MCA’s Dance Repertory Company  to present ‘abunDANCE’ April 17-18

MCA’s Dance Repertory Company to present ‘abunDANCE’ April 17-18

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Dance Repertory Company (DRC) will present “abundance: a Woman’s Influence,” on Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, at Saint Mary’s University’s Page Theatre. One highlight of the evening of premieres and historical works is the restaging of Bronislava Nijinska’s contemporary ballet, “Le Train Bleu.” Set on a beach in the 1920s, this ballet is a lighthearted look at open-air life, humor, and sport. Nijinska is well known as the first female ballet choreographer in history. DRC’s tap and Irish fusion piece will have the audience tappin’ their toes to the music of award-winning Celtic fiddler, Eileen Ivers. See how these two amazing and historical art forms compare, intersect, and gel into an explosion of visual and aural artistry. A modern piece by MCA alumna and former instructor Heidi Draskoci-Johnson explores the journey of pregnancy and motherhood. Using testimony from new and seasoned mothers, the piece is a hard-hitting look at what it truly means to be a mother. Hip Hop has long been a genre dominated by gender roles. The show’s choreographer Jess Dienger has broken down those barriers to show our audience that anyone can move. Finally, a high-energy jazz piece illustrates the struggle with what society views as beautiful for a woman. In three sections, this piece demonstrates the tumultuous adventure of becoming comfortable in one’s own skin. Everyone is invited to both survey and celebrate women’s influences in dance. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults and may be ordered online at...
WACS artwork on display  at Valéncia Arts Center

WACS artwork on display at Valéncia Arts Center

Photo Caption: Whimsical self portrait by WACS second-grader Hazel Freyre. WINONA, Minn. — Galleria Valéncia at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is filled with 46 unique pieces of artwork created by Jody Berhow’s art students at Winona Area Catholic Schools (WACS). Contributing artists range in age from first through sixth grade. Visitors to the gallery will enjoy colorful artwork that was created using a variety of mediums and elements of design. Techniques and mediums include perspective drawing, self-portraits, mixed media, and tempera paint. This gallery exhibit is free and open to the public now through the month of March during 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: Jefferson, Goodview, and Rollingstone elementary schools. 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 fund. 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 to youth age 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, 10th and Vila streets. For more information go online to www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, email mca@smumn.edu, or call...
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...
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...
MCA offers a capella vocal workshops March 1

MCA offers a capella vocal workshops March 1

WINONA, Minn. — Cory Meier and Camie Schneider, members of the local a capella group Hear and Now, are holding a vocal workshop at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Sunday, March 1. Students enrolled in this workshop will be taken through the process of creating and rehearsing a pop a cappella cover song. Additionally the workshop will include instruction on distorting the voice to mimic different instrumental styles, the importance and achievement of intonation, and an introduction to vocal percussion. This is an exciting and unique opportunity for music students, especially those who are in a choir or who study voice. Students will learn new tips, tricks, and technique while creating their own exciting a cappella music. Participants in grades 5-8 will meet from noon to 2 p.m., and participants in grades 9-12 will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. The workshop is $15 for fifth- through eighth-graders and $25 for ninth- through 12th-graders. To register or for more information, go online to www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, email mca@smumn.edu, or call 507-453-5500. MCA is an arts affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University and is a nonprofit organization offering programs in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for children ages 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at the corner of 10th and Vila streets. 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 fund....
MCA’s jazz combos to present local gigs

MCA’s jazz combos to present local gigs

WINONA, Minn. — Led by local band director extraordinaire Dave Gudmastad, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ three jazz combos will perform all over town. These unique combos, comprised of students ages 12 to 16, will bring the sweet sounds of jazz music to life on 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). All of these performances are free and open to the public. 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 on Facebook, or call 507-453-5500. 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 fund. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of...
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