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Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theaer

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater

Underwritten by: Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital
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. Discount N/A online.]

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. Discount N/A online.]

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. Discount N/A online.]

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. Discount N/A online.]

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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