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From our House to Yours

We miss you!

Our passion is fostering impactful live arts and entertainment experiences that captivate, evoke feelings, present ideas, inspire, build community, and offer beauty. But our house is just not the same without our patrons. The surreal nature of the current circumstance certainly provokes a sense of being out of control. Yet this unplugged interlude will only be a temporary break from reality.

In the meantime, we intend to fill in the gap by bringing to your house sneak previews, side bars and snap shots of anything and everything possible. We are having enormous fun creating this content and hope it delivers remote access that surprises and delights until we can greet you again in person with the power of performance at Emens Auditorium.

- Robert Myers, Director

Backstage Pass

Backstage Pass

The backstage pass - the highly coveted golden ticket that can transport one to the secluded reality beyond the public performance. We think all of our patrons deserve the opportunity to get a glimpse behind the scenes. So, join us for a backstage passport to the digital sphere of our season. Watch (videos), Listen (playlists) and Learn (articles + interviews) about some sensational shows and artists coming to your hometown.

Select the artist below to experience event-specific virtual content, playlists, videos, interviews, and more.

Though there are only two of them, they fill the stage as a 12-person ensemble would, moving from instrument to instrument with a high level of skill and diversity. What’s created is a richly explosive experience like nothing else out there — rhythm-centered, but also full of melodic movement and dynamic depth. With drumming, tap dancing, rhythmic juggling, marimba, piano, saxophone, flute and so much more, the show has been described as “Stomp meets Blue Man meets Cirque du Soleil.” The pure joy that music and rhythm has instilled within these two humans is extended to every audience member throughout the performance. Between choreographed musical pieces, there is audience interaction, humor, and personal stories that make this show all at once captivating, inspiring, and flat-out extraordinary.

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Super Mario Brothers (video) 

This incredible bass line was composed by the jazz fusion band, Friendship. It was later remade into the Underworld music by Koji Kondo for the popular game, Super Mario Brothers. We hope you enjoy our rendition!

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Collision of Rhythm Favorites - YouTube Playlist

Watch and listen to this dynamic duo performing a YouTube playlist of Collision of Rhythm favorites. From an epic drum duo, to multi-instrumental live loops, you're sure to be entertained. 

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Everyone has Rhythm (video)

Meet the members of Collision of Rhythm, tap-dancing classical virtuoso, Aaron Williams, and beatbox-juggling keynote speaker, Bronkar Lee. They have worked with companies like GoPro, Coca Cola, and Google, and have been featured on The Tonight Show, America’s Got Talent, and SuperBowl commercials. Both have achieved internet fame with “rhythmic” viral videos — Aaron, through his virtuosic rendition of Mario on Marimba (over 30 million views), and Bronkar, as the Beatbox Dad, through a video of him beatboxing with his son (over 144 million views). Collision of Rhythm does theater shows, educational outreach programs, and corporate keynote presentations.

From the Jim Crow era-South through the turbulent 1960s, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone were among the most influential and popular singers of their times. Both within their music and outside of the clubs and concert halls, they wielded their exceptional talents to combat racial prejudice, sexism, and poverty. Whether powerfully and playfully claiming her autonomy and sexuality (Bessie Smith), forcing America to acknowledge the racism pervasive in the American South and beyond (Billie Holiday), or giving voice to the Civil Rights movement with stirring protest anthems (Nina Simone), these trailblazing singers spoke to and for the disenfranchised as women, African-Americans, and artists. All three women defied social norms, embracing self-empowerment through their art.

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Billie Holiday Live 1959 - Strange Fruit (video)

Bessie Smith 1929 - St. Louis Blues (video)

Nina Simone Live 1968 - Ain't Got No, I Got Life (video)

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Billie Holiday (Spotify)

Bessie Smith (Spotify)

Nina Simone (Spotify)

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Billie Holiday: A Singer Beyond Our Understanding - NPR

Forebears: Bessie Smith, The Empress of The Blues - NPR

Nina Simone: 'Are you ready to burn buildings?' - The Guardian

One of NPR Alt.Latino’s four 2018 picks for New Spring Music, Eleanor Dubinsky is “a multilingual musician who can capture the emotions and soul of a community in a song.” (NPR Weekend Edition). A vocalist, guitarist and cellist, Eleanor Dubinsky's music lives at the tender edge where jazz, world and pop sensibilities meet emotionally forthright songwriting. Hailing from St. Louis, MO and based in NYC, her sound reflects and celebrates both her mid-western roots and the formative time she has spent in South America, Western and Central Europe, Portugal and Cape Verde. Singing in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, Eleanor and her multi-faceted band bring linguistic and cultural fluency to dynamic compositions that explore the fragile links between human emotions and responsibility. In the words of journalist Tom Pryor, expect "a joyous, uplifting and deeply generous performance...this is music as medicine for your soul."

