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Judy Glab has volunteered at Heritage Center since its doors opened in 2013.  She loves meeting the other volunteers and patrons that attend the shows, as well as watching the performances.  Her favorite shows so far at Heritage Center include, Doc Severinsen, Home Free, Chris Botti, and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra with the ballet.  Judy’s volunteering doesn’t end at Heritage Center.  She also houses Symphony musicians during concert weeks.  She has housed a family with twin girls since they were 3 months old; they are now five years old.  She loves watching them grow.  Most recently, Judy housed our two directors for Missoula Children’s Theatre for a week!  Thank you, Judy, for all you do for Heritage Center and the Dubuque community!
Upcoming Performing Arts Series Events
Amazing 2Tuesday, February 13, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Amazing Grace: A New Broadway Musical

Fresh off its Broadway run, Amazing Grace: A New Broadway Musical is a new original musical based on the awe-inspiring true story behind the world’s most beloved song. John Newton, a willful and musically talented young Englishman, faces a future as uncertain as the turning tide. Coming of age as Britain sits atop an international empire of slavery, he finds himself torn between following in the footsteps of his father – a slave trader – or embracing the more compassionate views of his childhood sweetheart. Accompanied by his slave, Thomas, John embarks on a perilous voyage on the high seas. When that journey finds John in his darkest hour, a transformative moment of self-reckoning inspires a blazing anthem of hope. Brimming with emotion and adventure, Amazing Grace is an unforgettable musical saga that captures the spirit of history’s sweetest and most powerful sound: freedom.

A free 30-minute lecture precedes the performance at 6:30 p.m. in Straatmeyer Rehearsal Room, featuring Amazing Grace’s producer, Carolyn Rossi Copeland.

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ondekoza 2Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

Presented in cooperation with the Dubuque Arts Council

Ondekoza was originally created on the Japanese island of Sado, where a group of young men and women gathered to follow the principle of “Sogakuron”- that “running and drumming are one, and a reflection of the drama and energy of life.” In the city of Fuji in Shizuoka, Japan, Ondekoza members live together and run together at the base of Mt. Fuji. In 2008, Ondekoza launched a new project, “Music & Rhythms,” which aims to “connect the children of the world through musical experience.”  Not limiting itself to taiko drums, the project uses a variety of expressive tools to promote the freedom of expression and the limitless possibilities it brings.

Free 30-minute pre-show lecture precedes performance at 6:30 p.m. in Babka Theatre.

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This performance is part of the 2017-2019 World Fest, a program of Arts Midwest.

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Guess 2Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.
Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook

Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare loves him as far as his long arms can reach and as high as his strong legs can hop. And so it continues with this adaptation of Guess How Much I Love You, the award-winning classic from author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram. In I Love My Little Storybook, an eager little bunny lies on the grass and opens his book, and within moments, the story he’s reading comes alive in fascinating detail. From illustrator Anita Jeram comes this endearing celebration of the joy of reading. From the same company that brought us Very Hungry Caterpillar, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s innovative puppetry, stunning scenic effects, and lively original music have earned international acclaim.

There will be an opportunity to meet puppets and puppeteers after the show.

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Other February Events

Jim BrickmanSaturday, February 3, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Jim Brickman: An Evening of Romance

Jim Brickman, award-winning songwriter and pianist, presents his most entertaining romantic concert of the year, An Evening of Romance. Brickman’s engaging stage presence seamlessly blends emotion and humor with music that touches the heart. Brickman leads the audience on a personal escape with stirring solo piano and vocal collaborations including hits like ''Angel Eyes,'' ''Valentine,'' ''If You Believe'' and ''Love of My Life.'' Jim Brickman in concert strikes the perfect balance of musical intimacy, compelling storytelling, and a personal connection with every seat filled. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brickman began playing piano at the age of five. He studied at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music, where a scholarship has been established in his honor, and founded his own advertising music company in 1980. Brickman has received worldwide acclaim as a performer. His concerts have been enjoyed internationally and in over 125 cities across the U.S., including shows at Carnegie Hall and the White House. Jim Brickman hosts The Jim Brickman Show, a weekly radio show heard in over 80 cities across North America. He has authored three best-selling books and is a strong supporter of PBS with five concert specials presented on the network.

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barlandTuesday, February 20, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Charles Barland Faculty Organ Recital
"Lament and Devotion: A Lenten Musical Journey"


Charles Barland, professor of music and department head for fine and performing arts, performs his annual recital. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the choir’s annual tour.
FREE | No Ticket Required


GreatWindSaturday, February 24, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Great River Wind Symphony

Celebrating its tenth year, the Great River Wind Symphony will present its yearly concert in the acoustically unparalleled John and Alice Butler Hall. The 100-member wind symphony is comprised of musicians from the University of Dubuque, Clarke University, and Loras College, respectively. The ensemble performs both standard and contemporary wind literature.

FREE | Ticket Required


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celts 3Saturday, March 3, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
The Nashville Celts: Celtic Roots of Great American Music

The music of The Nashville Celts, led by musician, songwriter, and producer Rick Blair, is uniquely original.  Blair credits the group’s popularity to their melding of modern American hit songs and sounds with organic Celtic instruments as well as the success of their PBS-TV specials.

That hybrid sound and historical evolutionary process from the roots of Celtic-American immigrants to today’s most popular music is also fully depicted in the band’s new production entitled Roots of Great American Music.  This high energy production demonstrates how Irish music influenced the development of American bluegrass, country, and pop music.

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ArtShowNow – February 13, 2018
Dubuque High School Juried Art Show

Always a popular community exhibit at the Bisignano, this unique show is juried by the students’ art teachers themselves: Dubuque Senior High School, Hempstead High School, and Wahlert High School. What is always so surprising is that the works in this show by these young artists are, in fact, so surprising.

Closing Reception: February 13, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. prior to Amazing Grace: A New Broadway Musical

FREE | No Ticket Required


JtermFebruary 15 - 23, 2018
Experiencing J-Term: Snaps of J-Term 2018

For seven years, J-Term has been part of the University of Dubuque academic curriculum. For three weeks in January, students study “experientially” and often the courses on offer are a bit out of the ordinary, as in “Cooking with Coaches”, “A Tale of Two Cities: London and Paris”, “Literary NYC”, “New Orleans Jazz History” and “Science of Star Trek”. These photos are by students of students in this rather unique educational experiential time.

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