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June 11, 2011
By Cindy Votruba ( , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Mexican brass, flamenco dance, an internationally-known choral group and a young man's tribute to Buddy Holly are just a part of upcoming shows in Marshall.

The lineup for the 2011-2012 Marshall Area Fine Arts Council's performance series was recently announced.

All of Marshall's concerts are at the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts.

Membership to the series also includes four reciprocity concerts with the Minnesota Valley Community Concert Association from Montevideo and four reciprocity concerts with the Redwood Concert Association in Redwood Falls. Montevideo's concerts are at the Montevideo Fine Arts Center and Redwood Falls' performances will be at the Estebo Performing Arts Center at the Redwood Valley High School.

"We're really excited about the added benefit to bring to our subscribers," said Pat Schultz, chairwoman of MAFAC's performing arts series.

Kicking off the series in Marshall is Metales M5 Mexican Brass at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5. The group is the Ensemble-in-Residence at Mexico's Conservatorio de las Rosas and it mixes classical, world, contemporary and popular music into its performances.

"It's the most popular brass quintet from Mexico, Schultz said. "They play a wide genre of music. They play every kind of music you can imagine."

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. It is a Minneapolis-based 32-voice ensemble and was called "polished, bright and brilliantly balanced" by the Times of London. The ensemble is also known for its appearances on A Prairie Home Companion. In her estimation, Schultz said VocalEssence is the highlight of the performance series.

"They're known internationally for choral music," Schultz said. "We're very lucky in Minnesota to have a home-based group."

Deborah Elias and Danza Espanola will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. They will perform authentic flamenco dance that features dance, guitar and song. Elias will also do an educational outreach program at local schools. Schultz said Elias, who is a member of the Minnesota State Arts Board's juried Arts in Education Roster of Artists and has taught at the University of Minnesota, comes highly recommended.

"It's true flamenco dance," Schultz said of Elias and Danza Espanola. Elias "It's something that's exposing another culture."

The last Marshall concert will be Richie Lee and the Fabulous '50s at 4 p.m. Sunday April 22, 2012. Lee, who is only 21 years old, won a Buddy Holly lookalike lip sync contest when he was 7 years old. Besides Holly, Lee and his band also pay tribute to the likes of Chuck Berry, Ricky Nelson, Elvis and Roy Orbison.

"This is always our one performance that is particularly fun," Schultz said.

Richie Lee is from Iowa and has performed Holly's music since he was a teen, Schultz said.

"This will be a lot of fun," Schultz said.

Concerts in Montevideo include: Mac Frampton Triumvirate, a pops trio, at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3; Three Style, standards performed by singers with a piano, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29; The Bottom Line Duo, a husband and wife bass and cello duo, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012; and RedHead Express, a Branson-style family show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, 2012.

RedHead Express was part of MAFAC's 2010-2011 performing arts series. Schultz said the group was well-received.

"They're highly popular and well-liked," Schultz said of RedHead Express.

Shows in Redwood Falls are: Street Corner Symphony, a male a cappella sextet, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4; Richie Lee and the Fabulous '50s at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3; Fry Street Quartet, a string quartet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2012; and Metales M5 Mexican Brass at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2012.

The cost of a performance series subscription is $45 for adults, $25 for a student/child and $100 for a family of four. Tickets to individual concerts are $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for children under 12. Subscriptions and tickets are available at the MAFAC arts center.



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