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Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing receives arts funding grant

Since 2009, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, in partnership with the Sheldon Theatre, has presented monthly musical offerings free to the public, patients, families and visitors. Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council provided the funds.

The grant has been extended to 2014 and will include 11 performances from August 2013 to June 2014.

"We are grateful to SEMAC for extending this grant," said Nancy Dimunation, program coordinator. "At Mayo Clinic Health System we recognize the healing power of the arts and appreciate the opportunity to present some of the finest performers in the area and the country for our patients and the public."

The 2013-14 season begins with a performance by ConBrio, a harp, flute, violin and cello quartet based in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin. The group performs arrangements from classical to Celtic, spiritual to folk. They feature Megan Polley on harp, Mary McElderry on flute, Di Li on violin and Jim Wainwright on cello.

"This is a great partnership," said Sean Dowse, executive director at the Sheldon Theatre. "It provides the performers with a unique venue and a new, different audience."

Additional confirmed performers for 2013-14 include pianist Laura Caviani and the folk/bluegrass trio Flatt and Square.

The free performances are presented on the first Thursday of each month at noon in the Garden View Café at the medical center in Red Wing. The performances are open to the public.

For more information, contact Marcy Dowse at 651-267-5067.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.