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Grand Rapids State Bank presents The Alternate Routes

Alternate Routes

Saturday, September 6
7:00pm
Tickets: $14

The Alternate Routes’ name suits them well. They’re a band that‘s never really fit in — in a good way. Without adefinitive genre to reference or an established scene to rally behind them, they’ve been something of a rogue wave in an ocean of bands. They built a fan base the old fashioned way, by driving around the country in a big, white Ford Econoline van, winning crowds over one-person-at-a-time with solid, catchy songs and an explosive live show. Since their genesis in 2004, co-founders Tim Warren (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Eric Donnelly (lead guitar) have taken their group through the dizzying heights and frustrating lows of the modern music industry, and have learned some valuable lessons along the way.

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KISS IT (KISS Tribute)

KISS IT

Underwritten by: Ogle's Marketplace Foods & Paul Bunyan Communications
Satday, September 13
7:30pm
Tickets: Ad $27/Sen $25/Stu $14

The New York City-based KISS IT is not just your run-of-the-mill tribute band. They work tirelessly to bring the magic of KISS to every show. This band has pure rock power every time they hit the stage. Its members have worked with KISS on various projects and promotions, and The Demon of KISS IT, Carlos Espada, has worked closely with both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. If you are looking for the true KISS experience, look no further.  You wanted the best, you got the best!

Don't miss the Party in the Park from 6:00-7:00pm at the Reif Center. Dinner is on us! Free to event ticket holders.

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Living Roots of Music

Living Roots of Music

Tuesday, September 23
7:30pm
Tickets: $15

Red Wing based musician, Lauren Pelon, traces the story of music from around the world. Featuring original compositions and arrangements of music from ancient Greece, medieval Europe, contemporary Africa, Middle East and more, as well as 25 unique instruments, this concert is a surprising showcase of Pelon's versatility as a musician. Audiences from around the world have praised her relaxed and warm presentation style. Pelon was a 2001 "Artist of the Year" award recipient from the Southeastern Minnesota Art Council. She has performed on Garrison Keillor's “A Prairie Home Companion,” and at the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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The Frog Bride by storyteller David Gonzalez

The Frog Bride

Underwritten by: Wal-Mart
Friday, September 26
7:00pm
Tickets: Ad $18/Sen $16/Stu $9
[FREE student with each paid adult]

When the King sends his three sons to find their brides, two return with fair ladies. The last returns with... A FROG?! In this hip adaptation of a classic Russian tale, storyteller, musician, poet and one-of-a-kind artist, David Gonzalez, plays every role. Two outstanding musicians weave one of Prokofiev's classics with an original jazz-funk score, and a stunning backdrop of live video projection and moving images by painter Wassily Kandinsky add additional drama. Filled with comic sparkle, The Frog Bride with David Gonzalez is a "ribbiting" coming-of-age story.

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Andreas Klein

Andreas Klein

Underwritten by: Country Inn & Itasca Community College
Sunday, September 28
2:00pm
Tickets: Ad $20/Sen $18/Stu $10

German-born pianist Andreas Klein has distinguished himself as a dynamic and compelling performer with a command of a wide range of tonal colors and imaginative interpretations. The New York Times declared him "A fascinating artist with all the indispensable qualities: temperament, taste, touch, tone, the four Ts of pianism" and "A pianist who makes silences sound like music." Klein's career as orchestra soloist and recitalist has taken him to the world's most prestigious venues and gained him critical acclaim in major cities from Berlin to Damascus.

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Great Northern Union

Great Northen Union

Friday, October 3
7:30pm
Tickets: Ad $20/Stu $10

High Impact Harmony - that's what The Great Northern Union (GNU), an auditioned men's a cappella chorus based in the Minnesota Metro, brings to every performance. Founded in 1985, the Great Northern Union has grown in mission, size and quality, currently boasting a membership of 90+ singers. Their pedigree of excellence and tight 4-part harmonies earned them a silver medal at the Barbershop Harmony Society's International Chorus Competition, taking second by a margin of only .2%. Performing a range of music their concerts are full of energy and technically near-flawless. Joining them on stage for a few numbers will be the Grand Rapids Area Male Chorus and the Itasca Community Chorus.

