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Friends of Quarry Hill Nature Art Show and Sale

Sandy Hokanson

December 6 – 7, 2014

Time: Saturday 9am - 4pm, Sunday 11am - 4 pm

hokansonart@charter.net | 5072063072

Quarry Hill Nature Center

701 Silver Creek Rd NE
Rochester, MN 55906

Details: Ten artists will be exhibiting and selling their creations just in time for Christmas shopping. 10 percent of sales go to Quarry Hill.


The Spirit of Christmas Past: A Christmas Carol

Words Players Theatre

December 5 – 20, 2014

Time: 2pm, 7pm

info@wordsplayers.org | 507-216-6431

Words Players Theatre

14 4th Street SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Details: The Spirit of Christmas Past: A Christmas Carol
The fourth production of this timeless classic story. A celebrated community Christmas event.

December
5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 7pm
6, 13, 20 2pm


The Musical Miracle on 34th Street

Rochester Civic Theatre

December 5 – 21, 2014

Time: Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7pm, Sun at 2pm

info@rochestercivictheatre.org | 5072828481

Rochester Civic Theatre

20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Details: Musical Miracle on 34th Street
December 5 – 21, 2014
Original Script by Greg Miller

Based on the 1955 teleplay Miracle on 34th Street, this clever adaptation will delight and amaze the young and the young-at-heart.
Featuring favorite holiday hits alongside an inspiring story, this fresh original Holiday Musical will bring the spirit of the season to all.
A great Yuletide musical for the whole family!

Showcasing classic holiday favorites:
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
I’ll be Home for Christmas
Winter Wonderland
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
No Place Like Home for the Holidays
I Believe
Here Comes Santa Claus

Dates: Dec 5 – 21, 2014
Times: Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7:00pm, Sun at 2:00pm
Viewing age: All ages.
Go on sale October 13! This show is selling fast. Call 507-282-8481 or visit www.rochestercivictheatre.org to book your tickets!

Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester, MN 55904
507-282-8481
www.rochestercivictheatre.org
info@rochestercivictheatre.org.org


Miss Nelson is Missing

Rochester Civic Theatre

December 9 – 10, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Rochester Civic Theatre

Details: “Miss Nelson is Missing” Auditions at Rochester Civic Theatre
December 9 & 10 at 7:00pm

Open auditions for the Civic Theatre’s family production, “Miss Nelson is Missing” will be held at the Rochester Civic Theatre on Dec 9 & 10 at 7PM.

We are looking for…..
- 1 male actor (All ages)*
- 1 female actor (All ages)*
- Youth actors: 4 boys, 3 girls (Age 10 – 12)

Show dates: Jan 30 – Feb 8, 2015
Show times: Fri at 7pm, Sat at 2pm & 7pm, Sun at 2pm
Director: Denise Ruemping

Rehearsal dates will be announced at the audition. More audition info & tips available at http://www.rochestercivictheatre.org/auditions.php
Any questions? Please e-mail info@rochestercivictheatre.org or call 507-282-8481.

Rochester Civic Theatre
507-282-8481
www.rochestercivictheatre.org
info@rochestercivictheatre.org


Christmas Concert

Schaeffer Academy

December 19, 2014

Time: 7:00 pm

daugherty.amy@schaefferacademy.org | 507-286-1050

Schaeffer Academy

2700 Schaeffer Ln NE
Rochester, MN 55906

Details: Schaeffer Academy’s annual Christmas Concert will be Dec. 19 at 7:00 pm. Students in grades 1-6 will perform, followed by our Upper School Choir. The concert is free and open to the public.


The Nutcracker 11th Season A Holiday Classic

Rochester Dance Company

December 13 – 14, 2014

Time: Saturday, December 13 at 3PM and 7PM, Sunday, December 14 at 2PM

wpeterson@rochesterdancecompany.org | 507-328-2220

Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall

30 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Details: Get your tickets now for the Rochester Dance Company’s classic holiday tradition, The Nutcracker! Now in our 11th season. This production has it all for audience members young and old: professionally designed lavish costumes, hand painted sets, the timeless music of Tchaikovsky, the mischievous activity of the mice, toy soldiers, a Christmas tree that magically grows and superb dancing by more than 40 Rochester Dance Company dancers ages 6 to 18, and featuring professional guest artists Elayna Waxse and Hassan Imgraham, making this the premier local classical ballet for all ages.
Show performances are about 1.5 hours and include an intermission.
Mayo Civic Center Concessions available during all performances.

