Shelia E. and the E. Family


North Carolina A&T State University will kick off the 2012-13 Lyceum Series season with a performance from Emmy and Grammy award nominee and pop music superstar Shelia E. who will perform with her father and brothers, The E. Family, in Harrison Auditorium on Oct. 17.

“We bring in programming that is culturally diverse and extends beyond what our students and community see in their everyday lives,” Lyceum Series co-chairman Gregory Horton said.

After such an active season last year, the committee made the decision to have fewer enrichment events with a more international flare.

“Last season, we had the Golden Dragon Acrobats; we co-sponsored the homecoming gospel show with Mary Mary; we had the Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company and we closed the season with India. Arie,” Horton said.

At the end of last season, Chancellor Harold L. Martin Sr. asked Horton how the committee was going to top themselves. He had no idea.

“We had no idea what we were going to do. All we knew is we wanted to build on what we’ve already done in bringing programs that appeal to diverse audiences,” he said.

Bringing in the music of The E. Family and the performance of the Russian National Ballet Theatre will bring the international flare to the Lyceum Series the committee has been trying to achieve.

Shelia E. became a top session and touring musician before the age of 20. She has performed and recorded with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Marvin Gaye, Gloria Estefan, Stevie Nicks and others.

In the 1980’s, Prince helped catapult her to her own pop superstardom. Her hits like “The Glamorous Life” and “A Love Bizarre,” plus her pivotal work on other Prince-related projects contributed to her international stardom.

In 2011, The E. Family released a CD titled “The E. Family: Now & Forever,” which features Shelia E., her father, Pete Escovedo and her brothers Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo. The family is touring worldwide.

On April 23, the Russian National Ballet Theatre will perform at the Carolina Theatre Auditorium in Downtown Greensboro.

The dance company was founded in the late 1980s during the transitional period called “Perestroika” the restructuring of the Soviet political and economic system. This transitional period in Russian history mandated a political stance and public conversations about human rights.

As part of this movement, many dancers and choreographers of excellence within the Soviet Union representing several dance companies gathered their talents, courage and combined voices to express a newly discovered creative freedom.

Lyceum Programs are free to all North Carolina A&T State University students with a valid ID. Faculty and staff tickets are $5 and all other patron tickets are $20. Tickets are available at the A&T Ticket Office.