Gather at the River with Mark Twain: Tunes and Tales, Fiddling and Fun

Don Shelby as Mark Twain invites you to Gather at the River with Mark Twain, a fundraiser for VocalEssence choral music education programs. Hear river songs and tales on the historic Minnesota Centennial Showboat with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and the fine fiddling of Sara Pajunen.

Hop aboard on May 2, 2015 for a celebration of the Mississippi River that will include favorite folksongs and Americana along with traditional spirituals and choral masterpieces. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the Victorian deck—and a chance to win amazing raffle prizes—then head below for a musical journey. There is a matinee and an evening performance, and tickets are on sale now.

You can hear Don Shelby talk about his role as Mark Twain in this interview with WCCO’s John Williams, and read about the “Minnesota moment” Mark Twain is having in 2015, the 180th anniversary of his birth.

Two performances on May 2, 2015
3:30-4:30 – Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres
4:30-6:00 – Performance

7:00-8:00 – Cocktails & hors d’oeuvres
8:00-9:30 – Performance

VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
Don Shelby, actor
Sara Pajunen, fiddler
Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, conductor
Jon Cranney, director

Special Thanks

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