University of Dubuque Presents 2015-2016 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series

Jul 13, 2015

The University of Dubuque is pleased to present the 2015-2016 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series.  The season boasts 14 professional guest artist performances selected from today’s national touring circuit, plus the University’s signature Christmas at Heritage Center presentation.  All performances occur in Heritage Center’s premier venue, John and Alice Butler Hall, with a seating capacity of 1000 patrons.

According to Heritage Center Executive Director, Thomas Robbins, “We are fortunate to be able to continue building a tradition of programming excellence with an exceptionally distinguished caliber of performances. The new schedule should appeal to a broad spectrum of both campus and community members.”

The 8-event CenterStage Series package offers the best value including a host of subscriber benefits including priority seating, discounted tickets, reduced fees, free admission to Christmas at Heritage Center, and advance purchasing privileges on additional special events. Summer Farber Box Office hours are 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Monday, August 17, when standard 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. hours commence.  Online sales are available at For more information or to request a brochure, call the Farber Box Office at 563.585.SHOW (7469).

Subscription and Individual Tickets – Ordering Dates and Details:

*Subscription orders will be accepted upon receipt of order form via fax, mail, and email – effective now and processed beginning Monday, July 27; online and via phone or in-person at the box office beginning Monday, July 27. 

*Individual ticket orders will be accepted upon receipt of order form via fax, mail, and email – effective now and processed beginning Tuesday, August 11; online beginning Tuesday, August 11; and via phone or in-person at the box office beginning Monday, August 17. 

“In addition to Broadway, dance, and jazz, our third season offers everything from musical nostalgia to theatrical drama to family fun,” said Robbins. I encourage everyone to come experience all that makes Heritage Center a distinctive destination for cultural experiences.”


The 2015-2016 season features the following events:

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway
Neil Berg’s acclaimed musical revue of Broadway’s most celebrated shows features a dazzling cast of five Broadway stars accompanied by an all-star New York band. 100 Years…recreates the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century featuring the actual stars of shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jersey Boys, and Wicked. Rita Harvey, Dubuque native, Hempstead High School alum, and wife of Neil Berg, is part of the cast of performers.


Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Recycled Percussion
Recycled Percussion’s junk rock music became a national phenomenon during their smash hit performances on America’s Got Talent in 2009.  The group, who beats their sticks on buckets, power tools, and ladders, has also done guest appearances on Carson Daly, The Today Show, China’s Got Talent, and the Latin Grammy Awards. After being featured on the cover of USA Today and being voted National Act of the Year a record-breaking six times, the band gained world-wide recognition.


Friday, October 16, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Brass Transit: The Legacy of Chicago
Celebrate Homecoming at UD with Toronto's dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight Chicago tribute! The band's show includes all the hits from Chicago's golden age, 1969-1976. With world-class horns, a rocking rhythm section and vocals stacked sky high, Brass Transit transports audiences back to the freewheeling days of the seventies. Member credits include platinum records, Emmy awards, and performances with Hall-of-Fame rock and soul acts.


Sunday, October 25, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Alice in Wonderland (Pushcart Players of New Jersey)
Filled with Lewis Carroll’s pure nonsense and madcap characters, this intriguing tale about a curious and proactive young girl has enchanted readers for many generations.  Pushcart’s whimsical music, design, and direction offer a precious theatre experience that young viewers will long remember. Alice goes on an enchanted journey of self-discovery with challenges, choices, and happy conclusions. A meaningful musical fantasy for anyone who has ever been on the daring adventure of growing up! 


Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Letters Home performed by Chicago’s Griffin Theatre
Letters Home puts Afghanistan and Iraq wars front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers. These letters were written during disorientation of training, deployment, separation from family, and combat duties. One theme unites diverse voices; the belief that the person standing beside you is more important than you. Video projection behind the actors uses imagery taken directly from actual soldiers’ blogs and web posts. Post-performance discussion with the cast.


