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Lowertown Classics - Season 2016/17 - April 8, 2015, 8pm

Friends of great music during an election year,

 

The last concert was a treat for all of our ears and eyes! A firework of pianistic mastery and true artistry paired with live painting by Jamie Kalvestran. While our good friend Clarice Assad has returned to her New York City domicile, she truly made an impact during her two month stay in the Twin Cities. If you are curious what she´s been up to, view this amazing video. It documents her work with girls at a St. Paul Public school in March.

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Clarice Assad (voice and piano) with Chris Olson (guitar). Photo Credit: Patrick Clancy

Jamie Kalvestran  with the finished painting after a 2hr live-painting session. Photo Credit:  Patrick Clancy

Jamie Kalvestran with the finished painting after a 2hr live-painting session. Photo Credit: Patrick Clancy

The musicians of the night   with Lowertown Classics director, guitarist  Eva Beneke   : Oleg Levin, Clarice Assad, Clea Galhano, Chris Olson.  Photo Credit:  Patrick Clancy

The musicians of the night with Lowertown Classics director, guitarist Eva Beneke: Oleg Levin, Clarice Assad, Clea Galhano, Chris Olson.  Photo Credit: Patrick Clancy

For our NEXT CONCERT ON APRIL 8, we are excited to welcome guitarist Andres Prado (Lima/Peru) who will be passing through the Midwest. Andrés Prado studied at the National Conservatory of Music (Lima), The Avellaneda School of Popular Music (Buenos Aires) and Trinity College of Music (London), specializing in Jazz and Latin American Guitar. As a composer his work has been recognized and documented for the national archive in Perú. As a player he has led his own bands in numerous appearances at music festivals in Perú, Argentina and England, on radio and television.
Listen to Andrés Prado HERE.

Celebrating our brand-new piano that night will be Ted Godbout, a young Minneapolis-based musician who has earned degrees in both classical and jazz piano performance. Another big shout out to WELLS PIANOS of St. Paul for their generous loan in support of our little series!

Ted is currently on faculty at Chaska Music Studios and St. John’s University and maintains a busy performing and teaching schedule in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. He is co-founder of the Nexus Ensemble, a group which mashes Jazz, Hip-Hop, Afro-beat and R&B, and also serves as Director of Music at Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska, MN.  Ted appears regularly with many musicians and groups in the Twin Cities, including the Cedar Avenue Big Band, Tim Patrick and his Blue Eyes Band, PaviElle, Lila Ammons, and Alicia Steele.
Listen to Ted here!

Back by popular demand, and turning this night into a rare moment in Lowertown Classics history is Randy Sabien, jazz violinist, composer, and music educator known for his live performances and numerous recordings, many of them on Flying Fish Records and Red House Records. At the age of 21 he founded and chaired the Jazz Strings department at Boston's Berklee College of Music and since 2009 has been the chair of the Strings department of McNally Smith College of Music.

  

Enjoy the special atmosphere, great company and musical excellence that has made this series a go-to for music lovers in the Twin-Cities!


With complementary wine tasting generously served by Revival Wine, Beer and Spirit.

Music, Art, Wine and Candy. CDs of the artists for sale.
Bring a friend, and see you then!


Eva Beneke - Artistic Director
www.evabeneke.com



- donation by the door -
(suggested donation $10)

255 KELLOGG BLVD E
3rd FLOOR ATRIUM
St. PAUL MN 55101
ENTRANCE TO BUILDING VIA BACK ALLEY

Joe Krumpelmann's Stained Glass will be featured at "Lowertown Classics" Nov. 6th


The next Lowertown Classics is near, and we´re preparing for a night of exceptional music - by Bach, Rodrigo and Jazz standards as well as originals by Jennifer Parker. 
Chansons by 16th Century French composers, polyphonic folk music from the Balkans and the Republic of Georgia. 
And drinking songs from Britain.

WITH:
Jennifer Scovell- Parker - vocals
Hymnos Vocal Ensemble
Eva Beneke - classical guitar
Christopher N. Olson - jazz guitar

The Lowertown Lofts Artist Cooperative is proud to welcome these amazing local and international performers, we are also happy to have Lowertown Lofts Artist Joe Krumpelmann's stained glass pieces featured on that night. 


