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Fall 2014 Performance Series Season

Fall Performance Series events and student ensemble concerts.



The Minnesota State University Department of Music Performance Series announces its fall schedule of visiting artist concert events. In addition to the professional artist series, the Department of Music will offer 14 student ensemble concerts over the course of the fall semester. 


The Performance Series offers contemporary and ethnically diverse music featuring nationally and internationally recognized artists. The Series also integrates instruction through master classes, clinics and workshops benefitting the university community, Mankato area residents and K-12 students.


Fall semester Performance Series concert and artist highlights include:


Thursday, Sept. 11: The Last Revel, a three-piece acoustic group using traditional folk-minded three-part harmonies with honest and meaningful lyrics. Band members pride themselves on their desire to write, perform, and entertain their fans.


Sunday, September 14: The Minneapolis Guitar Quarter with flamenco dance Colette Illarde feature music of Spanish composers Enrique Granados and Joaquin Rodrigo arranged by the MGQ.  The choreography by Ms. Illarde reflects the extraordinary vitality of Spanish culture and includes Spanish regional and folk dancing and flamenco.


Tuesday, September 16: Steve Kaul and The Brass Kings perform with metal-bodied resophonic guitars, washtub bass, washboard and fiddle, shifting from jug band music to wild improvisational ragas, blending folk music traditions into a pulsing groove.


Sunday, September 21: Speaking in Tongues are four astonishing musicians from four different cultures with four native tongues. With superb musicianship and an infectious camaraderie, the group draws on many sources, blending music from four different cultures on a stage full of instruments from all over the world. 


Monday, September 29: Slaid Cleaves, one of the more underrated songwriters around, writes gritty, dirt-under-the-nails songs about factory workers, war vets, union jobs, small town life and derailed dreams that might make you think of Bruce Springsteen, James McMurtry or Steve Earle. 


Thursday, October 2: John Solomon and Communist Daughter are receiving glowing reviews from critics all over the United States as the group steps out onto the national stage. Solomon has assembled an Indie/Pop group worth taking note of. John Solomon was recently named one of Five Emerging Artists to Watch by Avid, the makers of ProTools and M-Audio.  


Sunday, October 12: April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer/songwriter. Her ninth album, “Bright Like Gold”, captures a woman who’s grown from a prodigy into an enduring artist.


Sunday, November 2:  Rob Meany and Terramara create original piano-based pop rock, melding smart songcraft and clever lyrics with catchy melodies, tight grooves, rich harmonies and an edgy, rock sensibility. For its third full-length release, “Dust & Fiction”, the band teamed with producer Jon Herchert to create its most sonically rich album yet.  


Saturday, November 8: Chastity Brown writes original music that mirrors the hunger, desperation and confidence that runs through our times.  Touring the United States and Europe, Brown has been hailed by NPR, CMT, American Songwriter, The London Times, and Paste Magazine as a songwriter to watch.  


Sunday, November 9: Musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra and the Chiarina Piano Quartet gather for an evening of superb classical music favorites.  The group consists of Mary Horozaniecki, violin; Richard Marshall, viola; Sachiya Isomura, cello; Robert Anderson, double bass; and David Viscoli, piano.


Saturday, November 22: Madison, Wisconsin, blues powerhouse group The Jimmys perform a sensational mixture of blues and R & B. The group’s sound features killer horns, greasy guitars, funky keys, and a “in the pocket” rhythm section with the heart and soul the size of Brazil. 


In addition to Performance Series events, the Department of Music will offer a number of student ensemble concerts, including the Concert Choir, David Dickau, conductor; University Chorale, Rodney Urtel, conductor; Concert Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, Amy Roisum-Foley, conductor; University Orchestra, Joseph Rodgers, conductor; the University Percussion Ensemble, Michael Thursby, director; and the Jazz Mavericks Big Band and Contemporary Vocal and Instrumental Ensembles, Douglas Snapp, director.


Online ticketing will be available Tuesday, August 26.  For more information, visit or call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.


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