PHOTOS FROM THE YOUTH CONCERTS!
Every spring, the Mankato Symphony presents free concerts to 4th, 5th and 6th grade public and private school students from Mankato and the surrounding nine-county region. These hour-long concerts present an exciting mix of music and education to about 3,000 students annually. The Youth Concerts are made possible by grants from Target and Xcel Energy.
The 2011 Youth Concert took place this morning, April 15, 2011 at 9AM and 10:45AM, in Mankato West High School Auditorium. Guest Artists were Brent Michael Davids on native wood flute, and the Maza Kute Singers. The music combined traditional Native American and traditional symphonic sounds for a unique blend.
WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL DAKOTA MUSIC TOUR BLOG!
In 2011, the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Maza Kute Singers (Dakota) and Composer Brent Michael Davids toured together with other world-renown performers for 4 concerts! This is the official Dakota Music Tour blog!
WHAT IS THE DAKOTA MUSIC TOUR?
In 2011, Maestro Ken Freed conducted Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Maza Kute Singers (Santee Dakota), Trumpeter Manny Laureano (Minnesota Orchestra), M. Cochise Anderson (Chickasaw/Choctaw) and Award-Winning Composer Brent Michael Davids (Stockbridge Mohican) on tour through Dakota country with 4 concerts merging American Indian and Western classical music. The DMT was filmed by Syd Beane (Flandreau Santee Dakota) for some promo videos. The DMT radio broadcast was recorded by James E Gullickson. The DMT publicist was Liz Hill (Red Lake Ojibwe) of Liz Hill Public Relations, Ltd. The DMT evaluator was Dr. Patricia Shifferd. DMT was supported by “Arts Tour Minnesota" and the voter-approved “Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment” of the Minnesota State Constitution.