Music in the Gardens Summer 2014
Saturday, May 16
The Teddy Bear Band*
The music and fun of Teddy Bear Band is created with the intent for children to gain and maintain a positive sense of self and an appreciation of their own abilities. "Adult friendly" opportunities are provided to encourage parents and teachers to join in the fun as role models to support this process. Participation and interaction are cornerstone concepts of the Teddy Bear Band's musical shows.
Teddy Bear Band is a REAL band, playing REAL instruments, in REAL time. In this age of computers and pre-programmed entertainment, the Teddy Bear Band believes it is important to give kids a musical experience they can see and feel for themselves, as it happens! 2015 is the Teddy Bear Band's 30th anniversary.
Thursday, June 4
A group of five seniors, ages 55-85, who spent much of their lives in careers as varied as engineering and community development. Most met as part of the Dakota Valley Symphony Chorus, and they've been featured performers with that group at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. Now in its fifth year as a folk ensemble, Dragonfly finds pleasure in providing programs for senior residences, senior centers, coffee shops, etc. Their goal is to bring pleasure while having a good time.
Sunday, June 7
Will King has been performing classical and flamenco guitar for over 40 years. He lived in Southern Spain and South America, performing and studying many styles of guitar. He lived in California during the 70s and performed as a soloist, as well as with many known artists of that era. He currently performs in the Twin Cities metro area, and teaches from his studio in Minnetonka. He has recorded three cds for the Target Lifescapes label, including "Spanish Cafe" and "Feliz Navidad.
Thursday, June 11
The Minnesota State Band
The Minnesota State Band is a 50-piece ensemble, performing traditional concert band and wind ensemble pieces such as those written by Gustav Holst, John Phillip Sousa, Leonard Bernstein as well as many others. The MSB was founded in 1898. At one time every state in the union had a designated state band, however, the Minnesota State Band is now the only remaining state band in the country. Choosing new and established University-level compositions, the band ends every performance with Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" as part of a long tradition.
Sunday, June 21
Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra
The Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra performs 10-12 concerts in the western metro area each year. The orchestra has defined as its mission to "provide opportunities for growth in musical expression through concerts of great music for audiences in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities and for the encouragement of young instrumental musicians."
Sunday, June 28
Jazz on the Prairie
Jazz on the Prairie Big Band is a 20-piece big band based in Eden Prairie, MN. Made up entirely of volunteer musicians, the band performs about 10-15 times per year around the greater Twin Cities area providing free concerts to the general public. Repertoire includes all styles of jazz and big band music ranging from the roaring 20's to the big band era of the 40's and the later compositions that made muscians like Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson famous.
Thursday, July 9
Will Bauermeister's first solo album is an independent release. As the lead singer and songwriter for Dazy Head Mazy, Will Bauermeister has been busy playing, sometimes 100 shows a year across the U.S. Will's infectious tunes have often been compared to Hootie and the Blowfish, the Barenaked Ladies, Sister Hazel and the Dave Matthews Band.
Sunday, July 12
Local people playing local American music, The Abiders provide a unique energy and musical quality that's hard to put your finger on. Join this talented quartet of fun for classic blues, folk and originals that will get even the leaves tapping on the trees.
Sunday, July 26
An old-time string band that has been playing together for six years. Group members include Don Jacques on the fiddle, Myron Price on the guitar and harmonica and Rob Dave on the banjo. They have played for square dances, block parties, garage door openers and other hallmark cultural events.
Sunday, August 2
Warehouse Eyes is the dream-pop duo of Jennie Lahlum and Christopher Williams. Inspired by the endless possibilities of sound design and rock 'n roll poets like Patti Smith, John Darnielle and Bob Dylan, Warehouse Eyes crats songs of heartbreak and hallucination powered by the subtlety and versatility of Jennie's voice. They released their EP Carvings in May 2014 to scattered acclaim and are in the midst of a busy 2015, including the release of their second EP Prisms.
Sunday, August 9
The Celebration Brass Quintet was founded in 2001 by members of the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra and began its career as artists-in-residence at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Hopkins. Drawing from a library of over 300 arrangements, the quintet has developed a wide repertoire in a variety of musical genres, including jazz, Dixieland, ragtime, classical, show tunes, and "golden oldies." The Celebration Brass has played at numerous venues across the Twin Cities area, including Music Association of Minnetonka concerts, weddings, churches, arts centers, retail stores and senior residences.
Sunday, August 23
Bend in the River Big Band
Twin City based Bend in the River Big Band is a 17-piece big band featuring vocalist Linnea Nelson Marrin. The majority of the band graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota and have been together for over 25 years. Directed by Robert Hallquist, the band performs a wide variety of music from the big band era to contemporary jazz/rock. Check out our website, www.brbb.org or friend us on Facebook to see our complete summer schedule.
*denotes a children's performance