THE COLUMBIA STATE FIRST FARMER’S PERFORMANCE SERIES OPENS ITS 2012-2013 SEASON WITH STAR POWER

Photo Caption: Grammy award winner, Richard Marx opens the Columbia State First Farmer’s Performance Series. Upcoming performances will be held throughout the year, including the Golden Dragon Acrobats, The Wonder Bread Years, Emile Pandolfi, Jesse Cook and Squirm Burpee Circus.

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Aug. 24, 2012) - -  Tickets are now on sale to the public for the Columbia State Community College Arts and Entertainment 2012-2013 First Farmer’s Performance Series.

The First Farmer’s Performance Series kicks the season off with Richard Marx, the Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and producer who has sold more than 30 million albums and has written 13 number one songs.

“We are so excited to be able to bring Richard Marx to Columbia for the series this year,” said Janet F. Smith, Ph.D., president of Columbia State. “We expect that the concert will sell out quickly because Richard Marx’s music is so well known.”
 
Marx, a three-time Grammy nominee is known for his debut single “Don’t Mean Nothing” and for a follow-up CD entitled “Repeat Offender”. His number-one hits include “Hold On to the Nights,” “Satisfied,” and his worldwide classic “Right Here Waiting.”
 
Marx is also recognized for producing some of the biggest names in the music industry including, NSYNC, Barbara Streisand, Josh Groban, Vince Gill, Luther Vandross, Kenny Rogers, Sister Hazel and 98â—¦. More recently, Marx has produced records for Leann Rimes, Travis Tritt, Natalie Cole, Kenny Loggins, actor Hugh Jackman, Keith Urban and others.
 
“Better Life” was co-written by Marx and Urban and was released on Urban’s triple-platinum CD, “Be Here.”
 
Marx joined Ringo Starr’s All-Star Band for a 22 city gig in 2006.
 
Tickets for Marx and the entire 2012-2013 First Farmer’s Performance Series are on sale through the ticket office of Columbia State. The office is located in Room 108 of the Pryor Building and is opened Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased by calling (931) 540-2879.
 
Individual tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets for the entire series are available for $96. A full listing of the First Farmer’s Series events is at www.ColumbiaState.edu/performance-series.
 
All performances are presented in the Cherry Theater, located in the Waymon L. Hickman building on the Columbia campus located at 1665 Hampshire Pike. All shows begin at 7 p.m. with doors opening an hour prior to the performance.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, the sixth largest higher education system in the nation. For more information, please visit www.columbiastate.edu.

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