Folklorist John Berquist will bring Minnesota’s pioneer days back to life with music and stories at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Croix Trail S. in south Washington County.
The Denmark Township Historical Society planned the event to recognize and thank donors who helped save the historic Valley School.
Berquist will perform his mix of regional tales, lumberjack ballads, Scandinavian tunes and folk melodies. He also plays guitar, mandolin and button accordion.
The Historical Society completed its purchase of the school on May 1, thanks to donors who gave $80,000 toward the effort.
Anyone interested in supporting the Valley School project is invited to this free event. Guests will park at Carpenter Nature Center. From 1 to 2:15 p.m., visitors can ride the “school bus” to see nearby Valley School, where former students and a “teacher” will be on hand to greet them.
Speakers include Jen Vieth, executive director of Carpenter Nature Center; Brent Peterson, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society; and Joe Hoover, representing Minnesota Historical Society’s Outreach Services.
Apollo Duo to perform at church
Stefanie Abderhalden and Jeremy Johnston, who comprise Apollo Duo, will present a concert featuring various styles and periods of music arranged for flute and percussion. It begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in the Great Hall at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi.
A freewill offering will be taken, and all are welcome.
The Apollo Duo’s inception began at Illinois State University, where Abderhalden and Johnston each received their master’s degrees in music performance in 2012. The performance at St. Andrew’s will be the final performance of their fall 2013 tour, which includes the premiere of a newly commissioned work, “Poltergeist,” by Patrick M. O’Shea.
Chamber Chorale offers free concert
Valley Chamber Chorale and Music St. Croix will kick off their new season with a free concert, “Latin Rhythms,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 115 Fourth St. N., Stillwater.
The chorale was formed in 1975 as a creative outlet for adults with previous musical experience who sought an opportunity to perform sophisticated works not normally attempted by church choirs and other singing groups.
Library plays host to Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest will come to the Lake Elmo Public Library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, with a presentation on the history of beer making followed by sampling of beer at the Lake Elmo Wine Co.