NIACC Announces 2014-15 Performing Arts and Leadership Series

The 2014-15 Performing Arts and Leadership series was announced today by North Iowa Area Community College.

“This promises to be a year of incredible music with legendary artists and shows,” said Elizabeth Gales, Director of NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership Series. “With names such as Bruce Hornsby and recent the Academy Award and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recipient, Darlene Love, you will experience some of the best in the business. North Iowa will have the opportunity to explore the immense talent that these artists possess. The stage will be filled with spectacular dance including Cole Porter’s Anything Goes and Dancing Pros: Live featuring Dancing with the Stars dancers. Come laugh the night away with the most unique Dixie’s Tupperware Party you will ever attend or bring your sweetheart to enjoy the comedy of romance on Valentine’s Day. I invite you to explore all of the wonders that await you at the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus.”

The 2014-15 season performances:

The Texas Tenors: You Should Dream

The Texas Tenors has all the looks of a great country band — but don’t be fooled by their black suits and cowboy hats. This trio returns to the North Iowa Community Auditorium stage after a sold out performance in April 2013. Combining breathtaking vocals, humor and cowboy charm, this charismatic and talented group performs great music from the worlds of country, folk, opera and Broadway. For more information, visit

Friday, September 5, 2014
7:30 p.m.
$40 ($45 – day of the show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Mason Jennings: Always Been 

Mason Jennings is a singer and songwriter who blends the personal insights of a poet, the political broadsides of a protest singer and the broad musical enthusiasm of a jazz musician with a rock and roller’s passion. The result made him one of the most talked-about new artists on the acoustic music scene. To create his latest album, he took the advice of a friend. This Minnesota-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist secluded himself in the back room of his cabin in the woods with a guitar, electric piano, bookshelf, notebook, tape recorder and one 90-minute cassette. There, he wrote all winter long. Emerging with the notebook and tape full of about 30 new songs, Jennings decided to skip his standard approach of self-recording and called on producer Bo Ramsey (Greg Brown, The Pines, Iris DeMent), as well as a wish-list lineup of guest musicians that includes DeMent and Neil Young drummer Chad Cromwell. The result was a new album — Always Been, which proves to be the most radiant, refined effort of his career. For more information, visit

Saturday, October 11, 2014
7:30 p.m.
$25 ($30 – day of the show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

St. Olaf Band

The St. Olaf Band, named by The New Yorker as “one of America’s preeminent bands,” will present classics of the wind band repertoire as well as exciting new works, a solo feature and compositions guaranteed to quicken the pulse and touch the heart strings of the audience. Founded in 1891, the St. Olaf Band of Northfield, Minnesota is the oldest music organization at St. Olaf College, a campus internationally renowned for its high-caliber musical ensembles. Under the leadership of conductor Dr. Timothy Mahr, the St. Olaf Band performs the very best compositions and transcriptions for symphonic band. For more information, visit

Sunday, October 19, 2014
4:00 p.m.
$15 (free to students 21 and under)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Leadership Series

Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey through the Afterlife

Dr. Alexander, a renowned academic neurosurgeon and graduate of the Duke University School of Medicine, spent 54 years honing his scientific worldview. He thought he knew how the brain and mind worked — but a near-death experience changed all of that. In 2008, Alexander suffered a rare case of bacterial meningitis-encephalitis. He spent a week in a coma, fighting for his life. After seven days, he awoke with memories of a fantastic odyssey deep into another realm. Near-death experiences are controversial. Thousands of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people. Alexander has been featured on the World News with Diane Sawyer, Oprah and Larry King Live. Get your tickets for this fascinating evening and hear first-hand Alexander’s personal story of what happened during his near-death experience, which is featured in his book, Proof of Heaven. For more information, visit

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
7:30 p.m.
$20 ($30 – day of the show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Darlene Love

