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    Compagnia T.P.O. - Blue!

    Compagnia T.P.O. - Blue!

    CSB/SJU Fine Arts Series
    May 2-May 3, 2014

    Straddling the thin line between art and play, Compagnia T.P.O. weaves sound, dance, storytelling, and visual spectacle into an immersive, magical, and hands-on theater experience.

    Blue! begins on the idyllic Greek Islands amongst the stones, sea shells, and whispers of ancient legends, wandering through bustling sea ports, and finally diving into the deep blue abyss populated by fish, seaweeds, and mysterious ancient ruins of disappeared civilizations.

    Compagnia T.P.O. is a pioneer in utilizing new technologies to transform each show into an interactive experience. Throughout the performance, audiences are invited to enter and play within this enthralling world, where projected images react to their gestures and movements in real time. This show is great for all ages.

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    American Songbook Series II: Jimmy Van Heusen

    American Songbook Series II: Jimmy Van Heusen

    Pioneer Place Theatre Company
    April 22, 2014

    The smash hit series from last season is returning this year with three brand new shows as we welcome Andrew Walesch’s American Songbook Series. This year’s line-up include three very distinct, and incredible composers have played major roles in the development of The American Songbook. Also, Andrew will once again be premiering some material from his Nashville album, due out this year!

    Jimmy Van Heusen is largely responsible for most of Frank Sinatra’s biggest hits and was one of his closest friends. With four Academy Awards for best original song to his credit and countless hits, including, “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head”, “Come Fly With Me”, “All The Way” and “I Thought About You”, he is the favorite songwriter of the host of this series.
    Jimmy Van Heusen

    ABOUT ANDREW WALESCH: A rising star on the Upper Midwest’s music scene, Andrew maintains a very active performance schedule. An in demand singer and pianist, Andrew is known most notably for his unique approach to The Great American Songbook. He certainly ventures outside of jazz and the standards, however, and can be found anywhere from a classy cocktail lounge to a rugged piano bar taking requests from just about every genre. More recently Andrew has focused on songwriting and is working on a project of originals in Nashville. In May of 2010, he graduated with a music degree from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN. Whether recording jingles, producing shows, composing and arranging, or singing as a solo artist and with big bands all over the Midwest, “the boy with the voice,” is known for winning crowds over. Don’t miss him and his incredible band as they present The American Songbook Series!
     

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    Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement

    Church Basement Ladies: A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement

    Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center
    May 16-May 18, 2014

    “…a rip-roaring good time. It recaptures some of the original sparkle. “The crowd was on it’s feet within seconds of the closing riff…”
    -Bob Hulteen / The Metro Lutheran

    “…another hit for the Plymouth Playhouse.”
    -Ed Huyck / Minneapolis CityPages

    “…best Church Basement music and lyrics yet.”
    -John Townsend / Lavender Magazine

    The fourth and latest installment of the Church Basement Ladies series is coming to the Paramount next Spring. In this latest installment, the year is 1960 and a reformation is underway. With a new crop of Confirmands, Beverly, the youngest of the bunch, dons her first pair of high heels for her confirmation ceremony. Mrs Snustad, the matriarch of the kitchen, wins top honors at the County Fair for her “Grand Champion” pickles. Mavis, the able-bodied farm wife, must find a way to deal with the new “Super Highway” which cuts through her farm. Karin, the real homemaker of the kitchen, finds new freedom behind the wheel of her husband’s pickup truck and must reconcile a new world of change for her daughter, Beverly. Pastor, who has always found strength and solace in the church basement, has found new love and announces his impending nuptials. The Church Basement Ladies are once again required to face change head-on. Against the changing tide, these pillars of the church stand strong in their faith and in their friendships with more crazy antics, more great new songs and more lessons reluctantly learned.

    Presented by Palmer Printing

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    Avenue Q

    Avenue Q


    April 22-April 27, 2014

    "South Park" meets "Sesame Street" in this irreverent (and educational!) musical glimpse into life after college. Blending puppets, live actors, and video, Avenue Q takes a no-holds-barred approach to social norms and conventions with such memorable tunes as "The Internet is for Porn" and "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist." WARNING: This show contains bad words and puppet nudity. Leave the kids at home.

    CO-PRESENTED WITH THE SCSU DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

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    Te Deum

    Te Deum

    Minnesota Center Chorale
    May 4, 2014

    The College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Symphony Orchestra joins forces with The Minnesota Center Chorale for a performance of Te Deum, for chorus, orchestra and soloists, by both Anton Bruckner and Zoltán Kodály. The performance will take place on Sunday, May 4 at 2:00p.m. in the Escher Auditorium of the Benedicta Arts Center in St. Joseph, Minnesota, as a part of the College of St. Benedict's Centennial Celebration year.

