Category Archives: Music

Dr. John Paulson: Pre-Concert Talk “This is Not Your Father’s Big Band”

Wednesday | January 10 | 1:00-2:00pm
Winona Friendship Center | 251 Main St.

Saxophonist, composer and educator Dr. John Paulson will present a free, informal multi-media talk This is Not Your Father’s Big Band that will include an overview of the process involved in creating music for his 18-piece group plus the realities of presenting original big band jazz in today’s high-tech world.

Dr. Paulson retired from over 30 years of teaching at Saint Mary’s University and is now an adjunct music instructor in the jazz program at Winona State University. His first big band CD The John Paulson Big Band Project was released after the band formed in 2012 and they are preparing to record their 2nd CD Five Years On slated for release in the fall. This presentation precedes their free concert and live recording Sunday at 3:00 pm January 21 at the Vivian R. Fusillo Main Stage Theatre at Winona State University featuring several outstanding guest artists and the addition of vocalist Ariane Lydon.

For more information, call the Friendship Center at 507.454.5212 or vist

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Winona Symphony Orchestra Awarded SEMAC Grant for 2018 Children’s Concert

The Winona Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a $10,000 Arts and Cultural Heritage grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council for its 2018 Children’s Concert for Winona area 3rd and 4th graders. Thanks to this generous grant, two free performances of the 2018 Children’s Concert will be presented on the morning of Tuesday, February 13… Continue Reading

MCA Music Division Winter Concert

Friday | December 8th | 6:00-7:00pm Academy Theatre | Valencia Arts Center 1164 W. 10th Street | Winona The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Music Division invites the community to a Winter Concert. The concert will showcase MCA private lesson students of all ages who study a variety of instruments. Admission is free-will donation. All donations… Continue Reading

John Paulson Big Band Jazz At Wellington’s

Saturday | November 25 | 7:30-10:00pm Wellington’s | 1429 West Service Drive | Winona John Paulson’s big band returns to Winona, MN for a jazz performance at Wellington’s Pub and Grill. They will be performing two sets of all original music by tenor saxophonist, composer and musical director Dr. John Paulson. The group includes some… Continue Reading

MCA Jazz Combos Performances

Wednesday | November 1 | 6:00-7:30pm Saint Mary’s Performance Center | Figiulio Recital Hall Sunday | November 12 | 5:30-7:00pm Wellingtons Pub and Grill The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) Jazz Combos are busy rehearsing for two upcoming community concerts that are free and open to the public. MCA is home to three jazz… Continue Reading

Winona Musicians Play for Puerto Rico

Sunday | October 29 | 1pm – 5pm Signature’s Restaurant Musicians from the Southeastern Minnesota area are teaming up with the Signatures Restaurant October 29, 2017 to perform a benefit for victims of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Four groups will perform throughout the afternoon and all will be donating their time and talents. The event… Continue Reading

Winona Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Social

Sunday | September 10 | 1:00-4:00pm Elmaro Vineyard | N14756 Delaney Rd., Trempealeau, WI Join us for the Winona Symphony Orchestra’s third annual Summer Social! There will be live music from Heart Strings Harp Circle, Flutistry, and Wabasha Street Trio. Vineyard tours will be available as well as a local artists’ gallery featuring Julie Johnston,… Continue Reading

Rock Guitar Classes at MCA

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is offering two exciting Rock Guitar Classes this summer: Beginning Rock Guitar Class Learning rock guitar can be lots of fun and very challenging. This class shows you the fundamentals of guitar as well as some basic rock techniques. Geared for the absolute beginner, seasoned players are also welcome… Continue Reading