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St. Patrick's Day, Irish dance program Saturday in Dawson

DAWSON -- Katie McMahon, former lead soprano of the original Riverdance production, will present her St. Patrick's Day show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Auditorium in Dawson.

Her Irish show, which includes nine Irish dancers and five musicians, will celebrate the coming of spring with songs about St. Patrick, traditional Irish singing and dancing. The show will include both soft- and hard-shoe dancing by the members of The Corda Mor Irish Dance Troupe.

McMahon provides lead vocals and also plays the Irish harp. She is best known for her "exquisite soaring soprano solo" in the original Riverdance show. She was born and raised in Dublin and was classically trained in voice and harp and studied Italian and drama studies at Trinity College.

She toured the world with Riverdance for five years and, while touring in Minneapolis, she met her husband, Ben Craig, and has lived in Minnesota for the past several years. Craig's parents, Les and Sharon Craig, live in Granite Falls.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $5 for students; all seating is reserved. Call the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association box office at 320-769-2955, ext. 246. For more information, visit the Web site at www.dawsonboydarts.org.

Mattson to receive arts award

MARSHAL --Robert Mattson of New London has been awarded the 2009 Prairie Star by the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council.

The award was established to honor a distinguished artist whose work exemplifies the highest quality of art in the SMAHC region. Mattson's art has "enriched countless individual lives and strengthened the cultural life of the region and the entire state of Minnesota."

Mattson, a former art instructor at Ridgewater College in Willmar, will receive the award at the 35th SMAHC Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 24 at the Willmar Holiday Inn Conference Center.

Prairie Winds concert is Sunday

WILLMAR -- The Prairie Winds Band Concert Band will present a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at WEAC in Willmar.

The band will perform a variety of music, including marches, dances and parts of "The Royal Fireworks Music" by George F Handel. The concert is dedicated former summer band director Paul Baumgarten.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for students; former students of Baumgarten will be admitted free.

Jazz orchestra to play for dance club

GLENWOOD -- The Upper Mississippians Jazz Orchestra will play from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood as part of the Winter Dance Club.

The 13-member orchestra will play music of the 1920s through 1950s, including swing, Latin, polka, waltz and fox trot, with an emphasis on the upbeat and danceable tunes and rhythms of the era.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Admission is $10 per person or membership is $50 per couple for the four remaining dances. For more information visit the club's Web site at www.lakesideballroom.org or call Barbara Benson, 320-763-6432.

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