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At Dusk:Backyard Concert Series
World Premiere Outdoor Live Concerts 

Saturday, August 14th, 7:00PM Burnsville residence MAP

Sunday, August 15th, 8:00PM St. Paul residence MAP

"At Dusk" is an in-person, outdoor lawn concert series including 4 all new works for chamber ensemble.

The performance on 8/15 is a part of the 2021 New Music Gathering Conference taking place in-person in Minneapolis and online.

World premiere works by local composers Michael Maiorana, Elwyn Alexander Fraser Jr, and Simon Sperl, plus Botswanan composer Laone Thekiso's new arrangement of "Dancing Wind". Also featuring a work by Xavier Foley.

TWO NIGHTS, TWO LOCATIONS: Concert location is in Burnsville for Saturday and in St. Paul for Sunday.

Free admission, with suggested donation of a concert ticket price of $15. Guests may use chairs and blankets to save a spot.

Concert Program (Not performance order)


Simon Sperl - "First Snow of the Year" (World premiere) - a three-movement work written for Simon's daughter.

Laone Thekiso - "Dancing Wind" (premiere arrangement) - Botswanan marimbist Laone Thekiso's new arrangement for violin, cello and marimba. Supported by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. *THIS PIECE HAS TAKEN OFF THE PROGRAM*

Michael Maiorana - "The Fire" by (World premiere) for narrator and chamber ensemble

Xavier Foley - "Always on the Move" - special duo feature performed by double bassist Jason Wells and pianist April Kim

Elwyn Alexander Fraser Jr. - "We are Free" (World premiere) - a work written in lieu of expressing hope and freedom in a challenging time.

Musicians: see bios here
Ming-Hui Lin, flute
Paul Schimming, clarinet
Bjorn Grina-Shay, percussion
Eri Isomura, percussion
April Kim, piano
Ashley Ng, violin
Alex Chambers-Ozasky, cello
Jason Wells, double bass
Elwyn Alexander Fraser Jr., voice

Events may be cancelled due to inclement weather, but eventually will have recordings of the works available with permission. Weather updates will be on this event page.

Saturday August 14th, 2021 7:00PM at 505 Unique Dr. Burnsville, MN

Sunday August 15th 2021 8:00PM at 1913 Pleasant Street, Lauderdale, MN (close to the U of M golf course)


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota, through a Arts Grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Composer Bios


Simon Sperl

Much of Simon's music is meditative and poignant but can also be full of jubilation and energy; sometimes even teetering on cacophony. His music often examines large themes such as religion’s role in poverty cessation, toxic masculinity, and being present to the miracle of existence.

Simon's upcoming projects include Dracula (commissioned by the Twin Cities Ballet) and The Retelling (a music-theater piece written for the Twin Cities Horror Festival). Both will premiere this October.

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Laone Thekiso is a composer from Botswana. He studied composition at  Williams College, where he worked with David Kechley and Ileana Perez Velazquez. Laone has spent the last several years in Botswana exploring,  

teaching, and writing music for the Zimbabwean marimba band, an  ensemble sees as under-represented with lots of potential for growth. He has  toured in the US over the years with several marimba bands from the Maru-a Pula School, where he currently teaches and directs the marimba program.  

Laone currently writes and plays piano for the Grow to Black Collective, a  Botswana-based jazz group he founded in 2019.