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Mason Jennings

Mason Jennings

Underwritten by: Grand Rapids State Bank
Saturday, October 4
7:30pm
Tickets: Ad $20/Sen $18/Stu $10

Well-known for his simple yet catchy melodies, intimate lyrics, and distinctive voice, Mason Jennings could easily be described as one of the most popular artists on the contemporary music scene in Minnesota. Having just released his 12th album, Always Been, Jennings is more in touch with his ambitions than ever, “I started making music because music saved my life when I was little—it was something I could go to and always have a feeling of connection,” he says. “Above all else, I want to make sure I always remember that trying to give other people that sort of feeling is the major purpose behind what I’m doing.”

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Curious George by Theatreworks USA

Curious George

Underwritten by: Essentia Health
Friday, October 10
7:00pm
Tickets: Ad $18/Sen $16/Stu $9
[FREE student with each paid adult]

Star of books, movies and an award-wining PBS show, the inquisitive and lovable monkey, Curious George, brings us another fun-filled adventure! All–You-Can-Eat Meatball Day comes just once a year and George's friend, Chef Pisghetti, usually serves a big crowd.  But Phinneas T. Lightspeed and his speedy Meatballs O’Matic machine has foiled his feast! A despairing Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. Eager to help his friend, George swings into action, ready to take the matter all the way to the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest in Rome, Italy!

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Grand Rapids Players present Picturing Grace

Picturing Grace

October 11, 17-18 - 7:30pm
October 12, 19 - 2:00pm
Tickets: Ad $10/Sen & Stu $8

The Grand Rapids Players present an original production written and directed by John Schroeder, about the story behind Minnesota's state photograph "Grace" which was originally taken by Eric Enstrom. Learn more at Facebook.com/graceonestage.

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Camelot

Camelot

Underwritten by: Hawkinson Construction
Monday, October 20
7:30pm
Tickets: Ad $34/Sen $31/Stu $17

Experience the chivalry, majesty and brotherhood of Camelot as Lerner and Loewe envisioned it in one of theater’s most legendary musicals. This four-time Tony Award® winning show depicts the legend of King Arthur who rules his kingdom with new ideals and brings peace to a troubled land. But when the beautiful Queen Guinevere and dashing Sir Lancelot, Arthur's most trusted knight, give in to their passion for one another, their dishonor threatens to destroy Camelot! Never has this story of passion, pageantry and betrayal been more captivating. The celebrated score includes the classics “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood,” and the title song, “Camelot.”

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Run Boy Run

Run Boy Run

Underwritten by: White Ivy Design
Sunday, October 26
7:30pm
Tickets: $20

The unique sound of Run Boy Run is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South. In recent years, bands like Nickel Creek, Crooked Still, and others have revived a sense of innovation in traditional American music. Run Boy Run continues this journey into music that is dynamic, orchestral, and overflowing with beauty. Run Boy Run exists in the tension between tradition and frontier. Three strong female voices weave a spectacular tapestry of sound. Award-winning fiddle cuts a path for a tightly formed rhythmic front. Every arrangement is – at it’s core – beautiful.

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Concordia Orchestra

Concordia Orchestra

Underwritten by: Anderson Family Dental & Kristina Gaalaas: Edward Jones
Wednesday, October 29
7:30pm
Tickets: $1
[A free-will offering will be take to benefit the Concordia Orchestra]

Founded in 1967 by J. Robert Hanson '51, the Concordia Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble composed of 75 student musicians from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. Currently under the direction of maestro Foster Beyers, the orchestra prides itself on a long history of regional and international travel. In May of 2014 the ensemble toured to Israel and Palestine, performing in Bethlehem, Ramallah, I'billin and Jerusalem. This concert will feature two faculty soloists: violinist, Sonja Harasim on Alban Berg's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra  and soprano, Lucy Thrasher on Gustav Mahler's Symphony No.4 in G Major.

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Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theaer

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater

Saturday, November 1
7:30pm
Tickets: Ad $16/Sen $14/Stu $8

The work of Minnesota-based modern dance company, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater (SPDT), stands apart for its vast emotional and intellectual range, and stunning visuals. Sometimes powerful, sometimes witty, this company's unique vision has been hailed as theater for the heart and mind. Presenting Walking, Singing, and Other Habits on the nature of distraction and happenstance; an episodic series about sinuous moments and missed chances entitled Tales from the Book of Longing; and Joy, an autobiographical solo, which branded Pimsler "the Woody Allen of modern dance" by the New York Times. Among their many honors, SPDT have twice been presented and commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The American Dance Festival. Internationally, SPDT has performed in Canada, Europe, Israel, Taiwan, Russia, Bermuda, China, and Mexico.

