The Free Press, Mankato, MN


September 15, 2013

Briefs: Multi-instrumentalist at MSU; Blue Earth Area archaeological finds

Multi-instrumentalist Hoehn performing at MSU

MANKATO — Nationally recognized multi-instrumentalist Noah Hoehn performs today as part of the Minnesota State University Performance Series.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

Hoehn has transformed a teenage love of the harmonica into a one-man showcase of musical skill. His style blends acoustic instruments with the technologies of live looping, MIDI programming and automated mixing into a distinct and cohesive sound. Hoehn records single layers of harmonica, marimba, rhythm tracks and vocals in his looping system, allowing his audiences to experience live, the construction of a complete song.

Hoehn is a two-time recipient of the McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians. In 2007, he played harmonica in the Minnesota Opera’s world premier production of “The Grapes of Wrath” at the Ordway Theatre in St. Paul. Recently, he appeared with the regional super-group, the Radio Specialists, at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux Falls. His solo performances include appearances on Minnesota Public Radio and National Public Radio.

In addition to his performance at MSU, Hoehn will present a program to the students at Maple River West Middle School on Monday.

Concert admission is $12, and $11 for students. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to

Upcoming: The Performance Series continues Tuesday with Steve Kaul and The Brass Kings.

That concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hal. Kaul and The Brass Kings are currently touring in support of their latest vinyl release, "Machine."

Admission is $12, or $11 for students with a valid MavCard. For more information, call 507-389-5549.

Archaeology Week

MANKATO -- The Fingerprints and Footnotes Clubs will be hosting Ron Schirmer at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Blue Earth County Historical Society's Heritage Center, 415 Cherry St., as part of Archaeology Week.

Schirmer, an associate professor of Anthropology at Minnesota State University, and two graduate students will educate visitors about archaeological finds from the Blue Earth Area.

For more information, call 507-345-5566.

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