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Internationally acclaimed musician Lauren Pelon will appear in a unique concert at the Erickson Center for the Arts on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Under the title, Earth Tones, Lauren Pelon will perform on approximately twenty ancient and modern wind, string and free-reed instruments, and voice.
Earth Tones features songs from around the world and Pelon’s own compositions. The music and narrative reflect our engagement with Nature, our concerns about our rivers, lakes, soil, plant life, and the great personal and social issues we face in creating a sustainable life for the Earth and its creatures, including ourselves.
Pelon plays an astonishing array of instruments. Among the instruments she will be using in this concert are Kiowa courting flute, concertina, pennywhistles, ocarina, eagle bone flute, guitar, recorders, lute, bowed psaltery, lyre, gemshorn, cornamuse, krummhorn, schreierpfeife, electric wind instrument and pedalboard.
In addition, an afternoon performance, funded by the Nancy A. and Richard P. Erickson Foundation will be held for fourth and fifth graders from the Newberry, Engadine and Curtis schools. A World of Music will open up a whole new world of music to students. The Erickson Foundation has also provided funding for the evening performance allowing students to attend at no charge if accompanied by an adult. Melissa Ronquist, Administrative Assistant at the Center said “Ideally we would have been able to invite all area students to her performance. Due to seating restraints we were unable to do so. We are encouraging families to attend this extraordinary event.”
Lauren Pelon has performed throughout the U.S. and in China, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Australia, and New Zealand. She is noted for her versatile use of a diverse array of instruments, but Pelon has also won recognition for her lovely soprano voice, and for her compelling compositions and arrangements of music from many countries and cultures. Pelon has performed with symphony orchestras, The Philadelphia String Quartet, on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and at the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. She was also the recipient of the 2001 “Artist of the Year” award from The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. More recently, she received a 2010 Artist Initiative Award and 2014 Arts Tour Minnesota Grant Award from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
A Michigan reviewer wrote, “Lauren Pelon is a showpiece by virtue of her beautiful, fervent voice and her extraordinary talents on an assortment of unusual, but authentic instruments.” William Kearns, American Music Research Center, Boulder, Colorado, called Pelon’s programs “captivating and awesome.” A reviewer for The Canberra Times, Australia wrote, “Lauren Pelon has devised a unique evening of entertainment by combining a wide variety of music from many centuries… Her versatility with more than 25 instruments including voice is admirable…an experience made all the more pleasant by Pelon’s relaxed and warm presentation of the rare and unusual.”
Kelly Chamberlin, President of the Erickson Center for the Arts stated “We are so pleased to bring this bring these concerts to Curtis. What a great opportunity for all of us!” Tickets will be available at the door. Adult tickets are $10. Children are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For more information, please contact Erickson Center for the Arts at 906-586-9974.