For more information, contact The Phipps Center for the Arts at (715) 386-2305, (715) 386-8409 (box office) or www.ThePhipps.org.
Oratorio chorus rehearses for holiday concerts
The Phipps Oratorio Society chorus will begin rehearsals at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in the music studio. Membership is open to any adult singers. Weekly Sunday rehearsals will be held up to the performance dates. This year, in conjunction with The Phipps Center’s 25th anniversary, The Phipps Oratorio Society and Festival Chorus will present joint concerts Saturday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at The Phipps.
The Phipps Oratorio Society is a regional community chorus of The Phipps Center directed by Thomas Dahle, Hudson. This year’s holiday concerts will include a number of selections from Handel’s “Messiah” as well as other holiday favorites, both sacred and secular. Registration of new and returning members will begin at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 5 for current and new members.
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 mystery comedy “Drop Dead,” the musical “The Sound of Music,” the children’s musical “Charlotte’s Web” and “Steel Magnolias.”
The music series highlights folk music by the American Swedish Institute Spelmanslag, 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 Milhous Museum in Boca Raton; and Ron Rhode, a favorite at American Theatre Organ Society conventions.
The special events series includes holiday concerts by The Phipps Festival Chorus and The Phipps Oratorio Society and “The Belle of Amherst” starring Linda Kelsey.
Season subscribers also 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.
Tom Larson will offer ballroom dance parties Saturday, Oct. 25 (not Oct. 18 as previously stated) and Nov. 15, 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.
Drawing and painting class
Drawing and Painting: Exploring the Artist Within for beginning and intermediate artists ages 16-adult, runs four Mondays, Oct. 6-27, 6:30-8:30 p.m., with instructor Mary Perrizo-Peterson. The class fee is $140.
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 Martin Corbett, Curtis Dale, Calvin deRuyter, Christine Kapp, David Mataya, Mary Hanson, Lynn Middleton Koeller, Ginny Olson, Beth Peck, Sandi Pillsbury, Frank Quadfleig, David Spohn, Tara Sweeney, Kasey Westra and Emmy White.
Works by members of the Society of Minnesota Sculptors will be on view Oct. 3-Nov. 16. The artists’ reception is Sunday, Oct. 5, from 2–4 p.m. 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.