The Free Press, Mankato, MN

April 4, 2014

Briefs: Jumbo Ya Ya at Dino's; MSO family concert series; Ross farewell recital; Kasota Piano Trio


The Mankato Free Press

---- — Jumbo Ya Ya at Dino's today

NORTH MANKATO — Jumbo Ya Ya and its eclectic blend of zydeco, blues and swamp pop will be coming to Dino's Pizzeria from 9-11 p.m. today.

Jumbo Ya Ya is among several accordion-driven bands fronted by Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton. The four-piece formed in 1991 and describes performances this way: "The group reels and shuffles its way through Cajun stomps, bluesy zydeco, Texas swing, New Orleans second line and on occasional Tex-Mex polka or Cumbia — always eager to keep their audience on the dance floor."

Newton studied music at the University of Nebraska and has performed extensively. In addition to Jumbo Ya Ya, he is involved in more than a half-dozen bands and has appeared everywhere from the Minnesota State Fair to "A Prairie Home Companion."

Mankato Symphony Orchestra: Viva Vivaldi Summer

MANKATO -- The last of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra's family concert series, "Viva Vivaldi: Summer," will take place 11 a.m. Saturday in the Mankato YMCA Exercise room.

The concert will feature the summer music from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons."

The concert is a free show and suitable for all ages. Children will receive a T-shirt and snack at the end of the show.

For more information, call 507-625-8880.

Kasota Piano Trio performs at MSU

MANKATO -- Minnesota State University Performance Series will feature The Kasota Piano Trio performing at 3 p.m. Sunday (April 6) in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall.

The Kasota Piano Trio will be performing music from Beethoven and Franz Schubert. The Trio consists of three Department of Music faculty members: Lydia Miller, Joseph Rodgers and David Viscoli.

Admission is $9 or $7 for current MSU students. For more information, call 507-389-5549.

Ross farewell recital at MSU

MANKATO -- Minnesota State University's Department of Music is holding a Farewell Recital for Stewart Ross at 7:30 p.m. today in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall.

Ross will be retiring from MSU in May. He was Director of Bands for 21 years and served as Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for the past 13 years. Ross has been at MSU since 1977.

The farewell trombone recital by Ross will also feature special guest performers David Viscoli, James DeVoll, Sarah Houle and the Minnesota Valley Brass Quintet.

Tickets for the farewell concert are $9 or $7 for current MSU students. For more information, call 507-389-5549.