Lanesboro Arts

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  • Some events FREE. Member & non-Member rates for classes & St. Mane Theatre events: music, literary, film, comedy, theater, etc.


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  • Lanesboro Arts is located in the southeast corner of Minnesota in Lanesboro: Just off Hwy 52 as it runs between Rochester and Decorah (10 miles east of Hwy 52 on County 8 from Fountain, Minn. OR 6 miles north on HistoricScenic Hwy 16 from Preston).

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  • Memorial Day-Oct open 7 days a week; Nov-Dec & April-May Tues-Sun; Jan-Mar Tues-Sat

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  • Accessible to Disabled
  • Can Accommodate Groups of 45 or more

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  1. Concert: Ryan Lee, Vicky Emerson

    Concert: Ryan Lee, Vicky Emerson

    206 Parkway Ave N
    Lanesboro, MN 55949
    Call: (507) 467-2446

    Creative, versatile, charismatic and adventurous, Ryan Lee is a musical storyteller, a folky innovator, a guitar-wielding poet; the artistic offspring of Woody Guthrie, Tracy Chapman, Rufus Wainwright, Joni Mitchell and Cat Stevens. He has traveled from Thailand to Honduras, from metro Minneapolis to off-the-grid Ojibwa, Wisconsin; writing, performing, teaching, creating and sharing his emotional, captivating songs of the sometimes challenging, frequently joyful, always engaging human experience. His is a friendly voice to take with you on your own life’s path; invite Ryan to join you as your mentor, encourager, entertainer and friend; to weather life’s ups and downs and to celebrate our undeniable, undefineable human connectedness, through song, story and artistic truth.

    Ryan Lee was born and raised in Janesville, Wisconsin and has frequently pretended to be from the far groovier, nearby Madison. Raised in a Baptist family, he attended a small Christian school for 13 years with only two students in his graduating class. Following graduation (second in his class!) Ryan attended Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN, where he majored in theater and was introduced to the exciting Twin Cities music scene. A self-taught guitarist, Ryan began writing songs as a way to tell stories, express emotion and accept hidden, forbidden truths about himself. Music became his language, his tool, his salvation.

    Vicky Emerson was raised in rural Wisconsin, has lived in New York City and San Francisco before relocating back to her roots in Minneapolis to raise her children. She has opened for songwriting luminaries such as Malcolm Holcombe and Gregory Alan Isakov, toured on a national basis and has mentored many songwriters on touring and career management.

    Her music has always been steeped in blues, folk and traditional country, blended in her Americana trademark sound. By letting it all go, vocally and musically, Vicky was able to tap into that spark and sass that fans love to see when she plays live. The album was funded by fans and friends through a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign and validates the loyal following spanning the globe that Emerson has cultivated over the last decade through touring and previous releases.

  2. Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show

    Over the Back Fence Community Variety Show

    206 Parkway Ave N
    Lanesboro, MN 55949
    Call: (507) 467-2446

    Showcasing a talented local cast, musicians and other guests, Over the Back Fence features a new theme and material each month with music, skits, jokes, comedy, poems, and more! Since 1994, lively host Damon Prestemon keeps the show rolling, managing the stage chaos of Back Fence cast members, sound effects, sponsor interviews, audience participation, spontaneous humor, and sing-along songs

  3. Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard

    Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard

    206 Parkway Ave N
    Lanesboro, MN 55949
    Call: (507) 459-3575

    Q&A + Discussion following the film with producer Shizumi Manale.

    A collection of surprisingly joyful drawings created by school children living among the ruins of Hiroshima in 1947 becomes the heart and soul of this true, inspiring story about an exchange of gifts between Americans and Japanese after a devastating war. This powerful documentary about reconciliation and the power of gift, introduces the children artists (now in their late 70s) who reflect on their early lives amidst the rubble of their destroyed city and the hope they shared through their art. In 2010, the newly restored drawings, buried for decades deep inside All Souls Church in Washington DC, are taken back to Japan where they are reunited with the artists and exhibited in the very building where they were created.

    A companion art exhibit of the same name featuring prints of the children’s drawings from the film, on loan from All Souls Church, will be on display in the lobby of the St. Mane Theatre 9/21 through 9/30 as part of the “In Peace, With Honor” program. A historical exhibition, “From War to Reconciliation: Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Exhibition” will also be installed in the building during that time. More information, including viewing hours for the exhibits, can be found here. This screening and exhibit reception is the final closing event of “In Peace, With Honor.”

    Film producer, Shizumi Shigeto Manale will be at this screening and exhibition reception to answer questions and share the story of making the documentary.

  4. Return of the Sword

    Return of the Sword

    206 Parkway Ave N
    Lanesboro, MN 55949
    Call: (507) 467-2446

    Q&A + Discussion following the presentation with Caren Stelson and members of the Amdahl family

    In 2013, lifelong Lanesboro resident & WWII veteran Orval Amdahl was able to reunite a handcrafted samurai sword, taken in Nagasaki with U.S. permission as a war trophy, to the grandson of the Japanese soldier who originally owned it. Showing the sword to author Caren Stelson, who was researching firsthand information on Nagasaki after the war for her book “Sachiko,” Orval told her, “I want to give this back in peace, with honor.”

