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1831 Minnehaha Avenue East
Greater East Side, MN, 55119


Bauman Fine Art Series 2016-2017 Concert series

Bauman fine arts

2016-2017 concert series

This past April, your music director, Asako Hirabayashi and I, applied for a grant through the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to help support the Bauman Fine Arts Series. As many of you know, the series was founded in 1989 by the late Charlie Russell to bring regular fine arts events to the Hazel Park Congregational United Church of Christ (HPCUCC) neighborhood. The primary objective of this fine arts series has been to bring a variety of arts experiences to the Eastside community of Saint Paul. We have showcased classical musicians and performers of a variety of genres.

 The grant that we wrote showcased four concerts for our 2016 – 2017 season.

*The first concert with a Halloween theme is scheduled for Sunday, October 30 beginning at 4:00 p.m. and will include a variety of instruments such as lute, harpsichord, electric guitar and washboard. This concert will offer an opportunity to have access to both historical and contemporary instrumentation. The musicians will also wear period costumes and masks.

*The second concert will be a Christmas Family Concert on Sunday, December 18 at 4:00 p.m. This concert will include leading opera singer, Maria Jette, who is a regular solo performer on A Prairie Home Companion. This performance will also include story-telling, a time to sing some of the classic holiday songs with the audience, and a children’s choir made up of Sunshine Montessori and HPCUCC children.  

*“World Music in Motion,” is the third concert on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Please join our FREE show by top classical musicians and award winning dancers from James Swell Ballet and Japanese children's dancing group ThunderWave. Sunday 3/26, 4pm. Enjoy music of J.S. Bach, VIvaldi, Piazzola, my own piece (first prize winning piece at 2012 Alienor Composition Competition), Japanese pop folk music, Japanese songs arrangend by Greg Tiesen and much much more!! Guest artists: Shohei Iwahama,Austin Lam, Tom RosenbergMomoko Tanno, Margaret Humphrey, Clea GalhanoMarc Anderson.  14344 Cameo Ave W, Rosemount, MN 55068 Free, reception will follow


*The fourth and final concert entitled “New Music” will be June 4th, 4 p.m. at Parkway United Church of Christ, which will present a contemporary program performed by the musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), Minnesota Orchestra and other Twin Cities finest instrumentalists. Asako’s new work, which is written for the principal oboist Kathryn Greenbank and the principal bassoonist Charles Ullery from SPCO, will be premiered as well as award winning composer David Evan Thomas’ piece will be presented. Taichi Chen from Minnesota Orchestra and international virtuoso recorder player and the 2013 McKnight fellow, Clea Galhano will also perform Asako’s piece. 

At the end of June we received notification that we received the grant in the amount we asked for totaling $10,000 to fund this concert series! We are very excited by this opportunity. Please mark these dates on your calendars and share with your family and friends. And stay tuned.  If you prefer Facebook, “like” us at Bauman Fine Arts or click on the “music” tab. Many thanks to our music director, Asako Hirabayashi, for all her work in continuing the integrity of this fine arts series!  

To abide by the grant you will see this symbol and statement in all our promotional materials. It is a great way to spread the word about the work of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and our legislature.   

“This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.” Many thanks to all of you and your support. I hope to see you at our upcoming Bauman Fine Arts Concerts!  

Peace, Rev. Sara