“Musical stringman” returns to Hardy Center

As part of the Hardy Center’s On Stage With series, Paul Imholte is scheduled to perform on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Known as the “musical stringman,” Paul Imholte will perform Saturday, Feb. 16, at Cambridge-Isanti High School. Tickets available by calling 763-689-6189 or visiting hardycenter.com.

Known as the “musical stringman,” Paul Imholte will perform Saturday, Feb. 16, at Cambridge-Isanti High School. Tickets available by calling 763-689-6189 or visiting hardycenter.com.

Known as the “musical stringman,” Imholte brings nearly a dozen string instruments to each performance. His featured instrument is the hammered dulcimer—and the audience can expect to hear music from a wide repertoire—from Bach—to the Beatles—to music from Ireland and Scotland, and traditional American music. Imholte enjoys sharing the beauty of string music with the audience and for the last ten years has been composing and recording instrumental music and songs about life in the Midwest.

Imholte’s Feb. 16 performance follows a sold-out performance by Spider John Koerner and Tony Glover in January.

One attendee reported, “Loved it. I like all the chairs on stage, makes it more intimate.” “This comment reflects what I heard over and over at and following Spider John’s performance,” said Dave Maurer, Cambridge-Isanti Community Education Director, “Remarks we were happy to hear—creating a unique experience was a goal of the On Stage With performance series.”

The January concert was the first performance in the On Stage With series—where the audience is seated on the Hardy Center stage with the performers. This allows show-goers an opportunity to be part of the performance experience, creating a close-knit atmosphere.

The On Stage With series is made possible with monies received a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council to offset the costs of a new performance series.

The schedule of On Stage With performances continues in March and April:

• Get in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with Two Tap Trio when they perform on March 16. This show will be filled with lively, spirited Irish songs.

• Musician and songwriter, Kelley McRae, makes a stop on the Hardy Center stage on April 20. McRae’s performance will showcases songs from her CD catalog, including music from her new release, “Brighter Than The Blues,” which details life on the road as she travels the country sharing her music. McRae performs heartfelt music in the vein of Patty Griffin and Lucinda Williams.

Tickets for all Community Education sponsored Hardy Center shows and events are available at the District 911 Community Education Office or by calling 763-689-6189. They are also available online at www.HardyCenter.com.

The Hardy Center is located in the Cambridge-Isanti High School. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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