L'Etoile du Nord
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Age Recommendation: All ages
Run Time: 90 minutes, including 15 min. intermission.
These concerts include two commissioned works: "The Old Wide Way" by Katherine Bergman* setting poems by Todd Boss and Christopher Gable's "A Minnesota Timetable"** which includes a variety of texts by Minnesota writers and poets. In addition to the two commissioned works, these concerts also feature the premieres of Gary Ruschman's "From Dreams of Thee" and "Bamboo Cottage" by David Evan Thomas.
Formed in 2010 by mezzo-soprano Alyssa Anderson and guitarist Joseph Spoelstra, TDSP produces several concerts every season dedicated to the intimate pairing of guitar and voice. The ensemble has engaged audiences with a wide-ranging repertoire from Renaissance lute songs to Romantic arias, 20th and 21st century masterpieces, and newly commissioned music. TDSP has been presented locally in concert series by Macalester College, Minnesota Guitar Society, Schubert Club, Thursday Musical, and Zeitgeist, as well as broadcasts on Minnesota Public Radio. MPR host Steve Staruch praised TDSP's recording, Mauro Giuliani: Songs for Voice and Guitar, as "superb, clean and colorful."
*This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
**Alyssa Anderson is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Through the incubator program of Springboard for the Arts, The Dream Songs project is a not-for-profit organization.