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Lorie Line, Fab Five to play

Pianist Lorie Line will play on Mother's Day in Cannon Falls.

Pianist Lorie Line opens her 24th years of performing with her "Intimate Series" tour Thursday May 9 and plans to travel to 25 cities this spring into summer -- including Cannon Falls.

She will play at the Cannon Falls High School Auditorium 3 p.m. Mother's Day, Sunday May 12, with music from the new album "Come Together" as well as favorites from her previous 45 CDs.

Line is accompanied by her Fab Five, and as always, she has come up with new young talent to present to her fans.

This year, national championship solo drummer Jean-Pierre Bouvet returns to the tour, as well as multi-instrumentalist bass player Josh Fink and Derek Bromme, who is currently pursuing his doctorate degree on bass trombone at the University of Minnesota. Violinist/fiddler and fan favorite Robbie Nordstrom will join Line again on the stage, and new to the group is 23-year-old Mike Linden on guitar, a recent Boston Berklee College of Music graduate.

Not only has Line recorded 45 CDs, but she has published 39 books of music of her arrangements and compositions, from beginner to intermediate and advanced level books.

She and husband/manager Tim own and manage Lorie Line Music Inc., one of the largest independent labels in the country. Line is most known for her holiday extravaganza and tours annually to 80 cities.

Over the years, the Lines have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities, this year supporting Tee It Up For The Troops, a Minnesota volunteer group that supports wounded soldiers.

Tickets are $39 and $34 for groups of 10 or more. For more information on the show, visit

Get to know Lorie Line

Line answers some of the most popular questions she is asked.

When did you starting playing the piano?

I started playing the piano when I was 5 years old. My kindergarten teacher was the one who first noticed I had talent as I could play all the songs we sang in the classroom on the piano (by ear). She called my parents and encouraged them to buy a piano for me and give me lessons.

Do your two children play the piano?

My kids took piano lessons for a couple of years from our next-door neighbor, Velma, but their interest really never piqued. However, they do have a greater appreciation of what their mom does now for a living.

Where did you study?

I studied classical piano my entire childhood with Alleta Gray, a well-known teacher in Reno, Nev., at the time. She was a remarkable teacher, and I was only one of about three students. She was my mentor and coach. Unfortunately, she passed away when I was 19 years old. I continued my education at the University of Nevada, Reno, and graduated in 1986 with a B.A. in music, piano performance.

What do you do with all your costumes?

They are all beautifully inventoried and stored underneath my garage. Two costumes were donated to the Minnesota Historical Society. My famous "bow dress," designed by Jack Edwards, is on display at the history center next to Prince's Purple Rain outfit.

Does your husband manage you?

He says I'm "unmanageable." But, yes, he manages me. We have been married 24 years and have worked together 20 of those great years.

How many hours a day do you practice?

It depends upon the time of year. When I'm in the studio, I'm at a keyboard or piano eight hours a day. When I'm getting ready to tour, it's more like four hours. In January, I rest my hands and don't play at all.

Did your mother make your practice?

Yes! She's my No. 1 fan. She made a deal with me on some days. I was allowed to get out of washing the dishes if I practiced (again) after dinner. We had a lot of dishes in our family with at least 7 to 10 people at the dinner table each night. It was a good deal.

When did you know you made it?

I'm still working on it, and I will do this until the day I die. It's more than a job to me, it's a lifestyle. I love what I do. It doesn't matter if it's Monday or Friday. I love to get out of bed each day to create music.

If you go ...

Concert:Lorie Line and her Fab Five perform.

When: 3 p.m. Sunday May 12

Where: Cannon Falls High School

Cost: $39

More info:

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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