season 67 concert series

 

Join us for a concert series that celebrates our 67th season here in White Bear Lake as Your Community Stage!


BRIDGE & WOLAK: DOUBLE DOUBLE DUO || oCT. 23 @ 6:30 PM

A dynamic musical team, Michael Bridge (accordions) and Kornel Wolak (clarinet) are globetrotting concert artists / educators / researchers / entrepreneurs — pushing the traditional boundaries of their instruments. They come to The Hanifl Performing Arts Center to perform as their ‘alter-ego’, Double Double Duo – playing a uniquely orchestrated repertoire of baroque, classical, folk and contemporary music. Their serious musical goods coupled with an entertaining, high energy stage presence has led to critical acclaim in Europe, North and South America.

This is an unforgettable experience you do not want to miss. Make this concert a special experience with the purchase of a VIP Ticket that includes your Front Center Section Seat and a private Meet & Greet with Michael and Kornel with catered appetizers. This VIP Event begins at 6:30 pm, an hour before the show begins.

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“Watch and be amazed.” – CBC

“Imaginative musical mastery, unorthodox arrangements and tight ensemble playing…” – Whole Note Magazine

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“A vocal kaleidoscope unique to the human voice.” -The New York Times

TONIC SOL-FA || OCT. 24TH @ 7:30 PM

Tonic Sol-fa is a ground-breaking a cappella ensemble from Minnesota, in constant development since their formation two decades ago. Tonic Sol-fa stands as one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music with Emmy Award winning arrangements and multi-million selling compositions. The group has released 10 albums and have sold over 2,000,000 copies.

 

Tonic Sol-fa independently produces an annual, sold-out holiday tour in the Midwest as well as spring and summer concert tours throughout the U.S., approximately 100 concerts each year across 48 states. Tonic Sol-fa has 3 PBS television specials, “Christmas,” "If I Can Dream," and "Greatest Time of Year". Their original songs, arrangements and albums have won numerous contemporary a cappella awards for best pop album, gospel song and Christmas original, have been featured on television and in movies and have garnered numerous positive national reviews. TSF recently won two Independent Grammys for Best Original Holiday Song and Best Pop Song out of 650,000 entries worldwide. TSF was inducted into the Midwest Music Hall of Fame and the MN Music Hall of Fame alongside Prince and Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis.


EIS TRIO: THE JAZZ EFFECT || OCT. 27 @ 6:00 PM

A piece of music may not technically be jazz, but if a jazz effect appears in a piece you know it right away. Jazz is an American art form, with influences from every part of the world. Its energy and ideas ripple back out into the world, re-influencing its influencers. You can hear its effect on composers and see its effect in society.  We'll play Ragtime, Impressionists, French Modernists from the interwar period, American giants like Gershwin and Monk, tangos from Piazzolla and songs from songwriters like Burt Bacharach and Stevie Wonder.  Hear a rag by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom written specifically for our Charles Kemper.  Come and experience the amazing reach of The Jazz Effect.

The  Ebony  Ivory  and  Spruce  Trio  invites  the  listener  to  hear  great  music  reimagined  with  a  new  intimate  sound;  classical,  jazz,  and  popular  music  are  interwoven  with  stories  and  humor  to  show  the  creative  connection  between  the  composer,  the  performers  and  the  audience.

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THE ROMM TRIO || OCT. 29 @ 7:30 PM

This beautifully charming family from Sarasota, Florida, The Romm Trio, have  enthralled enthusiastic audiences in the U.S. and around the world.  The Trio consists of Ronald Romm, his wife Avis and their son Aaron.  Playing songs drawn from the works of such compositional giants as Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Gershwin, Puccini, Verdi, and Bizet, the Romm’s demonstrate a flair for their own unique arrangements, producing some wonderfully lyric and expressive musical moments, and capturing the essence of melody and accompaniment in each one they play. Most of their songs may not have been written for the two instruments of piano and trumpet alone, but as Avis Romm explained to audiences, perhaps composers like Debussy, “didn’t realize how well they had written for the trumpet!”’


The group of two trumpets and piano is unique and creates interest and expectations, which will not be disappointed. The Romms are known for their wonderfully warm interaction with the audience and the methods with which they provide some levity throughout their performance.


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THE SCOTTIE MILLer BAND || Oct. 30 @ 7:30

Singer-songwriter, pianist Scottie Miller has been inducted in to the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame for both Contributions to Blues Music and Heritage (for his instructional book Rock Keyboards published by Hal Leonard), and in 2018 as Blues Performer. (Their highest honor). He founded the Scottie Miller Band in 2000’, and has just released his tenth CD.

Join us for a night of “Blues, Brews, and BBQ Series” here at the Hanifl. Featuring food trucks in our parking lot, a VIP Barbeque Buffet in the Classroom with a Meet & Greet, and a concert - this is sure to be a not to miss event!

VIP Event in Classroom: 6:15 pm 

House opens: 7:00 pm

Concert Start: 7:30 pm

Caterer: Brian Cox-UP IN SMOKE Food Truck & Catering

Tickets are $30 for Front Center House Tickets and $25 for all other sections!

 

JENNIFER ECKES & ARNE FOGEL: what the world needs now || NOV. 10 @ 2:00 PM

The powerhouse songwriting team of composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David produced some of the best-selling pop music of the 20th century. In this special Sunday Brunch concert, Twin Cities vocalists Jennifer Eckes and Arne Fogel pay tribute to the duo who were responsible for dozens of Top 40 hits, including such blockbuster singles as “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” “Walk on By”, “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head,” “What’s New, Pussycat?” and many more favorites!  Music direction and accompaniment by renowned jazz pianist, Rick Carlson, with bassist Keith Boyles.

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EIS TRIO: BEETHOVEN’S CHRISTMAS CAROL || dec. 17th @ 7:30 pm

Might Beethoven have been Dickens’ original inspiration for his timeless A Christmas Carol? Join Ebony, Ivory & Spruce for a new yuletide tradition featuring the famously irascible Beethoven confronted by ghosts of Christmas past (Bach), present (Schubert) and future (Brahms).

The  Ebony  Ivory  and  Spruce  Trio  invites  the  listener  to  hear  great  music  reimagined  with  a  new  intimate  sound;  classical,  jazz,  and  popular  music  are  interwoven  with  stories  and  humor  to  show  the  creative  connection  between  the  composer,  the  performers  and  the  audience.