Category Archives: Preston Area Arts Council

Minnesota in the Great War – by Arn Kind

Thursday, April 19

7 to 9 p.m.

2017 was the 100th anniversary of the America’s entry into the Great War, now known as World War I. The library will be hosting a special program by Arn Kind who will provide an exciting living history program all about “The War to End All Wars.” This includes information about the huge contribution made by the people of Minnesota. Learn about the new technologies, including the tank, the airplane, the submarine and the use of gas which made the air, the sea and the battlefields of WWI extremely lethal. 

The Preston Area Arts Council is a co-sponsor for this program and will serve refreshments following the event..

This project has been funded by the people of Minnesota through the Arts and Cultural Heritage/Library Legacy fund in cooperation with SELCO – the regional library system.

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).