Season Program | Big Top Chautauqua 2017 - Page 25

Thursday, July 27, 2017 • 7:30 PM Friday, July 28, 2017 • 7:30 PM Saturday, July 29, 2017 • 1:00 PM Tickets: $ 22 adult/ $ 11 student Tickets: $ 22 adult/ $ 11 student Also plays June 25 FREE event - No ticket required Jan Lee and Severin Behnen lead the Blue Canvas Orchestra in a new show about the queen of all the Great Lakes - Lake Superior. Celebrate the power, majesty, history, and natural wonder of Gitche Gumee through original songs, stories, and spectacular images on the big screen. Jan Lee is the founder of StageNorth in Washburn and a regular performer on the Big Top Stage. Severin Behnen is Big Top’s Musical Director during the summer and a teacher and professional musician in Los Angeles in the offseason. They will be joined by BCO members and special guests including Frank Montano, Tom Draughon, Tom Mitchell, Jack Gunderson, Phil Anich, Liesel Wilson, Emily Belanger, and Bruce Qualey, along with visuals director Betty Ferris, for this special original production. The same team that brought you “Belfast to Bluegrass” and “Shipwrecks and Shanties” has turned their eyes and ears to the songs of peace and empowerment over the last 150 years. This new performance will gather the songs of hope from across the ages and around the world and will feature some of the most inspirational and powerful songs that sprang forth from the resilient spirits of songwriters, poets and storytellers. While the show bumps up against the reality of war, it is an uplifting show spotlighting the collective triumph of the people, and the songs that inspired them in their quests for justice and ultimately peace. Artistic Director Mark Howard’s uniquely Irish-American company was the birthplace of progressive Irish dance that led directly to commercial productions such as Riverdance. Many of TIDC’s dancers came through the prestigious Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, the Chicago/Milwaukee-based school that was founded in 1981 and soon began to win unprecedented team titles for the United States at the World Championships of Irish Dance. This matinée performance will demonstrate Irish Dance techniques and discuss the rich tradition of Irish Dance. Following the performance, members of the company will give a brief lesson on the grounds. Also plays August 13 and September 8 Sponsored by: •Midland Services Inc.• Sponsored by: Essentia Health - Ashland Clinic Sponsored by: •LBS Insurance• •Apostle Island Cruise Service•Ashland Rotary Club•Bad River Lodge & Casino• •BMO Harris Bank•Chequamegon Bay Arts Council•Chippewa Valley Bank• •In Memory of Scot Geissler•Ruth & Bruce Goetz•The Inn on Madeline Island• •Deb & Jeff Lewis•Pier Plaza•Karen Traut•Von Holzen Chevrolet, Buick, GMC• •Walmart-Ashland Store•Washburn IGA•WI Arts Board w/funds from State of WI and the National Endowment for the Arts•Media sponsor: Wisconsin Public Radio• August 19 th ~ 20 th Lake Superior’s south shore is alive with art! See the work of nationally and regionally acclaimed artists in their galleries and home studios. The artists will be present to discuss their art - the techniques, the materials, and the ideas behind their work. (715)373-5552 WWW.BIGTOP.ORG 25