FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: February 21, 2001

Contact: Debi Edwards, 206-6150

Piano star Lorie Line to perform at Sangamon Auditorium

SPRINGFIELD —Lori Line, America’s best selling female piano star, will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Sangamon Auditorium. Tickets go on sale Monday, February 26.

The multimillion-selling artist has released 16 albums and 13 music books in the last 10 years.  She has been a top-selling Billboard artist and the only female pianist to sustain a position on the New Age music chart for the past four years. This spring she is taking music from her latest release, Just Me, to the stage for the first time.

Line has become famous for her theatrical, high-energy, Broadway-style shows.  Critics have called her "the Martha Stewart of the piano," a "one-woman wonder," "the Diva in the world of piano music," and "one of the nation’s fastest rising female entertainers."  

Line’s show features 13 world-class musicians known as The Pop Chamber Orchestra, all clad in one-of-a-kind handmade costumes, a stage set constructed for each tour, audience participation, and most importantly, unforgettable music. Redefining the image of a typical concert pianist, she travels with her own custom-made concert grand white piano and a crystal chandelier.

Line’s life’s work has been to connect with her fans through her music.  Classically trained since the age of 5, she graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a B.A. in piano performance.

Line has been featured on CNN, Paul Harvey’s ABC News, Noah Adams’ All Things Considered, and also in The Wall Street Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, The Robb Report, and Inc. magazine. She performed at the White House this past December. Her second television special, A White Christmas with Lorie Line, will be released to network television, PBS, and to fans on DVD and VHS in November.

Lorie resides with her husband Tim, and their 11-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son in Minneapolis.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for children under 15. Tickets can be ordered by calling the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office, (217) 206-6160 or (800) 207-6960, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The auditorium administrative offices can be reached at (217) 206-6150 or by e-mail at onstage@uis.edu.

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