Performing Arts Series
Welcome to our amazing 2016 - 2017 season! Enjoy the show!
The Snowy Day and Other Stories Saturday, January 28, 2017 • 2PM – Watch Video Promo LaCrosse Children’s Theatre touring show will be The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats, by Jerome Hairston, based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats. CAL Center Presents is proud to be a part of this production that is traveling to area schools, bringing theatre to young audiences throughout Southern Wisconsin. In The Snowy Day, written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, and published by the Viking Press Company 1962. The setting takes place in a big snowy city in and begins in main character Peters bedroom, as he awakens too discover that snow has fallen during the night. He celebrates this day by putting on his red snow suit after breakfast and heading outside for an adventure. When he gets outside he finds snow that is piled high. Peter makes a snowman, snow angels, and pretends to be a mountain climber. As Peter discovers these new ways to enjoy the snow he encounters issues and learns how to deal with the changing problems that confront children as they grow up. For instance, when Peter first makes his way out of the house he comes across older kids having a snowball fight. Peter about four years old realizes that he should not try to join in on this activity with bigger children when he is knocked down by a stray snowball. Before Peter makes his way back inside he packs a snowball and puts it in his pocket. That night he has a dream that the sun came out and melted all the snow, but when he wakes up he finds that it has snowed again. He then makes his way back outside into the snow for another adventure. This contemporary realistic fiction book is simple and told effectively in a few words. Buy Tickets Back To...Read More
River Cities Jazz – Big Band Saturday, February 25, 2017 • 7:00 pm River Cities Jazz – Big Band is an 18 piece big band formed in Central Wisconsin in 1999. Their primary intent is to perform music that is fun to play and enjoyable to hear. They play a variety of styles from a variety of composers and arrangers – Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glen Miller Maynard Ferguson, Don Sebesky, Earth, Wind and Fire and lots more. Soooo. . . kick back, and listen and enjoy when our group takes the stage. River Cities Jazz – Big Band has gotten rave review by providing audiences with sounds and entertainment that can easily be proclaimed “exciting.” Playing the extremes from luscious ballads to FULL SOUNDING shout choruses to delicate shuffle music, RCJ captures its audience and takes it on an unforgettable ride. Buy Tickets Back To...Read More
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua – Big Top Opry Friday, March 31, 2017 • 7 pm Severin Behren leads The Blue Canvas Orchestra and special guests in a new show featuring the music of the Grand Ole Opry. This musical institution has been called “The home of American music”, and “country’s most famous stage.” In Big Top Opry, members of The Blue Canvas Orchestra re-create the music of Opry’s legendary performers such as Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash and Kittle Wells. The music is classic country and western from the early days of radio and television, when life was a whole lot simpler. We’re joined by a fiddler who has grace the Big Top stage many times, Randy Sabien. Randy is described as a “bluesy, rockin’, swingin’, funk, jazz violinist.” And another regular to the Big Top stage, rocker Corey Carlson brings his love of old-time Western music to the show and delivers his signature intensity and charisma to the production. Buy Tickets Back To Productions ...Read More
1st Brigade Band Sunday, May 7, 2017 • 2 pm In 1864 eighteen men from the Brodhead Brass Band enlisted in the Union Army as the band of the 1st Brigade, 3d Division, 15th Army Corps. They left their rural Wisconsin homes to participate, under the command of General William T. Sherman, in the campaigns of Northern Georgia and the Carolinas. The “Tradition of Excellence” that these men established, more than 130 years ago lives on today with the members of Wisconsin’s 1st Brigade Band. The band MAKES HISTORY LIVE by presenting period brass band music, performed on antique instruments. Attired in uniforms and gowns, the Band’s musicians, color guard, and costumed ladies take you back to the 1860’s; to that turbulent era known as the Civil War. A nostalgic portrayal of the atmosphere of days gone by is generated by a unique form of showmanship that blends the sights and sounds of the period with historical anecdotes. More than eighty volunteers, men and women, make up the 1st Brigade Band. Widely varied in age and occupation, they come from many communities, bringing with them a common interest in their musical heritage. During a typical year, they will meet their audience more than forty times, in concerts, parades, military balls, and worship services, presenting their educational and entertaining programs. While the abundant written and pictorial materials remain, the mellow sounds of the brass bands of the 1860’s were lost until the 1st Brigade Band, starting in 1964, began to locate and restore the dented and broken instruments and to retrieve and reconstruct the yellowed and torn music. Through their work you can now hear what Presidents Lincoln and Davis, Generals Lee and Grant, and their contemporaries heard. The 1st Brigade Band has recorded in the MAKING HISTORY LIVE series, the most complete anthology of Civil War Music ever attempted. High fidelity stereo LP records, cassettes and compact discs of Union and Confederate band and vocal music are available at performances of the 1st Brigade Band, historic site gift shops, and mail order. The 1st Brigade Band is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Historical Society and is supported and...Read More
Jan 28, 2017 Saturday
The Snowy Day and Other Stories Saturday, January 28, 2017 • 2PM – Watch Video Promo LaCrosse Children’s Theatre touring show will be The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats, by Jerome Hairston, based on the books by Ezra Jack...
Feb 25, 2017 Saturday
River Cities Jazz – Big Band Saturday, February 25, 2017 • 7:00 pm River Cities Jazz – Big Band is an 18 piece big band formed in Central Wisconsin in 1999. Their primary intent is to perform music that is fun to play and enjoyable to...
Mar 31, 2017 Friday
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua – Big Top Opry Friday, March 31, 2017 • 7 pm Severin Behren leads The Blue Canvas Orchestra and special guests in a new show featuring the music of the Grand Ole Opry. This musical institution has been called...
May 7, 2017 Sunday
1st Brigade Band Sunday, May 7, 2017 • 2 pm In 1864 eighteen men from the Brodhead Brass Band enlisted in the Union Army as the band of the 1st Brigade, 3d Division, 15th Army Corps. They left their rural Wisconsin homes to participate, under the...