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Saturday, May 2, 2020
Complementary Colors
Glen Lake Community Reformed ChurchComplementary Colors w/Matthew Cochran, guitar
Glen Arbor, MI

Manitou Winds opens its 2020 season with a spring concert exploring color. We’ll delve into the artist’s palette to uncover many moments where sight, sound, and memory intersect and color becomes the primary language of expression.

We’ll discover how artists in many disciplines use divergent voices to create new colors. Our performance will feature collaborating artist, Matthew Cochran, Instructor of Guitar at Interlochen Arts Academy, presenting his intriguing work for wind quintet and guitar, Cicadas at the Equinox, along with other exciting works.

The program includes a solo exhibit created by our collaborating artist Lauren Everett Finn. Daring combinations of instruments along with poetry, prose, and visual art will form a collage of color, sound, and mood, inviting us to consider how opposing shades highlight one another, sharpening our perception, creating fascinating illusions.

We’re proud to partner with the Glen Arbor Arts Center to bring you this performance. Admission is free. No tickets or reservations required. Proceeds from your freewill offering will support Manitou Winds’ ongoing mission to collaborate with local artists to create new and engaging programming, bringing the intimate joy of chamber music to audiences across Northern Michigan.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, this performance has been cancelled. Please stay tuned to our website and Facebook page. We hope to reschedule this program and exhibit in 2021.


Sunday, June 28, 2020
BASO with Manitou Winds
Benzie Central High SchoolMW and the Heron
Benzonia, MI

Join us as we make a very special guest appearance with the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Tom Riccobono!

The BASO opens its 2020 season in a performance featuring the music of Manitou Winds. Our portion of the program includes Happy Feet (a toe-tapping recent work by Laura Hood), a colorful new arrangement of The Old Ash Tree featuring the BASO strings, and we’ll present the world premiere of Platte Plains, an original work for full orchestra by Jason McKinney inspired by the sights and sounds of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!

BASO concert admission: Adults — $15, Seniors — $10, ages 18 & Under — Free. Admission is paid at the door. No tickets or reservations necessary.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, this performance has been cancelled. Please stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for further updates. The BASO hopes to reschedule this concert in June 2021.


Saturday, December 5, 2020
Winter Songs & Carols
Grace Episcopal ChurchLeelanau State Park
Traverse City, MI

More than a concert filled with holiday-themed music, Winter Songs & Carols is an invitation to celebrate the entire season of winter. Our annual winter presentation brings together the full ensemble performing on a wide variety of instruments in an eclectic program of traditional carols and original compositions.

Admission is free. Proceeds from a freewill offering will benefit Grace’s Friday Community Lunch Ministry which provides a free hot meal each week to those in need. Our 2019 performance raised the largest donation the ministry has ever received — thank you!

More details about our 2020 presentation will be available soon, so please stay tuned!


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