Art Hounds: Sweeney, Carmina, and Trombone Shorty

tromboneshorty.jpgTrombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Credit: Jane Richey

This week’s hounds highlight Fleet Street’s demon barber as interpreted by Minnesota teens, medieval love songs in Ely and an explosive trombonist from The Big Easy.

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carolorban.JPGThe Northern Lights Chamber Music Festival is an annual tradition Carol Orban of Ely has enjoyed for many years. Carol, a member of the Northern Lakes Arts Association, is especially excited about a performance of her favorite work, “Carmina Burana,” which will headilne this year’s festival. It’s being performed Friday, July 9 at UMD’s Weber Hall at 7:30pm, Saturday, July 10 at 7pm at Washington Auditorium in Ely and Sunday, July 11 at Roosevelt High School Auditorium in Virginia. Festival participants will be joined by members of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the East Range Choral Society.

janefroiland.JPGTwin Cities actor Jane Froiland is solidly behind the mission of the St. Paul-based Young Artists Initiative and its upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim’s bloody musical, “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Jane says the talent in Young Artists Initiative, a performing arts program for teens across the state, is on a par with many professional artists she’s worked with. “Sweeney Todd” is on stage at St. Paul’s Gremlin Theatre July 8 – 18.

pamelaespeland.JPGIf you wanna party like they do in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, Minneapolis jazz writer and commentator Pamela Espeland says make for the Minnesota Zoo Thursday, July 8 to see Trombone Shorty. Pamela says the 24-year-old trombonist became a professional musician at the ripe old age of five and has a wonderful new CD out called “Backatown.”

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