The Missouri S&T Campus Performing Arts Series presents “A Rita Coolidge Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. The performance will be held in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall on the Missouri S&T campus, 10th and Main streets in Rolla.
An enduring talent with what has been described as “the sexiest voice in the world,” Coolidge launched her singing career in 1970. She shared the stage with Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Leon Russell. She became known as “The Delta Lady” and inspired Russell to write a song of the same name for her. It was during this time that Coolidge met and married Kris Kristofferson. With him, she recorded several duet albums which sold well, earning them two Grammy Awards.
Coolidge has had several solo hit singles, including “Higher & Higher,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” and “We’re All Alone.” She recently released “And So Is Love,” a collection of pop/jazz standards.
Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students. For more information about the 2008-2009 Missouri S&T Campus Performing Arts Series, call the Leach Theatre Box Office at 573-341-4219.
This event is sponsored in part by Andrew Garrett Inc. and Forum Dental. Additional funding for the Missouri S&T Campus Performing Arts Series is provided by the Missouri S&T Endowment for the Performing Arts, the Missouri Arts Council, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maxwell C. Weiner Endowment for the Performing Arts, and the James and Vera Olson Fund.