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Presidential Lecture & Performance Series Announces 12th Season

David Gay

August 4, 2017


Grammy Award winner Lyle Lovett will open the series, which runs from October to April.

Lyle Lovett
Lyle Lovett
Photo Credit: Michael Wilson

Lyle Lovett, a four-time Grammy Award winner, will open the 12th season of the Texas Tech University Presidential Lecture & Performance Series Oct. 12 with "Lyle Talking: An Evening of Conversation with Lyle Lovett."

In a unique program, singer, songwriter, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett will be in conversation with Paul Allen Hunton, general manager of Texas Tech Public Media, to offer insights about his creative process and stories from a recording and performing life spanning thirty years. 

Four-time Grammy winner, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that includes 14 memorable albums. The Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.

He has a specific gift for storytelling and for offering us some of the most unforgettable song lyrics: "If I Had a Boat," "L.A. County," and "That's Right (You're Not From Texas)" to name a few. This program of conversation will offer his fans and followers an intimate look at one of America's musical treasures.

Other shows planned for the season are:

  • The SteelDrivers (Nov. 17): The Grammy Award-winning group will perform its signature bluegrass sound. Since the band's start, it has been nominated for three Grammy's and the Americana Music Association's New Artist of the Year award and the band won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for The Muscle Shoals Recordings. Adele, an English pop singer, covers the band's song "If It Hadn't Been For Love" during her concerts. The SteelDrivers were featured in the 2009 film "Get Low" starring Bill Murray and Robert Duvall. The group also has been featured on many radio and TV shows, including the Conan O' Brian show and NPR's "Mountain Stage."
  • Sammy Miller and the Congregation (Feb. 23): The Grammy Award-nominated jazz ensemble will share the power of community through its joyful style of jazz. Members of the ensemble have recorded with artists including O.A.R., Iron and Wine, and Wynton Marsalis, and have played in venues including The White House and Lincoln Center performing feel good party jazz, harking back to the 1920's and 30's. 
  • The Other Mozart (March 23): The Drama Desk Award-nominated one-woman show focuses on Nannerl, the sister of Amadeus. The show tells her story, a prodigy and composer who was equal to her brother but whose story was lost because of her brother's fame. The New York Times has called this piece "strikingly beautiful." This performance coincides with Women's History Month.  
  • Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company (April 13): Founded in 1964 by two Utah women, the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company has transformed into an internationally renowned contemporary dance company. The company is celebrating its 52nd season and continues to live by its philosophy that "Dance is for everybody." This performance will include Bashaun Williams, who was classically trained at Ballet Lubbock, a dance school for classical ballet.

All events begin at 7 p.m. in the Allen Theatre. Tickets are $18 per event or $75 for the season. Members of the public can buy tickets by calling Select-A-Seat at (806) 770-2000 or going to the website. Texas Tech students receive one free ticket per event with a valid Texas Tech ID at the information desk in the Student Union Building.

For more information, visit the series' website or Facebook page.

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