For more information, contact The Phipps Center for the Arts at (715) 386-2305, (715) 386-8409 (box office) 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 musical “The Sound of Music,” the children’s musical “Charlotte’s Web” and “Steel Magnolias.”
The music series highlights pianist Philip Brunelle and soprano Maria Jette, “Stories in Stone” by baritone Aaron Engebreth, and the Summit Hill Brass Quintet.
The organ series features 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.
Brunelle & Jette perform Thanksgiving concert
Pianist Philip Brunelle and guest soprano Maria Jette will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. The autumn season, with Thanksgiving fast approaching, is a time for music of remembrance, changing weather and gratitude. Brunelle and Jette have selected music by a wide range of composers, such as Richard Strauss, Franz Schubert, Lennox Berkeley, Amy Beach, Pauline Viardot, Edward Elgar, Edvard Grieg, Roger Williams and Felix Mendelssohn. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for all students with a current ID.
Private violin lessons
Private violin lessons for students ages 7 through adult are offered throughout the year by Sarah Bertsch, (715) 381-5735.
Private voice lessons
Elizabeth Hawksford Schaefer offers private voice lessons for ages 12-adult. Adults and homeschooled teenagers are especially welcome to call for available daytime openings. For more information, call The Phipps center at (715) 386-2305, ext. 101.
Tom Larson will offer ballroom dance parties Saturday, Dec. 20 and Jan. 17 from 7:30 to 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.
Tai chi classes
Tai chi classes continue on Thursdays, Dec. 18–Feb. 19, with no classes Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The fee for eight sessions is $96.
Gift clay class for adults, children
An adult and child hand-building with clay class in which participants will make holiday gifts is offered Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to noon for adults and children ages 4 ½ and older to create gifts together. Adults and children will learn basic hand-building techniques using white clay and colorful underglazes. Cost is $37 per adult and child pair, $14 for an additional child.
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 Margaret Strehlo, (715) 386-5048.
Healing Arts at Hudson Hospital
Currently on display is the work of Tai Allen, Martin Corbett, Curtis Dale, Calvin deRuyter, Ron Germundson, Christine Kapp, Mary Hanson, Lynn Middleton Koeller, Ginny Olson, Beth Peck, Sandi Pillsbury, David Spohn, Tara Sweeney and Kasey Westra.
A series of exhibitions featuring work by five area artists, a sculptural installation by Melanie VanHouten, contemporary basketry by Tressa Sularz, woodcut prints and collage by Mary Barrett, layered woven textiles by Marie Westerman and original photomontage prints by Karen Klein, are on view Nov. 21-Jan. 4 in The Galleries of The Phipps Center for the Arts. The artists’ reception is Friday, Nov. 21, 6:30-8:30 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.
“A Gift by the Hand,” the annual holiday sale of handmade items by local and regional artists, runs through Dec. 31, in the Gift Gallery. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, noon-3 p.m., and one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters. The Phipps will be closed Nov. 27, Dec. 24 and 25.
The Gift Gallery
The Gift Gallery offers unique fine art and traditional crafts by noted area artists. Gift certificates are also available.