Hall of fame organist to perform at The Phipps

Acclaimed organist Walter Strony will celebrate 45 years of performing with a program featuring "something old - something new" on the Wurlitzer theater pipe organ on Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. Strony is one of America's premier concert organists. He made his public debut in 1974 at the age of 18 and has since established himself as one of few organists equally at home playing both theater and classical organ. Strony has performed hundreds of concerts from coast to coast in the United States as well as in Japan, Australia, England and Canada. In addition, he has performed at many conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) and the American Guild of Organists. He is the only living organist to have been twice voted Organist of the Year by the ATOS, in 1991 and 1993. In 2011, he was inducted into the ATOS Hall of Fame. He has performed with the Calgary Symphony, Allentown Symphony, El Paso Symphony and Symphony Silicon Valley. Tickets are $24 for adults and $17 for students of any age.

Phipps Dance Company showcase performances

The Phipps Dance Company, a non-competitive performing dance troupe, is celebrating its 14th season with showcase performances April 6-14 on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The 2018-19 company, led by director Christina Leines and associate director Stephanie Campbell, is comprised of 14 auditioned dancers who range in age from 14 to 18 years old. The company focuses on building well-rounded, technically advanced young dancers. To audition for the company, the dancers are required to have at least two years of prior dance training. As company members, the dancers have weekly rehearsals and must take at least two dance technique classes per week. The performances will feature a variety of styles, including musical theater, lyrical, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary and classical ballet. The Phipps Junior Dance Company, led by director Mackenzie Heisler and associate director Greta Lewis, will also perform a lyrical and tap piece. Featuring dancers ages 9 to 13 years old, this company prepares members for their future with The Phipps Dance Company and beyond. The company is made up of 17 auditioned dancers who rehearse September through May for performances locally and throughout the Twin Cities. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students of any age.

Ballroom dance parties

Ballroom dance parties are offered on the first and third Saturday of every month October-May, and the third Saturday of every month June to September, from 7-10 p.m. in the dance studio. Tom Larson will offer a dance lesson during the first hour. West Coast swing and rumba will be taught on March 2. The waltz and East Coast swing will be featured on March 16. This is an opportunity to have fun trying out new dance skills in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Dancers of all experience levels are welcome. Admission is $12 per person. Larson has taught at The Phipps since 2003 and owns the Ballroom and Wedding Dance Studio in Minneapolis. He performed for five seasons with The Continental Ballet Company.

Private flute and piano lessons

Private flute and piano instruction for ages five through adults is available on Fridays.

Sue Christian, a K-12 music education graduate of Luther College, has taught privately since she was 16. One of her favorite teaching opportunities is that of the Hudson Middle School Band Camp, at which she works with budding young flutists.

A member of the Wisconsin Music Teachers' Association, she is involved locally with the St. Croix Music Teachers Association, offering piano performance opportunities to students of all ages. Also a member of the Upper Midwest Flute Association, Christian has tutored students who have won competitions in both organizations. One of her former flute students, as a sophomore in high school, earned the prestigious opportunity to perform in the top 12 for a national competition to solo with the Air Force Band. This student went on to pursue a career in flute performance at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Christian also has extensive experience in accompanying soloists and ensembles as a collaborating pianist in college-level recitals as well as festivals in area schools. In addition, she accompanied The Phipps Festival Chorus and The Phipps Oratorio Society for numerous years.

Sumi ink and pencil on mylar work in the galleries

Sumi ink and pencil on mylar work by Lindsey Aleman of St. Paul; sculpture and installation by Krista Anderson-Larson of St. Paul; paintings inspired by Abstract Expressionism by Lisa Anderson of Minneapolis; steel sculpture by Judd Nelson of Wayzata and Craig Snyder of Plymouth; stoneware pottery by Adam Smrcka of Neillsville; mixed media work by Jane Wunrow of St. Paul; and a group exhibit of ceramics by St. Olaf College and University of Wisconsin-River Falls students, titled "Cross River Connections," presented as part of "Claytopia," the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference, organized by Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, will be on view through April 7 in The Galleries. Aleman is a full-time wife and mother who draws in her home studio at night and during her one-and-a-half-year-old daughter's naps. She received her B.F.A. in Drawing from Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Mich., in 2015. Aleman uses sumi ink suspended in various liquids to create different effects and then allows it to evaporate. What is left is an unpredictable space that is both beautiful and turbulent. She adds drawings of her close, but physically distant, ill friend into this environment using charcoal and black pencil. The resultant mages reflect their changing relationship and her feelings of helplessness and love for her friend. Her work is influenced by her close personal relationships, which engender deep feelings of anxiety, joy, and grief, and by her strong belief in God. Aleman writes, "Constant control over my own life is often impossible-most painfully when dealing with people I love. I seek to capture my struggle to let go, to help others come to grips with their own fears, and to wrestle through the thoughts that arise when life makes thinking painful. I draw loved ones into turbulent, uncontrollable ink washes to emphasize that there is stillness and peace when control is given up." Aleman's drawings have been shown at "Fading Away," Bay West Gallery, Iron Mountain, Mich. (featured artist, 2015); "Drawn," International Juried Exhibition, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio (2015); "Dead Weight D.," Composition Collective, Grand Rapids, Mich. (group, 2014); "Impact," Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids (2012-2015); "Bodies," International Juried Exhibition, NCSS Art Gallery, Seattle, Wash. (2014); and "Inspire," Spiral Gallery, Grand Rapids (group, 2013). In 2015, she received Kendall College's Excellence in Drawing Award, the highest honor awarded to graduating seniors. The Galleries hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 4:30 p.m., as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters.


