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January 19, 6:30pm, Echoes of Peace Choir Winter 2016 Season begins. Duluth, MN
January 15-17, Retreat at Pilgrim Center, Ripon, WI
February 23, Concert, Weber Retreat Center, Adrian, MI
February 28, 4pm, Concert, Rochester, MN
Arts on Fifth Concert Series, Christ United Methodist, 400 5th Ave SW, Rochester, MN.
March 20, "Echoes of Peace" presentation for the adult forum at UUCD, Duluth
April 14, 5:30pm, Library for Kobani Benefit Dinner, Damiano Center, Duluth
April 17, 3pm, Caritas Vocal Ensemble and Sara Thomsen, Robbinsdale, MN
Church of the Sacred Heart, 4087 West Broadway Ave. Tickets $20. A benefit concert for BreathLogic.
May 1, 3pm, Echoes of Peace Choir Concert Weber Music Hall, UMD Campus, Duluth
"The River Sings" with guest artist Regina M. Laroche, special guests Kako's Choir directed by Rachael Kilgour, Lyz Jaakola & the Oshkii Giizhik Singers. A benefit for Nibi Walks. www.echoesofpeace.org
May 11, Echoes of Peace Choir Concert at St Louis County Jail, Duluth, MN
June 4, 7pm, Music For All Concert, Kako Foundation benefit, The Underground at The Depot, Duluth
Daniel Oyinloye, Rachael Kilgour, Kako's Choir, Sara Thomsen, Echoes of Peace Choir. $10 suggested.
June 14, Concert with author/poet Joyce Rupp, Omaha, NE
June 26, Concert at Weinstein Holocaust Symposium, Wroxton College, Oxfordshire, England
July 9-12, CSSJ Federation Event, Orlando, Florida
July 24, 6pm, Claudia Schmidt, Ann Reed, and Sara Thomsen, Duluth, MN
Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W 4th St, Duluth. Tickets $15-20. Details
August 1, House Concert, Duluth, MN
August 19, 7pm, Concert, St. George Church, 200 W 4th St, Leadville, CO • $15
August 20, Sara Thomsen with Paula Pedersen, Pink House Concerts, Colorado Springs, CO
September 6, 6:30-8pm, Echoes of Peace Choir fall season begins
September 18, 5pm, Concert, United Presbyterian Church, Superior, WI
October 1, 7:30pm, Encounters of the Musical Kind, Mitchell Auditorium, Duluth
A benefit for Duluth Sister Cities International
October 2, "In Plain Sight" Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Benefit, Duluth
An evening of poetry & music. Music by Charlie Parr and Sara Thomsen.
October 8, 7pm, Concert at Peace UMC, Shoreview, MN
October 15, Echoes of Peace Fall Feast Fundraiser, UUCD, 835 W College St, Duluth
October 22, 7:30pm, Ellen Bukstel & Echoes of Peace Choir, Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth
October 28-30, Beauty of the Dancer Courage & Renewal Retreat, Madeline Island, WI
November 4, Echoes of Peace Choir at All Souls Night, The Depot, 506 W. Michigan St., Duluth
November 12, 7:30pm, Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse, White Plains, NY • Details
November 18, 7:30pm, East Barnard Church, East Barnard, VT
November 19, 7:30pm, Mount Toby Concert Series, 194 Long Plain Road (Route 63), Leverett, MA
November 20, 2pm, Motherhouse Chapel of the Sisters of St Joseph of Boston, Brighton, MA
637 Cambridge St, Brighton, MA 02135
December 4, 2pm, Music for Duluth Poet Laureate Inauguration of Ellie Schoenfeld, Duluth
December 6, 5pm, Music for Northland Sustainable Solutions "The Circle that Bridges Communities"
Honoring the work of Sharon Day and Ann Bancroft. @ Summit Brewing Co, St. Paul, MN
December 10, 7pm, Guest artist at "River of Change" Golden Bridge Choir Concert, Los Angeles, CA
December 15, 8pm, "What Is There To Love?" Daniel Oyinloye Concert & social series, Red Herring, Duluth
December 21, 7pm, Winter Solstice at Wisdom Ways Center, St. Paul, MN
January 20, 6:30pm, Echoes of Peace Choir Winter 2015 Season begins! Duluth, MN
January 20 & 27 meeting at the Friends Meeting House. No practice Feb 3. Meeting at Temple Israel Feb 10 on.
Sara will be attending, learning, and presenting at this gathering of CCLT grads in Victoria, B.C.
February 6, 7:30pm, "Sing Out!" Concert, Church of Truth, Victoria, B.C., Canada
February 10 & 17, 6:30-8pm, Echoes of Peace Choir practice
March 10, 17, 31, 6:30-8pm, Echoes of Peace Choir practice
March 12, Songleading, St. Louis County Jail, Duluth
March 13, Community Arts Day, North Shore Community School, Duluth, MN
March 27, 5:30pm, Echoes of Peace Choir sings at Temple Israel, Duluth, MN
April Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm, Echoes of Peace Choir practice
April 25, 7pm, "To My Old Brown Earth" Echoes of Peace Choir Concert, Duluth
With guest artist Ariane Norrgard, and Kako's Choir, Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W 4th St.
May 1-2, Spirituality in the 21st Century Conference, Prairiewoods Retreat Center, Hiawatha, IA
May 5, 11:30am, Gathering music at United Way's Annual Celebration and Rewards Luncheon, Duluth
Harbor Side Ballrom, DECC.
May 19, 4pm, "A Night to Unite", Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, MN
May 30, 7pm, Goody Night: The Story and Life of Eric Swanson, Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth, MN
A evening to benefit Eric Swanson's stroke recovery. Featuring various local artists.
May 31, 6pm, "Music for All" Benefit for the Kako Foundation, Peace Church, Duluth
With Rudy Perrault, Elizabeth Nordell, Sara Thomsen, Echoes of Peace Choir, Rachael Kilgour, Kako's Choir, DJ Mouse and more. Hors d'oeuvres and dancing to follow! 1111 N. 11th Ave E, Duluth.
June 2, 9, 16, 23 Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm, Echoes of Peace Choir Summer Session.
June 26-27, Conference in Minneapolis
June 28, 4pm, Echoes of Peace Choir performs at Classical MPR's Harmony in the Park Event
Also featuring Twin Ports Choral Project and Lake Superior Youth Chorus. Leif Erikson Park, Duluth
July 10, 8pm, Concert at Red Mug, $15, 916 Hammond Ave, Superior, WI
July 15, 12pm, Concert, Lake Place Park Summer Sounds, Lake Place Park, Downtown Duluth
Part of a summer concert series resented by Duluth Sister Cities International
August 2-5, "Seeking the Sacred Thread" w/authors John Philip Newell & Barbara Brown Taylor
Wisdom Ways event held at Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church, Minneapolis, MN. Music by Sara Thomsen.
August 23, 3-5pm, Book Release of Lake Superior anthology Amethyst and Agate, Zeitgeist Cafe, Duluth
Sara's song "Lake Superior" is included in this Holy Cow Press poetry anthology!
September 8, 6:30-8pm, Echoes of Peace Choir fall season begins!
Meeting weekly on Tuesdays. Practice location: Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, 902 E 1st St, Duluth.
September 12, Concert, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet, 6400 Minnesota Ave, St. Louis, MO
September 17-19, "Leaf Falling, Bud Forming" Circle of Trust Retreat, Wisdom Ways Center, St. Paul, MN
This retreat combines the principles and practices of Circles of Trust and the power of music to help us understand and live into our lives. Developed by Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage and Renewal, The Circle of Trust® approach creates a process of shared exploration where people can find safe space to nurture personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it. Facilitators: Winton Boyd, Paula Pedersen, Sara Thomsen
September 19, 7pm, "Beauty & Tenacity" Concert, Wisdom Ways Center, St. Paul, MN • Details
September 21, 8pm, Concert, Alvord Theater, Northland College, Ashland, WI
September 26, Concert, Hoth-Lee Art Gallery, Port Wing, WI • $15
September 28, Duluth City Council Chambers, City Hall, Duluth
Sara and the Echoes of Peace Choir receive the City Council's Duluth Distinguished Artists Award.
September 30, Music Presentation at Victory Over Bullying: A Northland Summit, U of Wisconsin Superior
October 9, 6pm, Poet Ellie Schoenfeld & Sara Thomsen at Amazing Grace, Duluth • $15
October 10, 7pm, Poet/author Joyce Rupp & Sara at Siena Retreat Center, 5637 Erie St, Racine, WI
$15 in advance (Call the retreat centr at 262-898-2590) or $18 at the door.
