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Performing Arts, Music and Theatre

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Ba-da-da-ba-da. It just takes one riff to get your heart thumping, your blood pumping and your hand raised in the air. For more than 4 decades, performing over 8,000 live shows, and selling some 15 million albums worldwide, this maverick guitar slinger is still making electrifying music, still thrilling audiences, and still the most bad-to-the-bone performer in rock.  

Come and you’ll see that George Thorogood & The Destroyers are Badder Than Ever.

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 7:00 pm

What the kids are doing today in redefining country is nothing new. They’re simply carrying on a master plan Milsap laid down years ago. 40 NUMBER ONE HITS.  That’s more than Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson COMBINED. Ronnie was a pioneer in moving country music beyond its rural roots and into the mainstream of modern music. With music that ranges from the heart breaking “Smokey Mountain Rain” or the uplifting “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World,” Ronnie brings a night of number one songs to the Cedar Valley.

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 7:00 pm

These are the most famous people you’ve never heard of. Three of Nashville’s elite songwriters perform and share the stories behind some of the biggest hits they’ve penned for today’s most iconic stars. With over 30 number one hits, these Grammy- winning writers have had their songs recorded by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Kelly Clarkson and many more. These artists will not just play great music but will tell the stories behind the songs and about the artists who recorded them. Come hear the Music City Hit-Makers perform the songs you know and love, backed by a live string orchestra!

Sunday, October 16, 2016 - 3:00 pm

Metal breathes life. Ductwork creatures stir and come to life right before the audience’s very eyes. The line between inanimate and human blurs and the stage comes alive…

Take a journey to a parallel world of laughter and imagination inhabited by remarkable creatures and people formed of equal parts delight and wonder. Experience this multi-sensory lesson in creativity with the entire family.

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 7:00 pm

This is the political revue to “Trump” them all. The Second City partners with Slate Magazine to combine improv with up-to-the-minute scripts to skewer candidates of both parties. Whether you wear red or blue, UNELECTABLE YOU will have you rolling in the aisle at the campaign trail humor our candidates have so generously supplied. Find reprieve from the political madness with this hilarious political parody. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 7:00 pm

COME JOIN OUR SISTERHOOD!

Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years!

It's the Hilarious Celebration of Women and The Change!®

Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Three artists. More than 57 Top Ten hits, 26 No. 1 Hits, nine platinum records and a myriad of awards. Together, Mark Chesnutt, Lorrie Morgan and Joe Diffie will share an evening of music that made them household names.  Chart toppers like Chesnutt’s Almost Goodbye, Lorrie’s I Didn’t Know My Own Strength and Diffie’s classic John Deere Green will take you on a country roller coaster ride. Hear the three hit-makers in this unplugged setup for an intimate evening of sharing stories and singing their biggest hits.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 6:30 pm

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:30 pm

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us.

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Foreigner is not an 80s band. The music of Foreigner spans generations, their hits continue to be embedded in film, prime time television and video games. Hits like Hot BloodedCold As Ice and Juke Box Hero have driven Foreigner’s modern-day renaissance, solidifying their status as one of the most popular acts in the world. So dig out those concert tees, download the flickering lighter app and join us for Foreigner The Hits Unplugged!

VIP Experience
Includes:

* Foreigner Tote Bag
* Autographed Limited Edition CD!
* Photo with the band
* VIP limited edition laminate
* $10 coupon towards merchandise purchase at show

* Light snacks and appetizers

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Classic Christmas – Your favorite Christmas music played like you’ve never heard it.

If you said Canadian Brass represented the "gold standard" among brass quintets, you'd be right on the mark. Aside from performing on 24K gold-plated instruments, the group, led by its avuncular tuba master (and sole original member) Chuck Daellenbach, essentially put the idea of the brass quintet on the map. Renowned for genre-bending versatility, joyous performances and gentle humor, the award-winning Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today. 

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Kenny G plays a mix of his greatest hits and your Christmas favorites. Since the early ‘80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide (45 million in the U.S. alone) and more than a dozen climbs to the top of Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. Ring the holiday season in with the astounding playing ability of Kenny G in this entertaining show.

Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 7:00 pm

People on the Autism spectrum are our brothers, fathers, sisters and mothers.  Integrated into our schools, workplaces, churches and families they confront us with a new and broader understanding of what is “normal” or typical.  For the first time the Gallagher Bluedorn has commissioned and is premiering an original play created by the Tectonic Theater Project, Uncommon Sense, a project rooted in Iowa stories about Iowa families and communities affected by life on the spectrum.  This three-year collaboration began with interviews of Iowans and captures our stories and the people of Iowa in the narrative of the play.  Uncommon Sense introduces us to special members of our Iowa family and does so with a sense of humor, love and understanding.

