Arts Center 2019-20 Season Announcement
The Arts Center at Lake Superior State University is proud to present the 2019-2020 season, “Celebrating 15 Years!”. The Arts Center is proud to have served the Lake State campus and greater Twin Saults community for the past fifteen years. Arts Center Director Spencer Christensen says, “The Arts Center at Lake Superior State University has become a hub of culture and arts for our campus and our community. We’ve hosted an array of performances – bringing local, national, and international artists to the Arts Center Stage for LSSU students, staff, faculty, and community members to learn from and enjoy. We have kept ticket prices affordable again this year and welcoming for everyone. Please join us in “Celebrating 15 Years!” of the Arts Center at LSSU. Without further ado, we are pleased to present our 2019-2020 season!
On October 3rd at 7:00 p.m., we are excited to open the season with The Tannahill Weavers – one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. These versatile musicians have consistently received worldwide accolades over the years for their exuberant performances. Arts Center Director Spencer Christensen says, “We love how they’ve modernized traditional Scottish music and made it exciting and fresh.” According to the Winnipeg Free Press, “The Tannahill Weavers – properly harnessed – could probably power an entire city for a year on the strength of last night’s concert alone. The music is Celtic, with the drive and enthusiasm akin to straight ahead rock and roll.” LSSU thanks the Duncan MacLaren Family Fund for the Performing Arts for their generous support of this concert.
On October 24th at 7:00 p.m., we welcome The Landscape of Guitar to the Arts Center stage. Master guitarist Bruce Hecksel, and singer-songwriter Julie Patchouli blend music from their two musical projects, Terra Guitarra and Patchouli. A colorful backdrop of lush vibrant painted landscapes based on the guitar theme flows thru the concert. An art gallery exhibit by Bruce Hecksel coincides with the concert. Arts Center Director Spencer Christensen stated, “I’ve never been so moved by a guitar performance… I keep going back to watch these two performers – they’re amazing in both sights and sounds.” The Chicago Tribune reviewed it as, “guitars of the Gypsy Kings, the harmony of Simon & Garfunkel and the colors of Van Gogh” their show “inspires the human spirit.” LSSU thanks the Duncan MacLaren Family Fund for the Performing Arts for their generous support of this concert.
On November 1st at 7:00 p.m., we are proud to present, The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing! This weeklong residency is a world tour produced by Drepung Loseling Monastery. There are four aspects to this program: Sacred Music, Sacred Dance for World Healing, the Mandala Sand Painting Exhibition, a photo exhibit, and lectures. Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the tours began in 1988 with the touring monk artists performing in 130 cities in North America and Europe. Arts Center Director Christensen says, “We are honored to welcome the Tibetan Monks – they will be with us for a week and we hope our students and community take this opportunity to experience something truly special.” LSSU thanks the 3% Fund, Fund for LSSU, Issues and Intellect Fund, and ArtsMidwest Touring Grant for their generous support of this concert.
On December 3rd at 7:00 p.m., join us for the Arts Center Holiday Concert with Take 3 and Lauren Jelencovich! Yanni’s featured vocalist, the sensational Lauren Jelencovich, joins forces with Take 3 for this exciting, genre-bending collaboration. While in high school, Jelencovich won the grand prize on Ed McMahon’s Next Big Star. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Jelencovich has performed stage roles in several operas. Take 3 is a comprised of violinist, Lindsay Deutsch, a charismatic and captivating presence on today’s music scene; cellist Lila Yang, trained at Julliard School; and pianist, Irene Kim, trained at Peabody Conservatory, where she recently received her doctorate in Musical Arts. The program, “Together for the Holidays” includes a variety of holiday songs including, “O Holy Night”, “First Noel”, “Silent Night”, “White Christmas”, “Let it Snow”, and many more. Christensen says, “It will be a gorgeous celebration of song.” LSSU thanks the Duncan MacLaren Family Fund for the Performing Arts for their generous support of this concert.
On January 18th, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., we welcome the SHARP Dance Company to the Arts Center stage! For 13 years, SHARP has presented modern dance encompassing their theory of “meaning behind movement”. SHARP feels dance should be more than a performance – it should be an experience. The company has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. Arts Center Director Spencer Christensen says, “Dance is so much more than movement and SHARP Dance is the living proof. Their performance is astounding and captivating.” LSSU thanks the Duncan MacLaren Family Fund for the Performing Arts for their generous support of this concert.
On February 18th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., we are proud to present pianist, Andreas Klein! Andreas Klein is widely admired as a pianist of rare sensitivity and musicality. Since his meteoric start in his native Germany, performing recitals and as a soloist with orchestras, he eventually answered the call to go to the Juilliard School in New York. He has performed in the leading houses of Europe, from Wigmore Hall in London to the Berlin Philharmonic; and in the States, from Carnegie Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Arts Center Director Spencer Christensen says, “Each season, we want to showcase the gorgeous Steinway piano given to the Arts Center by a generous donor. We know we have a dedicated group of classical piano fans and this concert won’t disappoint.” LSSU thanks the Duncan MacLaren Family Fund for the Performing Arts and Al Beamish Music Performance Endowment Fund for their generous support of this concert.
On March 18th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m., we excited to welcome American Shakespeare Center on Tour, for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. The American Shakespeare Center on Tour from the Blackfriar’s Playhouse in Staunton, VA delivers seriously fun Shakespeare to audiences at performing arts centers, universities, and selective high schools throughout the United States. ASC on Tour, with their 13-member company, invites audiences to enjoy shows produced as Shakespeare’s company performed them. Christensen says, “A second opportunity provided by the Arts Center to see professional quality Shakespeare is a dream. Last fall we welcomed the Actors from the London Stage to perform Hamlet, which was a major success! We hope to continue that momentum with our friends from the ASC on Tour. Shakespeare is for everyone and the American Shakespeare Center’s productions make that abundantly clear.” LSSU thanks the 3% Fund, Fund for LSSU, and Issues and Intellect Fund for their generous support of this concert.
On April 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM, we present Doolin’ for our 2019-2020 season finale concert! Doolin’ is an Irish music group whose name derives from the little village of musical fame in south-west Ireland. Arts Center Director Christensen says, “I went to see this group perform and afterwards, instantly asked to speak with their agent. That is how good it was! One of the best groups I’ve had the chance to see.” The Irish American News called Doolin’, “Best New Sound 2016”. LSSU thanks the Duncan MacLaren Family Fund for the Performing Arts for their generous support of this concert.
For directions, tickets, and more information, please visit www.lssu.edu/arts-center or call (906) 635-2787.