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Memorial Auditorium Fall Events

Prairie Arts Chorale
Brandon Hurley, director
Sunday, November 7 – 4pm
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students.
Available at the door and online.

*Dawson-Boyd Arts Association is a recipient of an operating support grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council made possible by the voters of Minnesota, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Due to the construction project at the school, the lobby entrance to Memorial Auditorium is temporarily unavailable. Please use the smaller door on the same side of the building. For event details, please check our website or our Facebook page at Dawson-Boyd Arts Association – Memorial Auditorium. Thank you for your support and understanding!

EVENT April 10 and 11: World-class violinist Midori returns to Dawson – virtually

Dawson-Boyd Arts Association is pleased to welcome world-class violinist Midori back to our (virtual) stage for a weekend of virtual events. Thanks to the generosity of Midori’s Nonprofit Organization Partners in Performance (PiP) there is no cost to participate.

In 2007, Midori performed in Dawson to a sold-out audience as part of her PiP program to bring chamber music to underserved communities. In a deeply generous gesture, Midori reached out to offer encouragement to all past community partners to provide this concert at no charge to the presenter or the audience.

On Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11:30am CST, Dawson-Boyd Arts Association will host a Talking Program Notes presentation. Midori will join participants to discuss her upcoming virtual recital including a question and answer session. The event will be 45 minutes in length.

The following day, Sunday, April 11 at 1:00pm CST, join us for a virtual recital. Midori will perform with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute for a program including Grieg’s Violin Sonata No.2 in G major, Op.13 and Franck’s Violin Sonata in A major. A live question and answer session with Midori will immediately follow the recital.

Registration Details

There is no cost to participate in the events, but registration is required to attend. Please register for each event separately. After registering, you will receive an email with the event link.

See you in the Zoom lobby!

Wild Goose Chase Cloggers – Sep 30

Sat., Sept. 30, 2017 – 7:30pm
$15 Adults $5 Students
Meander Weekend Concert
Get tickets

Wild Goose Chase Cloggers is keeping traditional Appalachian clogging alive with their concerts and we’re pleased to have them bring lively dance to Dawson. The troupe includes energetic dancers and music of Chicken Sedan. It’s a great show for all ages. So while you’re in Western Minnesota for the annual Meander visual art studio tour, make time for evening entertainment with the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers!

We guarantee it will get your toe tapping!


  • Helen Haverberg
  • Thrivent Financial James Heinrich
  • Dawson Area Chamber

Rogue Valley, Americana Rock Band – Oct 14

Sat., Oct. 14, 2017 – 7:30pm

$15 Adults $5 Students

Sponsors: AGP, Ralph & Sue Gerbig, Rekow Management LLC

An Americana Rock Band from Minneapolis whose music is rich in tone and texture. Led by Songwriter/Composer Chris Koza, the band has toured regionally and nationally, mainly through the Midwest and West Coast. Their music has found its way onto television series and feature film, including Ben Stiller’s film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

The band will be in Dawson for a week-long residency with students, seniors and the community and this culminating concert on Saturday, October 14.

Two Beans Productions’ The Cat in the Hat – Nov 6

Mon., Nov. 6, 2017

Student performances

Madison Dental Clinic – Brandon Ulstad DDS
Dawson Community Foundation
Farmers for Dawson

Everyone’s favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will Mum find when she comes home? Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat is a lively, engaging “play with sound effects” by Two Beans Productions.

*For student performance information, please contact 320-312-2311.

Christmas on Copper Street – Dec 10

Sun., Dec. 10, 2017 – 4:00pm

$15 Adults $5 Students

Sponsor: Dawson Co-op Credit Union

Celebrate the holiday season with this beautiful music! Through inventive concerts, engaging educational programs, and original musical arrangements, the Copper Street Brass brings a fresh perspective to instrumental music. To express its artistic voice, this brass quintet uses a dazzling fusion of brass, keyboard, guitar, percussion, and electronic instruments to appeal to a universal audience and go beyond ordinary.

Mary Mack – Feb 3

Sat., Feb. 3, 2018 7:30

$15 Adults $5 Students

Johnson Memorial Health Services
Pioneer Public Television

Winterfest Weekend Concert

Mary Mack’s endearing, slightly quirky stage presence and musical surprises make her popular with a wide range of people. With her mandolin in hand and off-kilter stories of life as a former polka band leader, music teacher, and all-around confused individual, Mary delivers a one-of-a-kind performance that is sure to make you laugh. Mary’s mandolin sing-alongs have been featured on national radio and television, including appearances on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. After starting her entertainment career in Nashville, Mack currently tours the country in her $400 Dodge Neon with her mandolin in hand. Splitting the rest of her time between Los Angeles and Minneapolis, she shares her totally fun and unique brand of stand-up comedy. It is clear this genuinely one-of-a-kind, funny woman is ready to make you laugh, and may even leave songs stuck in your head after the show has ended.

Luther College Jazz Orchestra – April 13

Friday, April 13, 2018 – 7:00pm

Donation at the door

Sponsors: John & Effie Deno

Whether they’re swinging to the tunes of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, making a Brazilian samba come alive, or simply laying down a heavy funk groove, the musicians of the Luther College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Juan Tony Guzmán, are guaranteed to make any space alive with musical energy.

Children’s Theatre Company’s Seedfolks – May 22

Tues., May 22, 2018 – 7:00pm

$10 Adults $5 Students

Sponsor: Minnwest Bank
Dawson Community Foundation

Based on the Newbery Medal-winning book by Paul Fleischman, Seedfolks  is about an immigrant neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio that is transformed by a community garden.

Actor Sonja Parks embodies the eleven distinct voices of Gibb Street in this enthralling, one-woman production, directed by Peter C. Brosius.

Public show for the community is on Tuesday, May 22 and two student shows on May 23. For more information about student shows, contact us at 320-312-2311.