Darlene Love, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, was featured in the 2014 Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. Love was quickly remembered for spontaneously bursting into song, “I sing because I’m happy,” while onstage at the Oscars. The documentary features the behind-the-scenes lives of backup singers and stars Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and many others. Love has worked as a back-up singer for legendary musicians, including Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen. Since the early 1960s, Love has had a successful career in the entertainment business. Her work includes major motion pictures such as the Lethal Weapon and Broadway musicals Hairspray and Grease. Rolling Stone Magazine has proclaimed Darlene Love to be “one of the greatest singers of all time.” For more information, visit

Saturday, October 25, 2014
7:30 p.m.
$45 rows A – V
$35 rows W – Z (All seats $50 day of the show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Smokey Joe’s Café: 20th Anniversary Tour Featuring The Coasters

Smokey Joe’s Café is the longest running musical revue in Broadway history. With nearly 40 songs in the show, eight were specifically written for The Coasters by Leiber and Stoller, including: Yakety Yak, Poison Ivy, Love Potion #9, Searchin’, Charlie Brown, Youngblood, as well as the title song, Smokey Joe’s Café. The cast of this spectacular theatrical event with sizzling choreography will also perform Leiber and Stoller songs written for Elvis, The Drifters and more. Some of these hits include Jailhouse Rock, Hound Dog, Treat Me Nice, On Broadway, There Goes My Baby, Spanish Harlem and Stand by Me. For more information, visit

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
7:30 p.m.
$55 rows A – V
$40 rows W – Z (All seats $60 day of the show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Dixie’s Tupperware Party

Contains Adult content, not appropriate for children
Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Off-Broadway by storm. Join Dixie as she travels the country throwing good old-fashioned Tupperware Parties filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, FREE giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage. Loaded with the most up-to-date products available for purchase, see for yourself how Ms. Longate became the #1 Tupperware seller in the U.S. and Canada as she educates her guests on the many alternative uses she has discovered for her plastic products. You’ve got to see the video of Dixie on her web site! For more information, visit

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
7:30 p.m.
$30 ($35 – day of the show) Seating in rows A-L only, limited to 400 per show
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Candlelight Christmas

The NIACC Vocal Music Department presents this bi-annual collaboration, which is sure to put you, your friends and family in the holiday spirit. Candlelight Christmas features music from the NIACC Concert Choir, NIACC Singers, River City Chorus, North Iowa Choral Society, North Iowa Children’s choir, with members from the North Iowa Concert Band, North Iowa Symphony Orchestra and musicians from the community. Make this a holiday tradition! For more information, visit

Saturday, December 6, 2014
2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
$18 ($25 – day of the show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

The Blenders 25th Anniversary Holiday Tour

Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, The Blenders are proud to call Minneapolis their home. They have spent the last 24 years touring the U.S. with their unique style of vocal, harmony-based music. They have appeared with such acts as Jay Leno, Howie Mandel, Savage Garden, Blues Traveler, Chicago, The Righteous Brothers, Lou Rawls, Chuck Berry and many more. Often described as one of America’s best-kept vocal secrets, The Blenders continue to record and tour the country, delighting their audiences with their signature vocal sound. For more information, visit

Monday, December 15, 2014
7:30 p.m.
$38 ($45 – day of the show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

The New Standards

This trio from the Twin Cities is about music, soul, fun and play. Started in 2005 as an off-shoot project between Minneapolis-based musicians and friends, The New Standards has grown into a globe-spanning adventure, filling theaters and clubs around the world. They create CDs, videos, cartoons, dance and theater projects, charming and delighting audiences along the way. The three core members of The New Standards all come from illustrious Twin Cities’ bands. Chan Poling (piano) founded the punk/new wave band The Suburbs. John Munson (bass) was an original member of Trip Shakespeare and the chart-topping Semisonic. Steve Roehm (vibes) started on drums in the Texas punk outfit Billygoat and the avant-jazz Electropolis. For more information, visit

Saturday, January 3, 2015
7:30 p.m.
$25 ($30 – day of the show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Anything Goes

