Category Archives: Concerts

Café Congo presents “Summer Winds”

Tuesday | August 22 | 7:00pm
First Congregational Church of Winona
161 W. Broadway St. | Johnson St. Entrance

Free Admission

Join us for a “last blast of summer” evening with beautiful woodwind music featuring some of Winona’s best known wind instrumentalists: Flutistry Trio (Janet Heukeshoven, Heidi Bryant & Amanda Wenzel) and Clarinotables (Frank & Ruth Bures and friends). The program will feature a variety of musical styles, from Classical to Jazz, along with a few surprises!

Refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6:30pm. Freewill offering taken. For more information, call (507) 452-4829.

Café Congo and Heidi Bryant are members of the River Arts Alliance. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please visit:


Swing, Inc. Plays the Classics from the Swing Era

Tuesday | June 13 | 7:00pm Peace Plaza | Downtown Rochester Swing, Inc. has been performing throughout the southeastern Minnesota region for nearly 20 years. They are currently in their seventh year of performing swing, ballads and Latin dance selections at Signatures Restaurant in Winona. The quintet is made up of some of the best… Continue Reading

Ohio River Blues

Friday | May 19 | 7:30 – 8:30pm Minnesota Marine Arts Museum An evening of songs and poems inspired by the hard-scrabble life of sharecroppers and factory workers in the Ohio River Valley during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Jim Armstrong has taken the story of his grandfather and put it to… Continue Reading

Fifth Annual Community Organ Concert

Sunday | May 21 | 3pm – 4:30pm | Central Lutheran Church | 259 W Wabasha St Come enjoy an afternoon of music featuring the King of Instruments for the Fifth Annual Community Organ Concert. Performers include Winona organists Erik Floan, Larry Finke, Eric Heukeshoven; Janet Heukeshoven on flute; and special guests John Varona of… Continue Reading

Bella Voce

The Winona Arts Center is pleased to present Bella Voce on Saturday, May 6, at 7pm. Bella Voce, unaccompanied voices from La Crosse, sings music from the Renaissance. There will be Madrigals and Motets from the 16th and17th centuries by such composers as Dowland, Gibbons, Lassus, Morley, Palestrina, Tallis, Victoria and Wilbye. The singers are… Continue Reading

Under Paris Skies

Friday | April 7 | 7:00-9:00pm Winona Arts Center | 228 E 5th St | Winona, MN Under Paris Skies plays music inspired by the cabarets and cafés of 1930’s Paris. Repertoire includes gypsy jazz, French waltzes, as well as tangos, boleros and bossas – romantic charm with swing! “The instrumental voicings of Under Paris… Continue Reading

Jazz at Café Congo

Tuesday | March 28 | 7:00pm SMU Jazz Combo No. 1 directed by Eric Heukeshoven Wabasha-Kellogg HS Vocal Jazz Ensemble directed by Dean Gunnarson Monday | April 10 | 7:00pm WSU Modern Jazz Combo directed by Rich MacDonald WSU Bopaganda! directed by Larry Price Free music and refreshments. (No preaching. Just great jazz!) Café Congo… Continue Reading

WSU Faculty Recital: Deanne Mohr, piano

WSU professor Deanne Mohr will be performing a solo piano recital on Tuesday, March 28 at 7:30 in the Recital Hall at the WSU Performing Arts Center. The program features compositions by French composers, and includes Franck’s Prélude, Choral et Fugue, and Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit, both of which are masterpieces of the piano… Continue Reading

Winona Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

Saturday | March 25, 2017 | 7:30 pm Harriet Johnson Auditorium | Somsen Hall Winona State University Pre-Concert Talk at 7:00pm Donald Lovejoy, Music Director Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Program: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048 Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major,… Continue Reading

Artaria String Quartet and Locals to Perform Free Concerts

Music lovers will have many opportunities to hear the acclaimed Artaria String Quartet when they perform two free concerts on Thursday, March 23rd: An afternoon concert hosted by the Minnesota Conservatory of Arts (Valencia Arts Center at 4:15) and an evening performance hosted by Café Congo (First Congregational Church at 7:00). Based in West St.… Continue Reading