Fall 2016 Performance Schedule

Rogue Valley, Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, and Superior Siren

Friday, September 9th, 7:00 PM doors at 6 
Tickets: $7 in advance through TicketFly, $10 at the door
 
Join us for a packed evening with two great bands from Minneapolis and our own Superior Siren! If you’re not familiar, check out everyones page below for a sample!
 
Rogue Valley is an Americana-Rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. In one years time, they wrote, recorded, and released four full length albums, one with each season. The albums and songs therein come together to tell a story of love and loss; of wanderlust and consequence and of how relationships change over time and distance.
 
Galactic Cowboy Orchestra, a returning favorite, has stretched their own musical limits since 2009, with album after album of intensely energetic ART-ROCK. Definition of ART-ROCK: A type of rock music, often with poetic lyrics, characterized by sophisticated harmonic, dynamic and technical complexity based on forms derived from classical (and jazz) music and requiring performers of considerable training and skill. It sounds so serious, but when you combine that type of music with four fun-loving musicians who don’t take themselves too seriously and who have a love of so much music beyond art-rock, you get a bit of magic in live music form. The band writes and performs music that excites them and has a blast doing it! The GCO appreciates and aspires to superior musicianship while combining their love of a good riff, hummable melody and groovy jam… over a jazz/jazz-rock musical bedrock. It all culminates in an intensely energetic live performance because “we freakin’ love what we do and love that the fans dig it too!! “
 
Superior Siren has a haunting voice accompanied by a mesmerizing blend of strings and percussion. The sound evolves from alluring swells of sombre melodies to fierce waves of ominous storms. The music will leave you ship wrecked on the shores of Lake Superior.

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Second Saturday Organ Recital

Saturday, September 10th, 2:00 PM
Recital is free to attend but donations are encouraged.
 
Join us the second Saturday of September for our monthly organ recital on the beautiful Felgemaker organ. 
 
Performances by Resident Organist David Tryggestad with Samuel Black, or- ganist; Alana Henkel Laufman, oboist and English hornist and Curt Hanson, baritone.

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. Receptions to follow with treats.

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.

 
Rachael Kilgour

Rachael Kilgour – Rabbit in the Road Record Release

With Special Guests Robinson & Rohe

Sunday, September 11th, 7:00 PM doors at 6:30 
Tickets: $10 available through Eventbrite, or at the door. 
 
Join us for Rachael’s release of her new album, Rabbit in the Road. If you’re not familiar with Rachael or Robinson & Rohe, check out their pages below for a sample.
 
 
Rabbit in the Road is the third soon-to-be-released album from Rachael Kilgour, the 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition.
A study in the complexities of grief and transformation, the album takes an intimate and often painful look at a failed marriage and the loss of family.
Kilgour’s writing and delivery cut deep, with resolute simplicity. Sorrow, rage, resilience and compassion exist side by side within a series of honest and memorable melodies. The delicately brutal collection of work stands tall on a foundation of unwavering vulnerability.
 
Rachael Kilgour, a singer-songwriter based out of Duluth, MN, has built a devoted following over the last ten years, captivating audiences with a balance of provocative, topical lyrics, passionate musical delivery, and a charmingly witty stage presence. Kilgour has performed across the country in coffeehouses, concert series and radio studios as well as protests and picket lines. She’s shared the stage with such folk luminaries as Cheryl Wheeler and Greg Brown and, specifically as of 2015, has made a big splash in the folk world with her vulnerable and driven performances.  Kilgour was chosen as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 NewSong Music Contest. The win earned her a performance at the ASCAP Cafe at theSundance Film Festival, a future performance of her own at the Lincoln Center in NYC, and an EP recorded and produced in Asheville, NC at the Echo Mountain Studio. Kilgour also took fifth place in the 2015 Telluride Troubadour Competition and was named the winner of the 2015 LEAF NewSong Contest in North Carolina. 
 
