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Performing Arts, Music and Theatre

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 7:30 pm

With their Emmy Award winning PBS special now airing across the country, and Billboard chart topping albums, it's easy to see why The Texas Tenors are quickly becoming America's favorite new tenors.  Since their whirlwind debut five years ago on NBC's America's Got Talent, The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades and excited fans.  They have performed more than 800 concerts around the world, including a 24-city tour in the United Kingdom, Shanghai, China and collaborations with some of the most prestigious symphonies, performing arts centers and arenas in the United States.  People are clearly enjoying their talent as they were recently named the #10 Classical Artist in the world for 2014 according to Billboard magazine.

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Tonight Show star and stand-up comedian Jay Leno offers a night of hilarious entertainment. Characterized as the “hardest working man in show business,” and perhaps even the funniest, Jay got his start in standup and is making a rare visit to the Midwest! Experience Jay Leno, in his only Iowa appearance, like never before with an intimate night of comedy and storytelling.
Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 7:30 pm
It Gets Better, born from a simple YouTube video, has changed and saved the lives of countless bullied youth. It Gets Better the performance reminds us that the world can be a difficult place, but today passes. It encourages us to keep going, to remember that “it gets better,” that life gets better. The renowned Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles commits to that message with their “It Gets Better” musical, written and sung in collaboration with UNI and the Cedar Valley community. The GMCLA will do a campus residency early in the week to educate students about the LGBT experience, culminating in their powerful performance on Saturday night. Join us in this campaign to stop bullying and help spread the love.
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Fresh out of the tomb and ready to get funky, Here Come the Mummies (literally, mummies) shamble and bounce into action. With six studio albums under their wraps, and maybe even a few Grammys, these guys are (un)deadly with their instruments. With a legendary brass section and swing sound the Mummies will have you dancing in the aisles. Combine a “lively” stage presence with extraordinary talent, and you’ve got a performance fit for everyone to get down. 
Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 8:00 pm
Revive Hot Jazz? Forget it. It’s alive and kicking with this bunch! Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys front woman with a voice from another era, and you have The Hot Sardines. Complete with their very own tap dancer, this is straight-up, foot-stomping jazz! Get dolled up, find something bootlegged, grab a partner and get swinging with The Hot Sardines. 
Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Take a lively musical journey as The Bollywood Masala Orchestra presents “The Spirit of India.” Rahis Bharti, one of India’s greatest musical figures, takes a new step toward a bold vision in Indian live music and dance as he transforms the venue into an extravagant and courtly stage of his own imagining.  With 17 professional artists on stage, you’ll experience the sound of a veritable feast of Indian music and dance. The lavish feast of Indian sights and sounds will leave you hungry for more!
Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 2:00 pm
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. The first collaboration of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King), JOSEPH blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story of biblical proportions. 
Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 7:30 pm
One of the most enduring shows of all time, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. The first collaboration of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and lyricist Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King), JOSEPH blends pop, country and rock into an uplifting, technicolored story of biblical proportions. 
Monday, November 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm

A true Scandinavian endeavor, the Danish String Quartet consists of three Danes and one Norwegian. Meeting in the Danish countryside at a summer camp for enthusiastic musicians, these four shared a joy of playing music and began their lifelong friendship. Classically trained at The Royal Academy of Music and continual students of classical music, they are “one of the best quartets before the public today” (The Washington Post). Their deep Scandinavian heritage delights with the occasional folk tune that transports you back centuries to the islands of Scandinavia. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Maybe it’s the snowflakes whirling in a sparkling Russian winter. Or Clara decking the Mouse King with a ballet slipper. Perhaps it’s the Sugar Plum Fairy delicately balancing en pointe. Or gingerbread cookies bursting from Mother Ginger’s enormous skirt. Or maybe the Russian saber dancers leaping like acrobats. Maybe it’s the entire magical show. It’s why thousands have made this show a family tradition in the Cedar Valley. Supplemented by children from all over Eastern Iowa, The Minnesota Ballet presents The Nutcracker in all its Christmas glory.  Make it your tradition too.
Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 3:00 pm
Maybe it’s the snowflakes whirling in a sparkling Russian winter. Or Clara decking the Mouse King with a ballet slipper. Perhaps it’s the Sugar Plum Fairy delicately balancing en pointe. Or gingerbread cookies bursting from Mother Ginger’s enormous skirt. Or maybe the Russian saber dancers leaping like acrobats. Maybe it’s the entire magical show. It’s why thousands have made this show a family tradition in the Cedar Valley. Supplemented by children from all over Eastern Iowa, The Minnesota Ballet presents The Nutcracker in all its Christmas glory.  Make it your tradition too.
Friday, December 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Your favorite Christmas music sung by classically trained country vocalists. As winners of NBC’s The Sing-Off, Home Free is the country-infused a cappella group America has been waiting for. Home Free entertains audiences with their high-energy holiday show peppered with quick-witted humor and classic and modern carols with a country flavor. If you’re looking for some homegrown a cappella, look no further – you’re home free!
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 7:30 pm
The Minguet Quartet is widely recognized as one of Europe’s finest quartets. Their intelligent and lively interpretations of classic work provoke audiences and promise to spark interest in even the uninitiated. The Quartett’s mission is simply to “make the fine arts accessible to the masses.” Along with guest pianist Andreas Klein's contributions of his wide range of tonal colors and imaginative interpretations, audiences can expect a thoughtful blend of old and new in this remarkable performance.
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Your heart is racing as you sit in your seat.  You’re in an audience that you’ve only seen on TV.  You can hear it now, “______, come on down to The Price is Right!” Everyone’s favorite long-running game show is on its way, along with the chance to win a share of extravagant prizes! Experience classic games, The Big Wheel and even take part in a fabulous Showcase. Lucky audience members can win prizes right from their seats! Generations of fans all across America have made The Price is Right Live! the perfect family entertainment experience. And the next contestant could be YOU!

*A ticket is required to attend but no purchase is necessary to win.

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Leapin’ Lizards!

The world’s best-loved feel-good family musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Annie includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s A Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” Share the story of this remarkable red head, and her relentlessly optimistic pursuit of her dreams with your whole family.

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Leapin’ Lizards!

The world’s best-loved feel-good family musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Annie includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s A Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” Share the story of this remarkable red head, and her relentlessly optimistic pursuit of her dreams with your whole family.

Monday, February 15, 2016 - 7:30 pm
In a solo performance, the acclaimed host of A Prairie Home Companion shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon, and “late-life fatherhood.” With a wonderful, dry sense of humor (and sometimes with music), Keillor captivates audiences using his unique blend of comedy, class, charisma, and wisdom. Come for an intimate evening of humorous conversation and great storytelling with a Midwest flavor.
Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance.

Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go.

Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance.

Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go.

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Insomnia-prone, restlessly sleeping hippos; lumbering but surprisingly cuddly polar bears; clumsily waddling, overly competitive penguins; fancy-restaurant-patronizing anteaters; slithering snakes; lethargic frogs; frisky rabbits. Mask and dance theatre at its best, this magical menagerie of furry, feather, flying and fantastical critters will entertain those with even the shortest attention span. This imaginatively choreographed, sometimes synchronized, sometimes acrobatic and always wonderfully wacky show is the perfect entertainment for the whole family.

The New York Times calls ZooZoo “delightful,” and NY Theatre calls it “thrilling . . . hysterical . . . completely immersing.”

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