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    The New Standards Holiday Show

    The New Standards Holiday Show

    Paramount Center for the Arts
    December 13, 2016

    Celebrating its 10th anniversary season in 2016, The New Standards Holiday Show rings in the yule with a unique twist on traditional holiday concerts—one part variety show, one part homage to the season, one part irreverent, free-wheeling spectacle. The trio is joined by a supporting cast replete with vocalists, instrumentalists, dancers, and as always, a dazzling lineup of special surprise guests. You won’t soon forget this show that has become a beloved annual tradition in the Twin Cities and beyond.

    Started in 2005 as an off-shoot project between Minneapolis-based musicians and friends, The New Standards has grown into a globe-spanning adventure, filling theaters and clubs around the world, spawning several CDs, videos, cartoons, dance/theater projects, and ancillary gewgaws that have charmed and delighted an ever-multiplying legion of faithful fans. The three core members of The New Standards all come from illustrious Twin Cities bands. Chan Poling founded the seminal Punk/New Wave band The Suburbs. John Munsonwas an original member of Trip Shakespeare and the chart-topping Semisonic. Steve Roehm started on drums in the Texas punk outfit Billygoat and the avant-jazz Electropolis.

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     A Christmas Story The Musical

    A Christmas Story The Musical

    Great River Educational Arts Theatre
    November 26-December 11, 2016

    For the holidays we introduce a new musical based on the movie classic that runs around-the-clock on television every Christmas. It follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for an Official Red Ryder Range Model air rifle. Features all the iconic scenes from the movie versatile score including the inevitable “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!”

    Most enjoyed by all ages
     

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    Winter Wonderland

    Winter Wonderland

    City of St. Cloud
    December 10, 2016

    Santa and Mrs. Claus have taken time off from their busy schedule to join you and your family for a winter celebration on Saturday, December 10th from 1-4pm at the Lake George Municipal Complex. Create arts and crafts, decorate a cookie, see the penguin exhibit, enjoy a hayride around the lake and much more, but don't forget your camera to capture special moments with Santa! The big trucks will be rolling in again this year for Touch-a-Truck, where children can see, touch, and safely explore their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery. $3.00 per child or $5.00 per family; bring an item for the food shelf to receive $1.00 off admission.

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    LAUGHING ALL THE WAY VII:  You Better Not Cry!

    LAUGHING ALL THE WAY VII: You Better Not Cry!

    Pioneer Place Theatre Company
    November 25-December 17, 2016

    by: Dan Barth, Raine Hokan, Heather Mastromarco, Jay Terry

    The gang from KLAF is back for episode #7 in this hilarious holiday musical. Things continue to prosper at public access television station KLAF and Dom DeVille is about to be bestowed a great honor: The Auditorium at his alma mater is being named after him. One problem though – he never graduated. Can the gang get Dom through his final credits in just two hours as Christmas looms? Join this cast a characters for a night of song, dance, comedy, and an emergency GED! Featuring a seven piece big band, new songs, new jokes, and even a couple new faces. Order your groups soon and join the holiday fun!

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    "Good Will to All"

    "Good Will to All"

    Minnesota Center Chorale
    December 10, 2016

    MCC returns to the St. John's Great Hall for our annual Cabaret!
    The talented St. Cloud Strings Quartet will perform during dinner and the concert.The festivities include a gourmet dinner, holiday concert and reception. Make this a part of your holiday tradition in the beautifully decorated Great Hall with stunning choral works, and your favorite sing-along holiday carols.
    Concert selections include: "See, Amid the Winter's Snow" by Dan Forrest, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" medley by John Rutter, "Jubilate Deo" by W.A. Mozart, "Sleigh Ride" by Leroy Anderson, and many more!

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    A Tuba Christmas

    A Tuba Christmas

    Pioneer Place Theatre Company
    December 9, 2016

    Registration will begin at 4pm for players, and the cost is $5. Please bring you own music stand or lyre with your instrument.

    2016 is the 43rd anniversary for TUBA CHRISTMAS concerts/events which are presented throughout the world. TUBA CHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through the legendary William J. Bell we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists/teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists. The first TUBA CHRISTMAS was conducted by Paul Lavalle in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974. Traditional Christmas music performed at the first TUBA CHRISTMAS was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who ironically died on Christmas Eve, 1980. Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium. He was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of our chosen instruments. Through Alec Wilder we express our respect and gratitude to all composers who continue to embrace our instruments with their compositions and contribute to the ever growing solo and ensemble repertoire for tuba and euphonium. The St. Cloud Tuba Christmas is under the direction of Mark Springer.

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    STRIPPED DOWN with George Maurer and Mary Jane Alm

    STRIPPED DOWN with George Maurer and Mary Jane Alm

    Pioneer Place Theatre Company
    December 11, 2016

     George Maurer has Stripped Down with plenty of artists on the Pioneer Place stage – lucky them – but Mary Jane Alm will be his first Minnesota Music Hall of Fame inductee. Lucky us.

    Mary Jane is a Twin Cities-based powerhouse singer who became one of only seven female hall of famers when she was inducted in 2013, putting her in the company of Minnesota musical greats like Judy Garland and the Andrews Sisters. George is hosting her on the “Stripped Down” stage at Pioneer Place where he will interview her and accompany her on piano as she sings some of her favorite songs.

     

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    The Lettermen Christmas Show

    The Lettermen Christmas Show

    Paramount Center for the Arts
    December 16, 2016

    Creating Musical Memories for Over 50 Years.

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    Mick Sterling presents An Andy and Bing Christmas

    Mick Sterling presents An Andy and Bing Christmas

    Paramount Center for the Arts
    December 27, 2016

    A Christmas concert featuring every song from the classic albums of Andy Williams and Bing Crosby! A spectacular night of Christmas perfection as a 19-piece band supports Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Recipient Mick Sterling and Super Bowl Champion and former Minnesota Gopher Ben Utecht as they sing the complete and beloved Christmas albums of Bing Crosby and Andy Williams. Also featuring the vocals of Twin Cities legends Mary Jane Alm, Aimee Lee, Cate Fierro, Shalo Lee and Lisi Wright.

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    A Mosaic of Joy

    A Mosaic of Joy

    Great River Chorale
    December 4, 2016

    Welcome the holidays with a musical mosaic of carols and narrations from the home countries of Central Minnesota's earliest immigrants. Stunning arrangements of traditional music from Austria, Bohemia, Germany, Sweden and Ukraine, plus a new carol by Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen are a perfect start to the season!
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    Cantabile Girls' Concert Choir
    St. Cloud String Quartet
    Br. Paul-Vincent Niebauer, OSB, narrator
    Charles Echols, organist

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