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NYRCC announces fall concert season

With an eclectic lineup of music and theater performances including bluegrass, rock, folk and jazz, the New York Mills Cultural Center fall concert series gets underway on Sept. 17.

Performances are held in the Center's downstairs gallery on Main Street at 7:30 p.m. in New York Mills where audiences enjoy the opportunity to hear the best acoustic music in an intimate environment up close to the performers. Audience members always have the opportunity to meet each of the artists during intermission and to enjoy the current gallery show as well.

Tickets to each of the eight concerts this fall are available at the Cultural Center ticket office. Hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Concerts are $12 advance sale and $15 at the door. Purchase tickets to four or more concerts for $10 each. Student tickets cost $5 any time. Detailed information about each concert is available at our website, Call the Cultural Center for a concert flyer at (218) 385-3339.

The Saturday, Sept. 17 concert features an amazing musical journey through time with ancient and contemporary instruments featuring Lauren Pelon and Gary Holthaus. This performance links music through time with poetry and features Lauren's beautiful soprano voice. Pelon has performed throughout the United States and in China, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Australia, and New Zealand. She is noted for her versatile use of a diverse array of instruments, and for her compelling compositions and arrangements of music from many countries and cultures. Lauren has performed with symphony orchestras, The Philadelphia String Quartet, on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," and at the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia.

It's country. It's rock. It's jazz. It's bug-eyed bluegrass from Zeta Reticuli. It's swing. It's interstellar folk music.Whatever it sounds like to earthlings, there is no mistaking the virtuoso strains and the star trekking fun of The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra. On Saturday, Oct. 1, this powerful musical ensemble fuses an eclectic mix of original and traditional bluegrass-edged tunes with jazz and world/fusion elements. Their music is Chick Corea meets The Dixie Dregs meets "A Prairie Home Companion." The mix ranges from highly accessible bluegrass tunes to extreme arrangements of East Indian ragas. GCO's instrumentation includes guitar, fiddle, bass and drums. The widely versatile instrumentals are accessible to music-lovers of all ages!

Lehto and Wright, Saturday, Oct. 15 are "... among North America's best practitioners of Anglo-Celtic folk-rock... wonderfully intricate, powerful guitar-driven music," according to Dirty Linen. Lehto and Wright have a sound that is a unique blend of traditional and modern styles. By taking cues from the Irish, English and American folk traditions and interpreting them with contemporary guitar-based arrangements, Lehto and Wright take a fresh approach to the world of folk and folk rock.

These opening concerts are followed by similarly outstanding performances by the Mixed Blood Theatre of Minneapolis with a Native American-themed drama According to Coyote (Friday, Oct. 28); Red House Records singer/songwriter Meg Hutchinson (Friday, Nov. 11); Dick Kimmel and Co. 5-piece bluegrass band (Saturday, Nov. 19); and John Gorka, Minnesota-based singer with a holiday concert (Saturday, Dec. 10).

This stellar grouping of concerts for the fall season concludes on the winter solstice, Dec. 21, with regional musicians in a celebration of the winter season with the Longest Night Music Festival. This final concert of the fall season is free to everyone, a gift back to the community by many musical artists in our region.