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Nicolet Live! 2018 - 2019 Season

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2018  September | October | November | December
2019  January | February | March | May | June

 


 

pro art quartet with instruments Pro Arte Quartet

Friday, September 14
7:30 pm
Admission: $15

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The world-renowned Pro Arte String Quartet returns to perform a harmonious balance of old and new classical music with intense emotion and energy. Hailed as “one of the greatest quartets of our time” by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Quartet currently features violinists David Perry and Suzanne Beia, violist Sally Chisholm, and cellist Parry Karp. As the resident ensemble at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, they perform a series of live radio broadcasts each season, and also perform worldwide including recitals at the White House, Europe, and Asia.



 

BackTrack onstage Backtrack

Friday, September 28
7:30 pm
Admission: $15

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A YouTube sensation with performances at Carnegie Hall, Backtrack is a five-person a cappella group based in New York City that explores the power of the human voice through unique vocal arrangements, tight harmonies, and world-class beatboxing. They infuse heart and humor into every performance and push the limits of a cappella by creating impressive covers of past and present pop music, writing inspiring original compositions, and daring to take on unexpected genres such as classical and electronic music.

 


 

Zorba PasterZorba Paster

Sunday, September 30
2 pm
Admission: Free

Dr. Zorba Paster is an NPR host, broadcast journalist, author, university professor, practicing family physician, and one of the Dalai Lama’s personal physicians. Zorba’s down-to-earth, personal style makes his Saturday NPR show both entertaining and informative. Dr. Paster’s presentation will be based on his book, “The Longevity Code: Your personal prescription for a longer, sweeter life.” He touches on five spheres that impact a person’s life – physical, mental, social, spiritual, and material.

 


 

Logo of Over the River and Through the Woods The Nicolet Players Present : Over The River And Through The Woods

November 2-4, 8-11,
7:30 pm, 2pm on Sundays
Admission: $10 General Public
$8 Students and Seniors

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Nick Cristano is a young marketing executive who routinely visits his four grandparents every Sunday for dinner, governed by the three “Fs” - family, faith, and food. Now he has to break the news that he has been offered his long-awaited dream job. It comes with a price, however... and his grandparents, in their own inimitable way, scheme to prevent him from accepting it. An Off-Broadway sensation, Over the River is a hilarious comedy about the shift in priorities over the generations, with family and home at its core. Auditions September 10 & 11.

 


 

Rhinelander band playing Instruments Rhinelander Area Community Band

Sunday, November 18
2 pm
Admission: Free

 

Community bands are going strong throughout the country, and the Northwoods has its very own. The well-known Rhinelander Area Community Band, featuring dedicated musicians from teens to seniors, brings its fall concert to the Nicolet stage this year with a lively, varied program to please all ages.

 


  

Now and Then of Paul Ehlers

An Evening with Paul Ehlers and Friends

Monday, November 26
7:30 pm
Admission: $10

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As a lifelong Rhinelander musician, Paul will bid a fitting farewell to the Northwoods with an evening of his favorite songs and fellow musicians. His musical style is firmly rooted in “Americana” – a distinct mix of Country, Folk, Blues, and good ‘ol Rock N Roll. You may also know Paul from his Rhinelander collaborations including Slim Pickin’s, Ruckus, the Usual Suspects, Krazy Chester, and Me and Paul. After a long bicycle ride, Paul will retire in Cornucopia where he will devote his energy to the Society for the Preservation of the Winged Eel.

 


 

Band members with instruments sitting on stage Mick Sterling's at Christmas

Friday, December 7
7:30 pm
Admission: $15

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At Christmas is a unique blend of family-fueled comedy and drama brilliantly written and performed by three alumni of Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop, as well as a live, 6-piece band, featuring one of the Twin Cities’ favorite front men, Mick Sterling, and Brave New Workshop’s musical director, Peter Guertin. At Christmas is like seeing a show being performed in your own living room with stories that happened in your own family. The 90-minute show is a reflection of what the holidays are – funny, poignant, and heartwarmingly tender.

 


 

Band members from Birds of ChicagoBirds of Chicago

Saturday, December 8
7:30 pm

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Known for their near perfect Americana, the acclaimed husband and wife led band draw heavily on the gospel tradition to create music that feels like a lost folk song recovered. For Birds of Chicago, every word counts. Every note counts. No gold-dusting, no filler. Music this raw and soul-rich demands to be experienced live, and Birds of Chicago have developed a fervent following, touring 200 nights a year since their formation in late 2012.

 


 

Ornaments and sheet musicCommunity Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 16
2 pm
Admission: Free

`Tis the season to rejoice with the merry sounds of the Rhinelander Male Chorus, Northwoods Choraliers, Hymns and Hyrs, and the Lakeland Barbershop Chorus. Delivered in a spirited four-part harmony, their talents create a charming concert of holiday and seasonal songs sure to bring you tidings of good cheer. Non perishable food and monetary donations for local pantries are welcome.

 


 

Words written: Amber Brown is Not a Crayon Artspower Presents: Amber Brown is Not a Crayon

Saturday, February 2
11 am
Admission: $8 Adults, $6 Children

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Amber Brown is having what may be the worst year of her life. She and Justin Daniels were the perfect team: they laughed at each other’s jokes, sat next to each other in class, and became best friends. But now things are different. Justin’s house has been sold and he is moving to Alabama. ArtsPower’s uniquely funny and forthright musical portrays a feisty young girl who refuses to let her problems get the better of her. You’ll laugh and cry with Amber as she learns some valuable lessons about the virtues of patience and the meaning of forgiveness. Suggested for children grades 1-4.

