GPAC opens season Jan. 22 with ‘Forever Young’

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				                                The Givens Performing Arts Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will open its 2022 spring season on Jan. 22 with the musical tour de force “Forever Young.” Ticket prices range from $19 to $24.
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The Givens Performing Arts Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will open its 2022 spring season on Jan. 22 with the musical tour de force “Forever Young.” Ticket prices range from $19 to $24.

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PEMBROKE — Givens Performing Arts Center is kicking off its 2022 spring season with the musical tour de force “Forever Young,” featuring some of the biggest hits of the past four generations.

The show is at 8 p.m. on Jan. 22. Tickets range from $19 to $24.

“Forever Young” follows a group of friends as they discover the greatest musical hits of our time. Set in a suburban basement, the cast drops the needle on the record and takes you on a trip down memory lane. The show features the music of Billy Joel, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Huey Lewis & The News, Styx, Queen, Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Brooks & Dunn, The Black Crows, Bon Jovi and more.

“We want to start the new year with something high energy and fun for everyone,” said James Bass, executive director of GPAC. “This is one that will have the audience dancing in the aisles, and it’s going to be such a fun time.”

“Forever Young” has been performed for many years in Branson, Missouri, and has received positive reviews and awards for its vocals, choreography and a storyline that is based on a true story. Now audiences can experience the nationally touring, nonstop performance of the show.

The return to live performances at GPAC will also include the Polish Philharmonic Wieniawski Symphony on Jan. 26, Mike Wiley’s “Blood Done Sign My Name” on February 24, Sister Sledge on February 26, The Silhouettes on March 3, the Air Force Band on April 2 and “South Pacific” on April 29.

Conducted by Wojciech Rodek Zuzanna Dziedzic, the Polish Philharmonic Wieniawski Symphony is the largest music institution in eastern Poland. The symphony will be accompanied by the first-prize winners of the Chopin International Piano Competition and Wieniawski International Violin Competition.

The program will include Beethoven, “Overture to Egmont”; Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2; and Schubert, Symphony No. 9 “The Great.”

The Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra was formed in December 1944. Its beginnings go back to numerous chamber and solo concerts performed by musicians who established ties with Poland after World War II.

For information about tickets and the entire season lineup, visit uncp.edu/gpac or call 910-521-6361.