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CenterStage presents Anne Heaton on April 25

Posted 04/13/15

Anne HeatonFitchburg State University CenterStage welcomes acclaimed singer-songwriter Anne Heaton to the Falcon Hub in Hammond Hall on Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m. 

Heaton’s sound is described as a simply lovely blend of soft pop, smooth blues and porch folk, and the classically trained pianist’s songs have been called “tender, barbed and spiritual” by the Washington Post. Known for the infectious energy of her live performances — the Seattle Times called her “a natural performer with a rich, soaring voice”—her graceful, vulnerable and sometimes humorous pop-folk songs will capture your imagination and soul.

Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for Fitchburg State alumni, staff and seniors, and $5 for students. Admission is restricted to those 18 and over. The Weston Box Office, located inside Weston Auditorium at 353 North St., is open 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and can be reached at 978-665-3347. Tickets can also be ordered online.

About the CenterStage Hub Series

Having the unique opportunity to experience national acts in a local, intimate setting is what the CenterStage Hub Series is all about. With just over 150 seats, the Hammond Hall Falcon Hub offers a relaxed, coffeehouse-style room with comfortable seating, cash bar and a very cool atmosphere.

The CenterStage Hub Series is 18-plus and general admission. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets reserve you a space at a table, but not specific seats. Please note that most Hub tables seat four people. Because of room size, advance ticket purchase is encouraged.

About Anne Heaton

Heaton has amassed awards and praise from critics, fellow artists and fans. Her graceful, vulnerable, and sometimes humorous pop-folk songs have captured audience imaginations for over a decade.

Heaton has played the Sundance Film Festival, Lilith Fair (2010), and was a featured artist on the New York Times Music Podcast. Heaton has played numerous times on NPR and has shared the stage with some of her favorite artists including Sarah McLachlan and jazz drummer Max Roach. In 2012, she was invited to perform on The Cayamo Cruise as part of Winterbloom (featuring Antje Duvekot, Meg Hutchinson and Natalia Zukerman) with artists such as Keb ‘Mo and The Civil Wars.

Heaton has toured throughout the U.S. since 2001 playing acoustic venues, outdoor theaters, rock clubs, and festivals. In 2005, she won Soul City Cafe, a national competition of live performances and online voting to choose Jewel’s opener for her West Coast Tour. In addition to Jewel’s tour, Heaton has toured as an opening act for Melissa Ferrick and HEM, as well as opened for/performed with Chris Trapper, Jill Sobule and Jonathan Brooke.

On the heels of her most recent album, Honeycomb, Heaton releases Dora, a collaborative album of poems-turned-songs with poet Claire Clube. These poem-songs—visceral, ethereal, and set to a mix of singer-songwriter pop, classical and jazz/blues—explore a woman’s relationships with her world and the emotions of divorce. Tragically, in summer 2013, not long after sponsoring a young child in Kenya and just before this album was to be released, poet and collaborator Clube died in a plane crash with her daughter, Bess.

“I know she wanted to share these songs with people, and she was a person who lived her life so fully and fearlessly that’s what I’ll take with me,” Heaton said.

Heaton studied at the University of Notre Dame, writing her senior thesis on Debussy’s piano works, and then enriched her musical training by studying composition and jazz vocals at The City College of New York. Always a fan of Peter Gabriel, the Indigo Girls, and Tori Amos, she also became fascinated by early American spirituals while living in New York, and sang in a Harlem gospel choir.

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