DB Arts Association announces 2013-2014 performing arts season

Every year, the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association strives for variety and quality with its performance series.

This year will include folk, bluegrass, film, brass, dance, theater, piano and rock.

The Dawson-Boyd Arts Association is kicking off its 13th season at the beginning of next month, bringing in 10 performances. All of the performances will be at Memorial Auditorium in Dawson.

How the season takes shape, said DBAA performing arts director Luanne Fondell, is through a number of ways – a programming committee on the DBAA board that has its “eyes and ears open,” audience member suggestions, being a member of the Minnesota Presenters Network or the artists themselves may contact DBAA.

“We’ve been around long enough, artists know we’re here,” Fondell said.

The Minnesota bluegrass duo Robin and Linda Williams start out the series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 for the 10th annual Meander.

“They are favorites on the Prairie Home Companion and have performed on the Grand Old Opry Stage,” said Fondell.

On Friday, Oct. 18, Swedish filmmaker Stefan Quinth and co-producer William Beyer will present their fourth film in the series “Pretty Much 100% Scandinavian.” The film, which looks at the impact of the significant Scandinavian immigration to America, features local artists Gene and Lucy Tokheim and rosemaling artist Karen Jenson. The film will be at 7:30 p.m.

The Sioux Empire Brass will take the stage at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. It is an ensemble from Sioux Falls and includes Paul Hanson, the former director for the Dawson-Boyd School system.

A second brass group, the St. Anthony Brass Quintet, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. The quintet will do workshops with students prior to the concert and will rehearse with a community brass ensemble that will be forming this fall, Fondell said.

“The community brass ensemble is open to any brass player in the area who is interested in participating,” Fondell said. During January’s concert, the quintet will perform the majority of the concert, Fondell said, but student and adult brass players will also perform.

Theatreworks USA will bring “The Teacher from the Black Lagoon and Other Story Books” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. It is a touring theater production, which is a musical based on seven children’s books, Fondell said.

TU Dance, performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, will be a new experience for the DBAA – modern dance, Fondell said.

“TU Dance will be in our community for several days, performing for students, doing a demonstration for the community and performance for the public,” Fondell said.

Fondell said the DBAA is thrilled to have the James Sewell Ballet on stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22. The group will present to live music called “Lover,” which is based on a Rodgers and Hart tune.

Illusion Theater will present “Jeffrey Hatcher’s Hamlet” at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 31. It is a one-man show performed by the playwright himself about the unlikely situation of a fifth-grader mounting a performance of Shakespeare’s well-known play. Although it is a student performance, Fondell said it is open to the public.

Julliard-trained concert pianist Rebecca Davis will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24.

“She has an intense commitment to performing in communities where classical piano music is not readily available,” Fondell said.

On Saturday, June 28, Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles will round out the season. The concert is at 7:30 p.m.

“We’ve had requests for this music over and over, and it finally worked out for this season,” Fondell said. “They are phenomenal.”