North Shore Music Association
Dedicated to presenting & supporting musical arts in Northeast Minnesota
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2015 Schedule of Events
Dec. 6 & 7 - 7PM @ Bethlehem Lutheran
Borealis Chorale & Orchestra
Annual Cook County Community Christmas Concerts
With more than 90 Cook County residents in the Choir & Orchestra, this long-standing tradition continues!
Bill Beckstrand, Conductor
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
1st Ave. West & 5th Street, Grand Marais
Free-will offerings to the Borealis Chorale and Orchestra are welcome.
2016 Schedule of Events
Jan. 16 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
Grand Marais Ole Opry
The North Shore Music Association proudly presents our 3rd Annual Grand Marais Ole Opry, a classic country & oldtime-style showcase featuring local & regional musicians playing tunes made famous by artists such as Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, Emmylou Harris, and the Louvin Brothers. Emceed by WTIP Classic Country show host Carl Solander, the evening’s lineup includes The Roe Family Singers, Michelle & Jim Miller, Portage, and others.
Feb. 13 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
A Woman’s Voice: The African American Female Experience
In honor of Black History Month, NSMA hosts stunningly talented blues vocalist
, along with current director of Sounds of Blackness and the Hamline Gospel Choir,
, plus singer
and other friends, presenting a program of African American women’s music spanning from the time of slavery in the U.S. to the present day. A vocal workshop for women, covering various traditions, will also be offered on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 12.
April 2 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
Founded in 2003, the young and enormously talented
have gained great international accolades—winning first prize at the international Rimbotti String Quartet competition in Florence, the Haydn Prize at the International Haydn Competition in Vienna, the top award at the International Schubert Competition in Graz, and the Grosser Gradus ad Parnassum Prize.
Named "Rising Star” by the European Concert Hall Organization, the group has made debuts at London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Konserthuset in Stockholm, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Salzburg Mozarteum, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Musikverein. They have also been a guest at leading chamber music festivals, including the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Aix-en-Provence, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the Kuhmo Festival in Finland. They have accomplished extensive concert tours to North, Central, and South America, Australia, Japan, and China, and they have collaborated with a number of artists.
May 21 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
Phil Heywood & Tim Sparks
Award-winning fingerstyle guitarist
’s playing encompasses an array of styles, from the down-home rhythmic groove of a Mississippi John Hurt and Leadbelly, to the sheer fluidity and melodic flair of such contemporaries as Leo Kottke.
Phil shares a bill and will perform some songs with acclaimed fingerstylist
, whose music
Guitar Player Magazine
has called, "Fresh, exotic, and totally cool."
Acoustic Guitar Magazine
calls his playing "rich and sensuous,” and Leo Kottke says, "He's really one of the best musicians I know.”
July 9 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
is considered a "musician's musician,” an uncommonly unique guitarist, a writer of vivid songs with a strong sense of place, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition who further illustrates each tale with his guitar.
Rich Warren of WFMT Chicago's
The Midnight Special
said, "His artistry is nothing short of amazing.” Vic Heyman wrote in
, “He is one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk.”
Sept. 24 - 7:30 PM @ ACA
Beloved Minnesota singer-songwriter
is one of the few women guitarists who primarily play the twelve-string guitar. Ann donates up to 25% of her concert tour bookings for organizations that primarily address issues affecting women and children. Her great talent and renown have brought her to the stages of
Good Morning America
A Prairie Home Companion
, and on radio programs such as Minnesota Public Radio’s
The Morning Show
All Things Considered
All concerts are held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts unless noted otherwise.
W 1st Ave & W 5th Street, Grand Marais
Advance tickets at
or at ACA box office (open for day-of sales 1 hour before each performance).
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North Shore Music Association
Box 1376 Grand Marais Minnesota 55604
The North Shore Music Association is a non-profit organization
serving the community for over 25 years.
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