Wednesday, May 23, 2012
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The public is invited to enjoy four Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Program concerts in June. The outdoor performances will be on Mondays from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rochester Peace Plaza, corner of First Street S.W. and First Avenue S.W. In case of poor weather, the concerts will move to Barbara Woodward Lips Atrium, subway level, Charlton Building, 10 Third Ave. N.W.
The schedule is:
June 4: Six Mile Grove will perform an Americana and roots rock concert that features music from their new album, "Secret Life in a Quiet Town." In this album, front man Brandon Sampson muses on the responsibilities of providing for a family, keeping love alive, and fighting for what's right in the world. Other band members are Brian Sampson, Barry Nelson and Dezi Wallace. The group has produced five other albums.
June 11: The John Paulson Quartet will perform a jazz concert. Paulson taught for 30 years at St. Mary's University in Winona, Minn. He teaches summer jazz workshops and outreach programs for students in the Winona area. The quartet plays at many festivals and clubs in the region and has performed live on Minnesota Public Radio's "Morning Show." Paulson has also performed with Mel Torme, Johnny Mathis, the Cab Calloway Orchestra and the Temptations. Joining Paulson on stage will be Michael Sloane, a freelance bassist and string teacher; Rich MacDonald, a drummer and director of Winona State University's jazz studies program; and Cliff Jack, M.D., a Mayo Clinic doctor who will play guitar.
June 18: Honors Choirs of Southeastern Minnesota will perform selections from the Broadway musical "Godspell," along with cast members from the full production. In its 20th season, the Honors Choirs is a nonprofit organization of five auditioned youth choirs for singers in grades three through 12.Its mission is to promote the highest standard of excellence in the preparation and performance of choral music, seeking to provide artistic challenge and growth opportunities for youth throughout the region and enjoyment for the community at large. This year, the choirs include 230 singers from 24 different communities and 50 schools throughout southeast Minnesota.
June 25: The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra (GCO) will perform a mix of original and traditional bluegrass-edged tunes and East Indian ragas. Some consider GCO's music to be newgrass art rock that combines traditional bluegrass with jazz and world, fusion music. Their latest album, released in 2011, is "All Out of Peaches." Players include
Dan Neale on guitar, Lisi Wright on fiddle, John Wright on bass and Mark O'Day on drums and percussion. The band formed in 2008 and has been developing a devoted fan base throughout the Midwest, Southeast and East Coast.
Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine, the Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Program is coordinated by Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester. The series is generously funded by Rosemary Willson in memory of her late husband, Meredith Willson, who wrote the Broadway musical "The Music Man." The gift is made in gratitude for the couple's care at
Mayo Clinic. More information can be found online.
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