The Arts Center at Iowa Western is about to begin its 22nd annual National Performance Series. The staff at the Arts Center is energized by the opportunity each year to create this performance season for the community. The Arts Center weighs opportunities for discovering new talent or bringing well-known artists to the stage, and takes some risks hoping to expand the entertainment offerings they curate. The reward comes when they welcome their community through the doors on a show night for an authentic and entertaining experience. The 2022-23 National Performance series provides opportunities for those experiences right here in Council Bluffs.
The season begins by celebrating the Everly Brothers with The Everly Set tribute. The Everly Brothers had deep ties to the Southwest Iowa area and this show will be a celebration of their lasting impact. The Arts Center will also welcome BritBeat, a musical/theatrical/multimedia celebration of the Beatles. In October Country music stars Thompson Square will make their Council Bluffs debut for an intimate acoustic performance. Shaun Johnson returns to the Arts Center stage with his Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience in November. For Christmas this year, piano and radio star Jim Brickman returns for his second appearance at the Arts Center with his “A Very Merry Christmas” tour. To start off the new year in January, a unique act will visit, Classic Albums Live, performing Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” album note for note, cut for cut. In the last performance that was rescheduled from the 2020-21 season, L.A. Theatre Works returns in February with “Lucy Loves Desi – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Sitcom.” The year will close with Dallas String Quartet in DSQ: Electric. You haven’t seen anything like this string quartet made up of classically trained musicians who play everything from Bach to Bon Jovi on electric string instruments, backed by a rock band. Additionally in April The Arts Center will present a family show by Lightwire Theater performing their high-tech futuristic version of “The Tortoise and the Hare.”
As prices are rising for everything right now, The Arts Center is committed to keeping its shows affordable. The most expensive ticket this year is $42, which is a great value to see nationally relevant performers. They also offer season memberships for those who are planning to attend multiple shows. Be sure to ask us about discounts for seniors, military personnel, and students as well.
2022 - 2023 National Performance Season Schedule:
Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience | Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m.
Jim Brickman: A Very Merry Christmas | Friday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Classic Albums Live - Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon | Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Lucy Loves Desi: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom | Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Dallas String Quartet (DSQ) Electric | Friday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Lightwire Theater: The Adventures of Tortise and Hare | Saturday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.