Luther Center Stage Series subscription tickets now on sale

May 31, 2012

Luther College Center Stage Series will bring 10 exciting professional arts performances to the Center for Faith and Life stage for the 2012-13 season, Sept. 8-April 12. 

Tickets for Center Stage Series events may be purchased as a subscription package now through Aug. 24 at Luther College Box Office.

Center Stage Series subscribers can build their entertainment season by choosing tickets to a full range of innovative performances that range from musical comedy to acrobatics to dancer-illusionists, and music that ranges from classical to folk to bossa nova to sounds of the African-American musical legacy.

Brochures can 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, Cresco, Waukon and West Union.

All ticket order and mailing information is in the brochure and online at http://centerstage.luther.edu. The Box Office will have limited summer hours, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and will accept mail orders throughout the summer. The Box Office will be closed Aug. 6-10, however mail orders will still be accepted.

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 premier seating, assured seating even for sold out performances, ticket insurance so that tickets can be easily replaced, and invitations to special events.

Season subscribers have first opportunity to renew each year. Current subscribers should respond by June 29 to retain or select new seats.

The 2012-13 Center Stage Series is sponsored by Decorah Bank and Trust and Luther College Diversity Council. Luther's School Performances Series is sponsored by Winneshiek Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Physicians.

The Water Coolers – Sept. 8

Gather round for a hilarious comedy revue about the insanity of everyday life. With smart and quirky humor, the cast of The Water Coolers celebrates the highs and lows of the workplace with song and satire. Like a cross between "The Office," "The Capitol Steps" and "Modern Family," The Water Coolers answers the question "Does this stuff happen to everyone else?" with a comforting "Yes!"

Sweet Honey In The Rock – Sept. 29

Sweet Honey In The Rock weaves storytelling and stunning vocal prowess into an inspiring, socially conscious performance. Their six fabulous voices capture the sounds of the African-American musical legacy—the sacred music of the black church, the clarion calls of the civil rights movement, and songs of the struggle for justice everywhere.

With power and grace, the women challenge audiences to open their minds to messages of hope, love and justice. 

An Evening with Abigail Washburn – Oct. 20

Ten years ago, Abigail Washburn bought a banjo when she moved to China to study law. As an anticipated farewell to America, she took a road trip down the East Coast to learn to play that banjo—and was offered a record deal along the way.

Since then this singing clawhammer banjo player has been sharing her gorgeous, joyful sound with audiences internationally. Her lush combination of Appalachian and Chinese folk music with indie rock influences is unexpected yet perfectly harmonious. She will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Kai Welch for an intimate program. 

Sphinx Virtuosi with the Catalyst Quartet – Oct. 26

Experience the skilled, energetic spirit of the Sphinx Virtuosi ensemble. Comprised of 18 of the top alumni from the national Sphinx competition for young black and Latino string players, the Virtuosi are redefining the future of classical music. Through their exuberance and technical finesse, the musicians embody a world in which classical music reflects cultural diversity.

The performance, titled "Music of the Americas," will highlight African-American and Latino composers such as Piazzolla, Ginastera and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson. The four principal players—members of the Catalyst Quartet—will be featured on small ensemble and unaccompanied solo works. Sponsored by the Luther College Diversity Council.

Luciana Souza Quartet – Nov. 8

Luminous. Fluid. Refined. Sultry. Luciana Souza's distinctive voice invites listeners to escape the noise of everyday life and immerse themselves in an evening of tantalizing and romantic rhythms. Luciana is an innovator in the bossa nova tradition, fusing jazz and Brazilian samba into lyrical tunes.

Her program will feature pieces from two brand new projects: "The Book of Chet," a tribute to iconic trumpet player and singer Chet Baker, and "Duos III," signature songs as varied and beautiful as the Brazilian landscape. 

The Acting Company As You Like It – Feb. 15

All the world's a stage… One of Shakespeare's most frequently quoted passages is found in one of his most popular fairy tales. On stage the messy, whimsical world of "As You Like It" captivates audiences. The comedy tells the story of secret lovers Rosalind and Orlando. Forced to flee for their lives into the Forest of Arden they find themselves entangled in a game of love, lust and mistaken identity.

The Acting Company, which launches future stars and helps make classical theatre accessible, brings this production to Luther immediately after an opening at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. 

Cirque Ziva – Feb. 21

Combining astonishing acrobatics, vibrant costumes, and spectacular sets, Cirque Ziva drives each performance with vivid zeal. The young 20 person cast presents an array of centuries-old Chinese acrobatic arts that will surprise and dazzle—juggling hats, balancing cups, spinning plates, and diving through hoops.

Cirque Ziva is the latest project from seasoned director Danny Chang. His eye-catching, breath-taking, and fast-paced show will energize audience members of all ages. Sponsored by Decorah Bank and Trust Company. 

First Person: Seeing America – March 5

First Person: Seeing America is a moving combination of music, words, and images that tell the history of our country's extraordinary people. Ensemble Galilei's evocative melodies and rhythms—played on fiddles, harp, viola da gamba, percussion, banjo, whistles, and oboe—provide the soundtrack.

Actor Rob Nagle and actress Lily Knight bring iconic personalities, places, and events to life with brilliant narration. Photographs of hardship and beauty from the Metropolitan Museum of Art are projected on stage.

Together, the innovative project tells a poignant tale of our people's ability to persevere through some of our most trying moments.

The Hot Club of San Francisco – March 15

Be swept away to a smoky 1930s Paris jazz club by the seductive sounds of Hot Club's gypsy swing. Grounded in the pioneering style of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli's Hot Club de France, the ensemble offers a fitting homage to the sophisticated music while adding their own refreshing energy.

Virtuosic guitar, violin, and bass will charm throughout. In the second half, Hot Club colors the vintage silent film The Mascot, an adventure story about lost toys, with their humorous accompaniment. 

MOMIX Botanica – April 12

Radically innovative dance company MOMIX defies categorization. With seemingly endless energy, the dancer-illusionists of MOMIX create a fantastical world out of nothing more than light, shadow, larger-than-life props, and the human body.

Botanica, the newest creation from founder and director Moses Pendleton, draws inspiration from the unfolding of the seasons. An eclectic score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi provides the backdrop.

Don't miss this mesmerizing and thought-provoking performance.