Heritage Center Unveils 2018-2019 Flexible Subscription Plan

Jun 25, 2018

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Tickets are now available for University of Dubuque’s 2018-2019 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series. Boasting 26 performances, the new season offers a true passport to adventure with artists representing great American cities like Chicago, San Francisco, and Philadelphia to global excursions with artists from Brazil, China, Ireland, Mexico, and Norway.

New for 2018-2019 is a Build-Your-Own CenterStage season ticket package option. Patrons who choose seven or more of 15 events will be eligible for a variety of benefits including discounts up to 25 percent. Deeper discounts are available for UD alumni, parents of UD students, children, and active duty, retired, and reserve military personnel. Other subscriber benefits include priority seating, reduced fees, free Christmas at Heritage tickets, payment plan option, and advance purchasing privileges.

In addition, subscribers may supplement with Family Series and B.I.T.E. Size Series ticket packages. Except for the second season of intimate shows in Babka Theatre, all performances occur in John and Alice Butler Hall.

Subscription orders are being accepted via mail now. Subscriptions will be accepted online, by phone, or at the box office beginning Tuesday, July 10. Individual event tickets go on sale via all sales methods beginning Wednesday, Aug. 1. To retrieve an order form, visit www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter. For more information or to request a brochure, call 563.585.SHOW.

Farber Box Office summer hours are Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Normal hours of 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. will begin Monday, Aug. 20. The box office will be closed July 2-4.

The 2018-2019 Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series features the following Butler Hall events:

August 28, 2018 – 8:00 p.m.
B2wins from Brazil

Pronounced “B-Twins,” Brazilian twins Walter and Wagner have been exciting audiences worldwide with their distinctive appearance and unique approach to creating their own signature sound. Featuring a lead electric violin and ukulele with vocals, this dynamic powerhouse sets out to shatter every stereotype of a typical band. The twins will be joined on stage by musicians on electric bass and drums.

September 21, 2018 – 7:30 p.m.
Chicago Dance Crash “The Bricklayers of Oz”

Created to celebrate Chicago Dance Crash’s 15th anniversary season, “Bricklayers” goes back to Crash’s roots of “big pop culture” with an original prequel to L. Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. With breakdancing and hip-hop for all ages, Crash tells the origin story of the yellow brick road with a full-length production recognized by Dance Magazine as “The Most Inventive New Work of 2017.” Local dance group Dreaming Allegiance opens the show.

October 5, 2018 – 7:30 p.m.
Manhu from China, presented in cooperation with the Dubuque Arts Council

Hailing from the Stone Forest of Yunnan Province in southwestern China, Manhu brings to life the traditions of the Yi people, an ethnic minority group with a rich musical history. Playing the hulusheng, a mouth organ made from dried gourds, and a reed made from an ordinary leaf, Manhu shares instruments and songs that are well-known in their homeland but rarely seen on an international stage.

October 6, 2018 – 7:30 p.m.
Chanticleer, an orchestra of voices

Called "the world's reigning male chorus" by the New Yorker, the San Francisco based Grammy award-winning, 12-voice ensemble Chanticleer celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018. Their 2018-19 concert tour, “Then and There, Here and Now,” features a wide repertoire of early music, spirituals, jazz, and American songbook classics by Richard Rodgers, Duke Ellington, and Irving Berlin.

October 23, 2018 – 7:30 p.m.
David Caserta’s Haunted Illusions

Treat your family to an evening of mind-blowing magic and comedy that gets the whole audience into the act. You’ll be stunned and amazed as master illusionist David Caserta has people levitating, disappearing, and reappearing right before your eyes. Families will thrill, laugh, and possibly vanish from sight at a magic spectacular like no other.

October 26, 2018 – 8:00 p.m.
An Evening with Lonestar (UD Homecoming)

Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar has amassed sales of over 10 million albums since they burst onto the music scene in 1995. The group has achieved 10 No. 1 hits including “No News,” “Come Crying to Me,” and their crossover smash hit “Amazed,” which also charted No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first record since 1983 to top both charts.

