- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014





Utahans Celebrate 50 Years of the Val A. Browning Center for the

Performing Arts with Free Public Concert Featuring World-Renowned


OGDEN, Utah, Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Val A.

Browning Center for the Performing Arts at Weber State University

(https://weber.edu/cah), is Northern Utah’s largest venue for arts and

entertainment. During the past 50 years, the Browning Center has

become one of the most highly regarded performing arts venues in the

country. On January 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m., the venue will celebrate its

rich history with a free, public concert featuring some of the world’s

most acclaimed performers. For a preview of the event please visit:


“The Val A. Browning Center is a cultural hub for this region and has

become a place to experience the most innovative performing artists in

the United States,” said Madonne Miner, Dean of the Telitha E.

Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities. “During the past fifty years,

we have welcomed nearly 10 million patrons, served nearly a million

students and have helped create countless memories. From theatre and

music to dance, the Browning Center includes ground-breaking new

works, productions of classics and free arts events that enrich our

lives and community. We look forward to continuing to serve as a

center of arts and culture for the entire region.”

Hundreds of famous guests have performed on stage at the Browning

Center including: choral director Norman Luboff, singer-songwriter

John Denver, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., entertainers Karen and

Richard Carpenter, consumer advocate Ralph Nader, trumpeter Herb

Alpert, comedian-ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, CBS network journalist

Charles Kuralt, UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, Composer Aaron

Copland, actor-environmentalist Robert Redford, future president

Ronald Reagan, actress and political activist Jane Fonda, French

explorer and conservationist Jacques Cousteau, feminist and U.S.

Representative Bella Abzug, mentalist “The Amazing Kreskin,” NFL

legend turned bodyguard to Robert F. Kennedy Rosey Grier, astronaut

Neil Armstrong, Watergate figure G. Gordon Liddy, boxing champ Jake

LaMotta, actor Charleton Heston, Roots author Alex Haley, and

children’s television host Fred Rogers.

“There is truly something profound about the opportunity to experience

the passion, immediacy and power of live performances that you do not

receive through television, mobile devices or on the printed page,”

said Frank Bradshaw, executive director of the Browning Center. “This

event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all ages to not only

experience this wonderful venue, but interact with a collection of

performers in one evening that is unmatched.”

Featured Performers at the 50th Anniversary Event Include:

Joe McQueen Quartet McQueen has been performing for more than 80

years. He continues to perform more than 60 shows a year with his

quartet featuring Ryan Conger on Hammond organ, Brad Wright on guitar,

and Dr. Don Keipp on drums. The quartet currently has two albums set

to be released in early 2015.  Arriving in Ogden, Utah on December 7

1945, McQueen originally intended to play only a week at the famed

Porters and Waiters Club, but ended up staying and making Utah his

home. During his lifetime, McQueen has had the opportunity to perform

with such noted legends as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles,

Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Lester Young, and

Charlie Parker.

Ta’u Pupu’a Pupu’a is a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center and is

a native of the Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga. He attended Weber State

University on a football scholarship during which time he was drafted

into the NFL. After sustaining an injury, he changed career direction

to follow his first passion - opera. In the 2011-2012 season, Pupu’a

made his professional opera debut with San Francisco Opera in its

world premiere of Heart of a Soldier. He made his European debut as

Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos with Theatre der Stadt Heidelberg and

appeared at Opera Santa Barbara as Radames in Aida, Lyric Opera of

Baltimore as Borsa in Rigoletto and Hawaii Opera Theatre as

Cavaradossi in Tosca.

Jerry Steichen Gerald Steichen is Principal Pops Conductor for the

Utah Symphony. For sixteen season he served as Music Director for the

Ridgefield Symphony. Steichen has also served as guest conductor for

the Boston Pops, New Jersey, Detroit, Indianapolis, Cincinnati,

Oregon, Columbus, Oklahoma City, Hartford symphonies, Florida

Orchestra (Tampa), Little Orchestra Society (NYC), and New York Pops.

Steichen also was involved with the New York City Opera for ten

seasons including the following operas: La bohème, L’elisir d’amore,

Jake Heggie’sDead Man Walking, The Little Prince, and The Mikado. He

also was part of the Broadway and national tours for The Phantom of

the Opera, The Secret Garden, Peter Pan, and Cats.

André Ward Ward graduated from Weber State University in 1995 and

immediately moved to New York City to pursue a career in theatre. He

has held roles in Broadway productions of “Xanadu,” “The Producers,”

and “Saturday Night Fever,” and in regional productions of “Pippin,”

“Finian’s Rainbow,” and “Lucky Duck.” In film, he can be seen in

“Lifelines” and Oliver Stone’s “World Trade Center.” In television, he

has had guest roles in “30 Rock,” “The Miraculous Year,” “Lipstick

Jungle,” “One Life to Live,” and “Without a Trace.” André is currently

a cast member of “Rock of Ages” on Broadway.

For more information about the event or to reserve free tickets,

please visit weberstatetickets.com. Tickets can also be picked up in

person at the Dee Events Center (4444 Event Center Drive) or Val A.

Browning Center (3950 West Campus Drive) ticket offices or by phone at


About the Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities The Weber

State University Telitha E. Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities

teaches students to excel as they seek, understand, question and

express complexities critical to the experience of being human. The

Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities offers undergraduate degree

programs in the following five areas: Communication, English, Foreign

Language, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Master’s degrees also are

offered in Communication and English. The college serves nearly 2,000

undergraduate majors and 200 graduate students. The Lindquist College

of Arts & Humanities is the Western region’s foremost institution for

student-centered teaching and research that investigates the human

experience and aims to educate global citizens who are responsible,

creative and critical artists, performers and communicators. For more

information please visit (www.weber.edu/cah).

Contact: Christie Denniston Director of Marketing of Marketing and PR

Lindquist College of Arts & Humanities Weber State University Phone:

801-626-6431 Email: [email protected]

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