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Gao Hong and Issam Rafea Concert

Gao Hong and Issam Rafea

Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 pm
Lonsdale Public Library

Blending music and hearts from Syria and China, the Gao Hong and Issam Rafea Duo brings together two master world musicians who explore the common bond between their two instruments and creative visions. Issam’s instrument, the Arabic lute called the oud, and Gao Hong’s instrument, the Chinese four-stringed lute called the pipa, originated from the same ancient instrument – the Persian barbat.

Since they only improvise live compositions, no two performances from the duo are ever exactly the same. In concerts, they ask for titles from audience members and then create instantaneous site-and audience-specific pieces based on the suggested titles.

In their presentation they will introduce their instruments and discuss their unique approach to performance. Both artists are wonderful composers, and this helps each anticipate what the other will do in their improvisations. Since nothing is discussed or prepared for in advance, the audience experiences one-of-a-kind musical experiences that will never be repeated.

Andrea Een, violin and Hardanger fiddle

Andrea Een

Recipient of the Ole Bull Award from the Ole Bull Folk Academy in Voss, Norway, and the St. Olaf Medal from the government of Norway for her work promoting Norwegian culture in the United States. She will perform on the Hardanger fiddle, (the nine-stringed folk fiddle from Norway) and the violin.

Lonsdale Public Library
Thursday, April 25
6:30 p.m.

A Nancy Dice Memorial Concert presented by International Friendship Through the Performing Arts.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


Woodwind Quintet

Woodwind Quintet
Thursday, March 21
6:30-7:30 pm

Join us for an evening of music provided by a woodwind quintet from St. Olaf College.  They are: Madison Maynard on flute, Kristen Diederichs on oboe, Aaron Linde on clarinet, William Beimers on french horn, and Jonah Schmitz on bassoon.  The event is free and suitable for all ages.


Libraries Rock Week Six

This is it!  The last week of summer reading program 2018 is here!  Get your reading logs in by 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 21st to claim your prizes!

Monday, July 9, 3:00-3:30: Make, Listen & Move

We will make our own harmonicas and then learn to dance the electric slide.  Best suited for ages 6-10.

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:00 & Fridays, 10:30-11:00: Storytimes

Don’t forget our twice-weekly pre-school storytimes with books and crafts.  Best suited for ages 3-6.

Thursdays, 3:00-3:45: Thursday Teens & Tweens

Our final craft will be scarves and/or bracelets from old t-shirts.  We have some t-shirts, but if you have an old shirt to cut up, feel free to bring it.  Best suited for ages 11-15.

Saturday, 11:00-12:00: Ice Cream Social

Enjoy free ice cream and music from local musician Ron Kadrlik!  And if we get 100 kids to finish the summer reading program you can bring your water pistols and soak the library’s staff.

Drop-in Craft

Drop by whenever the library is open and make punk rocks .  Best suited for ages 4-12.


Every week we will have new take-home worksheets for all age groups.


Gao Hong Chinese Pipa Concert

Gao Hong

Thursday, May 3
6:30-7:30 pm
Lonsdale Public Library

Join us for a free concert by world-renowned musician Gao Hong as she plays the Chinese pipa, a traditional lute.  The show is free and appropriate for all ages.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Gao Hong Library Poster LONSDALE


String Quartet

7:30-8:30 PM

Join us for another evening of free music at the library.  We are welcoming The Blue Chameleon Quartet from St. Olaf.

All ages are welcome.  The event is free and so are the refreshments!  Tell your friends!




6:30-7:30 PM

Join us for an evening of chamber music with St. Olaf group Pure Quintuition. The members are: Lauren Flaten – Flute, Colin Lang – Oboe, Jackson Brown – Clarinet, Henry Johnson – Bassoon, and Delaney Breen – French Horn.  Suitable for all ages.  The event is free and so are the refreshments.