Sep
22
Sat
Masterworks 1: Beethoven & Mahler’s ‘Titan’ @ Civic Center
Sep 22 @ 7:30 pm
Program

BERNSTEIN  Overture to Candide

BEETHOVEN  “Emperor” Concerto

MAHLER  Symphony No. 1, “The Titan”

Joseph Giuntaconducting

Inon Barnatanpiano

Sep
23
Sun
Masterworks 1: Beethoven & Mahler’s ‘Titan’ @ Civic Center
Sep 23 @ 2:30 pm
Program

BERNSTEIN  Overture to Candide

BEETHOVEN  “Emperor” Concerto

MAHLER  Symphony No. 1, “The Titan”

Joseph Giuntaconducting

Inon Barnatanpiano

Gordon Lightfoot @ Hoyt Sherman Plance
Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm

Gordon Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums and has five Grammy nominations. His songs have been aired regularly for 50 years, earning him Radio Singles Chart Positions in North America achieved by few others. Lightfoot’s radio hits in the USA have earned Five #1s, Five Top 10s and Thirteen Top 40 hits. In Canada he has earned Sixteen #1s, Eighteen Top 10s and Twenty One Top 40 hits.

Aside from his success in writing, singing and performing his own songs, Lightfoot has found fortune in having his songs recorded and performed by other great artists including: Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Jr., Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Judy Collins, Johnny Mathis, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Sarah McLachlan, Barbra Streisand, Peter Paul & Mary, Harry Belafonte, Jane’s Addiction, Richie Havens, Glen Campbell, Toby Keith and George Hamilton IV.

In June of 2012 Lightfoot’s legacy was further enhanced when he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Lightfoot was honored for his role in defining the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and ’70s. There are fewer than 400 inductees who make up the impressive roster enshrined in the Songwriters Hall of Fame including Barry Mann, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes, Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Jim Croce, Phil Collins, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Diane Warren, Garth Brooks, Leon Russell and Leonard Cohen.

In his native Canada, Lightfoot has been decorated with the highest honors bestowed to a civilian including the Governor’s General Award and the Companion to the Order of Canada honor of merit. He has also won 17 Juno Awards – Canada’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards. Gordon is a member of Canada’s Walk of Fame and The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2007, Canada Post honored him by issuing an official Gordon Lightfoot postage stamp. Lightfoot is also in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Gordon Lightfoot is an indelible part of the Canadian national spirit and regarded as perhaps the most prolific and greatest Canadian singer-songwriter of all time.

Sep
25
Tue
An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren @ Hoyt Sherman Plance
Sep 25 @ 8:00 pm

A Wizard, A True Star. The title of Todd Rundgren’s 1973 solo album aptly sums up the contributions of this multi-faceted artist to state-of-the-art music. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist, and interactive artist (re-designated TR-i), Rundgren has made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to found and front The Nazz, the quintessential `60’s cult group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut offering, the legendary Runt. But it was 1972’s seminal Something/Anything?, on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer, that catapulted Todd into the superstar limelight, prompting the press to unanimously dub him ‘Rock’s New Wunderkind’. It was followed by such landmark LPs as The Hermit of Mink Hollow and the above mentioned A Wizard, A True Star, as well as such hit singles as I Saw The Light, Hello It’s Me, Can We Still Be Friends, and Bang The Drum.

In 1974, Todd formed Utopia, an entirely new approach to the concept of interactive musicianship, and embarked on an extensive round of touring and recording. Standout Utopia offerings included Oops! Wrong Planet, Adventures in Utopia, and Oblivion. Along the way, Utopia combined technical virtuosity and creative passion to create music that, for millions, defined the term “progressive rock.”

Rundgren’s myriad production projects include albums by Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, Meatloaf, XTC, Grand Funk Railroad, and Hall And Oates. Rounding out his reputation as rock’s Renaissance Man, Rundgren composed all the music and lyrics for Joe Papp’s 1989 Off-Broadway production of Joe Orton’s Up Against It  (the screenplay commissioned by The Beatles for what was meant to have been their third motion picture). He also has composed the music for a number of television series, including Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Crime Story.

In 2012 Rundgren performed his iconic 1973 album A Wizard A True Star in concert in its entirety for the first time ever, and last year did the same with a double bill: Todd & Healing. His most recent studio album, GLOBAL, was released in April 2015; his latest studio album, White Knight,  is set for release in Spring 2017. He continues to tour with Ringo Starr as an erstwhile member of the All-Starr Band, and to perform with symphony orchestras both domestically and internationally.

Sep
27
Thu
Social Irrigation @ Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm

Social Irrigation is a 15-week long program of Thursday night concerts hosted by the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, featuring a new band, food, craft beer and lawn games each week. Trellis Café will be open with small plates and your favorite beverage. The variety of musical genre in the series will provide something for every musical taste. Regular cost of admission applies.

