Live at Heritage Center
CANTUS Vocal Ensemble: No Greater Love Than This
Friday, February 17, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
The nine-member men's vocal ensemble, Cantus, is known worldwide for its trademark warmth and blend and its engaging performances. The Washington Post has hailed Cantus’ sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power.” As one of the nation’s few full-time vocal ensembles, Cantus works without a conductor and members perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the overall artistic process.
In No Greater Love Than This, Cantus explores the experiences of bravery, protection, and camaraderie through the eyes of a soldier. These compelling stories of brave young compatriots have shaped the very cultures and freedoms we all know today. From George M. Cohen's “Over There” to Lee Hoiby’s heart wrenching “Last Letter Home,” we’re reminded that soldiers everywhere experience a new family in others who have chosen to heed the same call. Join Cantus, with special guest, UD Concert Choi under the direction of Dr. Charles Barland, on this rediscovery of the strength of the human spirit.
A free special presentation "Quilts of Valor," precedes this performance from 6:00-6:30 p.m. in Babka Theatre, as well as a Bisignano Art Gallery Reception from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
For more information, view the Cantus Press Release.
Shadowland by Pilobolus Dance
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Created by famed dance company Pilobolus, Shadowland tells the story of a teenage girl, longing for independence, who sleeps, only to wake to something incredible lurking behind her bedroom wall – her shadow. And, she’s off on a journey into Shadowland. Legendary modern dance is combined with high-energy, fast-paced multimedia, merging front-of-screen choreography with projected images to create a narrative with the fluid logic of a dream, powered by the grace of an acrobatic dance, which evinces surprise and joyous delight in a way that is uniquely Pilobolus.
Shadowland was conceived in collaboration with Steven Banks, lead writer for “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with an original score by composer David Poe.
A free Cyber Café Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert featuring Tapestry accompanies this performance from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Tapestry is a four piece, acoustic band, offering a wide variety of music genres including folk, rock, blues, country and even a bit of classical. They cover artists such as Bob Dylan, Carole King, Fleetwood Mac, Carly Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, Lady Antebellum, and many more. The band is comprised of Susan Kalb, Laura Hess, Patrick Niemer, and UD adjunct professor, Deb Stevens.
A post-show Q&A talk-back session follows this performance.
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Iowa Arts Council, the Crane Group, and General Mills Foundation.
The Young Irelanders
Friday, February 24, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Kick off your St. Patty’s Day celebrations with this premiere Irish song and dance event! Featuring eight sensational performers including dancers from Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and world acclaimed Irish fiddler, Colin Farrell. See performers who have shared the stage with luminaries like Bono, Sting, and Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones. They create music best described as eclectic, where traditional Irish, celtic, folk, world, jazz, country, and popular music all fuse together for a dynamic concert performance.
A free Cyber Café Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert accompanies this performance from 6:00-7:00 p.m. featuring Irish band, Ballyheigue. Ballyheigue is a five piece Irish band specializing in traditional instrumental and vocal Irish songs. Comprised of family members Jim, Alison and Emily Ott with Rob McCullough and Jason Kuntz. They have played at various locations around Dubuque and opened for The High Kings earlier this year.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
from the “Little House” Series of Books
performed by ArtsPower National Touring Theater (New Jersey)
Sunday, March 5, 2017 | 2:00 p.m.
Laura and her family travel across America in search of a place they can call home. Facing obstacles such as scarlet fever and eviction from their land, their pioneering spirit and family bonds are tested but never broken. This uplifting story of one of America’s most beloved authors demonstrates a historical perspective on how a young woman discovers her personal values and builds relationships. The literature is expertly adapted for the stage in a musical format by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre.
ARTRAGEOUS presents Art and Music Gone Wild
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Imagine an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes, unveiling larger than life art in mere moments. With a palette that also mixes captivating live music, intricate choreography and exciting audience participation, Artrageous takes you on a unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity and fun! The Artrageous troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons, and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings.
A free 30-mintue special lecture precedes this performance at 6:30 p.m. in the Babka Theatre.