    For 67 years, Amdahl cared for and oiled the sword tenderly, thinking of how on earth he would be able to return it to the family. Along with the sword, he kept the surrender tag. On the tag were Japanese characters that, once interpreted, was revealed to be the name and address of the man to whom it belonged. Further digging showed the man’s family, the Motomuras, still lived in the exact house and place.

    On Saturday, September 21, 2013, Orval Amdahl presented the samurai sword to Mr. Tadahiro Motomura of Nagasaki, the son of the original owner of the samurai sword in a ceremony in St. Paul. As the oldest living male descendant of the Motomura family, Tadahiro was slated to be the keeper of the sword. The Japanese man immediately recognized it. “He said, ‘I recognize my father’s handwriting.’ The sword is now on the family altar in his home,” Stelson said. Orval said he that handing over the sword give him a good feeling and would maybe lead to “more peace in this world instead of the mistrust and fighting all the time.”

    While the sword was indeed very special, it wasn’t just the sword that made the story unique and attract attention on an international scale. It was the symbolism of reconciliation it had for the world — the story of peace between two nations, peoples, and former enemies. The “In Peace, With Honor” series of programs and this “Return of the Sword” event will be the first opportunity to more broadly & deeply tell that story in the Lanesboro area with a public presentation and discussion panel including members of the Amdahl family at the St. Mane Theatre on September 21, the International Day of Peace

    This event is also the opening reception for ‘Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard’ art exhibit & ‘From War to Reconciliation’ historical exhibit.

  5. Women of the West

    Women of the West

    206 Parkway Ave N
    Lanesboro, MN 55949
    Call: (507) 459-3575

    Consistently hailed as elegant and refined, Christie Conover’s rich, warm sound is complimented by a personal grace both on and off the stage. She fuses a dynamic voice with expressivity and dramatic sincerity, cultivating a unique, versatile talent. Described by the San Francisco Classical Voice as having a “well-focused instrument with a lovely timbre, perfect trill, and soaring top,” audiences and critics alike agree: Christie Conover is a standout.

    For her second concert appearance at the St. Mane in Lanesboro, Christie will be celebrating women of the American frontier with “Women of the West.” History comes alive as Christie performs music inspired by the women who put the ‘wild’ in the Wild West: gunslinger and star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show Annie Oakley; notorious outlaw Belle Starr; scandalous beauty Baby Doe Tabor; and frontierswoman, marksman, and lavish drinker Calamity Jane. In a show designed much like the house concerts of the time, Christie spans the musical repertoire from opera to musical theatre to art song – even yodeling.

    This original concept concert consists of traditional favorites from shows, including Oklahoma and Annie Get Your Gun, as well as western-themed arias and art songs by American composers including Libby Larsen, Douglas Moore, and Henry Mollincone. The music is woven together with a charming narrative in which Christie recounts the stories of these women and how they are connected to the concert’s music as well as to her own life. No stranger to the frontier herself, Christie is also a girl of the Golden West; she currently resides in Colorado, with roots in Billings, Montana. “The inspiration for the creation of the program was at the urging of a dear friend (who happens to have furniture once owned by Baby Doe),” Christie says, “who told me as a western girl, I should be singing about my home. I had the opportunity to create a thematic program for a competition, and after that conversation this seemed like a natural choice.”

    This concert and a post-concert reception are generously supported by Mark and Romi Wilhelm through the Rudolf E. Wilhelm Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

    The 2015-2016 season marked the soprano’s international debut with the Komische Oper Berlin (China tour) as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, a reprisal of her performance in the same production that garnered her critical acclaim at Minnesota Opera in 2015 and 2014. Additional engagements for the season included a guest artist performance with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (Villa-Lobos) with the Colorado Music Festival, soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Billings Symphony, appearances in two chamber operas with the Grand Junction Symphony, and numerous performances of “Women of the West”, representing the National Federation of Music Clubs as a winner of their 2015 Young Artist competition. She finishes the season with a world premiere performance of scenes from The Origin by Bruce Adolphe, a guest appearance with the Marina del Rey Symphony as part of their popular Summer Concert Series, and a guest recital at the Chautauqua Institution.

    A recent finalist of the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, Ms. Conover has placed consistently in competitions, including the Grand Junction Symphony Young Artist Competition (2014 First Place Winner), the Irene Dalis Competition (2013 Second Place Winner and Audience Choice), The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (2011 Rocky Mountain Region Third Place Winner and 2012 Finalist), and the Denver Lyric Opera Guild Competition (2010 First Place Winner). Her training includes the Minnesota Opera Resident Artist program (2012-14), the Aspen Music Festival Opera Theatre program (2011), and the Opera Colorado Young Artist program (2010-11).

    Ms. Conover was proud to represent her home state of Montana as a contestant in the 2007 Miss America Pageant and traveled extensively speaking to students on a platform close to her heart: “Music Makes the Difference.”

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  • Meeting/Convention Facilities (maximum capacity): 120

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