June 14: Tony Valdez and the Retro Rockets
June 21: Big Time Grain Company
June 28: Parranderos Latin Combo
July 12: Max Wellman with the Annie Booth Trio
July19: NOLA Jazz Band
July 26: The Cerny Brothers
August 2: Christopher the Conquered
August 9: Abbie and the Sawyers
August 16: The Maytags
August 23: The Limestoners +1
August 30: Parranderos Latin Combo
September 6: Damon Doston
September 13: Kevin Burt
September 20: Gina Gedler sings Barbra Streisand
September 27: Fred Gazzo Band

Los Lobos @ Hoyt Sherman Plance
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm

The Grammy-winning group Los Lobos are set to perform on the Hoyt Sherman Place stage on Thursday, September 27. Most famous for their cover version of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba”, the American rock band is ready to hit the road again with their unique sound influenced by traditional music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños.

Since forming in 1973, Los Lobos has recorded dozens of critically acclaimed albums, compliations and soundtracks, won three Grammy Awards, and toured the world opening for such acts as Bob Dylan, U2 and the Grateful Dead. The group was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Sep
28
Fri
A Night of Chicago Jazz featuring Ramsey Lewis & Ann Hampton Callaway @ Hoyt Sherman Plance
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm

Ramsey Lewis will perform with jazz singer Ann Hampton Callaway, backed by a quintet of veteran jazz musicians.

Ramsey Lewis is a jazz legend. He’s a composer, pianist, radio personality and three-time Grammy® Award winner. Known for his swinging style that has spanned generations and genres, Lewis has released more than 80 albums since his first hit in 1965, The “In” Crowd.

Ann Hampton Callaway, who was recently voted “Performer of the Year” by Broadwayworld.com, is one of the leading champions of the great American Songbook and a Platinum Award winning writer.

Fun Home @ Kum & Go Theater - DMSC
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm

The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, FUN HOME is written by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori and based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir.

This amazing production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways. The New York Times proclaims that “FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up”.

Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Sep
29
Sat
Spectrum Stories @ Des Moines Playhouse
Sep 29 @ 1:30 pm

Saturdays, 1:30-2:30 PM*

Upcoming Dates
Sept. 29, 2018
Oct. 13, 2018
Oct. 27, 2018
Dec. 1, 2018
Jan. 26, 2019
Feb. 16, 2019
Mar. 30, 2019
Apr. 20, 2019

Join us for an exciting day of drama! Come to one session or come to all! Open to any student, Spectrum Stories is specifically designed to provide drama experiences that best support the development of pretend play, social interaction, and non-verbal communication for ages 6-18. Each session is carefully designed to enhance creative expression of spectrum youth while supporting the profile marker needs of each participant. Developed with the guidance of Professor Gretta Berghammer of the University of Northern Iowa, and the Sturgis Youth Theatre, Spectrum Stories uses story, music, and art to bring imagination to life! Pre-registration online at dmplayhouse.com is encouraged but drop-ins are also welcome.

An additional emergency contact form is available at the door specifically for those who tend to elope. Parents are asked to remain in the building during class time, and may accompany their child into class if they wish.

Click here for the Spectrum-Stories-Social-Story – A pictorial guide explaining what to expect when attending these classes.

For more information, contact Robin Spahr, education director, 515-974-5365.

*Notice: NEW TIMES! Spectrum Stories times have been changed for the 2018-19 season to 1:30-2:30 PM.

 

Fun Home @ Kum & Go Theater - DMSC
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm

The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, FUN HOME is written by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori and based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir.

This amazing production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways. The New York Times proclaims that “FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up”.

Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Henry Rollins Travel Slideshow Tour @ Hoyt Sherman Plance
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm

For many years, Henry Rollins has taken photographs on his travels. Join Henry for an intimate evening as he shows many of his favorites from Baghdad to Pyongyang.

Rollins will present a special performance drawing on experiences and his vast archive of photographs. “For many years, I have documented my travels all over the world with a camera. Never easy but always worth it. The photos have stories behind them. I have selected several images, to show and talk about.”

As a keen observer, Henry will be bringing stories from journeys all over the world, including the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South America and Antarctica.

Sep
30
Sun
Fun Home @ Kum & Go Theater - DMSC
Sep 30 @ 2:00 pm

The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, FUN HOME is written by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori and based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir.

This amazing production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways. The New York Times proclaims that “FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up”.

Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

The Association @ Hoyt Sherman Plance
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm

In 1967, The Association made history being the first band anywhere to open a rock festival – the now historic, Monterey Pop Festival. One of the most successful bands to come out of the 60s, they have sold millions of records, tapes, CDs and DVDs as well as earned a number of achievements including a Golden Globe nomination in 1970 for Best Original Song “Goodbye Columbus.”

The Association has also received RIAA certifications for 6 gold and 3 platinum records. Their album, THE ASSOCIATION GREATEST HITS (Warner Brothers), is now double platinum and continues to be one of the longest best-selling albums in the history of the company.

Oct
3
Wed
Fun Home @ Kum & Go Theater - DMSC
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm

The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, FUN HOME is written by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori and based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir.

This amazing production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways. The New York Times proclaims that “FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up”.

Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Oct
4
Thu
The Illusionists @ Stephens Auditorium
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm

We welcome The Illusionists, a mind-blowing spectacle that showcases the talents of five of the most incredible illusionists on earth. Audiences will witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, disappearance, and for the first time ever in history, a full view water torture escape. This group of world-class performers has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage.

 

Fun Home @ Kum & Go Theater - DMSC
Oct 4 @ 7:30 pm

The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, FUN HOME is written by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori and based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir.

This amazing production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways. The New York Times proclaims that “FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up”.

Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Sammy Miller and The Congregation @ Temple for Performing Arts
Oct 4 @ 7:30 pm

Part of the Live at the Temple Concert Series

Sammy Miller and The Congregation are on a mission to put the generosity back into jazz and bring art back to the people.

We play joyful jazz — music that feels good. It is a style that entertains, enriches, but most of all uplifts.

A native of Los Angeles, Grammy®-nominated drummer Sammy Miller has become known for his unique maturity and relentless focus on making music that feels good as a drummer, singer and bandleader. Upon completing his Master’s at The Juilliard School, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation. As a band, they are focused on sharing the power of community through their music — joyful jazz.

Ars Nova selected The Congregation for the ‘Makers Lab’ in 2017 to produce their original theater jazz show, “Great Awakening.” While independently the band members have performed and recorded with notable artists including Wynton Marsalis, Iron and Wine, and Jason Mraz at venues including the White House, Lincoln Center and the Hollywood Bowl, they have opted to stick together to spread joy throughout the world.

 

Oct
5
Fri
Youth Matinee Series @ Fisher Theater
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am

Since1999, the Iowa State Center’s Youth Matinee Series has connected children, parents, teachers, and schools with the performing arts in profound and meaningful ways, bringing performances to central Iowa that complement the school curriculum. This programming introduces students to new worlds and new ways of self-expression. By bringing your students/children to a live performing arts experience, you are giving them the gifts of broadened perspective and experiential learning. Live theater ignites the imagination in a unique way, opening the door to a greater understanding of the world and a life-long love of the arts.

Everyone is welcome! Performances are open to the public.

Admission is $5 at the door. Many performances sell out, so we encourage pre-registration to ensure you’ll get a seat. But mostly, we hope come to the show and share the arts with the young ones in your life.

This Is Not a Pipe Dream

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 10:00 am – Fisher Theater

Voices from Ellis Island

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 10:00 am – Fisher Theater

Voices from Ellis Island

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 10:00 am – Fisher Theater

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Friday, November 30, 2018 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Charlotte’s Web

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Charlotte’s Web

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 12:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Monday, February 18, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Monday, February 18, 2019 at 12:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

Sense and Sensibility

Friday, March 1, 2019 at 10:00 am – Fisher Theater

ISU Symphony

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Pete the Cat

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Pete the Cat

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 12:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 12:30 pm – Stephens Auditorium

Godspell

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 10:00 am – Fisher Theater

The Crucible

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Butterfly: The Story of a Life Cycle

Monday, April 29, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

Anne of Green Gables

Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 10:00 am – Stephens Auditorium

 

Frankenstein @ Ankeny Community Theatre
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm
Drama – Rated PG

Director: Michael Hollister
Assistant Director: Ali Kirwen
Stage Manager: Lisa Gould
Producer: Cheryl Clark
Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant young scientist, returns to his Swiss chateau to escape a terrible pursuer. No one can shake free the dark secret that terrifies him: not his mother, nor his fiancée, nor his best friend. Even the pleading of a gypsy girl accused of murdering Victor’s younger brother falls on deaf ears, for Victor has brought into being a creature made from pieces of the dead. The creature tracks Victor to his sanctuary to demand a bride to share its loneliness. Against his better judgement, Victor agrees and soon the household is invaded by murder, despair and terror.

.

Fun Home @ Kum & Go Theater - DMSC
Oct 5 @ 7:30 pm

The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, FUN HOME is written by Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori and based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir.

This amazing production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways. The New York Times proclaims that “FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up”.

Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.