Our Mission Listen Learn & Participate
Our ObjectivesSponsor 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 LegacyFor 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 weekend, Rosie Flores
Guitar Adrian Legg, Phil Heywood
Classical Borealis Chorale & Orchestra, The Parker Quartet, Minetti Quartett (Vienna)
World Music Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, McInnis' Kitchen
What Makes Us UniqueNSMA 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.
7pm Dylan Fresco: The Holocaust and Me
Dylan Fresco's performance "The Holocaust and Me" is the story of how Dylan came to realize the impact of the Holocaust on his family and his own life, despite his being born decades after it happened. The performance includes music accompanied by guitar and sung in Ladino, a language based on medieval Spanish and Hebrew that is spoken by many Sephardic Jews. Dylan will facilitate a critical reflection period afterward.
About Dylan: Dylan Fresco is a musician and theater artist who works as a writer, performer, and educator with a diverse array of communities and arts partners. His work takes place in theaters, classrooms, community centers, and even on neighborhood sidewalks. A graduate of Carleton College and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Dylan has created solo performances that have been sold-out hits at Fringe Festivals across the country. He has written songs and helped create plays in the Twin Cities with Upstream Arts and Children’s Theatre Company, and he's worked in partnership with multiple organizations serving people with disabilities. He recently helped lead the creation of the original play “Birds Sing Differently Here," which premiered at the Guthrie Theater, in collaboration with a group of Iraqi-Americans and the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project. Dylan's work has received support from Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, Springboard for the Arts, the Arts on Chicago Initiative, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the MN State Arts Board.
Tickets for the event are $10 adults, $5 youth, for sale in advance at www.tix.com (no fees, search "Arrowhead Center for the Arts") and at the door on the night of the show, starting at 6 pm.