Saturday | March 9 | 6:00-7:30pm
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
1164 W. Howard (10th) St. | Winona
Dr. Christopher Mechell will present a classical piano benefit concert for Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) on Saturday, March 9th at 6pm inside the Academy Theatre at MCA’s home, the Valencia Arts Center. The community is invited to enjoy the works of Grieg, Liszt, and Brahms. Dr. Mechell grew up in Winona and completed his Doctorate in Piano Performance in 2016 at the University of Washington. A dedicated performer and pedagogue, Christopher regularly performs across the nation and is on faculty at St. Cloud State University. He also maintains a piano studio at Wirth Center for the Performing Arts in St. Cloud, MN. Christopher has presented numerous benefit recitals in Winona and the surrounding community. He has made it his credo to give back to the local community whenever possible. These benefits include recitals for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Winona, the Winona Historical Society, and Home and Community Options. Christopher is probably best known for his 2004 piano recital which raised $7,000 to purchase a new grand piano for Winona Senior High School.
In the Fall of 2018, MCA received a generous donation from the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation that has been used to purchase the majority of the pianos and equipment for the establishment of a class piano lab, however, additional funds are needed to complete the project. Proceeds from free-will donations at the concert given by Dr. Mechell will be used to makeup the remaining costs needed to set up the piano lab which will help impact the lives of community members of all ages. MCA provides private music lessons to over 100 students per week, but a class offering will make piano instruction more affordable and more accessible to a wider group of individuals, while creating a fun social environment for learning the piano not available elsewhere in the community. Plans are to open the lab by June of 2019.
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is a member of the River Arts Alliance. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please visit: riverartsalliance.org/JOIN.