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First Glance: Soft Spot of my Heart (video)

A video about the story and making of Soft Spot Of My Heart, singer-songwriter Eleanor Dubinsky's new album (3/30/18). This video, or EPK, tells the story of the record’s songs and process, featuring footage from inside the recording studio, Eleanor’s travels and performances in Portugal, Cape Verde and New York City, interviews with musicians and plenty of new music.

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Eleanor Dubinsky on Spotify

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 Meet Multilingual Musician, Eleanor Dubinsky

Learn about the influences, style and inspiration behind this talented artist's work. 

GENTRI, which is short for “The Gentlemen Trio” was established in June 2014 and is comprised of three dynamic tenors: Brad Robins, Casey Elliott and Bradley Quinn Lever. Pioneering a signature sound they call “Cinematic Pop,” the music of GENTRI is transfused with lush, epic orchestrations and rich, dynamic three-part harmonies all composed by the group’s producer Stephen Nelson.

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Gentri Live Studio Session - Choose You Still (video)

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Gentri on Spotify

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Q and A with the men of Gentri - ABC News

Julian Bliss is one of the world’s finest clarinettists, excelling as a concerto soloist, chamber musician, jazz artist, masterclass leader and tireless musical explorer. He has inspired a generation of young players as creator of his Conn-Selmer range of affordable clarinets, and introduced a substantial new audience to his instrument. Julian started playing the clarinet aged four, going on to study at the University of Indiana and in Germany under Sabine Meyer, turning professional aged twelve.

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Julian Bliss Sextet Rehearsal - Moonglow (video)

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Julian Bliss on Spotify

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Julian Bliss interviews Wayne Shorter (video)

While in LA, Julian Bliss visits Wayne Shorter, American Jazz Saxophonist and Composer to discuss advise, history and stories of his career.

The Average Day with Julian Bliss (interview)

Jeremy Kittel is an American violinist, fiddler, and composer. Having just received a Grammy nomination for "Best Arrangement/Composition", Jeremy Kittel has been placed in a community alongside many prevalent composers such as Alan Silvestri and John Williams. Fluent in multiple musical genres, he composes original music that draws from traditional roots, jazz, Celtic, Classical, electronic, and more.

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Bach Prelude (video)

Chrysalis (video)

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Kittel & Co. on Spotify

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String Trio: The Jeremy Kittel Band - Interlochen Public Radio

Now known as Kittel & Co., Interlochen Public Radio interviews Jeremy Kittel in this outstanding review. 

"Live from Laurel Canyon - Songs and Stories of American Folk Rock" is a 90 minute retrospective of music and stories of some of the most influential artists who lived in Laurel Canyon between 1965 and 1975. Similar to other legendary rock and roll neighborhoods of the same era like Haight Ashbury in San Fransisco or Greenwich Village in the NYC, Laurel Canyon was a community of artists who would forge new genres of music (Folk Rock) and forever change the look, sound and attitude of American pop music. Bands like The Mamas and The Papas, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Doors, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, James Taylor, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, America, and the Eagles.

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Live from Laurel Canyon - Love Song (video)

Live from Laurel Canyon Trio performs Brian Chartrand's original song "Love Song" at Café Verkehrt in Oberhof, Germany. Featuring Lamar Gaines on keys, Todd Chuba on percussion, and Brian Chartrand on vocals and guitar. Film and audio by Till Erb.

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Legacy of Laurel Canyon Playlist (Spotify)

Above the city of Los Angeles, here are a few of the influential songs that echoed from the hills of Laurel Canyon in the 60s & 70s.

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What is Live from Laurel Canyon? (video)

Live from Laurel Canyon - a 90 minute musical journey playing the music of legendary Laurel Canyon residents The Mamas and The Papas, The Byrds, the Doors, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jackson Browne, America, Linda Ronstadt, and the Eagles. Part story telling with multi-media, part music performance, relive this amazing time in American popular music history. www.livefromlaurelcanyon.com for more information.

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Watch the Madagascar (2005) Movie on Hulu

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Madagascar Soundtrack (Spotify)

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Based on the much-loved Dreamworks Animation, the story follows four New York City Zoo animals who leave their comfortable lives to end up in the middle of Madagascar.

Going through a bit of a mid-life crisis, Marty the zebra wishes that he could be out in the wild. After meeting a bunch of crazy penguins who also want to escape from the zoo, Marty follows them and breaks free. Discovering that their friend has gone, Alex the lion, Melman the "hypocon-giraffe" and Gloria the hippo, go on a mission to find him and bring him back to the zoo.

