PULLMAN, Wash. — Tickets go on sale Feb. 25 for a concert by folk-singing
legend/composer Bob Dylan at Washington State University’s Beasley
Performing Arts Coliseum on March 21.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. event are $26 and $36, and will be available from the
coliseum box office and all G&B Select-A-Seat outlets. They also can be
ordered by calling 800/325-SEAT and on the internet at www.ticketswest.com.
Dylan’s influence on 20th century music has earned him the Polar Music Prize
2000 from the Stig Anderson Music Prize Fund of the Royal Swedish Academy
of Music. The prize is one of the most prestigious music awards in the world.
Dylan’s influence as a singer-songwriter on the development of 20th century
popular music is indisputable, states those who announced the music prize.
His achievements encompass almost four decades of constantly changing
modes of creativity, always innovative, but always based on American musical
traditions and roots.
Starting with folk music and reaching the heights of critical and public fame, he
set aside the rules of the day, appearing no longer alone with his acoustic
guitar, but in the company of a rock-and-roll band. It was a development that
required both integrity and determination, a move that cemented his role as
one of the greatest rock artists of our time.
Dylan’s ability to combine poetry, harmony and melody in a meaningful, often
provocative, context has captivated millions in all age groups and in most
cultures and societies, his prize certificate reads. Through his modest,
persuasive musical approach, Dylan has demonstrated an impressive ability to
question the most determined political forces, to fight all forms of prejudice,
and to offer unflinching support for the less fortunate. Even those who might
not have shared his views would find it impossible to argue against Dylan’s
musical and poetic brilliance.
Dylan and Russian-American violinist Isaac Stern will receive awards during
ceremonies planned for May 15 in Stockholm. The King of Sweden will present
Dylan’s new song, “Things Have Changed,” is featured in Curtis Hanson’s
new film, “Wonder Boys,” that opens in the United States on Feb. 27. The
soundtrack album was released on Feb. 15, featuring three other Dylan songs:
“Not Dark Yet,” “Shooting Star” and “Buckets of Rain.”