USO Liberty Bells Perform at Hayes Center in Blowing Rock. This Sunday Only!

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A second performance of the USO Liberty Bells has been added on Sunday, August 29 at 2pm, since the prior night’s fundraising event at the Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock is nearly sold out. Tickets to the added performance, a general public performance, are $25 for general seating in the side sections and $50 for premium general seating in the center section which also includes a pre-show recption with the USO Liberty Bells in the Ebert Reception Room on the second floor of the Hayes Center. All proceeds from the benefit will help sustain the Hayes Center and its limited operations as the performing arts venue prepares for its grand reopening in Summer 2011.

The USO Liberty Bells are comprised of three female vocalists USO Liberty Bells Broadway Tourand one male vocalist for this performance, with select live accompaniment by pianist and director Ray Kennedy.  They will perform music by legends such as the Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, as well as contemporary artists like the Black-Eyed Peas and Beyoncé. The group will have toes tapping with such jazzy numbers as “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree and “My Boyfriend’s Back” to classic Great White Way tunes like “Lullabye of Broadway” and “Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues.” And the evening is further amplified by patriotic standards including “God Bless America,” “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” and “God Bless the USA.”

The USO Liberty Bells travel throughout the world performing for service members, their families, veterans and audiences that actively support the troops here and abroad. The troupe is comprised of Broadway and Off-Broadway professionals who are chosen each year after an extensive audition process in Manhattan. This year’s performers hail from the Broadway shows Hairspray, The Sound of Music, The Color Purple and Cirque du Soleil.

liberty_bells_blowing rock“We are proud of our new 2010 USO Liberty Bells,” says Brian Whiting, President of USO of Metropolitan New York. “They are impressively talented and will add a nostalgic, contemporary and patriotic touch to our tour.”

In addition, 40% of the USO Liberty Bells’ artist fee goes directly back to the USO to enable the USO Liberty Bells to perform for free for active duty military, veterans and Wounded Warriors, as well as provide phone cards and care packages for the troops.

“We are proud to present such wonderful and world-renowned artists as the USO Liberty Bells at the Hayes Center,” says Ronald Bryson, Hayes Performing Arts Center Chairman of the Board of Trustees. “This fundraiser is vital for us to sustain operations until our grand reopening in Summer 2011 and it’s also a wonderful way to help support our military troops.

There has been a lot going on behind the scenes to get the Center onto sound financial footing. The liberty_bells_blowing rocksupport has been tremendous and things are looking very positive. It is very gratifying to see this show and fundraiser scheduled and to have activity in the Hayes Center again. The Center plays a big part in the economic impact of our community, town and High Country region. And we are thrilled that we can bring this show to Blowing Rock.”

The USO Liberty Bells perform at military homecoming and deployment ceremonies, VA hospital tours and shows in honor of our fallen heroes. They also entertain at high-profile venues including New York Mets and Yankees games, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC’s Rockin New Year’s Eve, the New York City Columbus Day Parade, “Fox and Friends,” and many others. Most recently, they returned from a week in Dubai and the Wounded Warrior Games in Colorado.

To purchase tickets, please call 828-295-9627 or you may pay by credit card (VISA, MC or Discover) online on our secure website through PayPal at www.hayescenter.org. You can also pay by cash or check (in person).

The Hayes Performing Arts Center is located at 152 Jamie Fort Road (off Hwy 321), Blowing Rock, NC. Tel: 828-295-9627 Web: www.hayescenter.org.