Thornton Wilder's "Our Town"
Performed by American Shakespeare Center
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Virginia’s American Shakespeare Center seeks to make the joys of theatre, language, and the communal experience of the Renaissance stage accessible to all. A moving look at life in the small town of Grover’s Corners, Our Town examines what it means to grow up. Through three acts: “Daily Life,” “Love and Marriage,” and “Death and Eternity,” Wilder studies the deeply personal yet remarkably universal lives of the Webb and Gibbs families.
A free 30-minute special lecture precedes performance at 6:30 p.m. in Babka Theatre as well as a Bisignano Gallery Reception 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Movie and TV Star, Paul Reiser
Stand-Up Comedy, Movie and TV Personality
Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Star of TV’s hit sitcom “Mad About You” and no stranger to the stand-up comedy scene, Paul’s national comedy tour highlights the funny things about life, love, and relationships, continuing to draw comedy fans all over the country. Paul Reiser, a seasoned actor, writer, and producer, co-created and starred in the critically acclaimed NBC series “Mad About You,” which garnered him multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, American Comedy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations. Reiser returned to television last year in the FX series “Married.” Not one to abandon his roots in stand-up, in between projects Reiser tours the country performing to sold out venues and was recently voted one of Comedy Central's “Top 100 Comedians of All Time."
A free Cyber Café Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert featuring The OK Factor accompanies this performance from 6:00-7:00 p.m. The OK Factor performs folk, bluegrass, jazz, and popular music.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Treasured Eric Carle Stories
performed by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Sunday, March 26, 2017 | 2:00 p.m.
Mermaid’s new production will bring together old favorites and new friends. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry, the triple-bill highlights three of Eric Carle’s most beloved tales. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is joined by a whimsical cast of adventurous animals drawn from the pages of Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? The poignant story of a young girl’s unusual quest, Papa Please Get The Moon For Me, fills out the hour for a performance which both entertains and educates.
Jazz Trumpeter Chris Botti with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Heritage Center welcomes the return of the Columbus Symphony to John and Alice Butler Hall for a concert featuring Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter Chris Botti. With his uniquely expressive and soaring musical imagination, Botti's stellar parade of releases - When I Fall in Love, To Love Again, Italia, and Impressions - have firmly established him as the world's largest-selling jazz instrumentalist with a Grammy for "Best Pop Instrumental Album" and four #1 albums on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart.
A free Cyber Café Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert featuring the UD Jazz Ensemble accompanies this performance from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
The Hunts, Indie-Folk Band
With special guests, Hempstead High School String Program
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Known for their harmony-laced take on alt-folk, The Hunts are a Chesapeake, Virginia-based band of seven siblings who’ve been playing music together almost their entire lives. Twin sisters and five brothers, now ranging in age from 26 down to 17, have played theaters, festivals and universities around the country—playing diverse instruments like mandolin, piano, ukulele, banjo, and drums. Inspired by shared memories, The Hunts create songs that capture heartache and wonder with a wide-eyed but wistful elegance. The Hunts’ original songs tap into each member’s unique strengths while remaining intensely collaborative. While getting seven strong-minded siblings to agree on every last note and lyric can sometimes be chaotic, The Hunts insist that the synergy born from that chaos is what makes the band’s music so infectious.
A free Cyber Café Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert featuring Driftless Sisters accompanies this performance from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Driftless Sisters are an indie folk duo from the driftless hills of Galena, IL.
This engagement is supported, in part, by the William P. Woodward Visiting Artist-in-Residence Endowment.
Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach
performed by the UD Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Friday, April 28, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 2:00 p.m.
James and the Giant Peach was the first of Roald Dahl's well-known children's stories that he completed. It tells the story of James Henry Trotter and his horrible aunts - and how some magic beans, a peach tree and a collection of interesting insects conspire to change his life. Adapted into a musical, the story comes to life with innovative puppetry, a spunky soundtrack and bright characters that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Please note length of this performance is approximately 90 minutes.