On the heels of a successful summer and fall season, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) announces a packed and vibrant winter season. Stellar shows on DCA’s state-of-the-art main stage, coffeehouse concerts in DCA’s cozy lobby, and a brand-new “Door County Talks” morning lecture series will make for a full and diverse calendar of events at DCA this winter.
Main Stage Shows
On December 27, DCA will add a uniquely Door County flavor to the season with its sixth-annual Play It Forward for the Holidays concert, which brings together local talent to benefit a good cause (this year, the GO BO Foundation). On January 19, DCA invites fans of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” to gather on the main stage for a “Hamiltunes” singalong (don’t throw away your shot—costumes encouraged!). On February 1, Third Coast Percussion presents “Paddle to the Sea” as the capstone event of DCA’s Winter Water Fest. Third Coast Percussion’s performance will mark the culmination of a three-day residency that will include school performances and educational outreach events. On February 10, Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross (“Family Ties”) will team up to present A.R. Gurney’s acclaimed play “Love Letters.” And rounding out the main stage winter shows is “We Shall Overcome” (February 19), in which producer and musical director Damien Sneed weaves together a living lineage of African-American music traditions, including gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway, and spirituals, and acknowledging influences as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, and Nina Simone.
Fireside Coffeehouse Concert Series
On January 26, DCA will launch its annual Fireside Coffeehouse Concert Series. This year, the series will offer iconoclastic folk from Door County singer-songwriter Seth Raddatz (1/26); the poetry/music coffeehouse Words on Water, a collaboration with Write On, Door County (2/2); a CD release concert for “Blood Roots,” the new album by Door County musicians Jeanne Kuhns and George Sawyn (2/14); the official Door County release of “The Fountain,” the debut album by Door County native folk songwriter Matthew Burress (2/23), and WRiTERS NiGHT, an original open mic hosted by Cathy Grier that will move north from The Holiday Music Motel’s Tambourine Lounge for one night at DCA (3/2).
All coffeehouse concerts take place at 7:00 p.m. in the DCA Fireside lobby. Tickets are $17.50 each. Advance reservations are strongly suggested.
New in 2019: Door County Talks Series
In 2019, DCA is teaming up with The Door County Civility Project to present Door County Talks, a series of five free lectures presented in the cozy Fireside Lobby. This year’s Door County Talks will center around promoting civility, strengthening community, and encouraging empathy. Individual talks will focus on the arts’ role in building community (1/12), dealing with anger and hostility online (1/19), civility in the public sphere (1/26), healthy water systems (2/2), and developing fairness, respect, empathy, and equality in children (3/2).
All Door County Talks begin at 10:00 a.m. Lectures are free to the public; freewill donations are encouraged. Kick Ash Coffee will be on hand with coffee and bakery available for purchase. Each talk will include a short break, a post-talk question-and-answer session with the speaker, and a chance to meet and reconnect with the year-round Door County friends and neighbors.
Community Partners Events
Rounding out the season will be several Community Partner events. These events include the Peninsula Singers Holiday Concert (12/9) and numerous performances by Gibraltar School students.
The DCA winter season is sponsored by Dahl Law Firm and Ross Estate Planning. Special thanks to Passport Program partners, Friends of Gibraltar, and Gibraltar Schools.
Door Community Auditorium is located at 3926 Highway 42 in Fish Creek. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (920) 868-2728 or visit www.dcauditorium.org.