October 11, Echoes of Peace Choir sings at Essentia Health-St. Mary's Annual Hospice Memorial Service
2pm at Lakeview Covenant Church, 1001 Jean Duluth Road, Duluth
October 15, 10:30am, Echoes of Peace Choir at St. Louis Co. Human Services Conference, Duluth, MN
October 17, 7pm, Concert, St. George Church, 200 W 4th St, Leadville, CO • $15
October 18, 7pm, House Concert, Denver, CO • $20 suggested donation • Reservations required: RSVP
October 19, 7pm, Guest @ High Spirit Harmonies community choir singing session, Denver, CO
Sara will teach a few songs at this week's singing session. Drop-ins welcome ($12) • Details
October 23, 7:30pm, "Encounters of the Musical Kind" Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica
Featuring Erin Aldridge, Michael Laughing Fox Charette, Jeremy Craycraft, Ryan Frane, Sarah M Greer, Lyz Jaakola and Sara Thomsen. A Duluth Sister Cities International Benefit sponsored by CSS Alworth Center for the Study of Peace & Justice. Tickets available through Mitchell Box Office. $27 General admission; $22 students/seniors.
November 6, Echoes of Peace Choir at All Souls Night, The Depot, 506 W. Michigan St., Duluth
November 13, Echoes of Peace Choir at Woodland Hills, Duluth
November 14, Sun Dog Farm House Concert, Maple Plain, MN
Suggested donation $15. RSVP to Carla by email or call 763-479-4396.
November 19, Kako's Choir at Tellebration, Myers-Wilkins Elementary School, Duluth
November 20-21, Art & Spirit Retreat, Koinonia Retreat Center, South Haven, MN
November 21, House Concert, Sauk Rapids, MN • Reservations required: RSVP • $15-20 suggested
December 5, 7:00pm, CHUM Holiday Concert, Duluth
December 10, 6pm, Kako's Choir at Enda Semesta Fiesta, Myers-Wilkins Community School Collaborative
December 17, 7:30pm, Sara & Paula's Winter Concert, Duluth
With special guest Erin Aldridge, violinist. Friends Meeting House, 1802 E 1st St. • $15
December 19, 7:30pm, Sara's Winter Concert, Minneapolis
Judson Memorial Baptist, 4101 Harriet Ave S., Minneapolis • $20.
January 21, 6:30pm, Echoes of Peace Choir Winter 2014 Season begins! Duluth, MN
Practice held at Myers-Wilkins Elementary School in the Media Center (aka Library) on 2nd floor. 1027 N. 8th Ave E.
January 31, 7pm, Sara Thomsen House Concert, Circle Pines, MN
At Body Prayers Yoga & Massage in the Body Mind Circle Holistic Healing Center, 301 Village Parkway, Circle Pines, MN
(on SE quadrant of Lex/Lake dr). Limited space--Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot! $15-20 suggested.
February 1, 9am-3pm, Hopeful Earth Event, Richfield United Methodist, Richfield, MN | Details
February 8, 7:30pm, Sara Thomsen's Somewhere to Begin CD Release Concert, Duluth
Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W Fourth St, Duluth. Buy tickets.
March 7, 7:30pm, Sara Thomsen Concert, Clover Lane Coffeehouse, Harrisburg, PA | Details
Held at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, 1280 Clover Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17113
March 8, 7:30pm, Sara Thomsen Concert, Walk About Clearwater Coffeehouse, White Plains, NY
Click HERE for more of the details.
March 28, The Lake Superior Binational Forom, Barkers Island Inn, Superior, WI | www.superiorforum.org
Guest presenter at "Lake Superior's Mystery Through The Arts" evening reception, 5:30pm
March 29, Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Annual Dinner, Greysolon Ballroom, Duluth, MN
Sara and the Echoes of Peace Choir leading song as part of the evening program
April 12, 11:00am, Guest Presenter, Sacred Ground Center for Spirituality Annual Luncheon, Mendota, MN
April 26, Hopeful Earth Conference, First United Methodist, Duluth
April 27, 4pm, "A Place to Call Home" Echoes of Peace Concert, Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth
Song, Poetry, Story on homelessness and the quest to find home. Echoes of Peace Choir directed by Sara with special guests Rachael Kilgour, The Kako Children's Choir.
May 3, 11am, Sara Thomsen at the Chester Creek Cafe Wine Bar, 1902 East 8th Street, Duluth
Part of the schedule for the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival
May 4, Poet/Author Joyce Rupp and Sara Thomsen, Mitchell Auditorium, Duluth
May 9, 7pm, Sara Thomsen Concert, Friends of Music Concert Series, Tucson, AZ
Rincon Congregational UCC, 122 N Craycroft Rd. Tucson, AZ 85711 | Details
May 24, "Noteworthy" Music/Poetry Collaboration Event, Weber Music Hall, Duluth
June 15, 4pm, Classical MPR's "Harmony in the Park" choral event, Leif Erikson Park, Duluth
Echoes of Peace Choir will be singing!! Also the Twin Ports Choral Project and Lake Superior Youth Chorus!
June 20, 7:30pm, Sara Thomsen CD Release Concert, Avalon Theater, 1500 East Lake Street, Minneapolis
Advance tickets $15 available through Brown Paper Tickets. Day of show $20 at the door.
July 9-12, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Okemah, Oklahoma (Woody's hometown!)
Sara won third place in the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest and will perform 10:45am, July 12!
July 12, Sisters of Earth Conference, University of St. Mary, Leavenworth, KS
August 8, 7:30pm, Sara Thomsen Concert, Decorah, IA
ArtHaus, 508 W. Water St. Tickets $15, or $10 for students/seniors. Available in Decorah at the Oneota Co-op.
August 9, 7:30pm, Sara Thomsen Concert, Des Moines, IA
DMIEC Building, 3300 University Ave (south side of street across from Trinity Lutheran), $20 at door.
August 23-24, Loaves & Fishes 25th Anniversary Celebration, 1600-1700 block, Jefferson St., Duluth
September 20, 7:00pm, Sara Thomsen Concert, Hoth-Lee Art Gallery, Port Wing, WI
83010 Washington Ave. $15 admission. To reserve a spot: 715-774-3117, or email@example.com
September 21, International Day of Peace, Peace Bell Ringing, Enger Park, Duluth
Sara and Echoes of Peace Choir will sing as part of the ceremony. Time TBD.
September 30, Echoes of Peace Choir Fall Season Begins, Duluth, MN
We meet every Tuesday, 6:30-8:15pm, through November 18. Location TBD.
October 1, 6pm, Sara sings for Closing Celebration for Community Day at The College of St. Scholastica.
October 8, 12pm, Sara and Paula sing for the University of MN-Duluth Coming Out Day Luncheon.
October 11, 4pm, Sara and Choir sing for "Supper and Song" Benefit for Kurdish Refugee Crisis, Duluth
Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 835 W College St. Reservations needed:
RSVP to Michele Naar-Obed, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-722-2231.
October 12, 2pm, Echoes of Peace Choir sings for Hospice Memorial Service, Duluth, MN
October 18, Aftneroon Workshop & Evening Concert, Timberlake Earth Sanctuary, Whitsett, North Carolina
Click here for details.
October 25, Erin Aldridge Concert "It's My Recital and I'll Sing if I Want To", Duluth
Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W 4th St, Duluth, MN. A benefit for Echoes of Peace. Violinist Erin Aldridge will share classical and other genres of music --rock, folk, americana and more-- that have influenced her love of music. Guests performing with her include Beth Gilbert, pianist, and singers Sara Thomsen and Paula Pedersen.
October 31, Wisdom Ways 20th Anniversary Celebration, Wisdom Ways Center, St. Paul, MN
November 18, Echoes of Peace performs concert at the St. Louis County Jail, Duluth
November 20, 7pm, "Land of Plenty" DVD Release, The Underground (at the Depot), Duluth
506 W Michigan Street (in The Depot). Showing of the DVD of the November 2011 performance "Land of Plenty: How Did You Come to Be Here?". Admission free, donations to Echoes of Peace accepted. DVDs will be available for $25.
December 11, 7:30pm, Sara & Paula sing with the UWS Orchestra! Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Superior, WI
820 Belknap Street, Superior, WI. Adults $5. Students/seniors $3.
December 13, 7:00pm, Annual CHUM Holiday Concert, Hope United Methodist Church, Duluth, MN
301 West St. Marie St, Duluth. Echoes of Peace Choir will be one of several musical guests. Facebook Event Page
December 19, 7:30pm, Sara and Paula's Winter Concert, Friends Meeting House, Duluth, MN
1802 E. 1st St, Duluth. $15 at the door.
December 20, 7:30pm, Sara and Paula's Winter Concert, Judson Memorial Baptist, Minneapolis, MN
4101 Harriet Ave S, Minneapolis. $20 at the door.
December 21, 2:30pm, Guest at Golden Bridge Choir's "Dream Out Loud" Concert, Los Angeles, CA
Taglyan Cultural Complex, 1201 Vine St., Hollywood.
