Activities scheduled for Family Weekend on the Winona campus

Activities scheduled for Family Weekend on the Winona campus

There will be a variety of fun and entertaining activities available on the Winona campus for students and their families during Family Weekend, October 3 – 5. Some highlights include: Friday, October 3 Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo One – 6 p.m.,  in Figliulo Recital Hall. Under the direction of A. Eric Heukeshoven. From familiar tunes by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, and others, to contemporary compositions, the Jazz Ensemble’s season opener offers music for everyone. Jazz styles from the blues, jazz-rock, samba, and swing all come together to create a dynamic evening of variety. Jazz Combo One, also known as “Easy Company” this semester, will perform a tribute to jazz great Thelonius Monk with four of his most challenging original compositions. Seating is limited. Tickets are available at the Saint Mary’s Box Office, 507-457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at www.pagetheatre.org/events. Saturday, October 4 Fall Frolic 5K fun run/walk The public is invited to participate in the 27th Fall Frolic 5K fun run/walk at Saint Mary’s  Saturday, Oct. 4.  Registration will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Toner Student Center with the race beginning at 10 a.m. The $8 cost includes a T-shirt. The online registration form is available at www.smumn.edu/fallfrolic. The Concert Band and Choirs concert 2 p.m., at Page Theatre. The Chamber Singers will perform works by Patrick O’Shea, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Hans Leo Hassler, and Thomas Tallis. The Concert Choir will perform works by Ludovico Viadana, Stephen Paulus, and Moses Hogan. Both choirs are directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea. After a brief intermission, the Concert Band, under...
Music performances scheduled for Saint Mary’s Family Weekend

Music performances scheduled for Saint Mary’s Family Weekend

WINONA, Minn. — Two public student performances—a jazz concert and a choir and band performance — highlight Saint Mary’s University’s upcoming Family Weekend. • Saint Mary’s University’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo One launch another great season 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Figliulo Recital Hall, under the direction of A. Eric Heukeshoven. From familiar tunes by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, and others, to contemporary compositions, the Jazz Ensemble’s season opener offers music for everyone. Jazz styles from the blues, jazz-rock, samba, and swing all come together to create a dynamic evening of variety. Jazz Combo One, also known as “Easy Company” this semester, will perform a tribute to jazz great Thelonius Monk with four of his most challenging original compositions. Seating is limited. • The Saint Mary’s Concert Band and Choirs will combine talents for a 2 p.m. concert Saturday, Oct. 4, at Page Theatre. The Chamber Singers will perform works by Dr. Patrick O’Shea, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Hans Leo Hassler, and Thomas Tallis, and the Concert Choir will perform works by Ludovico Viadana, Stephen Paulus, and Moses Hogan. Both choirs are directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea. After a brief intermission, the Saint Mary’s Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, will feature Bandscapes by Sy Brandon. This is a 13-movement piece that showcases every section of the band, from the clever “Flute Fandango” to “Tuba Tango” and the “Finale Variations,” which combines the entire ensemble in unique ways. Percy Grainger’s beautiful and familiar Irish Tune from County Derry will round out the concert. A reception will follow. Tickets to both performances are...
Saint Mary’s invites public  to Fall Frolic Oct. 4

Saint Mary’s invites public to Fall Frolic Oct. 4

WINONA, Minn. — The public is invited to participate in the 27th Fall Frolic 5K fun run/walk at Saint Mary’s University Saturday, Oct. 4. Registration will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in Saint Mary’s Toner Student Center with the race beginning at 10 a.m. The $8 cost includes a T-shirt. The annual event is free to Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff, but is open to the community as well. Typically close to 300 people participate; competitors of all levels (including walkers) are welcome. Participants will enjoy the beautiful bluff trails of Saint Mary’s Winona campus. The online registration form is available at www.smumn.edu/fallfrolic. Family Weekend runs Oct. 3-5 and includes a full slate of activities for families of students and the Saint Mary’s community. A complete weekend schedule is available online at www.smumn.edu/familyweekend. In previous years, as many as 1,000 visitors have come onto campus for music and theatre events, sporting events, the Fall Frolic, and other games and...
Family Weekend drew crowds to campus activities

Family Weekend drew crowds to campus activities

  Family Weekend Sept. 27-29 included a full slate of activities for the SMU community, and many events brought in members of the Winona-area community as well. In previous years, as many as 1,000 visitors have come onto campus for Family Weekend music and theatre events, sporting events, the Fall Frolic, and other games and activities. More than 250 people participated in the 26th Fall Frolic 5K fun run/walk Saturday morning. A joint performance of the Saint Mary’s Concert Band, Chamber Singers and Choirs featured the world-premiere composition, “Katanya” by Larry Bitenski of Centre College, Danville, Ky. “Katanya” was commissioned by the Helen and Sam Kaplan Foundation. Additionally, the Saint Mary’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I and the Department of Theatre and Dance performed. In addition to athletic events on campus, a legacy dinner, hosted by the Office of Admission, celebrated multiple generations of Saint Mary’s students and alumni. To see more photos from the weekend, go...
Interfaith understanding promoted by Kaplan Foundation

Interfaith understanding promoted by Kaplan Foundation

  For the seventh time, Saint Mary’s and the community have been enriched by an original composition and world-premiere performance sponsored by the Helen and Sam Kaplan Foundation. The Kaplan Foundation supports performances and activities led by Jewish artists and scholars that are designed to increase cultural and religious understanding at Saint Mary’s. On Saturday afternoon of Family Weekend, the Concert Band debuted “Katanya,” a Jewish oral folk tale written by Larry Bitenski of Centre College in Kentucky. The composer also served as on-stage narrator for this variation on a familiar children’s story, while the band, directed by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, performed a musical piece including Jewish folk songs from the composer’s youth. Dr. Janet Heukeshoven and Kaplan composer Larry...
Legacy families honored at Family Weekend

Legacy families honored at Family Weekend

  It is common for multiple generations of families to attend Saint Mary’s. We are grateful for their continued support and demonstration of faith in the excellent higher education of the whole person they experience at this university. We welcome each new generation of students into the larger Saint Mary’s family. On Saturday night of Family Weekend, we hosted a special dinner and reception to honor alums with students currently attending Saint Mary’s. Seventeen of those families attended, with several having ties to both the College and the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs. Celebrating their Saint Mary’s connections, from left, were Tony Piscitiello ’69, senior advancement director; David Lunzer ’14; Greg Lunzer (seated); Brother John Grover ’65, information technology manager, and Mary Lunzer ’81....
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