Two Cellists at the Ramsdell

This Saturday on July 22nd, the Ramsdell Theatre presents “Two Cellos- Two Friends.” The
concert features Grammy Award winner Eugene Friesen and Interlochen’s own Crispin
Campbell. The two are very excited to engage the audience with their Classical, Brazilian,
Gypsy, Jazz, and Blues arrangement of compelling music they bring to every performance.
Campbell is always elated to be on stage with Friesen, “Playing music with Eugene Friesen is
always an adventure in paving new trails with what the cello can do. His energy permeates the
room, and the audience will be in for an amazing ride. We’ve been friends for years, and every
time we perform it’s as fresh as the first time!”

Their performance starts at 8:00pm and tickets are $20 for adults, $13 for students, and $30 for box tickets. Xavier Verna, executive director of the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, is excited to welcome the dynamic duo to the theatre. He says, “Cris has demonstrated great collaboration with the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts. It’s exciting to see how two great institutions can provide such a great service to a local community. I look forward to welcoming both Cris and Eugene to the prestigious Ramsdell Theatre.” Join us this Saturday to be a part of the creative energy these two bring to the stage
as two friends with their two cellos perform an astounding concert.

For tickets visit or call 1-800-836-0717

Theatre Workshop!

Ramsdell Theater to Offer Cultural StoryArts Workshop

July 18, 2017, Manistee, Michigan.  Storyteller, Writer and Narrative Consultant, Jenifer Strauss of Story Be Told in Traverse City, Michigan will be offering a special Cultural StoryArts Workshop for the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts Kids Series on July 25, 2017 from 10am – 12pm. Children between the ages of 8-14 years of age are invited to participate in this unique opportunity.

Strauss has designed this workshop for kids who love story, drama, acting and art making! In fact, her promotion says, “Calling all story lovers, drama queens and goofy kids” so all are welcome! Participants will warm-up with fast-paced theater improv activities and storytelling activities and then become immersed in telling and acting out their own versions of three folktales from world cultures. The story telling will be followed by art projects related to each culture. Participants will engage in a folktale from Australia called “The Singing Snake” and then make an aboriginal instrument known as a Didgeridoo, a haunting tale from Japan called, “The Boy Who Drew Cats” followed by a lesson in rice paper painting and finally, an Anishinabek (Native American) story from Michigan called the Legend of Leelanau along with making original dreamcatchers.

A former classroom teacher of ten years, Jenifer Strauss discovered that the human brain is hard-wired for story and that people think, learn, and imagine in narrative.  In 1993 she combined her passion for teaching and storytelling to found her narrative consulting business, Story Be Told to help educators, organizations, and individuals use STORY to connect, communicate, and achieve goals. 1993, founded her consulting business, Story Be Told. Traveling nationally, Jenifer delivers over 300 presentations a year, offering dynamic and unique story performances, keynotes, writing workshops, and trainings along with long-term involvements as an Artist-in-Residence. For more information:

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts is focused on optimizing an irreplaceable regional center for cultural, educational and social activities through programming excellence, fiscal stability, strong community partnerships and committed volunteers. Sign up here to reserve your spot today! Class fee is $20 per person.

Met Opera at the Ramsdell

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts presents The Metropolitan Opera’s (MET) 2017-18 season. The MET features over 220 performances of 26 works, including two Met premieres, one co-commissioned by the company and one an older masterpiece having its first Met performances; a variety of repertory favorites, three in new productions; and performances of Verdi’s towering concert work for soloists, orchestra, and chorus, the Requiem. The Ramsdell will air 10 performances this upcoming season.

The first live showing at the Ramsdell is on Saturday, October 7 with a new production of Bellini’s Norma, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, directed by Sir David McVicar, and starring Sondra Radvanovsky, one of the world’s leading interpreters of the role, opposite Joyce DiDonato as Adalgisa and Joseph Calleja as Pollione. On November 18, composer Thomas Adès conducts the North American premiere of his The Exterminating Angel, a Met co-commission, based on the screenplay by Luis Buñuel and Luis Alcoriza of Buñuel’s 1962 absurdist film. The opera, which will be sung in English, will be staged by the librettist Tom Cairns, who is making his company debut. A new production of Puccini’s Tosca will air on January 27, with Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine conducting Sir David McVicar’s staging. Sonya Yoncheva stars in the title role opposite Vittorio Grigolo as her devoted lover Cavaradossi and Bryn Terfel as Scarpia. Later performances will star Anna Netrebko as the title character with Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and Michael Volle and Željko Lučić as Scarpia. A new staging of Così fan tutte,set in the 1950s on Coney Island, airs on March 31 and is conducted by David Robertson and directed by Phelim McDermott. The new production will star an ensemble cast including Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara in her role debut as the maid Despina. On April 28, Massenet’s operatic adaptation of the Cinderella story, Cendrillon, has its Met premiere, conducted by Bertrand de Billy and directed by Laurent Pelly, with Joyce DiDonato in the title role and Alice Coote as Prince Charming. In November and December, James Levine will conduct four concert performances of Verdi’s Requiem, featuring soloists Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto, along with the Met’s orchestra and chorus.

Tickets go on sale on July 19. Purchase them at or by calling 1-800-836-0717. $20 Adults | $10 Students | Children under 10 Free

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