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2015 Ballroom Music Series: Connie Evingson with Sam Miltich & Sara Pajunen 6 PM

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 6:00pm


ASI is bringing the Hagström guitar to Minneapolis and putting it in the hands of our best hometown music heroes in this intimate music series in the historic Turnblad Mansion Ballroom.  The second Wednesday of each month (July-October), selected performers will pick-up the Hagström instrument of their choice to reference or play during their performance. Performances limited to 75 seats.

SECOND SHOW ADDED!  6 p.m. Click here for tickets.  


Jazz vocalist Connie Evingson and guitarist Sam Miltich present a concert of gypsy jazz and swing music, including the debut of an original composition created during Evingston’s time as ASI’s summer 2015 Artist-In-Resident.  Also appearing: Sara Pajunen (violin), Gordy Johnson (bass) and Jay Epstein (drums).  

Evingson is one of the Twin Cities' most popular jazz vocalists.  Her recorded catalog of acclaimed CDs reflects her eclectic taste and an adventurous musical spirit that knows no boundaries.  She has been a featured guest artist at Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein and Vince Giordano, Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Doc Severinsen, Philip Brunelle’s VocalEssence and the JazzMN Orchestra,  and she is the featured artist of the Jazz at the Jungle concert series in Minneapolis.   Connie has appeared in concert halls, theaters and festivals in the U.S., Japan and Europe, with frequent tours in Sweden where she has performed and recorded with a variety of Swedish musicians.   She is a two-time recipient of both the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.  

Jazz guitarist Sam Miltich was born and raised in the woods of northern Minnesota. He tours the Upper Midwest as a soloist and with his bands the Sam Miltich Trio and the Sam Miltich Quartet. In addition to gypsy swing and traditional jazz,  his musical interests include Brazilian choro, French musette, Eastern European tamburitza, and other forms of traditional folk music. 

Sara Pajunen is a Minnesota-based musician. After receiving classical music degrees (violin) in both Minneapolis and Helsinki, she founded three touring ensembles based on her Finnish heritage. Her current duo Aallotar explores the similarities and differences of cultures grown apart and in her solo work she melds audio interviews, concept, and acoustic and electronic music into live sound presentations. Her music has received grants from Minnesota State Arts Board and Koneen Säätiö and she is Finlandia Foundation’s 2015-16 Performer of the Year.


$25 ASI members / $30 nonmembers. Museum admission is included. Cash bar available.

Click here for tickets to 6 p.m. show or call 612-871-4907. Registration recommended.


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