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New Perks coming for 2020

Gaylord, MN, January 8, 2020 – With the new year comes a few new things for La Grande Bande. We’re always trying to innovate and be the best that we can be. So, here’s what’s new for us in the New Year:

YouTube Channel

La Grande Bande is excited to share some great news: we’re now on YouTube! Use the button below to be directed to our YouTube Channel.

We’ll upload a lot of things there, including videos from many of our concerts. Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel! That way you can keep up-to-date with every video we upload.

Sustaining Contributors

You can make your contributions to even further by enrolling as a Sustaining Contributor. Break your contribution in to smaller amounts that are given every month. Sustaining Contributors provide La Grande Bande with steady income throughout the year, helping us achieve our fundraising and programming goals.

Sustaining contributors are also eligible to receive several special perks. Such as

  • Early access to our new Director’s Blog
  • Several super secret perks

You can learn more about those by clicking the button below.

With an ‘Entertaining, warm, sensitive’ debut, La Grande Bande Continues its groundbreaking 2019 – 2020 Season Nov 1

Their ‘Casual Concert’ offers music, food, freedom

GAYLORD, MN, Oct 3, 2019 – After opening their season with a debut called “entertaining, warm, and sensitive” by the Star Tribune, La Grande Bande (LGB) will continue its 2019–2020 Season on Friday, November 1 in Arlington, MN.

The second concert of the season will present music in a relaxed setting. “We’re really trying to create an environment which welcomes everyone,” noted Music & Artistic Director Michael Thomas Asmus. “We want to allow people to do some very sacrilegious things—talk, wear casual clothes, eat, move during the performances. It’s really just a huge experiment, but we think it will work well.”

Even members of the ensemble will be casually dressed. “The whole point of the evening is to relax everything about a typical concert,” Asmus noted. After all, that fancy dress which is often found in paintings was frequently normal dress for people of the day.

In an homage to the Collegium Musicum which Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann ran in Leipzig, La Grande Bande hopes to make this format of concert a feature of its seasons in the coming years. “Concerts were much more relaxed in the Baroque period. The concerts that Bach and Telemann performed were almost certainly accompanied by chatting, dining, and moving audience members.”

La Grande Bande will perform two pieces which were actually performed at one of Bach’s Collegium Musicum performances: his Coffee Cantata and his Harpsichord Concerto in A. The program will be rounded out with a love cantata by Giovanni Bononcini and a flute sonata by Telemann. English translations for the cantatas will be projected for the performance. The concert will feature Immanuel Davis (baroque flute), Catherine Sandstedt (soprano), Garrett Eucker (tenor), and Justin Spenner (baritone).

La Grande Bande’s concert day will begin with the group’s second outreach concert at The Good Samaritan Society’s Arlington facility. They will perform selections from the evening’s concert, talk about Baroque music, about the music on the program, and more! The public is invited to attend a free open rehearsal at the Arlington Haus Too from 3:00–5:00 pm on November 1. No reservations or tickets are required.

The “Casual Concert” will begin at 7:00 pm at the Arlington Haus too. Audience members are encouraged to come hungry. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the venue beginning at 6:30 pm and during the performance.

A Casual Concert
Friday, November 1 at 7:00 pm
Arlington Haus Too
147 W Main Street
Arlington, MN 55307

Tickets: $5 (advance), $7 (at the door)

**This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund**