We are pleased to present the following performers for your entertainment in the Little Theatre.
11:00 – 11:30 WHS 2701 Ensemble
“2701” from Willmar High School is comprised of juniors and seniors from the WHS Vocal Music Department. These students are selected through an audition process and rehearse one hour per week. “2701” performances include December caroling, concerts and other events throughout the community. The ensemble is directed by Neal Haugen.
11:30 – 12:30 Kashimana Ahua
Kashimana is a singer/songwriter who just completed a yearlong community songwriting project called In Common. The project, supported by the American Composers Forum and Otto Bremer Trust, centered on creating music together and organizing events where people of all backgrounds gathered to share their stories and discover what they have in common. Kashimana was born in Nigeria and lived in Kenya and Ethiopia before settling in St Paul. Today she will present some of the songs from the songbook created during the past year.
12:30 – 1:00 Luke Rivard
Luke Rivard, a professional percussionist and educator based in Minneapolis, has been helping people in the community learn the traditional style of drum and dance from the Volta Region of Ghana called Gahu. Luke led a drum circle workshop this morning and those involved will perform now.
1:00 – 2:00 Pit of Fashion
Based out of New London, MN, Pit of Fashion is a mix of vocals, winds, keys, and machines brought together by an all-encompassing love of the groove. Kyle Novak (winds, keys, production), Andrea Limoges (keys, vocals) and Maria Novak (vocals) have been playing together as POF for just under a year.
2:00 – 2:30 – Raices De Mi Tierra (Roots of My Country)
Raices de mi Tierra will present traditional Mexican folkloric dancing. This intergenerational troupe is from Swift County. This activity sponsored by Art Express, an idea table project of Health Together Willmar.
2:30 – 3:45 Crow River Junction
Crow River Junction is a Bluegrass quartet made up of Nick Larson – Mandolin/Guitar, Mikkell Johnson – Fiddle/Mandolin, Tom Gustafson – Guitar/Banjo, and Marlys Gustafson – Upright Bass Fiddle.
3:45 – Raffle Drawing