Live at Heritage Center

Letters Home

Performed by Chicago’s Griffin Theatre Company
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

‌Letters Home puts recent Afghanistan & Iraq wars front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. The play gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldier experience during wartime. These letters were written under difficult circumstances; the disorientation of training, deployment, separation from family, combat, and occupation duties. One theme seems to unite these diverse voices; the belief that the person standing beside you is more important than you. The production employs the use of images and video projected behind the actors. Photos and videos used in the production are taken directly from actual soldiers’ blogs and web posts. To enhance the theatrical experience of the play, the performance is followed by a Q&A period.

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

Military active duty, retired/veterans, and reserve components eligible for free admission.

This engagement is presented in cooperation with the University of Dubuque Veterans Center.

A free screening of the film “Last Days of Vietnam” will be shown in advance of this presentation on Tuesday, November 17, at 7:00 p.m.

Letters Home Press ReleaseLetters Home Press Release‌.


Christmas at Heritage Center

Friday, December 4, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Now in its third year, this UD tradition promises once again to bring renewed spiritual meaning to your Christmas season. UD’s Fine and Performing Arts Department celebrates the birth of Christ though a dynamic concert presentation featuring the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Wind Ensemble, live narration, and more. The heavenly acoustics of John and Alice Butler Hall provide the perfect backdrop for this festive and celebratory occasion. All seating reserved. 

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For more information, view the Christmas at Heritage Center Press Release.

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

Pre-show harp music begins in the lobby at 6:30 p.m.


The Celtic Tenors

Presented in cooperation with Irish Hooley

Friday, December 11, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

‌The only tenor group with a truly global audience and presented in cooperation with Irish Hooley, 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". From The Celtic Tenors, you get more than a performance by world-class artists, you get a night with singers who despite their incredible success don’t take themselves too seriously!

Cyber Café Knapp Stage Pre-Show Concert 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. featuring UD Jazz Ensemble holiday favorites directed by Nicholas Bratcher.

Generous sponsorship support of this event provided by Irish Hooley.

For more information, view the Celtic Tenors Press Release.


SNL's Ana Gasteyer & Her Jazz Quintet

‌Presented by TH Media

Saturday, January 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

‌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.  

*This event is for mature audiences.

Randy Rodgers, the Publisher & Executive Editor for Sustainable City Network, will perform acoustic rock favorites from the '60s and '70s on the Cyber Cafe Knapp Stage from 6-7:00 p.m.


VoicePlay, a cappella sensation

In conjuction with the Adrian Choral Festival

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. Special guests appearing on this concert will be the UD Adrian Choral Festival singers.  

Cyber Cafe Knapp Stage pre-show entertainment 6-7:00 p.m.


Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, jazz/tap dance from Chicago

Saturday, February 13, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

‌Jump Rhythm Jazz Project is a multiple-Emmy®-Award-winning performance company based in Chicago. JRJP celebrates the communal core of jazz performance — dancing, singing, and storytelling in rhythmically syncopated conversations to the beat-driven sounds of the blues, swinging jazz, funk, hip hop, and world music.  Founded by Billy Siegenfeld in New York City in 1990, JRJP has grown into an ensemble embodying a life-affirming mix of percussive musicality and emotion-driven, vocal-rhythmic dance. According to the New York Times, JRJP “captures the exuberant physicality of good dancers when moments of extreme control and abandon are seamlessly combined.”

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

Presentation held in conjunction with UD Adrian High School Theater & Dance Festival.

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 Improvised Shakespeare Company

Friday, February 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

‌The 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.  

*This event is for mature audiences.

Cyber Cafe Knapp Stage pre-show entertainment 6-7:00 p.m.


Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School

‌Performed by Theatreworks USA (New York)

Sunday, February 28, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

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 adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book.


Alpin Hong in “Chasing Chopin”, piano virtuoso/storyteller

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

‌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 dives 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. 

Free 30-minute special lecture precedes this performance at 6:30 p.m. in Babka Theatre.  Presented by Alan Huckleberry, University of Iowa professor of piano.

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

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


SFJAZZ Collective “The Music of Michael Jackson & Original Compositions”

Saturday, April 9, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

‌San Francisco’s all-star ensemble is comprised of eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today. For 2015-16, they focus on the music of the undisputed "King of Pop", Michael Jackson, with arrangements of “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’,” "Workin' Day and Night," "The Lady in My Life," "Rock With You," "Smooth Criminal," “Thriller,” among others. Hailing from Puerto Rico, New York, Venezuela, Philadelphia, New Zealand, and Israel, the Collective's multi-cultural lineup mirrors the explosion of jazz talent around the globe. "You can propose various definitions for what this band represents, but it's a superbrain for what serious jazz sounds like now." -New York Times 

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



Performed by Opera Iowa (Des Moines)

Friday, April 15, 2016, 7:00pm

‌For Opera Iowa’s 30th anniversary season, Rossini’s version of the classic-fairy tale Cinderella 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. And when it’s combined with hilarious characters and situations and set to some of Rossini’s finest music, it becomes comic opera at its most exhilarating and frenzied best!  

This show is recommended for children 5 years of age or older and is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes in length with an intermission.