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PR # 94 November 14, 2007


The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch will kick off its 16th annual Merck Series with a holiday concert by the chart-topping artist Crystal Gayle, Saturday, December 8, at 8 p.m. The Merck Series is made possible by a generous grant from The Merck Company Foundation. Tickets to Crystal Gayle Christmas cost $40 and $45.

Crystal Gayle began her musical career in country music when she was still in school, but it wasn?t long before she was striking fame with country/pop crossover ballads. In 1977 she became the first female artist in country music history to achieve platinum album sales with We Must Believe in Magic . The album featured her signature song, ?Don?t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,? a #1 country hit that rose to #2 on the American pop charts. In 2003 All My Tomorrows , a collection of American standards, demonstrated that Gayle?s musical talents were nearly boundless. Join us for some Christmas cheer, as this industry giant sings her greatest hits as well as everyone?s Christmas favorites.

For the fourth year in a row, Courier News readers voted The Theatre at RVCC as the ?Best of the Best? in 2007 in the ?Playhouse/Theater? category. This season the Theatre will present the Major Artists Series ; the 16th annual Merck Series , made possible by a generous grant from The Merck Company Foundation; School-Time Performances , a series for teachers and their students; the Family Series , for families with children ages eight and older; and the Sampler Series , a series of transformational events for youngsters age four and older and their families.

A variety of subscribers? packages are available for all Theatre series. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org . Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for a variety of performances.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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