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Class Notes Concerts 2022-23: Artist Menu

Children attending various Class Notes concertsCourtney Perry, Jerry Olson, Nate Ryan

June 14, 2022

Performances are available to all Minnesota schools at no cost. Take a look at the exciting roster below and sign up for a concert here. Scroll down to the bottom of the menu to see detailed instructions about how to use the booking app. Please direct all questions to classnotes@mpr.org.

Afoutayi Dance, Music, and Arts

Djenane Saint Juste
Afoutayi Dance, Music and Arts (Djenane Saint Juste, Artistic Director)
Venn Productions

Description: Afoutayi Haitian Dance, Music, and Arts is a performance company that promotes Haitian culture through music, art, dance, and history education.

Especially recommended for: Large K-6 Audiences

  • Availability: Limited schedule September-November 2022 & February-April 2023

  • Locations: Afoutayi Haitian Dance, Music, and Arts is available to the 7-county metro area.

Watch Afoutayi Dance, Music, and Arts perform here.

The Brian/Susan Project

BS Project Artists - Susan Miranda & Brian Handeland
The Brian/Susan Project (Susan Miranda, oboe/English horn & Brian Handeland, saxophones)
Patrick Watson

Description: This oboe/saxophone duo showcases unique repertoire commissioned especially for their combination of instruments. Elementary program includes an original program, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox Find The Blues, featuring oboe, English horn, four different saxophones, an a wide variety of musical genres.

Especially recommended for:  K-6 general music classrooms; middle and high school instrumental programs

  • Availability: Various dates throughout the school year

  • Locations: The Brian/Susan Project is available to the 7-county metro area and for travel up to two hours outside of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area. Additionally, they are available in the Winona area.

  • Limited availability for tours and travel in Greater Minnesota. Contact classnotes@mpr.org to arrange details. 

Delphia Cello Quartet

Delphia Cello Quartet
Delphia Cello Quartet (Julia Floberg, Rosa Thompson-Vieira, Patricia Ryan, and Nora Doyle)
Matt Peterson

Description: A cello quartet with a unique and eclectic repertoire.

Especially recommended for: K-6 general music classrooms; middle and high school string/orchestra programs

  • Availability: Delphia Cello Quartet is available all day most Thursdays throughout the year with some availability on Mondays and Fridays.

  • Locations: Delphia Cello Quartet is available to the 7-county metro area.

e(L)ement

e(L)ement
e(L)ement (Karen Baumgartner, flute; Mallory McHenry, harp)
Allison DeFrancesco

Description: Compelling and virtuosic flute/harp duo.

Especially recommended for: K-6 general music classrooms, K-6 general classrooms

  • Availability/Location: This group is available February 6-9, 2023 to the 7-county metro area and for travel up to two hours outside of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.

  • Limited availability for tours and travel in Greater Minnesota. Contact classnotes@mpr.org to arrange details. 

Watch e(L)ement perform here.

Heliopsis

Heliopsis
Heliopsis (Mikaela Marget, cello, voice; Nyttu Chongo, Timbila, Mbira, Inanga, Xipendani, Xitende, Tambores, Xizambe, voice)
Ellen Schmidt/Honeydew Mellen Photography

Description: Heliopsis is a duo that plays original music for various traditional instruments from Sub-Saharan Africa, cello, and voice. Their music ranges from raucous and dance-like to serene and peaceful. Each tune has an element of improvisation, so no two performances are the same.

Especially recommended for: K-6 general music classrooms, K-6 general classrooms

  • Availability: Heliopsis is available to perform on many Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year.

  • Location: Heliopsis is available to the 7-county metro area and for travel up to two hours outside of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.

  • Limited availability for tours and travel in Greater Minnesota. Contact classnotes@mpr.org to arrange details. 

Kroehm Duo

Kroehm Duo
Kroehm Duo (Jenny Klukken, marimba; Steve Roehm, vibraphone)
Venn Productions

Description: Marimba/vibraphone duo, featuring original compositions and improvisations. 

Especially recommended for:  K-6 general music classrooms; K-6 general classrooms; percussion ensembles/classes.

  • Availability: Kroehm Duo is available on many Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the school year.

  • Location: Kroehm Duo is available to the 7-county metro area and for travel up to two hours outside of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.

  • Limited availability for tours and travel in Greater Minnesota. Contact classnotes@mpr.org to arrange details. 

Watch Kroehm Duo perform here

Lyz Jaakola

Lyz Jaakola
Lyz Jaakola
Nedahness Rose Greene

Description: Lyz Jaakola is an Ojibwe-Anishinaabe composer, singer and hand drummer.  Lyz also plays guitar, piano, flute and violin, to demonstrate the fact that Native Americans have and do participate in many American music cultures in addition to traditional musics. In her Class Notes Concert, students will learn about Ojibwe music, instruments, language and singing both traditional and contemporary.

Especially recommended for: K-6 general music classrooms, K-6 general classrooms

  • Availability: Lyz Jaakola is available most Fridays throughout the school year.

  • Locations: Lyz is available to the Duluth area and up to two hours outside of Duluth.

Mill City String Quartet

Mill City String Quartet
Mill City String Quartet (L-R: Ruth Marshall, cello; Huldah Niles, violin; Erika Hoogeveen, violin; Valerie Little, viola)
John Clapham

Description: String quartet with an expansive and engaging repertoire.

Especially recommended for: K-6 General music classrooms; middle and high school string/orchestra programs.

  • Availability: Mill City String Quartet is available various dates throughout the year.

  • Location: Mill City String Quartet is available to the 7-county metro area.

