For 55 years, the International Music Camp in the International Peace Garden has been offering intensive programs for students of the performing arts.
The first workshops, for old-time fiddle, guitar and banjo, take place June 9-10, with the Old-Time Fiddle Contest beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and running all day Saturday. There is a concert fee for admission. Beginning at 8 p.m., guitarist Mike Dowling and the Turtle Mountain Metis Square Dancers will also be performing.
Each week-long session this year running from June 19 through July 30 has a recital on Saturday afternoons. While there is an entrance fee of $10 per carload to the International Peace Garden itself, the Saturday concerts are free and open to the public.
Also, each Friday the faculty and invited guest artists take the stage for a free public performance beginning at 8 p.m. in their International Music Camp Festival of Arts.
"This is a great opportunity for Minoters to hear some great musicians," said Tim Wollenzien, International Music Camp executive director. "Especially the Son Latino Band, who are very well known for their shows in Brandon (Man.). And the jazz evening will be a hot night, too."
Scheduled performances include:
June 24 Son Latino Band
July 1 International Brass Quintet
July 8 Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social and Band Concert
July 15 "m-pact" Men's a cappella quartet
July 22 IMC Jazz Faculty Big Band
July 29 Turtle Mountain Wind Quintet
For most of those years since 1956, camp curriculum has focused on children, but it also has adult community camps in band and brass band, orchestra, mixed choir, women's and men's barbershop, percussion, handbells and studio art for four-day classes beginning July 30. The Adult Finale Showcase Concerts in these classes will be held Aug. 2 beginning at 4:30 p.m., with the orchestras, bands and brass band concerts at 7 p.m.
For more information, contact the camp office by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 263-4211 between June and July or at 838-8472 between September and May.