January 22, Echoes of Peace Choir Winter Season begins (see choir page)
February 6-7, Workshop for LeaderImpact, Walker, MN
February 8, Kurdish Dinner Fundraiser for Echoes of Peace Singing Delegation, Duluth
5:30pm social time/silent auction preview. 6pm dinner. Benefit for delegation to Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan (March 15-24).
February 16, 8pm, Sara Thomsen & Paula Pedersen concert, Cherokee, IA
$15 at door. The Gathering Place, 207 W. Main St.
March 6, Songleading at Empathy Project, University of Minnesota-Duluth
March 15-24, Echoes of Peace/Duluth-Rania Friendship Exchange Singing Delegation
Sara co-leading delegation to Rania (& surrounding areas) in Iraqi Kurdistan.
April 12-13, Workshop/songleading at "Grace on the Margins" Women's Convocation, Bellevue, WA
Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center's 5th Convocation. Details here: www.ipjc.org
April 14, Celebrating Our Oneness, Joyce Rupp & Sara Thomsen, Minneapolis
An evening of song & reflection. Richfield United Methodist Church, 5835 Lyndale Ave S.
Proceeds to benefit Journeywell Retreats (led by Trish Herbert, author of Journeywell)
April 19, 5:30pm, "Wonderful Women Everywhere!" Dinner & Concert, St. Joan of Arc, Minneapolis, MN
Dinner followed by Sara Thomsen performance. Wonderful Women of St. Joan's annual spring event. Details.
April 20, 7pm, Sara Thomsen Concert, Root Down Yoga, La Crosse, WI
April 21, 3pm, Echoes of Peace Choir Spring Concert, Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth
May 5, 7:30pm, Three Altos Reunion Concert, Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth
Reception and silent auction at 6:30pm prior to show. Benefit for Echoes of Peace.
July 25, 5:30pm, Hillside Youth Theatre's "All Aboard The Peace Train," Depot's Underground, Duluth
Sara and Kako's Choir perform at opening reception for the Grant Community School Collaborative theatre program.
August 15, 6:45pm, Sara Thomsen Concert, The Bookstore, Lenox, MA
11 Housatonic St, Lenox, MA. www.bookstoreinlenox.com
August 16, 8:30pm, Sara Thomsen Concert, Dream Away Lodge, Beckett, MA
1342 County Road, Becket, MA 01223. www.dreamawaylodge.com
August 18, 9:30am, East Barnard Church, East Barnard, VT
Guest musician for Sunday service. 25 Allen Hill Road, East Barnard, VT 05068
August 23, 8pm, Sara Thomsen Concert, Red Mug Coffeehouse, Superior, WI,
916 Hammond Ave, Superior, WI. $15 at the door
September 3, 6:30pm, Echoes of Peace Choir fall season begins! Details TBA.
September 21, 7pm, Sara Thomsen Concert, Hoth-Lee Art Gallery, Port Wing, WI
83010 Washington Ave. Reservation required: Email email@example.com or call 715-774-3117. $15
Oct 11-13, "Crossing New Thresholds Toward the Horizon" Theresians Nat'l Conference, Sugar Land, TX
October 19, 7pm, Sara Thomsen House Concert, Maple Plain, MN
Reservation required: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 763-479-4396. $15
October 20, 10:30am, Skinner Memorial Chapel, Carlton College, Northfield, MN
Guest musician/speaker at Sunday morning service.
November 8, 7:30pm, Sara Thomsen Concert, Amazing Grace Bakery & Cafe, Canal Park, Duluth
394 S Lake Ave, Duluth. $15 at the door. www.amazinggraceduluth.com
November 17, 4pm, Echoes of Peace Fall Concert & Community Sing, Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth
201 W 4th St, Duluth, MN. Admission: Free-will donation.
Dec 1, 4pm, Three Altos Concert, Kehillat Israel, Pacific Palisades, CA
December 6, 7pm, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) Harbor Holiday Special, Duluth
DECC Auditorium. Featuring guests the Three Altos & Ariana Savalas! Ticket info: www.dsso.com
December 20, 7:30pm, Sara and Paula's Winter Concert, Duluth
Friends Meeting House, 1802 E First St, Duluth. $15 at the door
December 21, 7:00pm, Sara's Annual Winter Concert with Paula, Minneapolis
Judson Memorial Baptist Church, 4101 Harriet Ave S., Minneapolis. $20 admission at door.
January 6, 7pm, Sara Thomsen concert, "Music on the Rise" series, Duluth
Duluth Congregational Church, 3833 E. Superior St. $15 adults, $7 students.
January 17 & ongoing, 6:30-8:30pm, Echoes of Peace Choir new season begins, Duluth
Here begins our 10th anniversary season! Practices are every Tuesday, 6:30-8:30pm, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2310 E. 4th St. More details about the choir here.
January 25-26, Presenter at LeaderImpact session, Walker, MN
February 11, 7:00pm, UMD Women's Studies 30th Anniversary Celebration, Weber Music Hall, Duluth
On the UMD campus. Free & open to the public. Various performers.
March 16, 7:00pm, Sara Thomsen & Michael Laughing Fox Charette, Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth
201 W. 4th St. Admission is a $15 suggested donation to benefit Duluth-Rania Friendship Exchange. The Exchange is anticipating a 6 person delegation from Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan in April.
March 17, 7:30pm, Heroes: A Celebration of Women Who Changed History & Changed Our Lives, Duluth
Weber Music Hall, UMD. Written by Ann Reed. Ann Reed is joined by Joan Griffith, Thomasina Petrus, Aimee K Bryant, Denise Tabet, Leslie Ball and Dan Chouinard and local special guests Sara Thomsen & the Impromptu Women's Chorus.
March 24, 2pm, Guest lecture: Democracy Now's Amy Goodman on "Grassroots Democracy," Duluth
Sara sings opening song ("Is it For Freedom"). Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice lecture series.
Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica.
March 24, 7:30pm, Dar Williams concert, Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth, MN
Sara will be opening for Dar's show. Ticket info: www.sacredheartmusic.org
March 26-31, LeaderImpact, Turkey
April 22, 6pm Social Hour 7pm Concert, Echoes of Peace 10th Anniversary Performance,
Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. 4th Street, Duluth. Admission: Free-will donation, $15-20 suggested.
Proceeds to benefit Grant-Nettleton Community School Collaborative.
7pm, May 11, Quilted Peace Labyrinth Dedication, Duluth, MN
Echoes of Peace Choir to sing as part of program opening the labyrinth exhibit.
3pm, May 23, Echoes of Peace Choir Concert, St. Louis County Jail, Duluth
June 3, 3pm Three Altos Concert, Kehillat Israel Reconstructionist Congregation, Pacific Palisades, CA
June 27, Music & Leadership session with Girls Lead Program, University of Minnesota Duluth
June 28, LeaderImpact, Halifax, Canada
12:15pm, July 7, Sara Thomsen & Michael Laughing Fox Charette at The Bridge Festival, Duluth
July 19, Sara Thomsen concert, Portland, OR
Part of "Peace Village" at Hillsdale Community Church, UCC, 6948 S.W. Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR
August 4, First Harvest Community Arts & Music Festival, Superior, WI
Broadway Community Gardens, corner of Broadway and Hammond. Music, Art, & Farmer's Market 12-8pm. Sara to perform @ 6-8pm. www.superiorcfta.org
September 11, Echoes of Peace Choir Fall Season begins, Duluth (see choir page)
September 14, 12pm, Echoes of Peace Choir sings at public welcome to Rania delegation, Duluth
Green Room @ Library (main branch). Duluth-Rania (Iraqi Kurdistan) Friendship Exchange Project
September 15, 7pm, Sara Thomsen Concert, Hoth-Lee Art Gallery, Port Wing, WI
83010 Washington Ave, Port Wing, WI, $15
September 22, 7:30pm, "Holiness & the Feminine Spirit" Exhibit & Performance, Richfield, MN
Featuring the art of Janet McKenzie, performers Sara Thomsen, Sarah M. Greer, Mary Lou Williams, Regina M. LaRoche, and Marilyn Mayry. Richfield United Methodist Church.
