Art Hounds: New Music, StevenBe, Speech

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The hounds track down forward thinking classical music in Duluth, a fashion forward knitting wizard in Minneapolis, and some polished public speakers at the state high school speech tourney.

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danrapys.JPGThe annual “New Music Festival” at the University of Minnesota-Duluth is one of Duluth composer Ryan Rapsys’ favorite events of the year. Ryan says it helps keep northern Minnesota connected to the latest currents in contemporary classical composition. The New Music Festival, which happens April 23 and 24th, is highlighted this year with a performance by the celebrated Luna Nova New Music Ensemble from Tennessee, April 23 at 7:30pm at UMD’s Weber Hall.

20090812_loricrever_33.jpgTwin Cities dancer, improvisor and poet Lori Crever gets goosebumps this time of year, anticipating all the wonderful speakers who will partake in the Minnesota High School Speech Tournament. Lori says the teens who compete in such categories as humor, dramatic duo, and extemporaneous speaking, will make one confident in the country’s future. The tournament will be held at Gustavus Adolphus College on April 23 and 24.

audra.JPGSome don’t associate knitting with the glamour of fashion, but Audra Williams says with local knitwear designer StevenBe, the two are, huh, intertwined. As part of fashion week, StevenBe will show off his creations with a runway show, tonight (4/22) from 6-9pm at 3448 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis.

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