Wednesday, August 17, 2011

MCA presents summer Concert on the Lawn Aug. 18

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will present an end-of-summer Concert on the Lawn 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St., Winona.

The informal concert is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair, and a picnic dinner if preferred. The concert will be held on the lawn just off the circular drive on Vila Street near the front entrance to the Valencia Arts Center. The concert will move indoors and take place in the Arts Center Recital Hall if inclement weather occurs.

Eighteen of the MCA private lessons students will perform solos, duets, and trios, and the show will feature works on the flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin and piano. Students range in age from 5 to 15.

Performers include: Donari Brandes, Haylee Cada, Anna Hanesworth, Ananth Iyengar, Phoebe Kropuenske, Daniel Kopitzke, Alec Meinke, Hayden Meinke, Justine Meinke, Bella Riley, Grace Riley, Lexi Riley, Baker Swenson, Logan Swenson, Lily Titus, Erin Walters, Elissa Wobig and Emily Wobig.

Students have participated in private music lessons throughout the summer months with MCA instructors Ryan Ballanger, Aleah Harvey, Mandy Moburg and Marie Stier.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

For more information about the MCA music division or other performing arts programming, visit, e-mail or call (507) 453-5500.