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MacPhail Spotlight Series Presents: Music in the Wild, featuring R.T. Rybak, May 6

Hop, swim, crawl, flutter! MacPhail Center for Music will take you on an energetic musical journey inspired by our natural world for the final Spotlight Series of the season.

MacPhail Spotlight Series: Music in the Wild features composers imitating racing horses, stomping elephants, braying donkeys, fluttering birds, crawling turtles and much more. Pieces include the ethereal “Lark Ascending” by Vaughan Williams, MacPhail composer Sarah Miller’s “Carnival of the Invasive Species” and a number of contemporary Bluegrass tunes inspired by Midwestern landscapes.

Former Mayor of Minneapolis and president and CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation R.T. Rybak will be taking the stage as the narrator of the iconic “Carnival of the Animals” by Saint-Saens. Quite possibly Saint Saens' most popular piece, it musically depicts a number of animals, including pianists—his inside joke! “Carnival of the Animals” portrays characteristics, movements, gestures and sounds with precision and simplicity, placing it in the realm of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.”

"Music in the Wild is an appropriately energetic and colorful program for our final Spotlight concert,” says Mischa Santora, artistic director, Spotlight Series. “Highlights include Vaughan Williams' ethereal ‘Lark Ascending’, the wonderful bluegrass duo The OK Factor, and Minneapolis' former (and beloved) Mayor R.T. Rybak as narrator for ‘Carnival of the Animals’ by Saint Saëns. Join us for this hopping, swimming, crawling and fluttering affair!"

Spotlight Series: Music in the Wild will take place on Saturday, May 6 at 8 p.m. in MacPhail Center for Music’s Antonello Hall, 501 South 2nd Street in Minneapolis. A pre-concert conversation discussing the musical direction of the concert will occur at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available for $25 for adults, $15 for seniors (ages 55 and older) as well as youth (ages 6 through 18), and can be purchased by phone at 612-767-5250 or by stopping by Student Services at MacPhail locations in Minneapolis, Chanhassen, Apple Valley or White Bear Lake.

The MacPhail Spotlight Series is MacPhail Center for Music’s premier performance event. This four-part concert series explores diverse musical themes performed by MacPhail Center for Music faculty and special guests – showcasing some of the finest musicians in the Twin Cities.

MacPhail Center for Music is a non-profit organization committed to transforming lives and enriching the community through exceptional music learning experiences. Each year, MacPhail opens its doors to more than 13,000 students offering programming for all ages, backgrounds and abilities, at locations in Minneapolis, White Bear Lake, Chanhassen, Golden Valley and Apple Valley, as well as 100 community partnerships across the Twin Cities and online at MacPhail Online. MacPhail has a 108-year history of excellence, promoting life-long learning and building long-term relationships between students and teachers.

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