Minnesota Concerts

World Premiere concerts of CRAZY COLD BEAUTIFUL took place on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais, and on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6th at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth.
Concert number one • Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Marais. The Stonebridge Singers Drum, from Grand Portage, joining us as people get settled in their seats.

Stonebridge Singers Drum BLC cropped

They continued, honoring us with one final song before CRAZY COLD BEAUTIFUL begins. I can’t imagine a better first performance of this song cycle.
Bethlehem Luthersan Church Concert 2-5-2016

The Cook County community came out in force to hear the music. They gave a warm and emotional, enthusiastic response – adding some fantastic anecdotes afterward. An evening filled with loveliness. Gratitude to the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra one and all, to Bill Beckstrand, and to Take Jack for so beautifully and thoughtfully bringing this music into the world. After the concert we returned to our hotel for drinks and a late microwaved dinner and were treated to a visit and some much-appreciated animated storytelling from our friend – musher Arleigh Jorgenson. The words in song #13  in the cycle – “The Most Important Thing” – were spoken by Arleigh during an interview with Mark Ostazeski for his educational blog on John Beargrease.

Concert number two • SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6
An early morning goodbye to Grand Marais. A drive to Duluth to set up for our second concert at the beautiful Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth.
Jacks gone to whiteBCO arrived around noon. A yummy lunch was offered for all, kindly coordinated by Arno Kahn and Chris Bowman–thanks so very much! In some ways the concert was even stronger this time around, as is often the case. If you look closely here you can see our friend Natasaha Haugnes over to the left with her hand on the blue drum. Natasha flew out from California with her son Oliver so that they could hear the music and then, due to a somewhat mysterious disappearing incident involving the drummer, was roped into joining us. So she (and Oliver) went mushing early Saturday morning, drove 2 hours to Duluth, stepped out of her car and onto the throne. Natasha – you rock! Here is a link also to a (reverberating but decent) video from this concert of the first song in the cycle, “The One Who Stayed.”
Sacred Heart Concert allSacred heart during concert
And here we are joined by students from Hermantown Elementary School, singing “Without Those Dogs” directed by Jerry Kaldor. These kids knocked off many socks. Fabulous.  Thanks you guys!
Hermantown Elementary
And, thank you to the McKnight Foundation and The American Composers Forum and thank you Minnesota!
Next up – west coast premiere concerts on March 19th, directed by Omid Zoufonoun, with Take Jack and Orchestra joined by Sonoma County’s Kitchen Choir, directed by Sarah Saulsbury.

Bill took this photo – so you can see Ron Smith here with us on the far left – thank you Ron for so many dynamite photos.Take jack with Ron duluth
Thank you Duluth

Here’s to the dogs!

To the dogs


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