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Shows & Performances at the Ives

A Toast to George Washington

February 25, 2017 5:30 pm / Tickets: Heritage Society Member $35; Non-member $45

For many years, “A Toast to George Washington” was presented by the Minnesota Masonic Historical Society and Museum (MMHSM) as a way for its members and friends to gather in honor of one of the great American Masons and support work to preserve Masonic history. From that modest beginning, a very small event has grown into a very popular event recently run, until this year, by Minnesota Masonic Charities.

For the very first time, the new Minnesota Masonic Heritage Society (launched late last year) will be hosting this year’s “Toast” in the new Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center. You don’t want to miss this one! The event will proceed as follows:

  • at 5:30 p.m., the social hour begins
  • at 6:15 p.m., dinner will be served in the Evergreen rooms on the lower level of the Heritage Center
  • at 7:30 p.m., attendees will enjoy a performance by “Will Rogers” in the lovely Ives Auditorium

So, for one low price–just $45–you can enjoy dinner and a show in the same venue. And, if you are a member of the new Minnesota Masonic Heritage Society (or become a new member of the Society), you can save $10 off the ticket price.

Will Rogers Today

February 25, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $15 reserved seating

Will Rogers, America’s favorite humorist of the 1920s and 1930s is coming to the Ives Auditorium on February 25, 2017 to offer his keen wit and relevant observations on life. His presentation is part of the annual “A Toast to George Washington,” hosted this year by the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Society. It is also offered here as a stand-alone event.

Even though Will Rogers died in 1935, his legacy lives on through Randall Reeder.  “Will Rogers Today” is entertaining, inspiring and gives audiences a common sense view of what’s important in life today. The presentation will include comments and stories on famous Masons like George Washington and Charles Lindbergh, storied Presidents (from Teddy Roosevelt to Franklin Roosevelt), Congress, the 2016 Presidential election, current news, ranching, banking, and corsets. The show includes a few photos of Will, his family, famous friends, and a few surprises.

Will Rogers grew up on a ranch in Indian Territory, now the state of Oklahoma. He was a Mason. “My own Shrine, Akdar of Tulsa, and they was just about as live a bunch as any.”

Randall Reeder was on the faculty at Ohio State University as an Extension Agricultural Engineer, from 1979 to 2011. In his one-man shows as “Will Rogers Today,” Randall blends the eternal wisdom of Will Rogers with his own knowledge of current events. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and several other organizations. He published a book of quotes, titled Will Rogers: I Never Met a Farmer I Didn’t Like.

3rd Annual Minnesota Wedding Video Awards

March 04, 2017 6:00 pm / Tickets: $20

Join the Minnesota Wedding Video Awards for a Night of Red Carpet Glamour!

The third annual Minnesota Wedding Video Awards, which is sponsored by Envision Catering & Hospitality, The Twin Cities Wedding Association and Dan Riggs from Summit Hill Studios, will bring a night of red carpet glamour and artistic inspiration to local couples and wedding industry professionals. The Wedding Video Awards showcases the best of Minnesota talent in videographer; bringing local wedding industry professionals together for an evening of light hearted celebration and networking. The event team has been accepting video submissions from local wedding videographers. The top films, as determined by a panel of wedding industry professionals, will be showcased during the event, and by the end of the evening a winner will be announced. While the event is featuring artistic creations by local wedding videographers, it’s an event for everyone! In all, its a fun and unique occasion that is sure to warm your heart and put a smile on your face.

To summarize, the event is open to the public and geared toward couples, wedding industry professionals, film students and anyone else who likes to watch wedding videos. The formal award ceremony will include an intermission and there will be a cocktail reception with appetizers and a cash bar. Attire should be suitable for a night of red carpet glamour.

If you have further questions, please contact Bryan Bratt, Director and Founder of the MNWVA. Email him at info@weddingvideoawards.com, or call him at 763-587-8923.

La Fille Mal Gardée Ballet

March 18, 2017 2:00 pm / Tickets: $15-$25, reserved seating

Ashley Ballet Arts Academy presents their third biennial Spring Ballet in two performances on March 18th. ABAA’s first Spring Ballet, produced in 2013, was “La Fille Mal Gardée,” and they look forward to reviving and expanding this charming production for 2017’s show.

Featuring ABAA students and local guest artists, including ABAA instructors Brittany Fridenstine Keefe and Matthew Keefe, and Joel Svendsen, this production tells the tale of a young woman, Lise, and her love, Colas. Lise’s mother arranges for Lise to marry the rich but spectacularly dimwitted Alain, much to Lise and Colas’ chagrin. Through a little well-meaning mischief and happy happenstance, Lise and Colas find a way to gain her mother’s grudging approval, leaving Alain none the sadder for being able to find his own path to love and happiness.

This lighthearted and funny ballet is suitable for audiences of all ages. Visit www.ashleyballetarts.com for more information on the production.

La Fille Mal Gardée Ballet

March 18, 2017 6:00 pm / Tickets: $15-$25, reserved seating

Ashley Ballet Arts Academy presents their third biennial Spring Ballet in two performances on March 18th. ABAA’s first Spring Ballet, produced in 2013, was “La Fille Mal Gardée,” and they look forward to reviving and expanding this charming production for 2017’s show.

Featuring ABAA students and local guest artists, including ABAA instructors Brittany Fridenstine Keefe and Matthew Keefe, and Joel Svendsen, this production tells the tale of a young woman, Lise, and her love, Colas. Lise’s mother arranges for Lise to marry the rich but spectacularly dimwitted Alain, much to Lise and Colas’ chagrin. Through a little well-meaning mischief and happy happenstance, Lise and Colas find a way to gain her mother’s grudging approval, leaving Alain none the sadder for being able to find his own path to love and happiness.

This lighthearted and funny ballet is suitable for audiences of all ages. Visit www.ashleyballetarts.com for more information on the production.

Dennis Warner & the Ds

March 19, 2017 3:00 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.

Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor with Andrew Staupe

March 26, 2017 3:00 pm / Tickets: $12-$28, reserved seating

Hailed as an “immaculate” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) artist, pianist Andrew Staupe is emerging as one of the distinctive voices of a new generation of American pianists. Andrew has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra on 5 subscription series since 2006, and has since performed with the Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Tallahassee Symphony, and many other orchestras throughout the United States.

A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, he studied at Rice University in Texas with Jon Kimura Parker, and at the University of Minnesota with Lydia Artymiw. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Utah’s School of Music, and past winner of the Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum Mozart Concerto Competition. At this event, along with Kenwood Symphony Orchestra, he will be playing Edvard Grieg‘s only completed concerto, the popular Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16. The Orchestra will also play Cesar Franck’s Symphony in D minor.

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

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

When Lena sees a couple renew their vows on Dr. Phil, she decides that she and Ole are going to do that 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.

 

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

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.

Colonel James B. Ladd Museum

May 31, 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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