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Americana Showcase - Spring 2014

April 16, May 21
All Wednesdays at 7:30pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage

April 16: - Songwriters in the Round - Miles Nielsen, Hayward Williams, Tim Hildebrandt, Jeep Rosenberg, Brandon Sampson
May 21: Farewell Milwaukee, Six Mile Grove

Indicidual show tickets available now! $17.50 in advance, $22 at the door
Call 507-282-8481 or visit the Civic Theatre Box Office

 

 

Jazz Jam

April 26 at 8 – 11pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Lobby Stage
Admission Free

Come enjoy an evening of live jazz & open mic at the Rochester Civic Theatre.  
John Sievers (trombone) and the D’Sievers will host a jazz open mic. Bring your instrument or your voice and sign up to play or sing a tune along with a live jazz rhythm section. Musicians of all experience levels are welcome. Come with tunes in mind and bring changes for the rhythm section if you are playing an unusual tune or in an unusual key.  The beer/wine bar service will be provided.

This event is always free and open to the public. 

 

 

Civic Live: Legacy Series 

Rochester Civic Theatre is very pleased and excited to provide its audiences with a variety of performance opportunities by acclaimed Minnesota artists. The Legacy Series celebrates – through music, theater, and dance – the experiences and traditions that shape our shared cultural heritage.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a lefislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

 

 

 

Fascinating Rhythm

Sunday, April 27 at 1:00pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Lobby Stage
Tickets on sale now!

"Fascinating Rhythm" is a tribute to the genius of brothers George and Ira Gershwin, whose music and words changed, shaped and defined American music more than any other writing team in the nation's history. John Helmers narrates a script written by Laurie Helmers that shares biographical information and interesting anecdotes intertwined with medleys of the brothers' unforgettable tunes for stage, screen and radio as performed by vocalists Laurie Helmers and Tom Overlie. Jan Matson accompanies and also performs a solo segment of George's incomparable "Rhapsody in Blue." 

Laurie Helmers holds a BA from Winona State University and has taught piano and voice in her private studio, Music Matters, for over 30 years. Last year, she was an adjunct faculty member at Riverland Community College in Austin. She has a long resume as a soloist, writer, director and performer throughout the Upper Midwest. She has been a guest performer with area symphonies and dance bands, and she is a familiar face in many stage productions with recent roles as Mama Morton in Chicago for Rochester Civic Theatre,Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein for Stewartville Community Theatre, and Miss Mona in Best Little Whorehouse in Texas for Ohnward Theatre in southeast Iowa.

Jan Matson is a graduate of the Sherwood Conservatory in Chicago and has taught and performed in the Rochester area for several decades. She has been on faculty at St. Catherine's University in St. Paul and St. Mary's University in Winona. As a professional pianist and accompanist, Jan has an extensive resume, including positions as principal keyboardist with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Arabesque Piano Trio. Jan has been involved with over 75 theatre productions in Southeast Minnesota, most recently Les Miserables for Rochester Civic Theatre.

Tom Overlie learned how to sing at the foot of his mother, who studied opera and would give him voice lessons while washing dishes! Since then music has been a regular part of Tom's life with many appearances as guest soloist, including Rochester Civic Music Yulefest concerts and co-hosting the Eagles Cancer Telethon. He's been anchoring television nightly news for 23 years and currently works as an Emmy-Award winning anchor for KTTC-TV in Rochester.

John Helmers graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in engineering. By way of marriage to Laurie, he has become involved in many theatrical productions--such as Sound of Music, Wildcat and Brigadoon--with onstage and behind-the-scenes roles including the recent narration of a program for the Meredith and Rosemary Wilson concert series at Mayo Cilnic. He has served as a technical liaison and consultant for many shows. In his professional life, he is a respected presenter at national conferences and a spokesperson to the media.

Ticket: $12. ON SALE NOW!

 

 

 

Vintage Dreams

By Julianna and the Blue Lotus Dancers
Sat, May 3 at 7pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage

Delightful belly dance show showcasing the eager attempt of a humble cleaning woman to join a vintage dance cabaret.

Julianna and The Blue Lotus Middle Eastern Dancers:
The Blue Lotus dance company was established in 2004. They are a troupe of professional and semi-professional dancers. They perform together in community events, professional performances, as well as their own stage productions.

Ticket: $20. On sale now! For tickets, contact Julianna at 507 358-3330 or Julianna@juliannabellydance.com 

 

 

 

Alison Scott in concert

May 18 at 7:30pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage

Alison Scott will be back in Rochester! 

Ticket: $17.50 in advance, $22 at the door. On sale now!

 

 

   

 

Meet the Gaelic Harp with Ann Heymann

September 21, 2014
7:00pm

Rochester Civic Theatre Lobby Stage
Admission Free

Come and meet Ann Heymann at the Civic, a master in the performance and traditions of the Gaelic harp!

