2017-18 Heritage Center Calendar

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The Texas Tenors

Friday, July 7, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the Dubuque Arts Council and Falb Family Foundation

With their Emmy Award winning PBS special airing across the country and Billboard chart topping albums, it's easy to see why The Texas Tenors are America's favorite new tenors.  From Bruno Mars to Puccini, members Marcus Collins, John Hagen and JC Fisher treat audiences to a unique blend of country, classical, Broadway, and current pop music. They use breathtaking vocals, humor and a touch of cowboy charm to create an unforgettable live show.

Since their whirlwind debut six years ago on NBC's America's Got Talent, The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades, and excited fans. They have performed more than 1,000 concerts around the world, including a 24-city tour in the United Kingdom, Shanghai, China, and collaborations with some of the most prestigious symphonies, performing arts centers and arenas in the United States. They were recently named the #10 Classical Artist in the world according to Billboard magazine.


LOCATION: John and Alice Butler Hall

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The Gray Havens

Monday, August 7, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

The Gray Havens centers around husband and wife Dave and Licia Radford. Since their beginning in 2013, their projects have been hailed as ''an imaginative treatment of faith…[having] a visionary quality that’s both playful and enraptured.'' They have a knack for creating a listening experience similar to paging through your favorite book, with richly textured compositions and multi-layered lyrics. Releasing their debut EP on Noisetrade in 2013, and their first full-length album, Fire and Stone, in 2015, the duo has gained a steady following of listeners nationwide. Their newest release, Ghost of a King, debuted at #3 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts, rewarding listeners with immersive soundscapes and lyrical imagination. From poetic – almost Shakespearean – imagery to grand epics fit for a darkened concert halls, to pop music infused with loops and infectious beats, the album possess a remarkable range. In the context of that refreshing variety, the album stays cohesive thanks to its exploration of the human condition of longing. Today, The Gray Havens are making the most well-crafted music of their career. Their ''Ghost of a King Tour'' is a mixture of acoustic duo and full band performances that include string players from colleges across the country.


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Vitaly Beckman: An Evening of Wonders

September 12, 2017 | 8:00 p.m.

Master illusionist Vitaly Beckman has mystified fans from all over the world, including Las Vegas superstars Penn & Teller, whom he successfully fooled in their hit TV show, Fool Us. From bringing pictures to life to erasing people from their own driver’s licenses, Vitaly’s signature illusions leave even the most jaded audience awestruck. Reputed as “one of the most captivating and enjoyable illusionists performing in the world today” (Chilliwack Progress), Vitaly breathes innovation and artistry into the field of magic. He invented and designed every single illusion in his stage show, treating spectators to a theatrical entertainment not seen anywhere else in the world. Free UD student admission for Vitaly Beckman made possible by support from UD Student Activities Board.


The Official Blues Brothers Revue

September 16, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

This live concert show combines comedy and hits from the original movie and pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, gospel, and soul music. The Official Blues Brothers Revue duo don the official hat and sunglasses and walk in the legendary footsteps of Jake and Elwood Blues. Discovered in Las Vegas, performers Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty capture the infectious humor and unbridled spirit of the Blues Brothers like no one since John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd walked the stage. Backed by a powerhouse band, they’ll give you a show to remember that is packed with classic hits from the Blues Brothers catalog, including Soul Man, Rubber Biscuit, Sweet Home Chicago, and more. You’ll enjoy a night of laughter, dancing, and foot-stompin’ fun.

Free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Bisignano Gallery Reception 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.


Black Violin

September 21, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

Black Violin blends hip-hop, rock, R&B, and classical music. Accompanied by a drummer and DJ SPS, Will Baptiste (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin) are a duo who launched Black Violin a decade ago. They have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries as far away as Dubai, Prague, and South Africa. They also appeared at three official NFL Super Bowl celebrations and the U.S. Open with Jordin Sparks. Black Violin has collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, and The Eagles.

Free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.


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Cirque Zuma Zuma

October 5, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

America’s Got Talent finalist Cirque Zuma Zuma (CZZ) is known as the “ultimate African circus,” filled with non-stop action and African culture, including dance, acrobatics, tumbling, and music. CZZ features disciplined performers trained in Kenya and Tanzania. Described as an African‐style Cirque du Soleil, CZZ showcases an array of never-before-seen talents mixed with classic death-defying acrobatic feats. With live music and percussionists, the talented cast performs an action‐packed show of pole and aerial acts, Egyptian limbo dances, South African gumboot dances, Gabonese tumbling, and South African contortionist feats leaving audiences breathless.


