Take in a show or two at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center this month. There are several to choose from:
Notes from the Balcony March 7; 7:30 pm
Dinosaur Train Live March 8; 1 pm & 4 pm
Million Dollar Quartet March 11-13; 7:30 pm
SFJAZZ Collective March 27; 7:30 pm
Tom Cotter March 29; 7:30 pm
For those interested in musical performances, check out Notes form the Balcony, Million Dollar Quartet, and SF Jazz Collective! Notes from the Balcony tells the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet, but focuses more on the musicians. Featuring familiar music by Kabalevsky, Prokofiev, Bernstein, and Elvis Costello, the Boston Brass in collaboration with the Enso String Quartet and percussion tell the story in their own unique way through some of the finest and most familiar pieces written about Romeo and Juliet. Highlights from the concert are to include arrangements of Prokofiev’s “Romeo & Juliet” Concert Suite in Seven Parts, Op. 64 and Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story.”
On December 4, 1956, four young musicians who went on to become music icons gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet is the smash-hit musical inspired by this famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the one and only time. Featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Hound Dog,” and more, this thrilling musical gives you a chance to be a fly on the wall of fame. Don’t miss Million Dollar Quartet! SFJAZZ Collective is a meeting of brilliant jazz minds, all stars in their own right, in a concert that celebrates this American art form. Since the Collective made its debut in 2004, the band has delivered jazz that both celebrates the past and looks forward to the future of jazz. This season the Collective will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a program of its greatest works from the past decade featuring the band’s fresh take on Horace Silver’s bop classic, “Cape Verdean Blues,” Coltrane’s classic “Africa,” a remarkable re-imagining of the Stevie Wonder classic, “Superstition,” and the Collective’s own original compositions. You simply can’t beat some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians playing some of the world’s greatest jazz music.
For those with children interested in a fun, unique and educational show, check out Dinosaur Train-Live! Join Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, Don, and all of their friends and family in this upbeat, interactive trip featuring an original storyline, all-new music, and a cast of life-size puppets from Jim Henson. Led by the Conductor and a “live” human Paleontologist guide, audiences will travel on the real-life Dinosaur Train to the Mesozoic to learn about life science, natural history, and paleontology. The best part is it only costs a buck a kid!
Gallagher Bluedorn will also be featuring a comedian at the end of March. Tom Cotter has taken the comedy scene by storm as runner-up and the first comedian finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Tom’s other television credits have included “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” his very own special “Comedy Central Presents…Tom Cotter,” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Tom’s age-spanning and appropriate humor has subsequently taken him across the globe and brought him international appeal with audiences of all types and varieties. Cotter is sure to be a fresh breath of life in the comedy scene across the globe, and as Cotter always says, “If laughter is the best medicine, I yearn to be drugged.” Head to this show for a night of laughter and fun!
Visit http://www.gbpac.com/ or call 319-273-7469 for more information about each show as well as ticket prices.
Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau