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Shows & Performances at the Ives

1st John Philip Sousa Memorial Band

September 23, 2017 8:00 pm / Tickets: $10–$15

The 1st JPSMB was formed in 1970 by a group of graduating Edina High School band members with the purchase of 50 used band uniforms and $30.00 worth of marches. The Band was brought into the sponsorship of the City of Edina Parks and Recreation Department in 1973 and has enjoyed their support up to the present time. Band members come from throughout the Twin Cities area and rehearse once a week. A different one hour "show" is presented on the last Sunday of the month September through May at their home venue, the Edinborough Park Indoor Amphitheatre. Ten concerts are performed throughout the Twin Cities during the summer. John Philip Sousa Memorial Band celebrates its 21st annual September concert in a new location, the Ives Auditorium in the brand new Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center. With 40 musicians, the JPS Memorial Band recaptures the spirit of bands at the turn of the twentieth century when they were an integral part of the community.

1st Things 1st: An Evening in the Great American Songbook

September 30, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $10–$20

Take a break from today and go back to the era when Swing was King. 1st Things 1st is a group of 14 talented musicians and vocalists who have come together to pay tribute to the great jazz and swing music of the 20th century.  They have been entertaining audiences for more than 10 years with their tight harmonies and amazing horn section. If you love to sway to classic greats or just experience a high-energy walk down memory lane, this 1st Things 1st show is one you will not want to miss. From Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing" to Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me" to Louis Prima's growling "Sing Sing Sing," 1st Things 1st performs great music, and puts on an extremely entertaining show that is fun for all ages!

Suomi…How We Love Thee

October 08, 2017 3:00 pm / Tickets: $10-$15 general admission; students free

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and the Twin Cities-based Suomi Finland 100 Chorus will present an exciting program of the old and new, as we celebrate Finland’s 100th anniversary. The symphonic and choral compositions of Finnish composers Jean Sibelius and Einojuhani Rautavaara will grace this performance, depicting the journey of Finland from its birth to the highly-developed modern country it is today. This concert will bring joy to Finns and non-Finns alike! Join the BSO and the Suomi Finland 100 Chorus at Bloomington’s newest concert venue, the Ives Auditorium at the Masonic Heritage Center.

Manny Laureano is the music director and conductor for the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and Eeva Savolainen is the director of the Suomi Finland 100 Chorus.

The program includes Rautavaara's Cantus Arcticus: Concerto for Birds and Orchestra as well as three works from Jean Sibelius:  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.

Be My Baby

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A COMEDY BY KEN LUDWIG, presented by Sidekick Theatre

Tickets: $28; $23 each for groups of 10 or more

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

Irving Berlin’s Music Box Revue 1921

October 12, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $23–$35
October 13, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $23–$35
October 14, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $23–$35

Theatre of the Ridiculous and Absurd presents: IRVING BERLIN'S MUSIC BOX REVUE 1921 The Great America Revues: How Ziegfeld Follies, Music Box Revues, George White's Scandals, The Passing Shows and their rivals remade Broadway. The Jazz Age brought us new sounds and styles of music, dance, and theatre to the world of performance. This October 12-14, Theatre of the Ridiculous and Absurd brings you the first ever fully staged historical revival of IRVING BERLIN'S MUSIC BOX REVUE 1921. After Irving Berlin left the Ziegfeld Follies, he built The Music Box Theatre for his revolutionary music, dance, and skits celebrating the post-WWI world. Based on the original piano score, this production is a fully realized combination of all aspects of Irving Berlin's genius. Jerome Kern said, “Irving Berlin has no place in American Music. He is American Music." Newly orchestrated for simple pit orchestra, along with a complex piano score denoting Berlin's distinctive style, the production features a talented cast of regional performers, choreographers, and musicians. Look forward to this historical theatric gem presented at the Ives Auditorium. A portion of the net proceeds will be donated to meal programs for people living with chronic illness, and YouthLink for homeless youths.
  • Director: Frank Zaller
  • Assistant Director: Doug Dally
  • Music Director/Accompanist: Richard Nance
  • Orchestrations: Frank Zallar
  • Conductor/Music Historian: Dr. Jonas Westover
  • Choreographers: Myron Johnson, Heidi Spesard-Noble, Doug Dally
  • Costume Design: Rachel Flaten, Dee Richards
  • Producer/Archivist: Steven Katz