Robinson & Rohe – Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson met a decade ago through their love of participatory music-making and American folk song. Their cowritten songs are inspired by the traditions they hold dear and shine with elegant vocal harmonies and detailed arrangements for guitar, banjo, and accordion. Whether in small clubs or on festival stages, Robinson & Rohe’s performances are intimate gatherings in which listeners are invited to share in the music-making.
Acclaimed songwriters and performers in their own rights, they bring with them a wealth of creative experience: Liam was a cast member in the Tony Award-winning play, “Warhorse” and recently music directed the hit Off-Broadway folk opera “Hadestown” by songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. He routinely tours with the Becca Stevens Band. Jean’s songwriting has won accolades from the Independent Music Awards, ASCAP, and the Montreux Jazz Festival vocal contest. This year, her song “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!” was published in the latest edition of the popular songbook Rise Up Singing and she was a Troubadour finalist at the 2016 Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
 
Rose Ensemble

Rose Ensemble – Jerusalem: Treasures from the Holy Land

With special guests, Yair Dalal, Zafer Tawil, Dror Sinai

Saturday, September 17th, 7:30 PM doors at 7 
Tickets: $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Available online through The Rose Ensemble or at the door.
 

Jerusalem: a name that evokes 3,000 years of human history. The physical city holds profound spiritual significance for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, but Jerusalem also represents a celestial city rich in symbolism for the children of Abraham. For this fascinating program featuring Sufi mystical songs, Latin and Yemenite chant, Hebrew cantillation, and spiritual music from across the Arab world, we welcome Yair Dalal (Iraqi-born, Israeli violinist and oud player), Zafer Tawil (Jerusalem-born, Palestinian multi-instrumentalist), and Dror Sinai (Israeli-born, Middle Eastern percussionist).

We’re excited to be bringing this important program to Duluth, International Falls, Brainerd, St. Cloud, Moorhead, Willmar, Mankato, Morris, Detroit Lakes, Marshall and Rochester. And we’ll be returning to Ted Mann Concert Hall for a home concert in Minneapolis! In each city, special educational events will take place in schools, libraries, and community centers. Enjoy a post-concert discussion following each performance.

 

The Rose Ensemble, founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, has achieved an international reputation as a premiere American early music ensemble. Each performance illuminates centuries of rarely heard repertoire, bringing to modern audiences research from the world’s manuscript libraries and fresh perspectives on history, culture, politics and spirituality from around the globe. With ten critically acclaimed recordings and a diverse selection of concert programs, the group has thrilled audiences across the United States and Europe with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and over 25 languages.

The Rose Ensemble is the recipient of the 2005 Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, and first prize winner in both sacred and secular music categories at the 2012 Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain (part of the European Choral Grand Prix). The group’s concerts and recordings have been called “first class” (Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung), “impassioned and brightly alive” (Choral Journal) and “engaging . .. satisfying” (Gramophone). Founder Jordan Sramek received the 2010 Louis Botto Award from Chorus America “for entrepreneurial zeal.”

The Rose Ensemble’s recent performance highlights include appearances at Early Music Now (Milwaukee, WI), the University of Vermont Lane Series (Burlington, VT), California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, CA), Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), St. Quirinus Cathedral (Neuss, Germany), and the Misiones de Chiquitos Choral Festival (Bolivia). In 2014, The Rose Ensemble  made their debut appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra in a special holiday program.

The Rose Ensemble can be heard regularly on American Public Media and the European Broadcasting Union (most notably with annual Christmas broadcasts) and has recently featured in special live broadcasts on Iowa Public and Vermont Public Radio.

 

Second Saturday Organ Recital

Saturday, October 8th, 2:00 PM
Recital is free to attend but donations are encouraged.
 
Join us the second Saturday of October for our monthly organ recital on the beautiful Felgemaker organ. 

Performances by Karen Hanson Sande and Velda Graham Bell, organists; Sarah Lawrence and Calland Metts, vocalists; Earl Salemink, trumpeter and Joshua Peterson, violist.

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. Receptions to follow with treats.

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.

 
Gaelynn Lea

Gaelynn Lea With Special Guests, Dusty Heart, Superior Siren

Sunday, October 9th, 7:30 PM doors at 7:00 
Tickets: $10 in advance through Eventbrite, $12 at the door.
 
Join us for an evening with the Twin Ports’ own Gaelynn Lea. Winner of National Public Radio’s 2016 Tiny Desk Concert series, Gaelynn has recorded at Sacred Heart many times, but now the doors will be open for all to hear her perform in our oh so unique acoustical landscape. If you’ve not heard of her, check out her site and music at the link below!
 
Gaelynn Lea is a musician and public speaker from Duluth, MN. She has been playing violin for over twenty years. First classically trained, she began learning traditional Celtic and American fiddle tunes at the age of 18. During her college years Gaelynn started sitting in with various folk/rock musicians and developed an improvisational style all her own. Eventually she also began singing and dabbling in songwriting. Gaelynn has played alongside many notable Minnesota musicians over the years, including Alan Sparhawk, Charlie Parr, and Billy McLaughlin.
 
