Music in the Gardens Summer 2014

Thursday, June 5

Dave Hoyt
5:30-7 p.m.
Trex Deck

Old-timey, folk, jug band and blues kinds of music; guitar and vocals.


The Bazillions

Saturday, June 14

The Bazillions*
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Trex Deck

The Bazillions are the creation of Twin Cities' parents/educators/singer-songwriters Adam and Kristin Marshall. Literally from their first day on the job at Kenny School in Minneapolis, the couple was writing songs for and with their students. Before long, the kids knew every word to every song, and parents began asking for a CD. So, along with their indie pop band The Humbugs, the Marshalls recorded and released "Rock-n-Roll Recess," under the new alter-ego band name "The Bazillions."


Sunday, June 22

Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra
2-3 p.m.
Trex Deck

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."


Thursday, June 26

DragonflyDragonfly
5:30-7 p.m.
Sensory Garden

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.


Bend in the River BandSunday, June 29

Bend in the River Big Band
1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck

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.


The CarlsonsSunday, July 6

The Carlsons
1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck

A father and son duo who share a passion for music, especially classic country, gospel, and hymns. They enjoy entertaining while encouraging their audiences with positive, uplifting messages. Their many performances each year include senior and health care facilities, churches, community programs, and private events.


The Teddy Bear BandSaturday, July 12

The Teddy Bear Band*
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Trex Deck

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!


Paul CherbaSunday, July 13

Paul Cherba
1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck

Paul's piano music is relaxing and invigorating. He will be improvising piano compositions all afternoon.

 


Jazz on the PrairieSunday, July 20

Jazz on the Prairie
1-2:30 p.m.
Trex Deck

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.


Paul CherbaThursday, August 7

Paul Cherba
5:30-7 p.m.
Trex Deck

Paul's piano music is relaxing and invigorating. He will be improvising piano compositions all afternoon.

 


Celebration BrassSunday, August 10

Celebration Brass
1:30-3 p.m.
Trex Deck

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.


OVationThursday, August 14

OVation
5:30-7 p.m.
Sensory Garden

5:30 pm, 6:15 pm (2 short concerts, each about 35-40 minutes)

OVation is the portable version of One Voice Mixed Chorus, Minnesota's LGBTA Chorus uniting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people and straight allies to build community and create social change by raising our voices in song.  OVation, an a cappella ensemble of 13 singers brings One Voice's music and message almost anywhere. OVation performs at 15-25 events annually, with One Voice or on its own, at venues ranging from the Minnesota State Fair, Twin Cities Pride, places of worship and community events.
Now in its 26th year, One Voice Mixed Chorus is the largest GLBT chorus in North America and is known for its musical excellence, diverse programming, and deep commitment to community outreach. The 125 singing members range from ages 17 to 77, and the "Fifth Section" boasts more than 50 non-singing volunteers. Whether performing in schools, at community events, or on stage for marquee concerts, One Voice inspires transformation through passionate, vibrant, and creative performances. The award-winning chorus, under the direction of Artistic Director Jane Ramseyer Miller, has performed for thousands of people throughout the Twin Cities, Greater Minnesota and beyond and is described by Chorus America as "one of the region's best ensembles."
More about OVation at: http://onevoicemn.org/ovation.html


Maple Grove Jazz EnsembleSunday, August 24

Maple Grove Jazz Ensemble
1:30-3 p.m.
Trex Deck

The Jazz Ensemble is directed by Paul Mazzacano who has had life-long success as a creative, multi-talented percussionist, composer, arranger, vocalist, conductor and TV host.  A partial list of credits include national radio, television, and Hollywood movies, Broadway musicals and as drummer with Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Glenn Miller/Tex Beneke and Henry Mancini Orchestras.  Mr. Mazzacano has received many awards including Teacher of the Year.  Also, awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. State Department and the National Association of Schools of Music.  Director of the Jazz Ensemble, Paul Mazzacano writes original arrangements to showcase the many talented musicians in the Jazz Ensemble.  

Under Mr. Mazzacano's direction, the Jazz Ensemble has grown to 18 musicians and includes artistry on the bass, trumpet, piano, percussion instruments, among others.  The group recently added a soloist and a resident guitar player playing tunes that are sure to keep feet tapping at each of their concerts.

*denotes a children's performance