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Shows & Performances at the Ives

Radio Gals!

October 04, 2018–November 15, 2018

Shows on select Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1:00 pm

Shows added on October 12 and 20 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: Adults $29 each for matinées and $36 each for evenings. Call 952-948-6524 to schedule your group for a lunch and show!

Set in the 1920s when radio ruled the airwaves and small stations thrived, Radio Gals is a razzamatazz musical comedy about Hazel Hunt from Cedar Ridge, Arkansas. Hazel broadcasts from her front parlor with her “all-girl” orchestra, “The Hazelnuts,” on radio WGAL.  What comes over the local airwaves is an array of hilarious toe-tapping songs. However, Hazel’s broadcasts are not always so local due to her habit of impinging on other frequencies, like NBC’s, attracting the attention of a federal radio inspector who’s intent on shutting down WGAL. It turns out though, he has a fine tenor voice, plays a mean accordion and quickly becomes enchanted by the “Hazelnuts.”

That’ll Be the Day

November 17, 2018

Show starts at 7:00 pm

Tickets: Adults $32

Colleen Raye Productions presents this NEW SHOW featuring the talented Wayne Luchau, Colleen Raye and Debbie O’Keefe with The Echoes Rock and Roll Band. They will be performing the dynamic music of Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstadt, and Gene Pitney.  You’ll hear your favorites from these three amazing artists, including:

  • Roy Orbison's “Pretty Woman,” “You Got It” and “Crying,”
  • Gene Pitney's “Town Without Pity” and “24 Hours From Tulsa,”
  • Linda Ronstadt's “Blue Bayou,” “That’ll Be The Day” and “When Will I Be Loved” and more.

Filled with stories and humor as well as masterful musicianship and impressive vocals, the show will take you on an emotional, energetic and nostalgic journey you won’t forget.

Check out a sample of what's coming here: That'll Be the Day Sampler.

Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble 2018 Concert

November 18, 2018

Show starts at 3:00 pm.

Tickets: Adults $17 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.

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?

Elevé Performing Arts Presents: Babes in Toyland

November 30, 2018–December 01, 2018

Shows November 30 and December 1 at 7:00 pm

Adult Tickets: $13.50 each (price includes taxes and fees)

Babes in Toyland is an operetta composed by Victor Herbert in the early 1900s, that intertwines tales from Mother Goose to create an extravagant Christmas-themed musical. For this performance, Elevé's dancers will act out some of these nursery rhymes as they work together to save Toyland and Christmas. The show is great for all ages and sure to bring a smile to your face!

Christmas with the Niskas

December 01, 2018

Show at 3:00 pm.

Tickets: Adults $31 each.

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 Orchestra, Calgary 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)

Keane Sense of Rhythm: Groove

December 07, 2018

The show starts at 7:30 pm.

Tickets Adults $17 each; Students and Seniors $6 each. (Prices include sales tax and fees.)

"Groove" is an evening tap dancing and percussive dance event presented by Keane Sense of Rhythm tap company. The show features professionals, youth tap ensembles and special guests, and includes a lot of high energy, passion and killer skills varied enough to delight all ages. Choreography, improvisation, song and body percussion will round out the performance.

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 $19.50 each for adults; $9.50 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!

A Night of Ray Charles featuring Mick Sterling

February 02, 2019

Show starts at 7:30 pm

Adult Tickets $36 each (includes taxes and fees)

For this special show, Twin Cities front man Mick Sterling joins forces with another Twin Cities front man, Wain McFarlane (co-founder and former lead singer of Ipso Facto) to honor the genius of Ray Charles. Backed by a 12-piece soul orchestra, Sterling and McFarlane will perform popular hits as well as deeper tracks. The setlist includes:

Don't miss this chance to savor songs from and pay homage to an incredible artist who influenced nearly everyone who came after.


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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