The Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation is a 2017 Presenting Sponsor of these Orpheum Theater Center events.

Ruthie FosterRuthie Foster
Saturday, July 8 • 7 pm

Presented by R.S. Stover; admission to this event is $25

In the tight-knit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t.  If you do, word gets around. And one day, you find yourself duetting with Bonnie Raitt, or standing onstage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi.  You might even wind up getting nominated for a Best Blues Album Grammy — three times in a row.  And those nominations would be in addition to your seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, the Grand Prix du Disque award from the Académie Charles-Cros in France, and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year.  She also won the Koko Taylor Award, honoring notable female blues artists, in the Blues Music Awards in 2013 and 2015.

There’s only one Austinite with that résumé: Ruthie Foster … (read more here)

Ruthie Foster released her new album Joy Comes Back with special guests Derek Trucks, bassist Willie Weeks (Bowie, Clapton, George Harrison) and drumming legend Joe Vitale (Crosby, Stills & Nash; the Eagles) on March 24, 2017. In it are 10 incredible tracks, nine of which are by a diverse array of writers ranging from Mississippi John Hurt, Sean Staples and Grace Pettis (daughter of renowned folk singer Pierce Pettis), to Chris Stapleton and Black Sabbath. Yes, Black Sabbath: Foster re-imagines “War Pigs” as a jam session with Son House. She also covers the Four Tops’ “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever,” written by Ivy Jo Hunter and Stevie Wonder. A four song sampler of the new album is here:

Cedar Valley Chamber Music
Saturday, July 22 • 7 pm

Cedar Valley Chamber Music logoAdmission to this event is $12.50

Now in its 12th season, Cedar Valley Chamber Music (CVCM) is dedicated to using creative programming and the portable nature of chamber music to create new audiences for classical music.  With an emphasis on resident and native Iowa musicians, CVCM performs over 20 concerts in a 10-day period around Northeast and Central Iowa.

As part of its 2017 festival theme “Shall We Dance,” CVCM will be headlining at the Orpheum Theater Center on July 22 to present a program entitled “Dirty Dancing: Then and Now.”  The program includes Mozart operas arranged into waltz music, a piece about dirty boots, music about boxing with the past, and a re-imagining of the four seasons if it were composed in Argentina.


  • Josef Lanner: Die Mozartisten Walzer, Op. 196
  • Osvaldo Golijov: Last Round
  • David Bruce: Gumboots: Dances for clarinet and string quartet
  • Astor Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

This promises to be a colorful evening of music from around the globe! We hope you can join us for this memorable evening of music!

Tickets can be obtained by stopping by The Orpheum Theater Center Box Office or by calling the Orpheum at (641) 844-5921 or emailing  The Orpheum Theater Center is located at 220 E. Main St. in Marshalltown, IA. It’s owned and operated by Iowa Valley Community College District.