‘Simply Sinatra’ to kick off series

The sounds of Frank Sinatra will arrive at Western Carolina University on Sunday, Sept. 16, for the first installment of the 2012-13 Galaxy of Stars Series.

Steve Lippia is ‘Simply Sinatra’ during the first performance of the 2012-13 Galaxy of Stars Series on Sunday, Sept. 16, at Western Carolina University.

“Simply Sinatra” will stage at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center with entertainer Steve Lippia interpreting Sinatra 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 will be the 10-piece Big Band Orchestra.

Lippia is foremost a singer of the “Great American Songbook”; his interpretation of the Sinatra songbook has taken him from coast to coast. Other songs on the set list include “I’ve Got You under My Skin,” “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “Mack the Knife,” “Summer Wind,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “That’s Life” and “The Best Is Yet To Come.”

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 Bardo Arts Center performance hall. Next up in the series, celebrating its eighth season, is “The Jason Bishop Show” on Sunday, Oct. 7, featuring dynamic, fast-paced magic with elaborate costuming and audience participation.

Admission price for “Simply Sinatra” is $20 for adults; $15 for groups and WCU faculty and staff; and $5 for children and students.

For tickets or more information, contact the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or go online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.