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Shades of Africa

Shades of Africa Festival Tickets

Purchase tickets for two or more of the five festival concerts and receive
a $5 discount on adult and senior tickets or a $1 discount on student tickets
for the following four performances:
 
April 2: Offrandes Vodouesques with Chantal Lavigne, mezzo soprano
April 3: Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir
April 4: Catalyst String Quartet
April 5: Sowah Mensah with the UMD Percussion Ensemble

April 6*: UMD Symphony Orchestra Concert 
*Tickets can be included in the package at the already discounted price (no further discounts apply).

All events will occur at Weber Music Hall

Package and individual event tickets should be picked up at will call the night of the event.



ADA Seating for Package Tickets
To order Wheelchair and Companion seating, please follow this process:
1. Select BUY PACKAGE.
2. On Select Quantity page, change BEST AVAILABLE to WHEELCHAIR, select quantity and events.  Continue on to SHOPPING CART page.
3. When on the SHOPPING CART page, click on the black UMD logo at the top of the page.  Then select the Shades of Africa Festival on the home page. This will return you to this page.
4. Select BUY PACKAGE
5. On Select Quantity page, change BEST AVAILABLE to WC COMPANION, select quantity and the events.  Continue on in the order.  When reaching the SHOPPING CART page, you should see both your Wheelchair and companion seats in your cart.
6. Continue and complete your order.



For single event tickets, please use the Get Tickets button next to the event you wish to attend. 

Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.  Please contact RaeAnn Williams @ 218.726.6086.

Offrandes Vodouesques
Offrandes Vodouesques
Chantal Lavigne, mezzo soprano
assisted by Dr. Jeanne Doty, piano
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
7:30 PM
Weber Music Hall
 

Adults:  $15
Seniors: $12
Students: $5

“Offrandes Vodouesques, a wonderful repository of pure Haitian folkloric music. (...)a master piece” writes Serge Bellegarde, about Lavigne’s latest CD. Chantal Lavigne has performed as soloist at the Festival International de Littérature, the Mois du Créole, the Festival de Musique Multi-Montréal, the Festival International duo-piano in Montreal, with the Montreal Opera Guild, the Théâtre d'art lyrique de Laval, Tréteaux Opéra Québec, the Opéra Comique du Québec, the Société de recherche et de diffusion de la musique haïtienne, and the Laval and McGill Universities Opera Studios.


Soulful Sounds
Soulful Sounds
Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
7:30 PM
Weber Music Hall
 

Adults:  $15
Seniors: $12
Students: $5

Led by Sandy Robinson and backed by a talented ensemble of musicians, the choir's spirit and harmonies invariably bring audiences to their feet. With songs ranging from inspirational spirituals to rocking contemporary gospel tunes, the choir strives to share the "Good News" of gospel music with audiences. It gathers singers of various musical experience, ethnic backgrounds, and ages to celebrate music and spirituality through the rich tradition of African American religious music.


American Voices
American Voices
Catalyst String Quartet
Thursday, April 4, 2013
7:30 PM
Weber Music Hall
 

Adults:  $19
Seniors: $17
Students: $5

Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthy vigor,” the Catalyst Quartet, Prize winners of the Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award 2012 (Switzerland) is comprised of top Laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition. “Electrifying… Wildly colorful and exploding with life” -Washington Post. The mission of the ensemble is to advance diversity in classical music and inspire new and young audiences with dynamic performances of cutting-edge repertoire by a wide range of composers. Founded by the Sphinx Organization, the Catalyst Quartet combines a serious commitment to education with a passion for contemporary works.


African Portraits
African Portraits
Sowah Mensah, master drummer
and the UMD Percussion Ensemble
Friday, April 5, 2013
7:30 PM
Weber Music Hall
 

Adults:  $15
Seniors: $12
Students: $5

Ethnomusicologist and composer from Ghana, West Africa, Sowah Mensah has taught music in both Ghana and Nigeria. He is currently a music professor at both Macalester College, and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN where he also directs each school’s African Music Ensemble.

Sowah presents clinics, lectures, workshops, and residencies at many colleges, elementary and secondary schools, churches, and music organizations all over the United States.


Dance Africa
Dance Africa
Joshua Russell, piano
and the UMD Symphony Orchestra
Jean R. Perrault, artistic director Saturday, April 6, 2013
7:30 PM
Weber Music Hall
 

Adults:  $8
Seniors: $7
Students: $5
UMD Students: $3

Joshua Russell has performed as a pianist, organist, and conductor throughout the United States, Europe, and Haiti. Widely regarded as an expert on the piano music of Haiti, Dr. Russell recently performed an encore recital of Haitian piano music at the Haitian Embassy in Washington, D.C., after which Haitian Ambassador Raymond Joseph stated:
“As an interpreter of Haitian music, you could not find a better person. He was an inspiration to everyone who heard him. He is an inspiration to me.”


Repertoire information:
 ♦  Nigerian Dances - Samuel Akpabot
 ♦ Danzón #2 - Arturo Marquez 
 ♦ Danzas #3 & 4 - Ludovic Lamothe 
 ♦ Fantaisie Tropicale - Justin Elie

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Contact us:
University of Minnesota Duluth
School of Fine Arts
Ticket Office
1215 Ordean Court
Duluth, MN 55812-3041

218-726-8561
218-726-8877

www.sfa.d.umn.edu

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