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'19 Artist-in-the-Schools/Rural Library Outreach Highlights! 

Week-long music education and outreach residency coming to Southeastern Minnesota

Acoustic Eidolon Photo

ROCHESTER, MN, - Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott on double neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello are from Colorado and have graced stages throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Canada.  With 12 CDs and a DVD to their credit, these masterful artists continue to captivate audiences throughout the world with their signature “new acoustic”sound and boundless possibilities in blending Celtic, Americana, Rock, Vocal & Flamenco musical influences, something that Dirty Linen Magazine praises as “a sumptuous musical feast.” 


Acoustic Eidolon will spend the week (February 25 through March 1) in our local and surrounding elementary schools and libraries in a series of free interactive educational performances; all leading up to a full-length ticketed concert at the Rochester Art Center on Saturday, March 2.

Acoustic Eidolon (Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire) will introduce attendees to the double-necked guitar (“guitjo”) and cello.  Joe will discuss how and why he developed the guitjo as a completely unique and custom instrument, how it differs from a traditional guitar, how it is played, and the unique sounds that it produces.

Hannah then will demonstrate how the cello is similar to the human voice; and therefore is versatile in many styles of music and can extend beyond the traditional classical use of the instrument.  (To help illustrate how to break down boundaries with an instrument, she even demonstrates how a cello can imitate animal sounds!)

Hannah and Joe will take attendees on a musical journey around the world based on their travels abroad and the many cultural influences they experience. They will showcase songs with a wide variety of musical styles, from the Beatles to Led Zeppelin, as well as Blues, Flamenco, Celtic and Folk.  They will take the audience to Scotland, Ireland, Spain, France, and beyond.  Participants will learn how classically-trained musicians can think outside the box, and to successfully apply their creative talents using traditional instruments to produce music of many styles.

Joe and Hannah, both private teachers for over 30 years, have extensive experience educating children and young adults.  Hannah, who is fluent in 3 languages, meaningfully weaves in an occasional song in another language, explaining how lyrics in different languages can bring different flavors and rhythms to songs as well.

To further connect with their young audiences, Joe and Hannah include a few vocals in their presentation along with stories of what inspired each composition.  This not only helps with retention, but also helps the students gain insight into writing music and developing a personal style. By the end of the program, participants have learned much about the versatility of all instruments, and how practicing and working hard is an integral part of pursuing music or any career.  Participants are presented with a fresh and new perspective on the possibilities of music in their life and the lives of others.

In celebration of national Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM®)Acoustic Eidolon will spend the week (February 25 through March 1) in our local and surrounding elementary schools. Part of Riverside Concerts' Artist-In-the-Schools residency program which brings world-renowned artists directly to our young people while at school. With General Music and General Arts classes being dissolved and Band, Orchestra and Choir programs being pushed out of the curriculum, Riverside Concerts is committed, by way of our mission, to continue to bring artists to the local schools that will not only spark an interest in musical performance, but also to plant a seed that will help solidify our young people's future as ongoing arts patrons. This program builds community and camaraderie among the students while teaching them the history of different cultures and those cultures' forms of musical art. 

Brought to you by the Mayo Clinic, the Friends of Riverside Concerts, Arts Midwest, and the Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust.

School Schedule:

Monday, February 25 - 9:45 AM - Bamber Valley Elementary School (Rochester)

Monday, February 25 - 1:30 PM - Wabasha-Kellogg Elementary School (Wabasha)

Tuesday, February 26 - 10:00 AM - Pinewood Elementary School (Rochester)

Tuesday, February 26 - 1:50 PM - Divine Mercy Catholic Elementary School (Faribault)

Wednesday, February 27 - 9:30 AM - Riverside Elementary School (Rochester)

Wednesday, February 27 - 2:00 PM - Gibbs Elementary School (Rochester)

Thursday, February 28 - 9:30 AM - Fillmore Central Elementary School (Preston)

Thursday, February 28 - 2:20 PM - Longfellow Elementary School (Rochester)

Friday, March 1 - 9:00 AM - Southland Elementary School (Rose Creek)

Friday, March 1 - 1:30 PM - Spring Grove Elementary School (Spring Grove)


Acoustic Eidolon will also embark on a 5-city Southeastern Minnesota library tour featuring a 60 minute preview of their full-length concert. These mini-concerts are free and open to the general public. Attend the preview and receive a coupon for 10% off your ticket order for the full-length performance at the Rochester Art Center . Part of Riverside Concerts' Cultural Exchange Network which provides live musical events for citizens of rural communities who might not otherwise have access to such opportunities. 

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Brought to you by the Mayo Clinic, the Friends of Riverside Concerts, Arts Midwest, and the Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust.

Monday, February 25 - 7:00 PM - Cannon Falls Library

Tuesday, February 26 - 6:30 PM - Lake City Public Library

Wednesday, February 27 - 7:00 PM - Harmony Public Library/JEM Theatre

Thursday, February 28 - 7:00 PM - LeRoy Public Library

Friday, March 1 - 6:00 PM - Plainview Public Library

The week concludes with a full-length concert featuring Acoustic Eidolon at the Rochester Art Center on Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 PM. Brought to you by the Mayo Clinic, and KXLT Fox 47.  GET TICKETS NOW.

Single tickets are $17/$15.50 and can be purchased at Riverside Concerts in City Hall, the Mayo Civic Center and all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone through Riverside Concerts at (507) 328-2200 or (800) 657-3980, or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Riverside Concerts Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 4pm. For more information, call (507) 328-2200 or (800) 657-3980 or visit us online at




This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Crane Group.

Brought to you by the Friends of Riverside Concerts with additional support provided by the Mayo Clinic. 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 & cultural heritage fund.  This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support Grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.  This project is made possible in part through funding from the Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Riverside Concerts is pleased to accommodate individuals with disabilities. Please contact the music department at 507-328-2201 (TTY 1-800-627-3529) five working days prior to the event you plan to attend if you require a special seating assignment, sign language interpreter, audio describer, assistive listening device or written materials in an alternative format (large print, Braille, computer disk, etc.)

Riverside Concerts (Rochester Music Dept.) is a department of the City of Rochester, MN Government.