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Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles

Hotel California

Underwritten by: Jerry's Warehouse Liquor & Lakewood Heights Prof. Bldg.
Saturday, November 8
7:30pm
Tickets: $28

Drive a dark desert highway, feel cool wind in your hair and experience the Grammy-Award winning sounds that defined a generation. Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles faithfully reproduces the music of the Eagles, a sound which undeniably transcends the boundaries of Rock, R&B, and Country and boasts a staying power few other bands can claim. Featuring favorite Eagles mega-hits “Take it Easy”, “Heartache Tonight”, “Tequila Sunrise,” and more.

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The Accidental Hero

The Accidental Hero

Underwritten by: Barb's Korner Kitchen & Grand Dental Center
Tuesday, November 11
7:30pm
Tickets: $20
[VETERANS FREE]

Matt Konops, never shared the stories of his World War II experience with his family. After his death, however, they stumbled upon journals that revealed his heroic acts as a soldier. His grandson created this one-man multi-media presentation based on those writings. Performed on Veteran’s Day, The Accidental Hero is a timely celebration of our armed forces.

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Steerage Song by Theatre Latte Da

Steerage Song

Underwritten by: AmericInn
Thursday, November 13
7:30pm
Tickets: Ad $25/Sen $23/Stu $13

Ellis Island was the gateway to America — a land of opportunity for some, a land of exclusion for others. 5,000 immigrants a day passed through this “Island of Hope, Island of Tears.” Packed into the steerage of steamships, they left their homelands with few possessions but a wealth of hope, promise, and music. Steerage Song is a musical kaleidoscope of their journey to America. Steerage Song premiered in concert form at the Fitzgerald Theater in 2011; creators Peter Rothstein (a Grand Rapids native) and Dan Chouinard have continued to develop the docu-musical, blending the songs of 20 countries of Old Europe and the rhythms of Tin Pan Alley into a moving, fully-staged, new musical.

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Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks

Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks

Underwritten by: Lakewood Heights Professional Bldg & TimberLake Lodge
Friday, Novermber 21
7:30pm
Tickets: $24

It’s impossible to crown any one performer as country music’s biggest star, but Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash would all be near the top of any list. Each broke barriers and changed country music and popular culture forever. Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks is a new revue that presents the best loved songs of these classic artists along with stories of their colorful lives and careers.

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Itasca Symphony Orchestra in Concert

Itasca Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 22
7:30pm
Tickets: Ad $12/Sen $10/Stu $5

 

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A Christmas Carol by Nebraska Theatre Caravan

A Christmas Carol

Underwritten by: Travel Leaders & TimberLake Lodge
Wednesday, November 26
7:30pm
Tickets: Ad $32/Sen $29/Stu $16

When Charles Dickens wrote his “ghostly little tale” in 1843, he couldn’t know that A Christmas Carol was destined to become one of the most beloved holiday traditions of all time. The Nebraska Theatre Caravan has been touring Charles Jones’ delightful adaptation of A Christmas Carol since 1979 weaving traditional Christmas carols throughout the narrative.

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John Berry

John Berry

Underwritten by: Lake States Tree Service
Friday, December 5
7:30pm
Tickets: $25

Mention his name to just about any country music lover and the response will likely be, "What an awesome vocalist!" Between 1979 and 1990 John recorded and marketed six albums on his own Clear Sky Records label. Those early discs and John Berry's strong regional popularity attracted him attention on Music Row. Capitol Records signed him in 1992 and it was there that he had a string of hits, including "Your Love Amazes Me", "Standing on the Edge of Goodbye", "I Think About It All The Time", "Change My Mind", "If I Had Any Pride Left At All", "Kiss Me In The Car", 'What's In It For Me", and "You and Only You". But it was his stunning performance of the title track of the 1995 CD O Holy Night that led to his most enduring legacy. John Berry began doing a Christmas tour in 1996 and this year will mark his 18th consecutive Christmas concert series.

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The Nutcracker by Reif Dance

The Nutcracker

Underwritten by: Abstract Service Co., American Bank & GR Jaycees
Fri-Sat, Dec 12-13/7:00pm
Sun, Dec 14/2:00pm
Tickets: Ad $16/Sen $14/Stu $8

Enchanting audiences with its passionate music, beautiful costumes and elegant choreography, The Nutcracker Ballet has become a mainstay of the Reif Center’s holiday line-up. Brought to life by our superb Reif dancers, we journey to the whimsical and wintery Land of Sweets, where we are greeted by a host of delectable characters. Experience the magic of this heartwarming and beautiful tradition!

