Saint Mary’s Off the Page event  explores Western, Eastern music

Saint Mary’s Off the Page event explores Western, Eastern music

WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University “Off the Page” series invites audiences to explore the intersection of Western and Eastern music with a visit from the Twin Cities-based new music ensemble Zeitgeist, with guest artist Nirmala Rajasekar on veena. “Summer Rain” is a new production, with music developed and performed by Zeitgeist with composer and 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. The event is planned for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in Saint Mary’s Figliulo Recital Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and are available at www.pagetheatre.org or by calling the box office, 507-457-1715, Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. A Page in History event with these artists is planned for noon on Nov. 14 at the Winona County History Center. Zeitgeist and Nirmala Rajasekar talk about their collaboration, the instruments they use, and about composing Eastern and Western music...
Page Series presents: Creole Choir of Cuba

Page Series presents: Creole Choir of Cuba

The Page Series is pleased to present The Creole Choir of Cuba, this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre. This vibrant 10-piece group — five men and five women who dance when they sing — are a cornucopia of remarkable voices. Multiple award winners, this Grammy-nominated choir sings the vital music learned at home from grandparents and parents, as well as the songs of some of the foremost groups of contemporary Haitian scene. The Creole Choir’s Cuban name Desandann means literally ‘descendants.’ With songs like Papa Danbala, Tandé, or Liman Casimir, they tell the stories of their Haitian ancestors who were brought to Cuba to work in the near slave conditions in the sugar and coffee plantations until the 1959 Revolution. Desandann sing in Creole, Cuba’s second language, spoken by almost a million people, a pragmatic fusion of African, French, and other languages. It’s the language of a people twice exiled: first to Haiti from Africa through the slave trade; then from Haiti to Cuba tricked into second slavery by their French masters after the Haitian Revolution of 1790. Other Haitians arrived in the 20th century fleeing political upheaval, poverty and oppression during the barbaric regime of Papa Doc Duvalier who held power from the 1950s to ’70s — marked by reigns of terror and the brutality of his private militia, the Tonton Macoutes. The Philadelphia Inquirer calls the choir’s performance “as much for the emotions and gut as it is for the ears and eyes.” Tickets are still available from the Box Office, 507-457-1715, 10-6. $27 Adults, $24 Seniors & Students. Are you coming? Facebook...
Saint Mary’s Page Series hosts  Creole Choir of Cuba Oct. 23

Saint Mary’s Page Series hosts Creole Choir of Cuba Oct. 23

WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University’s Page Series will host an evening of vibrant dances, spectacular harmonies, and colorful rhythms of the Caribbean Thursday, Oct. 23, as the Creole Choir of Cuba takes the stage. Experience the heart and soul of Cuba through irresistible melodies, poetic lyrics and impassioned vocal and percussive performance. With influences from both the Caribbean and West Africa, the Creole Choir of Cuba tells stories of survival, faith and tragic history, drawing you in with infectious music. This Grammy-nominated choir sings the vital music learned at home from grandparents and parents, as well as the songs of some of the foremost groups of contemporary Haitian scene. The Creole Choir’s Cuban name Desandann means literally “descendants.” Members of the Creole Choir of Cuba are descendants of Haitian and Dominican migrants who came to Cuba in waves, first escaping slavery and then as laborers in Cuba’s sugar plantations. The Philadelphia Inquirer calls the choir’s performance “as much for the emotions and gut as it is for the ears and eyes.” Tickets are $27 for adults, $24 for seniors and students and are available online at www.pagetheatre.org or at the Saint Mary’s box office, (507) 457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through...
Saint Mary’s Page Series  to present Curious George Oct. 7

Saint Mary’s Page Series to present Curious George Oct. 7

WINONA, Minn. — There’ll be a lot of monkeying around as Theatreworks USA presents Curious George Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Saint Mary’s University. In this delightful new musical, the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award-winning PBS television show, works to help his friend win the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest in Rome. George helps his friend Chef Pisghetti cook some delicious meatballs, and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd vanishes! The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and features a Page Series returning favorite, Theatreworks USA. Famous Theatreworks alumni include actor Henry Winkler, four-time Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks, two time-Tony Award winner Robert Lopez, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, John Glover and many more. The theatre company’s goal is to continue doing what it has successfully accomplished for more than 50 years: giving America’s children their first thrilling day at the theatre. Tickets are $14 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and are available online at www.pagetheatre.org or at the Saint Mary’s Box Office, 507-457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Enjoy a Curious George read-aloud 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Winona Public Library; tickets to the Page Series performance Oct. 7 will be given...
Page Series offering brings graphic novel to life

Page Series offering brings graphic novel to life

Science-fiction, radio play drama, and a graphic novel combine to bring Robot Planet’s Intergalactic Nemesis to the Page stage Friday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Using the sound effects of radio drama, super-sized projections of a graphic novel, a live keyboard player, and live actors playing various parts, the premise is simple: a period adventure story (with no small share of laughs) featuring Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez, and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott face the most serious threat Earth has ever known: an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon. Appropriate for all ages, this show will have gamers, science fiction fans, radio drama fans, and people just looking for an entertaining evening of adventure and fun on the edge of their seats, shouting for more. Tickets are $27 for adults, $24 for seniors and students and are available at the box office 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Monday through Friday at ext. 1715 or...
Page Series offering brings graphic novel to life

Page Series offering brings graphic novel to life

Science-fiction, radio play drama, and a graphic novel combine to bring Robot Planet’s Intergalactic Nemesis to the Page stage Friday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Using the sound effects of radio drama, super-sized projections of a graphic novel, a live keyboard player, and live actors playing various parts, the premise is simple: a period adventure story (with no small share of laughs) featuring Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez, and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott face the most serious threat Earth has ever known: an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon. Appropriate for all ages this show will have gamers, science fiction fans, radio drama fans, and people just looking for an entertaining evening of adventure and fun, on the edge of their seats, shouting for more. Tickets are $27 for adults, $24 for seniors and students and are available at the box office 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Monday through Friday at (507) 457-1715 or online. Are you coming? Facebook...
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