Performers for Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee!
10:35 – 11:20 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 – 12:25 Cedar Creek Bluegrass/Gospel Band
Bluegrass/Gospel Band features local musicians with over 300 years of musical experience among them. Showcasing a variety of instruments and voices, the band performs bluegrass and gospel music in the area.
12:30 – 1:25 – Kashimana Ahua
Kashimana is a singer/songwriter selected by members of the community to lead a yearlong community songwriting project called In Common. The project, supported by the American Composers Forum and Otto Bremer Trust, will center on creating music together and organizing events where people of all backgrounds can gather 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. Kashimana will tell a little about herself and the In Common project and perform some of her original works. She will be leading a songwriting workshop in the music room after her performance today. Everyone is invited.
1:30 – 2:25 – 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.
2:30 – 3:45 – Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra
The Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra provides outstanding musical performance
and edification to audiences of West Central Minnesota. What began 60 years ago as
a small group in a living room, now recruits 40-60 qualified musicians who share a
love of fine music. Under the direction of Stephen J. Ramsey, the orchestra performs
four concerts each season at the Willmar Education & Arts Center.