Univ. of Dubuque Reveals Concert Line-up at Performing Arts Center

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The University of Dubuque is unveiling its new $40 million performing arts center. The sounds of the proverbial "finishing touches" echo through the empty auditorium. Soon, music will fill the room.

Heritage Center Director Thomas Robbins said, "The acoustics in the rooms, especially in Butler Hall are excellent. I mean bar-none. We can adjust it for pretty much any style of performance. "

Instead of standard banisters hand carved hand railings line the balcony.

"I think you have a hard time finding a straight line anywhere in the building, " said Robbins.

Students on campus use the center for a common area and extra dining space. It's also the home to all music and theatre rehearsals.

University of Dubuque Student Melissa Whitney said, "It's been 10 times better than anything I could have ever really imagined it would be."

It's part of a larger effort to attract new students to the University of Dubuque. Administrators knew the facility had to impress.

Robins said, "It's no secret we want to recruit more students and more interest in the U.D. Campus. "
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2013 – 2014 Performances

Doc Severinsen
Saturday, September 21, 2013
http://www.docseverinsen.com/
"Heeeeere's Johnny!" That lead-in, followed by a big band trumpet blast, was the landmark of late night television for three decades. The 'Johnny' was Johnny Carson, the announcer was Ed McMahon and the bandleader was Doc Severinsen. Beginning in October 1962, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson ruled the night air for thirty years. On May 22, 1992, it came to an end......And the Beginning of a New Career for Doc Severinsen.
Within a week of the final telecast, Doc Severinsen and His Big Band were on the road. Doc's group has been composed of The Tonight Show's best musicians — Ed Shaughnessy on drums, Ernie Watts on tenor sax and Snooky Young on trumpet. Their repertoire includes Ellington and Basie standards, pop, jazz, ballads, big band classics and, of course, The Tonight Show theme. Doc's tour dates are consistently sold out.
JIM WITTER'S PIANO MEN
Friday, October 11, 2013
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A Musical Journey through the 70's Featuring the Music of Elton John and Billy Joel
Do you remember where you were when you heard the news that Elvis had died? Do you still watch reruns of "The Partridge Family", "Green Acres", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "The Brady Bunch" or "All in the Family"? Are they still as funny now as they ever were? Were you glued to the TV console when Neil Armstrong took that monumental first step onto the moon or when President Richard Nixon shocked the nation by announcing his resignation?
Travel back to the 70's and the nostalgic world of Jim Witter's Piano Men (A Musical Journey through the 70's Featuring the Music of Elton John and Billy Joel).
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Ensemble Galilei, NPR's Neal Conan and Lily Knight with photographs from The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sunday, November 3, 2013
http://www.egmusic.com/
From its inception in 1990, Ensemble Galilei has redefined the boundaries of chamber music, created new work, seized opportunities for collaborative relationships and consistently pushed the envelope in a series of innovative projects that explore combinations of images, words, and music.
After taking audiences into space through the lens of the Hubble Space Telescope (A Universe of Dreams) and on journeys of exploration and discovery with pictures from the National Geographic Image Collection (First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World), Ensemble Galilei now looks to home. With images by some of America's finest photographers, and the poetry and prose of some of America's greatest writers, the group's ambitious new project is First Person: Seeing America.

Christmas at Heritage Center
Saturday, December 14, 2013
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The King's Singers
Monday, February 3, 2014
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One of the world's most celebrated ensembles; The King's Singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media and education work that spans the globe.
They champion the work of both young and established composers and, whether singing Tomkins or Takemitsu, Bach or Bublé, are instantly recognizable for their spot
-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing. They are also consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British
wit.
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Sunday, February 16, 2014
http://www.childrenstheatre.org/index.php/plays/2013-2014-season/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-and-other-eric-carle-favorites
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud and The Mixed-up Chameleon by award-winning children's book illustrator and writer, Eric Carle, retold on stage in black light.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar that progresses through an amazing variety of foods towards his eventual metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly.

FAHRENHEIT 451
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
http://www.cupresents.org/events/fahrenheit-451-aquila-theatre
Ray Bradbury's disturbingly prescient, dystopian, yet ultimately hopeful tale of censorship and the narcotic effects of media comes alive in this brilliant stage adaptation from New York's "classically trained, modernly hip" Aquila Theatre.
Soweto Gospel Choir
http://www.taiko.org/our-mission-san-jose-taiko-performance-arts/
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Soweto Gospel Choir has founded its own AIDS orphans foundation, Nkosi's Haven Vukani, to assist organizations that receive little or no funding. To date, the choir has collected over R 4million for their foundation. In South Africa, the choir performs for a variety of charitable organizations.
Charlotte's Web
Friday, March 28, 2014
http://www.theatreworksusa.org/show_detail.cfm?show=1040
Theatreworks' production of Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman -- she will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship. (Approximately one-hour in length, recommended for grades K - 5)

San Jose Taiko, Japanese drummers
Friday, April 4, 2013
http://www.taiko.org/
Enrich the human spirit. Connect people beyond cultural and demographic boundaries.
San Jose Taiko, with a deep respect of cultural traditions and a commitment to artistic excellence, is dedicated to the advancement of the taiko art form through the development of its world-class Performing Ensemble and the San Jose Taiko Conservatory.
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