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Shows & Performances at the Ives

Ole & Lena: Home for the Holidaze

November 28, 2018–December 23, 2018

Shows on select Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1:00 pm, select Thursdays at 7:30 pm, and select Sundays at 3:00 pm

Tickets: $20 each. Call 952-948-6524 to schedule your group for a lunch and show!

The pressure is on. As the newly elected event chairman of the Potsdam Muskrat Lodge Post 3412, Ole needs to create a spectacular holiday party to erase the memory of last year's dud. Lena, meanwhile, is busy baking up a storm in preparation for the Gustafson family holiday gathering at their farm. When their granddaughter Marion is suddenly rushed to the St. Cloud hospital in labor, Lena drops everything to go witness the birth of their first great-grandchild. Will Lena make it home in time to save Ole from dual holiday disasters, or will Ole just stumble around in a holidaze hoping for the best?

Little Red Riding Hood

December 09, 2018–December 28, 2018

Shows December 9 (noon), 23 (noon), 27 (10:00 am) and 28 (12:30 pm)

Tickets $19.00 each for adults; $9.00 each for groups of 10 or more.

This joyous new musical based on Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale touches the heart – with lots of laughs and lovable characters along the way!

When Little Red bravely ventures into the woods to deliver a basket of holiday treats for her grandmother, she encounters a charming wolf named Walter. Will she reach her grandmother’s safely? Or will the sly wolf distract her from her journey? Join Little Red on her adventure as she tries to outwit the sly wolf and discovers that it's not just the enchanted forest that has magical powers.

Running time: 65 minutes.

Ashley Ballet Arts Academy Presents “The Nutcracker”

December 14, 2018–December 16, 2018

Shows are currently Sold Out

Appearing at the Ives for the third year in a row, Ashley Ballet Arts Academy brings "The Nutcracker" to life. Experience the magic this holiday season as local guest artists join Arts Academy students in this classic story ballet. You will be swept into the fairy tale by Tchaikovsky's amazing score and entranced by the choreography from Ashley Burkland and ABBA faculty. Whether you are 2 or 102, this production is sure to please.

Christmastide: The Celtic Sounds of SimpleGifts with Billy McLaughlin

December 18, 2018

Matinée Tickets (Show at 1:00 pm): Adults $32 each. Add a gourmet lunch to your order by calling 952-948-6524.

Evening Tickets (Show at 7:00 pm): Adults $37 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!

A Magical Medora Christmas

December 22, 2018

Shows are at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Adult Tickets $30.00 each

Based on "Medora Musical"—the acclaimed summer variety show in Medora, North Dakota—A Magical Medora Christmas is a traveling variety show that features current and past Medora performers. This year's production includes vocalist and Medora Gospel Brunch host Emily Walter (a former lead vocalist in the US Air Force Strategic Air Command Band) along with Job Christianson and Jared Mason, both of whom have sung on Broadway. Chad Willow, a multi-talented musician, and Bill Sorenson, a humorist and magician, will round out the company. The show is family friendly and appropriate for all ages.

MJO Live: Vegas Variety New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2018

Show starts at 7:00 pm

Adult Tickets: $36 each, taxes and fees included

The New Year's Eve tradition at the Ives continues! "MJO Live: Vegas Variety New Year's Eve" features the highly talented Minnesota Jazz Orchestra along with Gregg Marquardt and Reeves Cary swinging tunes from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and other crooners you love. The Las Vegas style show will include hits such as:

Add in some audience participation and comic relief and you've got a New Year's show that can't be beat!

Buddy Holly: Not Fade Away

January 30, 2019–February 21, 2019

Shows Wednesdays & Thursday, January 30–February 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm.

Adult Tickets: $32 each; Groups of 10 or more $25 each (price includes taxes and fees)

Enjoy a trip back to a more innocent time in our history as New Music Arts presents "Buddy Holly: Not Fade Away." The show features cast members from the IVEY award-winning "Buddy—The Buddy Holly Story" produced at the History Theatre.

Nick Freeman (guitar and vocals) plays Buddy Holly. As the rest of the Crickets, Blake Foster (guitar) plays Sonny Curtis, Zach Spicer (drums) is Jerry Allison and Mitch Benson (bass) plays Joe Maudlin. During the second set, Nick and the band will perform Buddy Holly songs, including "Peggy Sue," That'll Be the Day" and "Not Fade Away."

To start things off, Gary Rue (former music director, arranger and duet partner for Gene Pitney 1986-2006) will offer song selections from Gene Pitney, the Crickets' Sonny Curtis, and Bobby Vee. All three were contemporaries of Buddy Holly. Vee filled in for Buddy Holly on tour after the tragic plane crash.


Bloomington Symphony Orchestra: From Boisterous to Pastoral

February 24, 2019

 Show is at 3:00 pm.

Tickets: Adults $15 each.

All musicians have a piece of music that had a profound effect on their musical development. Music director Manny Laureano has chosen such a work, the Second Symphony of Johannes Brahms in D major. Also, the BSO will celebrate the wonderfully raucous Roman Carnival of Berlioz as our curtain raiser. This concert will also be our opportunity to serve as accompanying orchestra for this year's MNSOTA Mary West Solo Competition winner who will be chosen in late 2018.

Blue Collar Diaries

February 27, 2019–March 10, 2019

The 2-week schedule includes Wednesday and Thursday 1:00 pm matinée shows, Friday and Saturday evening shows at 7:30 pm, and Sunday afternoon shows at 2:00 pm

Tickets are $32 each for the matinée shows and $36 for all other shows (prices include tax and fees)

"Blue Collar Diaries," which has been called “alternately hysterical and heartbreaking,” grew from a series of humorous monologues about people in Michelle Myers Berg’s neighborhood. The fifth of eight kids, Michelle grew up in St. Paul in a working class neighborhood cleverly disguised as “typically midwestern.”

Portraying some 20 different characters, she spins tales of her childhood years in a performance evocative of Lily Tomlin’s best solo work. Michelle reminds us in hilariously vivid terms that the true wealth of her neighborhood wasn’t in a bank or a beautiful home, but in an understanding about the inherent worth of a human being. This tribute refreshes and reminds us about the soul of any great community.

Bloomington Symphony Orchestra: Music in 3D #6

May 05, 2019

 Show is at 3:00 pm.

Tickets: Adults $15 each.

The BSO will close the season with the magnificent Fifth Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich which originally served as a reluctant yet left-handed apology to dictator Josef Stalin. We are also pleased to present Minnesota's own Nygel Witherspoon in a performance of Dvorak's Cello Concerto in B minor!

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