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Rock & Roll Xmas Spectacular

Rock & Roll Xmas Spectacular

Underwritten by: Paul Bunyan Communications
Friday, December 19
7:30pm
Tickets: Ad $25/Sen $23/Stu $13

Rock & Roll Xmas Spectacular is a Las Vegas-caliber, multimedia, full-production show that mixes an 8-piece band with music, comedy, parodies and even a game show! Join an all-star cast of musicians as they rock their way through timeless holiday classics and bring new takes on hit songs you didn't even know were holiday classics. Nothing will get you into the holiday spirit better than the Rock & Roll Xmas Spectacular!

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Michel Lauzière

Michel Lauzière

Underwritten by: Blandin Foundation
Thursday, January 1
Noon & 3:00pm
Tickets: $1

How can one best define Michel Lauzière?  He is a combination of inventor, acrobat, comedian and musician rolled into one charismatic “Master of unusual comedy”.  From entering his famous huge balloon to playing classical music with his unique horn suit, or playing popular themes with water guns, dishes or absolutely anything he can find, Michel Lauzière reveals some of the most original and unique sight gags ever performed. Artist of universal appeal, Lauzière is one of the few comedian-performers who can charm and entertain audiences of all social backgrounds, all ages, and all cultures.

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Collin Raye

Collin Raye

Underwritten by: AmericInn & Super 8
Saturday, January 10
7:30pm
Tickets: $28

Country artist, Collin Raye, is nothing if not passionate. One of the true hit makers of the 1990’s, Collin continues to create soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals alone. With 24 top ten records, 16 #1 hits, and  having been a 10-time male vocalist of the year nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM), this truly electrifying performer of his era remains one of the great voices of our time. His soulful delivery has set country standards in such searing ballads as “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “If I Were You”.  Always an energizing showman, he has also blazed through such vivid rockers as “My Kind of Girl,” “That’s My Story,” “I Can Still Feel You” and “I Want You Bad.”   

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April Verch

April Verch

Tuesday, January 13
7:30pm
Tickets: $20

April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter. Now, with the release of her ninth album, Bright Like Gold, Verch has fleshed out her identity as a folk musician and transitioned from prodigy to enduring artist with grace and grit to spare. Among her many honors, Verch was the first woman to win both the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition. She also represented Canada in the Opening Ceremonies at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.  

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Underwritten by: Northview Bank & Reed Drug
Thursday, January 15
7:30pm
Tickets: Ad $30/Sen $27/Stu $15

Now in its 25th amazing year, the "World's Most Successful Rock 'n' Roll Musical" continues to thrill audiences on tour in the U.K. and around the world.  Viewed by more than 20 million people over 20,000 performances worldwide, Buddy opened in London's West End in 1989, and has been seen on Broadway, throughout Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa, the Netherlands and Singapore; wining numerous awards along the way.  Buddy tells the story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career, and features the classic songs, "Peggy Sue", "That'll Be The Day", "Not Fade Away", "Oh Boy", Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba", The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" and many more!

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Yesterday (Beatles Tribue)

Yesterday

Underwritten by: Dale's Auto Body & Grand Organic Foods
Saturday, January 24
7:30pm
Tickets: $25

Expertly depicting all eras of Beatles music, members of Yesterday’s band and touring cast are among the top artists in today’s Beatle Tribute world. They have toured the U.S., Japan, Canada, the Philippines, Hong Kong, the Bahamas and United States military bases throughout the World. Yesterday has been in Rolling Stone, and made appearances on NBC, CBS, ABC, Dick Clark’s “Your Big Break” and Ed McMahon’s “Star Search”.

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Super Scientific Circus

Super Scientific Circus

Underwritten by: Paul Bunyan Communications
Friday, January 30
7:00pm
Tickets: Ad $18/Sen $16/Stu $9
[FREE student with each paid adult]

The Super Scientific Circus, starring Mr. Fish and Trent the Mime, proves that science can be fun and funny. Alternately assisted and foiled by the comedic antics of Trent the Mime, Mr. Fish uses amazing circus skills involving boomerangs, bubbles, beach balls, and magic to introduce the principles of friction, inertia, centripetal force, aerodynamics, sonic booms, air pressure, and ultraviolet light.

