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Strings, Winds & Brass - MSC Southeast showcase at The Sheldon Theatre on April 8
MSC Southeast students, staff and friends share their incredible talents at The Sheldon Theatre for "Strings, Winds & Brass" variety showcase
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Kelsey and Cora Duet
Red Wing, MN (March 9, 2017) -- From Classical, Cajun, and Celtic to Bluegrass, Big Band and Broadway, Strings, Winds & Brass is an opportunity for the students, staff and friends of Minnesota State College Southeast to share their musical artistry at the annual variety showcase. The college's signature band instrument repair, violin repair, and guitar repair & building programs draw students from across the United States and around the world, many with advanced education and performance degrees. This year, Strings, Winds & Brass will feature the talents of almost 50 performers from 19 states and Japan, Australia, China, and Canada!
Strings, Winds & Brass takes place on Saturday, April 8 (7:30 pm) at The Sheldon Theatre, 443 West 3rd Street, Red Wing, MN. Tickets are available at www.sheldontheatre.org and by phone at 800-899-5759. All tickets are general admission.
As the audiences enters the lobby of the Sheldon, they will be treated to music by the Kelsey and Cora Duet (clarinet & English horn). The concert begins at 7:30 with a spirited Celtic "session" and moves on to folk, classical, bluegrass, and jazz. Backed by piano, a duo calling itself Batman-ManBaT is planning to sing a duet from the Broadway show Wicked. Poet Carrie Allen will share her wry point of view in spoken word. It all wraps up with a dynamic big band set by Simple Bricks. In all, 14 acts will perform on stage; expect a fast paced and exciting show!
Highlight performance: Blue Wing
A ninth grader from Red Wing High School, 14-year-old Jenna Jablonski will be the youngest performer in Strings, Winds & Brass. Keiko Tsuda, who comes to the college from Japan by way of Australia, found housing with Jenna's family for the school year. Jenna and Keiko quickly became friends and share an interest in music. When Keiko heard Jenna sing she realized her amazing talent. Keiko formed a contemporary jazz-rock band with some of her very talented friends from the band instrument repair program, in order to perform in the event and showcase Jenna's singing ability. "Blue Wing" includes Keiko Tsuda, saxophone; Mark McGlinch, bass; Jake Smith, guitar; Jeff Dorman, drums; and Kyle Martin, piano. The band will perform songs made popular by Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 with Jenna on vocals.
This year's concert performers are:
- Celtic Wednesdays -- fiddles, mandolins, guitar, bodhrán
- Dawn Parker -- guitar and voice
- Dah! Quintet -- woodwinds
- Joseph Rach -- solo piano
- Batman-ManBaT -- vocal duo with piano
- Carrie Allen -- poet
- BIR (Band Instrument Repair) Saxophone Quartet
- Flatt & Square -- bluegrass/Cajun stringband
- 13 Below -- brass/woodwind ensemble
- Steven Charles -- guitar and voice
- Blue Wing -- contemporary jazz-rock
- Omobono and the Wedge Hollowers -- violin and cello
- Thomas Stark -- solo bassoon
- Simple Bricks -- big band jazz
Advance tickets are $15.00 adults, $5.00 students. For tickets, call The Sheldon (651-388-8700, toll free 800-899-5759), visit the box office, or go to www.sheldontheatre.org. Advance tickets are also available at the MSC Southeast bookstore. Seats are general admission; doors open at 7 pm day of show.
For press information, contact Katryn Conlin, 651-385-6364 or firstname.lastname@example.org. High resolution photos of all of the performing groups are available (See the Facebook photo album).
About Minnesota State College Southeast
Minnesota State College Southeast is a two-year technical and community college that prepares students for a lifetime of learning by providing education for employment, skill enhancement, retraining, and transfer, to meet the needs of students and the community. The Winona campus opened in 1949, merging with the Red Wing campus in 1992 and updating its name to Minnesota State College Southeast in 2016 with the change of mission to offer both technical training and the associate of arts degree. The college's signature band instrument repair, violin repair, and guitar repair & building programs draw students from across the United States and around the world, many with advanced education and performance degrees. Minnesota State College Southeast is a member of Minnesota State. For more information, visit www.southeastmn.edu.