Saint Mary’s welcomes Cherish the Ladies March 16

Saint Mary’s welcomes Cherish the Ladies March 16

WINONA, Minn. — Prepare for a night of stellar musicianship, breathtaking singing, and lively step dancing Monday, March 16, as Cherish the Ladies takes the stage at Saint Mary’s University. One of the most highly regarded and sought-after Irish-American groups in Celtic music, the all-female band formed in the early 1990s as a one-time concert band for folklorist/musician Mike Moloney. The group takes their name from the name of a traditional Irish jig. Cherish the Ladies initially won recognition 25 years ago as the first and only all-women traditional Irish band. In a relatively short time, they established themselves as musicians, garnering many thousands of listeners and 10 critically acclaimed records. The group has shared the stage and studio with such legendary performers as Joan Baez, James Taylor, the Clancy Brothers, the Chieftains, Arlo Guthrie, and Pete Seeger. With their unique spectacular blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements, and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture and does so with humor and entertaining stories. Tickets to the Page Series performance are $27 for adults, $24 for students and seniors and are available online at www.pagetheatre.org or at the Saint Mary’s Box Office, 507-457-1715, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.  ...
Conservatory’s Irish, tap dancers to perform March 18

Conservatory’s Irish, tap dancers to perform March 18

WINONA, Minn. — Keeping the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day alive an extra day, Irish and tap dancers from the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will perform at the Monarch Public House in Fountain City, Wis., at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. The performance is free and open to the public. Nestled in the bluffs, the Monarch—located at 19 North Main St.—is an Irish tavern that first opened in 1894. More than 20 dancers will perform under the direction of Irish Instructor, Hannah Schwarze and tap Instructor, Christine Martin. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University, a nonprofit organization, offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth ages 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 10th and Vila streets in Winona. For more information, go online to www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, email mca@smumn.edu, or call...
Saint Mary’s University chosen for  ‘March Millions’ matching gift program

Saint Mary’s University chosen for ‘March Millions’ matching gift program

WINONA, Minn. — Financial gifts made to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota during the month of March are being matched dollar for dollar by a Minnesota charitable foundation. Saint Mary’s is one of 100 southeastern Minnesota organizations chosen by the Otto Bremer Foundation to be a part of their “March Millions for Southeastern Minnesota” program. “March Millions” is a high-energy campaign, through which the Otto Bremer Foundation will match all gifts (up to $1 million) made throughout the month of March through GiveMN, the organization behind “Give to the Max Day.” Each organization will receive a match up to $100,000. The 100 nonprofit organizations from Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Wabasha and Winona counties were chosen for being important to their communities and consistent with the foundation’s mission. To keep people engaged in the challenge, every day in March one lucky donor will be selected for a “Bremer Boost,” a $1,000 prize to be added to their gift. A $10,000 gift will be awarded on the last day of the challenge, March 31, as a way to encourage donors and organizations to continue giving throughout the month. To give to Saint Mary’s, go to givemn.org/organization/Saint-Marys-University-Of-Minnesota. For more information, go to givemn.org/marchmillions.   About the Otto Bremer Foundation Based in St. Paul, Minn., the Otto Bremer Foundation assists people in achieving full economic, civic and social participation in and for the betterment of their communities. OBF is a private charitable trust, established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community and business leader. OBF is the 92 percent owner of Bremer Bank and also manages a...
Saint Mary’s Jazz Combo to tour Ireland

Saint Mary’s Jazz Combo to tour Ireland

Local performance is March 11 WINONA, Minn. — The octet sounds of Saint Mary’s Jazz Combo 1 will be heard in a series of performances across Ireland during the university’s spring break week. Tour selections include an exciting set of new arrangements in the West Coast “Cool” style as well as favorite jazz standards from swing to jazz-fusion. Members of the touring ensemble include: Destiny Dux, alto sax; Nick Novotny, tenor sax; Jaci Bongard, baritone sax; Riley Frost, trumpet; Tim Ellis, drums; and Paul Schmitt, bass. Rounding out the group are Camden Webster (2014 Music Industry graduate) on guitar and director A. Eric Heukeshoven on trombone. Chicago jazz fans will have a chance to preview selections at an alumni reception on Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Hilton Garden Inn – O’Hare beginning at 7 p.m. On Tuesday, March 2, the combo will give their first Ireland performance at “The Vault” in the Castle Hotel in Dublin. On Friday, March 6, the octet will be featured performers at Galway’s premier jazz club, Busker Brownes. And the group will complete their Ireland gigs with an informal presentation at the Kerry School of Music in Tralee on Saturday, March 7. The hometown audience is invited to catch the combo at their free homecoming concert on 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in Saint Mary’s Figliulo Recital...
Saint Mary’s Chamber Singers to tour Ireland

Saint Mary’s Chamber Singers to tour Ireland

Local performance is March 12 WINONA, Minn. — The Chamber Singers of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will perform in Ireland as part of their 2015 concert tour. The 26-voice select ensemble is directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea, associate professor of music. Tour performances will include the following liturgies and concerts: St. Francis Xavier Parish, La Grange, Ill.,  Saturday, Feb. 28, Mass University College Dublin (with UCD Philharmonic Choir),Tuesday, March 3, visit /workshop Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Cashel, County Tipperary, Wednesday, March 4, concert St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway, Thursday, March 5, concert St. Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney, County Kerry, Sunday, March 8, prelude concert and Mass All concerts are free and open to the public, and guests are welcome at the various liturgies. Repertoire will include a cappella works by Palestrina, Tavener, Ginastera, Casals, David Diamond, Seán Doherty, and Stephen Paulus. The concerts will feature the Irish premiere performances of “Introit,” a setting of text from the Divine Liturgy of St. James by Dr. O’Shea. Upon their return, the Chamber Singers will present a free “Homecoming Concert” at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, 7th and Vila streets, Winona, on Thursday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 507-457-1598 or fax...
Slaggie Family Foundation gift enhances Conservatory

Slaggie Family Foundation gift enhances Conservatory

WINONA, Minn. — Thanks to the generous donation by the Slaggie Family Foundation, the Music Division at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will be able to update and purchase new equipment. The purchase of a new keyboard, amp, keyboard stand, and travel case that are easy to transport will allow the thriving Jazz Combo program perform throughout the community without having to borrow equipment. The Jazz Combo program, which began in September 2012 under the direction of Dave Gudmastad, has grown quickly, now featuring three separate combos. Each Jazz Combo rehearses for one hour each week, beginning in September and continuing through March. The combos help students learn the art of jazz in a small ensemble setting. The rehearsal sessions provide basic instruction in jazz-related rhythm, tone, style, concept, listening skills and improvisation. Performances throughout the community provide performance experience to the musicians and free entertainment to the public. All three MCA Jazz Combos (featuring students ages 12-16) will be featured at the following upcoming performances which are free and open to the public: Sunday, March 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Wellington’s Pub & Grill (1429 West Service Dr.); Sunday, March 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jefferson’s Pub & Grill (58 Center St.); and Monday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at Figliulo Recital Hall (700 Terrace Heights). MCA offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre, year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for children ages 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 1164 West 10th St. For a brochure or more information, visit www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, e-mail mca@smumn.edu, “like” them...
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