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Allen Toussaint and American Metropole Orchestra come to WOU for Smith Fine Arts Series

Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint, to perform with American Metropole Orchestra on June 4 for the Smith Fine Arts Series at Western Oregon University.

MONMOUTH – Western Oregon University’s (WOU) Smith Fine Arts series welcomes Allen Toussaint with the American Metropole Orchestra for the last performance of the 2010-11 season, directed by Keller Coker. This is the first time Toussaint has had songs from his storied career arranged for an orchestra. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Rice Auditorium. This is the last event of Toussaint’s before his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tickets are $29 in advance, $31 at the door, and $11 for students. To purchase tickets, contact the Smith Fine Arts Series at 503-838-8333 or

Austin City Limits wrote that Toussaint is “New Orleans greatest modern musical genius.” He is featured on the newest albums of artists Aaron Neville, Neil Young and Eric Clapton. Allen Toussaint has crossed many paths in his illustrious 40 years plus career in music. He has produced, written for, arranged, had his songs covered by, and performed with music giants The Judds, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Patti LaBelle, Mac “Dr. John” Rebannac, Aaron and Art Neville, Joe Cocker, The (original) Meters, Glen Campbell, The Band, Little Feat, The Rolling Stones, Devo, Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey, Irma Thomas, Etta James, Ramsey Lewis, Eric Gale and the countless others.

The Smith Fine Arts Series has brought international arts programming to the WOU campus and community for 34 years. The other artists in the 2010-11 season were Cirque Mechanics, The Travelin’ McCourys, Adam Del Monte and Ensemble Galilei. The 2011-12 season has been set, and will include Oregon, Francesco Buzzurro/Richard Smith, Toronto Consort, Martha Reeves and the Western Hemisphere Orchestra (WHO), DO JUMP!, Leny Andrade and the American Metropole Orchestra, and Asleep at the Wheel. Tickets for next season are on sale now. Season tickets are $99 for five events plus two WHO shows, or $119 for seven events plus two WHO shows. Student tickets are $52 for seven events.

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Interview contacts:
Keller Coker
Director, Smith Fine Arts Series, and professor of music
503-838-8276 or

Karen Adams
Smith Fine Arts Series
503-838-8281 or

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