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Purpose

The Chadron State College Galaxy Series is designed to stretch the experiences and imaginations of the institution’s students, employees and other residents of the region. This is completed through the programming of classical, historical and contemporary visual artists, speakers, musicians and performers. Programming is chosen for artistic, educational, entertainment and multi-cultural values.

Tickets

Contact the Box Office by calling 308-432-6207 or e-mailing boxoffice@csc.edu to reserve tickets. Tickets will be held at the Box Office.

Box Office Hours

Weekdays - - -10 - noon & 2 - 6 p.m.
Performance Days - - 5 p.m. - Curtain

If available, tickets may be purchased at the door prior to the event.

Tim Mooney - "Moliere Than Thou"
February 9, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. - Memorial Hall, AuditoriumTim Mooney

A scurrilous rumor circulating for the last three hundred or so years, suggests that Molière is dead, the victim of a coughing seizure amid the performance of his final play, The Imaginary Invalid. Molière is alive and better than ever, and performing under the name Timothy Mooney. Not only is Molière still alive, but, in Molière Than Thou, coming to Chadron State College @ 7:00 p.m., he speaks English, and is every bit as insightful, ribald, irreverent and enthusiastic as the first time around.

Mooney’s work with Molière goes well beyond his celebrated, manic performance of ten of his monologues. Mooney has re-written fifteen of Molière’s plays in their entirety, bringing a dexterity of English speech to these works which were so dazzling in their original French. This language barrier has distanced Molière from the English-speaking audience, which has never appreciated him as well as his renaissance brother, Shakespeare. Molière Than Thou finds a Molière who stands toe-to-toe with Shakespeare, trading brilliant couplets late into the night.

In the course of his [85-minute] one-man play, Timothy Mooney seduces the audience with a complexity of language that is a sensual delight. Parading through the best loved plays of France’s history, Molière Than Thou reinvigorates renaissance theatre, the court of Louis XIV, and the vision which generated some of the most beloved plays of all time.

Mooney’s performance is literate, enthusiastic, and athletic. The play won a “Best of” award from the San Francisco Fringe Festival, and was listed first of the “Top Ten Artistic Events of 2006” from the Chattanooga Pulse. In its Orlando Fringe performances, the press raved “Clearly Moliere lives,” “A delight for all those who appreciate the barbed satire and slyly nuanced language in Molière’s classic skewerings of the rich and pompous.” Winnipeg Fringe reviewers celebrated: “The listener can draw all the available pleasure from the splendid speeches penned by the man considered the French Shakespeare,” and commended “Mooney’s unbelievably expressive eyes and fabulous facial expressions.” The New York media exclaimed, “Move over Richard Wilbur, Timothy Mooney is the real deal … A very tight performance which should be seen by any aspiring actor who wants to tread the boards.” One audience member cheered, “I’ve seen the Comedie Francaise, and they’ve got NOTHING on this guy!”

Glenn Miller Orchestra
March 16, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. - Memorial Hall AuditoriumGlen Miller Orchestra

The first Glenn Miller Orchestra did not make it at all. It was a total and absolute economic failure. But Glenn knew what he wanted, held to that dedication and relentlessly worked to succeed. He launched his second band – the one that lives on today – in March of 1938. The Glenn Miller Orchestra has been a “hit” ever since.

The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance bandleaders back in the Swing Era of the 1930’s and 40’s. A matchless string of hit records, the constant impact of radio broadcasts and the drawing power at theatres, hotels and dance pavilion, built and sustained the momentum of popularity.

Country Concert - Maddie & Tae
April 22, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m. - Ag. Pavilion

Maddie and Tae

Maddie & Tae
Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye never intended to hit a nerve when they sat down on St. Patricks Day and wrote "Girl In A Country Song." Merely expressing their own reaction to the reductive tilt of today's BroCountry, the pair and co-writer Aaron Schwerz shamelessly skewered its Xeroxed stereotypes; "Girl" was as much a lark as it was ever "meaningful social commentary."

Yet the response was so instant and intense, there was no denying it. NPR's "All Things Considered" cited Maddie & Tae for "turning heads in different ways with their very first single," Rolling Stone cited them as one of "10 New Artists You Need to Know" and David Letterman couldn't get the plucky duo to New York fast enough. Even elevated cultural think-tank The Atlantic marveled, "Cheekily appropriating much of the sound of modern country, the two young women directly quote well-known bro-country lyrics and titles..."

No one was more surprised than the natives of Sugar Land, Texas and Ada, Oklahoma. Still in the studio tracking overdubs for "Girl," they signed their record deal before Dan Huff had even finished four sides on the sunshine'n'moxie pair. "We wanted to go at it from a girl's perspective, and we wanted to put ourselves in the shoes of this girl," says Dye. "You know, how does she feel wearing those cut-off shorts, sitting on the tailgate?"

