Music in the Courtyard

32-Music-in-the-Courtyard-2020.jpgMusic in the Courtyard series will return with two special shows created by Brucemore's Artisan in Residence, Gerard Estella, to present an evening to relax outdoors and have a good time. 


  • Once Upon A Time: July 30 and 31
  • ASK: August 6 and 7
  • Once Upon A Time: August 12, 13, and 14
  • ASK: August 19, 20, and 21


  • $100 per socially-distanced table of up to four people
  • Individual tickets may be released in July pending availability. 
  • Brucemore members receive a discount - please "sign-in" using the link in the upper right corner or call (319) 362-7375. 
About Once Upon A Time
Featuring Alex Schulte, Aurélie Berta, and Scott Dalziel with band Jim Coates, David Nanke, and Gerard Estella

An evening of storytelling in song by a trio of gifted vocalists and songwriters. A one-of-a-kind production with three artists who have never worked together but compliment each others’ styles and energy so much that we felt compelled to unite them. This show features some returning guests: local powerhouse in all things media - Alex Schulte, who is teamed up with one of Canada’s greatest contributions to Iowa, Aurélie Berta. Joining them for his Brucemore debut is the Americana writing, performing juggernaut that is Scott Dalziel, a Manchester Iowa native who has been doing the international music scene for decades, living the last couple of years in Cheltenham, England.

About Ask
Featuring Alicia Monée, Staisha Federick, and Kelsey Madsen with band Jim Coates, Gerard Estella, Lincoln Ginsberg, and Greg Kanz

If you are wondering if there’s anything to do, just ASK… and the answer is most definitely, YES! This show is a truly collaborative “best friend project” that has been over a decade in the making. Alicia Monée, Staisha Federick, and Kelsey Madsen have each been showcased artists in our Courtyard Series in recent years. They have proved that they each know a thing (or two thousand) about performing and delivering a song. Now, they have taken the opportunity to come together to design their own show, construct their own sound, and make their own statement.


Safety: People may choose to continue wearing a mask at any time and are expected be respectful of other people. All people are kindly encouraged to wear masks. Free masks will be available. 

Site Opening: The site will open at 7:00 p.m. for parking and seating. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Parking: The only gate that will open to vehicles for on-site parking is at 2160 Linden Drive SE. Signage will direct you to open spaces near the Visitor Center. We ask that you arrive by 7:25 PM. (Parking is not available on Dows Lane, the dead end road adjacent to Brucemore.)

Seating: Chairs and tables will be provided for up to four people to allow physical distancing between groups. Seating will be on a first come basis. 

Food and Beverages: You are welcome to bring your own light snacks and beverages (beer and wine allowed) to enjoy in the performance venue beginning as early as 7:00 p.m. or throughout the show. Concessions will not be available for sale.

Pets: Pets are not allowed, excluding service animals.

Weather: The event occurs fully outdoors and may be held in light rain.

Ticket policies: All ticket sales are non-refundable. Tickets to Brucemore produced programs may be returned up to 24 hours prior to the program as a tax-deductible contribution or as an exchange for a different date or time of the same program, subject to availability. Click here to read more.


$20,000+ (Presenting)
Cedar Grove Signature Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

$7,500 (Leader)
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
Collins Aerospace

$5,000 (Adovcate)
Bankers Trust
GreenState Credit Union
UFG Insurance
US Bank

$2,500 (Supporter)
Dakota Red Corporation | King's Material Inc. | Hawkeye Ready Mix
ImOn Communications
Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC

Media Sponsor
Corridor Business Journal