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Kathy Mattea

Kathy Mattea

Underwritten by: Dr. Lee & Mary Jo Jess & Itasca Reliable Insurance
Friday, February 6
7:30pm
Tickets: $28

Kathy Mattea, whose music combines elements of folk, bluegrass and gospel, is one of country music’s most respected artists. She has charted sixteen top hits with four reaching number one: “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses;” “Goin’ Gone;” “Burnin’ Old Memories;” and “Come From the Heart.” Mattea is a two-time Grammy Award winner, has won four Country Music Awards including two for Female Vocalist of the year, and four Academy of Country Music Awards, including Top Female Vocalist and Song of the Year.

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Itasca Symphony Orchestra in Concert

Itasca Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, February 21
7:30pm
Tickets: Ad $12/Sen $10/Stu $5
ST. JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC CHURCH

 

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Underwritten by: 1st National Bank of Coleraine & Country Inn
Wednesday, February 25
7:30pm
Tickets: Ad $29/Sen $26/Stu $14

Celebrating over fifty years of joyous and uplifting a cappella music, Ladysmith Black Mambazo returns to the Reif Stage to share the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South Africa. Named "South African Cultural Ambassadors to the World" by Nelson Mandela, this group has created a musical and spiritual message that has touched a worldwide audience. They have earned four Grammy Awards, with many more nominations, including an Academy and Tony Award nomination. Ladysmith Black Mambazo has recorded with such notable artists as Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Josh Groban, Melissa Etheridge, and more.

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Click, Clack, Moo by Theatreworks USA, New York

Click, Clack, Moo

Underwritten by: Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital
Friday, February 27
7:00pm
Tickets: Ad $18/Sen $16/Stu $9
[FREE student with each paid adult]

When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a "tech-free zone." He confiscates her laptop, hiding it in a cold barn along with some shivering cows who use it to type messages requesting blankets. When Farmer Brown ignores their deman xds, the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No blankets = no milk and no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals' demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in this hilariously "mooooo-ving" new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

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Reif Dance Company Show

Reif Dance Company Show

Underwritten by: Arrow Embroidery & Computer Enterprises
Friday-Saturday, March 6-7
7:30pm
Tickets: Ad $16/Sen $14/Stu $8

Some of the best talent in the region trains right here at the Reif Center. Our Reif Dance Company will astound you with their poise, athleticism and depth - setting a new high standard for student performance. Two nights of performance include a diverse presentation of classical and contemporary ballet, modern and tap dance numbers, with special featurettes each evening. Click below to learn more.

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Kingston Trio

Kingston Trio

Underwritten by: Sawmill Inn & Swanson Law Office
Sunday, March 8
7:30pm
Tickets: Ad $29/Sen $26/Stu $14

In 1957, The Kingston Trio emerged from San Francisco's North Beach club scene to take the country by storm, bringing the rich tradition of American folk music into the mainstream for the first time. During the late 50s & early 60s, the Trio enjoyed unprecedented record sales and worldwide fame, while influencing the musical tastes of a generation. Through changing times, the Trio has played on, remaining popular for a simple reason: great songs that sound as good today as the first time you heard them. And fifty-six years after "Tom Dooley" shot to the top of the charts, the Trio is still on the road thirty weeks a year, bringing back all the great memories and making new ones.

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The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley by Dallas Children's Theater

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

Friday, March 13
7:00pm
Tickets: Ad $18/Sen $16/Stu $9
[FREE student with each paid adult]

Stanley Lambchop is just like everyone else. That's the problem. For Stanley, life is TOO normal. He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, something no one's ever seen before. Careful what you wish for, Stanley! One night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley's bed comes loose and falls - right on top of Stanley! The next morning, Stanley Lambchop wakes up flat. Not just a little flat...really, REALLY flat! In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley - the ultimate exchange student - explores the globe and learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

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Simply Diamond (Neil Diamond Tribute)

Simply Diamond

Underwritten by: Deerwood Bank
Saturday, March 14
7:30pm
Tickets: $25

Singled out by bandleader, Paul Shaffer of "The Late Show with David Letterman," as the best of the best among Neil Diamond tribute shows, Simply Diamond is as authentic as it gets. Impersonator, Brian La Blanc, brings more than just Neil's famous sequined shirts to the stage. His presentation of all Neil's popular songs will blow you away! Le Blanc is proud of the great attention to detail which he and his band members use in giving Neil Diamond's music new life.

