The new Cache Valley Center for the Arts season starts with a bang Tuesday and Wednesday, September 7 and 8, on the stage of the Ellen Eccles Theatre. The center’s Executive Director Wally Bloss says it is a show he has been trying to get for a couple of years.”Grammy-award winners, gospel singers, all well-known black singers in their own right come together on a regular basis as Sweet Honey in the Rock,” Bloss explained on KVNU’s Crosstalk Show Wednesday. “It’s really going to be a good show. “If you like any kind of gospel, or jazz, or blues this is the time to come. This is an a capella group so they do it all themselves.”It was a dramatic move this year when it was decided that the long-serving Alliance for the Varied Arts should merge with the Cache Valley Center for the Arts for economic and other reasons. Although it’s been a challenging economic year, Bloss says it ended in the black and he’s proud of this season’s whole line-up. Bloss says his organization has been able to absorb most of the AVA programs housed at the Bullen Center and Ellen Eccles Theatre. The AVA operated the adjacent and recently-restored Thatcher Young Mansion and now Bloss says the CVCA is getting input on how that building should be utilized. His board has already talked to a group of artists.”We’ve got another meeting coming up on September 13 at 2 p.m. at the Thatcher Young Mansion,” Bloss continued. “If anyone is interested in finding the best way for arts to happen in the mansion they’d like to come there. “We’ll be interviewing people during the Gallery Walk which is September 17, Friday the 17th. And we’ve got a third meeting on September 20th at 6 o’clock in the evening for those who want to go in the evening. So we’re trying to get the word to as many different people to come, give us input, give us thoughts.” Bloss says such questions are being asked as, ‘do we need it for art galleries, for classes, perhaps for a co-op,’ or he says there are many other options.There will be 10 shows this CVCA season, including such favorites as the Martha Graham Dance Company, The Five Browns and Fiddler on the Roof. Bloss says there are still some tickets left for Sweet Honey in the Rock and they can be ordered online.
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