2013 Feature: Musical Notes from Europe
A total of 650 people attended the five part cultural program series Musical Notes from Europe which took place in late fall, 2013, and was paid for by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
The Parisian Coffee House concert, Midnight in the City of Lights with Dan Newton with his Cafe Accordion Orchestra opened the series.
The second concert, A Russian Evening, offered a variety of authentic Eastern European music. The pianist, Marina Veiler, was accompanied by Yuri Orlov on the viola and violin with selections of Gypsy and folk music. Classical guitarist Eva Beneke represented modern Russian music with three works by Sibirian composer Konstantin Wassiliev.
The highlight of the series was the Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill - The Berlin Years concert with some of the brightest stars of the Twin Cities music world. Dan Chouinard performed on the accordion and keyboard. Other stars included Bradley Greenwald, Prudence Johnson and Diana Grasselli. Prior to the concert, we provided a social and cultural introduction of Berlin with the lecture and discussion based on the book Bertolt Brecht's Berlin with Russ Christensen, Professor Emeritus for linguistics and German language from Hamline University. This discussion drew 50 people. Professor Christensen also narrated short segments of the concert, providing a historical context to the music.
The final concert, A Musical Tour of Eastern Europe, was performed by the Balalaika Orchestra to a full house at Saint Paul Central Library.