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North Shore Music Association Enter

Our Mission Listen Learn & Participate

The North Shore Music Association’s mission is to inspire lives and create community by offering exceptional live performance and artistic diversity, engaging all ages with opportunities to experience, learn, and participate… for the love of music.

Our Objectives

Sponsor and produce a series of concerts, dances, and workshops throughout the year.
 
Generate income to support our mission through a variety of methods, typically through ticket sales, grants, memberships, and donations.
 
Engage in partnerships at every opportunity, e.g., joint ventures with local entities.
Act as a musical arts consultant and a link between musical performers and educators and those seeking contact with them.
 
Use the Arrowhead Center for the Arts (ACA) as the primary venue for NSMA concerts.
 
Use volunteers effectively in the promotion and production of NSMA activities.


 

Our Legacy

For over 30 years, the NMSA has hosted live concerts, community dances, and educational programming for young and old. NSMA has hosted hundreds of musical artists—from local and regional virtuosos to internationally renowned and beloved icons. Just a few artist highlights from the past few years include:
 
Folk Peter Yarrow, Harpeth Rising
 
Blues Guy Davis, Shemekia Copeland
 
Country/Bluegrass GM Ole Opry, Bluegrass Masters weekendRosie Flores
 
Guitar Adrian Legg, Phil Heywood
 
Classical Borealis Chorale & Orchestra, The Parker Quartet, Minetti Quartett (Vienna)
 
World Music Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, McInnis' Kitchen

 

Staff & Board of Directors

What Makes Us Unique

NSMA offers high-quality musical performances at comfortable, accessible venues where listeners are immersed in the experience without distractions. Our audience members tell us the connection they feel with artists onstage is both sensory and emotional—a joining of hearts and minds in joy, shared sorrow, and uplift that great music by generous souls can offer.
 
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7pm Sones de Mexico Ensemble
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Sones de Mexico Ensemble
Sones de Mexico Ensemble
03/01/2019: 7 PM@ Arrowhead Center for the Arts
Sones de Mexico Ensemble is the country's premier folk music organization specializing in Mexican 'son', including the regional styles of huapango, gustos, chilenas, son jarocho, and more. 25 years ago, the group was formed in Chicago to keep the tradition of Mexican 'son' alive in its many regional forms. The two-time Grammy-nominated group has developed and popularized many original arrangements of Mexican traditional tunes and toured nationally and internationally, including performances at the Getty Museum in L.A., New York's Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

While in Grand Marais, Sones de Mexico will perform an Evening Concert of music and dance for the public at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts (51 West 5th St.) on Friday, March 1 at 7 pm. The event is general admission, $15 adults and $5 youth ages 18 and under. General seating. Tickets can be purchased now at www.aca. tix.com (no fees), by phone at 218-387-1272, and at the box office on March 1 (opens at 6 pm).

In addition to their evening concert, NSMA will host Sones de Mexico's Music Jam and Dance Class for the general public at the Grand Marais Art Colony from 7 to 9 pm on Thursday, Feb. 28. $5 per person, all ages. Bring your guitar, fiddle, drums, banjo, flute, voice, your name it, and comfy shoes if you want to dance! No reservations – just drop in.

Also while in Grand Marais, the ensemble will teach a two-day residency at Great Expectations School, with themes including Musical Geography of Mexico, Mexican Tragic Ballad Songwriting, Danza de Los Viejitos Maskmaking, and Ancient Aztec Dance. 

These activities are funded in part by the Global Awareness Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.
 
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