On September 27th, spend your Saturday afternoon exploring artworks at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and singing along with them. For this event, we'll walk around the MIA (wear comfy shoes!), and visit five (or so) works of art. A docent will tell us a bit about each work, and then Tesfa will lead us in a song that relates to it. Fun! Ever wanted to sing your heart out in the resonant galleries of an art museum or learn about ways music and visual art are connected? Here's your chance.
Meet in the museum lobby off the 3rd Avenue entrance starting at 3:00 PM. Our tour and songfest begins at 3:30 and will last a bit less than an hour. Following, you can enjoy a beverage with Tesfa from the great Dogwood Coffee Bar in the MIA Lobby (beverages available for purchase). The MIA closes at 5:00 PM. Hope you can be there!
The event is free but registration is requested. Here's the Eventbrite link.
About our presenter and song leader:
Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, Conductor of the APM Radio Choir and Manager of the Choral Works Initiative for American Public Media and Classical Minnesota Public Radio, previously served as Assistant Artistic Director of Vocalessence in Minneapolis, MN. As a high school teacher, he was named Orange County Public School Teacher of the Year (2013) and received the Macy's National Gift of Teaching Award (2013). He led his choirs in performances at state conventions of the American Choral Directors Association (2010 & 2012) and the Florida Music Educators' Association (2011).
Tesfa is widely in demand as a guest conductor and lecturer. He has presented workshops and conducted honor choirs in Florida, Tennessee, Ohio, Minnesota, and Costa Rica. As a tenor soloist, he has performed both in the U.S. and internationally in Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Costa Rica. Tesfa is active in the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators' National Conference, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Most of all he's known as a person who will make you want to sing!
Presented in partnership with Classical Minnesota Public Radio.
Classical MPR's mission is to surprise and delight audiences, and this year CMPR is branching out with a new choral initiative, encouraging Community Sings!