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Shows & Performances at the Ives

Be My Baby

October 25, 2017 1:00 pm / Tickets: $23–$28
November 01, 2017 1:00 pm / Tickets: $23–$28
November 02, 2017 1:00 pm / Tickets: $23–$28

A COMEDY BY KEN LUDWIG, presented by Sidekick Theatre

Tickets: Individuals $28 each; Groups of 10 or more $23 each

For groups of 10 or more, the per person cost for the show with a lunch buffet is $45.

An irascible Scotsman and an uptight English woman, John and Maude, both in their late 50s, are unexpectedly thrown together on the journey of a lifetime. When his ward and her niece decide to adopt a new born baby, the older pair must travel 6,000 miles to California to pick up the child and bring her safely home to Scotland. The problem is, John and Maude despise each other. To make matters worse, they get stranded in San Francisco for several weeks and are expected to jointly care for the helpless newborn. There they form a new partnership and learn some startling lessons about life and love.

"Funny, filled with laughs and a whole lot of fun!"
-Contra Costa Times

"The 'don’t miss' show of the season, a funny, feel-good kind of show that makes you warm all over."
-Southwest News

Medicine Show Music Company

October 27, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $15-$20

Tickets: Adults $20 each; Seniors $18 each; Heritage Society Members and Groups of 10 or more $15 each.

Back at the Ives for the second year, the Medicine Show Music Company is cooking up another classic Vaudeville Performance for Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Three multi-talented musicians will use instrumental and vocal music—along with some sleight of hand and musical novelties—to entertain audience members.

Formed in 1984, the Medicine Show Music Company includes:

  • Bill Mooers on banjo,
  • Scott Crosbie on whizbang, tuba, etc., and
  • Bob Andrews on string bass.

Medicine Shows, popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s, performed wherever they could draw a crowd. They might play in an open field, on top of a wagon, or an opportune street corner. The intimate atmosphere of the Ives Auditorium has the old time feel that brings audiences closer to the performers. An interactive Vaudeville show fits the space well.

US Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors

October 29, 2017 2:00 pm / Tickets: FREE. Tickets required.
October 30, 2017 7:00 pm / Tickets: FREE. Tickets required.

The Jazz Ambassadors—America's Big Band is the official touring big band of the United States Army. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America's original art form, jazz.

Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are designed to entertain all types of audiences. Custom compositions and arrangements highlight the group's creative talent and gifted soloists. Their diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections.

The band has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India and throughout Europe. Notable performances include concerts at international jazz festivals in Montreux, Switzerland; Newport, Rhode Island; Toronto, Canada; Brussels, Belgium; and the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. In 1995, the Jazz Ambassadors performed in England, Wales, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. The band has also been featured in unique joint concerts with major orchestras, including the Detroit and Baltimore symphonies.

The Sound Exchange: Benefit for Childhood Cancer Research at Masonic Cancer Center

November 04, 2017 8:00 pm / Tickets: $25

Join us on November 4, 2017 for an evening of fun and fundraising. All proceeds benefit childhood cancer research at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center! The Minnesota Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star and the Grand Lodge of Minnesota are excited to present this year's entertainers: The Sound Exchange.

Whether it is a soulful ballad, a blistering rock anthem, a jazz standard or chart-topping single, The Sound Exchange does it all. The group of five singers, who are based in the Twin Cities, are known for dazzling harmonies, great stage presence and wisecracking audience interaction all presented in a whirlwind a cappella extravaganza. Group members are:

  • Nick Bailey (The Beard), Baritone and Music Director
  • Eric "Beugs" Buegler, Tenor
  • Paul Donnelly, Drums
  • Caleb Lee, Bass
  • Christina Case, Alto

Come for an evening of entertainment, and help the Masonic Cancer Center's research team too!

Ole & Lena Win a Cruise

November 08, 2017 1:00 pm / Tickets: $18–$23
November 12, 2017 2:00 pm / Tickets: $18 to $23
November 16, 2017 1:00 pm / Tickets: $18–$23

Tickets: Adults $23 each; Seniors $20 each; Heritage Society Members and Groups of 10 or more $18 each

For the 1:00 pm matinee shows: Groups of 10 or more can get lunch and show for $41. To reserve your seats, please call our box office at 952-948-6506.

Every year, Lena hides her disappointment as friends at the Curler and Chat beauty parlor regale her with details about the exciting vacations they take with their husbands. Ole's idea of a vacation is going to the Muskrat Lodge's annual convention—a weekend of camping at a park just two miles from their farm. This year, Lena resolves to herself, it's going to be different!

Meanwhile, Ole has somehow won the grand prize raffle at the Muskrat Lodge's annual “Don’t get your tail caught in the trap” celebration. Ole and Sven don't even remember that there was a raffle, let alone what Ole won. Rumor has it that the grand prize might be a cruise to exotic ports in the Caribbean.

Will Ole talk Lena into going camping instead of bobbing around on a cruise ship “like a fishing boat in a walleye chop on opening day" or will Lena finally get the romantic vacation she's always wanted? Join in the family-friendly, side-splitting fun of “Ole and Lena Win a Cruise,” our fifth Ole and Lena play about family, love and growing old together.

24 Trumpets — Take 2

November 16, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $10-$15

Tickets: Adults $15 each; Seniors, Heritage Society Members, Students and Groups of 10 or more $10 each.

The Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble (TCTE) was founded in 2014 by a trio of veteran trumpeters. Within a few months of sending out a call for more trumpet players, the group grew to include 24 of the best trumpet players in the area. These days, the ensemble also includes two smaller ensembles, a jazz group of six trumpets, occasional low brass, and percussionists.

Under the direction of James Olcott, professor emeritus of trumpet at Miami University (Ohio), the group has a vast repertoire of music stretching from the Renaissance to the modern day. For this concert, the ensemble will be performing music encompassing Baroque, jazz and contemporary pieces from classic European composers such as Georges BizetWolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky to modern American composers Henry Fillmore, Brian Balmages and TCTE's own James Olcott.

Joy! A Celebration of the Season

December 02, 2017 2:00 pm / Tickets: $10–$20
December 02, 2017 6:00 pm / Tickets: $10–$20

Tickets: Adults $20 each; Seniors and Students $18 each; Heritage Society Members and Groups of 10 or more $16 each; and Children under 12 $10 each.

Celebrate the joy of the holiday season with the City of Lakes Chorus. This concert will showcase some of your favorite holiday songs and stories, old and new. The award-winning Minnesota Boychoir and chorus quartets will bring an added dimension of joy to the stage.

The City of Lakes Chorus has been dazzling audiences in the Minneapolis/St Paul area and across the country since 1952. Individually they are business women, nurses, mothers, teachers, students, retirees and more – but together they are an internationally-ranked women’s barbershop chorus. City of Lakes Chorus is a non-profit organization and a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The Minnesota Boychoir was founded in 1962 and is the oldest boy choir in the Twin Cities.  This June, the choir took a 55th anniversary tour to Spain and the French Riviera. They have also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, American Public Media's A Prairie Home Companion and have toured across the country and the world.

The Polar Express with Elevé Performing Arts Center

December 08, 2017 7:00 pm / Tickets: $12

Tickets: All seats $12 each

Jump aboard the Polar Express along with the performers from Elevé Performing Arts Center for an evening full of holiday fun! Through dancing, singing and acting, the show will guide you through the journey of discovery en route to the North Pole.

This mini musical is sure to get you and your family  into the holiday spirit!

The Prince Meets His Match

December 09, 2017 11:00 am / Tickets: $9–$18
December 22, 2017 10:00 am / Tickets: $9–$18
December 22, 2017 12:30 pm / Tickets: $9–$18
December 23, 2017 11:00 am / Tickets: $9–$18
December 27, 2017 10:00 am / Tickets: $9–$18
December 27, 2017 12:30 pm / Tickets: $9–$18
December 28, 2017 10:00 am / Tickets: $9–$18
December 28, 2017 12:30 pm / Tickets: $9–$18

Tickets: Individuals $18 each; Groups of 10 or more $9 each

Presented by Sidekick Theatre.

Proud and vain, Prince Victor believes he will never find a worthy bride who will match him for smarts and looks. Then, a poor, kindhearted maiden named Madeline is sent to the palace by a mysterious wolf. Unexpectedly, the Prince finds her enchanting and suddenly he must prove himself worthy to win her love.

This magical and funny musical fairy tale is a perfect story for the holiday season and is great fun for children of all ages. Running time: 65 minutes.

The Nutcracker Ballet

December 15, 2017 7:00 pm / Tickets: $20-$40
December 16, 2017 2:00 pm / Tickets: $20-$40
December 16, 2017 6:00 pm / Tickets: $20-$40
December 17, 2017 3:00 pm / Tickets: $20-$40

Tickets: Advance Purchase $20 to $35 each; Seniors $20 each; At the Door $25 to $40 each

Discover the Dream this Holiday!

Experience the wonder of Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score with the magical and fantastical Christmas ballet story that is The Nutcracker. Back for the second year, Ashley Ballet Arts Academy staff is staging a memorable performance with Academy students ages 5 and older as well as talented local Guest Artists.

If you’ve seen it before, you’ll want to come back. If you missed last year’s production, start a new tradition this year. The show is appropriate for audience member from 2 to 102!

