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New 31st Anniversary Main Event Concert for Memphis

Elvis: From Broadway to Memphis with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra
An all new, never-before-seen show!

Enjoy a sophisticated and fun celebration of Elvis music with Leah Hocking, from the Broadway cast of All Shook Up, and Austin Miller, television and Broadway star. The show will also star Elvis Presley, via video, accompanied by live music on stage during some special segments of the show. All will be accompanied by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Included in the exciting show will be Elvis fan favourites The Dempseys and lots of surprises.

There will be two shows on August 16, 2008 at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis. The matinee will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the evening show will begin at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets to the matinee event are $70.00, $50.00 and $30.00. Tickets to the evening show are $125.00, $85.00, $65.00 and $45.00.

A special Elvis: From Broadway to Memphis package will be offered during the evening show for $125.00. The package includes access to the rehearsal of the Elvis: From Broadway to Memphis concert on August 15, a seat in the orchestra pit section, a reception during intermission of the show with light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, a complimentary Elvis Insiders membership or renewal, a special collectible lanyard from the event and two Elvis champagne flutes.

Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster

The Elvis: From Broadway to Memphis Show will feature:
Elvis Presley
This first-ever exciting production will also include a state-of-the-art, video-projected Elvis incorporated into some of the segments. An assortment of his finest performances that exist on film will present the perfect opportunity to hear both Elvis with the orchestra and with the other performers. You have never seen Elvis celebrated like this before and it offers a special night of Elvis-themed entertainment you are sure to never forget.

Leah Hocking
Leah starred in the Broadway production of All Shook Up playing the role of Miss Sandra. Her Broadway credits also include Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Dance of the Vampires, The Wild Party, Jekyll and Hyde, Grease and Guys and Dolls. She made her New York City Opera debut last spring as Cleo in The Most Happy Fella. In addition, she as appeared in various off Broadway and regional theater productions. She can be heard on original cast recordings from The Thing About Men, The Wild Party, Jekyll and Hyde and All Shook Up.

Austin Miller
Austin is probably most recognized from competing on NBC’s reality show Grease: You’re the One That I Want. Most recently, Austin starred as Adam in the Broadway bound Trip of Love in Osaka, Japan, headed for New York in the fall of 2008. His television credits include Days of Our Lives and MadTV. He has also been part of national tours of Hairspray, Smokey Joe’s Café, Victor/Victoria, and Grease.

Miriam Burns
Ms. Burns is one of the cover conductors on staff of the New York Philharmonic as a result of an audition by-invitation-only. Ms. Burns is also the Music Director/Conductor of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Redeemer in New York City and formerly also Music Director of the Lawton Philharmonic and the C.W. Post Summer Music Festival. Equally experienced on operatic stages, Ms. Burns conducts the opera productions during the summers at the MasterWorks Festival and was Associate Music Director of the Bronx Opera Company.

The Memphis Symphony Orchestra
Today more than 850 musicians, staff and volunteers in the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony Chorus, the four orchestras within the Memphis Youth Symphony and the Memphis Symphony League present symphonic music to radio, television and live audiences of more than half a million people annually.

The Dempseys
The Dempseys, a unique musical trio, are known for their brand of high octane rockabilly music and their much talked about live show. The band’s energetic live performances are unlike any show in the current popular music scene and have been referred to by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame as “the most entertaining rockabilly show on the planet.” The group emphasizes “entertainment” including bass fiddle stunts, instrument swapping, a flaming trumpet and a good – humoured repertoire.

Shawn Klush
Shawn is the winner of the 2007 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Born and raised in the small coal-mining town of Pittston, Pennsylvania , Shawn’s love for music led him to begin imitating his musical idol, Elvis. While Shawn loves performing Elvis on stage, he says he is first and foremost an Elvis fan.

Source: EPE

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