2010-11 Center Stage Series subscriptions now on sale

May 21, 2010

The Luther College Center Stage Series will bring 10 outstanding professional arts performances to the Center for Faith and Life stage for the 2010-11 season, Sept. 11-April 2.

Tickets for Center Stage Series events may be purchased as a subscription package now through Aug. 27 at the Luther College Box Office.

Center Stage Series subscribers can build their entertainment season by choosing tickets to productions that range from musical theater to dance to epic drama, and music performances that range from jazz to
bluegrass to a cappella to classical brass ensembles.

The 2010-11 Center Stage Series performances are sponsored by Decorah Bank and Trust Company, Gundersen Lutheran–Decorah Clinic and Luther College Diversity Council. Media supporters include Decorah Newspapers, KDEC 100.5, KVIK 104.7 and Inspire(d) Media.

To request the Center Stage Series brochure with subscription order form, visit website http://programming.luther.edu, send an email message to [email protected], or telephone the Box Office at (563)

Brochures may be picked up on the Luther college campus, 700 College Dr., Decorah, Iowa, at the Box Office in the Center for Faith and Life or at the Welcome Desk in Dahl Centennial Union. Brochures are also available at the Chamber of Commerce offices in Decorah, Waukon, Cresco and West Union.

All ticket order and mailing information is in the brochure. The Box Office will have limited summer hours, June 10-Aug. 11: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., but mail orders will be accepted throughout the summer.

Subscribers create their own personalized Center Stage Series package by selecting five or more different events for each subscription. Subscribers get 10 percent off 5-6 events, 15 percent off 7-8 events, and 20 percent off 9-10 events.

Other subscription benefits include invitation to a subscribers-only event; choice seating; full-season tickets mailed directly; assured seating, even for sold-out performances; seating with friends when subscription orders are mailed together; and ticket insurance so lost tickets can easily be replaced.

Season subscribers have first opportunity to renew each year. Current subscribers should respond by June 20 to retain or select their seats.

Danzón! with Luna Negra Dance Theatre and Turtle Island Quartet: Saturday, Sept. 11. Danzón! is a sizzling and sensual night combining Chicago’s talented Luna Negra Dance Theatre and the innovative Turtle Island Quartet.

The national dance of Cuba and grandparent to the cha cha, salsa, and rumba, Danzón is an old dance transformed into a bold, spectacular new work of Latin-inspired ballet partnered with intrepid explorers in strings.

The evening will be complemented with signature pieces by each group individually.

American Brass Quintet: Friday, Sept. 24. Dubbed the “high priests of brass” by Newsweek, the quintet has performed on five continents, recorded more than 50 albums, premiered over 100 contemporary works, and performed continuously for more than 50 seasons.

The quintet is ensemble in residence at both the Juilliard School and Aspen Music Festival. Internationally recognized as a premier chamber ensemble, the quintet offers signature acclaimed performances with distinctive and well-crafted flourish.

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience: Thursday, Oct. 5. Can You Zydeco? There's a magical quality to Terrance Simien's soulful voice, fiery accordion, and irreplaceable frottoir (washboard) in the Zydeco Experience.

This is the musical landscape of the South and the indigenous Creole culture, and Terrance Simien shares it with distinction as a Grammy-winning eighth generation Creole artist. Featured in Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” set in New Orleans, the Zydeco Experience will take you to the bayou with certain sweetness.

“The Diary of Anne Frank”: Friday, Oct. 22.  Written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and edited by Otto Frank, this Tony-award-winning play, based on Anne Frank’s the world renowned “The Diary of a Young Girl,” celebrates courage, optimism, and love.

Set during the German occupation of the Netherlands, this is a young Jewish girl’s experience of hiding from the Nazis in the secret annex of her father’s office with her family and their friends.  Experience the strength and resilience of the human spirit as Anne Frank’s incredible writings are brought to life.

Professor Kubínek Meets the Symphony: Saturday, Nov. 5. A musical evening that will be bombastic, beautiful, heartfelt and hilarious with self-proclaimed “Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible,” Dr. Professor Tomáš Kubínek. Kubínek joins Maestro Timothy Hankewich and the 83-piece Orchestra Iowa on the premiere tour of an entertaining new work produced and presented by University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium.

A rare performance that is virtuosic and vaudevillian, this will be a one-of-a-kind evening of grand music, madcap brilliance, and old-world charm, a performance that would make Beethoven, Dvořák, Strauss, and Bach amused, bewildered, and proud.

Kenny Barron Trio with special guest David Sanchez: Thursday, Nov. 11. Kenny Barron's unmatched ability to mesmerize audiences with elegant playing, sensitive melodies, and infectious rhythms inspired the Los Angeles Times to name him “one of the top jazz pianists in the world.”

A nine-time Grammy nominee, recipient of the 2010 NEA Jazz Master Award, and a BNY Mellon Jazz 2008 Living Legacy Award, Barron exhibits depth as a composer and arranger. The trio is joined by Grammy award-winning David Sanchez, one of the most progressive tenor sax players of his generation.

Carrie Newcomer: Friday, Feb. 11. An elegant folksinger with a country bluegrass edge, Carrie Newcomer is known for honest, authentic songwriting that illuminates life with startling depth, humor and clarity.  Praised by Billboard as a “soaring songstress,” Newcomer is an acclaimed musician who creates from her poignant and uniquely spiritual view of the world. This performance is a special collaboration with the Student Activities Council and the Sense of Vocation program that connects with Luther's Sesquicentennial in 2011 by inviting us to explore how we are “Transformed by the Journey.”

Nnenna Freelon–Dreaming of the Duke: Thursday, Feb. 17. Nnenna Freelon is a captivating, radiant, extraordinary jazz vocalist, composer and arranger. The six-time Grammy nominee rouses audiences with imaginatively spirited twists on standards.

Her glorious, cultivated vocals have graced film and television including “What Women Want” and “Mad Men.” In a beautiful combination of legendary music and phenomenal talent, Freelon celebrates the great
Duke Ellington, one of the most influential artists in the history of recorded music. The evening will also include songs from her new album “Homefree.”

Cantus: Friday, March 11. Cantus is the premier all-male a cappella ensemble that the Washington Post praised for its “exalting finesse” and “expressive power.”

In “Before Us,” Cantus weaves the fabric of America’s musical history to recount the immigrant journey, from setting sail to becoming part of a new community. This exploration of how “we all come to look for America” features music from choral composers, contemporary icons, Northern Plains Indian communities, southern work fields, and the Old West.

Church Basement Ladies—A Second Helping: Saturday, April 2. From the elderly matriarch of the kitchen to the young mom-to-be, the Church Basement Ladies will have you laughing until your side dish splits with their hilarious antics and down-to-earth charm.

The year is 1969. The world is a-changing in their small rural town as folks protest the Vietnam War, women demand equal pay for equal work, and the ladies are dealing with changes of their own.

“Church Basement Ladies: A Second Helping” serves it up with its lutefisk-and-lefse punch lines for high school students at the Luther League Banquet, church sponsored Missionary Night, and Super Bowl

For more information about the Center Stage Series, visit http://www.luther.edu/programming/centerstage/.

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