Welcome to David M. Player Center for the Arts Online
Our goal with this website is to give you the latest information on upcoming shows and events. Below, you can find a list of all of our upcoming events. You are able to purchase tickets online and pay for them from the comfort of your own home. Gift Certificates are also available. Our site will include valuable information to help our friends, as well as potential events that are wanting to rent our facility.
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Friday, November 4, 2016 at 6:00 PM General Pricing: $10
Meet Taste of Home Culinary Specialist Jamie Dunn!
Jamie’s love of cooking was sparked while taking 8th grade Home Economics, and her parents also encouraged her interest along the way. Jamie’s dad was an occasional cook but always eager to try new recipes, and his enthusiasm rubbed off.
Jamie went on to attend Oklahoma State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Home Economics Education and Community Service. From there she has worked as a culinary instructor for Tulsa Technology and Bama Cooking School, as well as a high school Home Economics teacher.
As a seasoned Taste of Home Cooking School instructor, Jamie looks forward to sharing time-saving cooking tips and the latest kitchen gadgets with cooking school audiences. One of her favorite gadgets is a pair of battery operated salt and pepper grinders.
Each Cooking School show is live, so Jamie says you never know what to expect. “Years ago at one of my first shows, one of my onstage assistants accidentally set something on fire and was running around the stage with it,” Jamie shares. “It was definitely an unexpected, memorable moment!”
When she’s not on the road with the Taste of Home Cooking School, Jamie enjoys baking – especially desserts. She makes pies and candies for the holidays. And, one of her favorite dessert recipes is Layered Turtle Cheesecake. A native of Oklahoma, Jamie lives with her husband and three sons in the town of Owasso. She explains, “It’s a great place to live because it’s very family oriented and it’s a great community for kids.”
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Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM General Pricing: $30, $40
It’s hard to know where to start when talking about Sawyer Brown. More than 4,500 shows and counting. More than a million miles behind them and still seeing the highway miles click by outside their bus window. Twenty-three albums. More than 50 chart singles. CMA, ACM, and CMT awards on the shelf. To pull a line from one of the band’s enduring hits: “This is the life and times of a travelin’ band.” A traveling band, indeed. Always on the move – on the road, on stage, and in their career. When asked about what keeps him motivated on the road, lead singer Mark Miller says, “It’s playing the next show. Be grateful for where you’ve been and be excited about where you’re going.”
That excitement has been on display since the very first time Sawyer Brown stepped foot onstage in the early 1980’s. Beginning as the road band for another singer, Sawyer Brown broke out on their own playing everything from clubs to pig roasts in those earliest days. “There’s no such thing as a gig we wouldn’t take,” Miller laughs, remembering the beginning of the ride. “We knew that we wanted to play music and we knew that we wanted to work at being the best live band there was – and the only way to do that, was to get out and play shows. And so we did.” It would certainly be an understatement to say that Sawyer Brown has “played shows.” The band has earned its place as one of the premier live acts in music.
The band began by playing 275 – 300 nights a year for the first decade or more of its career – and has never come off the road. Tireless road warriors, the band thrives on playing live. “Live is where it all comes together for us,” keyboardist Hobie Hubbard says. “The audience brings it’s own energy, we bring our own energy and the music – and the combination of all of that is what makes playing live so unique. It exists for that moment in time – you’re either there, or you’re not a part of that moment. We’re blessed to be able to be a part of those moments night after night.”
The band’s live shows are legendary. Having been described as “The Rolling Stones of Country Music,” the band bounds onto the stage night after night, delivering its own unique brand of high–energy entertainment and the band remains a perennial favorite at fairs, festivals, theatres, and casinos. “We love getting to hear the stories of where people have seen us play – and the number of times they’ve seen us play,” drummer Joe Smyth says. “For some, we’re their weekend getaway – they’ve seen us all over the country. But we never lose sight of the fact that on any given night, it’s going to be the first time someone’s seen us – and that’s exciting. We want that show, that night, to live up to everything they hoped for when they came to the show. Couldn’t ask for better motivation.
Angela Cheng/Alvin Chow, Duo Pianists
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM GVAC Patron Pricing: $10, $15, $20
Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow, both associate professors of piano at Oberlin College began playing together in 1987, shortly after they married. “Duo playing seemed the natural thing to do, both of us being pianists,” says Chow. “And, the fact that we have had the same teachers for a large part of our education (Sascha Gorodnitzki at the Julliard School and Menahem Pressler at Indiana University) helps a great deal. This is the only kind of chamber music where you have to share the instrument. Deciding on pedaling and balancing on a single piano can be difficult.”
Chow has received top prizes in numerous competitions and has performed in such major concert halls as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Steinway Hall in New York City, and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. . Cheng was the Gold Medal winner at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition; the first Canadian to win the Montreal International Piano Competition; and was awarded the Canada Council Career Development Grant. For her interpretations of Mozart, she received the Medal of Excellence at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Cheng has appeared as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Boston, St. Louis, Houston, Indianapolis, Utah, Syracuse, New Orleans, Grand Rapids and Honolulu.
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM GVAC Patron Pricing: $10, $15, $20
Mariachi Alegre has become one of the best and favorite mariachis in El Paso Texas entertaining since 1994. Mariachi Alegre has participated at the El Paso International Mariachi Conference, Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference, Albuquerque Mariachi Festival, Tucson International Mariachi Conference. Most notably, Mariachi Alegre won the Sounds of Mesilla competition 6 years in a row and earned the honor to be the premier mariachi for the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference.
Mariachi Alegre welcomed and performed for artist such as Pepe Aguilar, Pedro Fernandez, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan , Mariachi Sol De Mexico, and the premier mariachi group for the Las Cruces Mariachi Conference, Mariachi Cobre. Mariachi Alegre’s responsibilities included welcoming artists, performing for press conferences, live media (TV and radio), and were the featured group at the Las Cruces Showcase concert. Mariachi Alegre also went on to mentor younger Mariachi groups, believing that education is the key to success and a way to give back to a community. Join us this Christmas for some of the most joyous sounds of the season.