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Fesler-Lampert Performing Arts Series

The Fesler-Lampert and Acoustic Roots Performing Arts Series feature an exciting array of musicians and entertainers. Events are open to the public. Check out our events for the 2021-22 season!

For more information, contact the SSM box office at 507-333-1620 or by email. All performances take place on campus in historic Newhall Auditorium and begin at 7:30 p.m. (unless noted).

A performer from the James Sewell Ballet company.

James Sewell Ballet*

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Adults $20, Students $12

James Sewell Ballet (JSB) was founded in New York City by James Sewell and Sally Rousse. In 1993, they made the bold decision to move the company to Minneapolis. They envisioned a close-knit company of dance artists willing to both challenge physical limits and expand notions about ballet. Now, these many years later, critically acclaimed performances by JSB move and delight audiences across the country. The visit of JSB to the Newhall Stage at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School is a retrospective celebration of 30 years of creative innovation. This special tour takes JSB to ten Greater Minnesota cities. A company of eight JSB dancers perform multiple pieces from the company’s first three decades.  

Charlie Parr, local Minnesota musician

Charlie Parr*

Friday, December 3, 2021

Adults $25, Students $15

Caravan du Nord, a tour of Minnesota by some of the state’s best bands and emerging artists, sponsored by the Minnesota Music Coalition and MPR’s 90.3 The Current, returns to Faribault for the 2021 tour. The headliner is Charlie Parr, American blues musician hailing from Minnesota. He describes himself as “an easily confused and very shy individual, who has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin, Minnesota in the 1980’s in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota.” Opening sets by Kijana and Molly Maher.

Steele Family, a local artist performing in the Fesler-Lampert series.

steele family christmas*

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Adults $25, Students $15

For years, the Steeles have presented their annual Holiday concert to sold-out audiences at various Twin Cities theaters. This year, the Steeles and the Dakota are bringing their one-of-a-kind Christmas celebration into your homes. The Steeles consist of five siblings; J.D., Fred, Jearlyn, Jevetta, and Billy Steele. They have been singing together since they were children growing up in Gary, Indiana, where they began to develop their style and soul. Each came to Minnesota for different reasons; however, it is clear they were meant to be a part of the Minnesota sound. They have recorded and performed with Prince, Donald Fagen, Morgan Freeman, George Clinton, Mavis Staples, Johnny Lang, Peabo Bryson, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, and others throughout their long and storied career.

We are the Willows, a performer in the 2021-22 Fesler-Lampert series.

we are the willows*

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Adults $20, Students $12

We are the Willows is an orchestral indie rock ensemble featuring songwriter Peter Miller’s unique countertenor voice, supported by Jeremiah Satterthwaite (guitar),Travis Collins (bass/voice), Hilary James (cello/voice), and Josh McKay (drums).The band crafts dynamic songs with a contemplative air. Their songs cover a lot of conceptual ground...from family history to modern social life and personal identity. We are the Willows has been releasing music since 2007. Their most notable release, Picture (Portrait), a 20 song, two-part concept album based on letters written between Miller’s grandparents during World War II garnered praise from NPR, the BBC, NOISY, Paste Magazine, Buzzfeed, The Brooklyn Vegan, and USA TODAY. Between 2009 and 2017 the band toured a great deal, including showcasing at SXSW, Treefort Music Festival, Summerfest, and supporting slots with Blitzen Trapper, S. Carey, PHOX, and Matt Pond PA.

SHAPESHIFT, a dance collective performing in the 2021-22 Fesler-Lampert series.

shapeshift

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Adults $25, Students $15

SHAPESHIFT, a Minneapolis dance collective, whose founder performed with Prince’s band, 3rdEyeGirl, and which has danced in front of 20,000 strong at Xcel Energy Center, was created on the fly. SHAPESHIFT dance collective was formed to create a fresh new innovative dance style which combines the lyricism of contemporary dance and hip-hop with other dance styles to illuminate the human experience and fuel social change. SHAPESHIFT’s powerful productions boldly tackle current issues of social justice, loss, love and human emotions. SHAPESHIFT’s patented hybrid storytelling productions include full and small ensembles and solo pieces, combined with hip-hop/contemporary movement and other dances styles, fused with popular and old school music, dialog, acting and props.  

Oda Voltersvik, a pianist performing in the 2021-22 Fesler-Lampert series.

Oda voltersvik

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Adults $15, Students $5

Pianist Oda Volbersvik has launched her career by winning 1st prize at the Bradshaw & Buono International Competition. Since then, she has traveled from her home country of Norway to Beijing, New York, London, and beyond, performing in venues including “Palermo Classica” International Festival, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, St. Martin in the Fields (“Pianists of the world series”) and St. James`s Piccadilly in London. She is a frequent performer throughout Norway, including at the Edvard Grieg museum (2014- 2021),and the International Grieg in Bergen Festival. Her recordings include a duo CD “Khoreia,” as well as her 1st solo CD “Firebird.” She has received awards from many institutions and is currently supported by a grant for younger and newly established artists in Norway.

A Midsummer Night's Dream presented by The National Players, who are performing in this year's Fesler-Lampert series.

A Midsummer Night's dream

Presented by The National Players

Monday, April 25 & Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Adults $20, Students $12

Fairies, thespians, and runaway lovers all find themselves wandering the forest at night. With the fairy king and queen scheming, the lovers escaping, and the ragtag troupe of actors hastily rehearsing a show for the duke’s wedding tomorrow, what more could go wrong? When a fairy named Puck accidentally misapplies a love potion and purposefully transforms an actor into a donkey, it will take more than magic to set things right. Get lost in the forest with the National Players in the most epic romantic entanglement of all time. A magical comedy that’s fun for children and adults alike.