Bourbon and BBQ in the Great Hall

Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6 pm

Join us for bourbon tasting and pairing with heavy hors d'oeuvres. Led by a whiskey expert, you'll learn more about bourbon enjoy sampling several different drinks at this fun and fundraising event for the Pella Opera House. 

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Not Quite Brothers

Friday, Sept. 20, 2024 at 7 pm

Not Quite Brothers is Central Iowa’s fastest growing cover band. Formed in 2018, the band quickly became known for their huge sound, eclectic setlist and ability to enhance any party. Fans of all ages agree… “it feels like I am watching the band they are covering in their heyday” and “It’s so cool to see a younger generation playing my favorite songs on stage!”

Sam Johnson (vocals) and Isaac Johnson (guitar) are twins and although Cooper Corcoran (guitar), Ben Schmelzer (drums) and Blake Marsh (bass) are of no relation to each other, these five fellas are as tight as brothers… but not quite.

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Nashville North

Songs and Stories with Nashville's Hit Writers

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2024 at 7 pm

Sponsored by Randall Roofing

Hear the hits from Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw, Chris Stapleton, Garth Brooks and more by the songwriters who wrote them! Hit Songwriters Lee Thomas Miller and Wendell Mobley bring great music and fabulous stories to the theatre. Tickets are also available for "One More Round" after the show in the Great Hall. 70 lucky concert goers can purchase a $10 tickets to hear another round of songs and stories!

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Pella Corporation Presents Ronstadt Revue featuring Gesenia

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2024 at 7 pm

Linda Ronstadt, 11-time Grammy winner who sold over 100 million albums in country, rock, Latin, Motown, and even Broadway music, is no longer performing publicly. Yet millions of her devoted fans still long to hear the beloved songs that made up the soundtrack of their lives.

Fortunately, her incredible musical legacy now lives on through the stunning talents of Gesenia and her Ronstadt Revue. Every Ronstadt Revue show, performed in painstaking detail in both English and Spanish, covers every musical genre of Ms. Ronstadt’s 40+ year career. Their performance is so authentic that two of Linda Ronstadt’s own band members are currently co-producing and featured on the upcoming Ronstadt Revue album and one of them, John Beland, appears with the band at selected shows across the country.

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Traditions of Christmas at the Opera House

Sunday, Dec. 1, 2024 at 2 pm

Kick off the holiday season with an annual favorite–a performance on the Barton Theatre Organ along with vocalists and instrumentalists singing along with you to many Yuletide favorites. 

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Christmas and the Weary Ramblers

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2023 at 7 pm

Enjoy Christmas favorites as well as original Christmas music from the newly formed Iowa folk duo, Weary Ramblers. Chad Elliott and Kathryn Fox bring years of experience to the stage with award-winning songwriting and chemistry as they showcase multi-instrumental performances with tight harmonies and great storytelling.

Chad Elliott blends folk roots and soulful writing to deliver an original sound with over two decades of being on the road.. Elliott is lauded as “Iowa’s Renaissance man” by Culture Buzz Magazine. He has penned more than 1,500 songs in his career while also cultivating his skills as a painter, sculptor, illustrator and author. Elliott’s career demonstrates a love of folk, roots and singer-songwriter music. He has worked with and shared the stage with artists of the highest caliber, including Odetta, Tom Paxton, Loudon Wainwright III, Ruthie Foster, Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, etc.

Deemed “fiddler extraordinaire” in Cityview Magazine, Kathryn Fox is a DownBeat award winning artist. She played on the Grammy-nominated track “All My Tomorrows” with Kate McGarry. Kathryn toured internationally with fiddle troupe, Barrage 8, with shows in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. She has performed, recorded PBS specials and recorded with George Benson, The Beach Boys, The Eagles, Pharrell Williams, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, Osmond Brothers, Gloria Gaynor, Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Kenny Loggins, Mark O’Connor, Ryan Montbleau, Seth Walker, Edgar Meyer and Joshua Bell.

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Timeless Movie: Elf

Thursday, Dec. 19, 2024 at 7 pm

Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell as Buddy, a human raised by Santa's elves, who learns about his origins and heads to New York City to meet his biological father. James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Ed Asner and Bob Newhart appear in supporting roles.

Presented in conjunction with Swank Films.

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Pella Corporation Presents Jordan Smith: Christmas!