October 8, 10:30am, "Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope" Conference, DECC Auditorium, Duluth
Sara Thomsen & Echoes of Peace Choir performs opening welcome prior to Keynote by Joan Chittister. St. Louis County Human Services Conference, Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center
October 13, Sara Thomsen performs concert at the Labyrinth Society Annual Gathering, Hudson, WI
November 1, Echoes of Peace Choir sings at All Souls Night, The Depot, Duluth
November 3, 9am-1pm, Sara Thomsen Singing Workshop, Rockhaven Ecozoic Center, House Springs, MO
More info and to register: www.rockhavencenter.org
November 3, 7:30pm, Sara Thomsen Concert, St. Louis, MO
Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Chapel, 6400 Minnesota Avenue, St. Louis. Details
November 4, 9:30am & 11am, Special music at Eliot Unitarian Chapel, Kirkwood, MO
November 10, 7pm, "The Book of Love" Echoes of Peace Choir & guests, Sacred Heart, Duluth
201 W 4th Street, Duluth. $15 suggested donation. Proceeds to benefit Together For Youth, LGBT support group
December 15, 7:30pm, Winter CD Release Concert, Sara Thomsen & Paula Pedersen, Sacred Heart, Duluth
201 West Fourth Street, Duluth. Admission $20. Buy tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com
December 22, 7:30pm, Winter CD Release Concert, Sara Thomsen & Paula Pedersen, Minneapolis
Judson Memorial Baptist Church, 4101 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis. $20 admission.
January 18 , Echoes of Peace Choir Duluth winter season
January 18-April 5, fellowship hall of Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2310 E. 4th St., Duluth.
January 19-20, LeaderImpact, Walker, MN
January 20, Echoes of Peace Choir-Minneapolis winter to spring season, Minneapolis, MN
THURSDAYS February 17, March 24, April 28, May 18, 7-8:45pm. Practice location at Richfield United Methodist Church, 5835 Lyndale Ave S., Minneapolis, MN.
February Tuesdays: Echoes of Peace Choir Practice, Duluth
February 17, Echoes of Peace Choir monthly practice, Minneapolis
February 20, House Concert, Duluth (sold out)
March 5, 7pm, Sara Thomsen Concert, Coffeehouse on the Common, Foxborough, MA
With Paula Pedersen singing harmony! Foxborough Universalist Church, 6 Bird Street, Foxborough, MA 02035
Tickets: $15 adult, $10 senior and student, under 6 free with adult. Available through Brown Paper Tickets
March 23, Songs Like Seeds, Wisdom Ways Center, St. Paul, MN
First of three informal singing sessions, 7-8:30pm, March 23, April 27, May 18, led by Sara on the themes of birthing & dying. Can come to one or all. No previous singing experience required. Link for more info &/or to register
March 24, Echoes of Peace Choir monthly practice, Minneapolis
March 25,7pm, Sara Thomsen Concert: In appreciation of WI Public Employees, Madison, WI
First Unitarian Society Atrium Auditorium, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison. Location/Directions
March 26, 7:30pm Sara Thomsen Concert: "An Evening of Songs for Justice and Inspiration," Chicago, IL
Third Unitarian Church of Chicago, 301 North Mayfield (at Fulton Street). Location/Directions link
Proceeds to benefit the Austin Scholarship Fund, Suggested donation $20.
April 3, 7pm, Pastures of Plenty: Echoes of Peace Choir Concert, Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth
201 West Fourth St. A song and word reflection on immigration themes. Proceeds to benefit Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network (based in Minneapolis) and Latino Voices (Duluth).
April 8-9, Spirituality in the 21st Century Conference, Prairiewoods Spirituality Center, Hiawatha, IA
April 10, 7pm, Sara Thomsen House Concert, Decorah, IA
At the home of Matt Spencer and Randi Berg, 1579 Manawa Trail Rd, Decorah IA 52101. Contact: email@example.com; (563) 382-8013. Tickets can be purchased or put on reserve at Oneota Community Co-op: (563) 382-4666. Adults $10, kids 12 and under $5. If possible, bring a chair!
April 27, Songs Like Seeds, Wisdom Ways Center, St. Paul, MN
Second of three informal singing sessions, 7-8:30pm, March 23, April 27, May 18, led by Sara on the themes of birthing & dying. Can come to one or all. No previous singing experience required. Link for more info &/or to register
April 28, Echoes of Peace Choir-Minneapolis Practice
May 18, Songs Like Seeds, Wisdom Ways Center, St. Paul, MN
Third of three informal singing sessions, 7-8:30pm, March 23, April 27, May 18, led by Sara on the themes of birthing & dying. Can come to one or all. No previous singing experience required. Link for more info &/or to register
May 19, Echoes of Peace Choir-Minneapolis Practice
May 30, 7pm, Sara Thomsen concert, St. George Concert Series, Leadville, Colorado
200 W. 4th St. Leadville, CO. $12 at the door.
June 3, 7:30pm, Sara Thomsen and Rachael Kilgour Concert, StageNorth, Washburn, WI
123 West Omaha Street, Washburn, WI. Ticket Info.
June 9-11, LeaderImpact Training, Istanbul, Turkey
June 29, Songs Like Seeds, Wisdom Ways Center, St. Paul, MN
Make up date (for March 23 snow cancellation!) and final singing session, 7-8:30pm, led by Sara on the themes of birthing & dying. Can come to one or all. No previous singing experience required. Link for more info &/or to register
July 8, "Conversations in Song", Daira Quinones Preciado, Duluth, MN
Daira, Afro Colombian musician & community organizer, with Sara Thomsen Steve Horner, Beth Bartlett & Richie Townsend. Peace Church, 1111 N 11th Ave E. Refreshments 6pm. Musical program 7pm. Free will offering to benefit Witness for Peace – Upper Midwest.
July 9, 7:30pm, Sara Thomsen concert, Arrowhead Center for the Arts, Grand Marais, MN
51 West 5th St. Grand Marais, MN. Details: www.northshoremusicassociation.com
August 18, 5-6:15pm, Songwriters in the Round, Bayfield, WI
Featuring Sara Thomsen, Joel Glickman (Wisconsin), and Michael "Laughing Fox" Charette (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians). Bayfield Presbyterian Church, 306 Washington Ave. Details: www.bayfieldsummermusic.org
September 9, Echoes of Peace Choir fall season begins, Duluth, MN
September 16-17, "SistersSojourn," Mentor, MN
See event schedule for when Sara sings on Friday, Sept 16
September 21-22, LeaderImpact, Michigan
September 24, 7pm, Sara Thomsen house concert in Port Wing, WI
Advance tickets only (limited seats): $15. Available at the Hoth-Lee Art Gallery: 715-774-3117, firstname.lastname@example.org
September 30-Oct 2, Quaker Retreat, St. Louis, MO
October 27, Hope Concert, 6:30pm-11pm, Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth
Various local artists as featured on the Hope CD, a Breast Cancer Benefit CD. Bill and Kate Isles, Josh Revak, Kim Storm, Jane Aas, Peter Provost, Sara Thomsen, James Moors, Rachael Kilgour, Andy Elwell. $10 donation for tickets.
October 29, 7pm, Holiness & the Feminine Spirit, Peace Church, 1111 North 11th Ave E, Duluth
Performance with Sarah M. Greer, Regina M. LaRoche, Sara Thomsen, Marilyn Mayry and Mary Lou Williams, inspired by the paintings of visiting artist Janet McKenzie. $15 suggested donation.
November 11 and 12, 7:30pm, Land of Plenty: How Did You Come to Be Here? Duluth
Marshall Performing Arts Center, 1215 Ordean Court, University of MN Duluth. Written by Sara Thomsen, directed by Tom Isbell. Tickets $15 adults, $5 student or limited income. Brown Paper Tickets.
December 3, 7pm, 16th Annual CHUM Holiday Concert, Mitchell Auditorium, Duluth, MN
On the College of St. Scholastica Campus, 1200 Kenwood Ave. Free will donation.
December 16, 7pm, Sara Thomsen's Winter Concert with Paula Pedersen, Friends Meeting House, Duluth
1802 East 1st Street, Duluth. $15 at the door.
December 17, 7:30pm, Sara Thomsen's Annual Winter Concert, Judson Baptist Church, Minneapolis
4101 Harriet Ave. S., Minneapolis. $15 at the door.
Past 2010 events:
January 8, 7pm, Concert, Music on the Rise Concert Series
Duluth Congregational Church, 3833 East Superior St. $15 donation suggested at door.
January 19, Echoes of Peace Choir Winter season begins
January 16, 8pm, Concert at UU Coffeehouse of Columbia, SC
January 17, 7:30pm, Concert in Auburn, AL
Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 450 E. Thach, Auburn, Alabama
January 30, Concert in Bemidji, MN
Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Concert series.
February 9, Speaking event with Music by Three Altos, Superior, WI
Talk by Rabbi Amy Bernstein & Pastor Kathy Nelson, Yellowjacket Union, UWS, Superior, WI
February 10, Lester Park School Assembly, Duluth, MN
Featured guests: Sara T and Duluth News Trib. Arts & Entertainment Reporter Christa Lawler
3301 Belknap St. Attend show ($5 cover) or listen live on KUWS 91.3FM.
February 26, 8pm, "Women with Spirit" Concert, Sturgeon Bay, Door County, WI
Featuring Sara Thomsen, Karen Mal and Dorothy Scott. Ladder House, 38 South 3rd Ave. $15.