Free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Kite Runner

October 9, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. & October 10, 2017 | 3:30 p.m.

This Literature to Life award winner features 50 minutes of verbatim performance from the first half of the best-selling contemporary novel, The Kite Runner. The adaptation mirrors the original short story and utilizes original Afghani music as a backdrop for the performance. Through the eyes of the young protagonist, Amir, the actor takes us on a heartbreaking journey of friendship and betrayal in a society of severe class division. We meet upwards of eight characters, each fully realized by this virtuosic performer. Free UD student admission made possible by UD Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and UD Wendt Center for Character Education.


Tony Danza: Standards & Stories (Homecoming)

October 20, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

Beloved alumnus Tony Danza (C’72) makes his debut appearance on the Heritage stage. Best known for his starring roles on two of television’s most iconic series, Taxi and Who’s The Boss, Danza has also established himself as a song and dance man, recently receiving rave reviews for his performance in the hit Broadway musical, Honeymoon In Vegas. Combining timeless music with wit, charm, storytelling, and a dash of soft shoe and ukulele performances, Danza is accompanied by his talented four-piece band. Danza performs a selection of his favorite standards from the Great American Songbook, as well as selections from Honeymoon in Vegas, while interweaving stories about his life and personal connection to the music.


Free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band

November 1, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

In 1976, Jeff Daniels bought a Guild D-40 from Herb David’s Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, threw it in the back of his old Buick, and moved to New York City. That guitar led to a creative outlet, became a solace, and was a road into the artist that he didn’t know existed. Now, over 40 years later, Jeff Daniels released his eighth record, Simple Truths. In his own words, the Emmy-award winning actor shares…“Well, mostly I act, write, play guitar, have authored about 400 songs, played over 300 gigs the past 12 years from Maine to Alaska to Californ-i-a, drank from the fountain of youth by touring with my son’s band, founded The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan, for which I’ve written 15 plays (working on number 16), and, with great pride and a range that would drive a normal actor straight to Betty Ford, have been seen most recently as Will McAvoy on HBO’s The Newsroom, and after 20 long years, with the one and only Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber To. The rest you can google.”

Free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.


The Accidental Hero: WWII Story

November 10, 2017 | 3:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

The Accidental Hero is a multi-media one-man show about a WWII American officer who miraculously liberates the Czech villages of his grandparents. It’s a true story, written and performed by his grandson, Patrick Dewane. Dewane brings this archival material to glowing life as an enthralling, humorous, and heartwarming tale of miraculous escapes and astonishing coincidences. Dewane takes on a dozen different roles as he powerfully recounts his grandfather’s journey from Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge, and the end of WWII.

Military active duty, retired, and reserve components eligible for free admission with military ID, courtesy of support from Radio Dubuque.

Free UD student admission made possible by support from UD student veterans organization.


Sofi and the Baladis

November 11, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

Sofi and the Baladis, a five-member ensemble led by singer Sofi Tsedaka, features soulful and richly textured performances of an array of musical traditions that lie at the heart of Israel’s diverse and historic cultures. The group’s multilingual concerts, presenting compelling mid-20th century Arabic vocal and instrumental works, transcend genres and move easily from something deeply spiritual to an upbeat/rhythmic style that captivates and brings audiences to their feet. The commentary Sofi provides throughout the concert tells the story of the Samaritan Tsedaka family, a moving and powerful take of that family’s—and Sofi’s—search for balance, understanding, faith, and belonging as they navigate the pathway between their Jewish and Arab identities.

Free 30-minute special lecture precedes performance at 6:30 p.m. in Babka Theatre.

Bisignano Gallery Reception 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

www.sofitsedaka.com | www.artsmidwestworldfest.org

Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat (Two Beans Production)

November 12, 2017 | 2:00 p.m.

A musical adventure! From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will Mom find when she comes home...?



