Wednesday, October 24, 2012
ROCHESTER, Minn. — The public is invited to enjoy four Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Program concerts in November. Performances will be on Mondays from 12:10 to 1 p.m., unless otherwise indicated.
The schedule is:
Nov. 5: Grammy-nominated folk singer and songwriter John McCutcheon will perform a concert in Barbara Woodward Lips Atrium, subway level, Rochester Methodist Hospital, Charlton Building, 10 Third Ave. NW. McCutcheon's busy schedule includes headlining at international folk festivals, recording his own albums, producing benefit albums in support of community groups and touring other countries on behalf of local initiatives such as literacy and women's health. His own music is steeped in storytelling about place, family and strength. Early in his career, he apprenticed with Appalachian musicians in eastern Kentucky. McCutcheon has also produced documentaries and written books and instructional materials for young musicians. In September, he released "This Land: Woody Guthrie's America," an album he produced in honor of Guthrie's 100th birthday.
Nov. 12: The Blackburns will perform an old-time country and bluegrass concert in Hage Atrium, subway level, Siebens Medical Education Building, 100 Second Ave. SW. The Blackburns are a husband and wife duo with Art on guitar, and Teresa on guitar, ukulele and bass. They have been singing duets together for several years and married last year. Teresa learned to sing and play classic country music from her family. In 2002, she formed a band with her mother, brother and daughter called Buggy Whipp. She also co-founded and performs with The Bluegrass Continentals. Art has also founded bluegrass bands, including Monroe Crossing, and has been a fixture in the Minnesota bluegrass community for decades. He's recorded 13 CDs and has been a studio musician on many others.
Nov. 19: The Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet will perform an evening concert at 6:30 p.m. in Landow Atrium, subway level, Gonda Building. The quartet, described by The New York Times as "something extraordinary," has been profiled in The Boston Globe and the Chamber Music Magazine for pioneering performances in nontraditional venues. They were the first Artist-in-Residence with Minnesota Public Radio for the 2009–10 season. They won the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String.
Quartet Competition in 2005. They have also received critical acclaim for their recordings of Bartók's String Quartets Nos. 2 and 5 and of György Ligeti's String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2. Quartet members include violinists Daniel Chong and Karen Kim, violist Jessica Bodner and cellist Kee-Hyun Kim.
Nov. 26: The Honors Choirs of Southeastern Minnesota will perform a choral concert in Hage Atrium. The Honors Choirs is a nonprofit organization of four auditioned youth choirs for singers in grades three through 12. Honors Choirs is in its 20th season. Its mission is to promote the highest standard of excellence in the preparation and performance of choral music, while 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 more than 240 singers from 27 communities and 54 schools throughout southeastern Minnesota.
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 the late Rosemary Willson in memory of her 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.
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