Big names, big performances, and big fun are in store at LeTourneau University’s Belcher Center for the 2019-2020 season! The center is celebrating its 13th season of world-class performances with “The Next Big Thing” season of events.
Hits like comedian Michael Jr., SpongeBob the Musical, How to Survive Middle School and Bill Blagg, Magic and Motion are lined up to take the stage in Longview.
Here's the action-packed schedule of events:
Neal McCoy & Friends in Concert
Saturday, September 28th 2019
Neal McCoy is excited to bring his annual fundraiser for the East Texas Angel Network back to the Belcher Center for ETAN’s 25th anniversary year! In addition to Neal’s energetic and captivating performance, he will have country music’s legendary group, Diamond Rio, joining him for the night’s lineup. Also, there will be a very special performance by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders onstage with Neal. It will be a once in a lifetime opportunity and you do not want to miss it!
Saturday, October 5th 2019
Michael Jr.is giving the world an opportunity to smile again…through stand-up comedy, Michael Jr. takes you on a comedic journey in away you’ve never experienced before. Michael Jr. has spent his career making laughter common in uncommon places like homeless shelters and prisons while inspiring his fans through sketches, stand-up, short films and appearances in feature films.
No matter where you experience this man’s humor, on-stage, on-line, or one-on-one, you get the same Michael Jr.–at ease, conversational, a sly sense of mischief, with a grasp of real-life culture-current scenarios that create waves of comedy that inspires.
Friday, October 18th 2019
Ricky Skaggs will join us for our 16th annual concert event benefitting Heartlight and Parenting Today’s Teens radio. Ricky has earned 15 Grammy Awards, 8 Country Music Association awards, 8 Academy of Country Music Awards, and 15 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. In addition, he has received 8 Music City News Country Awards, and was recently inducted into the Country Music Hal of Fame, and has been a member of the Grand Ol’ Opry. All who attend this event will be amazed at the never-ending energy and fun that Ricky brings to the stage. He says of his band, Kentucky Thunder, “This group of guys meets my approval every night. Each and every one of the pickers in Kentucky Thunder totally amazes me in every show….and that, to me, outweighs any award we could ever win.” Parenting Today’s Teens and Heartlight presents this gifted and talented musician, Ricky Skaggs, and welcomes his talented band, Kentucky Thunder….for a night that will be magnificent, meaningful, memorable, and a whole lot of fun
Monday, October 21st 2019
9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
For grades 1, 2 & 3
Maddi and Sofia are best friends. They live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the park together. Maddi is really good at climbing the rock wall, while Sofia is a fast runner. One day Sofia discovers that Maddi has no food in her fridge at home, but Maddi makes her promise not to tell anyone and to keep it a secret. What should Sofia do?
*This is part of the school & family shows
The Magic of Bill Blagg
Saturday, November 2nd 2019
The MAGIC of BILL BLAGG LIVE! tour comes to the Belcher Center for one show only! Critics and audiences alike rave about Bill’s interactive magic & jaw-dropping illusions that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief.
Blagg’s show combines his mind-blowing magical talents along with his trademark off-the-cuff personality to take you on a magical journey you’ll never forget! You’ll witness objects float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more! The MAGIC of BILL BLAGG LIVE! is more than a magic show, it’s an interactive magic experience! He’s changing reality one city at a time and Longview is next!
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
Monday, November 18th 2019
This Christmas give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, don’t miss your chance to ring in the holidays with this acclaimed Christmas extravaganza. The New York Times, “Hot Ticket!” Celebrate this cherished holiday tradition and relive the dream with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. Get tickets for the whole family now!
Tuesday, November 19th 2019
By popular demand, the “Greatness Of Our God” Tour will once again bring together former members Peter Furler and Phil Joel with Newsboys’ Michael Tait, Duncan Phillips, Jeﬀ Frankenstein and Jody Davis for an autumn outing bound for more than 30 cities around the country. Taking the stage to perform such new United fan favorites as “Greatness Of Our God” and “Symphony,” the mega-group will also deliver hit after hit spanning Newsboys’ iconic three decade career, from recent chart-toppers “God’s Not Dead” and “We Believe,” to classics like “Shine” and “Entertaining Angels,” among many others.
The Vienna Boys Choir
Saturday, November 23rd 2019
The Vienna Boys Choir is the world’s foremost children’s choral group. It is also among the oldest of all musical organizations, having been founded pursuant to an Imperial decree of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I on July 7, 1498; the Emperor wished boys’ voices to be added to the choir of the Imperial Chapel. This established a tradition of having the boys sing in weekly Sunday masses in the Imperial Chapel of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, a tradition that continues today.
An Evening with President George W. Bush
Tuesday, December 3rd 2019
The East Texas Speakers Forum is pleased to present George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, as the special guest at its inaugural event on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.
