Wharton Center announces the 2011-2012 season and the best way to take advantage of it is by becoming a subscriber. Subscribers get the most benefits including the biggest discounts since opening our doors 30 years ago. Subscribers have access to the best seats in the house before they go on sale to the general public. The more you choose, the more you save - up to 20% off public ticket prices! In addition, subscribers receive special offers throughout the season and can take advantage of special incentives including a patron discount card for great offers at local retailers and restaurants. If there was ever a time to renew your subscription or subscribe for the first time, that time is now!
Wharton Center's 2011-2012 season offers the best of touring Broadway, and superstars and rising stars of performing arts. The highlights of the MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center Series include MEMPHIS, 2010 winner of the coveted Tony Award for Best New Musical. The season also includes three Wharton Center premieres: the Tony Award-nominated new musical ROCK OF AGES, the smash hit MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET and the musical comedy everyone is talking about, THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Returning are three acclaimed Broadway power houses: the timeless and mesmerizing WEST SIDE STORY, a brand new 25th anniversary production of the Broadway classic LES MISÉRABLES, and the show that broke Wharton Center box office records and swept up an amazing 35 major awards including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, WICKED.
The 2011-2012 season wouldn't be complete without a line-up of world-renowned performing artists such as the incomparable TONY BENNETT, one of the best big bands in the world today JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS, and the return of the popular ROYAL WINNIPEG BALLET with a newly commissioned work, Moulin Rouge - The Ballet. Joining this stellar line-up is the ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS WITH JOSHUA BELL; and the world-renowned VIENNA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA performing with the world's most sought-after trio, the Grammy-nominated EROICA TRIO.
That's not all. Wharton Center is pleased to announce the return of its World View Lecture Series. The MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity will present an amazing selection of theatre and educational opportunities for the entire family. Plus, there is a host of other superstars in all the performing arts genres including jazz, classical and world music, dance, variety, and much more.
Several season packages are available. To become an MSU Federal Credit Union Broadway at Wharton Center subscriber, you must purchase all five Broadway selections at a savings of up to 20% off: West Side Story, Rock of Ages, Million Dollar Quartet, The Addams Family and Memphis. In addition, you can save up to 20% off Les Misérables by adding it to your order. On top of that, you can also receive 20% off any Performing Arts Series events you include, and 10% off additional tickets purchased throughout the season (limitations apply).
To become a Performing Arts Series Subscriber, order at least four shows from the selection and receive 10% off. Add more shows and receive 20% off. That's not all. You can also save up to 20% off all Broadway Series performances and Les Misérables. Plus save 10% off additional Broadway and Performing Arts Series tickets you purchase throughout the season (limitation apply).
Subscribers also save by purchasing five or more events from the Act One Family Series. Or maybe you are interested in the World View Lecture Series, which subscribers can purchase for only $40. That's 33% off per events as a series package.
Individual tickets (non-subscribers; non-group) to most shows will go on sale at a date to be announced in early fall. Wharton Center eClub members are eligible for pre-sales before shows go on sale to the public.
Subscriber orders are processed according to our priority system, which is based on years of subscription and/or donation level. DON'T WAIT; TURN IN YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TODAY!
The following is categorical listing of the 2011-2012 Wharton Center season.
MSU FEDERAL CREDIT UNION BROADWAY AT WHARTON CENTER:
West Side Story November 8-13, 2011
Rock of Ages December 13-18, 2011
Million Dollar Quartet January 10-15, 2012
The Addams Family: A New Musical January 31-February 5, 2012
Memphis: A New Musical March 27-April 1, 2012
Les Misérables April 3-8, 2012
Wicked June 27-July 8, 2012 *(Extended run)
PERFORMING ARTS SERIES INCLUDES:
Aquila Theatre: Macbeth Friday, February 24, 2012
Aquila Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest Saturday, February 25, 2012
FARM BUREAU INSURANCE CLASSICS
Vienna Symphony Orchestra Sunday, November 6, 2011
with the Eroica Trio
Empire Brass Presents The Sound of Christmas Thursday, December 1, 2011
featuring Elisabeth von Trapp
Christina & Michelle Naughton, Piano Friday, March 16, 2012
Sharon Isbin, Guitar Sunday, March 18, 2012
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Saturday, April 21, 2012
with Joshua Bell, Director and Violin
FARM BUREAU INSURANCE DANCE
Compañia Flamenca José Porcel: Gypsy Fire Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Moscow Festival Ballet: Swan Lake Friday, January 20, 2012
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Saturday, February 18, 2012
Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Moulin Rouge-The Ballet
MSU FEDERAL CREDIT UNION JAZZ AT WHARTON CENTER
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Thursday, September 22, 2011
with Wynton Marsalis
Tony Bennett Friday, October 28, 2011
Simone Thursday, February 16, 2012
Steve Lippia & His Big Band: Simply Sinatra Thursday, April 19, 2012
WORLD MUSIC & DANCE
The National Acrobats of Thursday, October 27, 2011
The People's Republic of China
Yamato- The Drummers of Japan Friday, November 4, 2011
Riverdance Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, 2012
ACCIDENT FUND INSURANCE OF AMERICA VARIETY:
Nellie McKay Saturday, November 19, 2011
Franc D'Ambrosio: Christmas in NY Sunday, December 4, 2011
Robert Sternberg Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Steve Curwood Monday, February 27, 2012
Doug Stanton Monday, March 19, 2012
MSU FEDERAL CREDIT UNION INSTITUTE FOR ART & CREATIVITY:
ACT ONE FAMILY SERIES
ImaginOcean featuring Jelly Fish Jive Productions Sunday, October 23, 2011
Butterfly: The Story of A Life Cycle Sunday, November 6, 2011
Featuring The Hudson Vagabond Puppets
Skippyjon Jones; Featuring TheatreworksUSA Saturday, December 10, 2011
Are You My Mother? Sunday, January 29, 2012
Featuring Arts Power Touring Company
Seussical; Featuring TheatreworksUSA Saturday, February 11, 2012
Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre Sunday, April 15, 2012
Motown In Motion Sunday, May 20, 2012
Featuring The Eisenhower Dance Ensemble