Decorah, Iowa - well known for its annual summer celebration of all things Norwegian, plays home this fall to its very own version of a regional favorite:
Featuring three regional bands, local fare and beer,
we can't wait for you to join us on September 24 from 5 to 10 pm.
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JOINTLY PRESENTED BY
IN PLACES COMMON
IN CORNERS UNEXPECTED
because the arts bring us together
WELCOME TO WATER STREET
april 16 AT 4 AND 7 PM
the courtyard & cellar
Underground: the undiscovered places that we sometimes seek out, sometimes stumble upon. Join us for a discovery of not-often-performed works of W. A. Mozart and J.S. Bach.
Led by the esteemed Dr. James Griesheimer and featuring a band of Luther College professors, this show will fill the Cellar in a way like only two classical giants can.
fellas: the stories we tell
february 27 AT 7 AND 9 PM
We warmed up the winter with new musical theater from the Fellas.
It was a much-anticipated return to Water St., with Dr. Andrew Last and his crew of Luther men singing songs that had audiences blushing, laughing, smiling, and crying - and having new favorites stuck in their heads for weeks to come.
Songs between the seasons
october 3 at 7 and 9 pm
We said "goodbye" to summer and "hello" to autumn with cozy tunes from warm friends: Clearview Road (Ellen Rockne, Kathy Reed, John Goodin, and Erik Sessions) and The OK Factor (Olivia Diercks and Karla Dietmeyer).
This first-time collaboration featured styles spanning from classical to classics, bluegrass to folk.
ABSOLUTE HOOT & DECORAH CHORALE
SEPTEMBER 5, 2015 AT 7 P.M.
CO-OP PARKING LOT
One of Decorah's favorite groovy, rocking bands joined by voices from one of Decorah's iconic choirs. All together, it's sure to be a huge night of local music not to be missed.
Join us for this FREE kickoff to Water Street Music Series' fourth season! Bring a blanket or lawn chair, a picnic, your kids, and your pets for an absolutely hoot-filled night.
april 17, 2015 AT 8 p.m.
Coasts. They're points of departure, points of arrival. Places of intersecting worlds.
Join us for a night on the coast combining indie rock and ambient artscapes.
Featuring Coastal Cabins collaborating with Luther Artists' Collective member Jill Hess.
Fellas in the Cellar
February 21, 2015 at 7:30 & 9:30
It's cabaret meets cozy cellar. It's new musical theater meets old world feel. It's an evening that will leave you humming great tunes and not wanting to head back into the cold winter wind.
Join Dr. Andrew Last, a rag tag group of instrumentalists, and a whole posse of fellas (read more)...
Chet Baker: In A Blue Room
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014
It was an evening of jazz.
An evening of blues.
An evening of Chet.
This all original production featuring jazz trio, modern dancer, and narrator brought audiences face to face with this icon of west coast jazz. We all fell in love with Chet that night, and we're all the better for it.
HOMEGROWN IN DECORAH
THE BREAD AND BUTTER STRING BAND
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014
Some towns have talent. Decorah is spoiled. The musicians of the Bread and Butter String Band call Decorah home in one way or another.
From growing up in town to attending Luther College, the band plays with the sweet sound of youth and a whole lot of joy.
ON THE WATER WITH FOOTNOTES
trout run trailhead
saturday, september 7, 2013
Decorah’s own Foot-Notes took Water Street to the waterfront, providing foot-tapping fun along the scenic Upper Iowa River and letting our audience waltz away the evening.
bach, beethoven, and beer
friday, october 11, 2013
Luther College professor James Griesheimer hosted an evening of music by two of the greatest German composers ever, offering tantalizing historical tidbits along the way. With all the sophistication and none of the stuffiness, Decorah's best classical musicians brought the timeless alive in the newly-renovated T-Bocks second floor venue. Prost! (Cheers!)
shakespeare in song and sound
saturday, november 2, 2013
This original collaboration between composer Brooke Joyce, harpsichordist Kathy Reed, Renaissance scholar Kate Narveson, theatre director Kristen Underwood, as well as students, led our audience on a sonorous adventure from Elizabethan England and back again.
hotel winneshiek steyer opera house
friday, february 14, 2014
Ellen Rockne, John Goodin, Kathy Reed, and Erik Sessions presented a Valentine's concert meant for anyone anywhere on the romance cycle. Whether you tied the knot fifty years ago, broke up yesterday, or just had your first kiss, we'll give you something to laugh about when it comes to that crazy little thing called love!
dug road inn
sunday, march 9, 2014
Water Street Music Series enlivened the tradition of the salon concert through an afternoon of chamber music at Dug Road Inn in Decorah. Food, drink, and the arts collided and everyone had a front row seat. Featured artists: The OK Factor, Jeni Grouws and Jessica Breed, and the Oneota Quartet.
in search of america
HOTEL WINNESHIEK steyer OPERA HOUSE
saturday, april 5, 2014
Jazz artist and trumpeter Jon Ailabouni teamed up with Decorah author Robert Wolf to present an evening of new writings and music. Set to the sound of newly composed music by Ailabouni for the Luther College Jazz Combo, we dove into the search for America: her iconic figures and vanishing regional folkways.
done doin' laundry
with special guests simple rogues
bentdahl commons at luther college
sunday, september 2, 2012
Representing peace, love, and clean skivvies, the sassy ladies of Done Doin’ Laundry entertained with bluegrass, rock n’ roll, and everything in-between, joined by rollicking Irish tunes from the guys of Simple Rogues.
coming home again
HOTEL WINNESHIEK steyer OPERA HOUSE
friday, september 21, 2012
Four longtime friends reunited to weave stories of their Decorah home. Through voice, fiddle, mandolin, and piano, they celebrate the winding path that has brought them together again in this much-loved place.
artsong at arthaus
A vivid evening of vocal music. Piano professor Jessica Paul collaborated with six of Luther’s top student vocalists. With lyrical words and virtuosic accompaniment, their music conveyed a range of emotions in a colorful series of short, imaginative pieces.
Friday, november 2, 2012
A reading of the classic children’s story “Ferdinand the Bull” came to life with the stroke of a bow, Bach’s Cello Suite No. 4 took on new meaning through interaction with contemporary dance, and a violin/cello duo laid down some original grooves. Phuc Phan, Amanda Hamp, Kristen Underwood, Olivia Hahn, and Karla Dietmeyer.
hotel winneshiek steyer opera house
FRIDAY, february 8, 2013
A journey through jazz. From New Orleans to New York to Rio to Decorah, we experienced the hip, sultry, syncopated sounds of jazz through the ages. Featured Luther professor Tony Guzman and students Gavin Colahan, Karla Dietmeyer, Ted Olsen, Elliott Ostrowski, Stephen Uhl, and Andrew Withers.
maritza and luther tango ensemble
HOTEL WINNESHIEK STEYER OPERA HOUSE
FRIDAY, march 8, 2013
Evocative melodies and infectious dance rhythms united two distinct sounds. Decorah favorite Maritza and the new Luther Tango Ensemble (directed by visiting professor Michael O’Brien) took the stage, and these Balkan, Romany, and Argentine tunes inspired audiences to get up and groove.