Read more:
Madagascar The Musical Review - Broadway World

Title: Mande Variations
Choreographer: BaKari Lindsey Mande Variations
Music: Toumani Diabate

About the work:
“I have always been fascinated with the sounds of the Kora from Mali and although I have not been able to travel there to date, I have been enthralled by the sounds of the Kora in other parts of Africa as well.”

In my new work, Mande Variations, I am juxtaposing several elements. Firstly, I am investigating how traditional African dance vocabulary can be used to speak outside of its traditional context; highlighting the fact that there are other instruments in Africa other that drums which conjure the same feelings of exuberance; and that Africa does have a royal classical history of kings, queens and royal courts, and a musical legacy that accompanies that history.

The physicality of the work, has an overall polyphonic feel to the dance and the dancing body – encompassing democratic equalities of body parts, centralized through energy, multiple focii and the shifting of gravity through different parts of the body ─ polymetric and polyrhythmic; the articulation of the units of the torso – the pelvis, chest, ribcage and buttocks. Primarily, the value of the work is placed on improvisation from both the individual and the group.

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Philadanco Live Performance (video)

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization, partnered with the Debbie Allen Dance Academy to host a free, star-studded, event on November 30th at the historic Apollo Theater in commemoration of World AIDS Day.

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Philadanco Playlist (Youtube)

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On Tour, Philadanco (Season 2, Episode 28) - PBS

Philadanco "Latched" - TEDx Talks

Founded in 1970, PHILADANCO has a legacy of breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides, consistently performing for audiences representing an amalgamation of people from diverse communities. PHILADANCO is recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances. Inherent in our mission is a commitment to empowering youth with crucial leadership and development skills that facilitate achievement and success in the world of dance and everyday life.

Take two brothers, Daniel (Accordion) and Martin Gillespie (pipes, whistles and accordion), steeped in the Scottish west coast ceilidh tradition on the Isle of Tiree, and add in friends Fraser West (drums) and Alec Dalglish (guitar and vocals), with a background in brass bands, wind bands, jazz bands, and with blues, folk and country influences, and you have the 2005, embryonic Skerryvore.

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Everyday Heroes (video)

Scottish musicians team up for a tune written for and in aid of NHS staff and volunteers.

‘Everyday Heroes’ features all of the members of Skerryvore, Innes Scott of Peat and Diesel, BBC Take the Floor Presenter and member of Mànran Gary Innes, Robert Robertson of Tide Lines, Harry Richards of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Skipinnish’s Angus MacPhail and Rory Grindly, Ian Smith and Seonaidh Macintyre from fellow Tiree band Trail West, Mhairi Marwick of Fat Suit, alongside political aide and journalist Alastair Campbell.

Martin Gillespie said: “I’ve written ‘Everyday Heroes’ to pay tribute to the hundreds of thousands of NHS staff, volunteers and key workers who are risking so much to fight COVID-19 and keep us all safe. Music is a source of comfort during difficult times and I hope this emotional, uplifting tune will raise a few smiles."

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Skerryvore on Spotify

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Skerryvore and friends' NHS charity track soars in the UK charts - The Sunday Post

Skerryvore Interview - Vents Magazine

The beautiful mountain Knocknarea in Ireland’s County Sligo is said to be the final resting place of the ancient Irish warrior-queen Maeve. The ‘Alt’ is a storied glen on the side of Knocknarea, and it was in the shadow of this glen in the little village of Coolaney that the three master Irish traditional musicians in The Alt—John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy, and Eamon O’Leary—first gathered to rehearse. Each player in The Alt is a leading light of today’s folk scene and though this could be easily called a supergroup, at its heart The Alt is really a celebration of friendship and song. The old ballads, winding tunes, and freshly discovered songs that each artist brought to the table reflect the pure love of the song that has made Irish music so beautiful and compelling over thousands of years.

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Across the Western Ocean (video)

The Alt - John Doyle, Nuala Kennedy, Eamon O’Leary performing Across the Western Ocean at the Acadia Trad School Concert Series 2016. Connect and support traditional music.

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Listen to more from The Alt

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The Alt In the Press

An interdisciplinary collaboration joining science and art, The Crossroads Project aims to inspire reflection, foster engagement and incite action at a pivotal moment for our environment. In the live performance experience, and now on the album, the Fry Street Quartet brings together commissioned works by Grammy winner Libby Larsen and Pulitzer Prize nominee Laura Kaminsky to create a thought-provoking, viscerally affecting exploration of global sustainability.

