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ISSUE 120 VOL 14 PUBLISHED 3/9/2007

Arts and Entertainment

A metaphorical blend of tap, Taiko: Dance artist-in-residence integrates diverse rhythms to examine

Dance artist-in-residence Ellen Keane has begun choreographing an interpretation of changes spanning thousands of years in southern Minnesota’s natural history using St. Olaf tap dancers and Taiko drummers.

Gulezian, more than just elevator music

Braving the worst blizzard of 2007 yet, singer-songwriter Michael Gulezian returned to St. Olaf to perform for the seventh consecutive year. The snow didn’t mitigate Gulezian’s bubbling enthusiasm in the least, nor that of the Oles filling the Pause the evening of March 2 for his performance.

Building community through contra dance

Music and dancing filled the Northfield Armory on Feb. 23 as approximately 240 people, including 30 St. Olaf students, faculty members and administrators, attended the first annual Northfield community contra dance, the Northfield Winter Stomp. Contratopia, one of the Midwest’s leading country bands, provided the music, while Robin Nelson, a veteran caller from the Twin Cities and favorite at Tapestry Folk Dance Center in Minneapolis, led the dancing from 7 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

Eight harpists, one unique recital

One of the advantages of attending a “music school,” like St. Olaf, is that there are frequent opportunities to hear unusual sorts of music. On Monday, Feb. 26, one such opportunity presented itself in the form of a Harp Ensemble recital. Really, when was the last time you had the chance to see as many as five harpists on the same stage at the same time?

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