Fall 2017 Performance Schedule

Robert Robinson

Robert Robinson – Holiday Performance

Sunday, December 10th, 4:00PM, Doors at 3:30PM
Tickets $15 in advance available through Eventbrite. $20 at the door. 
 
 
 

A native of Minnesota, Robert is perceived as the “Pavarotti of Gospel” in the Twin Cities.  At the early age of six, Robert began singing with his family, “The Robinson Children.”  In 1992 Robert decided to make music his full-time career. He has performed for such greats as Aretha Franklin, Jermaine Jackson, Prince, the Clark Sisters, The Steeles and the Sounds of Blackness. For 15 years Robert toured with nationally celebrated pianist Lorie Line and her Pop Chamber Orchestra as the featured soloist.

Robert has 13 solo projects to his credit.  He also produced three additional projects through Compass Productions that were distributed exclusively through Target Stores. His latest releases–“Lullabies From the Heart” and “A Celebration of Praise” have been kindly reviewed and celebrated by the media and his fans.

For nearly 20 years Robert was the executive/artistic director of the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir and Ensemble.  Together they traveled the state of Minnesota and throughout the Upper Midwest and recorded three CD projects. For the past five years, Robert currently works as Artist-In-Residence for First Covenant Church-Minneapolis. He sits on the ministry team and directs the community gospel choir there.

Robert has traveled nationally and internationally.  He was voted “Best Gospel Artist” by the Minnesota Music Academy in 2004 and 2006.  Robert is known for his powerful and sensitive delivery.  His goal in music is to make a positive difference through his gift of song.

Winter 2018 Performance Schedule

Second Saturday Organ Recital

Featuring organists Parker Hinnenkamp & Tom Hamilton

Saturday, January 13th, 2:00 PM
Recital is free to attend but donations are encouraged. 
 
Join us the second Saturday of January for our monthly organ recital on the beautiful and newly refurbished Felgemaker organ.
Concert parking is available at the Damiano Center across the street. Accessible entrance is on 2nd Avenue. Free-will donation taken at all concerts with proceeds going to the Felgemaker Organ Maintenance Fund. 

Friends of the Felgemaker is dedicated to the generation of awareness, interest and funds for the restoration and maintenance of the 1898 Felgemaker organ at Sacred Heart Music Center, a musical treasure in the Northland.

Superior Siren

Superior Siren – Album Release Show!

Saturday, January 13th, 7:30PM, Doors at 7:00PM
Tickets $10 in advance available through Eventbrite. $15 at the door.  
 

Superior Siren is an all-female eerie folk project created on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota. The music vexes listeners with alluring vocals, haunting melodies, and mesmerizing blends of strings and percussion. Superior Siren is lead by singer-songwriter and guitarist Laura Sellner. Since her solo debut in 2012, the musician has continued to captivate audiences with songs of unfeigned honesty and heartfelt emotions.

Superior Siren will launch their debut, self-titled, full length album in January 2018. The collection of songs, written by singer-songwriter Laura Sellner, portrays the waves of raw emotion and alluring intensity that lives within the music. The album features four songs previously released on the solo Superior Siren EP “Lotus in the Muck” in 2014. Those tracks have since grown in captivation with the talents of cellist Rachel Gobin, bassist Nyssa Krause, and drummer Emma Deaner. The remaining six songs of new material complete the album with swells of enchanting melodies and moods of ominous storms. The album will intrigue listeners with dream-like serenades and eerie echoes of doom.

The album was recorded at Sacred Heart Recording Studio in Duluth, Minnesota. The album was produced and mixed by Tom Fabjance (The Lowest Pair/Alan Sparhawk/Dave Simonett,)mastered by Huntley Miller (Bon Iver/Dead Man Winter/HALEY,)and manufactured by Noiseland Industries(Low/Atmosphere/Poliça/Charlie Parr,) with album artwork by Wolfskull Creative.

Wendy Durrwachter

Wendy Durrwachter: A Showcase Concert 

Thursday, January 18th, 7:30PM, Doors at 6:45PM
Tickets $12 in advance available through Eventbrite. $16 at the door. 
 

This concert will premiere compositions by Duluth composer, Wendy Durrwachter, featuring as soloists: Erin Aldridge, William Bastian, and Adam Sippola.  Additional orchestral performers from the Twin Ports are the Highland String Quartet (Steve Highland, Betsy Husby, Laurie Bastian, Ron Kari); Melanie Sever; Jefferson Campbell; Jim Pospisil; Vince Osborn; Edward Willett; Ted Schoen; Kim Stellmaker Anderson; Earl Salemink; Jeremy Craycraft; Brett Jones; and Cory Coffman.

A world premiere to be performed is “Ultra Vires,” a term of legalese which translates to “beyond the powers.”  This piece is in four movements and seeks to explore sonically the juxtaposition and interrelation of two ideas: boundaries and power.  It is scored for solo violin (Erin Aldridge) and large chamber orchestra.  It will eventually be turned into a violin concerto with full orchestra.

