At the Phipps Center for the Arts

Holiday concert on the organ

Jelani Eddington will perform a holiday concert on the Wurlitzer theater pipe organ on Saturday, December 21 at 2 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

Holiday favorites, such as “Sleigh Ride,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Christmas Festival,” “Carol Fantasy,” and “The Christmas Song” aka “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” as well as other popular standards by Gershwin, Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and others will be performed by the American Theatre Organ Society 2001 Organist of the Year. In addition, Eddington will accompany a ten-minute silent version of “A Christmas Carol,” filmed in 1910.

At the age of 13, he won the Young Theatre Organist Competition of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS), prevailing over competitors ages 13 – 21 from the United States, England, Australia, and New Zealand. Eddington remains the youngest competitor ever to win this title. He went on to graduate magna cum laude from Indiana University in 1996.

During the course of his concert career, Eddington has been featured at numerous national and regional conventions of the ATOS, and has toured extensively throughout the world, including numerous concert appearances in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. He has also accompanied numerous silent films and appears regularly at film series.

Eddington has also produced and marketed over 30 theater organ albums on some of the best-known and most dynamic instruments in the country.

Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for all students. Discounts are also available by purchasing season tickets. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409 or online at thephipps.org.

Register young boys for January dance class

Action eXtreme Dance, will be offered on four Wednesdays, January 8 – 29 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. for boys ages 4 – 6 and from 4:30 to 5 p.m. for boys ages 7 and 8 at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.

“Join us for a riotous class with lots of movement, music, fun, and dance. We will learn rhythm, play games, hop, jump, run, crawl, and use some fun props like balls, boxes, drums, and foam objects. Imagination has no limit,” comments instructor Pat Graf.

Graf received her B.A., including a dance minor, from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and has continued her dance education in a variety of area schools.

The fee for each class is $29. Registrations may be made by mailing the fee(s) to The Phipps Center, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016.  Enrollments may also be made by calling 715.386.2305 or going online to http://www.thephipps.org/ and charging the fee to Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.  A $4 processing fee will be charged to all phone, mail, and online orders.

Holiday gift sale through Dec. 31

“A Gift by the Hand,” the annual holiday sale of handmade items by local and regional artists, will continue through Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. This sale features unique handmade holiday gifts by more than 30 area artists.  Work includes clay vessels and cookware, clothing, jewelry, turned wood, photography and more.

Members of The Phipps receive a one-time discount of 20 percent off a total purchase during the annual holiday sale.

“A Gift by the Hand” hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, as well as one hour before all performances in the Phipps theaters and during intermissions. The Phipps will be closed Dec. 24-25.

Ballroom dance

Ballroom dance parties will be offered on the first and third Saturday of every month from 7-10 p.m. in the dance studio of The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

Tom Larson will offer a dance lesson during the first hour. The night club two-step and Viennese waltz will be taught on Dec. 21, the tango and Lindy hop will be featured on January 4 along with a live band, and the hustle and line dance will be taught on Jan. 18. This is an opportunity to have fun trying out new dance skills in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome. Admission is $12 per person, or $15 per person with a live band.

Larson has taught at The Phipps since 2003 and owns the Ballroom and Wedding Dance Studio in Minneapolis. He performed for five seasons with The Continental Ballet Company.

For further information, contact The Phipps Center at 715.386.2305.

New show on New Year’s Eve

“Broadway’s Best” will be performed by The Girl Singers on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

In their new show, Colleen Raye, Debbie O’Keefe, and Katie Gearty perform some of the biggest hits and show-stoppers from Broadway shows, including classics from “My Fair Lady,” “Gypsy,” “Oliver,” and “West Side Story,” as well as newer musicals, such as “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Misérables,” “Wicked,” and “Rent.”

Bringing fun and variety to every performance, these talented vocalists, accompanied by musical director Norton Lawellin and Trey Grimm on keyboards, and Reed Grimm on percussion, go from powerful ballads to high-energy tunes from “Grease,” “Mama Mia,” “Cabaret,” and  “Chicago.”

The creator of The Girl Singers productions, including “The Girl Singers of the Hit Parade” and “Sirens of the 60s,” Raye has performed as a vocalist across the country, from Las Vegas to Atlantic City in theaters, nightclubs, casinos, and fairs. She has also made several television appearances. A multi-dimensional performer, she sings in jazz ensembles, has toured with her show “An Evening at the Cabaret,” has a family variety show which includes her talented offspring, sings with big bands, and has a country flair with her “Musical Tribute to Patsy Cline,” which she also created.

With drama, comedy, and memorable music, “Broadway’s Best” should prove to be evening of complete entertainment for all ages.

Tickets are $23 for adults and $16 for all students. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715.386.8409 or online atthephipps.org.

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