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Concert is inspired by water by a group inspired by Bob Dylan [UPDATED]

Published 9:28am Thursday, October 11, 2012 Updated 11:29am Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Minnesota-based contemporary chamber music group, Ensemble 61, took its name from Highway 61 as a tribute to Bob Dylan. The group will be performing at 7:30 p.m. at A Center for the Arts’ Fergus Theatre, 124 W. Lincoln Ave., downtown Fergus Falls on Saturday.

There are only 60 tickets available for this concert because seating is in an intimate setting on stage with the group. General seating tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children/students. Tickets can be purchased at our box office, by phone at 218-998-ARTS (2787) and online at

Ensemble 61 brings new and experimental works to the public through concerts at traditional and non-traditional venues, web-based broadcasts, education/outreach programs and community engagement.

The Fergus Falls performance is “Water Music,” a concert of music inspired by water. The pieces include Vox Balaena (Voice of the Whale) by George Crumb, Steamboat Bill, Junior by Magnus Lindberg, I Water, I Night by Morgan Krauss and The Waters of Time by Kirsten Broberg.

The group was founded by composer Kirsten Broberg and percussionist Erik Barsness. The group is named after Highway 61 as a tribute to Bob Dylan and the rich cultural history of the road. It makes an annual tour along Highway 61 from Canada down to New Orleans, stopping in communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Its members have been featured by internationally recognized presenters such as the American Academy in Rome, Sonic Fusion Festival in Edinburgh, Bang on a Can in Massachusetts, SEAMUS National Conference, June in Buffalo in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Soundfield New and Experimental Music Festival in Chicago, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Ensemble 61’s artists have received prestigious awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, Aaron Copland Fund, the Ditson Fund, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the American Composers Forum. Their work has been featured by National Public Radio’s Performance Today, the American Music Center’s NewMusicBox broadcast and publication, Tutti magazine and Voice and has been commercially released by Innova, Parma/Navona and BIS records.

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