Symphony, Galactic Cowboys plan western ‘Hoe Down’
The Austin Symphony Orchestra and Galactic Cowboy Orchestra will present “Wild, Wild West,” a concert of classical, jazz and bluegrass fusion at 2 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Paramount Theatre, 125 Fourth Ave. NE, Austin.
The Twin Cities-based Galactic Cowboy Orchestra features Lisi Wright, a Blooming Prairie native, on fiddle. Wright once took violin lessons from Sue Radloff, concertmaster of the Austin symphony. The band will perform four pieces with the orchestra: “Raga Piloo,” “Broken Marionette,” “The Blaze” and “Gypsy Grass Jump.”
The orchestra will also play a selection of pieces themed to the west, including “Buckaroo Holiday” and “Hoe Down,” from Aaron Copland’s “Rodeo” ballet; “Cowboy Overture” by John Williams; and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” from “The Lone Ranger.”
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door for adults, $10 in advance, $12 at the door for college students. Students K-12 are admitted free. Tickets are available at Coffee on Main and HyVee in Austin, as well as at the Paramount box office, 507-434-0934.
Cantus to sing anthems at Winona State
WINONA — The acclaimed vocal ensemble Cantus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Winona State University Performing Arts Center in Winona.
The concert, “Anthem,” will focus on the theme, “Why do we sing?” Selections will include “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Danny Boy” and a new arrangement of “How Can I Keep from Singing.” These, and other anthems, said Cantus tenor Aaron Humble, produce emotions of pride, identity and unity.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $10 for Winona State students, available at the WSU box office, 507-457-4235, and online at www.wsuartstickets.com.
Oak Center to host Party Penguins
As the band’s website says, “Don’t let the name fool you.” Despite the band’s name, there’s nothing particularly violent about the music or the concert. This quintet of bluegrass players holds true to the old-fashioned tradition of a string band, while playing a mix of folk, rock, blues and bluegrass.
Tickets are $15; pay what you can afford, with a minimum of $5. For reservations, call 507-753-2080.
Meg Hutchinson to perform Saturday in Chatfield
Hutchinson was reared in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, attended Bard College, worked at an organic lettuce farm and eventually settled in Boston, where she began performing at local coffee houses and pubs. She won a Kerrville New Folk Award in 2000, and her debut album, “Against the Grey,” was nominated for a Boston Music Award.
Her latest CD is “Beyond That,” on St. Paul-based Red House Records.
Ticket are $20; 507-867-2927.