Best of the Comedy Class, Volume 2

Friday, March 13th, 7:30 pm

Best of the Comedy Class features students from the stand-up comedy classes taught by comedian Scott Novotny, which have been a popular addition to the class offerings at the center.  "I am amazed at all the comedic talent from the local area residents.  The class always sells out and the end production is hilarious.  Such a fine variety of funny folks from young and older, and even older," exclaims Novotny.

The show consists of eight to ten students, each performing ten-minute comedy routines.  The performers include Jerry Firth, Bloomington; David Frank, River Falls; Tyler Haines, Hudson; Austen Nepp, Stillwater; Gina Novotny, New Richmond; Matt Okonski, Maplewood; Marj Rowan, Amery; and Cindy Shirk, South St. Paul.

Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.

General admission tickets are $10.00 for this PG-13 show.

The Phipps Dance Companies

March 20th - 21st, 2015

Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m.

The Phipps Dance Company, a non-competitive performing company led by director Christina Leines and associate director Stephanie Campbell, celebrates its tenth season with showcase performances. The 2014-15 company is comprised of 14 auditioned dancers who range in age from 13 to 18 years old.  The company focuses on building well-rounded, technically advanced young dancers. To audition for the company, the dancers are required to have at least two years of prior dance training. As company members, the dancers have weekly rehearsals and must take at least two dance technique classes per week. 

The performances will feature a variety of styles, including musical theater, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary ballet. Guest choreographers are Emily Broeker, Matthew Keefe, Mackenzie Lewis, Jason Noer, and Kyra Scanlan.   

The Phipps Junior Dance Company, led by Mackenzie Lewis and now in its second season, will also perform. For dancers ages 9 to 13 years old, this company prepares young dancers for their future with The Phipps Dance Company and beyond. The junior dance company is made up of 15 auditioned dancers who rehearse September through May for performances locally and throughout the Twin Cities. Their 2014-15 season consists of performances with the Minnesota Dance Collaborative, Diversity Days at Hudson High School, the Youth Dance Ensemble in Burnsville, Spring Showcase in Hudson, the Minnesota Timberwolves half-time performance in April, and Dance in Revue at the center in May.

The performances will feature a variety of styles, including lyrical, jazz, tap, and hip-hop.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students.

Mozart’s Requiem

The Phipps Oratorio Society
Sunday, March 29th, 2:00 pm

Under the direction of Thomas Dahle, the chorus will be joined by a quartet of acclaimed soloists, made possible by the Donna W. Petersen Fund for Music. One of the most famous choral works in the classical repertoire, Mozart’s stirring Requiem offers both awe-inspiring majesty and tender consolation. 

Soloists will be soprano Teresa Tierney, mezzo-soprano Nicole Warner, tenor Roy Heilman, and baritone Aaron Engebreth. 

Pianists Heather Tank and Ezelda Yacoub Hasapopoulos will accompany the chorus and soloists on the center’s new Steinway grand piano.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and youth.

Pro Arte Quartet

Saturday, May 2nd, 7:30 pm

The acclaimed string quartet performs throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, has performed at the White House, and is the resident ensemble of the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students and youth.

Tonic Sol-fa

Sunday, May 17th, 7:00 pm

Having performed on PBS and A Prairie Home Companion, the New York Times describes the a cappella male quartet’s sound as “A vocal kaleidoscope…unique to the human voice.”

Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for students and youth.

Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band

Saturday, May 30th, 7:30 pm

This ensemble of entertaining multi-instrumentalists, who occasionally swap instruments onstage without missing a note, is known for its musicality and humor.

Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for students and youth.

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