Country music vocalist Kathy Mattea will perform in concert Dec. 3 as a special installment in the 2005-2006 season of the University of Missouri-Rolla Campus Performing Arts Series.
The concert will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall on the UMR campus. The event is funded by Leach Theatre, the UMR Campus Performing Arts Series and the UMR Family Series. Admission is $42 for adults and $28 for students age 18 and younger. This performance is not included in the Campus Performing Arts Series season subscription.
Winner of two Grammy Awards and three Country Music Association Awards, Mattea has sold more than seven million records and charted 20 top-10 songs. Fans and critics describe her as an independent singer with a blue-chip voice who remains close to her music’s roots.
In a time when most country artists draw on pop and rock and roll to enliven their music, Mattea looks to the traditions of folk, bluegrass, gospel and Celtic music for inspiration. Some of her best-known songs include “Love at the Five and Dime,” “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Where’ve You Been” and “Goin’ Gone.”
With the recent release of her new album, “Right Out of Nowhere,” Mattea’s upcoming tour steers her away from huge stadiums and concert halls to cozier venues like performing arts centers and smaller theaters around the country.
“These places are my favorite kinds of rooms,” Mattea says. “The audience can hear every word, and I can hear them when they talk back to me.”
The next installment in the UMR Campus Performing Arts Series will be a performance by singing group Naturally 7 at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2006.
For more information about the Dec. 3 Kathy Mattea concert, contact the UMR Leach Theatre Box Office at (573) 341-4219. More information about the UMR Campus Performing Arts Series is available online at http://web.mst.edu/~cpas.