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Saturday, September 20th at 4:45 p.m.
A Prairie Home Companion
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor kicks off another season of shows at the Fitzgerald Theater on Saturday, September 20th through October 18th at 4:45 p.m. Join Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home gang for two hours of live radio fun. This show's guests are Sara Watkins and Hot Rize along with Howard Levy. A limited number of Rush Seats will go on sale on the day of the show at 4:00 p.m.

Join Garrison and the gang for meatloaf and mashed potatoes, live music, and contests for valuable prizes. Come at 5:00 p.m., grab a seat on the street and listen to the live broadcast from inside the Fitzgerald. A $5.00 meatloaf supper will be served at 6:00 p.m. and there will be music and dancing in the street from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Street Dance is free and open to the public.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 31st. Tickets are $49.00, $39.00 and $33.00. Members of Minnesota Public Radio receive a $2.00 discount. There is a limit of 4 tickets per order. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.



Saturday, September 27th at 4:45 p.m.
A Prairie Home Companion
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor kicks off another season of shows at the Fitzgerald Theater on Saturday, September 20th through October 18th at 4:45 p.m. Join Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home gang for two hours of live radio fun. This show's Guest will be announced soon. A limited number of Rush Seats will go on sale on the day of the show at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 31st. Tickets are $49.00, $39.00 and $33.00. Members of Minnesota Public Radio receive a $2.00 discount. There is a limit of 4 tickets per order. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.



Wednesday, October 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Talking Volumes with Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
Cassandra Clare is the author of City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Her latest series, The Infernal Devices, has spawned three #1 bestsellers. Born overseas, Cassandra spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of books.

Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi) and the acclaimed novel Doll Bones. Her other books include The Good Neighbors graphic novels, and the novels Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside. She currently lives in the realm of Western Massachusetts.

About The Iron Trial: Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial. Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst - and fails at failing.

Talking Volumes is a partnership of Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune, in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.

Talking Volumes is made possible in part through the generosity of our sponsors.

Hamline Bremer Bank Eyebobs

Season Packages are available beginning Tuesday, July 22nd. Season Packages are $80.00. Individual tickets are available beginning August 12th. Tickets are $23.00 for members of MPR, Star Tribune, and Loft Literary Center. Tickets are $25.00 for the general public. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.



Saturday, October 4th at 4:45 p.m.
A Prairie Home Companion
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor kicks off another season of shows at the Fitzgerald Theater on Saturday, September 20th through October 18th at 4:45 p.m. Join Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home gang for two hours of live radio fun. This show's Guest will be announced soon. A limited number of Rush Seats will go on sale on the day of the show at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 31st. Tickets are $49.00, $39.00 and $33.00. Members of Minnesota Public Radio receive a $2.00 discount. There is a limit of 4 tickets per order. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.



Saturday, October 11th at 4:45 p.m.
A Prairie Home Companion
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor kicks off another season of shows at the Fitzgerald Theater on Saturday, September 20th through October 18th at 4:45 p.m. Join Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home gang for two hours of live radio fun. This show's Guest will be announced soon. A limited number of Rush Seats will go on sale on the day of the show at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 31st. Tickets are $49.00, $39.00 and $33.00. Members of Minnesota Public Radio receive a $2.00 discount. There is a limit of 4 tickets per order. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.



Sunday, October 12th at 7:30 p.m.
Todd Snider
Todd Snider has been a fixture on the Americana, alt-country and folk/rock scene since his 1994 debut album Songs For The Daily Planet. The album features the songs “Alright Guy” and the alt-rock satire “Talkin’ Seattle Grunge Rock Blues,” which struck a chord with younger people as well as aging rockers who grew up with the folk revival of the 1960s. A maverick singer/songwriter, spinning tall tales of the many things he’s seen while out on the road, he's also known for his entertaining live concerts and gift for interacting with his loyal audience. Snider’s released over 15 albums through the years, including two highlyacclaimed albums in 2012: Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables and Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker.

Todd Snider will be joined by Elizabeth Cook.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 11th. Tickets are $26.00 and $22.50. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.



Saturday, October 18th at 4:45 p.m.
A Prairie Home Companion
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor kicks off another season of shows at the Fitzgerald Theater on Saturday, September 20th through October 18th at 4:45 p.m. Join Garrison Keillor and the Prairie Home gang for two hours of live radio fun. This show's Guest will be announced soon. A limited number of Rush Seats will go on sale on the day of the show at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 31st. Tickets are $49.00, $39.00 and $33.00. Members of Minnesota Public Radio receive a $2.00 discount. There is a limit of 4 tickets per order. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.



