Stephens Auditorium connects university choir with international recording stars for innovative pandemic-era collaborations
June 23, 2022 | By Fred Love
Stephens Auditorium’s participation in World Fest created an opportunity for Iowa State University’s Lyrica choir to create a music video with an Israeli pop singer, even as the pandemic shut down touring and live events. The collaboration bridges the distance between Israel and Iowa and proves nothing brings people together like music.
Performing arts series returns this fall
August 10, 2021 | By: Megan Reuther
After a very long year, people are excited live performances are back! Stephens Auditorium Marketing Manager, Dr. Montana Smith, shares details on the 2021-2022 Performing Arts Series on WHO Channel 13’s Hello Iowa!
Press Release: Stephens Auditorium received pandemic funding from Iowa Arts and Culture Recovery Grant
Stephens Auditorium is pleased to announce that it has received an Iowa Arts and Culture Recovery Grant from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Grant funds will support eligible operating expenses.
Stephens Auditorium looks forward to 2020-21 Performing Arts Series
By Ronna Faaborg
Stephens Auditorium plays a leading role in central Iowa’s performing arts scene, and this week it announced the lineup for its Performing Arts Series for the new season, which starts in the fall.
2020-2021 performing arts series announced for Stephens Auditorium
Dave Chapelle to perform pop-up show at Stephens Auditorium on Tuesday
January 23, 2020 | By: Cameron Bristow
Announced just last Wednesday, legendary comedian and writer Dave Chappelle is set to take the Stephens Auditorium stage next Tuesday.
This is not the first time Chappelle has performed a show of a pop-up nature, with the comedian announcing shows just days before performing in many instances during 2019. A Chappelle performance is unique in that cell phones are strictly prohibited, requiring all phones to be in a locked in a pouch, creating a distraction-free environment, as well as ensuring the comedian’s material is less likely to leak online… Read the rest of the article here.
Tony Award-winning Broadway show ‘The Color Purple’ to play at Stephens Auditorium in Ames
January 15, 2020 | By: Sierra A. Porter
Many know the “The Color Purple” as a timeless film that includes some of Hollywood’s biggest stars like Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg. Now on Broadway, “The Color Purple,” based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, is headed to Stephens Auditorium in Ames… Read the rest of the article here.
Iowa State Center and Ames Community Arts premiere new music venue
With the support of the Ames Community Arts Council, the Goldfinch Room, a new music venue located within Stephens Auditorium, will host a series of Iowa Songwriters Showcases over the next year. The first Songwriters Showcase is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26, from 7 – 9 p.m. and will feature two Iowa songwriters, Chad Elliott and Patresa Hartman, along with Texan Tommy Lewis….Read the rest of the article here.
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Kinky Boots doles out lessons in heels
January 27, 2019 | By: Emily Urban
The touring Broadway musical “Kinky Boots” will strut its way into Stephens Auditorium on Thursday. The story is based on true events and, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, “struts its stuff with sparkles, stilettos and heart.”
“Kinky Boots” is based on a film of the same name, inspired by true events of Charlie Price, a struggling business man, who partners with Lola, a drag queen entertainer. Their teamwork and eventual friendship produces a line of trusty stilettos taking them from Northampton, Massachusetts to Milan, Italy….Read the rest of the article here.
Stephens Auditorium to host a Circus of Marvels
January 29, 2019 | By: Meg Grice
A new circus inspired by American innovation will be rolling into Ames on Monday.
According to their website, Cirque Mechanics: “42ft” is “the American Circus, reinvented in timber, steel and ingenuity.” Read the rest of the article here.
Dane Cook brings ‘Tell it Like it Is’ tour to Ames
December 22, 2019 | By: Tribune Staff
Stand-up comedian Dane Cook is performing his national tour, “Tell it Like it Is,” at Stephens Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3.
It’s Cook’s first full-scale tour since 2013. The tour will visit several U.S. cities between the its kickoff Feb. 21 at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, N.Y., and its wrapup Nov. 16 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Read the rest of the article here.
‘The Nutcracker’ takes the stage at Stephens
November 24, 2018 | By: Tribune Staff
The annual holiday production of “The Nutcracker” is returning to Stephens Auditorium Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 1:30 p.m.
This perennial favorite is the longest-running Nutcracker in Iowa and showcases “sensational talent.” Read the rest of the article here.
Kenny G performs holiday tour at Stephens Auditorium
November 17, 2018 | By: Tribune Staff
On Wednesday, Nov. 28, Kenny G’s “The Miracles Holiday and Hits Tour” will be at Stephens Auditorium, where the musician will perform his “beautifully arranged world-renown holiday songs” as well as a set filled with hits from his recording career.
In a recording career that spans more than four decades and 24 albums, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to a jazz foundation to become one of the premiere artists in contemporary jazz. Read the rest of the article here.
Stephens Auditorium announces 2019-20 Performing Arts Series
Stephens Auditorium plays a leading role in Iowa’s performing arts scene, and the Iowa State Center recently announced the lineup for its 2019-20 Performing Arts Series. Read the rest of the article here.
The Head And The Heart perform at Stephens Auditorium
With a new album just released this week, the folk/pop band, The Head And The Heart, will perform at Stephens Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 19. Read the rest of the article here.
Stephens Auditorium to stage holiday spectacular
A holiday production that combines illusions, acrobatics, artistry and music is coming to Ames at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22. The show offers a unique opportunity for VIP ticketholders to be seated on the stage just steps away from the performers. Read the rest of the article here.
Grammy-nominated Christian music group brings tour to Ames
The Avett Brothers perform at Stephens this fall
July 13, 2019 | By: Tribune Staff
The Avett Brothers will perform at Stephens Auditorium, on Thursday, Nov. 14. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday. The Avett Brothers made mainstream waves with their 2009 major label debut, “I and Love and You,” which landed at No. 16 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnered critical acclaim. Read the rest of the article here.
Criss Angel brings his ‘Mindfreak Unplugged’ tour to Ames
Gill brings his musical storytelling to Stephens
Goldfinch Room presents Iowa Songwriter Showcase