• The Great Decisions Global Discussions Speaker Series brings national experts to West Michigan for thought-provoking discussions on eight critical issues related to U.S. foreign policy and other international concerns. The series kicks off on February 11 and includes a list of experts on topics the whole world is talking about. The series is put together by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan and will be live-streamed at the Dogwood Center for Performing Arts on Tuesdays during February and March, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Main Stage.

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    An engaging, participatory celebration of Shakespeare’s work, offering an exciting new way to experience his genius.  Text from Shakespeare’s masterpieces including Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Macbeth and Hamlet are transformed into fresh and dynamic Jazz songs that have audiences singing along in sheer delight, great for those discovering his plays for the first time and for Shakespeare aficionados alike! Shakespeare in Jazz features composer and pianist Daniel Kelley and jazz vocalist Frederick Johnson. Johnson has performed on stage with such musical greats as Chick Corea & Christian McBride and has performed as an opening act for Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, B.B. King and many others.

    Click here to purchase tickets! Tickets $15.00 Adults, $5.00 Children. Main Stage, General Admission. 7:30 p.m.

    Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event.  For information, phone 231.924.8885.

    NCCA-Artsplace hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursdays 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  For information, phone 231.924.4022.

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    Karan Casey has long been recognized as one of the most innovative, provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Singing songs charged with a sense of social responsibility in a career spanning over 25 years, Karan has released 7 solo albums as well as an album for children, a duet album with John Doyle and numerous contributions to other artists’ projects. She has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan, performing with her own band as well as collaborating with such diverse musicians as James Taylor, Bela Fleck, Boston Pops Orchestra, Liam Clancy, Maura O’Connell, The Chieftains, The Dubliners, Peggy Seeger, Karen Matheson, Mick Flannery, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Tim O’Brien, Solas and Lúnasa.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $20.00. Black Box. General admission seating. 7:30 p.m. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of eight tickets.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact the Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

    In 2017 Karan was Traditional Artist in Residence at University College Cork, toured the UK with the Transatlantic Sessions, performed at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, and toured in the US both with her own band and with Lúnasa, including a performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2018 Karan helped to found FairPlé which is an organization aimed at achieving fairness and gender balance for female performers in Irish traditional and folk musics.

    Karan recently released her new album Hieroglyphs That Tell the Tale on the Vertical Records Label. Produced by renowned Scottish producer and Bafta-nominated composer Donald Shaw, the album also features Karan’s long-time musical collaborators Sean Óg Graham & Niamh Dunne (Beoga), Kate Ellis (The Crash Ensemble) and Niall Vallely (Buille).  Drawing inspiration from contemporary folk writers Janis Ian, Eliza Gilkyson, Mick Flannery and Bob Dylan, the album displays Casey’s impressive talent as a song writer. She is joined on vocals by some of the women singers she’s long-admired, including Karen Matheson, Niamh Dunne, Pauline Scanlon, Maura O’Connell and Aoife O Donovan.

    “Karan Casey’s latest album is revelatory. She’s always been a singer of songs that tell a story and show their muscle…. This is a strikingly three-dimensional work that stands the test of intensive and repeated listening with ease. A vivid and dazzling snapshot of Casey invincible, at the height of her powers.”

    Siobhán Long, Irish Times

    “Casey’s voice is among the loveliest in folk music and she’s a wonderful interpreter of both contemporary and traditional material.”

    BOSTON GLOBE

    “Karan Casey’s latest solo venture is a thing of rare beauty.”

    SING OUT

    “The most soulful singer to emerge in Irish traditional music in the past decade.”

    THE GLASGOW HERALD

    “If ever any doubt existed about who’s the best Irish traditional woman singer today, “Exiles Return” sweeps aside all pretenders…Karan Casey has no vocal peer.”

    IRISH ECHO

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    Show times:

    Friday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.

    Saturday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

    Sunday, March 22, 2:00 p.m.

    It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well … dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.

    Click here to purchase tickets: Main Stage, General Admission. Tickets $15 Adults, $10 Students and Seniors (60+)

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact the Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

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    Show times:

    Friday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.

    Saturday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

    Sunday, March 22, 2:00 p.m.

    It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well … dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.