Birthday parties

Celebrate your child's birthday or plan a creative outing for another group in the Ceramic Studio. With a Phipps ceramics instructor, participants will learn basic hand-building techniques to create bowls, cups, and small sculptures, and have a chance to work on the pottery wheel (ages 7 and older). The pottery will be ready to pick up within two weeks after the gathering. The fee is $218 for up to 9 participants, $24 for each additional participant. The fee includes all materials and clean-up, one to two hours of working the Ceramics Studio, one hour for snacks and gift opening, plus a behind-the-scenes tour (theater production schedule permitting).

To schedule a Ceramics Studio birthday party, contact Anastasia Shartin, 715-386-2305, ext. 103 or ashartin@thephipps.org.

Private violin lessons

Private violin lessons for students ages seven through adult are offered throughout the year. Instructor Sarah N. Bertsch has taught violin and coached ensembles for over 25 years. Previous positions include Northwestern College, Wooddale School of Music, Friendship School of Music, and Minnehaha Academy. She received her M.A. from St. John's University and her B.A. from St. Olaf College. Bertsch has toured nationally with pianist Don Irwin and artist Fernando Ortega and has played concerts in Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Japan, and Guatemala. She has recorded with Sara Groves and a number of regional church music groups. Bertsch enjoys playing and teaching a variety of musical styles. She plays violin in the Oakdale-based global music group Ensemble Aventura and enjoys collaborating in Hudson with pianist Layton James. Bertsch often performs in weddings as a soloist or in one of her string ensembles. For further information on violin lessons, contact Bertsch at 715-381-5735. Tai Chi on Thursday mornings

Tai chi classes will continue on Thursdays, from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Meeting the needs of both the beginning and experienced practitioner, this class offers the Yang style long form of tai chi chuan. Certified tai chi instructor Mark Tomlinson, with 14 years of experience, conducts the classes.

Punch-cards may be purchased for $100 per eight classes. Classes are ongoing and may be taken at any time. Students only pay for the classes they attend.

Voice lessons

Tony Holt, a former member of the King's Singers, offers private voice lessons for ages 11 through adult on Thursdays at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson. Holt, a native Londoner, was a boy chorister at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth. He was a choir member of Christ Church, Oxford, as well as Chichester Cathedral and St. Paul's Cathedral. Holt was then a soloist and chorus member of the Monteverdi Choir and the BBC Singers. For 18 years he toured and recorded as first baritone with the King's Singers. His lessons concentrate on singing in a healthy way and enjoying a repertoire that can range from Bach to Broadway. He encourages singers to perform without tension, to communicate well, and to enjoy their singing. The fee is $30 per 30-minute lesson.


The Western Wisconsin Photography Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The club also schedules mid-month meetings to accommodate speaker's schedules and for hands-on learning opportunities. Photographers of all ages and abilities are welcome. For more details about upcoming programs and events visit www.wiphotoclub.com.

Healing Arts at Hudson Hospital and Clinic

Current artists on view are High School Posters Exhibit, Audrey Martin, Gabrielle April Sacha, Bernice Fiecek-Swenson, Thursday Morning Painters, Jill Van Sickle, Ryan Armbruster, Mary Kathleen Scott, Sister Arts Group Exhibit and Paul Winger.

Artwork can be viewed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Maps are available at both information desks to help find artists' work.

Healing Arts at Westfields Hospital and Clinic

Current artists on view are Cathy Durso, Elynn Lepel, Elliesha Klingberg, Austin Koeckeritz, Healing Through Gratitude Westfields Hospital Staff Photography Exhibit, Joan Solomon, and Jill Van Sickle. Artwork can be viewed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.