NOON INTERVIEW: Happenings at Mabel Tainter Theatre

Mabel Tainter Theatre in Menomonie
www.mabeltainter.org

February 14
Valentine's Day Jazz Concert: George Maurer and Rachel Holder

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Pianist George Maurer and vocalist Rachel Holder are entertainers with a sensitivity and expressiveness far beyond their years, filling rooms from the Dakota Jazz Club to Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, with a warm, personable stage presence. Their show has a focus on love songs and "life" songs: from Gershwin to Motown, Ellington to Eva Cassidy, the Great American Songbook to the Beatles and more. Ticket price includes a post-show dessert reception featuring cheesecake from Love & Butter Bakery.

February 16
Continental Ballet Company's "Coppelia"

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Coppelia is a light-hearted, comical ballet that focuses on the story of two young lovers (Swanhilda and Franz) and a magical doll-maker, Dr. Coppelius. The ballet mixes razor-sharp story-mime with bravura classical dance. "Coppelia" was developed in 1870 and set to the beautiful music by Leo Delibes. This ballet is not based on a fairy tale or royalty but was set on ordinary people at the time of its creation. In an effort to reflect the common people, the original choreographer Arthur St Leon, included a folk dance in the ballet. Coppelia is full of youthful characters and playful behavior. The ballet is beautiful, comical and very entertaining. Under the direction of Riet Velthuisen, Continental Ballet Company will be presenting this ballet with a cast of professional dancers.


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