Category Archives: Music

Storytime with Chione Quintet

Tuesday, June 5, 2 p.m.

Chione (key-own) will present a story time concert featuring classic children’s stories alongside music of a woodwind quintet. This family-focused program will introduce audiences to the instruments of the wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon), in an exciting, up close and personal environment with hands-on arts activities for children.

This is a free performance that is open to the public.

Chione is appearing in a series of performances at public libraries and schools. Sponsored in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board and in cooperation with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, the performances are a special SELCO Legacy program benefiting the 11-county SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) region.

Members Hannah Peterson Green, Susan Miranda, Weily Shay, Allison Akins and Thea Groth bring a variety of training, experience and perspectives that creates an inspiring, rich, musical and educational experience.


This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities.


Family Concert by Gao Hong

Tuesday, March 13

7 p.m. at the Preston Public Library

Gao Hong is a world-class musician who is as comfortable performing as a soloist with symphony orchestras worldwide as she is presenting family concerts is small communities. She has a great love for teaching and a great love for children, and she is very natural and charming when it comes to family concerts. The pieces she plays tell stories, and she relays these stories to the audience before each piece. She begins her concert by demonstrating many different sounds the pipa is capable of making that are used in telling stories. She shows how the pipa can imitate the sounds of blowing wind, flowing water, bubbling water, cheering crowds, laughing people, conversing geese, canon shots, fireworks, percussion bands and more. Then she plays a piece that uses many of the sounds to tell a story, and clues the audience in on what to listen for. At the end of her concert, she asks for volunteers to come up and try to play some of the sounds she introduced at the beginning (with her help, of course).

Wildflower Performance

Wildflower, a folk-band from Winona, will be performing at the Preston Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Preston Arts Board.
The group performs on duo keyboards and guitars, cello, and flute. They create a fresh, effervescent sound with a delightful mix of covers and originals written by two of the members. Their music is an eclectic, yet cohesive style of contemporary folk and romantic soft rock.