James Mann Center
NY Mills Schools
Pastel work by Don Garey
Opening October 18 and running through November 26, an exhibit by Staples-based artist Don Garey fills the Cultural Center gallery. A reception welcoming everyone to talk with Don about his work will be held on Friday, October 24th from 6-8 pm.
Don taught graphic art and design at Central Lakes College until his recent retirement. The striking images in this work are intended to interpret insights Don discovered in a long bout with cancer. He writes that the work “is not about art principles or design, it is rather about what it is in our lives that gets us through difficult times.”
There is no admission charge to the Center’s gallery. Hours of operation are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday – Friday and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm.
Summer Rain: Indian classical music and Western classical new music
Wednesday November 12 at the James Mann Center for the Performing Arts at the New York Mills Schools. 7:30 pm. Advance ticket reservations $12 or $15 at the door. $2 additional discount with a donation for the Mills Food Shelf.
SUMMER RAIN is a new production with music developed and performed by Zeitgeist and composer/veena virtuoso Nirmala Rajasekar. A blend of Indian Classical music (Carnatic tradition) and Western classical new music, SUMMER RAIN features five musical compositions interspersed with discussion and interactive opportunities designed to bring audiences a greater understanding of the two traditions.
Fine singing, deft fiddling, and amazing step-dancing
Concert Saturday October 11 at 7:30 pm. Call 218-385-3339 to reserve your tickets. Admission is $12 advance or $15 at the door. Bring a donation for the food shelf and receive an additional $2 discount!
Free music workshop to be given by April and her band before the concert at 4:00 pm. Bring your instrument if you have one – fiddle, banjo, guitar, upright bass.
April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter. Her ninth album, Bright Like Gold, captures a woman who’s fleshed out her identity and is in full command of her gifts, a woman who’s grown from a prodigy into an enduring artist—one of music’s most unforgiving public transitions—with grace and grit to spare.
The April Verch Band—rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin, who has a Masters in jazz improv from the New England Conservatory—is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating outfit, not to mention one that’s not soon forgotten when they depart the stage. It doesn’t hurt that the thrilling grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing—and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns—at once.
Something else that’s downright impressive is the range of material Verch, Walters and Griffin inhabit on the new album. She’s so fluent in folk traditions—the Canadian ones she was born into and the American ones she later found her way to—that old fiddle tunes like those featured in the Canadian medley “Dusty Miller,” “Fiddle Fingers” and “Grizzly Bear” and the Appalachian medley “Edward in the Treetop,” “Yellow Jacket” and “Quit That Tickling Me” sound positively reinvigorated.
Originals like her instrumental waltz “Morris & Boris” and country courting number “The Only One” are clearly made to last. What makes the latter song even more special is that Bluegrass Hall of Famer Mac Wiseman’s voice is on it, and he’s not the only guest of note. Premier old-time fiddler Bruce Molsky joins Verch for some handsome dual fiddling on “Evening Star Waltz,” and bluegrass banjo icon Sammy Shelor appears on “Davy Davy” and “Folding Down the Sheets.” Griffin’s “Foolish Heart” offers a playful take on western swing, Walters’ “Raven In the Hemlock” unfurls melodic surprises and Verch’s “Broken” and “Sorry” have real emotional heft. The fact that she also chose to include “No Other Would Do”—the only song her dad’s ever written—perfectly completes the musical circle.
Verch, leader of this self-assured ensemble, is claiming her power as an artist and a woman, and taking charge of her recording process. Produced by Verch, Walters, Griffin, and their engineer Chris Rosser, Bright Like Gold is, quite literally, the album of Verch’s life. It’s a wonder to behold Verch pulling off those pristine double-time triplets with her feet, and the myriad other ways she’s made good on the promise she showed at a tender age by becoming an artist in touch with roots and in her element.
She won’t be the one to mention her championship titles to you, or even the fact that she represented Canada’s fiddling tradition by performing in the Opening Ceremonies at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. “The accolades are important and noteworthy and special to me,” she says, “but what I think is most impressive to me is that I’ve been doing this full time since 2000. We make a living playing music that we love and it touches other people. I feel like we’re extremely lucky to do that, but also I work really hard, not just at the music, but at every aspect of our career, to make that happen. That we find a way to make it work, and have had that kind of longevity, that’s impressive to me.” And rightfully so. Verch has perfected the art of winning fans for life.
This presentation is supported in part by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Crane Group, and the General Mills Foundation.
Dick Oehlenschlager to present workshop on Minnesota bird ID
Dick has identified nearly 200 birds in Wadena county and he will be the featured presenter in a workshop focused on identifying the birds of Minnesota. Everyone is invited to this event on Tuesday, September 30 at 7 pm in the ground floor gallery.
A concert with Ann and Charlie Heymann
Friday, October 3rd at 7:30 pm “The Jacobite Harp” concert will present a show featuring the world renowned artistry of Minnesota’s own Ann & Charlie Heymann. Their dramatic harp music and poignant ballads are balanced by good humor and lively dance music, making this a seriously fun event! Tickets are available by calling 218-385-3339. Admission is $12 with advance reservation and $10 for Center members. Receive an additional $2 discount on admission by bringing a non-perishable food item for donation to the Mills food shelf.
Ann plays a replica of an Irish harp that survived the turbulence during the Catholic Stuarts’ fight to claim the English throne, nearly uniting Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and France—some three hundred years before the European Union! The harp was made in 1734, owned and played by an exceptional Protestant clergyman who risked all to support seditious Munster poets who continued to protest the decimation of their homeland. After his death the harp curiously found its way to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston—the sole surviving Gaelic harp outside of Ireland and Scotland.
Visiting Author Jill Kalz will give a poetry reading, Wednesday October 1st from 7 to 8 pm at the Cultural Center. There is no charge for this event and everyone is welcome!
Jill is the author of over 70 children’s books and has also published short-fiction/poetry for adults in Minnesota Monthly, The Nebraska Review, The Ohio Review, Cream City Review, and other magazines. She currently works as a full-time children’s book editor.
The New York Mills Arts Retreat is currently accepting applications for January – June 2015 artist residencies. The Arts Retreat program offers self-funded 2-6 week solo residencies for selected artists in all disciplines. A small house and studio access are provided, along with dedicated time for creative development and exploration in our rural Minnesota setting. Application can be completed online and must be submitted by October 1, 2014 to be considered for residencies during January – June 2015.
Great entertainment this fall at your Cultural Center
Admission $12 advance or $15 at door except as noted
Concerts begin at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted
Click on the concert name to read all the details
Friday Oct 3 the Jacobite Harp
music of Scotland and Ireland
Saturday Oct 11 April Verch Band
high energy singing, fiddling, step dancing
-sponsored by Arts MidWest
Wednesday November 12 Zeitgeist and Nirmala Rajasekar
Fri & Sat Nov 14 & 15 Madhatters Theater
Don’t Hug Me at Creamery 6pm dinner, play 7pm $25
Sat Nov 22 Danza Espanola
Flemenco song, music, and dance
free – sponsored by Viking Library System
Sat Dec 13 Tim Sparks
Nutcracker Suite Christmas Concert
Sun Dec 21 Longest Night Music Festival
annual free solstice concert at 7pm featuring regional musicians