Music in the Gardens

2018 Summer Music Series


Brad Cattadoris

Thursday, June 7
6–7:30 p.m.
Ordway Shelter


Westwind Big Band

Sunday, June 10
1–2:30 p.m.
Ordway Shelter

The Westwind Big Band is an 18-piece ensemble formed primarily of members of the Hopkins Westwind Concert Band. Many of these members have been playing jazz as long as they've been playing their horns. They follow classic instrumentation and play many standards of the 'Big Band' era, but feature some of the great, new, big band music from this century as well.


The Whistle Blue

Thursday, June 14
5:30–7 p.m.
Ordway Shelter


Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra

Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, June 17
1–2:30 p.m.
MacMillan Auditorium

The Orchestra performs 10-12 concerts in the western metro area each year. Its mission is 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."

Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra


The Minneapolis Commodores

Minneapolis CommodoresSunday, June 24
1–2:30 p.m.
MacMillan Auditorium

The Minneapolis Commordores are a big, full-quality sound chorus with colorful costumes and entertaining stage play that makes their productions a truly memorable experience. They are a chartered member of the international Barbershop Harmony Society, and their repertoire includes arrangements of the famous and popular songs of the day from solemn spirituals, vocal swing jazz and other up-tempo arrangements.


Richard Mittelstet

Thursday, June 28
6–7:30 p.m.
Ordway Shelter


Star of the North Concert Band

Star of the North Concert BandSunday, July 1
1–2:30 p.m.
Ordway Shelter

The Star of the North Concert Band is a non-profit organization of over fifty musicians from the Minneapolis and St. Paul communities in Minnesota. The group was organized in 1994 to contribute to Minnesota’s musical tradition by providing an opportunity for local accomplished musicians to share their talents, develop their abilities, and make contacts with other performing musicians (locally, nationally, and internationally) via rehearsals, concerts, and tours.

The band performs approximately 10 local concerts per year and travels internationally on concert tour every other year.

The band performs a wide variety of music, including symphonic band arrangements, marches, classical works, Dixieland, big band, musical theater, original compositions, and instrumentals with vocal solos. The band rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Totino-Grace High School in Fridley under the direction of Wayne Feller and associate conductor Sandra Homb.


The Silverwinds

Thursday, July 5
6–7:30 p.m.
Ordway Shelter


Celebration Brass

Sunday, July 8
1–2:30 p.m.
Ordway Shelter


Allen and Matt Carlson

Thursday, July 12
6–7:30 p.m.
Ordway Shelter


Westwind Swing Band

Sunday, July 15
1–2:30 p.m.
Ordway Shelter

The Westwind Swing Band was founded by Joe Singer in 2014 and includes members from all over the western Twin Cities area. It performs public concerts throughout the year at a number of venues. Their music is a mix of big band swing, blues and Dixieland, including selections from the Artie Shaw Great American Songbook, arrangements by Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman, to name a few.


Jazz on the Prairie

Jazz on the Prairie

Thursday, July 19
6–7:30 p.m.
Ordway Shelter

Jazz On The Prairie Big Band is part of the Eden Prairie Community Education program. This 18-piece jazz orchestra is entering its 30th year as a high-energy, classic jazz big band, playing tunes from the '30s and '40s, all the way up to the most current arrangements. Prepare to be surprised at the "wall of sound" that only five saxes, five trombones, five trumpets, and a talented rhythm section can produce!

Jazz on the Prairie


Dragonfly

DragonflySunday, July 22
1–2:30 p.m.
Ordway Shelter

Dragonfly serves up a delectable gumbo of American popular song, spiced with upbeat rockabilly, lonesome country western, heartfelt folk, toe-tappers, tender ballads, sing-alongs, and standards. Seven South Metro singers/players who relish the magic of music, the joy of harmony and creative instrumentation, the fun of making memories with an audience. Eclectic, effervescent, Dragonfly.


Crosstown Community Band

Thursday, July 26
6–7:30 p.m.
Ordway Shelter


Fridley City Band

Sunday, July 29
1–2:30 p.m.
Ordway Shelter


Groove Boat Crew

Dragonfly

Thursday, August 2
6–7:30 p.m.
Ordway Shelter

In 2013, Duncan Storlie discovered interest among fellow hand drumming students in creating a west side drum circle for fun, health, and community. Eagerly and with diverse levels of experience, the Groove Boat launched! Led by talented facilitators who inspire and enhance our drummers’ skills, we regularly meet to groove to African and Latin American rhythms, and we also enjoy jamming at local community events. We bring a selection of percussion instruments for curious musicians of all ages to join the fun with us. Come make some waves with the Groove Boat!


John "A-Frame" Beck

John A-Frame Beck

Thursday, August 9
6–7:30 p.m.
Ordway Shelter

John is a singer-guitarist whose plays a variety of Americana and Roots musical styles. He plays a unique blend of blues, folk, rock-a-billy and traditional country...music loved by generations.


U Can Jug or Nots

U Can Jug or Nots

Thursday, August 16
6–7:30 p.m.
Ordway Shelter

The U Can Jug or Nots' mission is the preservation and enjoyment of jug music. It's a combination of old timey, early country, blues, gospel and pop of the '20s and '30s. They make and modify some instruments (jugs, spoons, washboard, can shakers, box drum, jingle bells) and also play ukes, guitars, uke bass, mouth harp, toys, kazoos, and so on. Who can make jug music? U Can!

U Can Jug or Nots


Beverages

Add a Splash to Music in the Gardens concerts!

Cafe open daily until 5 p.m.--stop in and grab a refreshing cold beverage (beer, wine and non-alcoholic) to enjoy while you have a relaxing afternoon or evening at one of our outdoor concerts amidst the beauty of the gardens.

Thanks to these generous 2018 sponsors:

Park Dental

Country Inn and Suites