CULTURE, MUSIC, DANCE, THEATRE AND SO MUCH MORE . . .
The NFCC Artist Series presented its first program in 1959. Since that time it has continued to grow and bring excellent performing arts and arts education events to the community. Performances range from classical to contemporary and over the years, thousands have enjoyed shows as varied as classical concerts, big band sounds, ballet, jazz and blues, country and rock tributes, children’s theater events, and more. Performances are held at Van H. Priest Auditorium, located on the NFCC campus in Madison, Fla.
Contact the NFCC College Advancement Office for information at (850) 973-1653 or email ArtistSeries@nfcc.edu.
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2014-2015 Artist Series
It's going to be an exceptional season and we hope you will join us.
- Season Pass Holders: Renew your same seats from last season now; deadline to renew same seats is Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.
- New season passes and individual tickets go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
- Adults - $15
- Child (ages 17 and under) - $8
- NFCC Student/Employee - $8
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Contact the NFCC College Advancement Office (NFCC campus, Bldg. 32) at (850) 973-1653 or ArtistSeries@nfcc.edu for more information.
Season Brochure - PDF file
Hot Club of San Francisco
Date: Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 | Time: 7 p.m. | Location: Van H. Priest Auditorium
Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930’s. Sometime before dark, a gypsy caravan sets up camp in a field outside of town, luring the locals out for an evening’s fun. The wanderers travel with a film projector, pointing it at the side of a barn. As the images flicker to life beneath the stars, gypsy musicians play their guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion and humor.
Reviving this lost entertainment, The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant, an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing.
There It Is, Charley Bowers (1928)
The Cameraman's Revenge, Ladislaw Starewicz (1912)
The Mascot, Ladislaw Starewicz (1933)
Date: Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014 | Time: 7 p.m. | Location: Van H. Priest Auditorium
Imagine a 1940's jazz club with the voices of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Rosemary Clooney, and others. Jaimee Paul and her Jazz combo, led by husband Leif Shires, on trumpet, delivers just that. "At Last",
a tribute to that wonderful era and those fabulous female vocalists, will certainly take you back to the glory days of
"Paul is blessed with a glorious voice (indeed, there’s significant
evidence of [Aretha] Franklin's raw majesty), one that deserves to
travel under its own powerful steam...-"Jazz Times"
Paul's "Hymns of Prayer" was nominated for a 2013 Dove Award. Her "At Last" album ended 2012 as the #1 female vocalist in the Jazz Downloads category. She has toured with American Idol alum "Kelly Clarkson" on her North American co-headlining tour with MAROON 5, the Judds, Wynona, and Jim Brickman.
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
Date: Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 | Time: 7 p.m. | Location: Van H. Priest Auditorium
With the passion, style, and musical sophistication borrowing from the
best chamber music and string quartet traditions, the Minneapolis Guitar
Quartet has successfully made its case as one of the world's leading
guitar ensembles since its founding in 1986. "Flawless, musical and
witty" (Classical Guitar Magazine, England); “Ambassadors of sound, style, and substance”; “Flawless, musical and witty” (Composer/Performer Daniel Bernard Roumain).
The "Community" Nutcracker | Dance Alive National Ballet
Date: Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 | Time: 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. | Location: Van H. Priest Auditorium
A sparkling production that is truly an all-time family favorite for the holidays. Become entranced by the beauty of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her dazzling Court, enchanted by the swirling snowflakes and breathtaking snow, and cheer for the tiny toy soldiers and their leader, the handsome Nutcracker Prince.
Dance Alive National Ballet, based in Gainesville, FL., features
an international roster of technically brilliant and entertaining
dancers in an array of choreography that uplifts and astounds its
COMMUNITY BONUS: NFCC has partnered with Danceology in Live Oak/Jasper to bring this “community” production to town. Local dance and gymnastics students will audition for parts and star, alongside professional dancers, on stage.
AUDITIONS: Auditions will be held at Van H. Priest Auditorium (NFCC) on Saturday, Sept. 13. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Auditions begin at 9 a.m. MORE INFORMATION
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
Date: Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 | Time: 7 p.m. | Location: Van H. Priest Auditorium
RETURNING FROM LAST SEASON: The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend
of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the
extraordinary talents of his performing pets.
Each of the show's 15 cats and 10 dogs were once strays, rescued from animal shelters.
Now, they love to show off onstage - by performing a variety of stunts and skits!
Audiences will be delighted to see this extravaganza
of European-style clowns, amazing juggling and balancing acts, and of
course, very talented performing pets. It's a show that both adults and
kids of all ages enjoy!
A Night in Old New Orleans
Date: Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 | Time: 7 p.m. | Location: Van H. Priest Auditorium
||From the Broadway production of One Mo’ Time, music arranger and clarinetist Orange Kellin brings a trio of hot New Orleans musicians – piano, clarinet and percussion – to play the elegant, thrilling, and undeniably infectious Big Easy sounds. Joining Orange and his trio is the creator and director of One Mo’ Time: Vernel Bagneris.
Jacksonville Children's Chorus
Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015 | Time: 7 p.m. | Location: Van H. Priest Auditorium
||The Jacksonville Children’s Chorus provides high-quality, choral music education for children of diverse backgrounds, fostering teamwork, self-discipline, accomplishment and pride while filling an important cultural need in the community and sharing the beauty of the choral art form through artistically excellent performances.
Jason Petty and Carolyn Martin Pay Tribute to Hank Williams and Patsy Cline*
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015 | Time: 7 p.m. | Location: Van H. Priest Auditorium
||The two biggest legends of country music on the same stage at the same time... Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.
“Hank Williams: Lost Highway” star and 2003 Obie Award winner Jason
Petty re-creates the role he has become famous for, while Grammy
nominated singing sensation, Carolyn Martin, gives a jaw-dropping
performance as Patsy Cline.
In a show like no other, Petty and Martin pay tribute to the 2 most
influential singers in country music history. Over 20 of their
chart-topping hits are performed with a live band.
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Comments from our patrons...
- Great variety! We really enjoyed the shows.
- Don't ever stop doing this!
- Tickets are a super value.
- Top quality entertainment equal to the big cities' performances. Thanks for bringing these groups to Madison.
- It was a great year!
- The Artist Series is a cultural feast! We look forward to every performance and always leave with a happy feeling having had a great evening.
- You just can't beat the quality programming.
- The variety of programs through the year has been great.
- Every program has been excellent. We are so pleased this is in Madison and would love to have more.
- Wow! What fun we had enjoying each performance. Great variety, excellent quality, close to home, pleasant in every way!
- Your entertainment variety is awesome. I have attended as a guest for a couple of years. This past year I purchased a season pass for myself and a friend. We both plan to purchase passes next season.
- Excellent series.
*comments taken from March 2009 and March 2008 survey of Artist Series patrons
NFCC Artist Series performances are held at Van H. Priest Auditorium
History of Van H. Priest Auditorium
The original Van H. Priest Community Center was erected in 1969 and dedicated in 1976. The Center was destroyed by a tornado in 1988. In 1991 a new center was “rebuilt to serve the people of Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor Counties” and named Van H. Priest Auditorium. Van H. Priest Auditorium (VHP) is home to NFCC graduation ceremonies, performances of the NFCC Artist Series and NFCC Community Theater, various other college activities and is rented for a variety of community events throughout the year.
NFCC Artist Series
325 NW Turner Davis Dr
Madison, FL 32340
Telephone: (850) 973-1653