November 9, 2018 – 7:30 p.m.
Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass “Brothers on the Battlefield: The Power of Love”

This narrated multi-media program is one of Big Brass’ most popular concerts all around the United States. With a core message of love and unity, this concert is an uplifting and joyful celebration of life and our shared humanity. The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America’s top brass musicians dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences. Military active duty, retired, and reserve components eligible for free admission, courtesy of support from Radio Dubuque.

November 11, 2018 – 2:00 p.m.
Sleeping Beauty, performed by Virginia Repertory Theatre

This musical adaptation from the original story by Charles Perrault follows the plot of the traditional fairy tale, but it adds delightful surprises and comic situations. The Fairies’ wondrous gifts to the child are given until a single invitation to the party is missed. A prick on the spinning wheel will take its toll on the kingdom. Will destroying all the spinning wheels be enough to save the king’s daughter?

November 16, 2018 – 7:30 p.m.
Pat Hazell’s The Wonder Bread Years

A fresh and funny salute to Americana, The Wonder Bread Years stars former Seinfeld writer and The Tonight Show regular Pat Hazell. A fast-paced, hilarious show straddling the line between standup and theater, it’s a comic bullseye for Baby Boomers everywhere. With topics from sitting at the kids table to riding in the way back of the Country Squire Wagon, the show restores a much-needed sense of wonder leaving audiences savoring the past like never before.

November 30, 2018 – 7:30 p.m.
Christmas at Heritage Center: An Evening of Lessons & Carols

Celebrating year six, this UD tradition once again promises to bring renewed spiritual meaning to your Christmas season. UD’s Fine and Performing Arts Department celebrates the birth of Christ through a dynamic concert presentation featuring the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Wind Ensemble, interwoven with live narration. 

December 2, 2018 – 2:00 p.m.
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, performed by Casa Mañana of Fort Worth, Texas

Junie B. Jones, first-grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.'s fun. So when Junie B. draws May's name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves?

January 18, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
Million Dollar Quartet

Million Dollar Quartet is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock and roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. 

January 26, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, presented by Missoula Children’s Theatre

Missoula Children’s Theatre presents an original adaptation of this classic fairy tale featuring a cast of local youth. A young princess named Show White finds herself in peril when her step-mother, the Queen, is told by her Magic Mirror that the princess is fairer than she! Aided by her two Henchmen and a band of evil Bats,. the Queen plots to get rid of Snow White But, the Queen’s evil plans are thwarted when Snow White’s fearless Forest Friends, her father King Backwards, the Seven Dwarfs, and the Prince come to her rescue.

February 1, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
Femmes of Rock starring Bella Electric Strings

The Femmes of Rock show takes Bella Strings to a whole new level. All-new arrangements, original material, a live rock band with four female electric violinists, video, lights, choreography, comedy, and more can be expected in this high-energy show that leaves audiences awed. Be prepared for something that you have not yet seen the likes of, featuring the music of AC/DC, ELO, Queen, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Prince, and many more! 

February 14, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
LUMA: Art in Darkness

Take the giant leap into a surreal world of light, color, and motion where thinking stops and astonishment begins. LUMA Theater is an exhilarating light spectacle that captures the audiences’ imaginations by using the dark as the canvas and light as the brush to create colorful illusions by combining rhythmic gymnastics, dance, magic, puppetry, and physics with well-coordinated motion.

February 20, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.

Stomp is a joyful, witty, and wordless show that has been seen all over the world. An eight-member cast with energy to burn creates beautiful music and sly humor with found objects: Zippo lighters, push brooms, wooden poles, hammer handles, garbage cans, inner tubes, matchboxes, and yes, even the kitchen sink.