Listen and watch the Mill City String Quartet here

The Mirandola Ensemble

The Mirandola Ensemble-JPEG
The Mirandola Ensemble (Nick Chalmers, Alyssa Anderson, Jenny Ubl, Andrew Kane)
Jennifer Turner

Description: Vocal ensemble with a wide-ranging repertoire.

Especially recommended for: Choral ensembles, general music classrooms. 

  • Availability: The Mirandola Ensemble is available many Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the year.

  • Location: The Mirandola Ensemble is available to the 7-county metro area and for travel up to two hours outside of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.

  • Limited availability for tours and travel in Greater Minnesota. Contact classnotes@mpr.org to arrange details. 

Watch The Mirandola Ensemble perform here

Nanilo

Nanilo
Nanilo (Sarina Partridge, voice and Sarah Larsson, voice)
Joni Griffith

Description: Vocal music duo specializing in music of the Jewish Diaspora. Nanilo offers translation and storytelling for all the songs they sing, illuminating the real life struggles and longing embedded in the lyrics of the songs. Nanilo invites listeners to draw connections to their own families’ diverse stories of immigration, heritage, and roots, and uses music as the key to unlock doors of understanding.

Especially recommended for: Choral ensembles, general music classrooms. 

  • Availability: Nanilo is available various dates throughout the year.

  • Location: Nanilo is available to the 7-county metro area and for travel up to two hours outside of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.

  • Limited availability for tours and travel in Greater Minnesota. Contact classnotes@mpr.org to arrange details. 

The OK Factor

The OK Factor
The OK Factor (Olivia Diercks, cello and Karla Colahan, violin)
Jessica Holleque

Description: New-classical crossover duo, The OK Factor is cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Colahan. Olivia and Karla are passionate about composing, performing, and teaching.

Especially recommended for: K-6 general music classrooms; K-6 general classrooms; middle and high school string/orchestra programs.

  • Availability: The OK Factor is available various dates throughout the year.

  • Location:  The OK Factor is available to the 7-county metro area and up to two hours outside of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.

  • Limited availability for tours and travel in Greater Minnesota. Contact classnotes@mpr.org to arrange details. 

Watch The OK Factor perform here

The Paper Clips

The Paper Clips
The Paper Clips (Clockwise: Lauren Husting, tenor trombone; Ben Bussey, tenor trombone; Brooklynne Audette, bass trombone; Chris Allen, bass trombone)
Photo: Travis Anderson; Design: Brooklynne Audette

Description: Trombone quartet Inspired by the music & energy of Motown.

Especially recommended for: K-6 general music classrooms; band programs; brass ensembles.

  • Availability:  The Paper Clips are available various dates throughout the year.

  • Location:  The Paper Clips are available to the 7-county metro area and for travel up to two hours outside of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.

  • Limited availability for tours and travel in Greater Minnesota. Contact classnotes@mpr.org to arrange details. 

Siama’s Congo Roots

Siama's Congo Roots Trio
Siama's Congo Roots Trio (L-R: Dallas Johnson, voice, small percussion; Tim O’Keefe, percussion; Siama Matuzungidi, voice, guitar, mbira, xylophone)
Carlos Grados

Description: Trio featuring upbeat original sing-along songs inspired by Siama's home town in rural DR Congo.

Especially recommended for: K-12 general music classrooms and assemblies

  • Availability: Siama’s Congo Roots is available various days throughout the year.

  • Location: Siama’s Congo Roots is available to the 7-county metro area.

Listen and watch Siama’s Congo Roots here

Titambe

Titambe
Titambe (Christian Adeti, percussion)
Courtesy of the artist

Description:

Titambe West African Dance Ensemble’s mission is to teach and promote traditional African drumming, dance heritage, cultural understanding, and appreciation of diversity. This is done through language, music, and movement.

Especially recommended for: K-6 Assemblies

  • Availability: Titambe is available various days throughout the year.

  • Location: Titambe is available to the 7-county metro area.

Zenith Contemporary Ensemble

Zenith Contemporary  Ensemble
Zenith Contemporary Ensemble (Paula Gudmundson, Flute; Diana Shapiro, Piano; Jim Pospisil, Horn)
Bosco Jacobson

Description: Flute, horn, and piano trio who incorporate a variety of styles and composers into their performances.

Especially recommended for: K-6 general music classrooms; middle and high school band programs.

  • Availability: Zenith Contemporary Ensemble is available various dates in September, October, January, and May.

  • Location:  Zenith Contemporary Ensemble is available to Duluth schools and up to one-hour outside the Duluth area.

BOOKING INSTRUCTIONS FOR TEACHERS

  • Follow link to Class Notes Concert Bookings page.

  • Select preferred “Artist” (i.e. The Mirandola Ensemble).

  • Click the arrows to view calendar months for date options.

  • Choose start time for your three-hour booking window. There can be up to three 45-minute concerts in this window. 

  • Fill in your details.

  • Select “Book” button.

  • You will receive a confirmation email that says “Thank you for booking your Class Notes Concert. A staff member will reach out to you for confirmation and further details.” along with your basic booking info.

A staff member will reach out in 24-48 hours with booking confirmation or adjustments. They will also ask for further details such as exact performance times, arrival details for the Artist, arrival instructions, grades and number of students per performance.

Schools outside of the seven-county metro area should contact classnotes@mpr.org to discuss concert options. 

ABOUT CLASS NOTES CONCERTS:

Each year, YourClassical MPR’s Class Notes Concerts program brings live music performed by professional musicians to thousands of school children across the state.

Designed to expose, engage, and inspire, these standards-based concerts introduce young people to the joy and wonder of live music. This program is intended for K-12 schools across the state of Minnesota. YourClassical MPR will work with you to customize your Class Notes Concert.