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Christmas at Heritage Center: A Little Child, God Before Time

December 1, 2017

Celebrating its fifth year, this UD tradition once again promises to bring renewed spiritual meaning to your Christmas season. UD’s Fine and Performing Arts Department celebrates the birth of Christ through a dynamic concert presentation featuring the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Wind Ensemble. This year’s music will be interwoven with live narration taken from the exquisite text of “On the Nativity,” composed by medieval poet Romanos the Melodist and describing the encounter between Mary and the Magi. The heavenly acoustics of John and Alice Butler Hall provide the perfect backdrop for this festive and celebratory occasion. All seating reserved. Complimentary holiday refreshments served following the concert.

Re-watch the 2016 Performance at: http://www.dbq.edu/ChristmasatHeritageCenter/

*In the event of inclement weather, this event will be held Saturday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m.

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This event is free to CenterStage Subscribers if elected at the time of season ticket order.


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Sons of Serendip, Songs in the Key of Wonder: 50 Years of Stevie Wonder

January 12, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Finalists on Season 9 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Sons of Serendip creates beautiful music through the use of harp, piano, cello, and voice. The quartet met in graduate school at Boston University and has been performing for audiences as a powerhouse ever since. Sons of Serendip hopes to bring joy to audience members and make their lives a little better — even just for a moment. The group honors singer-songwriter legend Stevie Wonder in their Songs in the Key of Wonder show as they perform Wonder’s top hits such as “Isn’t She Lovely,” “Higher Ground,” and “Superstition.”

Free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Sons of Serendip is made possible, in part, by the William P. Woodward Visiting Artist-in-Residence Endowment.


Treasure Island (Missoula Children's Theatre)

January 20, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Missoula Children’s Theatre takes pride in presenting an original adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s epic novel featuring a cast of local youth. Young Jim Hawkins, a mischievous lad, lives with his mother and six sisters in a seaside village on the coast of Maine. The year is 1782 and the American War for Independence is waning. Longing for adventure, Jim comes under the hypnotic spell of the legendary pirate, Long John Silver. With a ragged treasure map in hand and the villainous Silver as his seeming mentor, Jim sails uncharted seas with a flock of gulls as guides. Always up for adventure, Jim’s ruffian friends say farewell to their village parents and serve as cabin boys for Silver and his band of hilarious (although unsavory) pirate types. Once on the island, nights are sleepless as true colors are revealed in our hero’s quest for the proverbial happy ending. Then – at last – the treasure is found and, hand in hand, we’re homeward bound.


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Amazing Grace: A New Broadway Musical

February 13, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Fresh off its Broadway run, Amazing Grace: A New Broadway Musical is a new original musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. John Newton, a willful and musically talented young Englishman, faces a future as uncertain as the turning tide. Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, he finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his father – a slave trader – or embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. Accompanied by his slave, Thomas, John embarks on a perilous voyage on the high seas. When that journey finds John in his darkest hour, a transformative moment of self-reckoning inspires a blazing anthem of hope. Brimming with emotion and adventure, Amazing Grace is an unforgettable musical saga that captures the spirit of history’s sweetest and most powerful sound: freedom.


Free 30-minute special lecture precedes performance at 6:30 p.m. in Babka Theatre.

Bisignano Gallery Reception 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.


February 17, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Ondekoza was originally created on the Japanese island of Sado, where a group of young men and women gathered to follow the principle of “Sogakuron”- that “running and drumming are one, and a reflection of the drama and energy of life.” In the city of Fuji in Shizuoka, Japan, Ondekoza members live together and run together at the base of Mt. Fuji. In 2008, Ondekoza launched a new project, “Music & Rhythms,” which aims to “connect the children of world through musical experience.” Not limiting itself to taiko drums, the project uses a variety of expressive tools to promote the freedom of expression and the limitless possibilities it brings.

Free 30-minute special lecture precedes performance at 6:30 p.m. in Babka Theatre.

www.ondekoza.com  |  www.artsmidwestworldfest.org

Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook (Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia)

February 25, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.

Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare loves him as far as his long arms can reach and as high as his strong legs can hop. And so it continues with this adaptation of Guess How Much I Love You, the award-winning classic from author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram. In I Love My Little Storybook, an eager little bunny lies on the grass and opens his book, and within moments, the story he’s reading comes alive in fascinating detail. From illustrator Anita Jeram comes this endearing celebration of the joy of reading. From the same company that brought us Very Hungry Caterpillar, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s innovative puppetry, stunning scenic effects, and lively original music have earned international acclaim.