    Directed by Dr. David Arnott, the concert will feature the CSB/SJU Orchestra, MCC, and soloists - Jody Martinson, soprano; Kristen Bauer, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Speckard, tenor; and John Allen Nelson, baritone.


     

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     Maggie Mae and the Heartland Country Band

    Maggie Mae and the Heartland Country Band

    Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center
    April 22, 2014

    RFD TV’s Midwest Country Singer/Yodeler, Maggie Mae … “A SHOW YA DON’T WANT TO MISS!” You’ll enjoy a great afternoon of some of the best traditional Country and Yodeling music around. Maggie Mae’s instant rapport with the audience and her enthusiasm throughout her shows guarantee enjoyment not only by country music fans but also for anyone else who just loves good music. You won’t be disappointed!….YEEHAW!

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    Elizabeth Feldhege: Cocoon

    Elizabeth Feldhege: Cocoon

    Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center
    April 24-May 26, 2014

    Local SCSU art student Lizzi Feldhege exhibits non-traditional 'paintings' to sculpture to installation. This exhibition explores her diverse use of materials, embellishment and collage to create formalist, meditative 'art objects'.

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    Walkinâ Shoes Tour With Kevin Kling and Dan Chouinard

    Walkin’ Shoes Tour With Kevin Kling and Dan Chouinard


    April 29, 2014

    MPR Presents…

    Full of humor, music and surprises, Walkin’ Shoes brings one of Minnesota’s most significant storytellers, Kevin Kling, and Dan Chouinard together for tales from the roads they’ve traveled. Kevin and Dan kindly rely on the strangeness of others to inspire stories and songs.
    Kling and Chouinard will travel to three different cities bringing their unique brand of storytelling back on the road where it was inspired. Each stop of the tour will also include a Kevin Kling storytelling workshop in a local school’s class.

    This tour is part of Kevin Kling’s 3-year-original works residency with Minnesota Public Radio.
    Kevin Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, delivers hilarious, often tender stories. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.

    Pianist, accordionist and writer Dan Chouinard is a Twin Cities native who plays, tours and records regularly with a long and varied list of musicians and writers. In addition to concert work with the likes of Prudence Johnson, Maria Jette, Peter Ostroushko, Kevin Kling and the Rose Ensemble, he also creates special programs which blend history, memoir and music, often for Minnesota Public Radio and the Minnesota Historical Society. Two previous shows, Cafe Europa (2005, 2008) and Mambo Italiano (2006) were aired on Twin Cities public television and broadcast statewide on MPR. Whenever he can he travels the world by bicycle with tent and accordion, looking for music and a good story.

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    The Bobby Vee Story

    The Bobby Vee Story

    Great River Arts Center
    May 2, 2014

    One of the longest lasting teen idols of the 1960's is brought to life in this one-man show that takes you up the charts, through America of the 1960's and behind the music of Bobby Vee! Experience electrifying performances of the golden greats that took Vee to the heights of Pop stardom: "Take Good Care of My Baby", "Run to Him", "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes", "Come Back When You Grow Up Girl", "Rubber ball", "Devil or Angel", "Charms" and many, many more! Along with the music you will enjoy the stories behind the music while being transported back in time with archival footage to help tell the story. Vee's impressive resume would include 38 Billboard Hot 100 singles, six gold single records (million-sellers), fourteen Top 40 hits and two gold albums! Witness the story of a giant from the days when giants roamed the world of pop music, in the "Golden Era of Rock and Roll" starring Justin Ploof as Bobby Vee!

    doors 6:30 pm
    show 7:30 pm

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    Universal Concepts Art Environmental Art Show

    Universal Concepts Art Environmental Art Show

    Universal Concepts Art
    April 7-May 30, 2014

    Universal Concepts Art, an environmental art group based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, is currently displaying art in 3 display cases at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention center. Our art appears in the two large display cases in the main section of the convention center and one display case in the new addition. You can see the art during regular business hours during weekdays and weekends at the convention center.

    Recent art is being displayed by member artists Sarah Drake, Eve and Gary Wallinga, Char Hopela, Shelly Leitheiser and Deb Vander Eyk. The art consists of paintings and 3D art, and varies widely in style and themes. The art contains messages about environmental issues. This display is currently up from March 28th, and will run for 6-8 weeks through May 2014. We will have this environmental art on display during the 2014 St. Cloud Sustainability Expo.

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