Special Events

These events can be added to subscription package purchases at a discount and have two tiers of seating: prime and rear balcony. Rear balcony seats are priced $4-$5 less than prime seating. Most special events are two hours including intermission, with concessions available. All performances are located in John and Alice Butler Hall. All seats reserved.


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Vitaly Beckman: An Evening of Wonders

September 12, 2017 | 8:00 p.m.

Master illusionist Vitaly Beckman has mystified fans from all over the world, including Las Vegas superstars Penn & Teller, whom he successfully fooled in their hit TV show, Fool Us. From bringing pictures to life to erasing people from their own driver’s licenses, Vitaly’s signature illusions leave even the most jaded audience awestruck. Reputed as “one of the most captivating and enjoyable illusionists performing in the world today” (Chilliwack Progress), Vitaly breathes innovation and artistry into the field of magic. He invented and designed every single illusion in his stage show, treating spectators to a theatrical entertainment not seen anywhere else in the world.

Free UD student admission for Vitaly Beckman made possible by support from UD Student Activities Board.





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The Official Blues Brothers Revue

September 16, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

This live concert show combines comedy and hits from the original movie and pays homage to Chicago’s rich history of blues, gospel, and soul music. The Official Blues Brothers Revue duo don the official hat and sunglasses and walk in the legendary footsteps of Jake and Elwood Blues. Discovered in Las Vegas, performers Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty capture the infectious humor and unbridled spirit of the Blues Brothers like no one since John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd walked the stage. Backed by a powerhouse band, they’ll give you a show to remember that is packed with classic hits from the Blues Brothers catalog, including Soul Man, Rubber Biscuit, Sweet Home Chicago, and more. You’ll enjoy a night of laughter, dancing, and foot-stompin’ fun.

A free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert featuring Tony Walker precedes this performance from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tony Walker is an acoustic entertainer from Dubuque who performs as a "One Man Band." He puts his special twist on many covers from the 1970's to the present. His music crosses several musical genres and styles for a wide variety of music for all tastes.

Bisignano Gallery Reception 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.


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Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band

November 1, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

In 1976, Jeff Daniels bought a Guild D-40 from Herb David’s Guitar Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, threw it in the back of his old Buick, and moved to New York City. That guitar led to a creative outlet, became a solace, and was a road into the artist that he didn’t know existed. Now, over 40 years later, Jeff Daniels released his eighth record, Simple Truths. In his own words, the Emmy-award winning actor shares…“Well, mostly I act, write, play guitar, have authored about 400 songs, played over 300 gigs the past 12 years from Maine to Alaska to Californ-i-a, drank from the fountain of youth by touring with my son’s band, founded The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan, for which I’ve written 15 plays (working on number 16), and, with great pride and a range that would drive a normal actor straight to Betty Ford, have been seen most recently as Will McAvoy on HBO’s The Newsroom, and after 20 long years, with the one and only Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber To. The rest you can google.”

A free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert featuring Lost Lakes precedes this performance from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Lost Lakes is a collaboration between Corey Mathew Hart and Paul Mitch. The collaboration has grown over the years, developing into a strong songwriting and production team with a focus on well-crafted tunes and tight vocal harmonies.


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Sons of Serendip, Songs in the Key of Wonder: 50 Years of Stevie Wonder

January 12, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Finalists on Season 9 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Sons of Serendip creates beautiful music through the use of harp, piano, cello, and voice. The quartet met in graduate school at Boston University and has been performing for audiences as a powerhouse ever since. Sons of Serendip hopes to bring joy to audience members and make their lives a little better — even just for a moment. The group honors singer-songwriter legend Stevie Wonder in their Songs in the Key of Wonder show as they perform Wonder’s top hits such as “Isn’t She Lovely,” “Higher Ground,” and “Superstition.”

A free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert featuring the Tim Crumley Trio precedes this performance from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Sons of Serendip is made possible, in part, by the William P. Woodward Visiting Artist-in-Residence Endowment.



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February 17, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Ondekoza was originally created on the Japanese island of Sado, where a group of young men and women gathered to follow the principle of “Sogakuron”- that “running and drumming are one, and a reflection of the drama and energy of life.” In the city of Fuji in Shizuoka, Japan, Ondekoza members live together and run together at the base of Mt. Fuji. In 2008, Ondekoza launched a new project, “Music & Rhythms,” which aims to “connect the children of world through musical experience.”  Not limiting itself to taiko drums, the project uses a variety of expressive tools to promote the freedom of expression and the limitless possibilities it brings.

Free 30-minute special lecture precedes performance at 6:30 p.m. in Babka Theatre.







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The Nashville Celts: Celtic Roots of Great American Music

A must-see St. Patrick's Day music and dance extravaganza!

March 3, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

The music of The Nashville Celts, led by musician, songwriter, and producer Rick Blair, is uniquely original.  Blair credits the group’s popularity to their melding of modern American hit songs and sounds with organic Celtic instruments as well as the success of their PBS-TV specials. Popular songs receiving an Irish makeover include music by Johnny Cash, Van Morrison, U2, Hank Williams, Mumford & Sons, Alison Krauss, and other hit-makers.

That hybrid sound and historical evolutionary process from the roots of Celtic-American immigrants to today’s most popular music is also fully depicted in the band’s new production entitled Roots of Great American Music.  This high energy production demonstrates how Irish music influenced the development of American bluegrass, country, and pop music.

A free Cybercafé Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert featuring 7000apart precedes this performance from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.