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Machine Gun Kelly

Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Time: 8 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $32 advance/$37 day of show

There's nothing like someone who has lived your story and Ohio's MC MGK resilience has become a beacon of hope for thousands of kids across America. Penning rhymes about everything from addiction to family issues, MGK is a symbol of relentless perseverance to his fans and the MC is about to begin the next chapter of his already successful career.


Nicknamed MGK by his fans, the MC released his first mixtape Stamp of Approval in 2006 and built a local fan base performing at Cleveland venues like Hi-Fi. But it was a trip to New York's famed Apollo Theater in 2009 that really gave him his start.


The energetic performer became the first rapper in history to win the Apollo's talent show. MGK's mixtape 100 Words And Running came shortly after and he created a high school promotional tour, where he performed to such excited crowds that school security teams began turning him away to keep the peace. And while the MC's catchphrase, "Lace up," which started as a mixtape interlude, became a call to arms for fans, their leader was still flipping burritos at Chipotle to pay his rent. He soon earned a nod for Best Midwest Artist at the 2010 Underground Music Awards and his "Alice in Wonderland" clip won Best Music Video at the 2010 Ohio Hip-Hop Awards.

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Curious George

Curious George

Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Time: 2 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $20 or 4 for $64

Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical.
All–You-Can-Eat Meatball Day came just once a year. George had been waiting all month for that day, a day almost bigger than his birthday! On Meatball Day, George helped his friend Chef Pisghetti cook some delicious meatballs, and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd had vanished! Something was keeping people away. Something pretty big.


And that “something” was Phinneas T. Lightspeed and his speedy Meatballs O’Matic machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the Chef’s meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest…in  Rome.
With every swing and flip, George takes the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about Rome...and meatballs...and the “secret ingredient” to cooking!

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The China Circus

The China Circus

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Time: 7 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: Adult VIP: $37 - Adult (ACF): $32 - Adult (BDE): $22 - Child (6-15): $12 - Child 5 & under: Free with paid adult

The China Circus features the award-winning Chinese Acrobats from Anhui in a show filled with amazing aerial acts and playful fun.  Showcasing classic Chinese dance and human physical performance art with a modern spin, these Acrobats of China bring the Orient closer to Omaha in fast-paced, exciting production.  It’s an incredible experience for everyone!

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Elf  - The Broadway Musical

Elf - The Broadway Musical

Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: Adult: $55/$50/$35; Student: $44/$29/$25; Child: $44/$24/$19

Elf is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole.  Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.  With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.  This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner Elf.

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UND Steel Pan Ensemble

UND Steel Pan Ensemble

Date: Monday, November 17, 2014
Time: 8 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: Adults: $6/Students & Seniors: $3/Family of 4: $12

Formed in the spring of 1999, the UND Steel Pan Ensemble has become a very popular musical attraction in the region.  Performing on authentic oil drums, the band will excite you with up-beat calypso, soca and island favorites, creating a tropical atmosphere of pure enjoyment. Be sure to catch this fun-loving group as they return to the Fritz stage.

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UND Concert Choir

Winter wUNDerland

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014
Time: 7 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $15 advance/$20 at the door

Surround yourself in the songs of the season and fill your heart with holiday cheer. The choirs of the UND Department of Music invite you to the second annual Winter wUNDerland holiday concert. This holiday extravaganza will feature more than 250 of UND’s finest musicians, performing a collection of timeless holiday music, from popular holiday songs to classic carols and everything in between.

The evening will include performances by the UND Concert Choir, Varsity Bards, Allegro Women’s Choir, Vivo Women’s Ensemble, Steel Pan Ensemble, student soloists, and special guest Grand Cities Children's Choirs. Bring the whole family and celebrate the season with the UND Choirs!

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Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show

Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $44.50 & $34.50

The Oak Ridge Boys kick off this huge show with over 40 years of award winning music. The hits are endless, but they will be packed in! Including “Elvira” and “Bobbie Sue” along with your other favorites! Then, after a short intermission, the stage is transformed and it’s Christmas! The trees are decorated, the snow is falling and the Oak Ridge Boys treat you to Christmas favorites as only they can. From rollicking Santa songs to heartfelt standards, this show is a family favorite!


