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Shows & Performances at the Ives

The Young and the Rest…

August 01, 2018–August 03, 2018

Matinée Tickets (August 1 & 2): Individuals, $31.50 each; groups of 10 or more $27 each. If you/your group would like to have lunch before the show, please call 952-948-6524 to make your reservations.

Evening Tickets (August 3): Individuals $37 each; Seniors $34.50 each; Groups of 10+ $32.50 each.

A tribute to Neil Young and the rest of your favorite acoustic artists who defined a generation—Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Eagles, Joni Mitchell, America and more. Join the incredibly talented women of SimpleGifts, along with Billy McLaughlin on guitar. Enjoy the memories evoked by music from the 1970s and 1980s while creating new memories with this group's unique vocal styling.

SimpleGifts - The Young and the Rest... from Hungry Pug Studios on Vimeo.

The Gin Game

September 07, 2018–September 23, 2018

Matinée Tickets: Individuals $29 each; Groups of 10+ $25 each. Reserve seats for your group and add a gourmet lunch to your order by calling 952-948-6524 or following the group tickets link.

Sunday Tickets: Adults $32 each; Seniors and Heritage Society Members $30 each; Groups of 10+ $29 each.

Saturday Night Tickets: Adults $34 each; Seniors, Groups of 10+ and Heritage Society Members $30 each.

Produced by Sidekick Theatre.

Two sharp-witted residents of a retirement home are drawn together over a game of gin in this funny and touching play. Over time their game passes from cordial to flirtatious to a battle of wills, as their vulnerabilities and secrets gradually bubble to the surface.

The play stars veteran actors Candace Barrett and Raye Birk—both of whom who have appeared in many productions at the Guthrie, as well as in movies and television shows.

(Please note: The show contain limited strong language.)

Rodgers & Hammerstein: Broadway Masters

September 12, 2018–September 20, 2018

Tentative dates: Wednesdays and Thursdays September 12 through September 20, 2018

Matinée Tickets: Individuals $31.50 each; Groups of 10+ and Heritage Society Members $27 each. Reserve seats for your group and add a gourmet lunch to your order by calling 952-948-6524.

Produced by Raymond Berg

Sit back and enjoy this musical revue featuring music from the songwriting team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein—two men who forever changed the American theater landscape and the history of popular culture with their memorable Broadway productions. This tribute is narrated by Raymond Berg, who shares interesting stories and anecdotes about Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Four singer/performers and a six-piece orchestra will perform songs from:

Ethan Bortnick

September 27, 2018

Tickets: Adults $31 each; Groups of 10+ and Heritage Society Members $27 each. To reserve space for your group and lunch for the 1:00 pm show, please call 952-948-6524.

Famous for his piano skills from a very young age, 17-year-old Ethan Bortnick became a Guinness record holder at age nine for being "The World's Youngest Solo Musician to headline his own concert tour." Since bursting on to the national stage as a very young child, Ethan has appeared on talk shows with the likes of Jay Leno and Oprah Winfrey and toured internationally, connecting with audiences across the globe.

Much of his young career has also been devoted to raising money for charities. So far he has raised more than $50 million for various causes, and shared the stage at charity events with notable artists including Elton John, Andrea Boccelli, Beyoncé, Josh Groban and Reba McEntire.

On September 27th, Ethan Bortnick will present two shows at the Ives Auditorium!

At 1:00 pm: Generations of Music Concert

At his matinée show, Ethan Bortnick will be singing and playing piano (with his band) in the style of his popular and award-winning PBS Specials. Enjoy a wide range of songs appropriate for all generations, including original songs, current radio hits, and popular numbers from the likes of The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, and Neil Diamond. He will even delve into classical music as well as popular and jazz standards from the first half of the 20th century.

At 7:30 pm: Celebration of Music Talent Search

For the evening show, Ethan Bortnick will host local musicians in a talent competition. Contestants will have a chance to perform in front of the audience, and possibly win a chance to perform with Ethan at a future date. The contestant application form is online at, and the opportunity in "Minneapolis, MN" in September is open to talented youth between the ages of 4 and 25. Come watch the competition and see who Ethan discovers!

1st John Philip Sousa Memorial Band

September 29, 2018

Advance Tickets: Adult, $15 each; Seniors $13 each; Heritage Society Members and Students $10 each. At the door, tickets are $2 more. The show starts at 7:00 pm.

