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May 2018

A City at War: Chicago

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

At the beginning of America's involvement in World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) called on the country to become "an arsenal of democracy" – to become producers of war materiel to help defeat the Axis powers – Germany, Japan and Italy.        This documentary reveals how the Chicago area was transformed into a well-oiled production machine, with every man, woman, and child contributing to the war effort. Through personal reminiscences, declassified films, period stills and posters,…

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June 2018

GEM EVENT – Randy Sabien – Triple Fiddle Band

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In the early 1930s, the now legendary Bob Wills created what he called a “Texas fiddle band.” It featured him and others on fiddles in addition to just about any other instrument. The band played almost any style of music: blues, country, Mexican, polka, ragtime, swing, cowboy songs, and of course, fiddle tunes. If it made people dance, they played it.    Randy Sabien, a jazz violinist, has tapped into that tradition by including three fiddles (or two fiddles and one…

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GEM EVENT – Andrew Rogers “Silent Movie”

June 10 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Organist Andrew Rogers accompanies Mel Brooks’s comedic silent film “Silent Movie” on our Moeller Theatre pipe organ as part of our Gem of a Season series. Following the film, Andrew will talk about and demonstrate scoring and accompanying a silent film. About the movie: In this dialogue-free slapstick comedy, film director Mel Funn (Mel Brooks) travels to the ailing Big Picture Studios to pitch his comeback film: the first feature-length silent movie in many years. Desperate for a hit, the…

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GEM EVENT – Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company

June 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company was established in 2013 and is comprised of Native American Ojibwe, Lakota, Potawatomi, Menominee and Apache dancers. The group represents men’s and women’s Native American styles including traditional, fancy, jingle, grass and hoop. Our focus is the telling of historic tales and stories using traditional native songs and dances. In 2017 Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company became an Associate Partner with the Native American Tourism Of Wisconsin (NATOW).    Their format is…

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Karyne Arys (Flamenco)

June 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Karyne ARYS is a flamenco dancer in Bordeaux at the Théâtre Trianon.  As choreographer and solo dancer she has consistently created an original work every year including, notably, SOL, Sound of an Origin, Faraway, KALOS, Beauty to Sublimate Reality (presented at the Mont-de-Marsan Arteflamenco Festival), TEMPS FLAMENCO and ALMA FLAMENCA and this year the Tablao, LETRAS.  As a young dancer Karyne was a First Prize winning ballet dancer at the Orléans National Conservatoire, and also won acclaim as dancer/choreographer in Paris for her modernistic interpretation of folk…

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July 2018

GEM EVENT – The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

July 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

...A Legend Lives On The first Glenn Miller Orchestra did not make it at all. It was a total and absolute economic failure. But Glenn knew what he wanted, held to that dedication and relentlessly worked to succeed. He launched his second band – the one that lives on today – in March of 1938. The Glenn Miller Orchestra has been a “hit” ever since. The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance bandleaders back…

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GEM EVENT – Dave Wickerham

July 22 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dave Wickerham was born in Encino, California in 1962. He began playing the electronic organ at the age of four and had his first pipe organ experience at age ten. His musical education started at age seven. When he moved to Arizona in 1976, he became Associate Organist at the famous Organ Stop Pizza Restaurants in Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson. While in Arizona, he continued his musical studies with Roseamond Crowley, one of the few remaining descendants of the Louis…

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Creative Compass Children’s Theatre

July 23 @ 9:00 am - July 29 @ 3:00 pm

Peas & Harmony – the Princess & the Pea (Remixed) Performances Friday, July 27, 7:00 pm & Saturday, July 28, 2:00 pm  Trumpets blare, and with them come swashbuckling jesters, dancing peas, a pompous royal entourage and a zany collection of other delightful kingdom characters!  Everyone's at odds when the time comes for the comic-book-loving prince to find the right girl amongst a gaggle of silly princesses. Go from auditions to performance in just five days with Compass Creative Dramatics touring…

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August 2018

Ole & Lena’s Family Reunion

August 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Snooty cousin Mildred was encouraged by her psychologist to return to her roots. Without asking, she sent invitations to the whole family inviting them to a family reunion at Ole & Lena's farm. The only problem is she forgot to ask Lena or Ole. Although caught by surprise, Lena loves the idea of getting the family together. Not Ole, he has other plans. His lodge is holding the International Euchre Tournament on the same day as the reunion. Sven and…

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Judy Collins

August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. The…

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September 2018

GEM EVENT – Michael Mizrahi & Friends: Tribute to Leonard Bernstein

September 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Praised as "intrepid" (Philadelphia Inquirer), "engaging" (Houston Chronicle), and "endlessly fascinating" (WQXR New York), pianist Michael Mizrahi has won acclaim for his compelling performances of a wide-ranging repertoire and his ability to connect with audiences of all ages. He has appeared as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and teaching artist across the United States and abroad. Mr. Mizrahi has performed in the world’s leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Toyko’s Suntory Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Jordan Hall and…

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GEM EVENT – ABBA Salute

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

ABBA Salute is quite literally the most accurate ABBA tribute band in the country. With painstaking attention to detail, they’ve recreated an ABBA experience that won’t soon be forgotten.  Fronted by two dynamic ladies with angelic voices, and backed by a group of world class musicians, the music of the greatest pop band in history comes to life in a Las Vegas type show that mesmerizes the viewer, both young and old alike.  This show opens with a tribute to the…

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October 2018

Beethoven and Banjos – An Annual Musical Celebration for the UP

October 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

October will bring the 4th annual Beethoven and Banjos Music Festival. This year the festival is bringing Nordic folk music and some very unusual instruments to our UP audiences.  Along with the musicians from Decoda (Carnegie Hall’s resident chamber group) and Laurel Premo, we are presenting Norwegian Hardanger fiddler Guro Kvifte Nesheim and Swedish Nyckelharpist Anna Gustavsson.   Decoda is a chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts. Based in New York City, Decoda…

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GEM EVENT – Madison Bach Musicians: Baroque Quartet

October 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Four outstanding members of the Madison Bach Musicians will give a virtuosic and intriguing program that explores and compares the magnificent music of Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederick Handel―both born less than a month apart, only eighty miles apart, and in 1685!! MBM director Trevor Stephenson will also talk about the selections and about the remarkable baroque instruments the musicians will bring: harpsichord, baroque violin, baroque cello. Soprano soloist Chelsea Sheppard will talk a bit about the art of…

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