    Click here to purchase tickets: Main Stage, General Admission. Tickets $15 Adults, $10 Students and Seniors (60+)

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact the Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

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    Show times:

    Friday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.

    Saturday, March 21, 7:30 p.m.

    Sunday, March 22, 2:00 p.m.

    It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well … dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.

    Click here to purchase tickets: Main Stage, General Admission. Tickets $15 Adults, $10 Students and Seniors (60+)

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact the Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

  • sprtr-cd-cover“I work for me,” Sarah Potenza declares at the beginning of Road to Rome, kicking off her second solo album — a record of self-empowered R&B, swaggering soul, and contemporary blues — with her own declaration of independence. Filled with messages of self-worth, determination, and drive, Road to Rome shines new light on a songwriter whose career already includes multiple albums as front-woman of Sarah and the Tall Boys, a game-changing appearance on The Voice, and an acclaimed solo debut titled Monster. Released one year after she sang in front of 12 million people during The Voice’s eighth season, 2016’s Monster prompted Rolling Stone to gush, “Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop: a colossal-voiced singer who merges her old-school influences with a modernistic sound.” Three years later, that sound deepens and intensifies with Road to Rome, an album that shows the full scope of Potenza’s aims and ambitions.

    Click here to purchase tickets! $15.00. Black Box. General admission seating. 7:30 p.m. Tables can be reserved with the purchase of eight tickets.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact the Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • backtrack-5webBacktrack is a 5-person a cappella pop vocal group based in New York City. Their exciting arrangements transform familiar tunes and showcase the top-notch vocal (and beatboxing) abilities of all of the members. They infuse heart and humor into every performance and cover genres from pop to Motown to classical, as well as perform original compositions. Backtrack got its start on YouTube, where the group now has over 11 million views and 111,000 subscribers! They’ve appeared on PopTV & Scary Mommy’s “Lullaby League” hosted by Parks and Recreation star, Jim O’Heir, Steve Harvey’s daytime show, STEVE!, Broadway’s Kinky Boots and they recently won New York’s Got Talent Season 6.

    Click here to purchase your tickets! $20 Adults, $10.00 Children 18 and under. Main Stage. General Admission. 3:00 p.m.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at the NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • high-res-9894-8x10_amaRecording artist and performer Mandy Barnett returns to the Dogwood Center with her show The Nashville Songbook, a collection of some of the most influential and iconic country and pop standards ever written. World-class vocalist, Mandy Barnett salutes this great anthology, performing songs originally recorded by artists as diverse as Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Elvis, Tammy Wynette, Hank Williams, The Everly Brothers, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, and more. Barnett has toured her eclectic repertoire with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, among other esteemed groups and venues, and has had recordings featured in numerous film and television soundtracks. Spend an enchanting night of entertainment with one of Nashville’s “finest classic-country and torch singers” (USA Today) with a show that appeals to music fans of all types—who will undoubtedly want to sing along to some of the best-known classics of all time!

    Click here to purchase your tickets! $25 Adults, $10.00 Children 18 and under. Main Stage. Reserved Seating. 7:30 p.m.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at the NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.

  • aladdin-fbeventGrand Rapids Ballet School Junior Company presents Aladdin at the Dogwood Center. Based on the folktale from the book One Thousand and One Nights and choreographed by Director Attila Mosolygo. Aladdin is an impoverished young boy living in the city of Agrabah. He falls in love with a beautiful princess named Jasmine when he sees her shopping on the busy, crowded streets of the bustling city. He is recruited by a Sorcerer who passes himself off as a merchant to retrieve an old oil lamp from a cave in exchange for gold. Thinking he could impress the princess with his treasure, Aladdin agrees and adventure ensues…Will Aladdin and Jasmine live happily ever?

    This program is funded in part by the Fremont Area Community Foundation, Gerber Foundation, and the Ted and Nancy Johnson Endowment Fund.

    Click here to purchase your tickets! $17.50 Adults, $5.00 Children 18 and under. Main Stage. Reserved Seating. 3:00 p.m.

    Dogwood Box Office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and two hours prior to an event. For more information please contact Dogwood Box Office at 231.924.8885.

    Tickets may also be purchased at the NCCA-Artsplace in downtown Fremont. Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For more information please contact NCCA-Artsplace at 231.924.4022.