Folk Singer Carrie Newcomer Takes Center Stage at UD’s Heritage Center

Nov 3, 2014 | UD News

Heritage Center, the University of Dubuque’s performing arts, worship, and campus center, will host folk singer/songwriter-guitarist Carrie Newcomer on Friday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. Carrie marks her UD debut with piano accompaniment by Gary Walters, and a special guest appearance by the UD Gospel Choir. The performance is part of a week-long artist residency at UD for the performer, during which she will participate in worship services, hold public workshops, and work with student writers, actors, and musicians. 

WHAT:          Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series – Carrie Newcomer
WHEN:          Friday, November 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE:        John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center
TICKETS:       $15-$19 for adults, $9 for students

Carrie Newcomer has been described as “a soaring songstress” by Billboard, a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe, and Rolling Stone wrote that she “asks all the right questions.” One of the definitive voices of the heartland and progressive spirituality, Newcomer has attracted a devoted following with her warm voice, exquisite melodies, and an irreverent yet spiritual view of the world.

Newcomer’s songs are based in the ordinary, and infused with images from the natural world. Says Newcomer of her work, “Something good happened to my writing when I stopped being afraid to do something simple, for the fear that people might think I couldn’t do something more complex. Don’t be confused by the word simple. Simple is not easy, it is clear voiced, and fearlessly elegant. That kind of elegance can only happen on the other side of complexity. You learn how to play a lot of notes, write a lot of words, so that the notes and words you choose to use are the right ones and nothing more.”

Newcomer will serve as artist-in-residence at the University of Dubuque for the week leading up to her performance in John and Alice Butler Hall. She will be a guest speaker in classes, hold workshops for students across a variety of disciplines, and conduct community outreach. Several activities will be open to the public, including:

Tuesday, November 11, 7:00 p.m.
“Our Lives as Sacred Story: A Creative Exploration of the Heart and Spirit of Our Experience”
Shalom Spirituality Center, 1001 Davis Street, Dubuque.

Wednesday, November 12, 7:30 p.m.
Carrie Newcomer will make a special guest appearance as part of the UD Gospel Choir concert
Blades Chapel, University of Dubuque

Thursday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.
Children of Abraham presents Carrie Newcomer’s “Interfaith Conversations: Values of the Heart” where Carrie will share stories of her experiences and travels with a discussion moderated by UD Professor Alan Garfield.  
Hadley Auditorium, Dunlap Technology Center, University of Dubuque

Tickets for Carrie Newcomer’s Friday evening performancecan be purchased online at; in-person at Farber Box Office, open Monday through Friday from 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m. at Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; or by phone at 563.585.SHOW(7469).

This engagement is supported, in part, by the William P. Woodward Visiting Artist-in-Residence Endowment.

TH Media serves as the Heritage Center 2014-2015 season presenting media partner.