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RISING TIDE, presented by The Crossroads Project (video)

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Fry Street Quartet on Spotify

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Interview with the Fry Street Quartet - WorldCanvass (video)

The Isaacs, a multi-award winning family group who began singing 35 years ago are based out of Hendersonville, TN. The vocalists are mother Lily Isaacs and siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman. Playing their own acoustic instruments and joined by other band members, The Isaacs have a unique style that blends tight family harmony with contemporary acoustic instrumentation that appeals to a variety of audiences. Their musical style has been influenced by many genres of music including bluegrass, rhythm and blues, folk, and country, contemporary, acoustic and southern gospel.

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Rocks Live (video)

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The Isaacs on Spotify

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Up Close & Personal (TV special) - Gaither Music TV 

The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to hear their names called and "Come On Down" to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car! Play classic games just like on television's longest running and most popular game show…from Plinko™ to Cliffhangers™ to The Big Wheel™ and even the fabulous Showcase.

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Trailer - The Price is Right, Live on Stage (video)

5 Most Ridiculous 'The Price is Right' Bloopers - The Strange List (video)

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Popular Bob Barker & The Price is Right Videos (YouTube Playlist)

“All of the hits in one show” – that is the motto of our two-and-a-half hour production. An emotional journey through the great world of musicals which will leave the audience spell bound. With Beautiful and emotional ballads from “Evita”, “Les Miserable” and “Phantom of the Opera” along with great favorites from “Dirty Dancing“, “We Will Rock You“ and “Mamma Mia“, there is something in this show for everyone.

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Preview The World of Musicals - Trailer (video)

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The World of Musicals on Spotify

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The World of Musicals, Broadway World Review

"Atmospheric, captivating vocals… Violet Bell puts an avant-garde twist on traditional roots music." — IndyWeekly

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Elephant Heart - Original song by Violet Bell, live at the Cat's Cradle (video)

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Violet Bell on Spotify

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Violet Bell Taking Their Sound to New Depths - WUNC Public Radio

Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music drawn from the multi-platinum selling Winter Solstice series as well as their many solo releases. Windham Hill founder and Grammy-winning guitarist, Will Ackerman, Grammy-nominated singer, fiddler, pianist, songwriter Barbara Higbie, guitarist Todd Boston and cellist, Mia Pixley come together to lead joyous holiday concerts.

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Winter Solstice (video)

Windham Hill's most celebrated recording artists Liz Story, Barbara Higbie and Lisa Lynne are joined by Aryeh Frankfurter and George Tortorelli. This short video is just a taste of the magic these musicians create. Produced by Margo Dean, camera operators are Shawn McAndrew, Terri Esther and Margo Dean.

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Windham Hill on Spotify

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Windham Hill's Winter Solstice takes an acoustic approach to season' songs - Chicago Tribune

Virtual tour de force at Ball State University

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. We thought you might like the opportunity to take a virtual guided tour, learn a new Cardinal workout, or virtually share a new book with faculty, staff, and students of Ball State University.

Cardinal Reading Corner – Ball State Edu. Students read children’s books via FB Live

Story Book Reading Project (updated every Monday) – MCS

WIPB At Home (P-12 Learning)

Healthy Lifestyle Center Virtual Workshops

Henry Gets Moving in Delaware County (daily activity challenges) – College of Health

Train Like a Cardinal – Working Well / Ball State Athletics

Recreation Programing (at-home workouts, virtual 5k, & more) - Recreation Services 

Behind the Curtain

Have you ever wondered about what it takes to make a show happen? It takes a great team of talented people with various skill sets all working in concert (excuse the pun.) Come check out our gig, Behind the Curtain, for tidbits about how things work, information, interviews, and staff highlights to gain an insider’s view of Emens Auditorium.

Get to know our Team!

From movie recommendations to furry co-workers, learn more about us. 

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. - Henry David Thoreau
Change your thoughts and you change the world. - Norman Vincent Peale

Bob

Hometown
Deerfield, Illinois (Lake County which is north of Chicago)

Hobbies
Tennis and Golf

Furry Co-Workers

Smokey
Smokey (cat) & our beautiful sheltie named "Emma," recently passed away.

Favorite Music Genre / Artist
Not sure that there is a favorite. Perhaps it is an occupational hazard but I enjoy many styles: Jazz, blues, bluegrass, Celtic, roots. I mostly listen to contemporary Christian radio in the car. I grew up listening to the Eagles, Boston, REO, Rush, Styx, Linda Ronstadt, Little River Band, James Taylor, Journey, Queen, Van Halen, Fleetwood Mac

Favorite Live Performance
James Earl Jones & Christopher Plummer in Shakespeare’s “Othello” at the Shubert Theater in Chicago.

