Joan Baez and The 5 Browns to visit Wingate University

100 Years of Broadway
NEWS RELEASE Contact: Jennifer Gaskins
Director of Marketing & Communications 704-233-8117

Wingate, NC – Tickets are on sale to the public for Wingate University's 13th Annual Performance Series featuring a diverse array of legendary performers, regional collaborations and cultural adventures during the 2011 – 2012 Season. “From Broadway to bluegrass and from The Beatles to The 5 Browns, we’ve got something for everyone at the Batte this season,” said Laura Kratt, Wingate’s new Director of Cultural Events.

Beginning in September, The Batte Center Presents series will feature a rare visit by the iconic singer Joan Baez, and Rolling Stone Magazine's “Best Ukulele Hero,” Jake Shimabukuro, the tight bluegrass harmonies of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway.

An evening of Russian piano music with The 5 Browns will mark the Batte Center’s contribution to the Charlotte Tchaikovsky Festival; a collaborative celebration of Russian culture spearheaded by Opera Carolina, the Charlotte Symphony and N.C. Dance Theatre this March. Audiences can ring in the holiday season with a special performance of classic secular and sacred Christmas music by The Priests on their very first US concert tour.

The Batte Center Presents its 2011-2012 Season:

Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway - Sat., Sept. 10
The Return: The Ultimate Beatles Experience - Sat., Sept. 24
Faye Lane’s Beauty Shop Stories - Fri., Nov. 11
An Evening with Joan Baez - Sat., Nov. 19
The Priests: A Holiday Concert - Thurs., Dec. 1
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver - Fri., Dec. 2
Jake Shimabukuro - Thurs., Jan. 26
Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Fri., Feb. 17
The 5 Browns – A Tchaikovsky Festival Event -Tues., Mar. 6
Roger McGuinn - Fri., Mar.23

Tickets are on sale to the general public via the Batte Center Box Office. Tickets will be available online August 23 via the CarolinaTix website. Tickets will be mailed out in August. Visit Wingate University’s Batte Center website at for a complete schedule of events, ticket prices, as well as subscriber and membership information or call 704-233-8316 or 704-233-8300.

Opened in 1999, the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center presents events in the McGee Theatre, Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall and Austin Auditorium. Located just a short, five minute drive from Monroe, The Batte is just two blocks off of Highway 74. At 30 miles east of Charlotte, it may be closer than you think. Free parking is plentiful and all three performance spaces offer full wheelchair accessibility.

Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a comprehensive university with more than 2,300 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. The university offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years.
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