Fesler-Lampert Performing Arts Series 2018-19

The Fesler-Lampert and Acoustic Roots Performing Arts Series feature an exciting array of musicians and entertainers. Events are open to the public. Check out our events for the 2018-19 season!


For more information, contact the SSM box office:  507-333-1620 or by email: [email protected]  

*All performances take place in historic Newhall Auditorium.

The Second City - It’s Not You, It’s Me

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Adults $25, Students $11

The Second City has been laughing at love and its infinite scroll of side effects for decades. In the world-famous comedy company’s latest laughter-inducing undertaking, It’s Not You, It’s Me, The Second City takes shots at heartbreak, missed connections and the mire of human relationships. Your friends, your parents, even your Valentine’s Day date will find something achingly familiar to laugh at, thanks to comedy’s newest generation of writers and performers…who all fit squarely into the “it’s complicated” category! Since opening its doors in 1959, The Second City has grown to become the world’s premier comedy club, theater, and school of improvisation, entertaining 1 million theatergoers a year around the globe. Alumni of The Second City’s resident stages, touring companies, and theatrical divisions across Chicago and Toronto include some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more. Recommended for mature audiences.

The National Players presents William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”

Monday, March 18, 2019
Adults $18, Students $11

The National Players, America’s longest-running touring theater company, brings one of Shakespeare’s most delightful plays, Twelfth Night, to Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Twelfth Night is a classic tale of reckless revenge, mistaken identity, and mismatched lovers. All audiences will enjoy the National Players’ fresh take on this spirited story. Shipwrecked and alone, Viola disguises herself as a boy and enters into Duke Orsino’s service. Lovesick Orsino sends her to court the Lady Olivia, but Olivia is much more interested in this cute young newcomer…When, unbeknownst to her, Viola’s identical twin Sebastian also washes ashore, a merry brand of chaos ensues. Don’t miss this opportunity to see one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies performed on the Newhall stage!

John O’Conor

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Adults $18, Students $11

Irish pianist John O’Conor has been gathering wonderful reviews for his masterly playing for over forty years. “A pianist of unbounding sensitivity” (Gramophone) ; “He represents a vanishing tradition that favors inner expression and atmosphere over showmanship and bravura” (Chicago Tribune) ; “Impeccable technique and musicality … it would be hard to imagine better performances” (Sunday Times – London) ; “This artist has the kind of flawless touch that makes an audience gasp” (Washington Post); “Exquisite playing” (New York Times). He has given concerts in many of the world’s most famous halls including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre in London, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Dvorak Hall in Prague, and the Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo. He is considered by many to be the world’s premier Beethoven interpreter. Come see him perform in the intimate space of Newhall Auditorium.

Ragamala Dance Company presents Nocturne*

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Adults $18, Students $11

Now celebrating their 25th year in Minnesota, Ragamala Dance approaches the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam as a living, breathing language with which to speak about the contemporary human experience. Nocturne is the first major work to be conceived/choreographed by long-time Ragamala soloist Ashwini Ramaswamy. Inspired by the natural, emotional, and spiritual migrations that occur after nightfall, Nocturne summons the different facets of the night—the natural world of flora and fauna, the emotional world of anticipation and longing, and the heightened spiritual potency of pre-dawn. The Star Tribune praised Nocturne as, “[a]n enchanting journey—for one hour we are transported into an exquisite dream state.” And the New York Times writes… “Rapturous and profound… [Aparna Ramaswamy] is an enchantingly beautiful dancer.”

* This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota.