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Immersion in the arts great [UPDATED]

Published 10:16am Thursday, October 4, 2012 Updated 12:17pm Thursday, October 4, 2012

One of the joys of working at a place like A Center for the Arts is the opportunity to become immersed in the community of Fergus Falls, incubate new and unique partnerships, and collaborate with likely and unlikely groups and organizations.

Whether it’s bringing an educational outreach performance into an assisted living facility or the public schools, partnering with the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center on a community pageant, collaborating with the schools and the public library on a community reading project, or working with the Kaddatz Art Galleries on a joint grant, the possibilities are endless.

One of the reasons I’m excited about this week’s concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, is because it is a partnership between M State Fergus Falls and A Center for the Arts. Not to mention it is also made possible by the Legacy Amendment that you as Minnesotan voters voted for and sponsorship from The Current.

We are hosting the Caravan Du Nord concert in Legacy Hall on the M State campus, this Thursday (today) Oct. 4. It features local Fergus Falls band, Satin Strides, opening for two bands out of the Twin Cities: Zoo Animal and Tapes ‘n’ Tapes.

M State staff, faculty, and students get in free, while the general public only has to pay $5 to see all three bands. Besides the concert, there are also two free workshops being held on campus, featuring both Zoo Animal and Tapes ‘n’ Tapes, at 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The Caravan du Nord is a project of 89.3 The Current and the Minnesota Music Coalition, an organization that works to create partnerships between independent musicians, who are not traditionally viewed as members of the fine arts community, and presenters who are eager to connect with new audiences.

This is the second year that A Center for the Arts has been on Caravan Du Nord’s statewide tour. October is a busy month for us here at the Center. Then again, when aren’t we busy?

And it’s not just us here at the Center; the community of Fergus Falls is packed with things to do. October will see the Brewer’s Fest, the Taste of Fergus Falls, numerous art receptions at both the Kaddatz Art Galleries and the Lake Region Arts Council gallery, and three concerts here at A Center for the Arts.

The other upcoming concert we have at the theater on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. is Ensemble 61. Ensemble 61 is a contemporary chamber music ensemble out of Minneapolis.

They received a touring grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, allowing them to tour throughout greater Minnesota at a reduced rate for presenters like A Center for the Arts. Once again, this is made possible by the Legacy Amendment.

Get your tickets as soon as possible for Ensemble 61 because we only have 60 seats available for this intimate seating arrangement. The program they are doing for us at the Center is called “Water Music”-a concert of music inspired by water.

Works 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.

As always, for more information about any of our upcoming events, please visit our website at We hope to see you in October and beyond.


Kristin Fondriest is the executive assistant at A Center for the Arts in downtown Fergus Falls.

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