Most Memorable Emens Experience
That is a tough one. Was it Victor Borge or Dave Chappelle? Chris Botti or BB King? Keith Urban or the band FUN? The Miller College of Business commencement when I received my MBA. The Music For All summer symposium when the US Army Field Band was overwhelmed by the adulation from these high school music students in attendance from all across the country. So many wonderful memories to treasure.

Movie / Series Recommendation
The Princess Bride
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Amadeus
Mary Poppins
Singin’ in the Rain
Schindler’s List
On the Waterfront
Casablanca
Chocolat
West Side Story

Book Recommendation
I am currently reading Grateful - The subversive practice of Giving Thanks by Diana Butler Bass.

Favorites include: 
Jonathon Livingston Seagull
Mere Christianity
The Five Love Languages
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
The Giver
Animal Farm
The Old Man & the Sea
To Kill a Mockingbird
Catcher in the Rye
Invisible Man

Recipe Recommendation
Viennese Fish

White fish such as Orange Rough, cod, (I like Sea Bass)
Salt
Pepper
Butter
Dill
Lemon slices
Sour cream
French bread
Paprika

Choose happiness. 

Kristi

Hometown
Muncie, Ind.

Hobbies
Sewing, Camping, Mountain Biking

Furry Co-Workers
Alley & Dan (cats) + Maggie & Faith (dogs)

Favorite Music Genre / Artist
Contemporary Christian Music

Favorite Live Performance 
Jeremy Camp's performance at Emens in 2017 is the most memorable performance I've attended to date. His music and uplifting spirit were profound, creating a concert experience that I will never forget. 

Most Memorable Emens Experience
Since working for Emens Auditorium, I've had the opportunity to work with so many incredible artists and performers. One of my jobs is to coordinate artist meet and greets with our patrons. On one particular occasion, I was finishing a meet and greet with The Fray in an adjacent room, that by day was used as a music classroom space. The band members of The Fray were so entranced with the automated practice piano in that room that they stayed and played around with it for a while after the meet and greet ended. That moment was a humbling one, where you see the true personality of these artists and fun they can have playing around with an automated practice piano, just like they were a bunch of kids.

Movie / Series Recommendation

Life as we know it
Life as We Know It

Book Recommendation

One Step Forward
One Step Forward by Brandi Little

Recipe Recommendation

Ramen
Vegan Spicy Thai Peanut Ramen 

Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.

Hometown
Michigan

Hobbies
Martial Arts

Furry Co-Workers
Layla (dog)

Favorite Music Genre / Artist
Foo Fighters

Favorite Live Performance
Foo Fighters of course. They are high energy and a great time. 

Most Memorable Emens Experience
Jim Gaffigan. He's hilarious.

Movie / Series Recommendation

Westworld
Westworld

Book Recommendation

Ender's Game
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Recipe Recommendation
Four Ingredient Chicken Casserole

Chicken + Rice + Cream of Celery Soup + Water
Season with salt and pepper & bake. 

Don't give up. Don't ever give up. If you laugh, you think, you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're gonna have something special. - Jim Valvano

Lou

Hometown
Janesville, Wisconsin

Hobbies
Pickleball and Gardening

Favorite Music Genre / Artist
Jazz, Rat Pack Era; Frankie, Deano, & Sammy

Favorite Live Performance
Big Bad VooDoo Daddy-Conner Prairie Summer Concert Series

The outdoor amphitheater experience is a favorite of mine and the crowd that particular night was electric, not to mention we were able to dance and sing the night away!

Most Memorable Emens Experience
Eva Kor, "The Triumph of the Human Spirit-from Auschwitz to Forgiveness"

Movie / Series Recommendation

Justified
Justified Series (Hulu) 

Book Recommendation

The Women in the Window
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Recipe Recommendation
Pumpkin Bars

2 cups pumpkin
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup melted butter

cream together and add the following dry ingredients

2 cups flour
2 T baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t cinnamon

Mix well and pour into 151/2x101/2 " pan.
Bake @ 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.

Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears. - John Lennon

Terri

Hometown
Muncie, Ind.

Hobbies
Sewing

Furry Co-Workers
Kye (Shih Tzu)

Favorite Music Genre / Artist
70s Rock; Fleetwood Mac & Eagles

Favorite Live Performance
Fleetwood Mac in 1976

Movie / Series Recommendation

Better Things
Better Things (Hulu)

Shawshank Redemption
Shawshank Redemption

Recipe Recommendation

Cheesy Potato
Cheesy Potatoes

 

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