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Musical program to be presented at PL Library

Musician Lauren Pelon will appear in concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at the Pequot Lakes Community Library, 31069 County Road 112.

Under the title, “Music from the Backyard & Front Porch,” Pelon will perform on approximately 20 ancient and modern wind, string and free-reed instruments, and voice. This program of American music features the music of America’s indigenous people, as well as the songs and instruments of America’s many immigrants and Pelon’s own compositions.

Among the instruments she will use are Native American flute, concertina, pennywhistle, ocarina, eagle bone flute, guitar, recorder and psalmodikon, all prominent in the history of Midwest culture. Other instruments (guitar-lute, archlute, bowed psaltery, lyre, hurdy-gurdy, gemshorns, cornamuse, krummhorn, schreierpfeife, shawm, electric wind instrument and pedalboard) will be used to tell a story or illustrate an idea.

Pelon has performed throughout the United States and in China, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Australia and New Zealand. She is noted for her versatile use of a diverse array of instruments, but has also won recognition for her soprano voice and her compositions and arrangements of music from many countries and cultures.

She has performed with symphony orchestras, The Philadelphia String Quartet, on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and at the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Pelon received the 2001 “Artist of the Year” award from The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. More recently, she received a 2010 Artist Initiative Award and 2014 Arts Tour Minnesota Grant Award from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

This activity is presented by Kitchigami Regional Library System and made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

For more information, call the library at 218-568-6181.

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