A great holiday tradition if you find yourself in Rochester from out of town over the weekend. Please join us!

Tickets available at the box office in person or by calling 507-328-2220 or online at Ticketmaster.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.

Learn more at www.rochesterdancecompany.org


Civic Live: Alison Scott - A Soulful Christmas

Rochester Civic Theatre

December 7, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

info@rochestercivictheatre.org | 5072828481

Rochester Civic Theatre

20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Details: Civic Live: Alison Scott – A Soulful Christmas
December 7 at 7:00pm
"Alison Scott - A Soulful Christmas" has turned into a new holiday tradition for fans in Rochester. The beautiful mix of soul music and Christmas cheer turns out to be a flavor that audiences can't get enough of. This is a must-hear show. Some great new original holiday songs mixed with creative reinterpreted classics, amazing guest musicians and touching real life Christmas stories from the musicians make for a sellout show at the Civic.
Ticket: $17.50 in advance, $22 at the door. On sale now at 507-282-8481 or www.rochestercivictheatre.org

Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester, MN 55904
507-282-8481
www.rochestercivictheatre.org
info@rochestercivictheatre.org.org


Civic Live: Mark Smeby - Hope of Christmas

Rochester Civic Theatre

December 10, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

info@rochestercivictheatre.org | 5072828481

Rochester Civic Theatre

20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Details: Civic Live: Mark Smeby - Hope of Christmas
December 10, 2014 at 7:00pm
Come celebrate the Hope of Christmas as Nashville-based singer Mark Smeby brings his 4th annual Christmas tour back to Rochester on December 10. It promises to be a great time of reflection and inspiration as Smeby shares familiar holiday classics, as well as piano-based, inspirational, original tunes.
Smeby was seen on national television when he co-starred in an episode of ABC TV’s hit series “Nashville,” playing the booker of bands at the hip East Nashville music venue, The 5 Spot. He also played the romantic lead in "1 Message," an inspirational motion picture about the ravages of breast cancer, serving as a "saintly mentor" to the lead character. He’s completed three successful years of his "Hope of Christmas Tour," bringing light to the true meaning of the season across the country. This is in addition to various tours throughout the US to share his songs in concert; from New Hampshire to Washington, from Minnesota to Florida. "I know that Christmas is not the happiest time of year for a lot of people, in spite of the enthusiastic celebration going on around them. The holidays can be a glaring reminder of relatives who have died, relationships that have ended, and disappointment with life's circumstances."
After growing up in Minnesota (he’s a big Twins fan!), Smeby has resided in Nashville for the past 21 years. Since 2010 he has released four CDs, including Pilgrim Man (and its powerful, anthemic title track), Christmas, Hymns For The Journey, and the brand new, Shining Through.
Ticket: $17.50 in advance, $22 at the door. On sale now at 507-282-8481 or www.rochestercivictheatre.org

Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester, MN 55904
507-282-8481
www.rochestercivictheatre.org
info@rochestercivictheatre.org


Civic Live: The Steele Family's Christmas Concert

Rochester Civic Theatre

December 14, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

info@rochestercivictheatre.org | 507-282-8481

Rochester Civic Theatre

20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Details: Civic Live: The Steele Family’s Christmas Concert
December 14 at 7:00pm
As seen at Mayo Clinic’s 150th Anniversary Celebration, The Steele Family will bring back an evening of soul-drenched Gospel greatness to the Civic Theatre! The Steeles, featuring J.D., Fred, Jearlyn, Jevetta, and Billy, will amaze, delight, and inspire.
The Steeles have been singing together since they were children growing up in Gary, Indiana where they began to develop their style and soul. Each came to Minnesota for different reasons; however, it is clear they were meant to be a part of the Minnesota sound. The family has traveled around the world in the acclaimed musical The Gospel at Colonus including a Broadway run at the Lunt Fontanne theatre in1988. Their recent accomplishments include projects with corporate clients including Target, Best Buy, AMBEV, and Delta Airlines. They have been featured on local and national commercials and enjoy an international profile that has earned them a worldwide audience. The siblings continue to perform in world class productions around the globe both collectively and individually.
Ticket: $17.50 in advance, $22 at the door. On sale now at 507-282-8481 or www.rochestercivictheatre.org

Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester, MN 55904
507-282-8481
www.rochestercivictheatre.org
info@rochestercivictheatre.org


Civic Live: Americana Showcase - Trashy Little X'mas Show

Rochester Civic Theatre

December 17, 2014

Time: 7:30pm

info@rochestercivictheatre.org | 507-282-8481

Rochester Civic Theatre

20 Civic Center Dr. SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Details: Civic Live: Americana Showcase – Trashy Little X’mas Show
December 18 at 7:30pm
The ever popular Americana Showcase holiday concert! Featuring: Trailer Trash, Six Mile Grove
Tickets on sale now at 507-282-8481 or wwwlrochestercivictheatre.org
Ticket: $17.50 in advance / $22 at the door

Rochester Civic Theatre
20 Civic Center Dr. SE, Rochester, MN 55904
507-282-8481
www.rochestercivictheatre.org
info@rochestercivictheatre.org


Opportunity Services Holiday Party

Opportunity Services

December 19, 2014

Time: 11:30 am-1:30 pm

hannahw@oppserv.org | 507-252-1597

Opportunity Services

640 Orchid Road SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Details: Join Opportunity Services for a Holiday Party! From 11:30 am- 1:30 pm our site in Rochester will be celebrating the holidays with treats, a live band and a visit from Santa. To learn more, visit our website: www.OppServ.org or find us on Twitter: @OppServ


The Wonder of the Nativity - Annual free nativity display and musical event

Brian Cragun

December 5 – 6, 2014

Time: Friday, Dec. 5 (5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 6 (2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)

rochesternativities@gmail.com | 507-288-2437

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

2300 Viola Heights Drive NE
Rochester, MN 55906

Details: Start your holiday season with "The Wonder of the Nativity," the longest running and largest free annual display of nativity scenes and musical performances in Minnesota. The public is invited to this free event, which features over 200 nativity scenes, live performances of Christmas music, a live nativity, and free light refreshments. Performances run continuously on Friday, Dec. 5 (5 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 6 (2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2300 Viola Heights Drive NE, in Rochester. Stay for an hour, or stay all evening. For more information, including a schedule of musical performances, visit http://www.RochesterNativities.org.


Bass/Baritone

Rochester Chamber Music Society

January 10, 2015

Time: 7:30 pm

rcmsociety@gmail.com | 507-287-9765

Christ United Methodist Church

400 5th Avenue SW
Rochester, MN 55902

Details: Rochester Chamber Music Society presents Chicago-based baritone Brad Jungwirth in a concert titled Bass/Baritone on Saturday, January 10 at 7:30 pm at Christ United Methodist Church. A Rochester native, Brad has been described as “a muscular baritone with an evocatively dark instrument” and has been praised for his “dulcet and lyrical” voice and “no-holds-barred intensity.” He will be singing works by Mozart, Brahms, Gorecki, and Poulenc. Joining him will be local favorites pianist Jan Matson and double bassist Robert S. P. Gardner.


UMR CONNECTS: Resilience through Arts and Narrative after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

UMR CONNECTS

December 2, 2014

Time: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM

andersnj@r.umn.edu | 5072588053

University of Minnesota Rochester

111 S Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904

Details: Free Professional Speaker Series. This presentation will introduce the stories of the residents in Tohoku who were affected by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. In 2012, Taniguchi, an author and writing instructor at University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR), traveled to Tohoku to document the aftermath. Through a series of interviews she discovered, a common thread: the role of art. The attention that is required to focus on creating something out of nothing was a central healing tool for bringing people through the disasters and for bringing them together. Taniguchi will discuss how resilience and healing are connected to arts and narrative and community engagement. This presentation will include a short video that documents the UMR students' visit to Tohoku through a Global Seminar program led by Taniguchi in 2014.