Savion Glover to Perform at Boston Opera House, 1/12

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Celebrity Series of Boston and World Music/CRASHarts will present Savion Glover performing the Boston premiere of SoLe Sanctuary on Saturday, January 12, 8pm at The Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston.

Tickets start at $40 and are available online at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling The Boston Opera House at (800) 982-2787, or at The Boston Opera House box office, 539 Washington Street, Boston. For World Music/CRASHarts call (617) 876-4275 or visit www.WorldMusic.org. For Celebrity Series of Boston call (617) 482-6661 or visit www.celebrityseries.org.

Savion Glover was born in Newark, NJ, and made his Broadway debut at age 12, starring in The Tap Dance Kid. Four years later, he made his film debut in Tap with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. In 1990, he joined the cast of Sesame Street and remained with the show until 1995. Glover came to national prominence the next year when he choreographed and starred in the hit Broadway show Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk, for which he received a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and two Obie Awards. Additional Broadway credits include Black and Blue and Jelly's Last Jam, co-starring Gregory Hines. He is also the star of Spike Lee's feature film, Bamboozled.

In 1997, Glover created his first dance company, NYOTs (Not Your Ordinary Tappers), and followed it in 2001 with the company Ti Dii. Glover's current project is the educational initiative HooFerZCluB School for Tap.

In SoLe Sanctuary, Savion Glover's reverence for the art of tap is put to the stage literally in the form of a living altar where he can pay his respects to the craft he has perfected. Glover will be joined on stage in Boston by fellow tap star Marshall Davis Jr.

Marshall Davis Jr. began tap dancing at the age of 10. By age 11, he was a finalist in the Philip Michael Thomas "Rising Star" competition and was the 1989 Florida winner for the Tri-Star Pictures Tap Day contest, a promotion for the movie Tap starring Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. At age 13, he accepted a check from Ed McMahon for winning the coveted 1991 Star Search Teen Dance Champion. Davis performed in the Tony award-winning Broadway and touring production of Bring in Da' Noise, Bring in Da' Funk, starring and choreographed by Savion Glover. Prior to Noise/Funk he performed at the Guthrie Theater as Pocket in the musical Babes in Arms directed by Garland Wright. Named "Most Unusual Dance Soloist" by The Miami Herald for his rendition of the Morton Gould Tap Concerto, Marshall is also the recipient of Isaac Hayes' "Breaking the Barrier" award for his achievements at such an early age.

The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers-from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more-to Boston's major concert halls for 74 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience-on stages, in schools, at home- everywhere. For more information on Celebrity Series of Boston, call (617) 482-2595 or visit us online at www.celebrityseries.org.

World Music, a non-profit organization established in 1990, is New England's premier presenter of global culture, featuring music and dance from the far and near corners of the globe. In 2001, World Music launched CRASHarts as a division of World Music dedicated to presenting a contemporary performing arts series in greater Boston. World Music/CRASHarts strives to offer audiences an opportunity to share in many different cultural and artistic expressions and seeks to foster an atmosphere of discovery and exploration. The organization presents approximately 70 concerts and 15 educational programs per year. World Music/CRASHarts is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, call (617) 876-4275 or visit www.WorldMusic.org.

Photo Credit: The HooFeRz CLuB