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The 2011-2012 Huffington Concert Series at Culver Academies kicks off Thursday, September 29 with Michael Jackson impersonator Joby Rogers' "The Ultimate Michael Experience," a journey through the music and dancing of "the king of pop" as impersonated by Rogers, who was chosen by Jackson himself as the top finalist in a contest against 116 other impersonators.
Rogers' 25-plus-year career as Jackson has landed him on national television (including the Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brian shows), worldwide tours, appearances with celebrities ranging from Cindy Lauper to Jimmy Buffet, and the distinction of being the only impersonator to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Everything from Jackson's signature "Moonwalk" and other dance moves, talented back-up dancers, and customized wardrobe is recreated on stage for the performance, to which the public is invited to attend.
Tickets are available at two locations: Culver Academies Steinbrenner Performing Arts Center, open Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.; and the lobby office, open one hour prior to the performance. All seats are reserved. Cash, personal checks, MasterCard, Visa, and America Express are accepted. For additional information, contact the box office at 574-842-7058.
Other highlights of the 2011-12 fine arts season at the school include:
Carillon recital by John Gouwens: Oct.1, 4 p.m., Memorial Chapel. Guest organ recital by Thomas Murray: Oct. 16, 4 p.m., Memorial Chapel.
Huffington Concert Series: The Midtown Men: Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., Eppley Auditorium. Dancevision fall concerts: Dec. 3 (7:30 p.m.) and 4 (2:30 p.m.), Eppley Auditorium. Christmas Vespers: Dec. 11, 5:30 p.m. (music begins at 5), Memorial Chapel. Concert series: Culver's band, orchestra, and choirs, Christmas concert, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Eppley Auditorium.
2012: Huffington Concert Series: BodyVox, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m., Eppley Auditorium. Huffington Concert Series, String Fever: Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., Eppley Auditorium. Huffington Concert Series, National Players' "Of Mice and Men:" March 15, 7:30 p.m., Eppley Auditorium. Faculty organ recital by John Gouwens: April 15, 4 p.m., Memorial Chapel. Parentsâ€™ Weekend carillon recital by John Gouwens: April 28, 4 p.m., Memorial Chapel. Dancevision spring concert and Honors performances: April 28 (7:30 p.m.) and 29 (2:30 p.m.), Eppley Auditorium.
Information is available online at www.culver.org.