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Twelve on tap

Marshall Area Fine Arts Council reveals upcoming performance series

May 19, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - The Marshall Area Fine Arts Council is offering a deal - 12 concerts for just $50, featuring everything from bluegrass to classical music.

The 2012-2013 Marshall Area Fine Arts Council's performance series was recently announced, which includes a bluegrass band, songs from the '60s, comedic musical theater and chamber music. All Marshall concerts will be at the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts.

"It's a good variety," said Karen Bakke, head of the MAFAC performance committee.

Bakke said the performance committee has the task of trying to find new acts to be part of the series.

"We get to listen (to the acts) and that's how we pick them," Bakke said.

Kicking off the season is Sirens of the '60s, a show created by Colleen Ray of Girl Singers of the Hit Parade, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. The show celebrates the music of such popular singers as Cher, Carole King, Nancy Sinatra and Barbra Streisand.

Bakke said that since the Richie Lee and the Fabulous '50s show went over so well this past season, it was decided to bring in another group from a similar era.

"It seems like the Marshall crowd enjoys '50s and '60s (music)," Bakke said. "Richie Lee was a success."

Monroe Crossing will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. The group, named after Bill Monroe, the "Father of Bluegrass Music," plays a mixture of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and original music.

"They always seem to draw a crowd," Bakke said of Monroe Crossing. "They're also looking to do an ecumenical service the day after their concert (on Nov. 25)."

Bakke said Monroe Crossing will return to Marshall on Nov. 29 to do an orchestra workshop with the schools.

A chamber music ensemble, Thuringer Salonquinett, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17. The quintet, which is comprised of two violins, cello, double bass and piano, is committed to the central European tradition of light and entertaining music.

"We thought they would be good for the classical (music) lover," Bakke said.

Rounding out the season is Two on Tap at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Two on Tap is two long-time friends and musical theater performers, Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano, combining music from Broadway's early days and tap choreography into a hit show.

"They are like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were years ago," Bakke said. "They sing, dance and do a little comedy."

A performance series subscription also includes free admission to each of the four concerts with the Minnesota Valley Concert Association in Montevideo and free admission to four concerts at the Redwood Concert Association in Redwood Falls. So it's 12 concerts for the price of four, Bakke said.

Although it's not part of the performance series, Bakke said the Cantus men's vocal ensemble will have a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is sponsored by Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, Bakke said.

"We are so fortunate they are coming here," Bakke said. She said the ensemble will also do a special performance at the Morningside Heights nursing home.

If anyone is interested in being part of the performance committee and having a say in what goes into next season's series, Bakke said it's looking for volunteers.



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