Luther Center Stage Series subscription tickets on sale

Luther College Center Stage Series will offer rich entertainment experiences via 10 professional arts performances on the Center for Faith and Life stage during the 2013-14 season, Sept. 14-April 4. 

Tickets for Center Stage Series events may be purchased as a subscription package now through Aug. 23 at the 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 classic theater to contemporary dance, and music that ranges from brass and string ensembles to traditional Arabic jazz.

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 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. 5-9, 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 July 12 to retain or select new seats.

The 2013-14 Center Stage Series is sponsored by Decorah Bank and Trust, Gundersen Health System and the Luther College Diversity Council. Luther's School Performances Series is sponsored by Winneshiek Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Physicians. See the website for more information on the school performance series.

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash – Sept. 14

From the cotton fields of Arkansas to the Grand Ole Opry, celebrate the storied life and musical legacy of Johnny Cash through a foot-stomping revue of such classics as "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues" and "A Boy Named Sue." Rather than doing a straight-up Cash impersonation, a company of performers will guide you through Cash's repertoire-from gospel to folk, from rock to blues to country-setting the stage ablaze in this touching and exuberant musical tribute.

Weiss Kaplan Newman Trio – Sept. 27

"Resonant," "soaring" and "rhapsodic" only begin to describe this beguiling and passionate piano trio. Acclaimed for fresh, energetic performances and exacting technical skill, the trio's Center Stage program will highlight Luther's newly refurbished nine-foot Steinway piano with an all-Beethoven bill, including the "Ghost" piano trio (op. 70, no. 1), the "Pathetique" piano sonata (op. 13, no. 8) and the trio in E-flat major (op. 70, no. 2). 

Tango Fire – Oct. 15

With tempestuous turns, dramatic lifts and lightning-fast footwork, Tango Fire positively sizzles. Hailing from the birthplace of tango-Buenos Aires-10 dancers, a world-renowned singer and a brilliant quartet bring their fevered sounds and fiery dance to the stage. Seductive and passionate, this show will be a real scorcher!

Masters of the Fiddle: Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy – Nov. 1

Beloved fiddlers MacMaster and Leahy bring a whirlwind of fiddle-driven music, dance and song, combining the best of French, Celtic, bluegrass and even Cajun styles. The husband-and-wife team will engage the audience with the foot-tapping rave-ups, heart-wrenching ballads and world-class step dancing that have brought audiences to their feet on three continents.

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – Nov. 16

Eight ukulele masters spread a spirit of wit, playfulness and camaraderie as they strum through a diverse repertoire that includes everything from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana to Otis Redding. Their irreverent, delightful approach to music belies their serious musicianship, which has landed them at Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Come and find out why they have a worldwide following. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own ukuleles for a ukulele-along.

Simon Shaheen Ensemble – Feb. 13

Simon Shaheen's technique, melodic ingenuity and grace have earned him international acclaim as a virtuoso on the oud and violin. He dazzles audiences as he deftly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and Western classical styles. With a complement of six musicians and a vocalist, his ensemble will mesmerize listeners with Shaheen's sultry, distinctive brand of Middle Eastern–jazz fusion. 

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Aquila Theatre Company – Feb. 21           

One of the most revered novels of the 20th century, "Fahrenheit 451" is Ray Bradbury's dystopian tale of a bleak future where books are banned and knowledge is on the edge of extinction. With its skill at creating innovative and modern productions of great works of literature, the Aquila Theatre uses a minimal set and high-caliber performers to breathe new life into this visionary parable of a society gone awry.

Ticket-holders are invited to a preperformance talk with the company at 6:30 p.m.

Notes from the Balcony: Boston Brass and Enso String Quartet – March 8

Two acclaimed ensembles join forces for this special project, allowing each to shine even brighter. Performing music inspired by "Romeo and Juliet," including selections from the Nino Rota score, as well as pieces by Kabalevsky, Prokofiev, Elvis Costello and Leonard Bernstein, the Boston Brass quintet and Enso String Quartet make an unusual nine-piece ensemble that creates stirring, powerful music paying homage to Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers.

River North Dance Chicago– March 14

Filled with knockout dancers, bold music and commanding choreography, this dynamic, contemporary troupe will perform three pieces, including a new commission set to the music of American vocalist Eva Cassidy. With Cassidy's stunning voice as a backdrop, the kinetic energy of the group is palpable. Artistic director Frank Chavez says, "I don't want people to just come see River North; I want people to feel River North."

Pianist Philip Glass – April 4

Simultaneously stirring and meditative, an evening of Philip Glass's solo piano is a rare opportunity to experience this influential composer's work firsthand. Debuting a program that features his most recent etudes for piano and classics in Glass's repertoire, this concert provides a glimpse into the intricacies of the composer's work. Speaking from the piano bench, Glass personally introduces the program. An intimate and unique look at a visionary at work, this evening provides a fond reintroduction for Glass fans and a perfect introduction for new audiences.

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