UA Teaching Artist Dylan Fresco

Dylan Fresco is hosting a FREE and family-friendly concert, Musical Musings, at the Ordway this month!


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Dylan Fresco will be hosting Musical Musings, a family concert by the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony, in partnership with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, at the Ordway Music Theater on Saturday, January 7, at 2pm. The concert will explore musical inspirations and interpretations of several orchestral masterpieces. Playing will be both the elementary school aged Philharmonia group and then GTCYS’s  Symphony, made up of the top-level high school players from around the Twin Cities. Come hear some of the Twin Cities most talented young musicians bring work by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and the contemporary composer Michael Abels to life! Dylan notes: “I promise, there will be lovely music and some hilarity as well.” Family friendly and FREE.

Matt Guidry is excited to be returning to work with nationally acclaimed theatre Ten Thousand Things, where he has worked on and off as actor and choreographer since 2000. Matt will be the choreographer for Ten Thousand Things’ production of Fiddler on the Roof, which opens in February.

Rachel Jendrzejewski‘s play encyclopedia was recently published by Spout Press! She also collaborated on a multidisciplinary exhibition, Tetramurmur: An Immersive Environment, with Theo Goodell, Liz Miller, and David Hamlow, which continues at Art Space Vincennes in Southern Indiana through February 11, 2017.

Norah Long is starting rehearsals for her next mini-tour, which will be the Winesburg, Ohio trilogy with Nautilus Music-Theater. She’s also back to teaching mid-month after a much-needed vacation!

Gregory Parks is co-devising and performing in Transatlantic Love Affair’s Promise Land, running January 27 through February 12 at the Guthrie Theater Dowling Studio. This new work re-imagines the story of Hansel and Gretel as a tale of immigration, and investigates what forces can compel one to leave their family and home, to venture on a journey through the dark and tangled unknown in search of something better.  And at the end of the voyage, if the promised land of plenty is nothing but a spun-sugar veneer… what then?

Lindsey Samples is directing Ifrah Mansour’s show, How to Have Fun in a Civil War. It’s performing in the Cohen Education Theater at the Children’s Theatre Company from January 6-8. Seating is limited, so reservations are strongly recommended!