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Performing Arts, Music and Theatre

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Under the direction of conductor Michelle Swanson, the UNI Children's Choir will offer their winter concert. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 2:00 pm

The UNI Suzuki School’s Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra will host the Cedar Falls Community Orchestra in a shared concert. For more information, contact Cathy.Craig@uni.edu

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 7:30 pm

The New Horizons Band will offer its winter concert. Under the direction of Diana Blake, the New Horizons Band features musicians 55 and older who travel from all over Iowa. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Kenny G plays a mix of his greatest hits and your Christmas favorites. Since the early ‘80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide (45 million in the U.S. alone) and more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. Ring the holiday season in with the astounding playing ability of Kenny G in this entertaining show.

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 7:00 pm

People on the Autism spectrum are our brothers, fathers, sisters and mothers.  Integrated into our schools, workplaces, churches and families they confront us with a new and broader understanding of what is “normal” or typical.  For the first time the Gallagher Bluedorn has commissioned and is premiering an original play created by the Tectonic Theater Project, Uncommon Sense, a project rooted in Iowa stories about Iowa families and communities affected by life on the spectrum.  This three-year collaboration began with interviews of Iowans and captures our stories and the people of Iowa in the narrative of the play.  Uncommon Sense introduces us to special members of our Iowa family and does so with a sense of humor, love and understanding.

Theatre is a bridge builder, a powerful tool in the creation of empathy and a support for our understanding of the lives and truths of others.  Come and join us on this journey of inclusion and community.  Help us create a place of acceptance and understanding. 

What’s a commission?

A commissioning is a coming together of organizations and artists for shared work.  In its simplest form, it is a financial investment with the express purpose of creating new art – in this case a new play that explores the nature and breadth of being human.  This commissioning was born from an earlier collaboration with Tectonic on a residency and presentation of their award-winning play “The Laramie Project.” Because of Gallagher Bluedorn’s investment, the Tectonic Theater Project will tour the nation next year building community and understanding.  One of the things that excites us the most about this work and this tour is that it will be channeling Iowa stories, and Iowa voices, as well as voices from around the world through the work.

Support for Uncommon Sense provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 2:00 pm

People on the Autism spectrum are our brothers, fathers, sisters and mothers.  Integrated into our schools, workplaces, churches and families they confront us with a new and broader understanding of what is “normal” or typical.  For the first time the Gallagher Bluedorn has commissioned and is premiering an original play created by the Tectonic Theater Project, Uncommon Sense, a project rooted in Iowa stories about Iowa families and communities affected by life on the spectrum.  This three-year collaboration began with interviews of Iowans and captures our stories and the people of Iowa in the narrative of the play.  Uncommon Sense introduces us to special members of our Iowa family and does so with a sense of humor, love and understanding.

Theatre is a bridge builder, a powerful tool in the creation of empathy and a support for our understanding of the lives and truths of others.  Come and join us on this journey of inclusion and community.  Help us create a place of acceptance and understanding. 

What’s a commission?

A commissioning is a coming together of organizations and artists for shared work.  In its simplest form, it is a financial investment with the express purpose of creating new art – in this case a new play that explores the nature and breadth of being human.  This commissioning was born from an earlier collaboration with Tectonic on a residency and presentation of their award-winning play “The Laramie Project.” Because of Gallagher Bluedorn’s investment, the Tectonic Theater Project will tour the nation next year building community and understanding.  One of the things that excites us the most about this work and this tour is that it will be channeling Iowa stories, and Iowa voices, as well as voices from around the world through the work.

Support for Uncommon Sense provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Proving that everything new can be old again, pianist Scott Bradlee has become a viral pop sensation after creating a series of clips for YouTube that finds him and his ad hoc group Postmodern Jukebox reworking 21st century pop hits in a variety of vintage styles -- transforming Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" into a '50s-style doo wop number, giving Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" a '20s jazz accent, crossing Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" with Irish folk music, and showing how Ke$ha's "Die Young" would work as a classic country tune.

*UNI Students may use their free student ticket for this show. Free student tickets will not be available until January 9, 2017 at 8:30 am.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Join us for our special 10-year celebration of Beers To You and Gourmet Too!

