2017-18 Heritage Center Calendar

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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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 24-Hour Theatre Project

September 2, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.

UD students have 24-hours to produce a show from start to finish. They will cast parts, direct, build sets, design lighting, rehearse, and end the day with a performance.


Babka Theatre

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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.


John and Alice Butler Hall

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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.

A free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert featuring Tony Walker precedes this performance from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tony Walker is an acoustic entertainer from Dubuque who performs as a "One Man Band." He puts his special twist on many covers from the 1970's to the present. His music crosses several musical genres and styles for a wide variety of music for all tastes.

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


John and Alice Butler Hall

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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.

A free CyberCafé Knapp Stage concert from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. featuring local trio, Stolen Grace, precedes the performance. Led by UD alumna Tiffiney Kavars (C’14, MBA’16), who was named WJOD and Country on the River’s 2015 Next Big Star, the cover band performs the latest pop, rock, and alternative hits. The acoustic vocals are joined by Zach Johnson on guitar and Jake Ramos, of Autumn Reverie, on the Cajon. Collectively the members of the group have performed across the Midwest and opened for artists such as Third Eye Blind, Eli Young Band, John Anderson, Shinedown, Seether, and Papa Roach.


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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.


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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.


Babka Theatre

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Fall Wind and Jazz Ensemble Concert "Audible Images"

October 15, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

The jazz and wind ensembles present “Audible Images,” an exploration and unveiling of the connection between sound and memory.


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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.

A free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert featuring Jeff Theisen's "Cool Acoustic Tunes" precedes this performance from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.


John and Alice Butler Hall

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Wendt Lecture: Bill O'Rourke

October 23, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.

Bill O’Rourke is a leader in the business community with a deep commitment to integrity. He has held a number of positions at Alcoa, including president of Alcoa-Russia and vice president of environment, health and safety, and sustainability. O’Rourke serves on ethics advisory boards and is the co-author of The Business Ethics Field Guide.


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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.”

A free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert featuring Lost Lakes precedes this performance from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Lost Lakes is a collaboration between Corey Mathew Hart and Paul Mitch. The collaboration has grown over the years, developing into a strong songwriting and production team with a focus on well-crafted tunes and tight vocal harmonies.


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Picasso at the Lapin Agile

November 2, 2017 | 7:30 p.m. - Special UD Performance!
November 3 - 4, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

This long running Off-Broadway absurdist comedy by film and television star Steve Martin, places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transforms physics and the celebrated painter sets the art world afire. Martin plays it fast and loose with fact, fame and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century's achievements and prospects as well as other fanciful topics with infectious dizziness. Directed by Greg Wolf.


Babka Theatre

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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.


Babka Theatre

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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

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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...?


John and Alice Butler Hall

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‌Vienna Boys Choir

November 17, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

The Dubuque Arts Council, with a City of Dubuque Arts and Culture Special Projects Grant, presents The Vienna Boys Choir.  The choir, renowned as one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world for over five centuries, will present their program “Bella Italia.”  It is a program of popular and classical compositions from Italy, to include classical pieces by Vivaldi, Rossini, Verdi, Mascagni and other Italian composers, along with popular favorites as “Santa Lucia,” “O sole mio,” “Volare” and more.


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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.

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


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Spartaneous Improv Night

December 5, 2017

Members of the UD Spartaneous Improv Troupe will perform comedy skits with suggestions from the audience.  It is sure to be a night of laughs.


Babka Theatre



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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.”

A free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert featuring the Tim Crumley Trio precedes this performance from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

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


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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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Jim Brickman, An Evening of Romance

February 3, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Jim Brickman, award-winning songwriter and pianist, presents his most entertaining romantic concert of the year, An Evening of Romance. Brickman’s engaging stage presence seamlessly blends emotion and humor with music that touches the heart. Brickman leads the audience on a personal escape with stirring solo piano and vocal collaborations including hits like ''Angel Eyes,'' ''Valentine,'' ''If You Believe'' and ''Love of My Life.'' Jim Brickman in concert strikes the perfect balance of musical intimacy, compelling storytelling, and a personal connection with every seat filled. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brickman began playing piano at the age of five. He studied at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music, where a scholarship has been established in his honor, and founded his own advertising music company in 1980. Brickman has received worldwide acclaim as a performer. His concerts have been enjoyed internationally and in over 125 cities across the U.S., including shows at Carnegie Hall and the White House. Jim Brickman hosts The Jim Brickman Show, a weekly radio show heard in over 80 cities across North America. He has authored three best-selling books and is a strong supporter of PBS with five concert specials presented on the network.


