You can't keep this week's hounds down as they dig up beautiful Soviet-era orchestral music, some female mid-life crisis theater, and some hard and heavy rock that will please and pound your ears.
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Stalin-era composer Isaak Dunayevsky is a household name for Russian native and pianist Denis Evstuhin, but not for his fellow Minnesotans. Denis wants people here to discover the splendor and complexity of Dunayevsky's music. He's recommending a full symphonic concert devoted to Dunayevsky that's being organized and directed by Twin Cities conductor Marina Liadova at Hamline University's Sundin Music Hall, Sunday, Jan. 20th, at 4 and 7pm.
Twin Cities director and stage manager Laura Bidgood was surprised to find that a character who gives up all the great things in her world to pursue a self-destructive mid-life crisis can still engender sympathy, compassion and belly laughs. But that's who she discovered in the play "Becky's New Car," at Lyric Arts in Anoka through Jan. 27.
Loud...fast...hard and synthesizer-free is the way local musician Johan Engevik generally prefers his musical entertainment. Johan expects to get an earful of quality Minneapolis rock at the Triple Rock Social Club on Thursday, Jan. 17th, with Skull Wizard, Buildings, Sonic J, and Blackthorne on the bill.
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Students of the College of Visual Arts are processing the news that their alma mater will close at the end of the spring semester.
College of Visual Arts' office building on Summit Avenue
For Theresa Ganzer, continuing her education would mean transferring for the second time:
At first I thought it was a bad joke. I literally started crying, this was so random and without warning. I am freaked out still, and this is a lot of unwanted stress. I originally was only worried about my internship next year...now I'm worried if I'll be in school or not next year.
I am a transfer student to CVA, I already have my 2 year associates degree. My original plan was to go to CVA for 4 years, doing the long route and obtaining my bachelors after 6. Now, this is my fourth year of college, I will have 2 more left after CVA's closing to get my bachelors. for me the most logical thing in my position is to open up to MCAD and give them a chance, especially if they understand CVA's position and are willing to work with the students. I'm nervous about transferring credits however, because the transition from Inver Hills to CVA, I had to take classes over. Hopefully, the transferring of credits will be smooth sailing.
CVA was my DREAM school, everything about it screamed my name, it felt right to go there. It was in a mansion, small classes that became a small community, it was dog friendly. Everyone was so nice, the professors knew you as an individual, It's going to be impossible to get that experience anywhere else.
From Sawyer Rademacher, Sophomore Photography Major at The College of Visual Arts, the loss is a deeply personal one:
When I first visited CVA for a tour I felt very comfortable, a feeling that stayed with me over the past year and a half. The staff here are all so friendly and knowledgeable and they all seem very eager to form close relationships. Whenever I would talk with friends about the different schools we were attending I always enjoyed bragging that I knew my instructors by their first names and even some of their personal cell numbers, just in case of an emergency I could get in contact with them or vice versa. The people that I've met and the skills I've learned I know will stay with me for the rest of my life and I feel as though I am losing a second home. I wish the best for all my classmates and the teachers and staff of CVA in the future. The Twin Cities is losing a truly special school.
Are you a current student at CVA? Share your reaction to the school's closing in the comments section.