In this comedy, Shakespeare weaves together two ancient folk myths, one involving a vengeful, greedy Jewish creditor trying to exact a pound of flesh from a Christian over an unpaid debt, the other involving a marriage suitor’s choice among three chests to win the hand of his beloved. How does one harmonize the Elizabethan anti-Semitic portrayal of Shylock with the fairy-tale romance of Portia and Bassanio? And then make this experience relevant and comedic to a contemporary audience? Join us as we celebrate the final production in our exploration of politically-themed work.
The meteoric success of 2CELLOS started when former cello rivals Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser decided to join forces. In January 2011, they uploaded a unique cello version of “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson onto YouTube. Within just a few weeks, their video became a huge viral sensation, receiving over 5 million views. This led to a record deal with SONY MASTERWORKS and an invitation to join Elton John on his worldwide tour. Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser have played the cello since childhood. They completed their studies in 2011 – Luka graduated from the acclaimed Royal Academy of Music in London, and Stjepan at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Enliven your Easter season with the incredible talent of your own WCFSO principals and the UNI Cantorei. Featuring music from J.S. Bach’s Easter cantatas and his first Brandenburg Concerto, this program showcases Bach’s transcendent genius and brings the vivid musical history of Easter to life.
There’s also an extra Easter surprise: the area premiere of a “New Brandenburg Concerto,” Aaron Jay Kernis’ Concerto with Echoes, a fascinating and playful exploration of the Baroque aesthetic
Some may remember Robert performing as a featured artist in Lorie Line’s Christmas show. Through multi-cultural harmony Robert Robinson and TCC Gospel Choir celebrate the rich tradition and spirituality of African American music. Robert, the “Pavarotti of Gospel,” performs with voices of the Twin Cities Gospel Choir, backed by piano, bass, and drums. From inspirational spirituals to rocking gospels, Robert & TCC leave audiences energized, hopeful, and filled with spirit.
1991 brought Robert a featured role in “Nightingale” at the world-renowned Theatre de la Jeune Lune. In 1992, Robert took part for the first time in Lorie Line’s Christmas tour and remained for 15 years with subsequent appearances on PBS and in Target stores nationwide.
Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit musical American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multiplatinum album and featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday,” and the blockbuster title track, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. With direction by Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch), and orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), the result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declares “thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I’ve seen this year!”
Based on the hilariously popular book, the play begins where the book leaves off, with Alexander T. Wolf on trial for the murder of two of the three little pigs. Fast-talking independent reporter pig, Lillian Magill, claims nobody has ever heard the Wolf’s side of the story, and she is hungry for the truth. The Honorable Prudence Pig, a tough as nails judge with a weakness for musical theater presides over the case. A sharp, smooth-talking lawyer pig named Julia is the prosecuting attorney, and she always gets her way. Al is a soulful charmer with a love of gourmet cooking and the fine arts. He takes the stand in his own defense, but it looks as though the piggy world is against him. After all, he is a carnivore to the core, but is he also the victim of a media frame-up? Will Magill get her journalistic glory? GUILTY or NOT GUILTY? When all the witness statements are in, the audience piglets become the jury and determine Al’s fate! Are YOU afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? What really happened? YOU decide!
Direct from the world famous Apollo Theatre in New York City, Dreamgirls comes to the Gallagher-Bluedorn in a brand new, sensational stage production. Dreamgirls features the unforgettable hits and virtuoso diva songs "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "One Night Only," and "Listen." Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, Dreamgirls tells the rags-to-riches story of a 1960s Motown girl group and the triumphs and tribulations that come with fame and fortune.
Unbelievable, electrifying, and gifted, Comedy Central fave and "fluffy guy" Gabriel Iglesias comes to the Gallagher-Bluedorn for a hilarious high-octane evening of stand up!
Gabriel Iglesias has been described as unbelievably witty, electrifying, and a talented performer who has the ability to consistently deliver a uniquely hilarious comedy experience – from start to finish – in every venue he performs in. His high-octane show is a sure-fire hit, a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring all his personal experiences to life. Gabriel's clean and animated comedy style has earned national crossover appeal, making him popular among fans of all ages. Ask anyone who has seen him in concert and you will probably hear the same thing, "Fluffy was SO funny!"
A musician who may change how you look at the world. Canadian singer/songwriter Justin Hines’ latest album, “Days to Recall,” marks his American debut. His music is uplifting and heartfelt, overflowing with natural optimism, although he is no stranger to challenges. Hines has Larsen Syndrome, a joint dislocation condition that confines him to a wheelchair. He jokes, “I’ll never be a guy who relies on choreography,” but his live performances are delivered with honest emotion and a passion for music that shines through every song.
Celebrate the first glimmers of spring with a sweeping narrative concert featuring our area’s finest young musicians and Cedar Falls resident Bill Witt’s prairie photography.
Inspired by the sounds of our state, Jonathan Chenette’s Rural Symphony is a whimsical depiction of life on the Iowa prairie. Antonín Dvorák’s American Suite, composed just after his stay in nearby Spillville, takes a panoramic approach to the richness of our country’s folk music. Aaron Copland’s signature poignant voice is front and center in rarely performed music from his opera The Tender Land, inspired by Midwestern American farm life.