The greatest food in the cedar valley cooked or paired with the nation’s finest brews.  Whether you are a foodie or a brew meister, you will find something to love in this event that raises funds for the Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn and the family and children’s programming series, Kaleidoscope. Join us for Northeast Iowa’s largest celebration of beer and gourmet food.

NEW THIS YEAR! 
To celebrate 10 years of this event, we're offering a VIP Experience to provide an even more in-depth experience with food and drink. The VIP Ticket will includes the following:

- A commemorative tasting glass
- Priority seating in the conference room for the keynote address
- A VIP lecture and tasting with our keynote speaker (before the main keynote address)
- A beer flight tasting with our keynote speaker

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 7:00 pm

A perfect blend of sound, precision and wit – this classical a capella group is stunning.  All graduates of Leipzig‘s renowned St. Thomas Church Choir School, Calmus offers the unique combination of a pure soprano voice with four male voices ranging from bass to countertenor.  The seamless blend of these five voices lends itself to an almost limitless range of music. Calmus conveys everything it performs with great respect and also with a sense of joy in singing that is obvious to the listener.

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 7:00 pm

PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man's journey to be extraordinary.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 2:00 pm

PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man's journey to be extraordinary.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 7:30 pm

PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man's journey to be extraordinary.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 2:00 pm

High stepping brass, sequined color guards, and the soul shattering syncopation of a drumline introduce you to a whole new world of marching bands. DRUMLine Live, the show stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit movies, “Drumline” and “Drumline: A New Beat,” embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the historically black college and university marching band experience. With its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear grabbing energy, DRUMLine Live is a high-octane musical roller coaster ride that is guaranteed to touch every emotion in your body. This show will have the whole family on their feet!

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 7:00 pm

America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award winning television series to the live stage with Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live! In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world’s most spectacular animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures. From the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia, Jack has explored the corners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors. You’ve seen his countless appearances on David Letterman, Good Morning America and so many more  – now you can enjoy Jungle Jack’s infectious energy as he takes you “into the wild!” to see some of the world’s most fascinating animals, LIVE!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 7:00 pm

A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads.
And a trip down the aisle
you’ll never forget!

Over 50 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show! 

Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise.  On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.
The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives!

With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA! is the World’s No.1 Show!

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Life happens in the kitchen. Late night confessionals over tisane and a pot of nutella. Elaborately choreographed family meals. Lessons learned, secrets exchanged, bonds forged by our most visceral of senses. Accompanying the usual eye-popping flight of acrobatic choreography and pulsating music, Montreal based Les 7 doigts de la mainevokes the senses in this unique show. Cirque, live cooking and deep communal connections – the perfect recipe for a great night with the entire family.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 7:00 pm

On “Laugh In” she delighted us as the mischievous 6-year-old Edith Ann and the snarky telephone operator (explain it to your kids), Ernestine. She has won Golden Globes and an Emmy for her television work, a Tony for her one-woman Broadway show and now stars in her hit Netflix series, “Grace and Frankie.” Tomlin’s quirky tell-it-like-it-is humor and quick wit have made her a comic legend. Tomlin returns to Gallagher Bluedorn and is fresher than ever. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 1:00 pm

Dinosaurs come to life!
Get ready for the ultimate play-date - 65 million years in the making - as Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour that begins in pre-historic Australia.  You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures, some so realistic you may have the urge to run and hide! Presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live stimulates imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their natural world. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 4:00 pm

Dinosaurs come to life!
Get ready for the ultimate play-date - 65 million years in the making - as Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour that begins in pre-historic Australia.  You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures, some so realistic you may have the urge to run and hide! Presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live stimulates imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their natural world. 

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine // Directed by Jay Edelnant
Music direction by Rebecca Burkhart

What happens when all your dreams come true . . . and it’s not enough? What if Prince Charming is merely . . . charming? What if slaying the giant . . . upsets the giant's wife?

Developed by our own Theatre UNI in conjunction with the UNI School of Music. Gallagher Bluedorn presents, Into the Woods. Our plight as creatures bred on fairy tales and psychoanalysis and reality TV lead Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine Into the Woods. The way out isn’t the same as the way in…

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