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Ripon College opens Virtual Concert Series Sunday

In a socially distanced edition of Ripon College’s Chamber Music at Ripon series, this spring will feature virtual recitals by teaching artists already on the Ripon College campus.

The performances will be recorded in Demmer Recital Hall of the C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts. Because the hall remains closed to live audiences this semester, recitals will be streamed at so that campus and community alike can still engage with this artistic tradition.

The first recital will take place Sunday, Feb. 28 at 3:15 p.m. and feature organist and adjunct instructor of music Andrew Schaeffer. The program includes selections from “St. Matthew Passion” and Fugue in G Major “Gigue” (BWV 577), by Johann Sebastian Bach; “Partita: Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend” and “Capriccio in D Major,” by Georg Böhm; “Tre Tonestykker,” by Niels Gade; “Three Jazz-Präludien für Orgel,” by Johannes Matthias-Michel; “Five Dances for Organ,” by Calvin Hampton; and Symphony No. 5 in F Major, by Charles-Marie Widor.

The recital will feature both Demmer’s Bedient organ and the college’s portativ organ built by Bruce Case.

Soprano Erin Bryan, assistant professor of music, will join Schaeffer on Bach’s “Wie wohl mein Herz in Tränen schwimmt, ... Ich will dir mein Herze schenken.”

A Chicago native, Schaeffer is the director of music and organist at Luther Memorial Church in Madison. He holds a bachelor of church music degree from St. Olaf College, a master of music degree from Yale University and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Schaeffer also is editor-at-large of The Diapason, one of the oldest and largest American journals devoted to organ, harpsichord and church music. He has performed throughout the United States and will be a featured performer at both the 2021 and 2022 national conventions of the Organ Historical Society.

Spring Market kicks off at Town Square

Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., stop by the Town Square Community Center in Green Lake to check out the kick-off of the Spring market.

The Spring Market at Town Square is an indoor event every Saturday, from Feb. 27 to April 24.

The event features fresh-off-the-farm food and handmade items.

“Social-distance and enjoy the delights as local growers and artisans will show off their wares that you and your family will love,” Town Square said of the event on its website. “Thank you for buying local.”

Thrasher Trivia Friday

So you think you know your music?

Prove it when the Thrasher Opera House hosts its Virtual Trivia Series, music night, Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Music Night will include trivia that focuses on music through the decades from the 1950s to today.

Tickets are $5 and must be ordered by 5 p.m. on the day of the event. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams.

Originally, in-person attendance was also an option, due to a current renovation Thrasher is now only offering Virtual.

Live music at Vines & Rushes

Vines & Rushes Winery will host live music featuring Kevin Troestler Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Kevin John Troestler is a blues, folk and country artist raised in Sauk City, Wis. He is currently living in Appleton, performing full-time all over the midwest.

Saturday, the winery is hosting live music featuring Kyle Megna & Ross Catterton from 2 to 5 p.m.

Kyle Megna and Ross Catterton are two songwriters that play in the same band Kyle Megna & The Monsoons.

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