Tuesday, October 28th at 7:30 p.m.
Mary Black
A legend in her homeland of Ireland, Mary Black has long held the attention of the followers of Irish Music as one of the finest female vocalists in the world. Her distinguished career has spanned nearly 30 years from her early days in Dublin folk clubs through ever-escalating success with seven platinum solo albums, including No Frontiers spent 56 weeks in the Irish Top 30. Needless to say Mary Black is a seminal figure in Irish musical history and one of the artists responsible for its relatively recent blossoming on a global level. For the last quarter-century, she has been a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad. She has shared stages, TV shows and recording studios with some of the most revered performers of her time. To the acclaim and awards Mary has received over the years from both the public and critics must also be added the esteem she has generated from her fellow artists. Indeed, many of them have recorded and performed live with her, including Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Baez and Van Morrison, not to mention a host of Irish traditional musicians and singers.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 11th. Tickets are $35.50 and $32.50. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.



Saturday, November 1st at 8:00 p.m.
The Milk Carton Kids
The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz
featuring Alex Hargreaves, Samson Grisman, and Nathaniel Smith


Grammy-nominated folk artists The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah Jarosz, with Alex Hargreaves, Paul Kowert, and Nathaniel Smith, offer a very special evening of collaborative performance in front of one microphone.

Following their meeting at the renowned Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2013, Sarah Jarosz and The Milk Carton Kids have pursued a collaboration with a depth and identity all its own. Their initial performances (on Austin City Limits and at Lincoln Center’s American Songbook Series) have been widely heralded for the seamless harmony of the three singers, the unassailable virtuosity of the players, and the obvious if uncommon chemistry the young artists have found with one another. This Fall, they are presenting it, fully realized for the first time, in a limited tour of some of the country’s finest symphony halls and performing arts theaters.

Sarah Jarosz is a multi-Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who hails from just outside of Austin, TX and makes her home in New York City. Now 23-years-old, she graduated in 2013 from New England Conservatory with a degree in contemporary improvisation in the same month her third album, Build Me Up From Bones, was released.

Grammy-nominated flat-picking harmony duo The Milk Carton Kids have emerged in the last three years as a powerful voice defining the continuing folk tradition. An understated virtuosity defines The Milk Carton Kids to the delight of traditionalists and newcomers to the folk movement alike.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 20th. Tickets are $30.00 and $28.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.



Wednesday, November 5th at 7:00 p.m.
Talking Volumes with Azar Nafisi
Azar Nafisi, professor and best-selling author, is best known as the author of the national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, which electrified its readers with a compassionate and often harrowing portrait of the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students. She has conducted workshops in Iran for women students on the relationship between culture and human rights; the material culled from these workshops formed the basis of a new human rights education curriculum.

She has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Her cover story, The Veiled Threat: The Iranian Revolution’s Woman Problem published in The New Republic (Feb. 22, 1999) has been reprinted into several languages.

About The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books: Ten years ago, Azar Nafisi electrified readers with her million-copy bestseller, Reading Lolita in Tehran, which told the story of how, against the backdrop of morality squads and executions, she taught The Great Gatsby and other classics to her eager students in Iran. In this exhilarating followup, Nafisi has written the book her fans have been waiting for: an impassioned, beguiling, and utterly original tribute to the vital importance of fiction in a democratic society. What Reading Lolita in Tehran was for Iran, The Republic of Imagination is for America.

Talking Volumes is a partnership of Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune, in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.

Talking Volumes is made possible in part through the generosity of our sponsors.

Hamline Bremer Bank Eyebobs

Season Packages are available beginning Tuesday, July 22nd. Season Packages are $80.00. Individual tickets are available beginning August 12th. Tickets are $23.00 for members of MPR, Star Tribune, and Loft Literary Center. Tickets are $25.00 for the general public. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.



Friday, November 7th at 8:00pm
The Moth
The Moth – hailed as “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” by The Wall Street Journal – is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth has presented more than three thousand stories, told live and without notes, by people from all walks of life to standing room only crowds worldwide. Each Moth Mainstage features simple, old-fashioned storytelling, by five widely divergent raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors.

The Moth has a local chapter which has a Story Slam event the last Wednesday of every month at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall. More information: www.themoth.org

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 12th. Tickets are $32.00. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.



Tuesday, November 11th at 7:00 p.m.
Talking Volumes with Karen Armstrong
Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous other books on religious affairs-including A History of God, The Battle for God, Holy War, Islam, Buddha, and The Great Transformation-and two memoirs, Through the Narrow Gate and The Spiral Staircase. Her work has been translated into forty-five languages. She has addressed members of the U.S. Congress on three occasions; lectured to policy makers at the U.S. State Department; participated in the World Economic Forum in New York, Jordan, and Davos; addressed the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington and New York; is increasingly invited to speak in Muslim countries; and is now an ambassador for the UN Alliance of Civilizations. In February 2008 she was awarded the TED Prize and is currently working with TED on a major international project to launch and propagate a Charter for Compassion, created online by the general public and crafted by leading thinkers in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, to be signed in the fall of 2009 by a thousand religious and secular leaders.

About Fields of Blood: Religion, and the History of Violence: From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion's connection to violence. For the first time in American history, religious self-identification is on the decline. Some have cited a perception that began to grow after September 11, 2001-that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness, something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? And does it apply equally to all faiths? In these troubled times, we risk basing decisions of real and dangerous consequence on mistaken understandings of the faiths around us, in our immediate community as well as globally. And so, with her deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong examines the impulse toward violence in each of the world's great religions.

