Saint Mary’s jazz groups present  ‘Further South: Jazz from Brazil’

Saint Mary’s jazz groups present ‘Further South: Jazz from Brazil’

Winona, Minn. – On the heels of last spring’s exciting exploration of Cuban jazz, Saint Mary’s University’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo 1 will venture further south with a concert of music inspired by sounds of Brazilian jazz. Come to the hottest spot in Winona 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Saint Mary’s Page Theatre. Joined by guest soloist Dan Driesen on guitar, the ensembles will journey into music ranging from the lush harmonies of the bossa nova to the scintillating sounds of the samba—a symbol of the Brazilian Carnival. Add in contemporary jazz inspired by Afro-Brazilian styles, and this will be a voyage that can’t be missed! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available at the Saint Mary’s Box Office, 507-457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at www.pagetheatre.org. For more information, contact A. Eric Heukeshoven at 507-457-7292 or eheukesh@smumn.edu.... read more
Heukeshoven receives Faith Partners residency

Heukeshoven receives Faith Partners residency

Winona, Minn. – A. Eric Heukeshoven, assistant professor of music at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, has been selected as one of two composers for the American Composers Forum’s “Faith Partners” 2015 residency program. Through Faith Partners residencies, composers collaborate with consortia of different faith-based communities in the creation of new sacred music. Heukeshoven will be working with English Lutheran Church and First Congregational Church (UCC) in La Crosse, Wis. Each composer creates several new works, some for individual congregations and some that are shared by the entire consortium. The program seeks to reinvigorate sacred music and to reintroduce composers into religious settings where they have historically flourished. Faith Partners is a national program that has created opportunities for churches and composers in cities across the United States including Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, and New York, as well as many locations in the upper Midwest. Now in its 16th year, previous Faith Partners recipients include Marty Haugen (2006) and Jake Runestad (2012). Faith Partners is funded by the Otto Bremer Foundation. More information can be found on the American Composers Forum website:... read more
WAPS student artwork on display in April at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

WAPS student artwork on display in April at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

WINONA, Minn. — Galleria Valéncia at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts—located at 10th and Vila streets—is filled with 22 unique pieces of artwork created by Jeff Morgan’s art students at Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS). Contributing artists are first- through fourth-graders and attend Jefferson STEM Elementary, Goodview Elementary, and Rollingstone Community School. Visitors to the gallery will enjoy colorful artwork that was created using a variety of mediums and elements of design. Subject matter and technique includes American artists, Theodore Rousseau’s landscapes, cave drawings, perspective drawings, and elements of art. The galleria is open during regular office hours and while classes are in session. Visitors are encouraged to sign the guestbook, so that the young artists know who attended the show. Next month Galleria Valéncia will feature artists from Madison Elementary and the Alternative Learning Center. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage... read more
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