Friday, December 4, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Christmas at Heritage Center: Journey to Bethlehem
Now in its third year, this UD tradition promises once again to bring renewed spiritual meaning to your Christmas season. UD celebrates the birth of Christ through a dynamic concert presentation featuring the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, live narration, and more. The heavenly acoustics of Butler Hall provide the perfect backdrop for this festive and celebratory occasion.


Friday, December 11, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
The Celtic Tenors presented in collaboration with Irish Hooley
The only tenor group with a truly global audience, the Celtic Tenors give you a night to remember. Whether playing a cathedral or major concert venues in New York, Amsterdam, or Dubuque, the tenors genuinely love what they do and you’ll see that shine through in each rendition of beautiful Celtic songs like the haunting “Danny Boy” and exhilarating classics like “Nessun Dorma”. The Celtic Tenors are world class artists who, despite their incredible success, don’t take themselves too seriously!


Saturday, January 9, 2016, 7:30pm
TH Media presents SNL Alum Ana Gasteyer & Her Jazz Quintet
Best known from her six years on Saturday Night Live and her Broadway roles in Wicked and The Rocky Horror Show, Ana Gasteyer is on tour! This concert celebrates the release of her first studio record, I’m Hip – a collection of jazz standards with Ana’s own twist. Ana delivers superstar vocals, humor, and a performance sure to dazzle audiences – complete with her own 5-piece band. 


Friday, January 29, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
As seen on season 4 of NBC’s The Sing-Off, VoicePlay is unlike any theatrical experience available today, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice. VoicePlay takes the timeless sound of vocal music and turns it completely on its head. Vertigo-inducing harmonies pepper VoicePlay’s music, lacing it with inventive and hilarious on-stage antics. 


Saturday, February 13, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Jump Rhythm Jazz Project
Chicago’s multiple-Emmy®-Award-winning dance company. JRJP celebrates the core of jazz performance — dancing, singing, and storytelling in rhythmically syncopated conversations to the beat-driven sounds of the blues, jazz, funk, hip hop, and world music. JRJP has grown into an ensemble embodying a life-affirming mix of percussive musicality and emotional vocal-rhythmic dance. 


Friday, February 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
The Improvised Shakespeare Company
Chicago’s Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised play using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Each player has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy filled with power struggles, star-crossed lovers, sword-play, asides, insults, persons in disguise, and all that we’ve come to expect from the pen of the Great Bard.


Sunday, February 28, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School performed by New York’s Theatreworks USA
Now that Junie B. Jones has been going to school for over a year and a half, who better to write the book on everything you need to know? From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks, and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and always something to sing about! An all-new musical based on Barbara Park's popular book. 


Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Alpin Hong’s Chasing Chopin, piano virtuoso/storyteller
Alpin Hong’s lifelong fascination with the music of Chopin has thrilled, haunted, and sustained him. Chasing Chopin is a theatrical journey into Hong’s extraordinary life. His autobiographical storytelling and dazzling performance dive into personal moments both hilarious and tragic. This window into Hong’s life journey gives audiences an intimate look into gripping interpretations of Chopin’s music. Enduring a catastrophic loss at age 12, Hong’s passion fueled a career which has taken him to Juilliard, Carnegie Hall, the White House, and all 50 states. 


Saturday, April 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
SFJAZZ Collective presents “The Music of Michael Jackson & Original Compositions”
San Francisco’s all-star international jazz ensemble’s mission is to perform fresh arrangements of works by a modern master and new pieces by each Collective member. Focusing on the music of the undisputed “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson, arrangements will include “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” “Working Day and Night,” “Smooth Criminal,” and “Thriller.” The New York Times calls SFJAZZ Collective “…a super brain for what serious jazz sounds like now."


Friday, April 15, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Cinderella performed by Opera Iowa
Rossini’s version of this classic-fairy tale is a vocal and comedic romp! A wise magician takes the place of the fairy godmother and Don Magnifico, the girl’s father, rants and raves instead of a wicked stepmother, but the nasty stepsisters, Prince Charming, and a glass slipper prove, beyond all question, that this is the fairy tale we all know and love. When combined with hilarious characters and situations set to some of Rossini’s finest music, it becomes comic opera at its most exhilarating and often frenzied best!