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Author Mark Lee Gardner to Discuss new book: Shot All To Hell: The Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest EscapeSubmitted by Jane B McWilliams on Mon, 09/02/2013 - 6:53pm
Northfield Historical Society Executive Director Hayes Scriven announces that just in time for the 2013 Defeat of Jesse James Days, author Mark Lee Gardner will highlight some of the new findings about the Northfield raid in his recently released book Shot All to Hell: The Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape.
Soon after the book’s release in July, in her review in the New York Journal of Books, Doris Meredith says:
“Mr. Gardner's meticulously researched history of the Northfield raid and its bloody aftermath is told in the kind of compelling narrative that all historians should emulate. Not a word more than necessary is used to draw a clear and detailed picture of not only the eight members of the James-Younger gang, but of those whose lives were touched, or in some cases, ended by the outlaws.”
Submitted by Bonnie Jean Flom on Sat, 08/31/2013 - 8:39pm
Interested in learning about the options available to you under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Want more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace? The League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls is pleased to announce a public forum addressing the ACA on Tuesday, September 17th at 7 pm at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield.
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Tue, 08/27/2013 - 11:45am
The Bridge Chamber Music Festival concludes its musical series with a concert at Carleton Concert Hall this evening, Tuesday, August 27, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. Featured guests are Susanna Perry Gilmore, Concertmaster of the Memphis Symphony, Sabina Thatcher, Principal Viola Emeritus of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Anthony Ross, Principal Cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra. Accompanying tonight’s special guests at the highly-anticipated performance are Violinist Francesca Anderegg, Violist Charles Gray and Cellist David Carter, music faculty at St. Olaf College, along with Pianist Nicola Melville, music faculty at Carleton College.
“It's a privilege and a joy to work with such fine musicians,” said Artistic Director David Carter, speaking of his colleagues and special musical guests, all of whom are currently or have been first chair players in major orchestras and are well-known nationally.
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Sun, 08/25/2013 - 1:59pm
The Bridge Chamber Music Festival's jazz series continues on Monday August 26, with a performance by the Twin Cities - based band “Snowblind.” This concert will be held at 7:30 pm in the Northfield Middle School Auditorium. Snowblind will also feature Northfield’s own David Hagedorn on vibes.
“For this particular concert, we will be performing the music of acclaimed bassist Dave Holland who leads his own quintet, sextet, octet, and big band,” said Reid Kennedy, Snowblind’s drummer. "Holland performed with Miles Davis, Kenny Wheeler, Chick Corea, and countless other jazz greats,” he added. “His groups often include vibraphone, which is why we wasted no time in contacting Dave Hagedorn to join us in this project. He has a strong understanding of Holland's music, and it gives us a rare opportunity to perform with a chordal instrument,” said Kennedy.
The group Snowblind, part of the Twin Cities jazz community, has been together for over seven years. Reid Kennedy said they know David Hagedorn through his work at St. Olaf and as a mainstay in the jazz scene in the Cities. “He was a guest soloist with the U of M Jazz Ensemble when some of us were in school, and we've been in touch ever since. We have also performed with him in other bands including Pete Whitman's X-tet,” Kennedy commented.
“We’re able to witness some history in jazz as it progressed from its classical roots into the second half of the 20th century,” Artistic Director David Carter added, speaking of the Festival’s two jazz concerts: the first featuring Laura Caviani, who played classical jazz renditions from the 20s and 30s, and next on tap Snowblind, performing fluid, free form group improvisations, by Dave Holland, the English-born progressive jazz composer.
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Sat, 08/24/2013 - 8:50am
Sunday, August 25th brings the Young Artist Recital, featuring performers from the area in chamber and solo settings. This concert will be held at 2 p.m. in Studio A of Skifter Hall on the St. Olaf campus. Admission is free.
"Serving the musicians and music-lovers of the future has been an important goal of the Bridge Chamber Music Festival since its inception. We feel that gaining experience in music helps young people in developing fine motor coordination, patience and perseverance, and self-confidence,” said the Bridge Chamber Music Festival's Artistic Director David Carter. “The Festival provides young musicians with performance opportunities, with the assistance of funding through Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council.”
“The beauty of this concert is seeing so many different ages and so many people involved in music at an actually quite advanced level and to have them all enjoy being there together. They appreciate music, and we’re thankful for those involved,” said Charles Gray, Professor of Music (Viola) at St. Olaf College. “Most of the families represented are deeply committed to advancing the fine arts in Northfield,” added Gray.
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Fri, 08/23/2013 - 12:01pm
The Bridge Chamber Music Festival has been turning up the heat in the classical music scene this week, but new this season are some cool jazz performances to add to the musical soirée, the first of which is Friday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. Pianist Laura Caviani will be performing at Carleton College’s Concert Hall, and on Monday, August 26th, the group Snowblind will chill things out to complete the jazz series as part of the week-long music festival.
“We're very excited to bring two jazz programs to our audiences this year,” said Artistic Director David Carter. “Laura Caviani is a wonderful jazz player, with a classical background to bring both worlds together in a unique way,” said Carter.
Bridging the gap between the two genres, Caviani has created a repertoire called “From Bach to Bop” that explores the artful musical compositions of jazz arrangements stemming from classical pieces. Caviani will be joined by David Hagedorn, vibes; Chris Bates, bass; and Phil Hey on drums.
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Wed, 08/21/2013 - 12:53pm
As the second concert of the festival series unfolds, the Bridge Chamber Players take to the stage Thursday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m., at St. Olaf College in Urness Recital Hall.
Artist Director David Carter, who is also the Professor of Music (cello) at St. Olaf College, will be performing that evening along with colleagues and special guests for the highly anticipated chamber performance.
One of selected pieces is from composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904). It is widely known that this musician from Czechoslovakia spent some time in the United States as a director of a music school in New York City and for a few summers he frequented a small Czech community in Spillville, Iowa. “This American influence was infused in his music during that time period, and it’s fascinating to listen to,” said Carter. Although most composers of the time were traditionally in Europe, Dvořák was writing amazing masterworks right here in our country like the New World Symphony and The American Quartet. “It’s really an important part of Dvořák’s music and what he brought to the world -- this time he spent in America,” Carter added.
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 9:36pm
Tuesday evening’s Bridge Chamber Music Festival performance will feature the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and takes place at St. Olaf College, Christiansen Hall of Music in Urness Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 at the door.
The Parker Quartet consists of violinists Daniel Chong and Ying Xue, violist Jessica Bodner, and cellist Kee-hyun Kim.
This brief interview is with Daniel Chong, first violinist for the quartet.
Please share with us some insights into the world of chamber music. What is its appeal, intrigue and overall experience?
Chong: Chamber music is one of the most intimate sub-genres of western classical music. Although the trio sonatas from the Baroque era can be considered the original impetus, chamber music today can consist of anywhere between two individuals to a fairly large ensemble with one individual to a part and usually no conductor. This last aspect contributes to the intimacy and intensity of this type of music-making because it requires everyone on stage to be communicating with each other as true equals with individual personalities.
The string quartet medium represents the crown jewel of chamber music. Not only because of the extensiveness and richness of the repertoire, but more importantly, because the string quartet has a history of inspiring composers to write some of their most personal and daring compositions. Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Schoenberg are only a few of the great composers who used the string quartet as a platform striving for incredible beauty, creativity, and depth.
What works will The Parker Quartet be performing on August 20th in Northfield and why have you chosen these specific pieces?
Chong: Tuesday night's program includes works of Mozart, Bartók, and Dvorák. Mozart's K.428 quartet is the third of six quartets dedicated to Franz Joseph Haydn - widely regarded as the father of the string quartet and mentors to both Mozart and Beethoven. Although he dashed off five of the six quartets with ease this one took a little time which is a bit ironic considering it is one of his most genial and good-natured works. Bartók is a composer we love exploring. His Quartet No.3 was written in 1927 and is his most compact and concentrated quartets. Bartók was an ethnomusicologist in addition to being a composer so you can hear him implement a lot of folk music into his works. Dvorák is at the heart of the Romantic period. A Czech composer with a flair for joy, a sweetness for love, and most of all a composer who has an incredible ability to bring out the spirit of fun with wonderful creativity, his Quartet in C Major, Op.61 encompasses all of this and is a work that we have thoroughly enjoyed playing this season.
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 10:29am
“The Parker Quartet is truly one of the nation’s finest young string quartets,” said Bridge Chamber Music Festival’s Artistic Director David Carter. The quartet that performs around the world won a Grammy award for Best Chamber Music Performance, for their recording of Composer György Ligeti works, among other notable accolades. Most recently, they were Artist-in-Residence with Minnesota Public Radio and have partnered with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra along with universities in the Twin Cities area and across the United States.
“They are a very prestigious ensemble, and we are thrilled to have them a part of our festival here in Northfield,” said Carter. “They will perform three major works on August 20th. The Quartet in E-flat major by W. A. Mozart is from a set of six quartets that Mozart dedicated to his famous colleague and mentor Franz Joseph Haydn. This collection is a model of classical grace and elegance.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 4:24pm
“If war comes, I’m going!” exclaimed Halvor Quie after reading Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. One-hundred-fifty years ago, young men from the Northfield area committed life and limb to a cause greater than themselves. The Civil War pitted Americans against each other in a war so brutal that the effects continue on to date – from our standing army and international rules of war to insidious regional stereotypes that continue to fester.
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 11:50am
The Bridge Chamber Music Festival is pleased to announce its 15th season of chamber music and related activities in Northfield, spanning August 20-27. The Festival is a proud recipient of an Arts and Cultural Heritage Grant, through funding from the Minnesota Legislature.
The Festival begins on August 20th with a program featuring the Grammy Award winning Parker Quartet. The 7:30 pm concert, held in Urness Recital Hall in the Christiansen Hall of Music at St. Olaf College, features Mozart’s Quartet in E flat major, K.428, Bartok’s Quartet #3 and Dvorak’s Quartet in C major Op. 61. The Parker Quartet’s international performing career and recent recording accolades make this concert one not to be missed.
The Festival continues on August 22nd, with a program featuring the Bridge Chamber Players and some special guests. This 7:30 pm concert features Brahms’ Horn Trio, Op. 40, with Herb Winslow, Principal Horn of the Minnesota Orchestra. Also on the program is Sanit-Saens’ Tarantella for Flute, Clarinet and Piano, and Dvorak’s String Quintet Op. 97, subtitled “American” for being composed in the United States. The concert will be in Urness Recital Hall on the St. Olaf College campus.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Fri, 08/16/2013 - 10:08am
The Arts and Culture Commission of Northfield announces the 2013 Sidewalk Poetry Celebration to begin at 7:00 p.m. on August 29, 2013. The event will bring poetry lovers and sidewalk poets together to hear the poems read aloud, to meet poets, and to hear music by Bonnie and the Clydes. Before or after the scheduled event, people can pick up walking tour maps of poems in the downtown area free of charge and see the poems set into the sidewalks.
In 2011, Northfield launched the annual Sidewalk Public Poetry Project. Since then, in two competitions, 27 poems by local poets who range in age from a fourth-grader through seniors have been selected to become a permanent part of the Northfield landscape. Each one of the winning poems, imprinted into the concrete of our city sidewalks is remarkable on its own; collectively, they offer a sense of the spirit of our community.
Full text of all poems (along with authors’ names) can be found at http://ci.northfield.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=630
Submitted by Rob Schanilec on Wed, 08/14/2013 - 9:12am
This is a call out to artists of all ilks – dance, theater, visual, literary – join us for a drink at the Contented Cow for The Northfield Dog Days Art Howl – Friday, Aug. 23, 8pm. No agenda, no check-in, just like-minded souls sharing a libation and a toast to a summer that is so quickly slipping away – and there's plenty to talk art about! See you then,
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Sat, 08/03/2013 - 12:38pm
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Submitted by Jessica Paxton on Fri, 08/02/2013 - 2:04pm
Cyclists can still register for the 10th annual Tour de SAVE (formally known as the Tour de Nick) taking place Saturday, August 3. A bicycle ride in support of suicide education and prevention, cyclists of all ages can choose from one of three routes through Rice and Goodhue counties east of Northfield -- a 10-mile route perfect for the casual rider and families; a 20-mile route offering a longer distance; and a 50-mile route for the serious rider, with challenging hills and beautiful vistas.