Enjoy the special atmosphere, great company and musical excellence that has made this series a go-to for music lovers in the Twin-Cities!

© Joseph Krumpelmann

© Joseph Krumpelmann

© Joseph Krumpelmann

© Joseph Krumpelmann

© Joseph Krumpelmann

© Joseph Krumpelmann

What Happens in Vegas?

LLC Member and Eva Beneke just returned from her trip to Las Vegas. She taught as a guest clinician at Las Vegas Arts Academy for 3 days, where she worked with kids from age 13 to 17. LVA is a 12-time Grammy-winning institution that has produced many current young talents.

Her visit culminated in a student concert, where the Junior and Senior students performed a concert of ensemble music, with Eva as a soloist. Here´s some video from the performance.

Concerto in D Major-Antonio Vilvaldi (1730), Movements 1 & 3. Featuring soloist Eva Beneke

Eva Beneke plays "Tiento Antiguo" by Joaquin Rodrigo

 

Waschering Maschine, the experimental band of LLC member Billy Franklin

 

Wilhelmshaven is a new video by Dir. Tom Schroeder made to the music of Waschering Maschine, the experimental band of LLC member Billy Franklin. 8 rounds of musical engagement with Waschering Maschine. Ghent, Belgium plays Wilhelmshaven, Germany. With Brian Judd as Gregory Peck. 

Please accept the invitation to step OUT with Waschering Maschine.

Wilhelmshaven

https://vimeo.com/channels/wascheringmaschine/140517638

Waschering Maschine Vimeo Channel

https://vimeo.com/channels/wascheringmaschine

Eva Beneke Featured in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press

Lowertown Lofts Co-op member Eva Beneke was featured in the St Paul Pioneer Press recently. Eva is instrumental in making curricular changes as a guitar professor at McNallySmith College of Music and was portrayed with her classical guitar students in a two-page article about the college. You can read the full article online here

LOWERTOWN CLASSICS Season 2015/16 - Opening Concert on October 2, 2015, 8pm At Lowertown Lofts Artist Cooperative

Esteemed friends and fans of classical music in obscure spaces:

Sick of long summer nights, endless B.B.Q.´s, mosquito bites and all the outdoor sports you can handle? Fall comes, and St. Paul has its secret little classical concert series back. About time, we think. How else are your going tospend your first Fridays of the month?
Mark your calendars for those upcoming dates, and tell your friends about us. Not too loudly, since we ran out of chairs back in May, remember?

The OPENING CONCERT is held at our home base, the Lowertown Lofts Artist Cooperative and features some amazing local performers.

PAVIA WIND QUINTET

PAVIA WIND QUINTET

PAVIA WIND QUINTET - one of the Midwest's most exciting young chamber music ensembles, they will perform works by Nagle, Nielsen and selections of Richard Wagner's Siegfried Idyll. Check them out at http://paviawinds.com/
 

OLSON/BATES DUO

OLSON/BATES DUO

OLSON/BATES DUO - guitar and bass, extraordinary jazz skills, provided by Twin cities greats Chris Olson (guitar) and Chris Bates (bass), who we´d like to congratulate warmly for recently being awarded a McKnight fellowship!

HILDEBRAND- PETERSON DUO

HILDEBRAND- PETERSON DUO

HILDEBRAND- PETERSON DUO - these two young musicians come to us from the UofM across the river. Flute and guitar - a fine combination featuring works by Giuliani, Beaser and Ibert. With Jay Hildebrand, classical guitar and Hannah Peterson on flute.

Enjoy the special atmosphere, great company and musical excellence that has made this series a go-to for music lovers in the Twin-Cities!

With complementary wine tasting by our generous friends from Lowertown Revival Wine, Beer and Spirits.

Music, Art, Wine and Candy ...let´s celebrate!
Bring a friend, and see you then!

Eva Beneke - Artistic Director
www.evabeneke.com
www.lowertownlofts.org

FREE WINE AND CANDY
- donation by the door -
(suggested donation $10)
255 KELLOGG BLVD E
3rd FLOOR ATRIUM
St. PAUL MN 55101
ENTRANCE TO BUILDING VIA BACK ALLEY