March 2, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
Scythian and Kennedy’s Kitchen: A Celtic Celebration with guests, McNulty Irish dancers

Rousing and raucous, Scythian plays roots music from Celtic, Eastern European, and Appalachian traditions with thunderous energy, technical prowess, and storytelling songwriting. Kennedy’s Kitchen is family and friends inviting you into their living room for laughter and music rooted in traditional Irish Music, jigs, reels, hornpipes, stories, and songs.

March 23, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
Unni Boksasp Ensemble from Norway, presented in cooperation with the Dubuque Arts Council

Unni Boksasp is a warm and imaginative singer who easily draws you into the heart of Norway. Her fresh arrangements of folk songs and original compositions have twice earned her a Norwegian national championship of traditional singing as well as a Norwegian Grammy Award and Norwegian Folk Music Award.

March 31, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.
E.B. White’s Stuart Little, performed by Virginia Repertory Theatre

From the loving heart of E. B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web, comes this merry musical about a noble mouse who jumps headlong into adventures big enough to match any imagination. The play brings to life this fantasy classic where Stuart, a mouse, is born into the Little family. By turns funny, tender, and exciting, Stuart Little mixes gorgeous child-size puppets with live actors to work theatrical magic.

April 12, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
OLE!  The Original 3 Amigos, Music and Comedy from Old Mexico

The musical talents and comedic creativity of Paul Morocco and his two ‘amigos’ fuse harmoniously to form the trio Olé. Each member fights for their pride while playing, spinning, and throwing their Spanish guitars, rapidly weaving slapstick, pop parodies, and flamenco rhythms throughout their act.

April 14, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.
The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System, performed by Theatreworks USA of New York

When the planetarium is closed and the field trip is ruined, Ms. Frizzle saves the day! The Magic School Bus blasts off into outer space to explore the solar system. Ms. Frizzle gets separated from the group and her class must travel through the planets and beyond to rescue her. Hop on The Magic School Bus for a ride in Theatreworks USA’s new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic.

May 3, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
“Lyrics Alive” Opera/Musical Theater Cabaret Concert with members of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center

This concert offers audiences a tremendous opportunity to witness three of the greatest operatic talents of a generation “cabaret style” in the incredible acoustical setting of John and Alice Butler Hall. Dubuque native and tenor Eric Ferring joins soprano Ann Toomey and baritone Ricardo José Rivera in a diverse program which may include opera, art song, Broadway standards, folk, jazz, and more, with piano accompaniment.

2018-2019 B.I.T.E. Size Series Babka Theatre events:

October 19, 2018 – 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Freud’s Last Session, performed by Go Fish Productions

Set in Sigmund Freud’s London home on the day England entered World War II, Freud’s Last Session is an imaginary meeting between Freud, the father of psychology, and C.S. Lewis, professor and Christian apologist. Freud’s Last Session is a hard-hitting game of verbal and intellectual chess, with both Lewis and Freud bandying wits, beliefs, and desires.

March 1, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
ComedySportz “Guys in Ties”

“Guys in Ties” is an elite traveling improv comedy troupe who present hilarious and unforgettable showsby combining wit, intelligence, humor, and downright fun! Audience members end up as the true stars of this show due to the interactive nature of the performances.

March 3, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.
March 4, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
The Giver, performed by Literature to Life

Newberry Award winning book with over 10 million copies sold, The Giver has been a cultural phenomenon. As Jonas trains to become the Receiver of Memories, the buried truth about the world that he was born into becomes hauntingly clear to both Jonas and the audience. Featuring 60 minutes of solo-performance focusing on the relationship between the young Jonas and his mentor, The Giver.

April 5, 2019 – 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
An Afternoon/Evening with Mark Twain, starring Dr. Michael Mauldin

Brilliant theatrical tour-de-force, New York actor Dr. Michael Mauldin undergoes a transformation to achieve an uncanny likeness to the 70-year-old “Grand Old Man of American Letters,” Mark Twain. In his customary white suit and ever-present cigar, Twain takes us through a fascinating panoply of uproarious comedy, biting social satire, and often dark commentary of the human condition.