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Water music in Winona, art lovers in Lakeville and Queen in Eagan

The Winona Symphony String Quartet performs at the Minnesota Marine Art MuseumCourtesy of artist

September 12, 2022

September is gorgeous everywhere, but southeast Minnesota offers special beauty this week. The Winona Symphony String Quartet partners with the Marine Art Museum for Water Music, a gallery concert of New England composers surrounded by paintings from the Hudson River school. It takes place Thursday evening and is full of American classics.

The Lakeville Art Festival returns for two eventful days featuring more than a hundred visual artists. The festival takes place Saturday and Sunday with live music and food. On Sunday at noon, the live music features Nyttu Chongo of Heliopsis, which is one of this year’s Class Notes Concert artists. Class Notes Concerts is a free program that brings professional musicians into Minnesota schools.

While you’re in the neighborhood, the Eagan Art Block is a two-week arts celebration that includes Saturday’s Bohemian Rhapsody, a free rock and folk-inspired chamber music concert. A classical trio brings to life the Queen classic Bohemian Rhapsody, along with the original bohemian masterpiece, Antonín Dvořák's Dumky. The show also includes a sultry Spanish day depicted in Joaquín Turina’s Círculo. It’s a superb combo featuring Carlton College’s Matthew McCright (piano), St. Olaf’s Francesca Anderegg (violin) and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Richard Belcher (cello). Rumor has it that Scaramouche will appear to do the Fandango.