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Warren Gerds/Critic at Large: Manitowoc center sets season of six shows

New is a collaboration with a classical music series.

PHOTO: Capitol Civic Center, Manitowoc

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Six shows are scheduled for the 2014-2015 Capitol Civic Center’s 28th subscription season at Manitowoc. The Baileigh Industrial Marquee Series is dubbed “The Live Experience.”

New this season is the collaborative offering of the series with five Silver Lake College Artist Music Series performances.

On the Baileigh series:

- Saturday, Nov. 8, the BoDeans, widely known for the hit “Closer to Free.” Formed in Waukesha, the group produced the critically acclaimed debut “Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams” in January 1987. Rolling Stone reader poll voted the group Best New American Band. The group has gone on to 10 more records in a blend of blues, country, rock and soul.

- Friday, Nov. 21, “3 Blonde Moms” return with their nationally touring comedy show from E! and CMT with stories from “three unlikely friends in the cul de sac.” The probable rating is PG-13. Opening is Manitowoc’s own Liysa Callsen.

- Friday, Dec. 12, The Lettermen return with “The Lettermen Christmas Show.” The vocal group features original member Tony Butala along with Donovan Tea and Bobby Poynton.

- Saturday, Jan. 24, The Second City improvisational comedy troupe returns with “The Second City Hits Home.” Expect some improvisation about Wisconsin, Packerland and the Lakeshore.

- Saturday, Feb. 21, songs of Frank Sinatra by way of the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and Bryan Anthony in “Celebrating Sinatra.” The show features Anthony’s stories and singing, backed by the orchestra under the direction of Christopher Riddle.

- Friday, April 24, comedian Rita Rudner. She’s an author, television personality, screenwriter, playwright, Broadway dancer and actress known for her one-liners. Proceeds from “An Evening with Rita Rudner” will benefit the Capitol Civic Centre and the Manitowoc County Domestic Violence Center.

Offerings in the Silver Lake series: Petar Jankovic Ensemble, Saturday, Sept. 20; classic pianist George Vatchnadze, Friday, Nov. 7; Metropolitan Opera soprano Cynthia Lawrence and tenor Mark Calkins, Sunday, Jan. 25; Isthmus Brass Quintet with Percussion, Sunday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m.; and Wingra Woodwind Quintet, Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m. Performances take place at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance at Silver Lake College.

Added information is at www.cccshows.org. 

You may email me at warren.gerds@wearegreenbay.com. Watch for my on-air features on WFRV between 6 and 8 a.m. Sundays.

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