Gaelynn Lea released her debut solo album entitled “All the Roads that Lead Us Home” in November 2015. It pays homage to the traditional fiddle tunes and beloved standards that Gaelynn has been playing for over a decade. But of course, there is a twist! Gaelynn used her Memory Man looping pedal to create winding layers of sound underneath these familiar melodies.
 

Rich vocal harmonies merge with intimate layers of guitar, fiddle and banjo to define the lush sound of the recently formed duo, Dusty Heart. Barbara Jean and Molly Dean are two songwriters recognized in their own right for their poetic lyrics and distinct vocal styles that when combined as Dusty Heart fuse to create a powerful and haunting sound that takes on a life of its own.  The pair met in the bustling Minneapolis music scene and became fast friends as well as fans and supporters of one another’s work.  Bonding over their refusal to be pigeonholed musically or otherwise, their shared wanderlust and love of adventure, a passion for the open road, vast landscapes, and a mutual love for musical harmony, the two decided to join forces crafting a sound that bridges together the diverse musical worlds of roots, indie, and folk. As soon as they embarked on their collaborative journey, Dusty Heart was off to a running start, receiving an invitation to open a series of sold-out shows supporting Dave Simonett and Dave Carroll of Trampled by Turtles across the state of Colorado. 

Dusty Heart combines great songs with lucid harmony and stunning musical talent.” –Dave Simonett, Trampled By Turtles  

 
Echoes of Peace

Echoes of Peace Choir with guest artist Ellen Bukstel 

Saturday, October 22nd, Doors @ 7:00PM, show @ 7:30
$15-$20 suggested donation
  
 

“No matter what our attempts to inform, it is our ability to inspire that will turn the tides.”  —Jan Phillips

Echoes of Peace began in 2002 as an impromptu choir organized by Sara Thomsen to sing for the first “Art of Peace” event in Duluth, Minnesota. This grassroots event—a community response to 9/11/01 and its aftermath—continued annually for six years, bringing varied artistic expressions together to inspire and instigate creativity, plant peacemaking, and seed social change. Today, Echoes of Peace carries on this “art of peace” spirit, presenting performances and workshops on a range of art and social change topics, collaborating with local and international artists, and engaging communities in creativity and song at various events though out the year. 

In 2012, on the celebration of the Echoes of Peace Choir’s ten year anniversary, Thomsen founded the Echoes of Peace non-profit to support and expand the work of inspiring awareness, action and reflection on critical social issues using music and the arts.


From Menopause to Marijuana! …Peace to Politics! …Poignant to Provocative! …Ellen Bukstel writes and sings about it all! This type of happy-sad, life embracing, fear-overcoming emotional schizophrenia truly captures the spirit of modern independent music making—whatever the artist feels in that moment, she shares…and whatever else Ellen is, she’s not shy about it. For Bukstel, music is a way of expressing her joys, her sorrows and her passions —bringing her listeners to tears and laughter and sometime both at the same time.

A veteran to the stage since childhood, she has been honored with close to 50 Songwriting and Music Video awards and acknowledgments since 2002 by such notable competitions such as John Lennon, Paul Stookey’s Music To life, New Zealand Int’l Peace Song, Breaking the Silence in Song, Kerrville NewFolk, just to name a few. And, her songs are making a huge difference in people’s lives.

Renowned as an activist who puts her passions to song, Ellen has been commissioned to write songs and produced numerous multiple award winning fundraising music videos which have collectively helped to raise almost one hundred million dollars since 2006 and are being used as tools to raise awareness of important social issues such as Housing the Homeless, Assistance Victims of Domestic Violence, Human Rights and care for Children with wide spectrum Autism and Elderly with Cerebral Deterioration.

Adrian Legg

Adrian Legg

Sunday, October 30th, 7:30 PM doors at 7:00 
Tickets: $20 advance through Eventbrite, $25 at the door. 
 
Joining us from across the pond, Adrian Legg is a renowned acoustic guitarist who we’re extremely proud to have visiting us up north. If you’re not familiar, explore his site and music at the link below.
 
