Walker Center season tickets on sale July 23

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Article Published: Jul. 19, 2012 | Modified: Jul. 24, 2012
Walker Center season tickets on sale July 23

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John Tesh and Crystal Gayle headline the 2012-13 season at Wilkes Community College’s Walker Center, with season tickets going on sale at noon Monday, July 23.

Individual show tickets will go on sale Aug. 13.

“Our 2012-2013 season lineup is one of the most exciting I’ve seen,” said Kathy Gray, director of events and hospitality at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro. “Whether you like country, big band, oldies or Broadway, we’ve got something for everyone. Who needs to travel to a larger city for world-class entertainment when the Walker Center offers it all right here in Wilkes County?”


“John Tesh Big Band Live!” on Friday, Sept. 14, will be a trip down memory lane for some and a creative discovery for others. John Tesh and his 12-piece band will explore the golden years of big band music from the 1920s through the 1950s. They will play hits, such as “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “L-O-V-E,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “In the Mood,” “Summer Wind” and more.

Crystal Gayle will dazzle the Walker Center audience on Friday, Oct. 26, with some of her greatest hits, such as “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” “You’ve Been Talking in Your Sleep,” “When I Dream,” “Half the Way” and “Just You and I,” which she originally recorded with Eddie Rabbitt.

Other performances include “Restless Heart Christmas” Nov. 30; “Hooray for Hollywood” Feb. 8, 2013; The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater Feb. 22, 2013; “Roots & Boots,” featuring Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Joe Diffie, March 8, 2013; and “Ricky Nelson Remembered,” with Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, May 17, 2013.

For more information, visit http://www.walkercenteronline.org.

Legendary country music band Restless Heart will present the Walker Center’s ever-popular holiday show on Friday, Nov. 30. Restless Heart will combine songs of the season with their greatest hits for a holiday evening. With more than 27 years of musical history to their credit, the five original members of Restless Heart continue to entertain audiences with their award-winning talent, showmanship and flawless harmonies on hits such as “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Why Does It Have to be (Wrong or Right)” and “Bluest Eyes in Texas,” just to name a few. The show sponsored by Hardee’s.

Take a nostalgic journey through the most popular movie musicals of the last 50 years with “Hooray for Hollywood” on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Featuring a cast of 14 singers and dancers, a six-piece band live on stage and more than 300 costume changes, enjoy film clips of your favorite movies from “Singing in the Rain” and “The Glenn Miller Story” to “Grease,” “Dirty Dancing” and “Titanic.” “Hooray for Hollywood” sings and dances its way through more than 30 songs, including “Staying Alive,” “All that Jazz,” “Dancing Queen,” “Jailhouse Rock” and many more. The performance is sponsored by Carolina West Wireless.

Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Joe Diffie are coming to town to rock the house with “Roots & Boots” on Friday, March 8, 2013. The show is filled with stories and songs by Tippin, Kershaw and Diffie. The trio gets back to the roots of their music, performing acoustic versions of more than 40 Top 10 hits. “Roots & Boots” is sponsored by Carolina West Wireless.

The 2012-2013 season closes on Friday, May 17, 2013, with “Ricky Nelson Remembered.” The presentation is a multimedia entertainment event featuring the live music of Ricky Nelson’s hit songs, performed by Ricky’s own twin sons Matthew and Gunnar. The show includes never-before-seen big screen video footage of the Nelson family with interviews from celebrities influenced by Ricky Nelson. “Ricky Nelson Remembered” is sponsored by Wells Fargo.

“We are fortunate to have such a luxurious performing arts venue here on our campus at WCC. And, the community support we receive is tremendous,” Gray said. “We want everyone to take advantage of the convenient, affordable, top-rated entertainment offered right here in Wilkesboro. This is going to be an amazing season.”

Season tickets, which include all six performances, range in price from $150 to $225. Preview the season lineup at http://www.walkercenteronline.org. For more information about the Walker Center’s 2012-2013 season, or to purchase season tickets, contact the Walker Center Box Office at (336) 838-6260 or (walker.boxoffice@wilkescc.edu) The box office is open from noon until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The John A. Walker Community Center is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to being the premier venue for cultural experience in Wilkes and surrounding areas and serving as a gathering place for meetings, receptions, conventions, banquets and parties.

The Walker Center and Wilkes Community College are 100 percent tobacco free.

Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond.

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