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Edinboro University’s Performing Arts Series to feature ‘Yesterdays: An Evening with Billie Holiday’


EDINBORO, Pa. – The time: May 1959. The place: A small New York nightclub.

On Thursday, February 16, an Edinboro University Cole Auditorium audience will travel back in time more than a half century when “Yesterdays: An Evening with Billie Holiday” depicts the legendary blues singer’s last performance as witnessed by Playwright Reenie Upchurch.

Edinboro’s February Performing Arts Series presentation combines songs with stories of Holiday’s troubled life, as well as focusing on New York City’s Cabaret License, Artie Shaw, Bessie Smith and more of history’s most popular musicians of the 1940s and 1950s.

In “Yesterdays: An Evening with Billie Holiday,” Vanessa Rubin stars as Holiday alongside musicians Levi Barcourt, David Jackson and Bernard Davis.

Featured in the 7:30 p.m. performance are some of Holiday’s most memorable songs, including “Fine and Mellow,” “Deep Song,” “Strange Fruit,” “My Man,” “Yesterdays” and “Lover Man.”

Edinboro University’s Performing Arts Series represents a long-standing University tradition of bringing the best entertainment available to campus while hosting world-class artists and groups, including renowned musicians and other performers.

General admission tickets for the Performing Arts Series are $10; faculty and staff tickets are $5; and admission is free to all Edinboro University students.  Tickets are available at the Student Government Association’s Convenience Store in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center, online at, or at the door.

All Performing Arts Series concerts take place in Louis C. Cole Auditorium-Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m.

The remaining 2011-2012 Performing Arts Series concerts are as follows:

  • Dancing Wheels (contemporary and wheelchair dance), March 21; and
  • Ball in the House (popular non-instrumental music), April 22


For more information, please phone the Edinboro University Office for the Performing Arts Series at 814-732-2518.

Performing Arts Series schedule