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Hot Fall Lineup At Dix Hills Arts Center 


The Dix Hills Center for the Performing Arts has put together an exciting schedule of fall entertainment events, ranging from a Marylyn Michaels return to a gala benefit and tribute to the music of Stevie Wonder, with a few theater productions in between.

“The 2013 fall season is the most ambitious schedule of entertainment we have offered so far. There’s something fun for everyone in the family, at great prices, close to home,” said Sandy Hinden, the center’s executive director.

In addition to tribute concerts and big bands, the fall lineup includes a horn ensemble, a guitar festival, and jazz shows. In addition, the Five Towns College Theater Department will stage productions of “Rabbit Hole” and “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

The full schedule is as follows:

On Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m., catch “The Bandits Pay Tribute to Bob Dylan and the Band,” featuring Norman Vincent backed by The Bandits. Tickets are $25-$35.

On Sept. 8 at 2 p.m., Karen Oberlin salutes Broadway. Hear the renowned cabaret vocalist sing showstoppers. Tickets are $20.

On Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. is “Lady Sings the Blues,” a Billie Holiday tribute featuring Tierney Ryan and her Band. Hear classic blues such as “Fine and Mellow” and many others by the extraordinary vocalist Tierney Ryan. Tickets are $20.

On Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m., hear a super-fresh take on the music of a pop legend in “A Musical Tribute to Stevie Wonder,” a benefit concert performed by Five Towns College performers. Tickets are $20.

On Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m., Marilyn Michaels, America’s “premier woman of 1,000 faces and voices,” is back by popular demand. Experience Marilyn and her vast character library from Barbra Streisand and Joan Rivers to Diane Keaton, Sarah Palin and more. Tickets are $35-$60.

On Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m., learn about “The Frank Sinatra You Never Knew,” a laugh and learn lecture performance by Mel Glazer, a remarkable raconteur. Tickets are $20.

On Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m., horns take the stage in “Horn Power Tribute to Tower of Power, Steely Dan and More with Uppercut.” Hear an evening in tribute to the best of live horn-led ensembles with a nine-piece high-energy funk-rock and rhythm and blues band. Tickets are $25-$35.

On Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m., enjoy something different with “An Evening of Irish Music with Ed Ryan.” Tickets are $20-$35.

On Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.: “Bellens & Picon’s Musical Kaleidoscope of ’60s & ’70s Songs” will bring to the stage new and updated versions of classic tunes by The Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye and many others with Barbara Bellens and Raphael Picon. Tickets are $20.

It’s time for some theatrics Oct. 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m., when “Rabbit Hole,” winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for drama and nominated for multiple Tony Awards, takes the stage. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, and free for students.

The annual Guitar Festival begins Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. with “A Night of Alhambra.” The artists of Alhambra Guitars present an evening of exotic and diverse guitar music that aficionados and fans alike will enjoy. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, and free for students.

The festival continues Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. with “An Evening with Guitar Master Bucky Pizzarelli,” as Five Towns College awards this jazz guitar legend with an honorary Doctor of Music Arts degree. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, and free for students.

On Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m., the Guitar Festival presents “Guitars On Fire 3” with guitar masters Joe Carbone and Peter Rogine, and a Five Towns College guitar alumni reunion. While showcasing faculty talent, guest alumni artists including Professor John Kelly, Professor Stephen Gleason,
Professor Tony Romano, Dr. Steve Briody and many others will be honored. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, and free for students.

The festival concludes on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. with “The Flirtation Concerto” with composer-guitarist Anton del Forno and the Gemini Youth Orchestra and the Five Towns College Chamber Ensemble. A groundbreaking composition for guitar is performed as a collaborative event under the direction of Professor Matthew Pierce. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for seniors, and free for students.

On Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m., enjoy a “Tribute to Jazz Piano” featuring renowned jazz pianist Onaje Allan Gumbs with Five Towns College piano greats from around the country and world. Tickets are $10.

Beatles fans can go to town on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m., when the John Lennon Center presents The Liverpool Shuffle, a unique and authentic presentation of the most popular songbook of all-time. Tickets are $20-$35.

On Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Steve Perrillo and The New Millennium Jazz Band present new arrangements of standard Jazz tunes with exciting big-band chart toppers, including classic vocal renditions and tunes from the Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble songbooks. Tickets are $20.

Neil Diamond fans, get ready for a tribute concert on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. with Diamond One Hot Night. Hear this 10-piece band recreate the stages of Neil Diamond’s legendary career. Tickets are $20-$35.

On Nov. 10 at 2 p.m., enjoy “It’s A Good Day, A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee with Stacy Sullivan,” as vocalist Stacy Sullivan takes the audience on a journey of discovery through the extraordinary musical legacy of Peggy Lee. Tickets are $20.

The season closes on Nov. 21 with the musical “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.” Directed by Five Towns College Professor Marie Danvers, with music and lyrics by the incomparable Frank Loesser, this production of the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical promises to leave you smiling and humming the tunes. Tickets are $18 general admission and $15 for seniors and students.

The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center at Five Towns College is located at 305 North Service Road in Dix Hills. For more information, contact the box office at 631-656-2148 or visit

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