Concerts/Special Events

May 20, 2017: Oleg Timofeyev, & the International Artists of the Russian 7-String Guitar

The International Academy of Russian Music, Arts, and Culture is dedicated to the celebration of the Russian seven-string guitar and the performance of Russian and Eastern European music, dance, and poetry. They bring the virtuosos of the Russian guitar from all corners of the globe together to perform as well as to teach their skills to students. To this end, Folklore Village will host a free afternoon workshop which will include a hands-on instructional component, and an evening concert. Extra 7-string guitars to be available.
The Russian guitar is a unique instrument, first played in the late 1700s, reaching its peak popularity in the mid-19th century. In Russia, it was the Roma (“Gypsies”) who became the virtuosi of this guitar. Appealing both to guitarists and the general public, the instrument explores a spectrum of musical styles including Russian Gypsy, Russian Jewish, and contemporary. Technically similar to Western European examples, this music makes use of both the unique tuning of the Russian guitar (DGBdgbd’) and the heritage of Russian folklore. What makes the repertoire so attractive to the listener is this intermingling of Western European genres, techniques, and textures with Russian melodies and harmonies.
At Farwell Hall
Afternoon workshop: 5:00—6:00 pm  Free!
Concert 7:30 pm; doors open 7:00 pm
General Admission $15.00
Tickets available at (608) 924-4000

The Russian 7-String Guitar workshop and concert is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.  
Also, thanks to WORT, radio station  89.9 Madison for their part in helping us promote this event

Appalachian Singing in Sacred Spaces
When: Saturday, July 8 , 2017  
Michael and Carrie Kline spent decades in the mountains of West Virginia,  documenting the  music of the area’s residents.  In their upcoming singing workshop, they will share the ancient ballads that make deep connections with the culture, landscapes and history of the Allegheny Highlands  and the coalfields of Appalachia.  Learn to sing some of the finest traditional songs, whether you are a new or experienced music maker, or simply interested in gaining insight into the complexity that is Appalachia.
Singing Workshop in Plum Grove Chapel                                
10:00-2:30, with a 12:00 potluck lunch                                          
$60 includes admission to the evening concert and dance                                                                                            
Concert and Barn Dance in Farwell Hall                                    
7:00-8:00 PM Concert                                                                   
8:15 PM Barn Dance                                                                        
$10 adults, $7 seniors and teens, $5 kids

 “Folk Songs of Another America,” Traditional Music of the Upper Midwest:  Oct. 14, 2017

Based on the groundbreaking work of Dr. James P. Leary and his Grammy-award nominated book, “Folk Songs of Another America,” this event will also celebrate newer publications and recordings, including the re-issue of Franz Rickaby’s classic “Ballads and Songs of the Shanty Boy,” newly expanded and renamed “The Pinery Boys.”

Afternoon workshops will include the showing of the film “Alan Lomax Goes North,” based on the famous folklorist’s collecting trip in the Upper Midwest in 1938; a workshop on Polka featuring Richard March, author of “Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka” and the members of the band Copper Box; and a workshop on Franz Rickaby, presented by his granddaughter, Gretchen Dykstra, whose biography of her grandfather is a welcome addition to the new text, along with folksinger Brian Miller, who in 2012 released a CD entitled “Minnesota Lumberjack Songs: Irish and Scottish Music from the North Woods.”

After a break for dinner, the event will resume with a one-hour concert of music by Richard March, Brian Miller, John C. Van Orman, and Sheila Shigley.  The concert will be followed by a Polka Dance, with music provided by the band Copper Box.

Afternoon film/lectures/workshops  2:00—5:00pm  Free and Open to the public

Doors re-open 6:30pm

Concert 7:00 pm, followed by a Polka Dance at 8:30 pm

General Admission: $10.00