Irish Fest is pleased to present “A Gaelic Harp Celebration" on September 21.
This will be the 4th in a series of 5 free public seminar-performances with Ann and Charlie Heymann, featuring the traditional harp of Ireland and Scotland.
The Gaelic harp is depicted on every Irish coin and passport and is perhaps best known outside of Ireland on every bottle from Ireland’s Guinness brewery. However its voice was lost publicly for over two hundred years until Ann Heymann became involved. A native Minnesotan, Heymann has played a crucial role in bringing the Gaelic harp's voice to life; indeed the Scotland’s Harp Society Comunn na Clarsaich says "Ann Heymann is the pioneer who brought the Gaelic harp back to a living tradition."

This is a free admission event. Bring your friends and family! 
For more information please email Sinéad Chick of Irish Fest.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Topic of each month:
September 21: A Gaelic Harp Celebration

 

 

 

Real Music Series

Sept 24, Oct 9, Nov 5, Dec 10, 2014
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage
All at 7:30pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

From the group thatintroduced SE MN to the likes of Trampled by Turtles, OK Go, The Hold Steady, and Cloud Cult, comes a brand new concert series to downtown Rochester. The Real Music Series made its debut in fall '13 at the Rochester Civic Theatre, promising to bring in some of the most popular, sought after artists in the region and the nation. Audiences will be treated to world class performances in the comfort, intimacy and beauty of two of Rochester's most inviting venues.

 

The fall '14 season of the Real Music Series will be announced soon!
Dates: Sept 24, Oct 9, Nov 5, Dec 10, 2014 

 

 

 

 

The Rose Ensemble: The Roots of Bluegrass

October 10 at 7:00pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage

Civic Live is delighted to present the Rose EnsembleThe Roots of Bluegrass - A Journey through America’s Folk, Old-time, and Gospel Traditions. 

Return to America’s folk roots. Rousing hymns, Appalachian foot-stomping songs, Southern Harmony shape-note singing, and Shaker spirituals: the music that gave birth to bluegrass. The Roots of Bluegrass explores our country’s musical heritage with close vocal harmonies, banjo, guitar, and fiddle.

The Rose Ensemble: Founded in 1996 and based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, The Rose Ensemble performs vocal music that strives to stir the emotions, challenge the mind, and lift the spirit. Each performance illuminates centuries of rarely heard repertoire, bringing to modern audiences research from the world’s manuscript libraries and fresh perspectives on history, languages, politics, religion and world cultures and traditions. With nine critically acclaimed recordings and a diverse selection of concert programs, the group has thrilled audiences across the United States and Europe with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and over 25 languages, including new research in Hawaiian, Swedish, Middle Eastern and American vocal traditions.

Ticket: Adult $15, Senior & Student $10. On sale now!

 

 

 

Past Civic Live Events

Civic Live: Legacy Series 

Rochester Civic Theatre is very pleased and excited to provide its audiences with a variety of performance opportunities by acclaimed Minnesota artists. The Legacy Series celebrates – through music, theater, and dance – the experiences and traditions that shape our shared cultural heritage.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a lefislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

 

 

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater 35th Anniversary Celebration
October 18, 2013 at 7:30pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage

Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater celebrates its 35th Anniversary Season at the Rochester Civic Theatre with an evening of critically acclaimed works from throughout the company's history as well as new works from SPDT's repertory. SPDT's company of artists integrate emotional physicality with vocal and theatrical expression to explore the common themes of love, loss, and longing with audiences worldwide.

SPDT was featured in MN Original (PBS) earlier this year. Click the video and watch their amazing performance, "Ways to Be Hold"!

 

 

My Cabaret by Minnesota Ballet Theatre
October 25 & 26 at 7:30pm, Oct 27 at 2:00pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage
Tickets on sale now!

Where Les Folies Bergere meets Swan Lake.
Minnesota Ballet Theatre presents an entertaining mixed bill of fare including musical theatre, jazz, ballet, vocalists and other cabaret performers.  
The best of area youth talent from new vocal sensation Elle Pollock to MBT's acclaimed pre-professional soloists. 
Minnesota Ballet Theatre is a non-profit performing organization affiliated with Minnesota Youth Ballet Academy, both are located in Rochester.

Ticket prices: $10 for adults, and $8 for children (18 years old and younger.)

 

The Steele Family's Holiday Show
December 1 at 7:30pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage
Tickets on sale now!

The Steele Family’s Holiday Show is an evening of soul-drenched Gospel greatness! The Steeles, featuring J.D., Fred, Jearlyn, Jevetta, and Billy, will amaze, delight, and inspire.

The Steeles have been singing together since they were children growing up in Gary, Indiana where they began to develop their style and soul. Each came to Minnesota for different reasons; however, it is clear they were meant to be a part of the Minnesota sound. The family has traveled around the world in the acclaimed musical The Gospel at Colonus including a Broadway run at the Lunt Fontanne theatre in1988. Their recent accomplishments include projects with corporate clients including Target, Best Buy, AMBEV, and Delta Airlines. They have been featured on local and national commercials and enjoy an international profile that has earned them a worldwide audience. The siblings continue to perform in world class productions around the globe both collectively and individually.