University of Dubuque


Live at Heritage Center

2013-14 Live at Heritage Center Inaugural Performing Arts Series. All performances located in John and Alice Butler Hall. All seats reserved.

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CenterStage & Family Performances

All events have two tiers of seating: prime and rear balcony. Rear balcony seats are priced $2-$5 less than prime seating. Most mainstage performances are 2 hours including intermission with concessions available while family performances are generally 1 hour in length with an opportunity to meet performers following the show.


Doc Severinsen & His Big Band: “Once More With Feeling!”
Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.

"Heeeeere's Johnny!" That lead-in, followed by a big band trumpet blast, was the landmark of late night TV for three decades. Trumpeter Doc Severinsen is perhaps the most iconic band leader from the golden age of television as Johnny Carson’s leader of the “Tonight Show Band.”

Named after his best-selling recording, this concert features Doc’s 17-piece band and the amazing vocalist, Vanessa Thomas performing “When You’re Smiling” and “Singing in the Rain.”

Doc still brings his trademark wit and has not lost his flair for the outrageous fashion statement. 

The Lincoln Journal Star proclaimed, “Amazingly, Severinsen proves that he still has the lip and the technique to play with power, precision and stamina…[His] playing and bandleading certainly quashes any doubts that at 84 he might have lost some of his famous panache.”

Tickets: $12 - $49  -- PURCHASE TICKETS



Jim Witter’s “The Piano Men” featuring the music of Billy Joel & Elton John
Friday, October 11, 2013 - 7:30 p.m.


A special UD 2013 Homecoming event! 

The Piano Men is a musical celebration of the 1970's- year by year, hit by hit- from the songs of Billy Joel and Elton John.

Dove Award nominee and Canadian Juno Award nominee, recording artist Jim Witter and his band lead an expertly crafted tour of an entire decade that begins with "Your Song" and winds us along on a musical time machine, saluting two of the century's most popular contemporary songwriters.

Utilizing projected vintage images, we return to the newspaper headlines, the automobiles, the people, the events, the toys and even the TV shows that shaped a decade. Along the way, the sounds of "My Life", "Candle in the Wind", "Rocket Man", "Just the Way You Are", and many more classic hits create an evening that's just too much fun to let it end.

Tickets: $8 - $33 -- PURCHASE TICKETS



Ensemble Galilei presents “First Person: Seeing America”
Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 2:00 p.m.


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Hailed for its unique blend of Irish, Scottish, early and original music, Ensemble Galilei creates an inspired sound on stage and CD.

Mixing the colors and styles of early instruments with Celtic traditions, the group is equally at home with Irish Reels, Medieval Cantigas, and English country dance tunes. Embodying all of the precision of a first rate classical string quartet, Ensemble Galilei is versatile, virtuosic, energetic, and very entertaining.  

First Person: Seeing America takes audiences on an innovative journey combining the spoken word, music, and projected iconic images from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Searing photos of the Civil War and haunting portraits from the Great Depression with the music of Ensemble Galilei and narration by professional actors Lily Knight and Adrian LaTourelle create a powerful performance.

Tickets: $7 - $29 -- PURCHASE TICKETS

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council.




The King’s Singers: The Great American Songbook
Monday, February 3, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.


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One of the world's most celebrated a cappella vocal ensembles, The King's Singers are instantly recognizable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation, and incisive timing. They are also consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British wit.

This special program will include the music of Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin, as well as a selection of America’s best known traditional American spirituals. With a discography of over 150 recordings, The King’s Singers have garnered both awards and significant critical acclaim including a 2009 Grammy® award.

With an extraordinary history of television appearances and sold-out concerts internationally, their arrangements are sung the world over by school and college choirs, and by ensembles both amateur and professional.

Tickets: $11 - $44 -- PURCHASE TICKETS



Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents “The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites”
Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 2:00 p.m.


After much demand, that little caterpillar is returning, along with an assortment of favorite
puppet characters.

The triple-bill includes the wonderful story of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of LITTLE CLOUD’s travels through the sky, and the MIXED-UP CHAMELEON’s discovery of his own unique nature.

The whimsical tales have enchanted several generations, and Mermaid’s acclaimed stage adaptation teaches as well as entertains.

The Los Angeles Times raves, “A quiet delight... brought to memorable life.”

Tickets: $3 - $15 -- PURCHASE TICKETS




Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” performed by Aquila Theatre of New York
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.

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One of the most revered novels of the 20th century, Fahrenheit 451 is Ray Bradbury’s riveting tale of society where literature and knowledge are on the edge of extinction.

The story has been debated for decades- issues of censorship, the effects of technology on society and literature, and the means by which knowledge is gained- continue to be very real concerns today. The main character, Guy Montag, is a fireman with the frightful, but routine, job of starting fires to destroy books and the houses that contain them. When his eccentric, young neighbor, Clarisse, forces Guy to confront the emptiness of his life, he begins to question his job and the oppressive society he lives in.

Written in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 has achieved the rare distinction of being both a literary classic and a perennial bestseller. It was adapted for the stage in 1966 and later for the screen. 

With its skill at creating innovative productions of great works of literature, the Aquila Theatre breathes new life into this visionary parable of culture gone awry. The New Yorker describes Aquila’s productions as “classics made relevant with superb acting and clever staging.”

Tickets: $7 - $29 -- PURCHASE TICKETS



Soweto Gospel Choir
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.


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Experience the beautiful songs of joy, peace, and hope, sung in a way that only this celebrated Grammy Award-winning South African Gospel choir can sing.

“A cornucopia of remarkable voices…meticulous and unstoppable…spirited and spectacular.” (The New York Times) 

In ten short years, Soweto Gospel Choir has achieved international fame by enchanting audiences with their glorious voices, energetic dancing, vibrant costumes, and most importantly, an exuberant spirit that fills up the heart.

This young, dynamic choir of 26 performs both traditional and contemporary songs in some of South Africa’s many languages in a way that leaves audiences overjoyed with emotion. “Sheer jubilation…the rhythm of life.” (Herald Sun, Melbourne, Australia)

Tickets: $8 - $33 -- PURCHASE TICKETS



E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" performed by Theatreworks USA
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 7:00 p.m.


Theatreworks' production of Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops!

Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman -- she will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever.

This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

Tickets: $3 - $15 -- PURCHASE TICKETS



San Jose Taiko, Japanese power drumming
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.


San Jose Taiko (SJT) has been mesmerizing audiences with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of the taiko drums for 40 years.

Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, SJT performers express the beauty and harmony of the human spirit through the voice of the taiko as they strive to create new dimensions in Asian American movement and music. San Jose Taiko has broadened and embellished the historical art form into a style that joins the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with the beat of world rhythms including African, Balinese, Brazilian, Latin and jazz percussion. 

Company members also study both traditional and contemporary dance with leading choreographers, producing performances that are fully choreographed, and theatrically lit extravaganzas of musical sound. Most individual performers of SJT are third generation Japanese Americans and have also toured with Kodo, Ondekoza, and the jazz/fusion group, Hiroshima.

Tickets: $7 - $29 -- PURCHASE TICKETS

This engagement is supported, in part, by the William P. Woodward Visiting Artist-In-Residence Endowment.

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