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Americana Showcase 

Wednesdays: September 17, October 15, November 12, December 17
All at 7:30pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage

'14 Fall season line-up:
September 17: Chris KozaRouge ValleySally Barris, Brandon Sampson
October 15: Special Guests and Local Artist Winners
November 12: Charlie Parr, Barry Nelson, Brandon Sampson, and Special Guests
December 17: Trailer Trash and Six Mile Grove

Individual ticket: $17.50 in advance, $22 at the door



Mark your calendar!
'15 Spring season concert dates: February 11, March 18, April 15, May 20



Meet the Gaelic Harp with Ann Heymann

September 21, 2014

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 last session 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 September event will feature local harpers Mari Imaizumi, Janet Roeder and Kathy Wherley performing solo and with Ann & Charlie on repertoire that they have been learning from Ann during the year. Don't miss this opportunity to hear them! 

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.




Science at the Cinema

September 24 & October 18
All at 5:30pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage

Join us for a night of great movie followed by a lecture on various topics by doctors from Mayo Clinic.
This event is admission free.

Wednesday, September 24 features a movie, Dallas Buyers Club.
5:30pm "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013. Rated R.)
7:00pm Dinner Break (Sandwiches from Dunn Bros Coffee are available to purchase.)
8:00pm Lecture on Current HIV/AIDS research by Dr. Stacey Rizza (Mayo Clinic Infectious Disease Specialist)


Saturday, October 18 features a movie, Gravity.
5:30pm "Gravity" (2013. Rated PG-13)
7:00pm Dinner Break (Sandwiches from Dunn Bros Coffee are available to purchase.)
7:30pm Lecture on aerospace medicine by Dr. Lawrence Steinkraus (Mayo Clinic, Division of Preventive, Occupational, and Aerospace Medicine)

This event is free admission, and sponsored by Rochester Public Library.







Women on Wednesdays

Dates: Oct 1, 22, Nov 19, 2014
Jan 21, Feb 18, Mar 11, Apr 22, May 6, 2015
Times: Complimentary appetizers and cash bar at 5:00pm
Presentation and discussion at 5:30–7:00pm

Join us for evenings of thoughtful discussion about issues addressing the oppression and resiliency of women.

Admission free but reservations required.
To Make your reservation, send an email to by Monday before each Wednesday.


Session themes:

October 1:
Women and Leadership

Join the conversation as Rochester Community and Technical College’s new president, Leslie McClellon, shares her insight and her experiences and talks about women in leadership roles. Sure to be an illuminating evening!

October 22:
Daily Devotion: Women Living Their Faith and Following Their Spirituality

What is it like to truly live your faith on a daily basis? Panelists will share what they have in common and what are the differences in their daily practice and offer insight into the connections that enrich their lives. 

November 19:
Everything Is Gendered, Part I

What is gender? What does it really mean? Has it always been a Man’s world? Learn the fascinating history behind our current understanding of such concepts as gender and sex in our society today. 

January 21:
Everything Is Gendered, Part II

Join the dialogue about how cultural and individual perceptions of gender influence who we are, what we do, and how much we allow society to define us. Can we create equality?  What is necessary for social change?

February 18:
The Journey to Rochester: Women’s Stories of Immigration

Listen to the stories and glean a better understanding about the journeys of five local women who share how and why they arrived in Rochester, Minnesota, and some of their personal experiences.  

March 11:
Women in the Performing Arts

Rochester has the good fortune of having an abundance of talented women working in the performing arts. But does it come at a price?  The opportunities available to these artists carry challenges the creative woman must face while she seeks to balance her personal aspirations and her day-to-day commitments. Area women talk about the difficulties encountered, the support and gratification received, and an intensified sense of empowerment developed as they pursue their artistic goals.

April 22:
Young Women and Their World

What is important to today’s young women? How do they describe the issues that have value and significance for them? It’s a changing world…or is it?

May 6:
Mothers as Mentors

More than a biological parent, women from all backgrounds find themselves raising, tending to, and/or nurturing young men and women and even peers who are exploring potential and striving for healthy, fulfilling lives. Often our greatest resources and support come from these women who have expanded and deepened the definition of mother. Hear their stories; share your experiences.


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Jazz Jam

Oct 12, Nov 9, 2014 at 5:30pm - 8:30pm
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.

This event is always free and open to the public. 




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, 2013 at 2:00pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage

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.


The Steele Family's Holiday Show
December 1, 2013 at 7:30pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Main Stage

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. 


Fascinating Rhythm

Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 1:00pm
Rochester Civic Theatre Lobby Stage

"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 MusicWildcat 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.