Category: Performances

Winter Songs & Carols: Our 2018 Concert Program

Our 2018 Winter Songs & Carols program was tremendous fun to present and an exciting evening for both performances! We were honored to perform with two very special guests: Emily Curtin Culler, soprano, and Katherine Drago Luellen, mezzo-soprano. The year had been a very…

A Celtic Summertide: Thank You!

Thank You to everyone who came out to experience “A Celtic Summertide” with us at the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort! It was a lovely evening of music and art made all the lovelier by the warmth of your company. The gallery became filled…

The Old Ash Tree

“The Old Ash Tree” is dedicated to my grandfather, Bryant McKinney. In it, I hope to capture his strength, the beauty of the humble life he’s led, and his role as a central axis in my family, the main branch in our tree of life.

O’Carolan Reimagined

Rather than attempt to recreate what O’Carolan himself might have done with these tunes, I chose to compose in a style I felt would indulge O’Carolan’s own musical curiosity while giving a nod to the colorful anecdotes that pepper the many written accounts of his life.

A Story that Lingers, a Tune that Wanders

A story ripped from its song, turned into a poem, and then married to a tune borrowed from yet another song — what a tangled web!

A Celtic Summertide: The Art of Collaboration

Collaborating artist Emily Curtin Culler, soprano, will premiere a new collection of Irish songs and join us in other traditional works specially arranged for this concert.

Traveling Mercies

Composed by Manitou Winds founder, Jason McKinney, “Traveling Mercies” will receive its premiere this May featuring guest soloist Thomas Bara, organ.

Home Away from Home

Beyond the notes and instructions on the page, beyond the audible details of musical form at the heart of a piece, most musicians want to find an even stronger connection to a piece that touches them. Sometimes in order to feel we’ve truly mastered a piece, we need to feel we understand why it was written.

Sojourn of Spring: The Art of Collaboration

Manitou Winds will be joined onstage, this spring, by special guest soloist Thomas Bara, organ, to present two exciting works for organ and winds.

Winter Songs & Carols: Our 2017 Concert Program

Thank you to everyone who came to hear Manitou Winds’ 2017 Winter Songs & Carols program. Each year, we put together a unique collection of songs in various styles performed on many different instruments to inspire you to embrace the entire season of winter….

There’s Still My Joy

“One tiny child can save the world One shining light can show the way Beyond these tears for what I’ve lost There’s still my joy for Christmas Day.” — from There’s Still My Joy by Beth Nielsen Chapman If you’ve attended a recent musical…

What the Stars Saw on the Prairie

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” — Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) from The Rest is Noise When my paternal grandmother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in December 2005, I had recently moved to Chicago and was unable to travel…

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