Please note that Will Call and the Box Office will not be available the night of the event, and you will need to present your ticket at security before entering the Belcher Center. We will NOT reprint any tickets, so please make sure you keep them in a safe place and bring them with you to the event.
LSO Home for the Holidays
Friday, December 6th 2019
Bring the entire family to enjoy The Most Wonderful Time of the Year with the Longview Symphony! This heart-warming concert returns with the Longview Civic Chorus and East Texas natives Dana Pundt and Jon Starling performing holiday favorites and carols. We will also be welcoming a special guest from the North Pole.
Sing! An Irish Christmas
Tuesday, December 10th 2019
Build lifelong memories and celebrate the true story of Christmas by singing your faith with thousands of believers at the most prestigious concert halls in the country!
Join Ireland’s own Keith & Kristyn Getty, known for modern hymns and carols such as In Christ Alone, for their eighth annual tour of Sing! An Irish Christmas. As featured on Public Television to over 45 million households, the Gettys are joined by their band of virtuosic instrumentalists fusing Celtic, Bluegrass, Americana, Modern and Classical music along with cultural dance and the choral sounds of the holiday.
Come sing along with Keith & Kristyn and special guests, for an evening that unites tradition and innovation in a vibrant celebration of the season!
Twas the Night Before Chrismas
Sunday, December 15th 2019
“‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” But wait! A mouse is stirring — because Santa missed his house last year and he can’t let that happen again! Before you can say “Merry Christmas!”, we’re off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer. Don’t miss this joyful tribute to the holiday season!
Jeanne Robertson 2019
Saturday,January 11th 2020
At 75 years young, Jeanne Robertson continues to charm audiences with her humorous observations about life around her. This former Miss North Carolina, standing tall at six-foot-two, has a vivacious personality, heart and sense of humor.
Some of her most popular anecdotes include “Don’t Go to Vegas Without A Baptist,” “Don’t Bungee Jump Naked”, and “Don’t Send a Man to the Grocery Store.” Robertson’s witty depiction of everyday situations never fails to have audiences of all ages rolling with laughter. Don’t miss this performance by a truly funny lady!
Wild Kratts Live 2.0: Activate Creature Power!
Friday, January 17th 2020
In Wild Kratts LIVE 2.0, Chris and Martin take to the stage to activate new Creature Powers and go “off to the creature rescue!” With some help from Aviva and the rest of the Wild Kratts team, who will be animated and on screen at the Tortuga HQ, the brothers confront a comic villain and once again save the day, sharing fascinating tidbits about some of the world’s most amazing creatures along the way.
Audience members are encouraged to bring along their animal knowledge and participate in the action right from their seats by calling out answers to the questions posed by the Kratt Brothers during the show.
The SpongeBob Musical
Thursday, January 23rd 2020
The musical The New York Times declares, “BRILLIANT!” Broadway’s best creative minds reimagine and bring to life the beloved Nickelodeon series with humor, heart and pure theatricality in what the Daily Beast calls “a party for the eyes and ears”. Explore the depths of theatrical innovation in THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL, where the power of optimism really can save the world.
Three Redneck Tenors
Saturday, February 22nd 2020
The 3 Redneck Tenors have trained at such prestigious institutions as the Julliard School of Music, and having performed in venerable houses worldwide – The Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Tokyo Opera House – these Texas boys are the definition of seasoned performers. Throw in stand-up comedy and improv, and you have the complete entertainment package. The 3 Redneck Tenors will have you rolling in the aisle with laughter and up on your feet with excitement!
Stray Cat Lee Rocker
Saturday, March 28th 2020
From the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, to appearing on Saturday Night Live, to headlining the US Festival and touring with the Rolling Stones, Lee Rocker has seen and done it all. In addition to The Stray Cats and the Rolling Stones, Rocker has toured and performed with George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, and John Fogerty. In 2012 Lee appeared on Broadway in the hit musical “Million Dollar Quartet” and in 2014 he was inducted into the Bass Player Hall of Fame.
LSO A Dream is a Wish
Friday, April 24th 2020
Your favorite mouse is coming to Longview! DISNEY IN CONCERT transports you to the musical world of Disney Animated Feature films to discover that dreams really do come true. The stories of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Aladdin and more are told through four Broadway-caliber singers, original Disney film footage and sweeping orchestral scores performed by the Longview Symphony.
Bill Blagg, Magic in Motion
Tuesday, May 5th 2020
For grades 3-6
Bill Blagg’s Magic in Motion melds the fascination of magic with the wonders of physical science to create an unbelievable educational experience!
In this highly visual, interactive show, students will be on the edge of their seats as they explore how science creates magic right before their very eyes! Their jaws will drop in amazement as ordinary objects come to life, while others defy gravity with a simple clap of the hands and so much more!
Tickets are available now and you can purchase them here.
The Belcher Center is located on LeTourneau University's campus at 2100 South Mobberly Avenue in Longview.
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