Another world premiere is a song cycle for tenor, Adam Sippola, with Durrwachter at the piano.  The text comprises of three poems by William Butler Yeats.  Bill Bastian will perform three songs with text the composer has compiled from poetry of Duluth’s beloved Louis Jenkins.  Vince Osborn and Edward Willett will perform Elegy for the Unmentioned, a duet for bass and cello, commissioned by Osborn.

Wendy Durrwachter studied piano in Green Bay, Wisconsin with Bp. Michael Bent and music composition at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with Judith Lang Zaimont. Additional information:  wendydurrwachter.com

Second Saturday Organ Recital

Featuring organists Sam Black and David Tryggestad

Saturday, February 10th, 2:00 PM
Recital is free to attend but donations are encouraged. 
 
Join us the second Saturday of February for our monthly organ recital on the beautiful and newly refurbished Felgemaker organ.
Concert parking is available at the Damiano Center across the street. Accessible entrance is on 2nd Avenue. Free-will donation taken at all concerts with proceeds going to the Felgemaker Organ Maintenance Fund. 

Friends of the Felgemaker is dedicated to the generation of awareness, interest and funds for the restoration and maintenance of the 1898 Felgemaker organ at Sacred Heart Music Center, a musical treasure in the Northland.

Haley

Haley’s 2nd Annual Valentines Day Show with Venus Demars

Wednesday, February 14th, 7:30 PM doors at 7:00  
Tickets:$13 in advance available through Eventbrite.com, $15 at the door.
 

HALEY (fka Haley Bonar) has spent a lot of the past few years poring over her past. That has something to do with the sound of her recent recordings, whether it be her recent solo efforts or the throwback funky punky grooves of her side project Gramma’s Boyfriend.

But on her latest album Impossible Dream, this glance in the rearview has also inspired some of the most poignant and pointed work of her long career as songwriter even if you have to dig a little to find HALEY within the tunes.

“I was writing short stories for a while, mostly for myself,” she says. “But in some ways you can afford a lot more when you’re writing something that’s three minutes long versus something that’s detailed and is obvious that it’s you. This is me looking back on memory lane and just using little fragments that are relevant to the song so it feels a little less naked.”

Impossible Dream then, like all of HALEY’s work, gains its power from a combination of the personal and universal. Even when she sings about her days hitting up basement punk shows on “Better Than Me” or kicks off this album with an ode to her formative years in the gently chiming “Hometown,” it will surely stir up memories from your own younger days.

 

The New Standards

The New Standards

Friday, February 23rd, 7:30 PM doors at 7:00  
 
Tickets: Adults: $20 in advance, available shortly through Eventbrite.com. $25 at the door.
 
First off, a “cover” band we’re not. We operate more on the model of jazz bands in the 50 ‘s and 60’s that utilized the popular songs of their day to riff off of. We love the songs we bring to the project and try to enhance them as best we can. The great thing about this band is the fodder, the raw material, the repertory, is endless. We’ll take on Kurt Weill or Adam Ant.
This current CD which we are on the road promoting, “Sunday Morning Coming Down” is a bit more serious. Both John and I lost loved ones while making the record (my wife, and his mother) and a little of that melancholy seeped in. But it also serves as a vehicle of escape and expression for us all, and benefits from both the Yin and Yang of loss and celebration.
 

Second Saturday Organ Recital

Featuring organists Rachael Kresha & Brian Kapp

Saturday, March 10th, 2:00 PM
Recital is free to attend but donations are encouraged. 
 
Join us the second Saturday of March for our monthly organ recital on the beautiful and newly refurbished Felgemaker organ.
Concert parking is available at the Damiano Center across the street. Accessible entrance is on 2nd Avenue. Free-will donation taken at all concerts with proceeds going to the Felgemaker Organ Maintenance Fund. 

Friends of the Felgemaker is dedicated to the generation of awareness, interest and funds for the restoration and maintenance of the 1898 Felgemaker organ at Sacred Heart Music Center, a musical treasure in the Northland.

Second Saturday Organ Recital

Featuring organists Velda Graham Bell & Karen Hanson Sande

Saturday, April 14th, 2:00 PM
Recital is free to attend but donations are encouraged. 
 
Join us the second Saturday of April for our monthly organ recital on the beautiful and newly refurbished Felgemaker organ.
Concert parking is available at the Damiano Center across the street. Accessible entrance is on 2nd Avenue. Free-will donation taken at all concerts with proceeds going to the Felgemaker Organ Maintenance Fund. 

Friends of the Felgemaker is dedicated to the generation of awareness, interest and funds for the restoration and maintenance of the 1898 Felgemaker organ at Sacred Heart Music Center, a musical treasure in the Northland.

Second Saturday Organ Recital

Featuring organist Nils Halker

Saturday, May 12th, 2:00 PM
Recital is free to attend but donations are encouraged. 
 
Join us the second Saturday of May for our monthly organ recital on the beautiful and newly refurbished Felgemaker organ.
Concert parking is available at the Damiano Center across the street. Accessible entrance is on 2nd Avenue. Free-will donation taken at all concerts with proceeds going to the Felgemaker Organ Maintenance Fund. 

Friends of the Felgemaker is dedicated to the generation of awareness, interest and funds for the restoration and maintenance of the 1898 Felgemaker organ at Sacred Heart Music Center, a musical treasure in the Northland.