Last week Tom Robbins from the University of Dubuque Heritage Center was tight-lipped about their season of shows coming up for the 2021-2022 season.

I was begging him for something... but he wouldn't crack. He did promise he'd pop back in this morning to reveal the full season and he's a man of his word.

Over the last few years, the University of Dubuque Heritage Center has become one of my families favorite venues. It opened in April of 2013 and can seat about 1,000 people. It's spacious and comfortable, and I've been telling everyone I know how much I love seeing shows there.

One of the great things about the shows hosted there is the great variety of performances they welcome. Some people love live theater, others love music or dancing and acrobatics. They host a little of everything.

I always try to expose my 11-year old son, Jacob, to new things. The Heritage Center certainly gives me that opportunity. We've seen Taiko drummers, fantastic guitarists, jugglers, acrobats and magicians. We've heard Broadway singers, too. While Jacob usually raises his eyebrows when I tell him about a show... he's never come away disappointed.

Olé warming up in the Heritage Center before their show.
Olé warming up in the Heritage Center before their show.

Tom said this season (God willing) they plan to be at full seating capacity. Subscription orders and individual tickets for the fall semester events are all available for purchase online now at the HERITAGE CENTER WEBSITE.

Online fees are being waived right now until the Farber Box Office opens on Monday, August 2nd, so be smart and buy now! Once they open next week you can call for details at 563.585.SHOW (7469).

Now, lets get to the good stuff! What's coming this season...

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 at 7:30pm, The Sampson Bros., Indigenous Music/Dance Duo with Special Guest Frank Waln.

Friday, September 17th, 2021 at 7:30pm, Uptown: Motown Remixed.

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021 at 7:30pm, The Living Coast with Montopolis - Film, Songs and Stories from the Texas Gulf Coast.

Sunday, October 3rd, 2021 at 3pm and Monday, October 4th, 2021 at 7:30pm, If Beale Street Could Talk, performed by Literature to Life.

Sunday, October 10th, 2021 at 3pm, Guest Organist Stephen Hamilton, John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ Recital Series (special event).

Friday night, October 15th, 2021 at 8pm, Colin Mochrie's HYPROV with Master Hypnotist Asad Mecci (special event). Yep... that's Colin Mochrie from Whose Line is it Anyway!

Monday, October 18th, 2021 at 7:30pm, Wings of Courage Play Screening with Guest Speaker Robert F. Jefferson Jr. (special event).

Thursday, November 11th, 2021 at 7:30pm, The American Soldier Solo Show.

Sunday, November 28th, 2021 at 2pm, A Very Electric Christmas, performed by LightWire Theater. (They were semi-finalists on NBC's America's Got Talent.)

Friday, December 3rd, 2021 at 7:30pm, Christmas at Heritage Center "O Come, All Ye Faithful" (special event).

Saturday, December 11th, 2021 at 7:30pm, Neil Berg's Broadway Holiday, presented by the Dubuque Arts Council in cooperation with Heritage Center.

The spring show tickets will go on sale this November and include:

Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at 7:30pm, Jim Belushi and the Board of Comedy.

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022 at 7:30pm, DRUMLine Live.

Monday, January 31st, 2022 at 7:30pm, Freedom Riders, performed by Mad River Theater Works.

Friday, February 11th, 2022 at 7:30pm, Count Basie Orchestra with Guest Vocalist Diane Schuur.

Friday, March 11th, 2022 at 7:30pm, Mike Super, Magician. (This would be a good one for the family!)

Sunday, March 13th, 2022 at 3pm, The Pirates of Penzance, performed by New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players.

Thursday, March 17th, 2022 at 7:30pm, Skerryvore, Award-Winning Scottish Band.

Saturday, March 26th, 2022 at 7:30pm, A Raisin in the Sun, performed by National Players.

Monday, April 4th, 2022 at 7:30pm, Guest Organist Chelsea Chen, John and Alice Butler Pipe Organ Recital Series.

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 at 7:30pm, Spamilton: An American Parody.

I'm telling you... grab some tickets for these shows... you will not be sorry! All the details are at the HERITAGE CENTER WEBSITE.

~Chris Farber


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