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Commitment to the Arts in Iowa’s Creative Corridor
posted: Monday, January 9, 2017  Post Comment

Commitment to the Arts in Iowa’s Creative Corridor 

Happy New Year from the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance! 

Here we are at the start of a brand new year, and we all know what that means – a New Year’s resolution. Have you considered a New Year’s resolution supporting the arts and culture in your community? The arts not only make a significant economic, social and cultural impact in the Corridor, but they also have a positive impact on each of us as individuals. There are many interconnections between the arts and well-being, which is all the more reason to increase your involvement in arts and culture! 

Start small by attending one arts event each month. Or, start big and attend an arts event each week. Or, better yet, volunteer your time and serve on the board of an arts organization. You’ll soon see how rewarding the arts can be both in experience and as a valuable way to give back to your community. 

Visit the Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance website,, or browse the ICCA app to discover hundreds of cultural opportunities in Iowa’s Creative Corridor. You’ll find a calendar full of events to attend in 2017. Here is a small sampling for January: 

1/13/17 – Next Fall – Join Theatre Cedar Rapids for the funniest heartbreaker in town! Geoffrey Naufft’s Next Fall takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment and unconditional love. While the play’s central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, Next Fall goes beyond a typical love story. This timely and compelling new American play forces us to examine what it means to believe and what it might cost us not to. Performances are January 13 through January 28. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees start at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $21-$30 and can be purchased by calling the TCR Box Office at 319.366.8591. 

1/13/17 – Cavalleria Rustincana and Pagliacci – Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre is excited to bring opera lovers a double bill this winter with the popular pairing of “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni and “Pagliacci” by Ruggiero Leoncavallo. Stage director Anthony Laciura brings these two timeless stories of love and revenge to the Paramount Theatre stage. Laciura, a tenor, has performed onstage at the Metropolitan Opera over 800 times, and is known for his portrayal of the character Eddie Kessler in the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire. Performances are January 13 at 7:30 p.m. and January 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $19-$69 and can be purchased by calling the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre Box Office at 319.366.8203. 

1/20/17 – The Cleveland Orchestra – Join Hancher for an undeniably extraordinary show. Declared “the best in America” by the New York Times, the orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, has continued to build its nearly 100-year-old reputation both in the United States and abroad. Known for its superb concert programming, The Cleveland Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Opus 44 and Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Opus 43. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$80 and can be purchased by calling the Hancher Box Office at 319.335.1160. 

1/20/17 – A Point of Departure – Orchestra Iowa presents Orchestra Iowa Chamber Players performing chamber music in the Opus Concert Care. The works in the program include the Brahms Piano Quintet in f, Op. 34, and also works by Loeffler, Shaw, and Schnittke. The music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available by calling the Orchestra Iowa Box Office at 319-366-8203. 

1/20/17 – A View from the Bridge – Join Riverside Theatre for an American classic.  The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. A story about family, betrayal and in America who gets to belong. Performances are January 20 through February 12. Evening shows start at 7:30 p.m. and matinees start at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12-$30 and can be purchased by calling Riverside Theatre Box Office at 319.338.7672. 

1/21/17 – Winterfest – Join the Amana Colonies Convention and Visitors Bureau for a celebration of the experience of winter in the Amana Colonies. You’ll find a variety of activities including a 5K run/walk, outdoor games, open fire chili, a wine walk featuring samples of locally made wine and beer, and a dance to round out the day. Join in the fun and celebrate winter. Winterfest takes place from 8:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. throughout the Village of Amana. This event is open to the public. 

1/21/17 – Mid-Winter Renaissance Faire – The Cedar Rapids Public Library brings good cheer and a place where frivolity rules for the day. The Mid-Winter Renaissance Faire is back and bigger than ever. Every January, the library is filled with all things medieval for our biggest family event of the year. The Society for Creative Anachronism, The Brotherhood of Steel and the Shattock School of Defense will perform and demonstrate sword fighting, the proper way to drink tea with a queen, and so much more. Musicians will entertain guests as they witness the magic of the Renaissance. The faire is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and open to the public.

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