"Boys, we love you, we want to look good, but it's not all we're good for," Marlow cautions with a laugh. "We are girls with something to say. We were brought up to know how we should be treated."
Simple as that. But there's so much more to Maddie & Tae than the song that is either a feminist declaration, an echo of Janet Jackson's rebuke "I've got a name, and it ain't 'Baby'," or this year's feel-good finger-wag to dumb boys. NPR's lead pop critic Ann Powers agrees, "Maddie and Tae are more. They're songwriters, powerful harmonizers, and in the video for 'Girl In A Country Song,' natural comediennes."

One listen to their self-titled EP shows that. The reeling mean-girl send-up "Sierra," with its bending steel and trotting acoustic guitar, boasts harmonies that turn in on each other and the kind of truth that's hilarious and straight-up. "There was this beauty-queen bully from high school who sent my friends and I home in tears plenty of times," Marlow explains. "In order to get over it, I had to write a song. So I brought the idea of 'Sierra,' and started singing, 'I wish I had something nice to say...' "Tae and our co-writer Aaron Scherz lit up and ran with it."
Any one who's suffered through and survived high school can relate. But the ability to rhyme "Sierra, Sierra, life ain't all tiaras..." and taking the rejoinder "you're gonna find out karma's a..." to the brink is what sets these two late teenagers apart. Effervescent and savoring every moment, Maddie & Tae laugh when they lean into the cautionary "That high horse you're riding... can buck you off clean," then let their harmonies swoop free and high on the outro. Like a lot of young women, Maddie & Tae grew up on the Dixie Chicks' full-tilt acoustica. Both dreamers who knew what they wanted early, the pair met at 15 through their vocal coach and came to Nashville for "a summer camp publishing deal." They met Big Machine's SVP of A&R Allison Jones – and fate stepped in.

As Tae recalls, " She said, 'If you really want to pursue this, you will need to move to Nashville.' I knew that was what I wanted, but moving to Nashville also meant I had to figure out how to graduate from high school early, and Maddie had to turn down college."
In 2013, it was decided. The pair relocated – and never looked back. Publishing deal in hand, they were immersed in creativity, seeking a voice that was both authentic and truly their own. Like Taylor Swift, the duo knew by speaking their truth, their uniqueness would set them apart. As Marlow told Rolling Stone Country, "Our whole project revolves around keeping it real and being honest. We didn't filter anything, because we felt like when it comes from an honest place, the truth will resonate so much better. The thing about Taylor, everything is real and relevant to what she's going through, and that's why people connect with her."

Listening to the double harmonies over an acoustic guitar hope-strung-over-doubt mid-tempo "Fly," Maddie & Tae's conviction is evident. Will what's been built be betrayed? How do you keep the faith when you're so unsure? Where is the courage to maintain your place when you're afraid of the outcome? Not since "Wide Open Spaces" has an act embraced the will to grow so unabashedly. In perfect synchronization, Maddie & Tae sing, "Keep on climbing, though the ground might shake, keep on reaching through the limb might break/ we've come this far, don't be scared now 'Cause you can't learn to fly on the way down..." It's the sort of song that empowers people wherever they are in life, whatever challenge they may be encountering. Yes, it is about coming of age, but it's also facing the things that scare you – and having the faith to transcend. "'Fly' hits home every time we listen to it," Dye offers. "We really wanted to write a song that was, 'You may not have anything figured out, but it doesn't matter.' "

Indeed. Townes Van Zant wrote, "To live is to fly..." For Maddie & Tae, their wings are in the music. What they feel, how they live, what they dream –this is where they rise. One need only listen to the tumbledown hoedown "Your Side of Town," that's all high jinx and higher spirits as they pair warn off a no-good man for the last time, to understand. Even in the hardcore throw-down, all bucking backbeat and bee-sting guitar, there is a romp and a plucky audacity that shows these young ladies have no interest in letting anything break their spirits. Just as importantly, they fear no fiddles, no banjos, no steel guitars, even as they have bulked up drums that crash and guitars that slash and sting like the big boys.

While Rolling Stone observed, "Cheekily appropriating much of the sound of modern country," there is so much more to Maddie & Tae than that. Independent thinkers, strong livers, hardcore dreamers, the pair are reaching for the sky – and winking at us all while they do it. Sometimes, it's the freshest faces and brightest sounds that pull us in. For Maddie & Tae, who embrace real country, it's that merge of what's right now and what they love that sets them apart/captures our imaginations in the best possible way.

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