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Performing Arts Series

  • Powerful performances right here.

    Minnesota State University Moorhead's Cheryl Nelson Lossett Performing Arts Series continues to be proactive in reaching out to the Fargo-Moorhead community and the surrounding region. Collaborations with community arts organizations and public school systems create outstanding educational arts experiences for the area's elementary, secondary and university students and teachers.

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    “He caught the spirit and sound of Bird, from the tone of his voice to the sound of his saxophone…It was like seeing Bird come alive and do his thing! I was touched by the play and Jeff’s performance. Brilliantly constructed.” – Charlie Parker’s daughter, Kim Parker
    While playing the music of Charlie Parker (aka “Bird”) on solo saxophone and filling the stage with imaginary characters, actor and musician Jeff Robinson takes us back to 1954 for a soulful peek into the life of the revered jazz icon.

    Thursday, September 19
    7:30 p.m.
    Gaede Stage

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    (jazz harp, trombone, drums)
    "Delfeayo is, in many ways, the most fun of the Marsalises. He's the family trombonist. And record producer. And he seems to be the family wise guy too." – Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News
    Known for his technical brilliance, inventive mind and humor, Delfeayo Marsalis is “one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation.” (Philip Elwood, San Francisco Examiner). Don’t miss this chance to hear Marsalis with his 18-piece Uptown Jazz Orchestra!

    Thursday, October 17, 2019
    7:30 p.m.
    Hansen Theatre

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    (two violins and bass)
    “She boiled with fury…battered the stage with her heels, hammering unknowable agonies into dust…” – The Washington Post
    Feel the diverse influences which have shaped this exuberant form of dance and music, including contributions from Gypsy, Judaic, Arabic, Spanish and Latino culture. Carlota Santana co-founded Flamenco Vivo in 1983 and was designated "The Keeper of Flamenco" by Dance Magazine.

    Saturday, February 1, 2020
    7:30 p.m.
    Hansen Theatre

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    “Their beautifully textured sound is enveloped by thrilling individual brilliance and highlighted by a rare, magnetic quartet sense emanating from every note they play.” – David Harrington, Kronos Quartet
    From living rooms to concert stages around the world, the youthful, energetic members of the Thalea String Quartet aim to connect with audiences on a musical, emotional and personal level, from first time listeners to string quartet aficionados.

    Saturday, March 7, 2020
    7:30 p.m.
    Gaede Stage

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  • This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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