Beatles: Yesterday and Today

Saturday, March 30, 2024 at 7 pm

This amazing band, anchored by brothers Billy, Matthew and Ryan McGuigan perform as themselves and leave the song choices completely in the hands of the audience.

This is done through request cards that audience members fill out prior to the show. On the cards audience members only need to fill out three things: their name, their favorite Beatles song and the reason why they chose that song. The cards are collected and minutes before the show beings, a set list is created based upon the songs chosen by that particular audience. As an added treat, the reasons that the audience members chose those songs make up the narrative of the evening.
Every show is different, every show is interactive and every show proves that the Beatles music truly is the soundtrack to our lives.

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Pella Corporation Presents Pork Tornadoes

April 13, 2023 at 7 pm

Don't be fooled by the strange band name. The Pork Tornadoes are one of the most well-known and loved cover bands of the Midwest. They are known for putting a unique spin on all of your favorite songs, spanning 5 decades and 4 different genres. Led by singer Mason Greve, who was a finalist on The Voice in 2014, The Pork Tornadoes will blow you away with an electric mix of covers ranging from Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce, all the way to Lizzo, Morgan Wallen, NSYNC and Phil Collins. Their debut EP peaked on the Apple iTunes Pop charts at #20 and has been streamed over 1.3 million times. They recently achieved viral success with the 5th-most viewed cover of ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ on Youtube and an impromptu performance of ‘In The Air Tonight’ with a drum line that was featured in Rolling Stone Magazine. Performing music that people of all ages and musical backgrounds can enjoy, crowds of fun-loving music fans continue to attend every Pork Tornadoes concert that they can. With over 18 million views on their videos and more than 100,000 social media fans worldwide, it's time for you to buy that ticket so you can see what the fuss is all about!

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TULIP TIME: The Reluctant Pioneer - the story of Maria Scholte

May 2, 3, 4,  2024 at 10 am

The Opera House’s Great Hall is transformed into Maria Scholte’s living room for this unique experience. The Reluctant Pioneer is a must-see! A thoroughly enjoyable one-woman live production by Beverly Graves, bringing to life Pella's "first lady.” Catch an exciting glimpse of this important figure from Pella's pioneer days.

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TULIP TIME: The Matt Barber Experience

Thursday and Friday, May 2 and 3, 2024  4pm

With a passionate, uplifting style reminiscent of Barry Manilow and Michael Bublé, Matt delivers songs we know and love with a sincere, meaningful approach. His passion for his music comes through in every song. Matt’s music has recently been featured on Los Angeles jazz radio station KKJZ (KJAZZ) 88.1 FM. He has had had the honor of performing at notable venues, including The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Andy Williams’ Moon River Restaurant in Branson, as well as the Illinois State Fair.

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Tiptoe Thru the Tulips with Davis Folkerts on the Barton Theatre Organ

May 4, 2023  11:30am

Delight to the sounds of the Barton Theatre Organ, brought to life in a 35-minute program of music on our 1928 historic organ. Performed by Pella’s very own Davis Folkerts, an accomplished organist and Professor Emeritus from the Music Department of Central College.

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TULIP TIME: Jara Johnson: Singer and Songwriter

Saturday, May 4, 2024  4pm

Singer and songwriter Jara Johnson returns to the Pella Opera House with the songs you love and the songs she’s written.
Jara's musical journey has taken her out of Iowa to Texas to Nashville and back to Iowa where she now resides in Pella with her family. Music still is a large part of her story as she continues to travel back and forth to Nashville to write and record music as well as working to bring other artists and songwriters here to the Pella Opera House to perform as part of her role as Associate Director at the Opera House Jara has released several albums and singles of her original songs available on iTunes, Spotify & YouTube. Her soulful country sound and down home personality will make you feel at home and welcome you into her music and a window into her world as a songwriter.

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