As the 1800s gave way to the 1900s, ragtime tunes, marches, and musical novelties kept Americans entertained.  John Philip Sousa Memorial Band celebrates its 22nd annual concert at the Ives Auditorium in Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center this September. With 40 musicians, the John Philip Sousa Memorial Band recaptures the spirit of bands at the turn of the 20th century when they were an integral part of the community.

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

October 21, 2018

Tickets: Adults $21 each; Groups of 8+ and Heritage Society Members, $15 each; Children 14 and younger $10 each. The show starts at 3:00 pm

Take a break from today and go back to the era when Swing was King. 1st Things 1st consists of 14 talented musicians and vocalists who pay tribute to the great jazz and swing music of the 1900s. If you love to sway to classic greats or just experience a high-energy walk down memory lane, don't miss this 1st Things 1st show. 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 entertaining show that is fun for all ages.

Whitesidewalls in Concert

November 02, 2018

Matinée (1:00 pm) Tickets: Individuals $32 each; Groups of 10+, Seniors and Heritage Society members $27 each. Add a gourmet lunch to your matinée order by calling 952-948-6524.

Evening (7:00 pm) Tickets: Individuals $38 each; Group of 10+, Seniors and Heritage Society Members $33 each.

Since their start more than 40 years ago, the Whitesidewalls Rock 'n' Roll Revue has been a staple doo-wop/rockabilly/rock and roll band in the Midwest. Their music pulls from classic sounds of the 1950s and 1960s.

The band itself includes five musicians, all of whom sing and play multiple instruments. Tight harmonies and a driving dance beat form their signature sound and have endeared them to their many fans. They've even shared the stage with the likes of The Drifters, Bobby Vee, Wolfman Jack, and The Coasters.

If you enjoy classic rock from the 1950s and '60s, you'll enjoy this band.

Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble

November 18, 2018

Tickets: Adults $15 each; MMH Residents, Heritage Society Members, Groups of 10+ and Students $10 each.

There is only one 24-trumpet musical ensemble in the United States, and it has its home in the Twin Cities! The Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble (TCTE) was founded in 2014 by a trio of trumpeters who decided to invite others to join them for trumpet playing and camaraderie. It took only a few months for the group to grow to 24 of the best trumpet players in the area. Under the able direction of James Olcott, TCTE in concert is a musical feast not to be missed.

Christmas with the Niskas

December 01, 2018

Show at 3:00 pm.

Tickets: Adults $28 each; Seniors, Groups of 10+ and Heritage Society members $25 each. Bloomington Symphony Orchestra discount $5 off adult price with passcode.

Lorie, Kurt, and Terry Niska specialize in vocal harmony and have performed a variety of genres including big band, folk, country, and pop. Christmas with the Niskas holds a special place in their hearts. Childhood memories, holidays with their families are the values they treasure and reflected in their songs.

The Niskas are brothers Kurt and Terry along with Kurt's wife Lorie. They have been singing together and making new fans everywhere they go for nearly three decades. The Niskas have appeared in multiple performances with 135 symphony orchestras, including Minnesota OrchestraCalgary Philharmonic, the Boston Pops and at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra.

The Niskas filmed a music video of “Silent Night” at the Lakewood Memorial Chapel in Minneapolis. The threesome was backed by classical guitarist Thomas Levandowski and Bloomington Symphony Orchestra conductor, Manny Laureano on flugelhorn.


Music Video: "Silent Night" (The Niskas)

Christmastide: The Celtic Sounds of SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin

December 18, 2018

Matinée Tickets (Show at 1:00 pm): Individuals $29 each; Groups of 10+ and Heritage Society members $25 each. Add a gourmet lunch to your order by calling 952-948-6524.

Evening Tickets (Show at 7:00 pm): Individuals $34 each; Groups of 10+, Seniors and Heritage Society members $30 each

Adored by fans, SimpleGifts makes musical magic by bringing a modern flair to traditional Christmas carols and hymns. This award winning six-piece ensemble combines violin, Celtic whistle and bagpipes, piano, acoustic guitar and percussion with angelic three-part female vocals to create a "modern Old-World" sound.

Fueled by grassroots fans since 2001, the 17th Annual SimpleGifts 2018 Holiday "Christmastide" Tour includes close to 20 concerts between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve in the Twin Cities or near by.

You don’t want to miss this very special performance!

Colonel James B. Ladd Museum

January 01, 2019 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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