To learn more about Ashley Ballet Arts Academy, visit them at

Christmastide – Seasonal Classics featuring Romantic Pianist Phil Thompson and the Celtic Sounds of SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin

December 19, 2017 1:00 pm / Tickets: $25-$30
December 19, 2017 7:00 pm / Tickets: $25-$30

Tickets: Adults $30 each; Heritage Society Members & Groups of 10 or more $25 each.

For the 1 p.m. show, groups of 10 or more can also get a lunch buffet before the show for a show + lunch price of $48. Reserve your seats by calling our box office at 952-948-6506.

Phil Thompson is an internationally acclaimed pop-pianist and vocalist.  He has toured the globe performing at venues such as Mandalay Bay and Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Vienna's Royal Imperial Palace, the US Open Tennis Tournament in New York, and the MGM Grand Macau and the Shanghai Rolex Masters tennis tournament in China which led to a featured article in the October 2013  Cosmopolitan Magazine - Hong Kong. Phil has also headlined on several specialty-themed cruise events and served as an opening act for artists including the David Foster, The Tenors, Brian McKnight, Charice, and Clay Aiken to name a few. In his spare time Phil believes in giving back to his community.

Emmy award-winning guitarist Billy McLaughlin is the leader of SimpleGifts, a six-member ensemble that has gained a loyal following for its acoustic, instrumental, and vocal renditions of yuletide carols, hymns, and seasonal favorites such as "Carol of the Bells," "Silent Night," and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." The ensemble uses its Celtic whistle, piano, acoustic guitar, violin and voices to combine traditional folk music with a variety of modern elements. On his own, Billy is an innovative performer and composer whose uniquely skillful, but unorthodox guitar playing has opened doors around the world. Music from the group's most recent CD, This Christmastide, and previous five critically acclaimed releases will be featured. Local music critic Jim Walsh, in a MinnPost article, characterized the ensembles' previous CD, WinterGrace, as "one of the most elegant and listenable Christmas collections of this or any year."

Click here to view a sample of SimpleGifts' performance.

The Andrews Sisters Sing Yuletide Swing

December 20, 2017 1:00 pm / Tickets: $25-$30

Tickets: Adults $30 each; Heritage Society Members & Groups of 10 or more $25 each.

Groups of 10 or more can also get a lunch buffet before the show for a show + lunch price of $48. To reserve your seats, please call our box office at 952-948-6506.

Take some time to savor the engaging close-harmony singing of Minnesota’s own Andrews Sisters. In this Raymond Berg production, local singers Lisa Pallen, Aimee Lee and Kathy Mueller will recreate the magic of the Andrews Sisters through a program of holiday-themed songs.

Performing with the singers, Bill Arnold (creator of Triple Espresso) will serve as host. He adds humor, magic and memories to the show by sharing stories of the Andrews Sisters and America in the 1930s and ‘40s.

And, to complete the performance, the Sisters of Swing backup band is a high energy group that includes drums, bass, piano, guitar, trumpet, trombone, clarinet and tenor sax. The band members are local professionals with credits in dance bands and musical theater.

Ideal for groups, this show is sure to please.

New Year’s Eve with Sinatra, Dino & the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra

December 31, 2017 7:00 pm / Tickets: $21 to $35

Tickets: Advanced Adult $30 each; Children 14 and under $21 each; Groups of 10 or more $25 each

It’s a Bloomington Tradition! Lift your spirits and swing in the New Year at the Ives Auditorium with the acclaimed Minnesota Jazz Orchestra. Gregg Marquardt and Reeves Cary are going to be back crooning your favorite Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin hits.

This all-new Rat Pack show includes songs like “On the Street of Dreams,” “New York, New York,” “Luck Be a Lady,” “Come Fly with Me,” “Me and My Shadow,” and “Mambo Italiano.” Add in a little comedy and some audience participation in our intimate venue and you have a show that can’t be beat.

An accomplished full-sized Big Band, the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra features highly-talented musicians who have performed professionally throughout the United States and around the world. Craig Thrane, who leads MJO, is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army and Army Nation Guard bands. He also serves as a parent volunteer for Edina Bands and is a member of AAFM Cataract Lodge #2.

If you’ve seen them before, you’ll want to come back. If you haven’t, start a new New Year’s Eve Tradition at the Ives this December.

Legendary Ladies of Country: Heart Songs from the Heartland

February 14, 2018 7:30 pm / Tickets: $24–$29
February 16, 2018 7:30 pm / Tickets: $24–$29
February 17, 2018 7:30 pm / Tickets: $24–$29
February 23, 2018 7:30 pm / Tickets: $24–$29

Tickets: $29 each for Individuals; $24 each for groups of 10 or more

Legendary Ladies of Country: Heart Songs from the Heartland is a joyous celebration of the power and resilience women discover as they travel down life’s highway of young love, marriage, heartbreak (and revenge!), and motherhood. As they come to the far end of that journey, they have an accumulated wellspring of wisdom to pass along to their daughters. Then the circle of life, family and love continues on.