Since the 1990 release of his first U.S. recording Guitars and Other Cathedrals, Adrian Legg has more than lived up to the expectations stirred by an ongoing avalanche of praise from critics, fans, top guitar mags and peers alike. Joe Satriani once said, “He’s simply the best acoustic guitar player I’ve ever heard…he plays like he has hammers for fingers.” The genius that the Boston Globe has called “technical brilliance paired with a troubadour’s tale-weaving skill” led him from 1993-96 to be voted Best Fingerstyle Guitarist four years straight by the readers of Guitar Player magazine. On Inheritance, his second release for Favored Nations and ninth overall, Legg blends his extraordinary virtuosity on the acoustic with a lush sonic arena that harkens back to the musical textures of his childhood life before the guitar.
 

Charlie Chaplin’s “Gold Rush”- A Sacred Heart Silent Film

Featuring Aaron David Miller on our Felgemaker Organ

 

Friday, November 11th, Time 7:00pm 
Tickets: $10 adults, $5 children
 
Join us at Sacred Heart for a first, a Silent Film featuring Sacred Hearts beautiful 19th Century Felgemaker Organ! Internationally acclaimed Organist Aaron David Miller will accompany Charlie Chaplin’s “Gold Rush”. We will be serving beer, wine and FRESH popcorn! 
 
 
Twin Ports Choral Project

Twin Ports Choral Project – Reflections

Saturday, November 19th, 7:30 PM doors at 7:00 
Tickets $15 available through Eventbrite
 
We can’t wait to welcome back one of our favorite groups, Twin Ports Choral Project. If you’ve never experienced choral music at Sacred Heart, TPCP is the group to experience it with. They frequent Sacred Heart and know how to embrace the cathedral’s grandeur for what it was intended. 
 
For this special event, members of Twin Ports Choral Project reflect on their personal singing experiences through music hand-selected by the singers themselves.
 

Twin Ports Choral Project inspires, engages, and educates audiences by sharing innovative and informed choral music performances. Celebrating its fifth season, the Twin Ports Choral Project sings to inspire, engage, and educate audiences by sharing innovative and informed choral music performances in Northern Minnesota. Twin Ports Choral Project encourages meaningful choral collaboration in the Twin Ports area. Highlights of these collaborations include performances of J.S. Bach’s Actus tragicus and the revival of Sister Martina Hughes’ The Highwayman with the The College of St. Scholastica’s Early Music Orchestra and choirs; performances with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra; and an annual collaboration with Duluth East High School. Twin Ports Choral Project has been invited to perform at Minnesota Public Radio’s 2014 and 2015 Harmony in the Park, at the 2015 ACDA-MN State Conference, and at the 2016 North Central ACDA Regional Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

Mason Jennings

Mason Jennings

Saturday, November 26th, 7:00PM, doors @ 6:00
Tickets: $20 advance through Eventbrite.com On sale Friday morning (9/9/16) at 8 , $25 at the door 
 
Mason Jennings – As one grows into adulthood, remaining steadfastly single-minded about one’s pursuits gets increasingly difficult. The musician becomes a band mate navigating the creative energies of those around them. He becomes a boyfriend, a husband, a businessman. She becomes a lover, a mother, a practitioner of her art. Life becomes multifarious, and the pressure to not let the disparate threads of a chaotic life unravel can cause strain on any relationship. With his new album Minnesota, Mason Jennings crafts a collage of love trying to survive the transition into being a grown-up in a complex world.
“Love is the most important thing to me, my relationship with my wife and kids,” Mason says, adding “And music has always been as important as breathing to me. I have come to realize that to have it all, I have to take the long view when it comes to integrating all these parts of my life.” Increasingly, a sense of place and community has become important to him as well. “The album is called Minnesota because it’s a metaphor for an ever-changing landscape. More than any place I’ve ever been, things change so much here, even month-to-month. But even as things change, Minnesota is where my home is, where my center is.” His profession often takes him away from that center. Being on the road and finding the personal space to create while at home has caused him to examine how he balances his loves. He generally writes from an intensely personal point of view, but Minnesota represents a step toward the light after the darkness of Blood of Man, his last album. 
 
 
American Guild of Organists Holiday Concert

American Guild of Organists Holiday Concert

Sunday, December 4th, 3:00PM
Free-will donation taken at all concerts with proceeds going to the Felgemaker Organ Maintenance Fund. Receptions to follow with treats.
 
