For more information, contact The Phipps Center for the Arts at (715) 386-2305, (715) 386-8409 (box office) or www.ThePhipps.org.
Tedesco’s big band returns
Vic Tedesco and the Classic Big Band will perform Saturday, Aug. 16, at 8 p.m., along with vocalist Debbie Bigelow and the vocal quartet the Nostalgics. Tickets are $18 and may be reserved by contacting The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or www.ThePhipps.org.
Season tickets now on sale
Tickets are on sale for The Phipps Center for the Arts’ 2008-09 25th anniversary season. The theater series includes the 1950s rock and roll musical “Grease,” the mystery comedy “Drop Dead,” the musical “The Sound of Music,” the children’s musical “Charlotte’s Web” and “Steel Magnolias.”
The music series highlights a chamber music concert by members of the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, folk music by the American Swedish Institute Spelmanslag, the pianist Philip Brunelle and soprano Maria Jette, “Stories in Stone” by baritone Aaron Engebreth, and the Summit Hill Brass Quintet.
The organ series features the silent film “The Phantom of the Opera” accompanied by Clark Wilson; a holiday concert by Ron Reseigh; Jelani Eddington, the youngest-ever Organist of the Year; Dave Wickerham, organist in residence at the famed Milhous Museum in Boca Raton; and Ron Rhode, a favorite at American Theatre Organ Society conventions.
The special events series includes the bluegrass and gospel quintet Monroe Crossing; holiday concerts by The Phipps Festival Chorus and The Phipps Oratorio Society; “The Belle of Amherst” starring Linda Kelsey; and “the original voice of ‘Riverdance,’” Katie McMahon.
Season subscribers have the first opportunity to purchase tickets to special performances by the Barbary Coast Dixieland Show Band.
Patrons can subscribe to any or all of the series, or create their own series of events. A season package of five events for $80 offers up to 30 percent savings over individual ticket prices. A season subscription of three events for $54 offers over 20 percent savings. Subscribers are also offered free exchanges. For more information and reservations, contact The Phipps Center ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or visit www.ThePhipps.org.
Private violin lessons
Private violin lessons for students ages 7 through adult are offered throughout the year by Sarah Bertsch, (715) 381-5735.
Dance classes begin Sept. 13
Dance technique classes for children and adults run from September to May. Students can now register for ballroom dance, swing and salsa, jazz/hip-hop, musical theater, tap, ballet, lyrical, modern, preballet/tap and bharatanatyam (South Indian classical dance). The class year is divided into four quarters of eight weeks each. All instructors are experienced as both educators and performers. There will be an open house/registration Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in The Phipps dance studio. Those who cannot attend may register for any dance class by sending the class fee to The Phipps Center. Registrations may also be made by phone if charged to Visa or MasterCard by calling (715) 386-2305, ext. 101, or online at www.ThePhipps.org; a $3 processing fee is charged for all phone and online orders.
Tom Larson will offer another dance party Saturday, Aug. 16, Sept. 20 and Oct. 18, 7:30-10 p.m., in the dance studio. Larson will offer a ballroom dance lesson from 7:30 to 8:30. This is an opportunity to have fun trying out new dance skills in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome. Refreshments are provided. Admission is $10 per person.
Vinyasa Flow yoga classes continue Thursdays, 6:30–8 p.m. Beginning yoga is offered Tuesdays and Fridays, 9-10:30 a.m. Classes are ongoing and may be taken at any time. Punch-cards may be purchased for $100 per 10 classes. Punch-cards are good for any of the three classes offered each week. Students only pay for the classes they attend. Students should wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.
Photo classes for teens, adults
Two photography classes, “Taking Great Pictures and Adobe Photoshop” and “Digital Darkroom,” for ages 14-adult, will be taught by Stillwater artist Curtis Dale. Taking Great Pictures will be held over five weeks, Thursday, Sept. 11-Oct. 9, 7-9 p.m. The Digital Darkroom is a four-week class, offered Tuesday, Sept. 16-Oct. 7, 7-9 p.m.
In Taking Great Pictures ($167), students will learn to apply the principles of photography and composition to consistently produce superior photographs. Participants in Digital Darkroom ($175) will learn to use Adobe Photoshop to edit digital images acquired from digital cameras and scanned prints and slides.
The Western Wisconsin Photographic Club meets regularly at The Phipps. Photographers of all levels of ability and experience are invited to these meetings. For more information, contact Paula Ptacek, (715) 425-9315, or Margaret Strehlo, (715) 386-5048.
Healing Arts at Hudson Hospital
Currently on display is the work of staff and volunteer artists Martin Corbett, Sandra Cress, Curtis Dale, David Mataya, Beth Peck, Sandi Pillsbury, Frank Quadflieg, David Spohn, Tara Sweeney and Kasey Westra.
A series of exhibitions runs through Aug. 17 and features mixed-media installation by Bill Klaila (Minneapolis), ceramics by Kristin Pavelka (Cottage Grove, Minn.), oil paintings by Mary Lingen (Backus, Minn.), oil paintings by Gina Ruppert (Minneapolis) and carved ceramics by Deb LeAir (St. Paul). Galleries hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters.
The Gift Gallery
The Gift Gallery offers unique fine art and traditional crafts by noted area artists. Gift certificates are also available.