Schedule announced for Galaxy of Stars Series

The Water Coolers bring their comedic take on corporate life to Western Carolina University as part of the 2012-13 Galaxy of Stars Series.

And it’s back! The Galaxy of Stars Series at Western Carolina University will open its eighth season this fall with a lineup featuring musicianship, comedy, magic and a command performance.

The only professional entertainment series in Jackson County, the Galaxy of Stars Series debuted in 2005, with all performances taking place in the 900-seat John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Series subscriptions are now available at a substantial savings over individual ticket prices. Subscriptions allow patrons to select and keep preferred seats and also are an affordable way for families to enjoy live entertainment. Subscription prices are $100 for adults; $90 for WCU faculty and staff; and $25 for students and children.

The lineup for the 2012-13 Galaxy of Stars Series follows:

  • “Simply Sinatra” starring Steve Lippia, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Vocalist Lippia channels Frank Sinatra with a performance that includes classics such as “The Second Time Around,” “Come Fly with Me,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” Accompanying the ersatz Ol’ Blue Eyes is the 10-piece Big Band Orchestra.
  • “The Jason Bishop Show,” 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. With its combination of costuming, fast paced magic and audience participation, Jason Bishop is among the most dynamic illusionists on tour. Bishop, who projects his show onto LCD screens, is known for his “double levitation” illusion.
  • “Xmas Audio” from Vox Audio, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Born out of the 1998 Orlando Fringe Festival, Vox Audio has since toured the Americas, Asia and Europe with its fun, interactive theatrical show starring the human voice. Purely a cappella, the five musicians create texture, rhythm, bass and “guitar solos” using only their voices.
  • The Water Coolers, 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. A New York-based musical comedy group, the Water Coolers originally began as an act for the meetings industry and found an enthusiastic and devoted audience in mainstream entertainment. Employing comedy, music and parody, the Water Coolers, according to promotional literature, explore corporate life “where 9-5 has been replaced by 5-9 and cell phones ruin soccer games.”
  • Frank Vignola, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15. Among the most extraordinary guitarists performing today, Vignola has played with musicians including Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen, Mark O’Connor, the Boston Pops, jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, David Grisman and the legendary Les Paul, who named Vignola as one of the five guitarists he most admires.
  • Neil Berg’s “101 Years of Broadway,” 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19. Back by popular demand for a second appearance as part of the Galaxy of Stars, Berg returns with an all-new musical revue and more of the greatest songs from this century’s hit Broadway musicals. With a cast of five Broadway stars accompanied by a live band, “101 Years of Broadway” re-creates the biggest moments from the finest shows of the century, including “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables,” “Evita,” “Cats,” “Wonderful Town,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”

The Galaxy of Stars Series is presented by the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts and with support from the WCU Friends of the Arts organization. Single tickets for the 2012-13 series go on sale Aug. 7. Those prices are $20 for adults; $15 for WCU faculty and staff; and $5 for students and children. Ticket prices are $15 per person for groups of 20 or more and $10 for groups of 50 or more.

For tickets or more information about Galaxy of Stars events, contact the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or go online to