Friday, Dec. 20, 2024 at 7 pm

Jordan Smith returns to the Pella Opera House with his Christmas show! Jordan first showed the world his musical gift in 2015 when he became the “Best-selling artist in the history of The Voice” and the winner of Season 9. 

Not only did Jordan cement himself as The Voice’s biggest seller, moving 1.5 million singles in 6 months, but he launched 8 songs to the Top 10 of iTunes— the first artist from any season to hit the iTunes Top 10 every single week of the Live Rounds. He also became “one of two The Voice artists to notch three #1s during the show’s season.” Meanwhile, he’s “the first act to own both the #1 and #2 titles concurrently on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs Chart.” The singer and performer will perform hits from his Christmas album, 'Tis the Season!

Make your evening complete with a pre-show dinner at the Pella Opera House. Reservations are required and may be made by purchasing an "add on" when you buy your Jordan Smith ticket. 

Tickets to the meal are $75 per person and do not include show tickets. 

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Pella Corporation Presents Sister Sadie

Nashville Grammy-Nominated Bluegrass Band

Friday, Jan. 31, 2025 at 7 pm

Sister Sadie is a wildfire: raging hot bluegrass combined with breathtaking instrumental drive and awe-inspiring vocals. Comprised of original members Deanie Richardson (fiddle), Gena Britt (banjo & vocals) and newcomers Jaelee Roberts (guitar & vocals), Dani Flowers (guitar & vocals), and Maddie Dalton (acoustic bass & vocals), Sister Sadie has combined the varied talents of each of the individual women in the lineup to create something that is far more than the sum of its parts. It is a sound uniquely their own. Yes, it’s undeniably classic, hard-driving bluegrass, but it’s much more than just that. Rooted in forceful and tight vocal harmonies, this isn’t your granddaddy’s Appalachian high lonesome sound. This is something far more powerful than that—it’s the sound of the mountains themselves.

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Missoula Children’s Theatre presents Hercules

Feb. 3-8 (Performances Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 pm and Saturday, Feb. 8 at 10:30 am)

Welcome to Ancient Greece, where the focus is on the big tournament! The Olympic Games are starting soon, and the Cyclops and Titans are both expecting to win big in the Games. But the tournament can’t start without Hercules. Will the legendary strongman of the ancient World spark the flame and start the festivities on time, or will his legendary tardiness get in the way of the Games? Join us for a tale the scholars will talk about for ages as mythical creatures and Olympians alike share in a friendly competition. Along the way we may just learn that true strength lies not in our muscles but in our character.

Shows on Friday at 7 pm and Saturday at 10:30 am. When you click to buy tickets, the Saturday show is available.

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The Sound

Saturday, March 8, 2025 at 7 pm

The Sound is a Dove Award-winning band comprised of Levi, Jacob, and Rob Mills. Their distinct, country-pop inspired music has captured the attention and affection of fans around the world. They’ve performed live for thousands and, through television and social media, have entertained millions.

Since 2019, their short career has been marked by four consecutive chart-topping songs and five Dove Award nominations. Their latest album, God Is Real, is a trailblazing record that incorporates elements of Nashville country-pop and worship. It was released in 2022 and won a Dove Award for Country Album of the Year.

THE SOUND is sponsored by the Bruce and Sandra Heerema Charitable Trust.

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Pella Corporation Presents ABBA Revisited

Saturday, March 29, 2025 at 7 pm

ABBA Revisited is North America’s #1 tribute to ABBA and it’s members have been dazzling audiences across the globe since the year 2001. ABBA REVISITED recreates the magic of ABBA with authentic costumes, spectacular harmonies and note-perfect musicianship taking their audience on a musical journey back in time. From Vegas to Bermuda, Mexico to Dubai, and Guatamala, ABBA Revisited recreated the show stopping look and sound that ABBA fans around the world can’t deny! This show is a MUST SEE!!!

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Pella Corporation Presents Pork Tornadoes

Saturday, April 12, 2025 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

Thursday - Saturday, May 1, 2, 3,  2025 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 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: Brad & Kate

Thursday and Friday, May 1 and 2, 2025  4:30 pm

“Brad & Kate” is a pop-folk group led by husband and wife duo, Kate Myers and Brad Myers. This charming performance is full of hits spanning the decades, as well as original music from these up and coming singer-songwriters.

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