Luther College celebrates 40 years of performances in the Center for Faith and Life
Luther College Center Stage Series is celebrating 40 years of timeless and one-of-a-kind experiences at the Luther College Center for Faith and Life with nine unforgettable Center Stage Series performances, two school matinee performances and the college's continuing commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Tickets for Center Stage Series events may be purchased as a subscription package through Friday, Aug. 25. Center Stage Series subscribers can build an individualized entertainment season by choosing tickets to a broad range of exceptional performances—from the awe-inspiring theatrical acrobatics of Flip FabriQue to the soulful jazz of Anat Cohen and the sexy serpentine grooves of Lamajamal to the radio-style theatre reproduction of the night before Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination—CSS has something for all audiences. The CSS staff is excited to partner with the Reformation 500 committee to present Thomanerchor Leipzig, the St. Thomas Boys Choir, which—founded in 1212—is the oldest cultural establishment in the city of Leipzig.
Anyone can create their own personalized CSS package by becoming a subscriber and selecting five or more different events. Subscribers receive 10 percent off 5-6 events, 15 percent off 7-8 events, and 20 percent off 9-10 events.
Other subscription benefits include incurring no ticket fees—saving subscribers $2 per ticket—priority seating, guaranteed seating even for sold-out performances, ticket insurance so tickets can be easily replaced, and an invitation to a subscribers-only celebratory dinner.
Season subscribers have first opportunity to renew each year. Current subscribers should respond by Friday, July 14, to retain or select new seats.
Subscriptions can be purchased through Luther College's Ticket Office or by downloading a subscription form at tickets.luther.edu. CSS patrons with special requirements and those who would like assistance ordering may contact the Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357 or [email protected].
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.
Ticket order and mailing information is in the brochure and online at tickets.luther.edu.
The Ticket Office will accept mail orders throughout the summer, but will have limited hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The Ticket Office will be closed Aug. 1-9; mail orders will still be accepted. Regular hours resume Wednesday, Aug. 10.
The 2017-18 Center Stage Series is generously sponsored by Decorah Bank and Trust, Gundersen Health System, Winneshiek Medical Center and physician services from Mayo Clinic, and Luther College's Diversity Council. Center Stage Series would also like to thank their media supporters: Decorah Newspapers, Inspire(d) Media, KDEC 100.5 and KVIK.
Spanish Brass—Sept. 16
One of the most dynamic and admired brass groups on the international music scene, Spanish Brass dazzles audiences with a range of styles from baroque to flamenco to jazz. The quintet has released 20 albums and founded three international brass festivals. No one sets higher standards for brass chamber music.
Flip FabriQue—Sept. 30
In a high-energy mix of theatre and acrobatics, the artists of Flip FabriQue tumble, juggle and bounce through a captivating and awe-inspiring performance. The troupe "projects an irrepressible spirit of fun," using world-class circus training to offer mind-blowing, gravity-defying "acts that don't seem humanly possible" according to the New York Times.
American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook—Oct. 20
Join singer and bandleader Michael Andrew and The Gershwin Big Band for an evening of iconic American music by the inimitable George Gershwin, whose music is said to be as fresh and irresistible as it was during the Jazz Age. Backed by a 17-piece band, Andrew performs favorites from Broadway, Hollywood, opera and the classic American songbook.
Anat Cohen—Nov. 4
Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. According to the Washington Post, Cohen is "one of the brightest, most original young instrumentalists in jazz." Cohen brings to the stage a soulful blend of modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango and Afro-Cuban styles.
Thomanerchor Leipzig—Nov. 18
Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear J.S. Bach's own choir! Established in 1212 and representing 800 years of musical tradition, this iconic all-boys choir continues to be a strong cultural influence worldwide. With its light, bright, distinctive sound, the St. Thomas Choir strives to present an evening of uplifting, transcendent music that hasn't changed since Bach himself directed it.
Art of Time Ensemble: "Songbook" with Steven Page—Feb. 17
Steven Page, of the Barenaked Ladies, joins Toronto's highly inventive Art of Time Ensemble in an evening of seminal songs by Randy Newman, Radiohead, Elvis Costello, Barenaked Ladies, Leonard Cohen and others. Reimagined by arguably some of the greatest minds in classical, pop and jazz, and delivered by a defining voice in contemporary rock, "Songbook" is chamber music for the modern era.
Lamajamal combines Middle Eastern, North African, Balkan and Roma traditions with luscious, dubbed-out production, hip-hop influence with a rock band's sensibilities. The Chicago Reader says the highly danceable, heavily percussive group has a "knack for sexy, serpentine grooves and a mean, mean oud player." A band without borders, Lamajamal's goal is to infect the audience with its complex, riveting, cross-cultural music.
EVIDENCE-A Dance Company—March 17
Blending traditional African dance with contemporary choreography, EVIDENCE shares the African Diaspora experience with its audience through vibrant, kinetic movement, music and spoken word. The New York Times lauds this Brooklyn-based group for its "magnificently textured style, which shifts from earthy, raw-powered movement to jumps that send dancers sailing into the air like spirits."
The Mountaintop by Katori Hall—April 6
On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated outside his motel room. Almost exactly 50 years later L.A. Theatre Works brings its radio-style theatre to Decorah to imagine what may have transpired in that room the night before the assassination. The winner of Best New Play from Olivier Awards, The Mountaintop performance delivers King's hopes, regrets and fears, creating a bridge between mortality and immortality.
The 40-year celebration of the Center for Faith and Life also includes two School Matinee Performances, Theatreworks USA's retelling of Dr. Suess' "The Cat in the Hat," and ArtsPower's production of "Nugget and Fang," and the continued commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.