The Blind Boys of Alabama: Nov. 3
The Blind Boys of Alabama: Nov. 3
With an illusionist, a performance of "Frankenstein," a variety of musical acts and more, the 2018-19 Luther College Center Stage Series promises to delight audiences with 10 unforgettable acts and two school matinee performances.

Tickets for Center Stage Series events may be purchased as a subscription package through Friday, Aug. 24. Center Stage Series subscribers can build an individualized entertainment season by choosing tickets to a broad range of exceptional performances.

Anyone can create their own personalized CSS package by becoming a subscriber and selecting five or more different events. Subscribers receive 10 percent off 5-6 events, 15 percent off 7-8 events and 20 percent off 9-10 events.

Other subscription benefits include incurring no ticket fees—saving subscribers $2 per ticket—priority seating, guaranteed seating even for sold-out performances, ticket insurance so tickets can be easily replaced, and an invitation to a subscribers-only celebratory dinner for the season-opening show.

Season subscribers have first opportunity to renew each year. Current subscribers should respond by Friday, July 13, to retain or select new seats.
Subscriptions can be purchased through Luther College's Ticket Office or by downloading a subscription form at CSS patrons with special requirements and those who would like assistance ordering may contact the Ticket Office, 563-387-1357 or

Brochures can be picked up on the Luther College campus, 700 College Dr., Decorah, at the Ticket Office in the Center for Faith and Life or at the Welcome Desk in Dahl Centennial Union. Call 563-387-1357 to have one mailed to a residence.

Ticket order and mailing information is in the brochure and online at

The 2018-19 Center Stage Series is generously sponsored by Gundersen Health System, Winneshiek Medical Center, Luther College's Diversity Center and Decorah Bank and Trust. Center Stage Series would also like to thank their media supporters: Decorah Newspapers, Inspire(d) Media, KDEC 100.5 and KVIK.

Friends of Center Stage 2018-19
New this season is the Friends of Center Stage initiative, which aims to continue nurturing the performing arts, keep ticket prices affordable and continue the tradition of bringing nationally and internationally acclaimed performances to Luther.

Supporters who make a gift of $1,500 will receive four complimentary show tickets, two free dinner series tickets, two free tickets to the invitation-only season-opener dinner and their name or business logo on all show programs, on the digital sign in the Center for Faith and Life lobby during Center Stage Series performances and on the Center Stage Series webpage.

Donations are tax-deductible.

PUSH—Sept. 8
The award-winning PUSH Physical Theatre brings together athleticism, gravity-defying acrobatics and artistry into one performance. The performers are masters of physical storytelling, bringing together joys and sorrow to tell the story of human life and the strength of the human soul.

Cristina Pato Quartet—Sept. 21
Known internationally as a Galician bagpiper master, a classical pianist and educator, Cristina Pato has performed on major stages throughout the word, including regular tours in the United States and Europe. She was the first female Gaita player to release a solo album and has gone on to collaborate on more than 40 recordings as a guest artist and give more than 600 concerts with her own band. She is an active member of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.

Vitaly—Oct. 6
Master illustionist Vitaly looks to bring his signature illusions to the stage. He has successfully fooled superstars Penn & Teller while on their TV show, "Fool Us," performing such tricks as making faces disappear from drivers' licenses, making paintbrushes paint on their own and bringing photographs to life.

Aquila Theatre: Frankenstein—Oct. 19
The Aquila Theatre will bring Mary Shelley's classic "Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus," to life in an inspiring homage to the original masterpiece. "Frankenstein" tells of the horrific events that result from doctor Victor Frankenstein creating an artificial human.

The Blind Boys of Alabama—Nov. 3
For more than seven decades, the Blind Boys of Alabama have thrived, bringing their sound through the 20th century and into the 21st. They rose to fame after releasing their debut single, "I Can See Everybody's Mother But Mine," in 1948 and have gone on to win five Grammy Awards, enter the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and perform on the world's premiere stages.

The Westerlies—Feb. 15
Childhood friends from Seattle, Wash., the Westerlies are a New York-based brass quartet that was formed in 2011. Self-described as an "accidental brass quartet," the Westerlies create a hybrid of music that has aethestics of jazz, roots and chamber music.

Lorelei Ensemble—Feb. 22
Featuring Luther alumna Beth Willer, the Lorelei Ensemble aims to "advance the women's vocal ensemble through passionate, engaging artistry and creative collaboration." The group, which hails from Boston, brings together nine women with expertise from early to contemporary repertoire and whose solo and ensemble careers create a blended sound.

Goitse—March 14
Known for their "contagiously energetic Irish music," Goitse is a multi-award-winning quintet that has released four recordings and performs in concert around the world. They bring together their own compositions and traditional Irish songs, creating unique performances each time they play. Irish Music Magazine has called Goitse's performance, "music that's brimming with energy and creative zeal."

Evolution—April 6
Patricia Buckley will bring her one-woman play "Evolution" to Luther for a performance that's been called, "A moving, often funny, tale of how humans endure, evolve, and move on," by The Village Voice. "Evolution" tells the story of a family dealing with change brought on by a mysterious illness, two estranged siblings and a mother's will to protect her children. It begs the question, "How do we respond to change?"

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain—April 12
The all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain reinterprets all genres of music on the ukulele. Going from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana and using only the "bonsai guitar" the group brings together a menagerie of voices that seeks to entertain a wide variety of audiences. The ensemble has been together for more than 20 years and has given thousands of sold-out concerts across the world, with their music being used in films, plays and commercials.

School performances
The season also includes two School Matinee Performances by Theatreworks USA, "Dragons Love Tacos," and a retelling of "The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System."

Direct questions about all performances to the Ticket Office in the Center for Faith and Life, 563-387-1357 or, or see for subscription and ticket information.