Part of "Pampering and Practicalities: an Evening for Women". Reservation needed.
March 4, 6:30-9:30pm, Dubh Linns Pub, 109 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN
McCabe Renewal Center benefit. Entertainment & silent auction. $20. Call 218-724-5266.
Performing: Sara Thomsen, The Irish Trio, Ian McGillivray (Irish fiddle), Rachael Kilgour
March 6, 7:30pm, Three Altos Concert, StageNorth, Washburn, WI
123 West Omaha Street, Washburn. $15.
March 12-14, WomenSpeak Gathering, Mobile, AL
March 25, 7pm, Echoes of Peace Choir Concert, Weber Music Hall, Duluth
Proceeds to benefit the Kako Foundation. www.kakofoundation.com
April 10, Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse, White Plains, NY
April 15, Echo Lake Concert Series, Leverett, MA
Leverett Town Hall, 9 Montague Road. Contact: Diane Crowe
April 17, People's Voice Cafe, New York City
April 22-24, 5th Annual B & Be In the Arts, Bayfield, WI
May 1, 7:30pm, Sara Thomsen House Concert, Brooklyn Park, MN
8437 West River Road, Brooklyn Park. $15. Contact: Ann McNattin
May 7, 1pm, Three Altos interview on KUMD
May 8, 7:30pm, Three Altos CD Release Concert, Marshall School Fregeau Auditorium, Duluth
1215 Rice Lake Rd. $20 in advance, $25 day of show.
May 27, 7:00pm, Book Release: "Under the influence of Lilac's" by Poet Deb Cooper
Duluth Congregational Church, 3833 East Superior St. Music by Sara Thomsen
June 1, 4pm, Eagle Heights Spanish Immersion Program, Eden Prairie, MN
Music program for teacher appreciation event
June 6, Concert at Earthrise Farm, Madison, MN
Part of their "Once Upon a Universe" 15th Annual Earth Sabbath Celebration.
July 4, 6-9:30pm, Peg Egan Folk Festival, Egg Harbor, in Door County, WI
July 25, 6pm, House Concert, Duluth, MN
July 31, 7:30pm, Sara Thomsen concert with Three Altos' Paula Pedersen, East Barnard, VT
East Barnard Community Church (corner of Allen Hill Road and East Barnard Road)
August 19, 5pm-6:15pm, A Songwriters' Round, Bayfield Summer Music Series, Bayfield, WI
Heidi Mann, Sara Thomsen, and James Moors.
Bayfield Presbyterian Church, 306 Washington Ave, Bayfield, WI. Free will donation.
August 20, 5pm, Duluth Sister Cities Event, Enger Park, Duluth, MN
Sara with Echoes of Peace Choir members will sing a few songs at picnic celebration honoring the 20 year anniversary of Duluth's sister city relationship with Ohara-Isumi City, Japan.
August 25-26, Song & Leadership workshop, Leader Impact, Hiawatha Beach Resort, Walker MN
August 28, League of Women Voters Equalitea, Duluth Women's Club
11:30-1pm or 2:30-4pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $20 per person. To purchase, call 728—0711.
September 7, Echoes of Peace Choir Fall Season begins!
September 11, 2pm, Duluth Harvest Festival, Storytelling Tent, Bayfront Park, Duluth
Sara will be singing children's songs at the Storytelling Tent from 2:30-3pm
September 23, 6pm, MN Interfaith Power & Light Event, N. Mississippi Park, Minneapolis
Sara will be singing at the celebration of the organization's launching. MN Interfaith Power & Light is part of
the national interfaith group working to address issues of climate change. www.mnipl.org
September 29, 7:30pm, Duluth-Rania Friendship Exchange Reception, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth
Somers Lounge. A public reception welcoming our new friends from Rania, Iraq.
Refreshments plus music by Echoes of Peace Choir. www.duluth-rania.org
October 2, 8pm, Sara Thomsen & poet Ellie Schoenfeld, The Red Mug, Superior, WI
Red Mug is on the corner of Hammond & Broadway. $10 at the door. This concert is part of THE RIGHT TO DRY: CELEBRATING CLOTHESLINES! event sponsored by Lake Superior Greens. For more info call: 715-374-2088.
Featuring Photos, Poetry and Music- October 1 & 2 in Superior, WI at North End Gallery & Red Mug.
October 4, Conquering Fear: Living Boldly in an Uncertain World, DECC, Duluth, MN
Three Altos performing the musical welcome for keynote speaker Rabbi Harold Kushner at the St. Louis County Health & Human Service Annual Conference (Oct 4-5).
October 7, Frank Jewell for County Commissioner Fundraising Event, Duluth
Silent auction + music by Sara & others is planned for 6-8pm, at Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 E. Superior St.
More details TBA. Visit (and VOTE FOR!): Frank Jewell for County Commissioner
October 13, Sara Thomsen interview on WorldStreams: World Music, World Talk (online radio)
9-10pm Central Time (10-11pm Eastern Time)"WORLDSTREAMS...is an international multi-media resource offering diverse programs on music, the arts, culture, world politics and social issues around the world through discourse with both well known people and ordinary individuals with extraordinary stories." Visit: www.worldstreams.org
October 18, 6:30-8pm, Songs Like Seeds: A monthly community sing with Sara, Duluth, MN
At McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. First gathering with two more to be held Monday November 22, & December 20. $30 (or $10 per gathering). Limited to 30 participants, so pre-registration encouraged. To register call or email McCabe Renewal Center: McCabeCenter@msn.com; Phone: (218) 724-5266
October 21, 7-8:45pm, New Echoes of Peace Choir Twin Cities chapter begins, Minneapolis
Directed by Sara and meeting monthly on the third Thursday. Details on Sara's choir page.
October 22-23, Wisdom Ways Center Fall Soul Conference: "Tapping the Wisdom of the Universe"
Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality, Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, MN
Keynote speaker: Toni Nash; Musical keynote: Sara Thomsen.
October 27-28, Music as Metaphor for Leadership (Workshop), Lansing, Michigan
Sara is leading this as part of the LeaderImpact training program.
November 4, 7:30pm, Sara Thomsen Concert, StageNorth, Washburn, WI
Tickets: $16 for adults/$14 for seniors/$9 for students. Visit: StageNorth website to purchase tickets.
November 6, "Singing For Fun: A Glorious Impromptu Chorus," Minneapolis, MN
A singing workshop led by Elise Witt of Atlanta GA. 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
The Art Gallery at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis
To register, contact Sara: email@example.com, 218-269-9557.
Cost: $60, or $45 if pre-registered by November 1. Partial scholarships available.
November 6, 8pm, Global, Local, and Homemade Songs™, Minneapolis, MN
First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, 900 Mount Curve Avenue, Mpls, $15 at the door. Come hear what transpires when these daring divas throw together vocal variations from Folk Americana to French chanteuse, Jazz to Rebop to Reggae. The evening promises to be sassy and sacred, loving and laugh filled, poignant and powerful!
November 13, "Singing For Fun: A Glorious Impromptu Chorus," Duluth, MN
A singing workshop led by Elise Witt of Atlanta GA. 1:00-5:30 p.m.
Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, 835 W College St. Duluth, MN 55811
To register, contact Sara: firstname.lastname@example.org, 218-269-9557.
Cost: $60, or $45 if pre-registered by November 1. Partial scholarships available.
November 14, 7pm, Echoes of Peace Choir Fall Concert, Weber Music Hall, Duluth
With special guest artist Elise Witt, from Atlanta, GA. On the UMD Campus, 1151 University Drive.
November 18, 7-8:45pm, Twin Cities Echoes of Peace Choir practice, Minneapolis
Directed by Sara and meeting monthly on the third Thursday. Details on Sara's choir page.
November 22, 6:30-8pm, Songs Like Seeds: A monthly community sing with Sara, Duluth, MN
McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave., Duluth. Second gathering with one more to be held Monday December 20. $30 (or $10 per gathering). Limited to 30 participants, so pre-registration encouraged. To register call or email McCabe Renewal Center: McCabeCenter@msn.com; (218) 724-5266.
November 30, Concert, Barcelona, Spain
December 2-4, LeaderImpact retreat, Barcelona, Spain
Sara presents "Sound Leadership: Singing Your Song, Harmonizing with Others" workshop
December 15, 7-8:30pm, Sara Concert, Lauderdale, MN
Peace Lutheran Church, 1744 Walnut St, Lauderdale, MN. Sara is the artist for Peace's annual Christmas concert. Free will donation proceeds to benefit "Christmas in August", an annual service event of Peace Lutheran's congregation which focuses on repair and upkeep of in-need neighbor's homes.
