At Christmas

Thursday, December 12  7:30pm

At Christmas is a unique blend of family fueled comedy and surprisingly tender and truthful Christmas experiences brilliantly written and performed by three alumni of Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop, as well as a live, 6-piece band featuring one of the Twin Cities' favorite front men, Mick Sterling. This show is a lovely holiday gem that has touched thousands across the region with their surprisingly fresh interpretations of recognizable Christmas favorites.

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Bells are Ringing

Featuring Local Favorites:

Wendy & Linda

Friday, December 20

7:30 pm

Nothing is more joyful than Christmas Bells! Join Wendy Erlandson and Linda Mellon on Dec. 20 at 7:30 pm and celebrate the warmth and joy of Christmas on the stage of A Center for the Arts. They’ll be serving up holiday favorites old and new alongside their on-stage family. The program includes music ranging from country to pop to gospel, so everyone will find something to like! Share in the joy of the holidays as these locals invite you to "Bells are Ringing"!

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Bo & Friends

Sunday, December 22  2pm

Bo Anderson is an 19 year old music prodigy who has found a special passion for our Wurlitzer Theater Organ.  He and a wonderful group of friends will light the stage with music & other surprises.

Special Guest:  Fargo Theater Organist, Ryan Hardy.

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James Sewell Ballet

Saturday, January 18, 2020

7:30pm

The fifth in our 2019-20 Center Series

Based in the Twin Cities, James Sewell Ballet studios are located at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts in Downtown Minneapolis. James Sewell Ballet was the dream of Sally Rousse and James Sewell, two innovators who together re-imagined what a contemporary ballet company could look like: a chamber dance troupe that blends the elegance of classical ballet, the freedom of modern dance, and the can-do spirit of vaudeville. JSB’s annual cutting edge “Ballet Works Project,” features new works by emerging and established choreographers.

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Dolly Patsy Loretta

Legendary Ladies of Country Music - A Tribute

Friday, February 7, 2020

7:30pm

The sixth in our 2019-20 Center Series

Come celebrate the music and memories of Dolly, Patsy, Loretta, spanning three decades of the iconic songs of country music’s all-time legends Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. Join us for an unforgettable evening of live music featuring their number one hits, including I Will Always Love You, Jolene, Walking After Midnight, I Fall to Pieces, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Blue Kentucky Girl and many more legendary favorites! Dolly, Patsy, Loretta – The Legendary Ladies of Country Music features actresses seen in the Vegas productions of Phantom of the Opera, Million Dollar Quartet, BAZ, and Jersey Boys, and backed by the best musicians Nashville has to offer!

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American Shakespeare Center's Production of

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Friday, March 13, 2020

7:30pm

The seventh in our 2019-20 Center Series

Direct from the Blackfriars Playhouse, the American Shakespeare Center on Tour delivers seriously fun Shakespeare to audiences at performing arts centers, universities, and selective high schools throughout the U.S. Since 1988, ASC on Tour has entertained audiences each year by offering three plays performed in repertory by the same troupe of actors. From single-day events to week-long interactive residencies, ASC on Tour has earned its reputation as one of America’s most respected touring theatre groups. A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy written by William Shakespeare in 1595/96. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta (the former queen of the Amazons). These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors (the mechanicals) who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.

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Christian Howes

with Community Musicians

Saturday, April 25, 2020

7:30 pm

The eighth in our 2019-20 Center Series

Named top 3 in the Downbeat Critics Poll in his category and nominated Violinist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association, Christian Howes takes the violins far beyond its traditional classical repertoire. From jazz, gospel, a touch of latin, to bluegrass and Americana, Christian Howes is a versatile musician highly recognized as one of the pioneers of improvisation [for strings]. Among many accolades, his 2015 release, “American Spirit” was named among the Best Jazz Albums of 2015″ by the Huffington Post. This summer, Christian celebrates over 1 million views on his Youtube channel with the highly anticipated: Flipping Bach's Violin Partita. Howes is the founder of “Creative Strings“, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to expand music education through the creation of online curriculum, an annual summer conference, and dozens of visits to schools annually teaching improvisation, contemporary styles, and related subjects. He will be joined on stage by our local civic orchestra and high school orchestra musicians.

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