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We all have things in common [UPDATED]

Published 11:36am Tuesday, August 31, 2010 Updated 11:58am Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Things in Common. We all have things in common. Sometimes it might just be where we live. Other times it might be the places we’ve been. Then again, many of us also have common interests. Here at A Center for the Arts we’re doing our best to help you all find things of interest that you have in common. So here are some things that might interest you. All based on the topic “things in common.”

What do the following people have in common? Gypsy Jazz Guitarist Sam Miltich. Finger Style Guitarist and Finger Pickin Champion Tim Sparks.

Jazz & Blues Guitarist Joan Griffith. Finger Pickin Champion Phil Heywood. Singer Song-writer David Stoddard. Singer Songwriter Claudia Schmidt. Jazz/Blues Guitarist Dakota Dave Hull. These seven fabulous guitarists all have in common this year’s first ever West Central Guitar Summit on September 9, 10 & 11 in Fergus Falls and sponsored by A Center for the Arts, MState Fergus Falls and The Spot Panini & Wine Bar.

Here’s another list of programs all with something in common. It’s this year’s Folk Music Series and this year we’ve subtitled the series, “Folk Around the World – Women in Folk.” The series includes, from Canada The Wailin Jennys, from Wisconsin folk comedians Lou & Peter Berryman, from Scandinavia Women from Norway & Sweden with Ross Sutter, from Finland Kantele performer Diane Jarvi, from Ireland’s hills Laura & the Lads, from Minnesota Ann Reed with her Heroes program, and the Celtic group Caleigh. These seven programs have SO MUCH in common – women performers, world music, and folk traditions.

Our Chamber Music ff program is coming together nicely with family programs, collaborations and more. The series includes the 8th Street String Quartet, Simon Rowe Trio with Tom Strait on trumpet, violinist Ben Sung and pianist Jihye Chang Sung with James Sewell Ballet for Music that Moves. Americana with Deb Harris flute, Russ Peterson saxophone and Jay Hershberger piano. There is a special finale weekend of this series that we’re calling Chamber Music fff – for a festival feel that includes many young musicians coming together with a professional piano trio. There’s also an added value benefit to buying the Chamber Music Series and that’s “PREFERRED SEATING” for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Concert which will be here on December 12th.

Other Series with things in Common: Our Dance Series featuring TU Dance, James Sewell Ballet, Hayor Bibimma & the Japanese Taiko Drum Troupe “Takora!” There’s still a possibility that we’ll be able to entice Native American Hoop Dancer Kevin Locke to join us as well. And, as in previous years, we will be working with the Fergus Falls School of Dance on the annual Dance & Dessert program.

Also new this year is our Theater Series which will include a production from Illusion Theater of My Antonia, a production from Mixed Blood Theater Company, a production from the Jena Company Connections, the Heroes production of Ann Reed and Company, and at least two One Woman Shows – Oy Vey is Jewish for Uffda and Prudence Johnson’s “A Girl Named Vincent.”

We’re still working on our Jazz & Blues Series for next year along with Third Thursday Rush Hour Concerts which will replace concerts in the park in the coming months. Additionally, we are identifying many local folks who have many things in common. One of those is theater. So we’re working to perfect our approach to more community theater with partnerships with other professional theater companies as well as with surrounding communities and community theater groups.

As I said earlier, we all have so much in common. Maybe you’d like to join us as we develop our community theater program, our series programming, or maybe you’d just like to sit back and relax and enjoy some of the incredible programs coming your way thanks to all of the hard work of the productions committee, board and staff here at A Center for the Arts.

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