Chris Stapleton in Concert at Star Lake; Texture Contemporary Ballet Opens Season with ‘Spark of Radiance’ (Fri., 7/10/24)

1) Chris Stapleton has achieved much at this point in his career. His work as a performer, composer, and producer has produced 10 Grammy Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, and five Billboard Music Awards. He has co-written with top artists such as Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Justin Timberlake, and even Peter Frampton. Stapleton went solo with his debut studio album titled Traveller in 2015. The release reached No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart and went triple platinum. His second studio album, From A Room: Volume 1, was also highly successful, garnering Stapleton the CMA Award for Album of the Year and a Grammy Award for Best Country Album. He met his wife Morgane, also a highly successful singer-songwriter, when they worked at adjacent publishing houses in Nashville. She performs with Chris, singing background, harmony, and duet vocals in his band. Stapleton’s latest album is last year’s Higher. He brings his All-American Road Show to The Pavilion at Star Lake. Special guest is Nikki Lane. 7 p.m. 665 Rt. 18, Burgettstown. (R.H., M.V.)

Chris Stapleton performing on "Austin City Limits" in 2016. (photo: missmojorising and Wikipedia)

Chris Stapleton performing on “Austin City Limits” in 2016. (photo: missmojorising and Wikipedia)


Sophie Powell and Alan Obuzor perform a dance from 'Spark of Radiance.' (Photo: Rachel Harman)

Sophie Powell and Alan Obuzor perform a dance from ‘Spark of Radiance.’ (Photo: Rachel Harman)

2) Spark of Radiance opens Texture Contemporary Ballet’s 2024-2025 season. The program will run July 12 to 14 at the New Hazlett Theater the program features three world premiere works by three unique choreographers. Featuring guest dancers from across the nation and music ranging from bluegrass to classical. Spark of Radiance will mark the debut of Texture’s newest Resident Dancer, Kinsey Love. “Artistic Director Alan Obuzor’s new work, “Interwoven Spark,” was inspired by radiant movement, music, and artistry. His choreography highlights sparks of unapologetic individuality for the dancers, as well as moments that reflect the feeling of coming together and community.” Other works presented are Henry Steele Dillon’s “Mirage Arena” and Resident Dancer Madeline Kendall Schreiber’s new creation, “Meet Me at the Creek,” is inspired by the music of bluegrass musician Billy Strings. 8 p.m. 6 Allegheny Square East, North Side. (R.H.)


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