December 16, 7-8:45pm, Twin Cities Echoes of Peace Choir practice, Minneapolis
Directed by Sara and meeting monthly on the third Thursday. Details on Sara's choir page.
December 17, 7:30pm, Sara's 8th annual Winter Solstice Concert, Minneapolis, MN
At Judson Baptist Memorial Church, 4101 Harriet Ave. S, Mpls. $15 at the door.
December 20, 6:30-8pm, Songs Like Seeds: A monthly community sing with Sara, Duluth, MN
McCabe Renewal Center, 2125 Abbotsford Ave. Third monthly gathering. $10 per gathering. Limited to 30 participants, so pre-registration encouraged. To register call or email McCabe Renewal Center: McCabeCenter@msn.com; (218) 724-5266.
Past 2009 Events
January 9, 7pm, Concert, Duluth Congregational Church, 3833 E. Superior St., Duluth
Music on the Rise concert series. $15 suggested donation
January 11, 3-4:30pm, A workshop on "Making Peace, Transforming Conflict," Duluth
First United Methodist Church, 230 E Skyline Pkwy, Duluth.
January 13, Echoes of Peace Choir Winter Session begins, Duluth
February 7, 7:30am-2pm, Tehama County Head Start Conference, Red Bluff, CA
Red Bluff High School. Sara with Elizabeth Nordel will be the keynote presenters. Theme: Immersing children and their parents in the telling and singing of bilingual stories and songs.
March 13-15, Opening Our Doors, Opening Our Hearts Conference, Duluth
Keynote: Bishop John Shelby Spong. Sara will be leading music Saturday afternoon.
Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 E. 35th St. (bet. Madison & Park), Manhattan.
April 4, Prairie Star District Unitarian Universalist Conference, Duluth
Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, 200 West 1st St. Sara will be performing following the evening banquet.
April 23, 7pm, A Celebration of the Earth, Rep. Willard Munger's Life and Minnesota Workers, Duluth
Wellstone Hall, 2002 London Road. Music by Sara and readings from Mr. Environment: The Willard Munger Story by the author, Mark Munger. This event is free and sponsored by Cloquet River Press: www.cloquetriverpress.com
April 26, 7pm, Echoes of Peace Choir Concert, Weber Music Hall, UMD, Duluth
With special guest artist Rachel Nelson: www.bardlive.com
May 1, NW Women's Convocation, Bellevue, WA
Sara performing "A Woman's Place" before keynote by Cokie Roberts
May 28, 7pm, Duluth Does Cash & Young, Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth
Sara will be one of many community artists performing songs by Johnny Cash & Neil Young
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 6:30-8:30pm Echoes of Peace Choir Summer Session
Lafayette Community Center, Duluth
June 3, 6:30pm, Echoes of Peace Choir Concert at St. Louis County Jail, Duluth
June 17-18, Leader Impact Program, Thief River Falls, MN
June 27, 7pm, Lucious Woods Performing Arts Center, Lucius Woods Park, Solon Springs, WI
July 6-16 Sara will be traveling in Denmark and Norway
July 21, 7:30pm, Fair Trade for Talent Competition, Egg Harbor, Door County, Wisconsin
Door County Outpost Gallery and Café. www.doorcountyoutpost.com
Note: Sara won this round of the competition and will be participating in the final round of 6 finalists Aug 15
August 15, 7pm, Fair Trade for Talent Competition Grand Finale, Egg Harbor, Door County, WI
Door County Outpost Gallery and Café. www.doorcountyoutpost.com
Update: Sara was the grand finale winner!
September 4, 8pm, Concert at The Gathering Place, Cherokee, IA
207 W. Main St., Cherokee, Iowa. With Paula Pedersen on harmony vocals. Paula's hometown!
September 8 thru Nov 10 on Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, Echoes of Peace Choir Fall Season
September 11, 8pm, Concert at The Red Mug, Superior, WI
916 Hammond Ave. $10 at door. Sara Thomsen solo. www.redmugcoffee.com
September 12, Lake Superior Harvest Festival, Bayfront Park, Duluth, MN
Music throughout the day by various area performers
Sept 17-19, GCSRW Annual Fall Meeting, Evanston, IL
Sara providing music leadership for UMC's General Commission on the Status and Role of Women Fall Meeting
Servite Center of Compassion, 7400 Military Avenue. Music by Sara and poetry and prose by Joyce Rupp.
Oct 10, 7:30pm, Sara Thomsen and Joyce Rupp, "Celebrating Our Oneness," Des Moines, IA
Holy Trinity Church, 2926 Beaver Ave, Des Moines, IA
October 11, 3-5pm, Red Shoes and Polka Dots, Garrison Keillor, Host, Zumbrota, MN
Three Altos will be performing as special guests. Celebrating the State Theater in Zumbrota and 60 years of Ray Sands and the Polka Dots. Limited tickets, act fast! www.redshoesandpolkadots.org
October 24, 7pm, Concert in Chicago, IL
Wellington Avenue UCC, 615 W Wellington, Chicago
November 5, 7:30pm, Concert in Washburn, WI
$15 advance, $20 at the door. Washburn Cultural Center, 1 East Bayfield St.
Contact: Nancy Hanson (email) or call 715.209.1100. In conjunction w/ the Celebrate Diversity event/art exhibit.
November 8, 7:30pm, Echoes of Peace Choir Annual Fall Concert, Duluth, MN
Weber Music Hall, UMD.
November 14-15, Women Food and Agriculture Fall Gathering, Lanesboro, MN
Sara will be sharing song at various points during the gathering.
December 5, 7:00pm, CHUM Holiday Concert, Duluth
Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica. Bill Bastian, Three Altos, and Echoes of Peace Choir.
December 11, 7:00pm, Duluth Does the Holidays
Sacred Heart Music Center. 201 W 4th St. Various area artists. Sara and Paula will be performing a few songs.
$10 suggested donation at the door/children under 16 free. Proceeds to benefit Damiano Center
December 12, 7:30pm, Sara's 7th annual winter concert in Minneapolis
Judson Memorial Baptist Church, 4101 Harriet Ave. S., Mpls. Sara and Paula. $15 at the door.
Past 2008 Events
January 15, 22, 29, 6:30-8:30pm, Echoes of Peace Choir Practice, Duluth
Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2310 E. 4th St.
Non-audition choir directed by Sara. The winter season begins this month and continues through April 15.
February 1, 7pm, First Fridays Performance Series, Duluth Congregational Church, 3833 E. Superior St.
A series to benefit funding for the Two Harbors Folk Festival. This evening features Barton and Ross Sutter performing music and poetry, Bill and Kate Isles, and Sara. Pond Stage Productions.
February 17, 7:30pm, CD Release Concert, Marshall School Fregeau Auditorium
1215 Rice Lake Road, Duluth. Local release concert for Sara's new CD Everything Changes.
Tickets $12 day of show, $10 in advance.
February 21, 11:30am-1pm, Exploring Women's Wisdom Through Song, Wisdom Ways Center, St. Paul
Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph AVe. in St. Paul, close to the intersection of Randolph and Fairview Avenues
Sara is the guest presenter for this luncheon event, one of a 3 part series on Prophetic Women Voices.
COST: $30/session, or $75/series; non-profit or senior: $25/session, $60/series.
February 28, 6pm, Community: Build It! Vocalize It! Harmonize It! Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth
201 W. 4th St. An evening of music, spoken word, culture and community buiilding. Guest speaker/community dialogue facilitator Okokon Udo. Local artists: mn mantra, Sara Thomsen, Echoes of Peace Choir. Free & open to the public.
March 5, 11:30am-1pm, International Women's Day Celebration, University of Minnesota-Duluth
Kirby Lounge. Various speakers and performers will present to celebrate International Women's Day.
March 7, 7:30pm, CD Release Concert, O'Connell's Coffeehouse, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN
Haehn Campus Center. $10; CSB students free. Sponsored by CSB Student Activities & Leadership Development Dept.
March 8, 6th annual Gather The Women event, Gorecki Center, College of St. Benedict St. Joseph, MN
Sara Thomsen and Paula Pedersen of the Three Altos, will present in song and story, facilitating conversation and self-reflection to foster intercultural understanding and appreciation—to hold our own part while harmonizing with others.
March 17, Three Altos Concert, Or Hadash Synagogue, Haifa, Israel
March 19, Three Altos meet with Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman at Kol HaNeshama, Jerusalem
Levi Weiman-Kelman is the rabbi of Kol Haneshama, a Reform Jewish congregation in Jerusalem. Rabbi Weiman-Kelman is a leader in Israeli/Palestinian peace efforts and interfaith dialogue, a leader in the Israeli Movement for Progressive Judaism, and is on the board of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI) and Rabbis for Human Rights.
