At The Phipps Center for the Arts

The Barley Jacks
with Brian Wicklund 

The Barley Jacks with Brian Wicklund will perform in concert on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wis.

The Barley Jacks sing original vocals and play instrumentals with acrobatic skill in a spirit of excitement and fun.

Fiddler Brian Wicklund is joined by Joe Cruz on guitar, Kevin Rowe on bass, and Joel Arpin on percussion. These acclaimed instrumentalists meld their divergent backgrounds of blues and bluegrass, classical and Celtic, rhythm and blues and bebop to inspire each other and create something entirely new.

Their 2010 debut recording “Either Side of Night” and 2011 recording “The Lighthouse” have been met with great praise by reviewers.

The Barley Jacks have performed around the country and throughout the world, including the Shuswap Festival in British Columbia; Shetland Folk Festival in Lerwick, United Kingdom; Musik vid Siljan in Mora, Sweden; and Expo ’90 in Osaka, Japan.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for students of all ages. Reservations may be made by contacting the Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409.


Ballroom dance parties

Ballroom dance parties will be offered on the first and third Saturday of every month 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 hustle and line dance will be taught on Jan. 18 with a D.J. Swing and triple swing will be featured on Feb. 1 along with a live band, and the rumba and waltz will be taught on Feb. 15 with a D.J. 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 $15 per person with a live band or $12 per person with a D.J.

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 more information contact the Phipps at 715-386-2305.


The Phipps Oratorio Society invites singers 

Rehearsals for the Phipps Oratorio Society’s performance of “Organ and Oratorio Ovations, Music for the King of Instruments” will begin on Sunday, Jan. 19, with registration and music distribution beginning at 2 p.m. in the music studio of the Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, Wis.

Membership is open to any interested singer high school age and older without audition. Prior singing experience is a plus as well as basic musicianship skills. Except for the first rehearsal, rehearsal time is from 2:30-5 p.m. every Sunday.  Singers are expected to attend the vast majority of the 12 scheduled rehearsals, and should not miss more than two.

The Phipps Oratorio Society is a regional community chorus that annually performs major works for chorus. A membership fee of $25 helps to defray the costs of the performance.

The performance on Palm Sunday, April 13, at 2 p.m. will include eight works for chorus and organ:  “Arise, Your Light Has Come” by David Danner; Kyrie from the Mass in C# by Louis Vierne, “In the Year that King Uzziah Died” by David McK. Williams; “The Old 100th” arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Zadok the Priest” by George F. Handel; Sanctus from “Requiem” by Gabriel Faure; “Jerusalem” by Sir Huber Parry; and “The Heavens Are Telling” from “The Creation” by Joseph Haydn. The performance will take place at Bethel Lutheran Church, 920 Third Street, Hudson, in order to use the Casavant pipe organ. The featured accompanist is William Kuhlman, acclaimed professor emeritus of organ at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.

Thomas Dahle, Oratorio Society music director, will conduct the rehearsals and the performance.

General admission tickets to the performance are $22 for adults and $10 for students of all ages.  Reservations may be made by contacting the Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or online at


Classes and workshops

“Earth and Water,” a ceramic art workshop featuring demonstrations by three St. Croix Valley artists, Andrea Leila Denecke, Willem Gebben, and S.C. Rolf, presented in partnership with Northern Clay Center, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, 1-5 p.m. The fee for this workshop, which is open to everyone, including pottery students working at all levels and others interested in learning more about the artists’ working process, is $27.

The eight-week “Beginning/Intermediate Pottery on the Wheel” class for teens and adults will be held on Mondays, Jan. 27 through March 24 (no class March 17), 6:30-8:30 p.m. The fee for this class is $207, which includes clay, glazes, and firings. Students must provide or purchase a tool kit for an additional $15.

A six-week clay class for children ages 7-12 will be offered on Mondays, Jan. 27 through March 3, 4:30-6 p.m., for a fee of $113, which includes all materials and supplies.

“Creating Assembled Forms” is a workshop for teens and adults in which students will explore a variety of methods, including wheel-throwing and handbuilding, to create singular cohesive pieces from the assembly of individual parts. This two-week workshop will be held February 12 – 22, on Wednesdays, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. The fee, which includes all materials, is $105.

For more information or to register, go to or call 715-386-2305.


The Shadows perform  ‘A Tribute to the 50s & 60s’

The Shadows will perform “A Tribute to the ‘50s & ‘60s,” on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Selections will include “Peggy Sue” and “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” by Buddy Holly, “Only the Lonely” and “Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison, “Rubber Ball” and “Take Good Care of My Baby” by Bobby Vee, “Town Without Pity” and “Liberty Valance” by Gene Pitney, as well as songs by the Everly Brothers.

Dick Dunkirk, who does tributes to the Big Bopper and Vee, is one of the original members of Bobby Vee and the Shadows, the band that filled in for Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper at the Moorhead, Minnesota, Armory on February 3, 1959, known as “The Night the Music Died” when the three musicians died in a plane crash.

From that performance exposure, Vee went on to be one of the biggest singing stars of the ‘60s, selling 13 million records. His gold records include “Take Good Care of My Baby,” written for him by Carole King, and “Rubber Ball,” written for him by Pitney. The Shadows, with Vee’s brother, Bill, on lead guitar, were his touring and recording group until 1964, when the British groups dominated the music world.

Dunkirk revived the band after they were elected to the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Jeff Boxell, who starred in the musical “Buddy” performs as Holly. Wayne Luchau performs as Orbison and Pitney.

Visit to see videos of the band in concert.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $29 at the door. Ticket availability is limited to scattered singles and the side stages. Reservations may be made by contacting the Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or online