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  • Regional Spotlight: Kremerata Baltica
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    Featuring artists who have participated in the organization's 416 Club commissions program, which is designed to support the creation of new work by local emerging artists, the tour will travel to different small cities and towns in Minnesota for ticketed performances as well as free impromptu pop-up gigs at libraries, farmers' markets, and public spaces.September 18, 2014
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