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New season at The O’Shaughnessy includes VoicePlay, Luke Spehar and TU Dance

TU Dance will perform at The O'Shaughnessy on November 21 and 22.
TU Dance will perform at The O'Shaughnessy on November 21 and 22.
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This week marks an exciting new season for The O’Shaughnessy on St. Catherine University’s St. Paul campus.

The 44th season includes performances by local and national artists and a combination of musicians and dancers premiering new and traditional works. 

The full 2014-2015 season features:

VoicePlay

As seen on season 4 of NBC’s hit show “The Sing-Off,” VoicePlay performs their own incredible brand of entertainment across the country and around the world. What began quite literally as a street corner barbershop act has now evolved into an internationally acclaimed touring sensation. VoicePlay is unlike any theatrical experience available today, recreating the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice.

Performance: Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25 for adults; $20 for St. Kate’s community members; $10 for St. Kate’s students.

Luke Spehar – All is Gift

Down to earth, honest, and filled with depth, Luke Spehar’s music blends deep, calming vocals with intricate and heartfelt instrumentals that draw the listener deeper into the dynamic journey of a life lived in the light of God’s love. The concert celebrates the much-anticipated release of Luke’s newest album, All is Gift, co-produced by three-time Grammy award-winning artist Ben Harper. The album is a collection of original songs inspired by his deep Catholic faith and love for his family and country.

Performance: Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $12, $15, $20, $25, $30; students receive $5 off for seats in tier 3.

Buckets and Tap Shoes

Since their 2004 premiere, Buckets & Tap Shoes has performed and taught master classes in over 30 states as well as internationally. They bring a high-energy blend of music, dance, and percussion from the streets of Minneapolis to theaters around the globe. The talented cast takes audiences on a rhythmic journey using a multitude of instruments including tap shoes, found objects, drums, keyboards, guitars, voice, audience participation and, of course, buckets!

Performance: Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25 for adults; $20 for St. Kate’s community members; $10 for St. Kate’s students.

TU Dance

Over its first 10 years, Minnesota-based TU Dance has conveyed a contemporary vision of dance as a connective power, drawing artists and audiences into a shared theater experience that celebrates, challenges and inspires. Join us as TU Dance opens its 11th performance season featuring a world premiere work by Icelandic choreographer Katrin Hall commissioned by The O’Shaughnessy. Ms. Hall is recognized for innovative work across a wide spectrum of choreographic genres, from contemporary stage work for Iceland Dance Company to film and television, including the music video for Shakira’s single “Did It Again.” The program also features select TU Dance repertoire.

Performances: Nov. 21, 22 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 2 pm. Tickets: $18, $25, $31; $2 off for faculty, staff, students and alumnae of St. Kate’s.

The Classic Nutcracker

For novices to the holiday ballet, the story begins on Christmas Eve. We join a young girl, Clara, her mischievous brother, Fritz, and their family hosting a Christmas party. A latecomer to the part is Clara’s mysterious Godfather Drosselmeyer. He presents her with a marvelous gift, a Nutcracker doll. As Clara goes to sleep that night, we are transported into her dream of the Rat King fighting the Nutcracker and his army of toy soldiers. The Nutcracker Prince escorts Clara through an enchanted snow-covered forest and on to his Kingdom of the Sweets where Clara accepts the throng from the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Performances: Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $30, $38, $44; $22 for seniors; $18 for students and children.

Women of Substance Series

Women of Substance was founded in 1996 to encourage all women to find their voice and place on life’s stage. The series, which hosts local, national and international artists, continually reminds audience members of both genders the importance of living lives of substance.

This year's offerings include Rosanne Cash, Test Pilot, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Terri Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project, Katie McMahon's Celtic Christmas, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, and Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey.

Sep. 5, 2014 by Ashley de los Reyes '15

See also: Alumnae/i, Arts, Faculty, Students