Talking Volumes is a partnership of Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune, in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.

Talking Volumes is made possible in part through the generosity of our sponsors.

Hamline Bremer Bank Eyebobs

Season Packages are available beginning Tuesday, July 22nd. Season Packages are $80.00. Individual tickets are available beginning August 12th. Tickets are $23.00 for members of MPR, Star Tribune, and Loft Literary Center. Tickets are $25.00 for the general public. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.



Monday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Talking Volumes with Richard Ford
Richard Ford is the author of the Bascombe novels, which include The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day—the first novel to win the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award—and The Lay of the Land, as well as the short story collections Rock Springs and A Multitude of Sins, which contain many widely anthologized stories. He lives in Boothbay, Maine, with his wife, Kristina Ford

About Let Me Be Frank With You - A Frank Bascombe Book: A brilliant new work that returns Richard Ford to the hallowed territory that sealed his reputation as an American master: the world of Frank Bascombe, and the landscape of his celebrated novels The Sportswriter, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner winning Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land.

In his trio of world-acclaimed novels portraying the life of an entire American generation, Richard Ford has imagined one of the most indelible and widely discussed characters in modern literature, Frank Bascombe. Through Bascombe—protean, funny, profane, wise, often inappropriate—we’ve witnessed the aspirations, sorrows, longings, achievements and failings of an American life in the twilight of the twentieth century.

Now, in Let Me Be Frank with You, Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In four richly luminous narratives, Bascombe (and Ford) attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world undone by calamity. It is a moving and wondrous and extremely funny odyssey through the America we live in at this moment. Ford is here again working with the maturity and brilliance of a writer at the absolute height of his powers.

Talking Volumes is a partnership of Minnesota Public Radio and the Star Tribune, in collaboration with The Loft Literary Center.

Talking Volumes is made possible in part through the generosity of our sponsors.

Hamline Bremer Bank Eyebobs

Season Packages are available beginning Tuesday, July 22nd. Season Packages are $80.00. Individual tickets are available beginning August 12th. Tickets are $23.00 for members of MPR, Star Tribune, and Loft Literary Center. Tickets are $25.00 for the general public. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.



Thursday, February 19th at 7:30 p.m.
2 Cellos
Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, together known as 2CELLOS, have achieved sensational success by taking the cello to a new level. Their playing style has broken down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. 2CELLOS have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out AC/DC.

Aside from their huge online following where they continue to amaze with new YouTube hits, 2CELLOS main focus has always been playing live. In addition to many sold out solo tours (US, Japan, Europe) the duo have also appeared on major TV shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show (multiple times), Lopez Tonight, TV Total with Stefan Raab, ABC’s The Bachelor and many others. 2CELLOS were also the first instrumental act to ever perform on the hugely popular TV series GLEE, where they appeared as special guests in the Michael Jackson tribute episode, performing “Smooth Criminal”. The 2CELLOS’ arrangement of the song, which featured Naya Rivera, debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Digital Songs Chart and landed the 2CELLOS’ debut album in the Top 100.

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 20th. Tickets are $39.50 and $29.50. A $2.50 Facility Fee will be added to each ticket.



Saturday, March 14th at 8:00 p.m. & Sunday, March 15th at 4:00 p.m.
Radio Hour

Did you know that a radio could transport you to a different universe? With VocalEssence, anything is possible. Jake Heggie, one of the world’s most prominent composers of dramatic vocal music and composer of the opera Dead Man Walking, along with librettist Gene Scheer, have created a new choral opera titled The Radio Hour which crosses Alice in Wonderland with the golden age of radio in a magical program about the power of singing to shape and give meaning to our lives. The precursor to the opera will include a swinging salute to radio legend Fred Waring, “The Man Who Taught America How to Sing,” and other radio choral favorites, all on the home stage of A Prairie Home Companion.

Concert Conversations with composer Jake Heggie at 7 pm on Saturday and 3 pm on Sunday.

VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
Sarah Agnew, actor
Nikki Swoboda, director
Philip Brunelle, conductor

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 29th. Tickets are $10.00 - $40.00. VocalEssence concerts are not open to anyone under the age of six.



Tickets for all Fitzgerald Theater events are available to the general public in person at The Fitzgerald Theater box office. Minnesota Public Radio members may also purchase tickets for selected events by calling 651-290-1200 during our regular business hours (Tuesday through Friday, noon - 5:00 p.m.). Phone orders are subject to a processing fee.

Tickets are also available through the Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or in person at any Ticketmaster outlet. Ticketmaster phone hours are: Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Regardless of age, everyone must have a ticket to enter a performance. Out of respect to all patrons and broadcasts being recorded, children under 4 will not be admitted to performances that are not designed for children. Bringing infants to any performance is prohibited.

The Fitzgerald Theater is entirely smoke free. There are no designated smoking areas in the theater or within 10 feet of the theater entrance. This ban includes but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and electronic cigarettes.

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