March 29, Farmers Take The Stage, Amazing Grace, 394 Lake Avenue S., Duluth
A benefit for Sustainable Farming Association. Sara sings with "Free Range Chicks," Deb Shubat & Mary Tennis
April 5, 8:00pm, Concert, The Red Mug Coffehouse, Superior, WI
916 Hammond Avenue (corner of Hammond & Broadway). $10 admission.
April 6, 5pm, Celebrating the Feminine Spirit: Music, Poetry, Dance, St. Joan of Arc, Chapel, Minneapolis
4537 3rd Ave. South, MPLS. Sara and other area musicians, poets, and dancers will be performing.
April 10, 7pm, Dreams of Harmony: Echoes of Peace Choir & Guests, Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth
201 West Fourth St. $15 suggested donation. A Benefit for LSS Young Parent Program.
April 12, 7pm, Noteworthy: Writers & Musicians Collaborate for Peace, Sacred Heart Music Center, Duluth
Area musicians/songwriters each selected a piece from the written work of Lake Superior Writer members to serve as the inspiration for an original musical composition.
April 19, 7:30pm, CD Release Concert, Broadway United Church of Christ, New York City
2504 Broadway at 93rd Street. Admission is $10 at the door.
April 22, 7pm, Community Sing for Peace, McCabe Renewal Center, Duluth, MN
2125 Abbotsford Ave. Singing led by Sara. Free will donation. (218) 724-5266
April 26, 7:30pm, CD Release Concert, First Unitarian Society, Madison, WI
900 University Bay Drive, Madison, WI. $10 admission at the door.
May 2, 7pm, A Singing "Roundtable", Winona Catholic Worker, 802 W. Broadway, Winona, MN
Come sing, or listen along, to songs of peace, justice, hope, protest, and renewal! Singing led by Sara.
May 3, CD Release Concert, Winona Arts Center, Winona, MN
228 East Fifth Street. $8 admission at the door.
May 9, 7pm, Concert, North Country Women's Coffeehouse, Duluth
Building For Women, 32 E. 1st St. $10 admission at the door.
May 11, 7:30pm, CD Release Concert, The Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN
416 Cedar Ave. S. Tickets $14 advance, $16 day of show.
June 6, CD Release Concert, Trinity Heights Church, Newton, Kansas
1200 Boyd Ave. Sponsored by Peace Connections.
June 7, Singing Workshop, Trinity Heights Church, Newton, Kansas
1200 Boyd Ave. Sponsored by Peace Connections.
June 30, CUNY School of Professional Studies, Off-Campus College Program, New York City
365 5th Avenue. Music for Graduation Ceremony
July 16, Northwest Minnesota Foundation Leadership Program, Thief River Falls, MN
Sara will be leading a 90 minute workshop on honing leadership skills through singing
July 19, Knife River Music Festival, Knife River, MN
Formerly the Two Harbors Folk Festival--new location, new name!
August 1, 7:30pm, SD All State Honor Choir, Washington Pavillion, Sioux Falls, SD
Sara will be singing in the alto section of the 35th South Dakota Reunion Honor Choir.
August 10, 2pm, Sunday in the Parks Concert, Ashland, WI
East End Skate Park. 17th Ave. E. & 5th St. Presented by Heartistry Music.
August 11, 8pm, Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Midwest Finalist's Round, Ann Arbor, MI
The Ark, 316 S. Main St. Sara is one of 10 finalists chosen for the Midwest Regional Round.
August 28, Big Top Chataqua's "Celebration of Song" Bayfield, WI
Sara performs with other top finalists for the Big Top's 2008 Songwriting Competition.
August 30, 23rd Annual Veterans For Peace Convention, Ramada Inn, Bloomington, MN
September 2-3, Peace Island Conference, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
September 4, Peace Island Picnic, Harriet Island, St. Paul, MN
September 9, Echoes of Peace Choir, Beginning of fall practice season, Duluth, MN
6:30-8:30pm, Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2310 E. 4th St. Directed by Sara.
September 11, 12pm, Rothwell Student Center, UWS, Superior, WI
Sponsored by the UWS Interfaith Campus Council.
September 20, 7pm Concert, Holy Family Chapel, 6400 Minnesota Ave, St. Louis, MO
$10 advance, $15 door.
September 26, Sara Thomsen with Paula Pedersen, and Ryan Frane, Weber Hall, UMD, Duluth
8pm. Concert part of the events of the Univ of Minn GLBTA Systemwide Summit. $10 suggested donation. Sponsored by and benefit for UMD GLBT Services.
September 27, Pax Christi Minnesota State Assembly, Duluth, MN
Sara and members of the Echoes of Peace Choir will lead a few songs in the morning.
September 27, 8pm, Concert, Crossings At Carnegie, Zumbrota, MN
October 3, 7pm, House Concert, A Healing Spot, St. Cloud, MN
8964 27th St. S.E. $10 (kids 12 & under free).
October 4, Koinonia Retreat Center, Soul School Event, South Haven, MN
October 5, St. Joan of Arc, 4537 3rd Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN
October 11, 8pm, House Concert, Berlin, Germany.
Mainzerstr. 39, Berlin-Neukölln, 3rd floor, 2nd courtyard. 3-8 Euro, sliding scale.
October 12, 12-5pm, "How Can I Keep From Singing" Workshop, Berlin, Germany
Offenbarungskirche, Simplonstraße 31-37, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain. 20-30 Euro, sliding scale.
Workshop held in English, German translation available.
October 24-25, Conference, "Spiritualities of Work," College of St. Scholastica, Duluth
Mitchell Auditorium. Sara will be leading song through out the conference.
October 28-29, National Dual Language Institute, Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C.
October 31, 7pm, Concert, Various Artists, Friends Meeting House, Duluth, MN
1802 East 1st Street.
November 7, 9pm, Three Altos Concert, URJ Great Lakes Regional Biennial, Milwaukee, WI
Pfister Hotel, 424 E Wisconsin Ave.
November 16, 3pm, Sara Thomsen & The Echoes of Peace Choir Concert, Mitchell Auditorium, Duluth
With guests Elizabeth Nordell, storyteller, Rudy Perrault, violinist, Ryan Frane, pianist, and Three Altos
At the College of St. Scholastica. A benefit for the KAKO Foundation's "Music For All" project in Haiti.
December 3-4, Northwest Minnesota Foundation LeaderImpact Program, Thief River Falls, MN
Held at Northland Community Technical College. Sara will be facilitating a workshop on music & leadership.
December 5, Women's Community Devleopment Organization Dinner, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Duluth
December 6, Three Altos, Bill Bastien, CHUM Holiday Concert, Marshall School Auditorium, Duluth
December 7, 3pm, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra Holiday Show, DECC, Duluth, MN
Featuring Robert Robinson, Strikepoint handbell ensemble, Max Pollak, New York tap dancer, Three Altos, and more.
December 12, 7pm, Sara's Winter Concert, Judson Baptist Memorial Church, Minneapolis, MN
4101 Harriet Ave. S. $12 at the door. With Paula Pedersen.
Past 2007 Events
January 16, Echoes of Peace Choir winter season begins
January 28, 7:00pm, House Concert
Parsonage next door to Hennepin Ave. United Methodist Church, 425 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis
January 30, Cindy Sheehan: One Person Can Make A Difference
St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis
7:30 pm: Presentation and Q & A, gym. Sara will be doing opening and closing music.
Organized by Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers
February 15-16, Women's Spirituality Conference: "Following Our Foremothers for the Sake of the World"
College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN. Three Altos will be performing on Friday, Feb 16.
March 4, 7:00pm, Three Altos, Three Poets, and more...
Mitchell Auditorium, At the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth
An evening of music and poetry in celebration of International Women’s Day*
Sara Thomsen, Paula Pedersen, Rabbi Amy Bernstein, Poets Ellie Schoenfeld, Yvonne Rutford, Sheila Packa
Singer-songwriter/violinist Rachael Kilgour, Pianist Karen Bauman
$5-10 suggested donation. Pay at the door (no advance ticket sales)
FREE to College of St. Scholastica students, faculty and staff with ID
Sponsored by CSS Third Wavers and the CSS Women Studies Department
*International Women's Day is March 8
March 9-11, Celtic Soul School, Ireland
Grace Dieu Manor, County Waterford, Ireland
March 25, 3pm, Echoes of Peace Choir Concert
Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth
March 29, 6pm. Farmers Take the Stage (Various homegrown performers)
Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E, Duluth
Fundraiser for the Lake Superior Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association
Harbor City International School and other locations, TBA, Duluth
May 5, House Concert, Minneapolis
Host: Becky Pansch, email@example.com
May 6, 7-9pm, "Sing!" A Community Sing led by Sara
$5-10 suggested donation. Children free. PDF poster of this event
Richfield United Methodist Church, 5835 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis
May 20, 7:00 PM, “Speaking of Faith” Krista Tippett
Silver Memorial Interfaith Lecture Series, Mitchell Auditorium, St Scholastica
Two of the Three Altos (Sara and Rabbi Amy) will sing to open this event
June 2, 7 PM, Concert, Chapel at Bethel College, Newton, Kansas
June 3, Singing Workshop, Shalom Mennonite Church, Newton, Kansas
June 26 through July 24, Echoes of Peace Choir summer season, Duluth
July 25, 8:00pm, "Take Back the Fight", Amazing Grace Coffee House, Duluth
July 29, Echoes of Peace Choir performs at Two Harbors Folk Festival, Two Harbors, MN
August 15, 7:00pm, Sara Thomsen and Paula Pedersen, Cherokee, Iowa
The Gathering Place, 207 W. Main St., Cherokee, IA
$5-10 suggested donation. All ages welcome. Children free.
