Guinea Pigs Enjoy Sunday Afternoon Concert

Kim Bloom greets concert-goersActually, no animals were allowed (or harmed) at the Kim Bloom classical guitar concert on Sunday, March 19, at the Northfield Arts Guild. I made it there just in time, as extra chairs were being set up, to hear an afternoon of beautiful music.
 
After his first selection, he thanked the audience for being “guinea pigs,” noting that he was presenting his first formal concert in over 10 years. Bloom, a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, has recently settled in Northfield to resume a teaching and playing career.

“I’m smitten by this town,” he commented after the performance. “Northfield really resonates with what I’m all about right now.”

Following the concert, a wine and cheese reception took place. Several people in the audience lined up to meet Bloom and thank him for sharing his music. (See photo: Bloom is on the far left.) Audience members mingled with each other too, which is how I know many folks came to hear the concert from places outside of Northfield. Several made the journey south from the Twin Cities and west from Red Wing specifically for the performance.

For quite some time now, I’ve considered how delightful it would be to have more intimate musical experiences in town…something like 19th century parlor concerts which were largely held in individual homes. Bloom’s salon-style concert is exactly the concert-du-jour that satisfies my palate…and by the size of the crowd around me, I’m pretty sure others share my taste and sincerely appreciate Bloom’s foray.

Bloom’s Northfield studio is currently accepting new students of all ages and experience levels.