CRYSTAL FALLS—The historic Crystal Theatre has announced the eight summer events that comprise its 2013 “Gem of a Season.”
“With seating for over 500,” said its news release, “and its amazing acoustic purity, Crystal Theatre is becoming one of the most popular venues for the performing arts in the Upper Peninsula.”
Renowned theater organist Jim Riggs opens the season on Saturday, June 1, with a special tribute to area military veterans and current service personnel. In recognition of Memorial Day, Riggs will accompany the World War I silent film “Wings” on the theatre’s Moller pipe organ.
The Westerly Winds Big Band returns to Crystal Theatre on Sunday, June 16. This talented group of 18 instrumentalists and vocalist from the Marquette area celebrate swing with sounds of the ‘30s and ‘40s and more recent Big Band numbers.
Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets promise to charm and amuse the audience Sunday, June 30. Hailing from Milwaukee, this popular, energetic quartet revives the musical memories of doowop and early rock ‘n roll.
On Sunday, July 14, the genre shifts to bluegrass as Detour takes the stage. Touted as a “bluegrass powerhouse,” this celebrated five-piece ensemble features heartfelt originals, focused harmonies and lively instrumentals.
Bill and Kate Isles team up with fiddler Loy Larson Sunday, July 28. Their program blending folk, jazz, old-time favorites and new originals is sure to please a variety of musical tastes and ages.
Elvis fans are in for a treat Sunday, Aug. 11, when Tony Rocker takes the stage. This Elvis tribute artist and the five-member Comeback Special Band present a soulful portrayal of the famous King of Rock ‘n Roll and his memorable hits.
On Sunday, Aug. 25, Glenn Leonard Hitsville Live features music of Motown, the most successful record company in 1960. Glenn Leonard, former lead singer of the Temptations, heads an all-star cast of musicians in reviewing the sights as well as the sounds of this memorable period in American history.
Crystal Theatre’s 2013 “Gem of a Season” concludes Sunday, Sept. 1, with “Red White and Blue Ragtime Review.” Dick Kroeckel on the theatre’s Steinway concert grand piano and Dave Wickerham on the mighty Moller pipe organ meld their talents in a popular ragtime repertoire.
“As Crystal Theatre’s new managers, my wife, Rhonda, and I are excited to present the 2013 ‘Gem of a Season’ series in this region’s historical landmark venue,” says Wickerham.
“The Upper Peninsula is privileged to have one of the nation’s preserved historic buildings in the heart of our community,” he said. “We are super-charged about the 2013 ‘Gem of a Season’ and its exhilarating lineup!”
Season ticket packages may be ordered beginning May 1 at Ben Franklin in Crystal Falls, Central Arts and Gifts and the Iron County Chamber office in Iron River, Steamin’ Joe Coffeehouse in Florence, and The Music Tree in Iron Mountain.
Ticket packages may also be purchased online at thecrystaltheatre.org or by phoning 367-4072.
Tickets for individual performances will be sold for $15 two weeks prior to each event. Admission at the door will be $18 for adults and $5 for youths under 18.