Category Archives: Summer Reading

African Drumming

Tuesday, June 12, 2 p.m.

The drum is perhaps the oldest instrument in the world and one of the earliest means of communication as it derives from our very own heart beat. When we think of Africa, we often think of drumming. Mr. Sosthenes Kwesi Nunyapke, or “Uncle Kwesi” was born in Ghana and raised in Togo with parents from both countries. He moved to the U.S. in 1966 and has been teaching African drumming for decades. In this vibrant class, students will learn about drums such as the kenkeni, sangba, dun dun and djembe. With as many as 30 drums available to him, Kwesi ensures each student a hands-on lesson in traditional African drumming which will resonate within each student for years to come.

 

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

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.