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Willa Cather Foundation Events

Willa Cather Foundation Events

The Willa Cather Foundation holds a variety of events in Red Cloud annually, including several Opera House performances and gallery exhibitions, our Spring Conference, and the Prairie Writers' Workshop. A biennial International Cather Seminar and periodic symposia are also held in other locales that were relevant to Cather's life and work. Check this page often to see our upcoming events, conferences, workshops, seminars, and exhibitions. Don't forget the easiest way to keep up with our activities is to sign-up for our monthly electronic newsletter.

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Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events
Opera House
Friday, July 20, 2018 - 7:30pm to Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 5:00pm
As a young girl, Antonia moves with her family to Black Hawk, Nebraska. Isolated and unable to speak the language, she is desperately alone- until she meets Jim, a young neighbor...
Art Gallery
Saturday, July 21, 2018 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Join us for light hors d’oeuvres, drinks and conversation with the artist at the Red Cloud Opera House Gallery. Followed by My Anton/ia by A.P. Andrews. Tickets are required for...
Opera House
Friday, August 3, 2018 -
3:00pm to 7:30pm
Two Showtimes: Friday, August 3rd at 3 p.m. Firday, August 3rd at 7:30 p.m. ALICE IN WONDERLAND Music by David W. Simmons Lyrics by Lewis Carroll, William Shakespeare and David W...
Opera House
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 7:30pm
Hardened and Tempered: hard enough to hold an edge; soft enough not to break. Austin-based duo Kristin Davidson and (Red Cloud native) Carolyn Phillips live that balance and...
Opera House
Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 7:30pm
When a magical mishap leaves a million dollar inheritance up for grabs, the next trick will be figuring out who the lucky winner is, and who will end up behind bars for malicious...
Opera House
Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 7:30pm
The Lightning Bugs will take you back to when the big bands were blowing, the dance floors were crowded and the Mills Brothers helped everyone fall in love. The Bugs use smooth...
Opera House
Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 7:30pm
Blue Plate Special is a unique band—for music fans with a hearty appetite. Their songs, whether covers or originals, give the audience a feeling for American Roots music, music...
Spring Conference
Friday, May 31, 2019 to Saturday, June 1, 2019
May 31–June 1, 2019 — Cather at the Theater. 64th annual Willa Cather Spring Conference in Red Cloud, Nebraska. Event will be updated as schedule becomes available!
International Seminar
Saturday, June 1, 2019 to Sunday, June 30, 2019
17th International Willa Cather Seminar Virginia | Summer 2019 Co-Directors: Marilee Lindemann, University of Maryland Ann Romines, George Washington University, emerita Site...

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Past Events
Past Events
Opera House
Saturday, December 6, 2014
Elvis lives on through the incredible performances of Joseph Hall, who returns to the Red Cloud Opera House for the third time. Joseph Hall, born in 1984 has been paying tribute...
Opera House
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 7:00pm
What’s your favorite Beatles song? When asked this question, people don’t just tell you the name of the song. They tell you a story associated with that song – about a first love...
Opera House
Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 7:30pm
As one of Kansas City’s most sought-after bands, The Patrick Lentz Duo plays a wide variety of music of music, including pop, rock, hip hop, blues, and soul. A show by these...
Art Gallery
Monday, March 16, 2015 to Sunday, May 3, 2015
Focusing on Nebraska’s landscapes and native wildlife, Hastings photographer Jorn Olsen has captured the raw and natural beauty of the state with a click of the camera. From the...
Opera House
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 7:30pm
Red Cloud’s homegrown band is returning to the Opera House stage for a second time. Last year’s performance was a sell-out and we cannot wait to hear the new music that the group...
Opera House
Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 10:30am
Join us prior to the Red Cloud community Easter Egg Hunt to enjoy a free family-friendly concert and lunch. Music from The String Beans is a fun mix of rock, country, blues, pop,...
Art Gallery
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 to Monday, April 27, 2015
View the work of some of Nebraska’s best contemporary artists as the Association of Nebraska Art Clubs (ANAC) brings its award-winning pieces to the Red Cloud Opera House. This...
Art Gallery
Saturday, May 2, 2015 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm
We invite you to attend an artist's reception honoring photographer Jorn Olsen, who has captured the essence of Nebraska's plains with his stunning work. Olsen will also be...
Opera House
Saturday, May 2, 2015 -
7:30pm to 9:00pm
We are thrilled to bring the first staged reading of this new musical from the writing team of Becky Boesen and David von Kampen. CATHERLAND tells the story of Susan, an emerging...
Art Gallery
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 to Monday, August 31, 2015
To celebrate the publication centenary of Willa Cather’s novel The Song of the Lark , the Willa Cather Foundation has invited artists from across Nebraska or with Nebraska ties to...

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