Join us for this saucy and splendid production of Anything Goes, winner of three 2011 Tony® Awards, including best Musical Revival and Choreography. Included in this Cole Porter first-class comedy are some of musical theater’s most memorable standards, including “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top,” and “Anything Goes.” Don’t miss what the AP claims as, “So delightful, so delicious so de-lovely!”
For more information, visit

Saturday, January 17, 2015
7:30 p.m.
$55 rows A – V
$40 rows W – Z (All seats $65 day of the show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Dancing Pros: Live

Come and experience this amazing dance-off where, for the first time, professional dancers from Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and dance champions from around the globe compete against each other. Using electronic voting remotes attached to every seat, members of the audience will vote for their favorite couple. This show is guaranteed to dazzle everyone with an amazing caliber of celebrity and professional dancers, a glamorous set, fantastic costumes, video packages, group numbers and unbelievable dance moves. Singers from TV competition shows The Voice and American Idol will accompany dancers while celebrity guest star judges such as Edyta Sliwinska of Dancing with the Stars help the audience select the winning pair. It’s the ideal family outing. Dancing Pros: Live – will be hosted by Alan Thicke, Golden Globe nominee and Growing Pains TV star. For more information and to view a high-energy video of the show, visit

Monday, January 26, 2015
7:30 p.m.
$45 ($50 – day of the show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

My Funny Valentine

Date night just got a whole lot funnier! Are you looking for the perfect Valentine’s date night? Come join comedian Pat Hazell, one of the original writers for NBC’s Seinfeld that Showtime declared “one of the five funniest people in America,” and comedienne Karen Morgan, finalist in Nick at Nite’s Search for the Funniest Mom in America. They join forces for an evening of hilarious and heartwarming standup comedy. Bring your sweetheart, bring your friends and bring your sense of humor for a night of guaranteed laughter. For more information and to see videos of their performances, visit and

Saturday, February 14, 2015
7:30 p.m.
$25 ($30 – day of the show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188


Step aside One Direction — there’s a new kind of boy band on the circuit. The all-male string quartet, Well-Strung, features classically-trained musicians who sing while putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele, Lady Gaga and more. Imagine Mozart running into Kelly Clarkson. This unique blend of classical and pop music creates a fantastic performance. Well-Strung has performed around the world in venues such as The Art House in Provincetown, the Leicester Square Theatre in London, 54 Below in New York, House of Blues in New Orleans and Feinstein’s in San Francisco. For more information and to see a their new video, visit

Saturday, February 21, 2015
7:30 p.m.
$25 ($30 – day of the show)
$15 students 21 and under
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Pedrito Martinez Group

“Since arriving in the United States at the end of the 1990s, the Cuban percussionist Pedro Martinez has been all over the place, putting rumba and guaguancó into the weave of all kinds of groups. But when his drums, singing and writing are the focus – as is the case in his new band– he’s an incomparable performer.” — The New York Times June 25, 2010
Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, September 12, 1973. He began his musical career at the age of 11, performing as vocalist and percussionist with such Cuban legends as Tata Guines and Los Munequitos de Matanzas. Since settling in New York City in the fall of 1998, Pedrito has recorded and/or performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Eddie Palmieri, Sting (for his rainforest benefit, with Elton John, James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen) and many others. Make plans to attend this exciting evening of Cuban music with a world-class conga player. For more information and to see the latest video performances, visit

Saturday, March 7, 2015
7:30 p.m.
$25 ($30 – day of the show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

The Great Gatsby

The Montana Repertory Theater continues telling great American stories as it brings The Great Gatsby to the stage. They approach the classic story, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, with the honor and care such an outstanding work of literature deserves. This show reintroduces and reinvigorates this haunting, heartfelt snapshot of the “Roaring Twenties.” It brings the beauty and poetry of this masterpiece, living and breathing on stage, to a new generation of theatergoers. For more information, visit