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Puppet Up! Uncensored

March 6, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

PUPPET UP! is an outrageous and spontaneous show featuring over 60 original Henson puppets - a motley group of characters brought to life by a cast of six world-class puppeteers of The Jim Henson Company in a night of off-the-cuff comedy. Each show is a unique experience due to its improvisational nature, showcasing the wit, technique, and that trademark Henson dryness and sly anarchy. The Chicago Tribune raves, “You don’t [typically] just get to laugh at the inventions of the puppeteers. You also feel like you get a window into how all those great Henson movies and TV shows were actually made.” This show contains PG-13 content suitable for mature audiences only.

Free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.


Charles Lindbergh: The Lone Eagle

March 19, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. & March 20, 2018 | 3:30 p.m.

Charles Lindbergh continues to intrigue us decades after his death, and Steve Carroll’s riveting play has mesmerized audiences all around the country in his portrayal of this historical American figure. Soar with Lucky Lindy in the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis as he battles bad weather, exhaustion, and ghosts to emerge as the first pilot ever to fly nonstop from New York to Paris. Experience the crushing worldwide fame that overwhelms this shy Minnesota country boy when he lands at Le Bourget Airport. Meet the young and beautiful Anne Morrow, who would marry Lindbergh and blossom into one of the world’s first female pilots and a world-renowned author. Witness the heartbreak of their son’s kidnapping and murder and the garish spectacle of the ensuing “Trial of the Century.” Free UD student admission for The Lone Eagle has been made possible by support from UD Chapter of Women in Aviation, AAAE, and Alpha Eta Rho.


FLY Dance Company

March 23, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Labeled an artistic phenomenon, FLY Dance Company: Gentlemen of Hip-Hop crosses street dance with classical choreographic principles. FLY is a 10-member, all-male contemporary dance company from Houston known for high energy breakdancing, hip-hop, contemporary, and acrobatic dance. Concerts are clean-cut, wholesome artistry designed to cross all audience boundaries—young and old, men and women. Described as “one big love fest,” FLY dances to music as diverse as Stravinsky, Debussy, Michael Jackson, Nat King Cole, Three Dog Night, Isaac Hayes, Escala, Vivaldi, Wes Montgomery, Dave Barbour, The Funky Lowlives, Rahzel, James Brown, and Earth Wind & Fire.

Free 30-minute special lecture precedes performance at 6:30 p.m. in Babka Theatre

FLY Dance is made possible, in part, by the William P. Woodward Visiting Artist-in-Residence Endowment.


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Take 6

April 4, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Grammy-winning a cappella gospel music sextet heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet,” Take 6 is the quintessential a cappella group and the model for vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices unite in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling vocal phenom has toured across the globe and collaborated across genres. Take 6 is recognized as the pre-eminent a capella group in the world.

Free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Free UD student admission for Take 6 made possible by support from Christian Leadership Council and Seminary Student Council.


Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey (Lightwire Theater)

April 6, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.

A cosmic adventure celebrating differences! Marvin the Mouse wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the “cool” rats, he is labeled a loser and a geek. To escape the continuous badgering, Marvin retreats into his science books and world of fantasy. He longs for adventure and heroism. Join Marvin on the space adventure of a lifetime: a trip to the moon on his homemade rocket, where he meets a strange cast of misfit creatures, experiences infinite peril, and views awesome beauty. Will Marvin make his dreams come true and experience the glory and acceptance he craves? Puppetry-based neon creatures come to life in Lightwire’s signature brand of electroluminescent artistry, poignant musical storytelling, and evocative, life-like imagery.


6 Guitars

April 13, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Six Guitars is a tour-de-force love letter to music and a pitch-perfect blend of music, comedy, and characters. Chase Padgett delivers a virtuosic performance as he becomes six different guitar players each with their own distinct voice, views, and musical style (blues, jazz, rock, classical, folk, and country). During this 85-minute show, each of the characters, ranging from a 19-year-old rock prodigy to an 87-year-old blues man, share their journey with music from discovery to mastery through songs and stories that leaves every audience laughing, crying, and falling in love with music all over again.



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