By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN Renowned children’s artist Jack Pearson kicked off the annual summer concerts in the park series Wednesday, hosted by the General Federated Women’s Club (GFWC) of Delano.
Without donations from sponsors this year, the concerts in the park series would not be happening due to the GFWC not receiving grant funding as it had in years past.
“We were so pleased to see our sponsors from last year, new sponsors, individuals and sponsors who donated more this year to help us,” said Jeanie Pilarski of the GFWC. “We cannot thank them enough.
Pilarski said the Delano community enjoys the entertainment, socializing, and meeting at the park for this summer time activity.
The 2014 concerts in the park sponsors are: 3-D Construction, Chevrolet of Delano, Coborn’s, Crow River State Bank, Dale Vander Linden, Dave’s Town Club, Delano American Legion Family, Delano Lions Club, Edward Jones Investments, Greg Krause-Handyman at PQS, Knights of Columbus #4653, Landscape Structures, Loopy’s Dollar Store, Matter Reuter CPAs Ltd, Randy’s Environmental Services, Stahlke Bus Service, State Bank of Delano, Delano Herald Journal, and Delano Community Education.
“We are so appreciative of the support from our fantastic community,” Pilarski said.
The concert committee is Lisa Blodgett, Diane Johnson, Marlene Muckenhirn, Pilarski, and Judy Vanderlinde. All concerts are in Central Park at the gazebo. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be at the Delano Middle School auditorium.
Concerts in the park schedule
• Wednesday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. CODA
CODA is a saxophone/keyboard duet consisting of Scott Dorff on soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, and Malcolm Anderson on piano and keyboard.
CODA is a very versatile group, performing in a diversity of venues.
The duo has released five recordings, and their music has touched the lives of thousands of people.
They continue to compose and arrange music weekly, striving to make each individual performance both pleasurable and entertaining for their audiences.
For more information, visit www.codaduo.com
• Wednesday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m. The Kevin and Melinda Ruprecht Concertina Band
Enjoy a hand clapping, toe tapping evening of lively polka music with Delano native Melinda (Albrecht) Ruprecht, her husband Kevin, and the band.
• Wednesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. Gypsy Mania Quartet
Experience a spontaneous, vivid performance by some of Minnesota’s most stellar gypsy-jazz artists played in the Django Reinhardt French swing tradition of the 1930s.
The ensemble includes the unmistakable mastery of jazz violinist Gary Schulte, plus blinding solos from guitarist Reynold Philipsek, the diverse guitar styling of Glen Helgeson, and tasty, refined bass work from acoustic bassist Matt Senjem.
Gypsy Mania Quartet is the creation of longtime bandleader and guitar stylist Glen Helgeson, who is known for pulling together the stars of the Minnesota music scene.
Helgeson is an ambassador in the jazz tradition, bringing diverse world music styles to people, educating them in these traditions, and manifesting an unusual ability to write in those genres.
For more information, visit www.gypsymaniahotclub.com
• Wednesday, August 13 - 6:30 p.m. Bend in the River Big Band
Enjoy the relaxing sounds of classic big band and jazz performed by Bend in the River Big Band, featuring vocalist Linnea Nelson Marrin.
For more information, visit www.brbb.org.
• Wednesday, August 20 6:30 p.m. - +45rpm
Celebrate the end of the summer concerts with a night of classic rock, with timeless hits ranging from the 50s through the 80s.
+45rpm is a Minneapolis based Band comprised of founding members Rob Savage, Paul Tollefsrud, and Matt Parsons, and veteran musicians Dan Kowalke and Dale Short. Playing both original +45rpm songs and cover tunes played with a unique +45rpm touch.