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These free concerts are held on Mondays from 12:00 - 1:00 in the Lips Atrium on the subway level of the Charlton Bldg.

Randy Sabien & Mike Dowling
Feb 19, 2024
Blues/Swing/Jazz

Randy Sabien (violin, piano, mandolin) and Mike Dowling (guitar) have been playing their brand of blues, swing, jazz, and American roots music since they first met in Madison, WI, in 1981. Randy founded the string department at the Berklee College of Music in 1978. Mike is a Grammy-winning guitarist and has worked with many other violinists–notably Vassar Clements and Joe Venuti. Randy and Mike have both been guests on Prairie Home Companion.

Pat Donohue & PK Mayo
Feb 26, 2024
Acoustic Guitar

Grammy winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard, as he echoes the tones of Robert Johnson, Blind Blake, Merle Travis or Muddy Waters. Leo Kottke called his playing “haunting.”  PK Mayo is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His natural musical talent on guitar, especially slide, both in concert and recordings, has garnered worldwide praise from his colleagues and critics alike. 

Willow Brae
Mar 11, 2024
Traditional Irish

Willow Brae is the duo of Andrea Stern, Celtic harpist and multi-instrumentalist Laura MacKenzie on traditional wind instruments and voice. Together they bring to life the airs, dance tunes and songs of the Irish and Scottish countryside, conveying the warm resonance of traditional music and song as well as the spark and excitement of dynamic dance tunes. The duo features a unique and wide array of seldom-heard instruments both plucked and wind-powered. Throughout their performances, Laura and Andrea provide fascinating historical and cultural information about the instruments and their music, all delivered with humor and skill.

Bhargavi Balasubramanian
Mar 18, 2024
Vocal & Chitravina

Bhargavi Balasubramanian, a disciple of Sangeet Samraat Chitravina N Ravikiran, is a very talented and proficient vocalist and instrumentalist – a rare combination. Only a handful of artists passionately pursue as performing professionals. She has performed solo vocal and chitravina concerts for many organizations in India, USA, Canada and the Middle East and collaborative concerts with a large number of acclaimed musicians.

Artaria String Quartet
Mar 25, 2024
Classical

Now in its third decade of compelling performances and mentoring of young string players, the Artaria String Quartet was lauded by Rob Hubbard of the St. Paul Pioneer Press -- “Artaria Quartet is likely to give eloquent voice to whatever work it tackles.” A warm, rich sound is the hallmark of the Artaria String Quartet. Named after the Italian family that published the premier issues of many of the Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven quartets, Artaria’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them critical acclaim in Europe and throughout the United States.

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