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Mother/daughter duo - A musical delight
Oct. 28, 2013
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Several musicians to perform at the Winsted Arts Center Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

By Starrla Cray
Staff Writer

WINSTED, MN – Winsted’s Niki Kutz loves to sing – and so do her three daughters, Gabi, Abbi, and Lexi.

“I like just belting it out – making the songs my own, and not just singing them the way other singers do,” said Gabi, a sixth-grader at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Middle School. Her sister Abbi is in fifth grade, and Lexi is in kindergarten.

Niki and Gabi will be performing a duet of “For Good” from “Wicked” the musical Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Winsted Arts Center, 141 Main Ave. W.

Gabi will also be doing two solos that evening, including “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, and “Cups,” popularized by the movie “Pitch Perfect.”

“Rolling in the Deep” was the song Gabi used while trying out for America’s Got Talent in Chicago last year.

“It was really fun, but I was getting over a cold and coughed in the middle of it,” Gabi said. This winter, she plans to try out a second time.

Closer to home, Gabi and Niki are both involved in singing through St. John’s Lutheran Church in Winsted, and Niki sings in the Winsted Community Choir.

Gabi has also sung in the community choir, but with all her other activities (volleyball, basketball, softball, trumpet, piano, and school choir), she’s not able to fit rehearsals into her schedule this year.

Music has always been a big part of Gabi’s life, and the first solo she remembers singing was “You are so beautiful,” from the movie, “The Little Rascals.”

“When I was about 3 or 4, I sang it at my aunt’s house,” she recalled.

At first, no one clapped – and Gabi thought they didn’t like it. Then, she realized her family’s delayed applause was because they were stunned by her talent.

Her current aspiration is to sing the national anthem at Winstock.

Gabi is both an alto and soprano, while her mom is a high soprano. The two have sung duets before, and they’ve also sung as a trio with Abbi.

At the moment, Gabi’s favorite song is “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus.

Her mom loves country and Gospel music, and she’s looking forward to her favorite singing season – Christmas.

Niki is part of a quartet at St. John’s, involving Pastor Mark Loder; his wife, Molly; and Bruce Gatz. All of the musicians will be featured individually at the Saturday, Nov. 2 event.

Other performers in Saturday’s lineup include Mark Ochu, Mike Fasching, Carrie Knott, Mike Cummings, Bonnie Hallet, Benny Weinbeck, Joe Holmers, and Joe and Melissa Neumann.

If you’re going . . .
The Winsted Arts Council is presenting an evening of music in downtown Winsted (141 Main Ave. W.) Saturday, Nov. 2.

Social time begins at 6:30 p.m., and music starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person, and include heavy appetizers and a one-year membership to the Winsted Arts Council.

Ages 21 and over are welcome to bring their own wine. Glasses, corkscrews, and a place to keep the wine chilled will be provided. Coffee and lemonade will also be served.

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