Led by local band director Dave Gudmastad, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ three jazz combos will perform all over town. These unique combos, comprised of students ages 12 to 16, will bring the sweet sounds of jazz music to life on Sunday, March 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Jefferson Pub & Grill (58 Center St.); and Monday March 23, at 7 p.m. at Figliulo Recital Hall. All of these performances are free and open to the public.


IrishdanceKeeping the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day alive an extra day, Irish and tap dancers from the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will perform at the Monarch Public House in Fountain City, Wis., at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. The performance is free and open to the public.

Nestled in the bluffs, the Monarch—located at 19 North Main St.—is an Irish tavern that first opened in 1894. More than 20 dancers will perform under the direction of Irish instructor Hannah Schwarze and tap instructor Christine Martin.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University, offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth ages 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 10th and Vila streets in Winona.  For more information, go online to www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, email mca@smumn.edu, or call 453-5500.

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