May 20, 2013

The Premiere Torggler Summer Concert Series Announced

(Newport News, Va.) - Christopher Newport University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts announced today the presentation of three leading vocal artists / ensembles during July, including  renowned dramatic tenor Ben Heppner, Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell, and the Grammy Award-winning Manhattan Transfer. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning Tuesday, May 21 at 11 a.m. at the Ferguson Center Ticket Office, online at, or by calling (757) 594-8752. Ticket Office hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Ben Heppner, Tenor
Thomas Muraco, piano
Wednesday, July 10 at 8 p.m.
Ferguson Center Music & Theatre Hall
All Tickets: $37
Ben Heppner is renowned worldwide for his portrayals in the dramatic tenor repertoire. His illustrious career has taken him to some of the most famous venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Metropolitan Opera. He is acclaimed for the beauty of his voice, incisive musicianship and his generosity with his audience. His performances on the opera stage, in concert with the world's leading orchestras, in the most prestigious recital venues and in recordings have set new standards in his demanding repertoire.

Brian Stokes Mitchell
Saturday, July 13 at 8 p.m.
Ferguson Center Music & Theatre Hall
All Tickets: $47
Dubbed “The Last Leading Man” by the New York Times, Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a rich and varied career on Broadway, television and film, along with appearances in the great American concert halls. His musical versatility has kept him in demand by some of the country's finest conductors and orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony at Carnegie Hall, works by Aaron Copland and various contemporary composers at the Hollywood Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic under the batons of Leonard Slatkin and John Mauceri, and Broadway tunes at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. under the baton of the late Marvin Hamlisch.

The Manhattan Transfer
Saturday, July 20 at 8 p.m.
Ferguson Center Concert Hall
VIP: $52; All Other Tickets: $42
With worldwide record sales in the millions and dozens of Grammy awards to its credit (In 1982 and 1983 the group won consecutive Grammy Awards in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group category for, respectively, “Route 66? and “Why Not!”), The Manhattan Transfer holds a distinct place in the history of fusion jazz. Forty years after their first recording, The Manhattan Transfer continues to stretch the classics of Artie Shaw, George Gershwin, Chick Corea, and others, to fit its incomparable live stage act.

In addition to the above-listed public mainstage performances, these artists will participate in the Torggler Summer Vocal Institute (TSVI) at Christopher Newport University. TSVI is a new, prestigious two-week residency program for emerging young singers who wish to train with world-renowned vocal pedagogues and performers each summer. TSVI is made possible by a generous gift from George and Mary Torggler, retired entrepreneurs and longtime supporters of the arts and education.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

Media Contact:
Lori Jacobs
Director of Public Relations

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