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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Underwritten by: Anderson, Ophoven & Stauffer Law
Saturday, March 21
7:30pm
Tickets: $25

Legendary in the Bluegrass genre and called a “mandolin virtuoso” with “perfectly silken harmony” Doyle Lawson together with his band, Quicksilver, have recorded 40 albums and earned multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations. They are 7-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year. Lawson is reigning SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are the reigning Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM) Vocal Group of the Year, crowned in October 2012, on the heels of Lawson’s induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame that September.

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Zodiac Trio

Zodiac Trio

Underwritten by: Itasca Community College
Sunday, March 22
2:00pm
Tickets: Ad $20/Sen $18/Stu $10

The Zodiac Trio enjoys an international concert schedule that spans three continents and presents an eclectic repertoire that mixes contemporary with the traditional.  Formed in 2006 at Manhattan School of Music, the trio earned the great honor of becoming the first American group, and the only ensemble with a wind instrument, to enter the esteemed Ysaÿe Quartet Chamber Music program at the Paris Superior Conservatory. In its relatively short history, the Zodiac Trio has managed to achieve a level of recognition on the international chamber music stage, rarely bestowed upon an ensemble of such untraditional instrumentation.

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The Master Builder by Commonweal Theatre

The Master Builder

Underwritten by: US Bank
Tuesday, March 31
7:30pm
Tickets: Ad $20/Sen $18/Stu $10

As the Reif prepares to break ground for renovation, the Commonweal Theatre of Lanesboro, MN, one of the nation's best interpreters of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, presents a fitting finale: Ibsen's The Master Builder. First published in 1892, The Master Builder is about architect Halvard Solness, who despite personal tragedy (including the death of his two sons) has risen to the top of his profession. With the entrance of Hilda Wangel, a young woman whom he met as a child ten years ago, his life acquires a new focal point, one that will mean the end of him.

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The Adventures of Robin Hood by Visible Fictions, Scotland

Robin Hood

Underwritten by: Target
Friday, April 24
7:00pm
@ GREENWAY AUDITORIUM
Tickets: Ad $18/Sen $16/Stu $9
[FREE student with each paid adult]

In a forest somewhere near you, there is a band of brothers seeking to rid the land of evil and return hope to the poorly treated. They are lean, mean, trained justice fighting machines. Armed with whatever comes their way, nothing is as it seems in this Sherwood Forrest, but one thing is for sure . . . no rogue is safe! Join internationally acclaimed Visible Fictions for a silly and unexpected take on the classic Robin Hood. Come prepared to unleash your imagination as two actors, and a surprising stash of props, take on a multitude of characters. (Look out rich folks, your piggy banks may never be safe again!)

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Guy Noir: The Ballet by James Sewell Ballet

Guy Noir: The Ballet

Underwritten by: Center
Friday, May 8
7:30pm
@ EDGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Tickets: Ad $20/Sen $18/Stu $10

Known for their creative, visionary and contemporary take on a classical art form, the James Sewell Ballet (JSB) delivers another highly-appealing performance - Guy Noir: The Ballet. Inspired by the segment on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, the neo-story ballet has garnered national appeal as one of JSB's most entertaining works. It has been applauded for its spectacle of characters, costumes and music; and it features narrations by Keillor himself, as well as music by A Prairie Home Companions' Rich Dworsky and The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band. The familiarity of the Guy Noir: Private Eye character is certain to make this ballet resonate with Greater Minnesota audiences.

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Itasca Symphony Orchestra in Concert

Itasca Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, May 16
7:30pm
Tickets: Ad $12/Sen $10/Stu $5
GREENWAY AUDITORIUM, COLERAINE

 

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Reif Dance Spring Show

Reif Dance Spring Show

Underwritten by: Woodland Bank, GR Jaycees & Itasca Surgical Clinic
Fri-Sat, June 5-6/7:00pm
Sun, June 7/2:00pm
@ GREENWAY AUDITORIUM
Tickets: Ad $13/Sen $11/Stu $7

Reif Dance celebrates the end of another successful class year with their annual Spring Show. Ballet, jazz, tap and modern students, young and old, come together for this story-themed  production. With past performance titles such as "Alice in Wonderland," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Little Red Riding Hood and the Storybook Mysteries," you can understand why Reif Dance's family-friendly productions are a delight to audiences. Always a mix of fabulous costumes, great music and exceptional talent - we couldn't imagine a better season finale than our Reif Dance Spring Show!

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