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Performing Arts Series

2016–17 Performing Arts Series

Mark Nizer 4D
September 17, 2016

World-class juggling, outrageous humor, and a live 4D performance: Mark Nizer is sure to wow the crowd with his sensational act. Described by Performance Magazine as "nothing less than brilliant," Nizer’s performance is the only live 4D show out there and offers a unique, one-of-a-kind experience.

Lincoln Trio
October 1, 2016

Chicago-based musicians Desirée Ruhstrat, violin; David Cunliffe, cello; and Marta Aznavoorian, piano, have been performing together as The Lincoln Trio since 2003. The classical music group has amassed international renown through performances at symphony, orchestra, and opera halls around the globe. With repertoire ranging from the tried-and-true works of Haydn and Beethoven to pieces composed just for them, The Lincoln Trio welcomes audience members of all musical tastes and levels of knowledge to experience their acclaimed chamber music and impressive technical skills.

Trick Boxing
November 12, 2016

Described by The Scotsman as "brilliantly, cleverly funny" and by the Winnipeg Free Press as "a sweet little love story from a bygone era," Sossy Mechanics' Trick Boxing promises romantic comedy, theater, puppetry, dance, and more. Known internationally for their chemistry, charisma, and energy, performers Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan attract audiences and tug at their heartstrings as they play out the love story of swing-dancing boxers from the 1930s.

Lily Cai Chinese Dance
February 25, 2017

The Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company defies expectations through a fusion of classical, traditional, and folk Chinese dance with modern dance and Western ballet styles. The company—directed by Shanghai-born choreographer Lily Cai—has offered itself as an institution of dance instruction and performance for nearly 30 years. With inventive poses, original music, interweaving of dancers, artistic presentation, and eye-catching costumes (both traditional and minimalistic), Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company offers a beautiful, unique experience for audiences everywhere.

April 29, 2017

Kahulanui—"the big dance"—draws its inspiration from 1920s and 30s Hawaiian Swing. A tradition passed down through three generations of the Naipo family, Kahulanui will strum up memories of the past and appreciation for cultural diversity in the present through its classic Hawaiian music. This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Crane Group.


Tickets may be ordered online, by phone at (320) 589-6077, by mail through the 2014-15 Performing Arts Series brochure, or in person at the University of Minnesota, Morris Office of Student Activities, lower level of the Student Center. Season ticket buyers will receive a packet of tickets for all events upon purchase. Individual event tickets sold in advance will be mailed out two weeks before each event. Free 20-minute parking is available around Cougar Circle. Unpaid reservations are not accepted. Tickets are nonrefundable.

House Policies

The house will be opened 30 minutes before curtain, with the approval of the performers. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the management. Use of cameras, recording devices, pagers, and cellular phones are prohibited during performances.


The Student Center and Edson Auditorium are accessible to people with disabilities. Phonic Ear Enhancement systems are available to amplify stage dialogue or music. TTY service is available through the UMM Information Center at 320-589-6123. All events are wheelchair accessible.

To request disability accommodations, please contact the University of Minnesota, Morris Disabilities Services at 320-589-6178 at your earliest convenience, but no later than 48 hours prior to each event.


Free event parking is available in the North Lot and West Lot. Convenient passenger drop-off points and handicapped parking spots are located at both the north and south entrances of the Student Center.

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