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Fergus Falls community values the arts

Published 6:11am Sunday, September 26, 2010 Updated 1:12pm Thursday, September 23, 2010

“Try to remember a time in September” – when we weren’t so busy! I don’t think it has ever happened and this year is no exception. We know EVERYONE is busy in September but it’s exciting to have everyone back in school and looking for things to do outside of their school and work days. Congratulations to MState’s 50th Anniversary Celebration this weekend and to the new Kennedy School and to Hillcrest and their expansion plans. We truly value academics in our community!

Performers and others who have visited Fergus Falls also recognize that we value the arts. In fact, when world famous Midori was here a couple of years ago she remembers the warm reception she was given by our community. That’s why this year she is sending one of her very talented and internationally recognized student, Cindy Wu, to perform here at A Center for the Arts. Her performance is on Monday, September 27th at 7:30 p.m. She is the prize winner of the International David Oistrakh Competition and the International Stulberg Competition. She has given concerts in prominent venues in Europe and the United States, including the Kennedy Center in Washington,D.C. (speaking of which, it is because of the consulting we received with the marketing director at the Kennedy Center that we are organizing our year long program around several different types of series – see below).

As a community we also truly value the arts as we witness the Concert Association Series kicking off this week on Tuesday night back in their old familiar auditorium in the school. The Schoenbrunn Palace Orchestra from Austria will play a lively program of polkas, waltzes and other dance music. Other Concert Association Programs continue throughout the year.

Here at A Center for the Arts we’re also rolling out four new series that will enhance current programming around the community. All FOUR of them will kick off next weekend starting on Sat., Oct. 2nd with a family concert as part of this year’s Chamber Music Series. That’s at 2 p.m. at West Central Initiative. Sat. night, Oct. 2nd at 7:30 p.m. we open our theater series with Elisa Korenne’s one woman show, “Oy Vey is Jewish for Uff Da.” Sun. afternoon on Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. our Adult Chamber Music Concerts begin in the very intimate space in the back room of the Kaddatz Hotel. Sunday evening our Dance Series begins with the illustrious TU Dance company at 7:30 p.m. Monday we take a deep breath before plunging into our Folk Music Series with the Wailin Jennys on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Someone was in just this week and bought ALL FOUR SERIES…because they were SO AFFORDABLE. Each series is somewhere between $30 to $50 depending on your membership status and the number of programs. For each series students are only $15! It is really a great deal. Check it all out on our website at In the meantime here’s a rundown.

Our Chamber Music Series is back and it promises to bring more small musical ensembles into many nooks and crannies around the community. In addition to October 2 & 3 (at West Central Initiative and the Kaddatz Hotel respectively) you will find the following at A Center for the Arts; Simon Rowe Trio w/Tom Strait on trumpet (Nov. 21), Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (Dec.12) Music Moves w/James Sewell Ballet (Feb. 11), Americana w/Flute, saxophone & piano (March 20). On May 21 – 22 we will have a mini Chamber Music Festival with music at MState on May 21, Yvonne Hanley’s home on May 21 in the evening and Waage Theatre on May 22.

The Theater Series includes Mixed Blodd Theatre’s Theory of Mind, Rohnia Malik’s Unveiled, Illusion Theatre’s My Antonia, Prudence Johnson’s A Girl Named Vincent, Ann Reed’s Heroes show and Commonweal Theatre’s Enemy of the People.

In addition to TU Dance our Dance Series includes Sumunar (Indonesian), James Sewell Ballet (more classical ballet), Hayor Bibimma (African dance) and Tokara (Japanese Taiko drummers).

Finally our Folk Music Series is entitled “Folk Around the World: Women in Folk” and includes, (in addition to the Wailin Jennys from Canada), Lou & Peter Berryman (from Wisconsin), Ross Sutter his (women musican friends) in a Scandinavian Christmas, Diane Jarvi and her Finnish Kantele, Laura & the Lads (Irish), Ann Reed’s Heroes show, and Caleigh (a Celtic group).

Check out all four series or buy tickets to concerts individually. We don’t really care how you do it, we just want you to help us celebrate a community that’s so rich in Academics, Athletics AND the Arts! – Check out all the Visual Art Shows in town as well (Kaddatz Hotel, MState, River Inn, Hospital)

And join us at our Talk of the Town fundraiser on October 8th to celebrate ALL of the above!

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