Adoption Story – Emerging Musicians

This flame was adopted by Rosei S, who has dedicated it to all the young emerging musical talent she enjoys. Rochester provides lots of opportunities for musicians, singers, and songwriters to get in front of audiences and try out new works, develop one’s performance chops, and promote one’s first efforts at recording.

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Adoption Story – MN Guitar Society

This flame was adopted by Ben G of Rochester, who dedicates it to the Minnesota Guitar Society. Ben is a performing guitarist and guitar instructor, and he speaks of how he was influenced early on by MGS concerts and the musicians he heard. To this day, MGS brings world class guitarists to Minnesota. They also sponsor open mic-style jams at a St. Paul coffee house, where guitarists of all abilities can meet other players and also perform casually in a non-threatening environment.

You can follow the MN Guitar Society on Facebook, or by visiting their website. Please consider making a donation to support their efforts to foster guitar performance and education in Minnesota.

Dedicated to the MN Guitar Society
Dedicated to the MN Guitar Society

Civic Music Board

I took a walk this afternoon through the Rochester pedestrian skyway system to our City Hall building so I could renew my disclosure form with the City. In my role on the Civic Music Advisory Board, I am essentially an unpaid employee of the city (some people call that “volunteering”, of course). What distinguishes my situation, however, is that I serve under the same requirements for honesty and integrity as paid city servants. So, it is necessary and good that I disclose any financial or other relationships I have with businesses that operate within the city, so that my participation on the Civic Music Advisory Board does not conflict in any unfair or improper way.

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Arts Ecosystem

Janet and I are lucky to be living in a town that not only has a vibrant arts culture, but has an arts culture that let’s us in! My limited experience with artistic communities in other cities gave me the impression that the community was hard to break into. Not in Rochester.

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Two Worlds

Janet and I spent a few days in Las Vegas just before the Christmas holiday, and it’s certainly a land of two worlds. The Las Vegas most of us think of is the glitzy, opulent, over-the-top world of casinos and night club acts. But, sitting in the desert as it does, there is another world, one of quiet majesty and extreme beauty.

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Thursdays

It’s a regular habit for Janet and me to take time after work on Thursdays in the summer months to walk Thursdays on First and Third. If you are not familiar with TOF, it is a weekly outdoor market and street fair, occupying a portion of downtown Rochester’s First Ave SE and historic Third Street, and put on by Downtown Rochester MN. Weather permitting, it runs every Thursday from the beginning of June through the end of August.

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Patreon

Under our current presidential administration we are facing the likelihood of loss of federal funding for the arts through entities like the National Endowment for the Arts. In Rochester, MN, where there is a strong arts presence, these cuts will have a profound impact. Recently, we participated in a community awareness event where citizens and musicians from the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale gather to sing an impromptu Hallelujah Chorus to show that we are opposed to cuts in funding for the arts. See a short video here.

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An Opera Affair

I took in yet another wonderful program from the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale  (RSOC) last night. I don’t consider myself much of an opera buff, but I’ve attended an opera once (in Europe in the early 1980s), and I do like operatic singing. The March program was all focused on opera. Here’s a quick review.

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Run Boy Run

“We hope your spirits will be lifted.” – An Interview with Matt Rolland of Run Boy Run

One of the things I like best about musicians in the folk, old-time, and bluegrass genres is how accessible and friendly they are. Meeting with Matt Rolland from Run Boy Run was no exception. Run Boy Run (from here I’ll abbreviate RBR) is in Rochester this week to participate in the Artist in the Schools program put on by Rochester Civic Music and Riverside Concerts. They finish their stay in Rochester with a full concert on Saturday, March 4, at the Rochester Art Center. Matt very kindly sat down with me for about 45 minutes to talk about RBR and their music.

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