Center Stage Series 2014-15 season

Luther College Center Stage Series invites you to be at the center of it all with 10 acclaimed arts performances on the Center for Faith and Life stage for the 2014-15 season, Sept. 13-April 11. Tickets for Center Stage Series events may be purchased as a subscription package through Aug. 29.

Subscriptions can be purchased through Luther College Ticket Office or by logging in at Patrons who choose to subscribe online and have an online account from previous purchases do not need to create a new account. Please read the directions on the website before selecting your subscription package. For CSS patrons who have special requirements and those experiencing difficulties ordering online may contact the Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or email [email protected] anytime.   

Center Stage Series subscribers can build their entertainment season by choosing tickets to a full range of radiant performances that range from sci-fi radio theatre to Japanese drumming, and music that ranges from a cappella and string ensembles to South African musical icons and hot jazz.

Brochures can be picked up on the Luther College campus, 700 College Dr., Decorah, Iowa, at the Ticket 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. Call (563) 387-1357 to have one mailed to a residence.

All ticket order and mailing information is in the brochure and online at  The Ticket Office will accept mail orders throughout the summer, but will have limited hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The Ticket Office will be closed Aug. 3-7; mail and online orders will still be accepted. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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 no ticket fees, priority seating, guaranteed seating even for sold-out performances, ticket insurance so that tickets can be easily replaced, and invitations to a special celebratory dinner.

Season subscribers have first opportunity to renew each year. Current subscribers should respond by July 11 to retain or select new seats.

The 2014-15 Center Stage Series is sponsored by Decorah Bank and Trust, Gundersen Health System, Winneshiek Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Physicians, and the Luther College Diversity Council.

The Intergalactic Nemesis—Target Earth – Sept. 13

An intrepid reporter, her assistant and a mysterious librarian travel across the galaxy to save the Earth from an invading force of sludge monsters in this fun, unique multimedia experience that combines a classic old-fashioned radio show—complete with talented voice actors and four tables of live sound effects—with a vibrant projected sci-fi comic. It's out of this world!

Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don't Fail Me Now! – Sept. 25

A boisterous, energetic band with a human beatbox accompanies wildly costumed, high-speed tap dancers in this internationally renowned troupe from Minneapolis. Witness the indomitable power of the human spirit as the lively seven-piece funk band accompanies each tap, shuffle and stomp with a clang, riff and refrain in this joyous parade of genre-hopping music and percussive dance.

San Jose Taiko – Oct. 4

San Jose Taiko has mesmerized audiences and critics alike with the powerful and propulsive sounds of taiko, the Japanese drum. As the longest-running taiko group in the United States, SJT's performances have grown to incorporate the beat of world rhythms, including African, Brazilian, Filipino, Latin and jazz. With its commitment to artistic excellence and full-bodied ensemble drumming, SJT crosses cultural boundaries to spellbind audiences and enrich the human spirit.

John Ball's In the Heat of the Night, L.A. Theatre Works – Oct. 24

Set in 1965, a gripping crime thriller features a Southern white sheriff and an African American detective as unwilling partners in a high-profile homicide. The story captures the complexity of a country grappling with integration and an evolving acceptance of the civil rights movement. With this compelling hybrid of radio theatre and traditional live theatre-complete with props, sound effects, costumed actors behind mics and modified language of the period, L.A. Theatre Works brings the era to life in its adaptation of this groundbreaking novel.

Anonymous 4, Grace and Glory – Nov. 6

This renowned female a cappella quartet, known for its unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, combines historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition to create its magical, hallowed sound. The quartet will perform "Grace and Glory: Songs from Medieval France and Early America," which features French motets as well as American shape-note tunes, gospel songs and folk hymns from the 18th to 20th centuries.

Sybarite5 – Nov. 14

Often called the rock stars of classical music, these five string players perform an eclectic repertoire ranging from Stravinsky and Dvořák to contemporary anthems by Radiohead and Arcade Fire. Sybarite5's fresh interpretation and bold approach to songs new and old, all played with exquisite technique, will transfix audiences and take them on an exciting ride that crosses boundaries and redefines the rules of classical music.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dance Alive National Ballet – Feb. 6

On a dreamy summer evening, the worlds of fairies, humans, dukes and donkeys all collide under the spell of cupid's arrow. A bright and beautiful story ballet in the classical style set to Shakespeare's immortal "A Midsummer Night's Dream" proves that falling in love is the ultimate gift. With a cast of 18 dancers and a magical set, prepare to be enchanted!

Hot Sardines – Feb. 20

Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys French frontwoman with a voice from another era, and you have the Hot Sardines. Expect a night of salty, foot-stomping, 1920s flapper-jazz fit for a speakeasy, honoring the genre's greats.

20 Years of Freedom – March 5

Don't miss this rare chance to witness Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela, two of South Africa's true freedom fighters and major musical icons as they celebrate 20 years since the end of apartheid. Masekela, a flugelhorn player described by "Rolling Stone" as "one of the most thrilling live performers around," and Mahlasela, a guitarist known simply as "The Voice" in his home country, stir and uplift audiences with songs of optimism, grace and hope.

All Recipes Are Home – April 11

This odyssey of Iowan proportions draws on interviews with Decorah locals, food lovers and farmers, and marries it to the history of land in Iowa to tell the story of food and home in our own backyard. Incorporating dance and live folk music by "The Awful Purdies," this custom-made play follows a young man who accepts work on an Iowa farm and the sister who embarks with a beloved family recipe on an epic journey across the state to find her wayward brother and remind him and all of us—through food—of the comfort of home.

Hugh Masekela playing a flugelhorn in the performance of 20 Years of Freedom.