The History of Jazz with Minnesota Jazz Orchestra

October 15, 2017 3:00 pm / Tickets: $20–$22

Back again after their wonderful New Year's Eve show at the Ives, the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra is presenting a new show that takes the audience through The History of Jazz. MJO will start at the beginning of jazz in New Orleans, and carry on through modern day styles of jazz including swing. The History of Jazz promises to be a very entertaining and musically exciting show. You’ll hear swinging selections like Louis Armstrong’s “Basin Street Blues,” Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo,” Glenn Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade,” Dean Martin’s “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You,” Louis Prima’s “Jump, Jive & Wail,”  Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable,” Harry Connick Jr.'s “It Had to Be You,” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s “Wanna Be Like You,” and more. Gregg Marquardt serves as Master of Ceremonies. Gregg along with Debbie O’Keefe, Reeves Cary, and Paula Lammers are featured vocalists with the Minnesota Jazz Orchestra. The Minnesota Jazz Orchestra is an acclaimed full-size big band with 16 instrumentalists and outstanding vocals.  They began in the late 1990s under the direction of Craig Thrane. The members of this talented ensemble include proven professionals with miles of road experience. They mix a little comedy and a bit of audience participation along with tons of musicality to create a show that is a totally unforgettable, entertaining experience.

Driving Miss Daisy

October 20, 2017 7:30 pm / Tickets: $20-$28
October 21, 2017 2:00 pm / Tickets: $20-$28
October 22, 2017 2:00 pm / Tickets: $20-$28

Set in mid-century Atlanta, the play, Driving Miss Daisy, tells the story of an elderly Jewish matron, Daisy Werthan, and her chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn. At first, Daisy is none to happy about being forced to rely on a black man to get from one place to the next. Gradually, however, Hoke wins her over, and during the 25-year span of the play, the two develop a deep-rooted affection. This Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece is a delicate depiction of simmering racial tensions, the inevitable passage of time, and the universal experience of aging. Playwright Alfred Uhry creates two outsiders who come to a mutual respect, each one grounded in their staunch independence, unbending strength, and stubborn integrity. In 1988, Driving Miss Daisy won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Best Off-Broadway Play. The play was then produced as a Hollywood movie starring Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Akroyd. In 1990, the movie version won 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Makeup. Don’t miss this LIVE performance of a timeless masterpiece with Mary Kay Fortier as Daisy, Eric Wood as Hoke, and Dann Peterson as Boolie! Order in advance, tickets are $30 at door!

Medicine Show Music Company

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

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 Children’s Hospital

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

Join us on November 4, 2017 for an evening of fun and fundraising. All proceeds benefit the childhood cancer research at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital! 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 Children's Hospital too!

Ole & Lena Win a Cruise

November 12, 2017 2:00 pm / Tickets: $18 to $23

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.

The Prince Meets His Match

November 30, 2017 10:00 am / Tickets: $18; $9 for groups of 10 or more
December 03, 2017 11:00 am / Tickets: $18; $9 for groups of 10 or more
December 04, 2017 10:00 am / Tickets: $18; $9 for groups of 10 or more
December 08, 2017 10:00 am / Tickets: $18; $9 for groups of 10 or more
December 11, 2017 10:00 am / Tickets: $18; $9 for groups of 10 or more
December 15, 2017 12:30 pm / Tickets: $18; $9 for groups of 10 or more
December 18, 2017 10:00 am / Tickets: $18; $9 for groups of 10 or more
December 21, 2017 12:30 pm / Tickets: $18; $9 for groups of 10 or more
December 22, 2017 12:30 pm / Tickets: $18; $9 for groups of 10 or more
December 27, 2017 12:30 pm / Tickets: $18; $9 for groups of 10 or more
December 28, 2017 10:00 am / Tickets: $18; $9 for groups of 10 or more
December 28, 2017 12:30 pm / Tickets: $18; $9 for groups of 10 or more

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.

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

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.

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."

Stories & Enigmas

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

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 general admission; students 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.

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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