding powerhouse jazz vocalists and musicians, including acclaimed jazz improviser, Frederick Johnson. Kelly brilliantly re-interprets text from Shakespeare’s beloved plays into tunes you’ll be singing the whole car ride home!

The Greatest Love of All – February 7, 2022, 7:00 pm –
ESU’s Albert Taylor Hall

Whitney Houston’s musical legacy is brought to life in this critically acclaimed stage show starring RiSA artist, Belinda Davis. Described as “mind-blowingly spot on”, the production will fill you with joy, nostalgia, and wonderment as it takes you on a heartfelt journey through Houston’s greatest hits. Enjoy songs like ‘I Will Always Love You’, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘I’m Every Woman’, ‘Million Dollar Bill’, and many more.

  • Not affiliated with the Estate of Whitney Houston

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DRUMLine Live – February 2, 2022, 7:00 pm –
ESU’s Albert Taylor Hall

DRUMLine Live is a show-stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit Twentieth Century Fox movies, “Drumline” and “Drumline: A NewBeat”. DRUMLine Live embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience. with its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear-grabbing energy, DRUMLine Live is a high-octane musical roller coaster ride that will touch every emotion in your body.

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Drum Tao – March 23, 2022, 7:00 pm –
Emporia Granada Theatre

“Japanese Entertainment” for a new generation that completely surpasses expectations – experience a phenomenal performance consisting of incomparable “Wadaiko-drums” and the beautiful melody of Japanese flutes and harps.

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Stunt Dog Experience – April 8, 2022, 7:00 pm –
ESU’s Albert Taylor Hall

This show’s cast of performers and dogs will delight audiences of all ages, with high-energy excitement from beginning to end. Witness some of the most incredible stunts and behaviors ever performed by dogs!

All dogs starring in the show have been rescued from pounds and shelters across the country. the trainers use positive training methods and work with each dog’s individual ability, athleticism, and intelligence. each dog has unique talents and signature moves to showcase, from big-air stunts to dancing and comedy antics, these pups are proud to show off!
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Missoula Children’s Theatre –
Date, Time, and Location TBA in Spring 2022

Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) champions the development of life skills through participation in the performing arts. the 2022 season will mark the 20th Missoula Children’s Theatre production presented by the Emporia Arts Council.

MCT arrives in Emporia with a set, costumes, props, makeup, and almost everything it takes to put on a show… except the cast! Following a week of auditions, rehearsals, and theatrical fun, over 50 local youth will come together to perform a full-scale original musical production of the public.

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!

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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.

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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

FAREWELL ANGELINA : Friday, October 26, 2018

Join us FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26TH for a superstar act with killer songs performed by all-female country group, Farewell Angelina!

Farewell Angelina leaves everything they have on stage every night. They create “moments” – not for their audience, but WITH their audience.

Fiddles, guitars, harmonies, and a dash of attitude.

Expect these four strong women to deliver sophisticated songs that matter to radio and fans hungry for real depth, artistry and perspective.

Check out their amazing single Roughstock(and EAC!) calls “Our favorite new country song” : If It Ain’t With You.

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A special thanks to our Major Presenting Sponsor


Event Partner

Hope to see you there!

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

MOMIX | Opus Cactus : Wednesday, September 26th


We are kicking off our 2018-2019 Performing Arts Series with the mind-bending and soul-grasping talent of MOMIX.

Under the direction of Moses Pendleton and with nothing more than a bit of light, shadow, props, and the human body, MOMIX has astonished audiences on five continents for more than 38 years.

One night only at Albert Taylor Hall on Emporia State University campus, world renowned dancer-illusionists, MOMIX, will take you on a sensory journey through the American Southwest in their performance OPUS CACTUS.

Opus Cactus promises a night of of fun and surreal experiences for the whole family. Natural elements like slithering snakes and huge saguaro cacti combine with the physical artistry of MOMIX to magically translate the hidden beauty of the southwest.

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