The Oak Ridge Boys Hits PLUS Christmas Show…Its two huge Oak Ridge Boys shows in one magical evening!

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Lorie Line

Lorie Line

Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Time: 3 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $49

Pianist Lorie Line is celebrating a big year.  This season marks her 25th anniversary of touring and she is making this year's show special in every way.  Line will showcase the best of the best of her holiday music over her 25-year career.  She will feature her Fab 5 and this year she is bringing a special vocalist to the stage.  Don't miss this special evening of music as Lorie celebrates a milestone year.

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Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: Adult: $55/$50/$35; Student: $44/$29/$25; Child: $44/$24/$19

A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads.  And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feel-good show!

Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise.  On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago.

The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! With more productions playing internationally than any other musical, MAMMA MIA! is the World’s No.1 Show!

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The Lighting Thief

The Lightning Thief

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Time: 2 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $20 or 4 for $64

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. Based on the popular book series by Rick Riordan.

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The Last Potluck Supper - The Church Basement Ladies

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Time: 3 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: $34 & $29

Enjoy the 5th and final chapter in the Church Basement Ladies series!


It is 1979, the day of the church’s Centennial Celebration, and past parishioners have gathered to share hotdish, bars, and stories from the last 100 years. As the women work in the kitchen, these shared memories burst into life through a series of flashbacks. Travel back to 1897 and meet Vivian’s grandmother, one of the founding members of the church; see Karin as a newlywed, cautiously navigating her way through the politics of the kitchen; and be there on that day, in 1944, when Mavis first barreled her way through the swinging door. As they time-jump thru a Century, these ladies manage to serve up a rib-tickling panorama of the changes in the kitchen, without spilling a drop of their egg coffee!


Meanwhile, the Centennial Celebration continues on the lawn. But the celebration is bittersweet. Times are tough in this small farm community, and tough decisions will have to be made. But, once again, your favorite church basement ladies handle it all with grace, hilarity, and some brand new musical numbers that are sure to get your toes tapping. Celebrate the Centennial as you take a tour through history with the Church Basement Ladies.

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Memphis the Musical

Memphis The Musical

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: Adult: $55/$50/$35; Student: $44/$29/$25; Child: $44/$24/$19

From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis where rock and roll was born, comes a hot musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Memphis tells the story of DJ Huey Calhoun a good ole’ local boy with a passion for R&B music and Felicia Farrell an up-and-coming black singer that’s ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey that’s filled with laughter and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.


Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Memphis features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and All Shook Up) and a Tony-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member, David Bryan.

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Simply Three

Simply Three

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: Adult: $25/Student: $15/Child: $10

Comprised of violinist Glen McDaniel, cellist Zack Clark, and bassist Nicholas Villalobos, Simply Three is redefining string music. Each musician has won numerous awards, trained with world-renowned artists, and performed with symphonies across the nation.

Simply Three is dedicated to enhancing the classical music experience and educating the next generation of musicians. Their commitment to education and fresh approach to fusing pop and classical music have inspired thousands of young audiences across the nation. By incorporating their classical virtuosity and captivating style they have created a renewed excitement for instrumental music. Their innovative programming in includes original songs by Adele, Coldplay, Gotye, Puccini, and even original compositions. In addition to fusing classical and pop music, they dazzle their audiences with virtuosic flair, including high-energy fiddle music, music of the opera, and original compositions.

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Elijah

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium 3475 University Ave. - Grand Forks, ND 58202 Cost: Adult: $20/Senior: $15/ Student: $10

The Grand Forks Chorales and the UND Department of Music present Felix Mendelssohn's epic masterwork Elijah. Featuring some of the best musicians from the region and a guest soloist playing the title role, this is a concert experience that must not be missed. Elijah will feature instrumentalists from the UND department of music and the surrounding community, choristers from the Grand Forks Master Chorale, the Grand Forks Community Choir, and UND's Concert Choir, Allegro and Varsity Bards, all under the direction of Joshua Bronfman. Don't miss the classical music event of the year.

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