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Audience on stage with performer

Published 11:02am Thursday, September 12, 2013

The audience is seated on stage during musical performances.

It may sound a bit backward, but it’s the way audience members will view performances as part of this season’s “On Stage” Series at A Center for the Arts.

“So the entire audience is literally on stage,” said Michael Burgraff, executive director of A Center for the Arts. “And it makes for this little intimate setting for about 70 people.”

The “On Stage” Series kicks off Sept. 26 with classical pianist Mila Belakova, who was born and trained in Russia.

Neil Jacobs, playing the 12-string acoustic guitar, comes to town Oct. 17; London Calling, British music for strings, March 6, which features select string players from the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra; and the Janus Trio with flute, viola and harp, April 29. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

A Center for the Arts dabbled with the “on stage” setup for a couple of guitar concerts last year. They lower the curtain, have the artist up against the curtain on stage and then the audience is up there as well, seated facing the permanent-seating audience area.

“It gives us a chance to do things very acoustically, very intimately,” Burgraff said. “You can really see… how they are playing their particular instrument.”

The Center will continue with the “on-stage” shows, if there is a desire to have that option based on how many people attend, according to Burgraff.

“The curtain is closed,” Burgraff said. “So people are in a new setting. It will look and feel just like a regular concert.”

Only 70 tickets, all for reserved seating, are available for each show. Prices are $25 for adults, $5 for children and students. The stage is handicap accessible.

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