Saturday, March 21, 2015
7:30 p.m.
$35 ($40 – day of the show)
$20 students 21 and under
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Million Dollar Quartet

Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock and roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ’n’ Roll” at Sun Records in Memphis, for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog” and more. For more information and to see videos and cast interviews, visit

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
7:30 p.m.
$55 rows A – V
$40 rows W – Z (All seats $65 day of the show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188

Bruce Hornsby

Singer and keyboardist Bruce Hornsby, known for the spontaneity and creativity of his live performances, became a household name after receiving a Best New Artist Grammy in 1987 with Bruce Hornsby and the Range. His commercial stock soared early on, when “The Way It Is,” the title track of his 1986 debut album, became the most-played song on American radio in 1987, winning ASCAP’s Song of the Year award. That song, along with subsequent hits “Mandolin Rain” and “Every Little Kiss,” established Hornsby in the music industry. Despite his early mainstream successes, Hornsby has pursued a more personal, idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that sparked his creative interest and musical progress. He has performed more than 100 concerts with the Grateful Dead as guest keyboardist. For more information, visit

Saturday, April 25, 2015
7:30 p.m.
$59 rows A – K
$49 rows L – Z (All seats $60 day of the show)
Call for tickets 641-422-4188
All tickets holders will receive a free copy of Hornsby’s latest CD the night of the show.

Laura Ingalls Wilder

In partnership with the Kaleidoscope Series for Youth at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, NIACC Performing Arts Series presents Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thursday, April 30, 2015
10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Curriculum Connections: History, Literature, Music
Character Counts: Citizenship, Caring, Respect
Suggested Audience: Grades 2-6
Description: Laura and her family travel across America in search of a place they can call home. Facing obstacles such as scarlet fever and eviction from their land, their pioneering spirit and family bonds are tested but never broken. This uplifting story of one of America’s most beloved authors comes to life in ArtsPower’s popular musical.

Tickets only available at beginning Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Ticket admission is $1 for all students, teachers, and chaperones.

To receive a copy of the 2014 -2015 NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership brochure please call the NIACC Box Office at 641-422-4188 or email

A Preview Night of the NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership Series 2014-15 will be held on Monday May 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the North Iowa Community Auditorium on the NIACC campus. Everyone is welcome to attend and learn more about the shows coming in the new season. Elizabeth Gales, Director of the NIACC Performing Arts and Leadership Series, will highlight each of the performances. Video clips will be part of the evening events.

Season ticket holders are invited to a special reception to be held prior to the Preview in the NIACC Art Gallery, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Other important dates include:

• Renewal for current season ticket holders will be May 19-June 13, 2014

• The Performing Arts & Leadership Series brochure will be available during the week of June 23. All previous ticket buyers will receive a brochure in the mail.

• New season tickets go on sale June 23

• All tickets are on sale August 4 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the NIACC Box Office or by calling 641-422-4188 or toll-free 1-888-466-4222 extension 4188

• Online ticket sales begin August 6, 2014

The NIACC Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m. Call
641-422-4188 or 1-888- GO NIACC, extension 4188.

Sponsors for the 2014-15 Performing Arts and Leadership Series include:

Platinum Level: Globe Gazette, Principal Financial Group, Alliant Energy, Winnebago Industries Foundation, Mason City Clinic, Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa.

Gold Level: First Citizens National Bank, Historic Park Inn, Samuel and Patricia Congello, Sukup Manufacturing, First State Bank of Belmond, Dr. Dave and Cathy Beck, Dean Genth and Dr. Gary W. Swenson, Henkel Construction, Community Auto Group, Petro Blend, North Iowa Eye Clinic, Elizabeth Muse Norris Charitable Fund and Vi Cor, North Iowa Broadcasting, Country Inn and Suites, KIMT-TV and Three Eagles Communications.

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2 Responses to “NIACC Announces 2014-15 Performing Arts and Leadership Series”

  1. David Miller

    How does one pruchase season tickets or find the information regarding that?