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Mayo Clinic Announces Four Performances in March for the Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Program

February 22, 2012

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The public is invited to enjoy four Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Program concerts in March. Performances will be on Mondays from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m.

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The schedule is:

March 5: Pianist Esther Wang and cellist Kathe Jarka will perform a classical concert in Barbara Woodward Lips Atrium, subway level, Charlton Building, 10 Third Ave. NW. Wang, associate professor of music at Gustavus Adolphus College, has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. She has also recorded solo and chamber works by Jan Radzynski. Jarka has performed as a chamber musician and recitalist in 25 states, Asia and Europe. She has collaborated and performed with many artists and groups, including Yo Yo Ma, the Juilliard Quartet and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Jarka is a faculty member of the Juilliard School, the Mannes College at the New School for Music and the Aspen Music Festival.

March 12: Minnesota native Todd Menton will perform an Irish/American folk concert in Barbara Woodward Lips Atrium. Menton has performed solo and with his band Boiled in Lead (BiL). They produced the album "Silver" together in 2008. Menton has also recorded and performed on the award-winning albums "From the Ladle to the Grave" and "Orb." In addition to writing lyrics and singing, Menton plays guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, bodhran (an Irish frame drum) and tin whistle. He holds bodhran workshops at the Center for Irish Music in St. Paul.

March 19: Choral Arts Ensemble will perform selections from its recent concert "Choral Classics" in Hage Atrium, subway level, Siebens Medical Education Building, 100 Second Ave. SW. Included are works from the Tudor era in England, treasured Scandinavian pieces, the Impressionistic flavors of French music and Irish favorites in honor of St. Patrick's Day. The Choral Arts Ensemble, led by Artistic Director Michael Culloton, is in its 27th season and is recognized for its commitment to choral excellence. The ensemble's mission is to inspire, educate, and enrich the community at large through outstanding choral performance.

March 26: Folk duo Dana and Susan Robinson will perform a concert in Barbara Woodward Lips Atrium. From Asheville, N.C., the Robinsons bring an exciting blend of original songs of the American landscape and old-time Appalachian mountain music to the stage. Dana plays guitar and fiddle. Susan sings harmony and uses a highly rhythmic banjo-playing style called clawhammer.

Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine, the Rosemary and Meredith Willson Harmony for Mayo Program is coordinated by Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester. The series is generously funded by Rosemary Willson in memory of her late husband, Meredith Willson, who wrote the Broadway musical "The Music Man." The gift is made in gratitude for the couple's care at Mayo Clinic.

Media Contact: Rebecca Eisenman, 507-284-5005 (days), newsbureau@mayo.edu

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