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Local musician attends prestigious summer percussion program


Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Jamie Mathison, a talented young musician from Preston, Minn., spent two weeks this summer studying percussion and steelpan at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Door County, Wis. Jamie is the daughter of Linda and Al and studies percussion privately with Tami Christianson. Jamie is a student at Fillmore Central. She was among only 38 young musicians selected from throughout the country to attend the Percussion & Steel Band session at the prestigious school, whose unique mission is to provide intensive, performance-based instruction to promising young musicians age 13-18 by immersing them in a professional, mentoring environment.

Founded in 1976, Birch Creek features a student-faculty ratio of approximately two-to-one. This provides students with an abundance of personal attention from their faculty mentors, who represent top music educators and performers from around the country. Students are given the opportunity to hone their technical skills and learn firsthand about all aspects of the life of a professional musician. During their two-week residency this summer, students attending the Birch Creek Percussion session performed seven joint concerts with their teachers before paying concertgoers.

The director of the Birch Creek Percussion and Steel Band program is Robert Chappell, head of percussion studies at Northern Illinois University. Mr. Chappell is also a composer of works for contemporary percussion, jazz groups, and cross-cultural styles, and an accomplished multi-percussionist. The Steel Band director is Al O'Connor. Mr. O'Connor is the founder of Birch Creek's Steel Band program and a retired professor of music from NIU, where he also founded the Percussion & Steel Band program. Birch Creek's steelpan artist-in-residence is Liam Teague. Mr. Teague, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, has performed as a steelpan soloist throughout the world, and is on the faculty at NIU. He is an active composer of works for steelpan, and has seven CDs to his credit.

Birch Creek also offers two-week resident summer sessions in Symphony and Big Band Jazz. For more information about Birch Creek and its programs, call (920) 868-3763 or e-mail mainoffice@birchcreek.org. Details are also available on the Birch Creek web site, www.birchcreek.org

Movie night in Whalan

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Remember the good ol' days when you watched movies outdoors. Well, in Whalan, we remember. Movies were projected on the city hall of Whalan for years, and we are doing it again.

Great entertainment, popcorn and an outdoor movie. What more co ..... 
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SEMAC awards artists in education grants

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

On August 17, 2010, the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc. (SEMAC) awarded 18 grants for a total of $103,682 in funding to applicants throughout southeastern Minnesota. This included eight Artists in Education Grants ..... 
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Gunfight draws a crowd

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

"I like it all. I'm really pleased that there wasn't any rain this year," smiled Jody Ruen when asked for her favorite thing about Buffalo Bill Days, an annual summer celebration held in Lanesboro. "The Cub Scouts passed out over 1,000 American flag ..... 
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Gunfight draws a crowd

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

"I like it all. I'm really pleased that there wasn't any rain this year," smiled Jody Ruen when asked for her favorite thing about Buffalo Bill Days, an annual summer celebration held in Lanesboro. "The Cub Scouts passed out over 1,000 American flag ..... 
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Spring Valley community Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Spring Valley - The script has been cast, rehearsals are in progress and the stage will soon be set for Brave Community Theatre of Spring Valley's, Alice in Wonderland. 2010 marks the 38th season that BCT has presented a theatrical production during ..... 
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Mabel '50's and '60's Days

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Some people call them the "good old days." It was a time of great change in the country, and in pop culture, that is looked back upon fondly by so many people that there are still celebrations in honor of the era. The 1950s and 1960s are the inspira ..... 
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Footloose rehearsals in high energy mode

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Rehearsals for Chatfield's Western Days Musical, Footloose, are in high gear and at an even higher energy level. Performances are August 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 14 at 5:00 p.m. at the historic (and-air conditioned) Potter Aud ..... 
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Passing the torch to Preston

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Arts & Culture

Wykoff has been the host of the Fillmore County Relay for Life for the past two years. However, Saturday morning the torch and duties were handed to Preston for the first time in fifteen years of the event's history in Fillmore County.

This ..... 
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