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Multi-Talented Family Will Blow Doors Off Macey Center

SOCORRO, N.M. February 23, 2011 – The Lowe Family is going to blow the doors off of New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center – and blow a few minds at the same time – when they bring their high-energy and extraordinarily versatile show to Socorro at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25; and also the weekend that Socorro hosts the Annual Civil War Re-enactment and New Mexico State Science Olympiad.
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The Lowe Family sisters fiddling at a recent performance.

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The Lowe Family members play 50 instruments and present a high-energy performance in small towns.  Photos courtesy of the Lowe Family.

Robert and LeeAndra Lowe and their seven adult children, all classically trained and multi-talented, have performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and in TV specials, and now are headed to Socorro.

“The Lowe Family is quite a coupe for all of us who believe that first-rate entertainment can be found in venues both large and small,” said Ronna Kalish, director of the Performing Arts Series (PAS) at New Mexico Tech.

The Lowe Family is based in Branson, Mo., where they spend several months performing in the Lawrence Welk Theatre. When the Lowes hit the road, they are known for choosing smaller venues, such as Tech’s 600-seat Macey Center, over big-city stages, which quite unusual, Kalish said.

The members are even more amazing, with their blend of show-stopping classical, Broadway, Irish, jazz, bluegrass, old-time favorites, spectacular dance, six-part harmonies, gospel, and more.

With over 250,000 hours of practicing, 10,000 music lessons, 50 instruments and 25 years entertaining via TV, radio, and live performances throughout the world, the Lowe Family had earned the reputation as “America’s Most Talented Family.”

The Lowes have been called refreshing and inspirational in a world where celebrity and over-the-top behaviors have come to define the term “entertainment.”

And so it was a happy day indeed when Robert and LeeAndra met while performing as BYU Young Ambassadors, an international touring group. From 1969 to 1972 they entertained extensively in the United States and Canada and directed summer stock theatre for several years in Jackson, Wyo.

One of seven brothers in a family band, Robert majored in music, playing lead trumpet with the well known Brigham Young University Jazz Band Synthesis. LeeAndra entertained military troops for the USO throughout the Caribbean and the Orient with her vocal trio from southern California, the Sheratons. She also sang for Lawrence Welk and Ronald Reagan.

Joining their parents onstage will be their daughters Kendra, Kara, Kami, Korinne, Kysha and Kayli and their son Doug, each musically gifted and with personal interests as varied as the show itself.

Take Kendra, for example. She plays piano, violin, banjo and organ, and is a BYU media music major. She began playing violin before her third birthday, performing with the Utah Symphony at age six.

Kayli, youngest of the Lowe siblings at 22, plays violin, piano, plectrum banjo, five-string banjo, the Irish pennywhistle and bodhran. A professional ballroom dancer and swimmer, Kayli has won several awards and has been working to create a clothing line that promotes modesty for women.

Doug began piano at age six and can remember practicing as many as six to 12 hours a day. A composer and arranger, Doug also plays organ, electric upright bass and bagpipes, and has the distinction of having played the world famous Tabernacle Organ.

Kara, known as the family comedienne, plays violin, piano, marimba and drums and has danced on the nationally ranked BYU Junior Ballroom Dance Team. At the age of four she made an instructional film and a TV commercial.

Korinne plays violin, harp and mandolin. She received her bachelor’s in music from BYU in 1998, where she was first violinist with the BYU Philharmonic and played mandolin with the BYU Folk Ensemble. She enjoys theatre and has recorded voice-overs for film scripts.

Formal violin training for Kami began at age three. At six, she began classical piano and, not long after, picked up the mandolin, drums, marimba and percussion. She is also a competitive ballroom dancer and with sister Korinne teaches the Suzuki violin method to over 30 students.

Kysha plays violin, guitar and bass, received her bachelor’s in music from Brigham Young University in 1998. She has soloed with symphonies since she was 10, and was selected for a concert tour of South America when she was 11.

Sponsors for the show are Wells Fargo, Alliant Techsystems, Fitch & Tausch, Attorneys at Law; Holiday Inn Express and Katharine Bejnar.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $14 for youths 17 and under; with a $2 discount if purchased by 5:00 p.m. the day before the performance.

Tickets are available locally at the N.M. Tech Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Brownbilt Shoes and Western Wear, Burrito Tyme Drive-up, or at the door or by phone at 575-835-5688.

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