Theatre is a bridge builder, a powerful tool in the creation of empathy and a support for our understanding of the lives and truths of others.  Come and join us on this journey of inclusion and community.  Help us create a place of acceptance and understanding. 

What’s a commission?

A commissioning is a coming together of organizations and artists for shared work.  In its simplest form, it is a financial investment with the express purpose of creating new art – in this case a new play that explores the nature and breadth of being human.  This commissioning was born from an earlier collaboration with Tectonic on a residency and presentation of their award-winning play “The Laramie Project.” Because of Gallagher Bluedorn’s investment, the Tectonic Theater Project will tour the nation next year building community and understanding.  One of the things that excites us the most about this work and this tour is that it will be channeling Iowa stories, and Iowa voices, as well as voices from around the world through the work.

Support for Uncommon Sense provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 2:00 pm

People on the Autism spectrum are our brothers, fathers, sisters and mothers.  Integrated into our schools, workplaces, churches and families they confront us with a new and broader understanding of what is “normal” or typical.  For the first time the Gallagher Bluedorn has commissioned and is premiering an original play created by the Tectonic Theater Project, Uncommon Sense, a project rooted in Iowa stories about Iowa families and communities affected by life on the spectrum.  This three-year collaboration began with interviews of Iowans and captures our stories and the people of Iowa in the narrative of the play.  Uncommon Sense introduces us to special members of our Iowa family and does so with a sense of humor, love and understanding.

Theatre is a bridge builder, a powerful tool in the creation of empathy and a support for our understanding of the lives and truths of others.  Come and join us on this journey of inclusion and community.  Help us create a place of acceptance and understanding. 

What’s a commission?

A commissioning is a coming together of organizations and artists for shared work.  In its simplest form, it is a financial investment with the express purpose of creating new art – in this case a new play that explores the nature and breadth of being human.  This commissioning was born from an earlier collaboration with Tectonic on a residency and presentation of their award-winning play “The Laramie Project.” Because of Gallagher Bluedorn’s investment, the Tectonic Theater Project will tour the nation next year building community and understanding.  One of the things that excites us the most about this work and this tour is that it will be channeling Iowa stories, and Iowa voices, as well as voices from around the world through the work.

Support for Uncommon Sense provided by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The project is supported, in part, by the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 3:00 pm

Join us for our special 10-year celebration of Beers To You and Gourmet Too!

The greatest food in the cedar valley cooked or paired with the nation’s finest brews.  Whether you are a foodie or a brew meister, you will find something to love in this event that raises funds for the Friends of the Gallagher Bluedorn and the family and children’s programming series, Kaleidoscope. Join us for Northeast Iowa’s largest celebration of beer and gourmet food.

NEW THIS YEAR! 
To celebrate 10 years of this event, we're offering a VIP Experience to provide an even more in-depth experience with food and drink. The VIP Ticket will includes the following:

- A commemorative tasting glass
- Priority seating in the conference room for the keynote address
- A VIP lecture and tasting with our keynote speaker (before the main keynote address)
- A beer flight tasting with our keynote speaker

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 7:00 pm

A perfect blend of sound, precision and wit – this classical a capella group is stunning.  All graduates of Leipzig‘s renowned St. Thomas Church Choir School, Calmus offers the unique combination of a pure soprano voice with four male voices ranging from bass to countertenor.  The seamless blend of these five voices lends itself to an almost limitless range of music. Calmus conveys everything it performs with great respect and also with a sense of joy in singing that is obvious to the listener.

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 7:00 pm

PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man's journey to be extraordinary.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 2:00 pm

PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man's journey to be extraordinary.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 7:30 pm

PIPPIN is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical! Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, PIPPIN will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Hailed as "an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza" (NY1), it's unlike anything you have ever seen! Come experience PIPPIN, one young man's journey to be extraordinary.

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 2:00 pm

High stepping brass, sequined color guards, and the soul shattering syncopation of a drumline introduce you to a whole new world of marching bands. DRUMLine Live, the show stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit movies, “Drumline” and “Drumline: A New Beat,” embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the historically black college and university marching band experience. With its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear grabbing energy, DRUMLine Live is a high-octane musical roller coaster ride that is guaranteed to touch every emotion in your body. This show will have the whole family on their feet!

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