Spring arts in full swing [UPDATED]Published 9:46am Thursday, April 11, 2013 Updated 11:47am Thursday, April 11, 2013
My computer says it’s currently 18 degrees outside and there is snow in the forecast as we move into the middle of April. It may not feel like spring, but spring is here believe it or not.
There is other evidence to consider, besides the weather.
For example, our spring Children’s Choir concert has come and gone, we have booked all of our Concerts in the Park for the summer, and auditions for Children’s Theater and the summer musical are only a month away. Spring is here. We are being inundated with flyers announcing various spring concerts at M State and the high school, whether it’s the jazz band or choir, The Empty Bowl benefit is only a week away, The Fergus Falls High School will be moving into the theater at the beginning of May to rehearse for their spring play.
We are already getting phone calls inquiring about our Summer Arts Academy this August. Spring is here.
With Spring comes a flurry of activity, not just in preparation for summer programming and theater rentals, but also a packed schedule of events here at the Center in April. The next event that I am really looking forward to is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19.
Not only do we have an amazing trio of musicians coming in, but local students in the Fergus Falls High School Chamber Orchestra will be opening the show and playing a number on stage with the Orange Mighty Trio.
The Orange Mighty Trio out of Minneapolis is composed of violinist Zack Kline, bass player Nick Guadette, and pianist Mike Vasich.
Unfortunately, Vasich is unable to come on April 19, but fortunately, the incredible guitarist Dean Magraw will be filling in for him. Magraw and Orange Mighty have played together before and have a great chemistry.
Orange Mighty has a very unique and beautiful sound, referred to as “maverick chamber music” by Minneapolis City Pages. They fuse together various genres such as jazz, American roots, and classical to create a one-of-a-kind musical experience. The Minneapolis Star Tribune describes the music as “…mountainy roots music with urban jazz and hints of classical, careening between beautiful, bold, and a bit of bombast.”
The group has been working closely with the Chamber Orchestra director, Laurie Strom.
The orchestra has been sent music already that they have been practicing.
When Orange Mighty Trio arrives in Fergus on Friday, April 19, they will have a rehearsal with the Chamber Orchestra who will join them on stage for a bit that night to open the show and play a song with the Trio. I can’t wait to hear how it sounds!
I hope you’ll consider joining us at the theater for that show. We want to encourage you to try something new, broaden your horizons, experience music that defies genres, and support local students as well.
This concert is sponsored in part by the Fergus Falls Concert Association. Keep in mind that members of the Concert Association get discounted tickets.
Kristin Fondriest is the executive assistant at A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls.