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Women of Substance Series continues at The O’Shaughnessy

Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey is one of the many Women of Substance events featured this season.
Raisin' Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey is one of the many Women of Substance events featured this season.
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The O’Shaughnessy begins its current season with the first of many Women of Substance events.

Featured performances range from the vocal stylings of singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash and vocalist Terri Lyne Carrington to dances choreographed by Penelope Freeh and performed by Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Katie McMahon will return with Celtic Christmas. Sweet Honey in the Rock and Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey, both multi-media performances, will also be featured this season.

The full Women of Substance 2014-2015 season features:

Rosanne Cash – The River & The Thread

Singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash’s new album, The River & The Thread, features of a collection of new, original songs that connect and reconnect Rosanne to the American South. Written with her longtime collaborator, producer, guitarist, and husband John Leventhal, the album journeys through the Southern states, a poetic survey of their places and people.

Performance: Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $40, $50, $55, $60; $2 off for faculty, staff, students and alumnae of St. Kate’s.

Test Pilot

With choreography by Penelope Freeh and music composed by Jocelyn Hagen, Test Pilot explores the legendary story of the Wright Brothers as seen through the eyes of their sister, Katharine. This dance opera investigates the intersection of creativity and human nature through family legends and historical aviation, accompanied by a string quartet, six singers, four dancers and a video artist. 

Performances: Sept. 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets: $17, $22, $27; $2 off for faculty, staff, students and alumnae of St. Kate’s.

Sweet Honey in the Rock

Sweet Honey in the Rock and their sultry melodies remain a distinguished legacy in the contemporary a cappella world. For their 40th anniversary, they are presenting a show visually and contextually wrapped in a scrapbook motif of their career. Audiences will go on a musical and visual journey of newly arranged medleys, as well as many of their most popular songs, and personal recollections.

Performance: Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25, $35, $45, $55; $2 off for faculty, staff, students and alumnae of St. Kate’s. 

Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project

Drummer, producer, and vocalist Terri Lyne Carrington brings her talent for assembling artists of varying styles to The Mosaic Project, a multi-faceted album that speaks to a diverse jazz audience. This myriad of female voices is transformed into a whole that outweighs the sum of its parts, telling “a greater musical story – one that can be told in an interesting and compelling way” (Carrington). 

Performance: Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25, $35, $45, $55; $2 off for faculty, staff, students and alumnae of St. Kate’s.

Katie McMahon’s Celtic Christmas

Dubbed Minnesota’s own “Celtic Woman,” Katie McMahon is best known as the original voice of Riverdance. Katie has graced the stage of The O’Shaughnessy for over 10 years, becoming one of the theater’s liveliest holiday traditions. Her ode to the holidays, Celtic Christmas celebrates the season through a family-friendly program of traditional Christmas carols, stories and lively Irish dance.

Performance: Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $27 for adults, $22 for seniors; $12 for children; $10 for St. Kate’s students.

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Known for high theatricality, gutsy moves and virtuosic musicality, Camille A. Brown & Dancers soar through history like a whirlwind. The company’s work explores typical, real life situations ranging from literal relationships to more complex themes with an eye on the past and present. This February, they will present the regional premieres of Black Girl and Mr. Tol-E-Rance. 

Performance: Feb. 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15, $20, $24, $34, $39; $2 off for faculty, staff, students and alumnae of St. Kate’s.

Raisin’ Cane: A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey

Inspired by Jean Toomer’s 1923 novel Cane and works by the musicians, poets, composers, and actors of the Harlem Renaissance, Raisin’ Cane celebrates and honors those legendary voices. Starring actress, singer, and dancer Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio, this panoramic experience spans the extraordinary outpouring of artistic endeavor by members of the African American community after the first World War.

Performance: March 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25, $35, $45, $55; $2 off for faculty, staff, students and alumnae of St. Kate’s. 

More about the series

The Women of Substance series 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. With over 22,000 patrons annually, the series continues to grow with enthusiastic audiences and broad media appeal.


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

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