SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin
SimpleGifts makes musical magic by bringing a modern flair to traditional Christmas carols and hymns. Staying close to the heart of Christmas by avoiding commercial and pop holiday repertoire has become the trademark of this award-winning ensemble. The ensemble, led by national recording artist Billy McLaughlin, performs acoustic instrumental and vocal music that harkens back to a quieter, simpler time. Their concerts include traditional carols, hymns, and holiday favorites. The band combines violin, Celtic whistle and bagpipes, piano, acoustic guitar and percussion with angelic three-part female vocals to create a “modern Old-World” sound. This is what Christmas is all about!
Lizzy the Dream Girl
Explore the mysterious world of hypnosis and discover the amazing power and creativity of the human mind. Participants leave Lizzy’s show feeling terrific. Audience members also experience the positive affect of long-term, uncontrollable laughter. Lizzy has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her fun-loving personality has compelled her to explore the lighter side of the power of the human mind. She presents a vibrant, high-energy show that amazes audiences when they witness the power of hypnosis firsthand. Audience volunteers become stars of the show, giving people something to laugh and talk about long after the show is done. Lizzy’s show is enlightening, entertaining and suitable for all ages. Relax, enjoy, and laugh out loud with Lizzy!
Born in Charleston, SC and raised in rural Washington, singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith began playing music in church at a young age. After a promising trumpeting career was tragically cut short due to braces, Jeremy turned to the guitar as his instrument of choice. Since then he has become one of Minnesota’s most recognized and celebrated artists receiving praise from The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, Paste Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Spin, and Rolling Stone among many others. He appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and his songs are often featured on television and film. jeremy has toured extensively throughout the world - even opening for Barack Obama. His latest album “Late Stage Capitalism” was released in the spring of 2018.
The Current (89.3 FM) is a corporate sponsor of this concert.
The Second City - It’s Not You, It’s Me
The Second City has been laughing at love and its infinite scroll of side effects for decades. In the world-famous comedy company’s latest laughter-inducing undertaking, It’s Not You, It’s Me, The Second City takes shots at heartbreak, missed connections and the mire of human relationships. Your friends, your parents, even your Valentine’s Day date will find something achingly familiar to laugh at, thanks to comedy’s newest generation of writers and performers…who all fit squarely into the “it’s complicated” category! Since opening its doors in 1959, The Second City has grown to become the world’s premier comedy club, theater, and school of improvisation, entertaining 1 million theatergoers a year around the globe. Alumni of The Second City’s resident stages, touring companies, and theatrical divisions across Chicago and Toronto include some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more. Recommended for mature audiences.
The National Players presents William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”
The National Players, America’s longest-running touring theater company, brings one of Shakespeare’s most delightful plays, Twelfth Night, to Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Twelfth Night is a classic tale of reckless revenge, mistaken identity, and mismatched lovers. All audiences will enjoy the National Players’ fresh take on this spirited story. Shipwrecked and alone, Viola disguises herself as a boy and enters into Duke Orsino’s service. Lovesick Orsino sends her to court the Lady Olivia, but Olivia is much more interested in this cute young newcomer…When, unbeknownst to her, Viola’s identical twin Sebastian also washes ashore, a merry brand of chaos ensues. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies performed on the Newhall stage!
Irish pianist John O’Conor has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing for over forty years. “A pianist of unbounding sensitivity” (Gramophone) ; “He represents a vanishing tradition that favors inner expression and atmosphere over showmanship and bravura” (Chicago Tribune) ; “Impeccable technique and musicality … it would be hard to imagine better performances” (Sunday Times – London) ; “This artist has the kind of flawless touch that makes an audience gasp” (Washington Post); “Exquisite playing” (New York Times). He has given concerts in many of the world’s most famous halls including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Dvorak Hall in Prague, and the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo. He is considered by many to be the world’s premier Beethoven interpreter. Come see him perform in the intimate space of Newhall Auditorium.
Ragamala Dance Company presents Nocturne*
Now celebrating their 25th year in Minnesota, Ragamala Dance approaches the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam as a living, breathing language with which to speak about the contemporary human experience. Nocturne is the first major work to be conceived/choreographed by long-time Ragamala soloist Ashwini Ramaswamy. Inspired by the natural, emotional, and spiritual migrations that occur after nightfall, Nocturne summons the different facets of the night—the natural world of flora and fauna, the emotional world of anticipation and longing, and the heightened spiritual potency of pre-dawn. The Star Tribune praised Nocturne as, “[a]n enchanting journey—for one hour we are transported into an exquisite dream state.” And the New York Times writes… “Rapturous and profound… [Aparna Ramaswamy] is an enchantingly beautiful dancer.”
* This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota.