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Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra Spring Concerts May 10-11

CVRO Spring Concert Poster

With the theme “Vive la France!!” Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra will present its final concerts of the 2013-14 season on Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, 2014. The concerts will feature Northfield mezzo soprano soloist Deesa Staats in arias by Berlioz, Massenet, and Offenbach. Also featured will be the Northfield Harp Ensemble playing in Debussy’s “Petite Suite” and the Cesár Franck D Minor Symphony.

The Saturday concert will be performed at First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St. , Northfield, at 7:00 PM and the Sunday concert at 7:00 PM in Cannon Falls at St. Ansgar’s Lutheran Church, 7459 Hwy 19 Boulevard. Advance tickets are available from the Northfield Arts Guild (; 507-645-8877) and at the door before each concert. 

Northfield Youth Choirs present "Sing Along!"

Sing Along!

The Northfield Youth Choirs’ spring concert, “Sing Along,” will be presented Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at St. Olaf College’s Boe Chapel. The concert will feature singing at all stages of life, from the sweet and joyful voices of the first- and second-graders in Junior Singers to the warm and soulful sounds of the high school, college and community members of the multi-generational group, Chorale.

“With the heartwarming and uplifting music of Holst to the American authors, and works by local composers Dan Kallman and Mary Carpenter Davis, it will be an afternoon worth your while,” said NYC Artistic Director Liz Shepley.

Stay Cool This Summer with Northfield Skating School's Figure Skating & Hockey Skating Classes!

Inspired by the Olympics? You are not alone! Improve your figure skating and hockey skating skills this summer with the Northfield Skating School's FIRST EVER summer session. Our 7-week class session runs on Monday evenings from June 9 - July 28th. 

Beginners, adults, advanced skaters, and hockey players welcome. Specialty classes, private lessons, and skating camps available. The Northfield Skating School is a community-based, nationally recognized U.S. Figure Skating model program with professional coaches and curriculum. Our hockey skating curriculum is developed and approved by USA Hockey. Our staff team takes pride in building skills and confidence for skating and for life in a positive, inclusive, and challenging environment. Skating scholarships available.

The Northfield Arts Guild Thanks Northfield Community for Bright Lights Campaign Support

The Northfield Arts Guild Theater is very pleased to announce the successful conclusion of our Bright Ideas Campaign. This campaign began in the spring of 2012 to help purchase new theater lights for our outdated system. Through the course of this incredibly successful campaign $1500 was raised! Our theater lighting is now in the 21st Century!

This could not have been accomplished without the work of the many volunteers who worked on the campaign or without the financial support of the Northfield community. The Northfield Arts Guild would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to all who donated time and money to make this campaign successful.

Seniors' Rock This Saturday

Three great musicians, Lori Williams, Craig Wasner and Nick Weaver, will entertain with rock 'n' roll music.  Think of it as a concert, a chance to dance,or an opportunity to sing along to your rock 'n' roll favorites.  Whatever the reason, come to enjoy yourself and support The Sr Center (This is our Annual Fund Drive Kickoff - Tickets are $20).

Carleton Players present acclaimed playwright David Mamet’s explosive drama, Race

Race by David Mamet

The Carleton Players will present acclaimed American playwright David Mamet's explosive drama, Race, with performances nightly at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 2-3 and 9-10 in the Weitz Center for Creativity Theater. Directed by David Wiles, Race forces audiences to consider their own beliefs regarding race, sex and guilty. The thought-provoking play questions numerous assumptions and stereotypes of American society and race relations.  Performances are free and open to the public but reservations are recommended and can be made online at

Celebrated playwright David Mamet often gets his best results by writing about people at their worst. Race tells the story of two attorneys, charged with defending a white man accused of raping an African-American woman. In the face of unraveling evidence, the lawyers' own uncomfortable beliefs about race rise to the surface. It's a crime mystery that's both dramatic and darkly comedic, riddled with Mamet’s signature barbed one-liners. Mamet himself has said that the “theme is race and the lies we tell each other on the subject.”

Layl McDill, visiting artist, to teach polymer clay workshops at Arts Guild

Flower Wall Sculpture

You have probably seen Layl McDill's fantasy sculptures and wall hangings at local art fairs. (If you haven't, go to for a sampling.

Layl is coming to the Northfield Arts Guild at the end of May to teach two workshops so that you can create your own polymer clay fantasies.  Both workshops are on Saturday, May 31st.

Make a Flower Wall Sculpture in her 3 hour afternoon workshop. Your 8 inch polymer clay flower will really bursts from the wall! Learn the mysterious fluffiness technique and the new "McDill Twist".  Then play in the glitter! Who doesn't love glitter!?

Three Links Seeks Cinco de Mayo Performers

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Angie Taylor, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Three Links Care Center, is looking for volunteers who will perform for residents at the Cinco de Mayo Celebration on May 5th at 2:30 p.m. at the Three Links Care Center.  If you could share some fiesta musical talents or if you know of anyone willing to perform, call her at 664-8839. 

Arts a la Carte Friday at Northfield High School


Karna Hauck reminds the public that the 14th annual “Arts a la Carte” Evening of the Arts will be held on Friday, April 25th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Northfield High School.  Nearly 1000 students and community members attended last year's event making it a huge success!

Jazz trio featuring two St. Olaf professors releases new album

Dave Hagedorn (left) and Phil Hey (right) joined forces with Chris Bates (center) to form the Good Vibes Trio.

The debut album by a musical trio that includes St. Olaf College Artist in Residence Dave Hagedorn and Instructor in Music Phil Hey “will delight the jazz cognoscenti,” notes a story in the Star Tribune.

But, the paper adds, the self-titled album by the Good Vibes Trio, which also includes Chris Bates, has a reach far beyond jazz aficionados.

“There is something inherently charming and accessible about the shifting, sifting trade-off of lead and supportive roles among the trio, which turns a potential weakness — three essentially percussive instruments without the harmonic versatility of a horn or piano — into a signature virtue,” states the Star Tribune.

"Harvest" Documentary Broadcast Saturday on TPT-MN

"Harvest: A Community's History Founded in Bronze," a documentary film by Northfield filmmaker Paul Krause will be broadcast by Twin Cities Public Television four times (1am, 7am, 1pm and 7pm) on Saturday, April 26. Dorothy Novak, head of TPT's Program Department said, "I’ve watched the program – VERY well done!  I found the whole process of how to create a sculpture very interesting." TPT-MN may be seen on Charter Cable channel 396 and on Direct TV 17-2. Other documentaries about Northfield may be found on Krause's documentary website: Documentary Northfield

Peter Pan at Arcadia: May 8-10

Peter Pan posterArcadia Charter School Presents: Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up
Thursday and Friday, May 8 and 9, 7:00 PM, and Saturday, May 10, 2:00 PM

An adaptation of the J. M. Barrie story by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, who adapted Les Miserables for the stage. This is the beloved story of Peter, Wendy, Michael, John, Capt. Hook, Smee, the lost boys, pirates and the Indians, and, of course, Tinker Bell, in their adventures in Never Land. However, for the first time, the play is here restored to Barrie’s original intentions. In a whimsical, ambiguous and ironical manner, he speaks here as clearly to adults as he does to children. This piece is performed in a playful, storytelling fashion from beginning to end, including Barrie’s heartbreaking and heartwarming conclusion to Peter and Wendy’s story.

Tickets: $6 for Adults, $4 for Students. Performances at Arcadia Charter School, 1719 Cannon Road, Northfield. For more information call 663-8806, extension 212.

World-renowned Chinese Performers Present an Evening of Traditional Music and Ancient Kunqu Opera at Carleton College

Shen Yi-Li

World-renowned Chinese actors and musicians will present a not-to-be-missed evening of traditional music and ancient Chinese Kunqu opera on Saturday, April 26 at 8 p.m. in the Carleton College Concert Hall. The performance will feature superstar Kunqu opera actress Shen Yi-Li from Shanghai, accompanied by top professional performers of Chinese traditional instruments: Chen Tao (Dizi), Liu Li (Guqin), Xia Wenjie (Erhu), Gao Hong (Pipa), and Huang Shirong (Drum). This very special event is free and open to the public.

“It is such a rare opportunity to see Kunqu performed in Northfield,” says Gao Hong, world-class pipa player and director of Carleton’s acclaimed Chinese music ensemble. “I really hope people attend this amazing event.”

Grand Ol’ Summer: Activities for Kids and Their Grandparents!

Northfield Arts Guild and the Northfield Senior Center are teaming together this summer to offer a chance for kids and their grandparents to spend some fun time together.  We’ve got several activities for you to choose from during the months of July and August.

Poetry Reading: Dallas Crow and Rob Hardy


Dallas Crow and Rob Hardy will give a poetry reading Thursday, April 17, 7:30 pm at Monkey See, Monkey Read (425 Division Street).  Northfield poet Rob Hardy will open with a brief selection of poems before turning the evening over to Dallas Crow. Copies of Crow's chapbook, Small, Imperfect Paradise, and Hardy's poetry chapbook, The Collecting Jar, will be available for purchase and signing. 

In Small, Imperfect Paradise, Dallas Crow unflinchingly explores themes of love, sex, growing up, and growing older. The spine of the narrative is the speaker’s progression through a relationship, from the early possibility and romance, through marriage and parenthood, and on to the painful dissolution. The titular poem identifies a moment of stillness in this progression, where two realities exist, one aching, and one idyllic: that of the husband and wife, whose relationship is over, and that of the sleeping children, who do not yet know.

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