 


 

Davina and the Vagabonds Davina and the Vagabonds

Saturday, February 16
7:30 pm

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Davina and the Vagabonds have grown from a down-and-dirty blues band into one of the most exciting acoustic ensembles on the international stage. This high-energy quintet has established itself with a stellar live show, a professional look, and good old-fashioned hard work. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band draws from the last 100 years of American music.

 


 

The UW Madhatters on stage in red blazers The UW Madhatters

Saturday, March, 2
7:30 pm

Admission: $15

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They’re back! With their unmistakable talent and signature Badger-red blazers, these goofy guys will wow you with another tour de force a cappella performance. Founded in 1997, the MadHatters are the first and premier men’s a cappella group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an international touring group with eight released albums, the MadHatters sound like a multi-tracked studio recording. And why not? Every song is layered with 16 unique vocal styles. Nowhere will you see so many good-looking guys, singing in perfect harmony with such high-spirited humor – it will be “aca-amazing.”

 


 

Family in hospital caring for loved oneDefining Hope

Friday, March 8
1 pm
Admission: Free

A poignant and impactful story, Defining Hope is about people weighing what matters most at the most fragile junctures in life, and the nurses who guide them. Filmed as a documentary, you’ll follow patients with life-threatening illness as they make choices about how they want to live, how much medical technology to accept, what they hope for, and how that hope evolves when life is threatened. It is about optimism and helps us define what ‘quality of life’ really means.

 


 

close up of violinCommunity Music Festival

Sunday, March 10
2 pm
Admission: Free

Discover the musical talents of your Northwoods neighbors in one harmonious evening. The Rhinelander Area Community Band, Rhinelander Male Chorus, Northwoods Choraliers, Hymns and Hyrs, and Lakeland Barbershop Chorus will showcase their range and energy by performing selections from their season’s repertoire. Join your friends for the perfect combination of music, camaraderie, and fun.


 


 

Hot air balloon traveling over water toward town Around The World in 80 Days

Friday, March 15
7:30 pm
Admission: $15

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The time: 1872. The claim: The world can be traveled in 80 days. The wager: 20,000 pounds. Determined to win, Phileas Fogg sets off with a rigid itinerary and bewildered new valet in tow – only to discover the unpredictable just might be the most rewarding of all. Enjoy the National Players performance as they travel by boat, train, and elephants in Jules Verne’s epic adventure. Full of daring rescues, brash duels, and unexpected romance, Around the World in 80 Days is a trip you won’t soon forget.

 


 

Eilen JewellEilen Jewell

Saturday, March 23
7:30 pm

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She is the queen of the minor key. Sad songs are her wealth and finery. The Idaho native’s unique originals feature a blend of influences from early blues, rockabilly, and surf-noir, to 1960s era rock and roll. Jewell makes each song her own, while paying homage to her beloved inspirations. Her subtle but powerful musical approach, combined with her warm stage presence and evocative original lyrics, continue to gain her the loyalty of fans worldwide.


 


 

Painting by John MuirJohn Muir: University Of The Wilderness

Saturday, March 30
7:30 pm
Admission: $15

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The Chance Ensemble brings together the best of John Muir’s life and legacy through his own writings and the creative reconstruction of his journey through original musical composition and a voice, cello, and violin performance. Narrated by Norman Gilliland of Wisconsin Public Radio, the show’s musical landscape is a place where contemporary, classical, and Celtic music beautifully collide to deliver a deep appreciation for one of our country’s most influential naturalists.



 

Photo of Iceland waterfall Iceland with Craig Pilecky

Wednesday, April 10
7:30 pm- Nicolet Art Gallery
Admission: Free

In 2016, Craig Pilecky, a photographer based in Antigo, traveled to Iceland with his cameras and began documenting its spectacular Nordic landscapes. He returned a year later to continue the project. His illustrated talk will focus on the sights along Iceland’s legendary Ring Road, noted for its otherworldly mountain scenery, active volcanoes, vast lava fields, blue icebergs, and thunderous waterfalls. (Presentation takes place at the Northwoods Center of Nicolet College.)




 

Logo of The Crucible Nicolet Players Present: The Crucible

May 3-5, 9-12
7:30 pm, 2pm on Sundays
Admission: $8 General Public
$6 Student and Senior

The Village of Salem is run wild with tales of witchcraft. Deep-seated jealousies, lust, and greed are bubbling to the surface from the heat of each neighbor’s exaggerated accusations. Revenge has replaced reason; mere rumors are now damning evidence – and no one is safe. A timeless play and a pivotal work, The Crucible is a tale of caution that warns of the deadly consequences when a society allows fear, suspicion, and superstitious gossip to rule over facts and reason. Auditions March 11 & 12.



 

Heywood Banks singing Heywood Banks

Saturday, June 8
7:30 pm
Admission: $18

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He’s one-of-a-kind, with a style his very own derived from a saucy mix of expert musicianship and just plain silliness. This songwriter-comic-singer-poet-musician has become a cult hero and a pop icon, with a show that appeals to college students, yuppies, business folk, country folk, kids, and seniors. Heywood intersperses his humorous observations of life with quirky songs that range in mood from twisted to bizarre, and in musical style ranging from folk to country, rock, pop, jazz, and beyond. He’s appeared on countless TV shows and is a frequent guest on the national Bob and Tom radio show.



 

Event 20 Treble Makers

Thursday, June 13
7:30 pm
Admission: $10

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Welcome back to the stage a group of talented “local vocals!” Carmen Kreitlow, Holly Spiegelhoff, Laurie Craig, and Cindy Nelson are joined by Scott Kirby in an eclectic mix of musical styles. Their roots are tied to contemporary and inspirational music that began with family, folk, and hymns/spiritual influences and grew to a broad range of musical genres. Enjoy an evening of music that will inspire and enrich your soul.

Nicolet Live!

 

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