The show pays tribute to many current and legendary country greats. Included in the show are songs from The Carter Family (June, Carlene and Mother Maybelle), Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Kitty Wells, Lynn Anderson, Reba McEntire, Bobbie Gentry, The Judds, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Tammy Wynette, Patty Loveless, Carrie Underwood, Loretta Lynn and the Dixie Chicks.

Created by local singer/actor/composer Dennis Curley and writer/lyricist Jim Robinson, Legendary Ladies of Country features Dorian Chalmers and Debra Berger as the lead singers backed by a mostly female band (the Honky-Tonk Angels). Fiddle, guitar, banjo and bass accompany hit songs such as “Walkin’ After Midnight,” "Sweet Dreams,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” “Coat of Many Colors,” “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden,” “Could I Have This Dance” and more. The show is directed by Martha Pettee.
If you like the life stories that country music tells, this show is ideal for you.

Stories & Enigmas

February 25, 2018 3:00 pm / Tickets: $10-$15; students free

Tickets: Adult Season/Flex $13 each; Senior Season/Flex $10 each.

The BSO tackles the challenge of telling a fictional story of bureaucratic parody that is two centuries old, and bringing it to life in the form of the Suite from the film Lieutenant Kijé by Sergei Prokofiev. After intermission we will probe the riddle left to us by Sir Edward Elgar in his famous Enigma Variations, complemented by the theatrical talents of Minneapolis-based actor and director Gary Briggle as Sir Edward. We will also feature our concertmaster Michael Sutton in a performance of the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra is offering a $2 discount on each ticket for Adult and Senior purchasers who buy at least four tickets. These "Flex" tickets can be purchased for just one show or for any combination of the four shows this year. Individual tickets for this show go on sale October 1.

Music in 3D: #5

April 22, 2018 3:00 pm / Tickets: $10-$15; students free

Tickets: Adult Season/Flex $13 each; Senior Season/Flex $10 each; Students with ID free.

We customarily conclude our BSO concert season with a parade of colors and moods, and this year is no different as we focus on 100 years of exuberant French music by Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, and Ravel. We are also proud to present this year’s MNSOTA Mary West Solo Competition Grand Prize winner as soloist in a finale to remember!

In addition to the soloist, the program will include:

Claude Debussy— Fêtes from Trois Nocturnes, L. 91

Hector Berlioz—Rákóczy March from The Damnation of Faust, Op. 40

Maurice Ravel— La valse

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra is offering a $2 discount on each ticket for Adult and Senior purchasers who buy at least four tickets. These "Flex" tickets can be purchased for just one show or for any combination of the four shows this year. Individual tickets for this show go on sale October 1.

From Ava to Eternity: The Life & Music of Frank Sinatra

May 24, 2018 1:00 pm / Tickets: $23–$28

Showtimes 1:00 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays between March 14 and May 24, 2018. Call our box office to inquire about specific dates: 952-948-6506.

Tickets: Individuals $28 each; Groups of 10 or more $23 each

For groups of 10 or more, the per person cost for the show with a lunch buffet is $46.

Created by Brian Pekol.

We know the voice, but we never got to know the man. To do that, we have to start at the beginning...

In this full-length dramatic musical, Francis Albert Sinatra is just another kid from Hoboken who wants to make it big and become a star. Watch as he finds out just how rough a path lies ahead of him. Experience his professional rise and fall from grace, his tempestuous romance with Ava Gardner, and his triumphant Oscar-winning career turnaround in From Here to Eternity in this brand-new production from the creator of the acclaimed jukebox musical, Unsung: The Story of the Voices behind the Stars. Accompanied by the sounds of an on-stage orchestra, and featuring hits including "I've Got the World On A String", "All of Me" and "New York, New York", this story will illuminate the complex psyche behind the piercing blue eyes and unforgettable voice of Frank Sinatra.

Colonel James B. Ladd Museum

August 18, 2018 10:00 am / Tickets: Admission is always free. See hours of operation below.

Over the years, thousands of Masonic artifacts have been catalogued and archived by the Minnesota Masonic Historical Society. The Colonel James B. Ladd Museum offers 3,700 SF of state-of-the-art space to share this rare collection through interactive and interpretive displays.

Six galleries showcase the history of Masonry in Minnesota, the factual and fanciful histories of Freemasonry and the extensive charitable works of the Fraternity. Stop in and discover the real story behind the world’s oldest fraternal order. Admission is free!


  • Monday – Closed
  • Tuesday through Friday –  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday – noon – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday – noon — 3 p.m.

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