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Time to celebrate! Each of the classes from the first round of Growing Art-FULL! had their final performances to demonstrate to friends and family all they had learned. Artists David DeBlieck and Leigh Dillard led a large group of Benedict Village residents in movement exploration for 10 weeks, Garrett Lathe and Marcelyn Smale made music with residents of Good Shepherd Apartments along with some community members, and Ken Ferber and Sandy Fabian developed clay skills with participants from Whitney Senior Center. These activities are funded by a grant from Aroha Philanthropies. It is a research grant shared with 15 other agencies across the United States developing effective arts opportunities for those 55 and older. Sessions will now rotate and begin in May for Round 2!! Congratulations to all who participated!!
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The Paramount recently announced Constantine Maroulis of American Idol as headlining act for the 2017 Annual Fundraiser!
Following Constantine Maroulis’s epic run on American Idol as the rock n’ roll underdog, his career took off and Constantine has become a household name. Since then, he has secured a place in pop culture as a leading rock tenor and a Broadway superstar. Best known for his Tony Award-nominated role for Leading Actor in a Musical in Rock of Ages, Constantine has also led casts in Jekyll and Hyde on Broadway, for which he received a Drama League Award Nomination for a Distinguished Performance Award, and the national tours of Rent and The Wedding Singer.
Over the past few months, Constantine has toured in the Northeast at venues including The Cutting Room, BB Kings, Highline Ballroom, Rockwood Music Hall, Mexicali Live, Yankee Stadium, Irving Plaza, Ridgefield Playhouse, The Green Room 42, and more. Up next, Constantine shifts back to theatre for a few months and stars as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at The Muny, and performs in the world premiere production of The Most Beautiful Room in New York at Long Wharf Theater before continuing his solo national tour!
The Paramount was thrilled to manage a visit by Nirmala Rajasekar, famed veena performer of Carnatic music from South India, and Thankjavur K Murugaboopathim, master Mridangam player, for four workshop performances. In the photo, they are preparing for their presentation for the World Cultures Class at the St. Cloud Technical and Community College hosted by Dr. Hillary Vermillion. Other performances took place on Monday and Tuesday, March 20-21, at the Roosevelt Boys and Girls Club with host Buddy King; St. Cloud State University World Music Class with host Dr. Catherine Verilli; and Kennedy School with hosts Laurie Putnam and Stephanie Peterson. Nirmala is based in Plymouth, MN but performs all over the world singing and playing her veena, a seven-stringed instrument which is as old as the music itself. Nirmala’s musical partner in this presentation, Thanjavur K Muragaboopathi, is from Chennai, India. Boopathi, as he is popularly known, is a master percussionist and one of the foremost exponents of the two-headed Mridangam drum – the chief percussion drum of Carnatic music. Nirmala was able to come as a result of a Minnesota State Arts Board grant!
Celebrating SEVEN years at the Paramount with FIVE shows in FOUR days! Rock & Roll Xmas is a Las Vegas-caliber, multimedia, full-production show that mixes an 8-piece band with music, comedy, parodies and even a game show! Join an all-star cast of musicians as they rock their way through timeless holiday classics and bring new takes on hit songs you didn’t even know were holiday classics. You’ll hear Christmas standards like Silent Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree, The Little Drummer Boy and many more like you’ve never heard them performed before! Nothing will get you into the holiday spirit better than the Rock & Roll Xmas!
Artist website: www.rrxsrocks.com
Yesterday was the final session of Art Sparks, an innovative pilot project serving those with memory loss and their care partners. The four-part session, led by artist LeeAnn Goerss, and funded by Central Minnesota Arts Board, provided an opportunity to demonstrate the ability of the arts to meet a community need. Dementia related illness affects an ever-growing segment of the population, and this program provided social interaction, physical and mental stimulation, and a healthy outlet for creative expression. Based on the overwhelming success of the project, the Paramount will be seeking funds to sustain this work.
On January 12th and 13th, professional woodturner Kirk DeHeer from Provo, UT conducted an evening demonstration and an all day workshop at the Paramount Center for the Arts in St. Cloud, MN. The event was facilitated with the help of the Minnesota Woodturners Association and the Mid-Minnesota Association of Woodturners, both chapters of the American Association of Woodturners.
The Education and Outreach Department at the Paramount is the newest addition to programming at the Center. It grew out of a part-time experiment to see if such a division would be of value to both the Paramount and to the community. Well, it didn’t take long to determine that there was plenty of work that could be done. For many years, the Paramount was a wonderful place for people who could get to the facility and were able to pay for events or classes. To be sure, work had been done here to provide low-cost performances with the 101 Series on the stage and with scholarships in the Visual Arts Center, but it was not difficult to find those in our community who simply did not have adequate access to quality arts experiences. While we knew the arts belong to all, it was clear they were not accessible to all. And why, you might ask, is that important? Well, it can be hard to explain because the arts are woven so tightly into our lives that we might not even recognize their presence. Music on the radio, flowers in the park, the way we dress our bodies, arrange our furniture or plate our food are all personal creative expressions. Truly, we are all artists! Our creative spirit shows itself in daily choices but is fortified and nurtured with opportunities to engage deeply in artful experiences. You see, the arts are the highest form of communication! We can use words, pictures, movement, structures and sound to convey thoughts and ideas, but it is the arts – dance, music, painting, movie-making, architecture, photography, drama, sculpture, literature, poetry and more – that take us to the highest level of human expression. We may never become a Picasso or a Maya Angelou or an Ansel Adams, but in taking the risk to try, we refine our own humanity. And so it has been a privilege for the Paramount to build an amazing cadre of local artists, provide training for them where needed, and collaborate with other arts organizations to bring quality arts experiences to limited populations – the elderly, those with disabilities, those who have experienced abuse and trauma, or are new to our country and its culture. The stories abound of joy, capacity, and confidence that have sprung from the many ways we have taken the arts from the Paramount to those who want and need the opportunity but can’t come to us. Through the gifts of community members and grant funds, hundreds of good people have been nurtured in body and soul through the arts. We also provide meaningful, relevant workshops for school students, businesses, churches, and organizations. Social workers needing to build their team spirit, agencies needing to get everyone united around a new mission statement, and businesses trying to integrate new employees have all found value in coming to the Paramount for time to reflect in new ways and create together. They leave changed in very good ways! The Paramount is truly a Center for the Arts. We invite you to come and explore the ways we can be of service to you.
What a fabulous performance! A great time was had by all at the School of Rock concert held here at the Paramount on August 11.
Thanks to Steve Diamond Elements for this amazing photo.