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Shows & Performances at the Ives

Ole & Lena’s 50th Wedding Anniversary and Vow Renewal

April 08, 2017 7:00 pm / Tickets: $18.00–$25.00 with reserved seating
April 09, 2017 2:00 pm / Tickets: $18.00–$25.00 with reserved seating

Lena saw a couple renew their vows on Dr. Phil and immediately decides that's what she and Ole are going to do for their 50th wedding anniversary. But the only thing on Ole's mind these days is the Lodge's upcoming ice fishing tournament, and how he and his neighbor, Sven, are going to win the "whole deal." Will Lena get Ole to the altar to renew his vows? Will Ole talk Sven into getting him out of having to go through with the ceremony so they can both fish in the tournament? Find out in this wonderfully warm hearted comedy about love, marriage, family and growing old together.  

Lorie Line: Simply Grand

April 22, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $49 adults; $44 groups 10+

Please join Lorie Line for her very first Midwest solo piano tour as it makes a stop in Bloomington! In more intimate concert settings, like the Ives Auditorium, Lorie will perform the best songs she has recorded over the past 28 years, as well as some new songs being recorded this spring. She will also share fun and funny stories...old and new...and play the requested medley. The evening promises to be marvelous and memorable. Lorie, who has played piano since the age of five, earned a BA in Music, Piano Performance from the University of Nevada, Reno. After getting married and moving to Minnesota in the late-1980s, she got her start in show business serenading shoppers from the piano at Dayton’s department store. She gained so many fans at Dayton’s that she decided to make music her career. Since then she has recorded close to 50 music CDs (and sold 6 million of them) and published nearly as many books of music. Lorie keeps up an active touring schedule too, and performs up to 80 concerts each year. Over the years, she has produced three television specials for PBS and, in 2015, was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. Don’t miss this chance to see an amazing performer and talented pianist close to home.

Monroe Crossing

April 29, 2017 7:00 pm / Tickets: $25-$28, reserved seating

Founded in 2000, Monroe Crossing is one of the most popular and well-traveled bluegrass bands in the Midwest. The quintet plays 140-150 shows each year, and has appeared at The Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield Wisconsin, Branson’s Silver Dollar City, the legendary Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and in a command performance at Carnegie Hall in 2014 following their debut concert there in 2013! They are the only bluegrass band ever inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame (2007), and have been invited twice (2007, 2014) by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) as an Official Showcase Artist at the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention. New this year, Monroe Crossing has completed their 15th CD, Monroe Crossing Plays Classic Country. Monroe Crossing’s two-set performance typically features original compositions and unique arrangements of bluegrass classics such as “Orange Blossom Special” and “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow,” and gospel favorites like “I’ll Fly Away,” “Amazing Grace” and “Down To The River To Pray.” And don’t be surprised if they include some great “crossing” tunes like The Temptations’ “My Girl” or Etta James’ “At Last,” both found on their 2005 CD Somebody Like You. Don’t miss this chance to experience the joy of quality bluegrass.

Tonic Sol-fa in Concert

May 13, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $15-$20 reserved seating

Tonic Sol-fa is an award-winning a cappella ensemble from Minnesota that has continued to grow and change since their formation more than two decades ago. Tonic Sol-fa began at St. John’s University in Central Minnesota and currently includes lead vocalist Shaun Johnson, tenor and vocal percussionist, Greg Bannwarth, and bass, Jared Dove. Over time, the group has reached national prominence with appearances on NBC’s Today Show and in Newsweek magazine, and by racking up more than two million in CD sales. Along the way, they shared the stage with a number of recognizable performers including Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy and the country group, Lonestar. They have even performed on A Prairie Home Companion several times with host Garrison Keillor. The group embraces a number of different musical styles. In addition to original compositions, they have been known cover songs ranging from Michael Bublé’s “Haven’t Met You Yet,” to The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” to Ray Charles’ 1954 “I Got a Woman.” Come experience the fun of a cappella with Tonic Sol-fa.

Dvořák Cello Concerto with cellist Anthony Ross

May 21, 2017 3:00 pm / Tickets: $12-$28, reserved seating

Principal Cello Anthony Ross joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1988, and assumed the prinicipal cello post in 1991. He has been a featured soloist many times with the Orchestra, performing concertos by Schumann, Dvořák, Victor Herbert, James MacMillan, Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Elgar and Shostakovich, as well as chamber works. Away from Orchestra Hall, Ross is an active chamber musician, festival performer and educator. He is a member of Accordo, a chamber group composed of the Minnesota and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras’ principal string players, and also performs with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota. His recordings include Bernstein’s Three Meditations with the Minnesota Orchestra, the George Lloyd Cello Concerto with the Albany Symphony, and works of Rachmaninoff and Elliott Carter for Boston Records. At this event, along with Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, he will be playing Antonín Dvořák’s last solo concerto, the Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191. During the concert, Kenwood Symphony Orchestra will also welcome the Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble on stage for a performance of Ottorino Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Don't miss this chance to see cellist Anthony Ross in person at a more intimate venue.

Sinatra and Company–Music from the Rat Pack Era

June 10, 2017 7:00 pm / Tickets: $25-$27, reserved seating

“Sinatra and Company - Music From the Rat Pack Era” is an exciting new show from Colleen Raye Productions and Girl Singers LLC.  Colleen Raye, Tim Patrick, Debbie O’Keefe along with the 10-piece Blue Eyes Band under the direction of Todd Matheson present an entertaining evening of music and tales from 1950s and 1960s crooners who performed during the legendary Rat Pack era.  You’ll hear songs from Frank Sinatra (My Way, Come Fly With Me, Under My Skin, New York, New York) Judy Garland  (Over the Rainbow, The Trolley Song) Dean Martin (Sway, You’re Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You)  Marilyn Monroe (Heatwave, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend)  Sammy Davis Jr. (Mr. Bojangles) plus tunes and stories from Dinah Shore, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald and more. Tim Patrick, a Twin Cities native, has won acclaim for his jazz vocals, and heads the Blue Eyes Band. He and the band perform at festivals, theaters, corporate events and more. Sisters Colleen Raye and Debbie O'Keefe are Wisconsin natives and consummate professionals who have performed across the country with a variety of bands since they were teenagers.

Dennis Warner & the Ds– NEW DATE

August 05, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $18–$25 with reserved seating

Folk/Americana musician and entertainer Dennis Warner captivates audiences with his smooth vocals and skill on six- and 12-string guitars. In addition to performing original songs, he provides moving interpretations of existing songs. Fan favorites include "Don't Laugh at Me," "The Garden Song (Inch by Inch)" and "Homegrown Tomatoes."
Besides being a gifted musician, Dennis Warner is also an outstanding entertainer, cleverly blending ballads, up-tempo songs, audience participation and humor into a memorable event. He is noted for his warm stage presence and ability to connect with his audience. The Ds, who will join Dennis for this performance, include
  • vocalist and guitar/mandolin player Dan Neale
  • vocalist and percussionist Derrick Raiter
  • vocalist, Marimba/harmonica player and percussionist Dennis Kennedy
Don't miss this chance to enjoy tunes from a folk/Americana singer-songwriter based in the heart of the midwest. Read more about Dennis Warner at masonicheritagecenter.org/news/

Colonel James B. Ladd Museum

September 30, 2017 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! Hours: Monday – Closed Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday –  10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday – 10 a.m. — 7 p.m. Saturday – noon – 5 p.m. Sunday – noon — 3 p.m.

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