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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.


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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

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‌Great River Wind Symphony

February 24, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Celebrating its tenth year, the Great River Wind Symphony will present its yearly concert in the acoustically unparalleled John and Alice Butler Hall. The 100-member wind symphony is comprised of musicians from the University of Dubuque, Clarke University, and Loras College, respectively. The ensemble performs both standard and contemporary wind literature.


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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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The Nashville Celts: Celtic Roots of Great American Music

A must-see St. Patrick's Day music and dance extravaganza!

March 3, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

The music of The Nashville Celts, led by musician, songwriter, and producer Rick Blair, is uniquely original.  Blair credits the group’s popularity to their melding of modern American hit songs and sounds with organic Celtic instruments as well as the success of their PBS-TV specials. Popular songs receiving an Irish makeover include music by Johnny Cash, Van Morrison, U2, Hank Williams, Mumford & Sons, Alison Krauss, and other hit-makers.

That hybrid sound and historical evolutionary process from the roots of Celtic-American immigrants to today’s most popular music is also fully depicted in the band’s new production entitled Roots of Great American Music.  This high energy production demonstrates how Irish music influenced the development of American bluegrass, country, and pop music.

A free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert featuring 7000apart precedes this performance from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.


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The Second City: Looks Both Ways Before Talking

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

Let someone else face your small talk fears head-on! Instead of avoiding Grandpa and de-friending your old high school pals, see The Second City's brand new sketch comedy and improv revue, LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE TALKING. We're diving right into every touchy subject you're thinking about, but are afraid to say out loud...or online.

Edgy, thought-provoking and always spectacularly funny​,​ The Second City is celebrating nearly six decades of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy’s best and brightest.

A free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert featuring Ace Jones precedes this performance from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.


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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.


Babka Theatre

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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.

A free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert featuring the UD Gospel Choir precedes this performance from 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.

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 the Iowa Arts Council and the Crane Group. 


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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.


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Concert Choir Spring Concert

April 8, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.

The UD Concert Choir and Chamber Singers perform the repertoire which they will take on tour.  Come listen what the choir will share with audiences across the country! The Concert Choir is directed by Dr. Charles Barland and accompanied by Professor Kristen Eby.


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.‌Six 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.


 Babka Theatre

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‌‌Spring Wind and Jazz Ensembles Concert

Featuring the UD Fine and Performing Arts Department, Clarke University Wind Ensemble, and Friends of Dubuque.

April 15, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Convergence is a culmination of the arts in Dubuque, featuring the many gifts that Dubuque has to offer. Joining the concert is internationally acclaimed composer and conductor, Jack Stamp, as well as graphic artist Austin DeGroot, creating a performance painting with the wind ensemble. 


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‌Antlia Pneumatica

April 20, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. - Special UD Performance!

April 21, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

April 22, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.

Debuting in New York in 2016, this contemporary play centers around a group of 30 something friends; reuniting to mourn the loss of someone they haven’t seen in years. As they discover each other again, at a new time in their lives, they discover it may be more than just the loss of a friend that still binds them. The past and present begin to blur in Anne Washburn’s haunting exploration of friendship and loss.


Babka Theatre

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Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience

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

The Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience is a rare newcomer to traditional pop...fusing a big band spirit with an inventive edge...more risky than Buble, more modern than Sinatra. Shaun, an Emmy award-winning crooner (and lead singer of the internationally known vocal group, Tonic Sol-fa) indelibly stamps vocal jazz and swing with a contemporary punch - to the delight of both traditionalists and newcomers - emerging as an original voice in the continuing tradition of the American singer. Shaun is joined by his band, including piano, drums, bass, trumpet, trombone, alto, and tenor sax.


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Spartaneous Improv Night

May 8, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Members of the UD Spartaneous Improv Troupe will perform comedy skits with suggestions from the audience. It is sure to be a night of laughs.


Babka Theatre

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