September 9, 6:30-8pm, Concert, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Grand Rapids, MN
Ice cream social and concert for peace!
September 10 thru October 12, Echoes of Peace Choir fall season, Duluth
6:30-8:30pm, 10 Monday evenings. Suggested contribution $60-$90
September 11, 8pm, Concert of Understanding, University of Wisconsin-Superior
Contact: Joel Huenemann, United Campus Ministry at UWS
September 15, 7-9pm, Hartley Nature Center Fundraiser/Auction, Duluth
September 21, Concert for International Day of Peace, Building For Women, Duluth
October 12-13, Voices United Conference, Minneapolis
October 18, St. Louis County Human Services Conference, DECC, Duluth
October 19-20, Spiritualities of the Earth, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth
October 28, 7pm, Three Altos Concert, Denfeld Auditorium, Duluth
With special guests dancer and choreographer Lisa McKhann, poet Ellie Schoenfeld, and other local surprises. A benefit for the programs of the YWCA. Tickets $20. Available at the YWCA, 202 W. 2nd Street. 218-722-7425x111 or x113.
November 8, 7:30pm, Echoes of Peace Choir Concert, Weber Music Hall, Duluth
With special guest Teague Alexy. A benefit for Northern Communities Land Trust.
December 2, 7pm, A Time For Peace: Interfaith Worship & Witness,
Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church, 511 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis
Interfaith Worship & Witness to Stop the Violence of War and Torture. Speakers: Bishop Sally Dyck of United Methodist Church, Rabbi Amy Bernstein of Temple Israel in Duluth, Rick Hanson of Military Families Speak Out, Brandon Day of Iraq Veterans Against The War. Music by Sara Thomsen and Three Altos.
December 8, 7pm, CHUM Annual Holiday Concert, Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica
Performances by Rabbi Amy Bernstein, Bill Bastien, Temple Israel Singers, and Three Altos
December 15, 7pm, Winter Concert, Judson Memorial Baptist Church, 4101 Harriet Ave, Minneapolis
Sara's annual Twin Cities winter concert, w/ Paula Pedersen, vocalist. $10 admission at the door. Children 12 & under free.
Past 2006 Events
Echoes of Peace Choir Practice, Duluth, MN
Tuesdays weekly, January 10-March 14, 2006, Harbor City School, 4th Fl.
Community Choir Leadership Training, Victoria, B.C.
Sara will be attending this second part of the leadership training led by Shivon Robinsong and Denis Donnelly , Co-Director's of the Gettin' Higher Choir
Ellie Schoenfeld's Poetry & Music CD Release Party
7pm, February 19, 2006
Amazing Grace Bakery and Café, Duluth, MN. No cover. Buy a CD! "Almost Through the Rinse Cycle" CD features the poetry of Ellie Schoenfeld collaged with the music of Sara Thomsen, Beverly Johnson, Kathy McTavish, John Ward, and Jim Hall.
Spiritualities of Compassion Conference
March 3-4, 2006, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN
Sara will be leading music and doing a singing workshop at the conference. The Echoes of Peace Choir will sing at 1pm on Saturday and in the closing at 2:30pm.
Catie Curtis with the Three Altos
March 5, 7:30pm, Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN
Tickets $15 in advance. $17 day of show.
March 10-11, 2006
First United Methodist Church (Coppertop), Duluth, MN
Friday night is the Art Exhibit Opening
Saturday 1-5pm, view the Art Exhibit, attend a workshop, enjoy the afternoon stage.
Sara and the Echoes of Peace Choir will be leading a singing workshop during the afternoon, 4pm, Chapel.
Saturday 7pm The evening extravaganza featuring various artists and local puppetry, and the Echoes of Peace Choir.
Women Light Up the World: Celebrating Spring Equinox
March 22, 6:30-8:30pm.
The Playground, Duluth, MN. Tickets $10 students, $15 adults. Available at the YWCA, Chester Creek Cafe or at the door.
An evening of music, poetry, and more by local women. A benefit for the YWCA.
Musicians: Heather Murphy, Sara Thomsen, Paula Pederson, Jeree Small, and Sarah Softich
Poets: Diane Tran, Ellie Schoenfeld, Theodora Ranelli and the Spoken Word Poets
Performance Piece: Crystal Pellkey and friends. Comedy and MC: Kathy Heltzer
Three Altos Concert
Monday, March 27, 7pm
Petters Auditorium, CSB Benedicta Performing Arts Center, College of St. Benedict, Collegeville, MN
The College of St Benedicts is proud to offer this concert in honor of Women's History Month.
All proceeds will be donated to Anna Marie's Program for Women in St. Cloud.
General public $5.00, students $2.00
Opening Our Doors Conference
April 28-29, 2006, Duluth, MN
Building welcoming communities of faith to GLBT individuals. Sara will be leading music, joined by Echoes of Peace Choir and Rabbi Amy Bernstein at the closing on Saturday (about 2:15pm)
April 30, 2006
Hennepin Ave UMC, Minneapolis, MN
Sara and the Three Altos will be sharing music as part of this event.
Sara Thomsen and Rachael Kilgour
7:30pm, Saturday, May 27, Duluth, MN
Friends Meeting House, 1802 E. First St.
Echoes of Peace Choir summer session
Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 27, Wednesday July 5, Tuesdays July 11, 18.
July 13-15, 2006, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN
Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality and Sisters of Earth Summer Conference
Keynote Speaker: Winona LaDuke, on "Environmental Justice from a Native Perspective"
Sara will be doing a concert 7pm, Thursday, and leading music throughout the conference.
Jeanne d’Arc Auditorium, Whitby Hall, The College of St. Catherine.
Colder by the Lake, Kathy Heltzer and Three Altos
A Flurry of Talent Supporting Frank Jewell for Commissioner
Sunday, August 13th at 7:30 PM
Friend's Meeting House, 1802 E. 1st Street. Suggested donation: $10-50
Frank Jewell (longtime Duluth social justice and peace activist, among other things) is running for 1st District St. Louis County Commissioner. This will be an evening of comedy, music, and a chance to meet Frank in person.
October 20-22, "Carry It On" Training workshop
Sara will be attending a workshop in England entitled "Carry It On," a skills training, support and networking weekend providing inspiration, ideas & refreshment to leaders of singing groups led by Frankie Armstrong and Rowena Whitehead, founder members of the Natural Voice Practitioners’ Network.
October 29, Benefit Concert
An evening of music & poetry to benefit Twin Ports School of the Americas (SOA) Watch
Sunday, October 29, 7:00 pm, College of St Scholastica, Mitchell Auditorium, Duluth
Featuring musicians: Sara Thomsen, Rachael Kilgour, Kathy McTavish, and Echoes of Peace Choir
Poet Ellie Schoenfeld and storyteller Elizabeth Nordell
Tickets at the door: $10 or $5 for students/people on fixed incomes
November 4, "How Can I Keep From Singing?" Workshop led by Sara
Saturday, November 4, 10am to 5pm. Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2310 E. 4th Street, Duluth.
An all-day singing workshop, open to anyone with a desire to sing. No previous experience necessary!
$25-35 sliding scale. Students/Seniors $5-$15 sliding scale. Bring your own lunch (we'll take a lunch break at 12:30pm)
To register, send an email to Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave at message at 715-374-3239
November 11-16, Living the Dream March
From Selma, Alabama to Ft. Benning-Columbus, Georgia
"Living the Dream--Co-creating the Beloved Community of Humankind"
A Week of Nonviolence Education and Action
November 17-19, Close the SOA Rally and Vigil
Fort Benning, Columbus, GA
Sara will be singing at the event.
December 9, One day peace retreat
"Peace Experience: How much do you value peace in your life?"
Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool, England
There will be various speakers and Sara will be doing music as part of the retreat.