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Dionne Warwick at Luhrs

September 07, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Do you know the way to Shippensburg?

That and at least $30 might get you the chance to see Dionne Warwick perform at Shippensburg University's H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Saturday night if there are still tickets left.

In an e-mail interview, Warwick wouldn't say whether she will perform the hits she's most known for, including the 1968 Grammy-winning "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?"

Warwick, 64, who splits time between homes in Brazil and the U.S., was scheduled to return to the states last week.

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According to her online tour schedule, she'll head to Hollywood, Calif., for a taping of Simon Cowell's new show, "Celebrity Duets," after performing in Shippensburg. The Fox show, which airs tonight, pairs celebrities with a different recording star each week in the competition.

Warwick said she is participating in the show at Cowell's request.

She also was featured this past spring on another show involving Cowell, "American Idol."

"'Idol' is a wonderful show giving exposure to some new and exciting talent very much like Arthur Godfrey ('Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts') and Ted Mack '(Original) Amateur Hour' did long ago," Warwick said.

While some young people might be more familiar with Warwick through her infomercial appearances for the Psychic Friends Network, Warwick said she believes young people have been exposed to her music through television and film enough to know her musically.

In the 1960s, Warwick partnered with composer, arranger and producer Burt Bacharach and his partner Hal David. During their first 10 years, the three scored 30 hit singles, according to Warwick's Web site. These included the Grammy-winning "I'll Never Fall In Love Again."

Warwick won the last of her five Grammys in 1986 as part of a group of star vocalists who sang "That's What Friends Are For." The song raised millions of dollars for AIDS research.

Her latest project, a CD of duets, is expected to be released in November, she said.




If you go ...



WHAT: Dionne Warwick

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9

WHERE: H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg University, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, Pa.

COST: $30 to $65. For tickets, call 717-477-SHOW (7469), go to www.luhrscenter.com or stop by the box office between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. today or Friday; or after 6 p.m. Saturday.

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