Join us for The American Guild of Organist’s holiday concert. A repeat performance of last year’s popular Holiday Concert sponsored by the Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Featuring the AGO’s organ scholarship students; East High School Sterling Strings Chamber Orchestra; Class Ring, First United Methodist’s youth handbell choir; Twin Ports Wind Orchestra brass and Sacred Heart’s Resident Organist, David Tryggestad, leading a carol sing-along.
 
Concert parking is available at the Damiano Center across the street. Accessible entrance is on 2nd Avenue.

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.

American Guild of Organists Holiday Concert

Chum Holiday Concert 

Saturday, December 10th, 7:00PM – Doors at 6:30
Admission is free, with a request for an offering during the concert, suggested donation $30. 
 
 
 
Holiday treats will be served in the parish hall following the concert. The concert benefits the family programming at the Steve O’Neil Apartments. This year’s performers include (among others) the Cathedral of our Lady of the Rosary Choir, David Tryggestad (former pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church).
Rose Ensemble Holiday

Rose Ensemble – A Rose in Winter

The Miracle of New Life in the Dark of Night

Thursday, December 15th, 7:30 PM doors at 7 
Tickets: $28 for adults, $24 for seniors 65+, $10 for students, & free for children 0-12. Available online through The Rose Ensemble or at the door.
 
PEACE ON EARTH

The rose, an ancient symbol of the Virgin Mary and the Christ child, inspires this program of Medieval and Renaissance music for the Christmas season. During a time of year when the thirst for happiness can bring stress and even sorrow, we offer this joyful program of gorgeous choral music, celebrating the blossoming of new life during the coldest of days.

These performances will feature a world premiere by composer Victor Zupanc.

 

The Rose Ensemble, founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, has achieved an international reputation as a premiere American early music ensemble. Each performance illuminates centuries of rarely heard repertoire, bringing to modern audiences research from the world’s manuscript libraries and fresh perspectives on history, culture, politics and spirituality from around the globe. With ten critically acclaimed recordings and a diverse selection of concert programs, the group has thrilled audiences across the United States and Europe with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and over 25 languages.

The Rose Ensemble is the recipient of the 2005 Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, and first prize winner in both sacred and secular music categories at the 2012 Tolosa Choral Contest in Spain (part of the European Choral Grand Prix). The group’s concerts and recordings have been called “first class” (Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung), “impassioned and brightly alive” (Choral Journal) and “engaging . .. satisfying” (Gramophone). Founder Jordan Sramek received the 2010 Louis Botto Award from Chorus America “for entrepreneurial zeal.”

The Rose Ensemble’s recent performance highlights include appearances at Early Music Now (Milwaukee, WI), the University of Vermont Lane Series (Burlington, VT), California Lutheran University (Thousand Oaks, CA), Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), St. Quirinus Cathedral (Neuss, Germany), and the Misiones de Chiquitos Choral Festival (Bolivia). In 2014, The Rose Ensemble  made their debut appearance with the Minnesota Orchestra in a special holiday program.

The Rose Ensemble can be heard regularly on American Public Media and the European Broadcasting Union (most notably with annual Christmas broadcasts) and has recently featured in special live broadcasts on Iowa Public and Vermont Public Radio.

 
Bad Bad Hats

Bad Bad Hats

Saturday, December 17th, 8:00 PM doors at 7 
Tickets: $7 in advance through Ticketfly or $10 at the door. 
 
Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kerry Alexander (vocals, guitar, wisdom), Chris Hoge (drums, courage), and Noah Boswell (bass, power) met while attending Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The indie rock trio’s songwriting quickly caught the ear of Minneapolis label Afternoon Records, whose alumni includes Yellow Ostrich, Now Now, Haley Bonar, and One for the Team, among others. Afternoon Records signed the trio and released their It Hurts EP in early 2013. In July of 2015, the band released their bold debut album, Psychic Reader.
The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus

Sunday, December 18th, 7:00 PM doors at 6  
Tickets: $15 in advance through Ticketfly or $30 at the door. 
 
The Bad Plus has spent nearly two decades expanding the parameters of what is expected of a piano-bass-drums trio. The genre-smashing band has crafted a repertoire of innovative original music, along with a daring series of iconoclastic covers spanning such diverse artists as Nirvana and Neil Young, Aphex Twin and Ornette Coleman. No matter the material, The Bad Plus continue to mine the very same aesthetic principles that inspired their inception, exploring myriad musical forms through the unparalleled interpretive power of jazz.