Squire House Garden Valentine’s concert is Feb. 15

Squire House Gardens announces its annual Valentine’s concert scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15, with seatings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Now in its 17th year, this event is at Squire House Gardens, 3390 St. Croix Trail S., Afton. Guests will relax in a Victorian parlor room, located upstairs from Squire House Gardens, and be treated to live jazz and classic American songs, poetic readings, romantic musings, complimentary wine from Swirl Wine Bar in Afton and light refreshments.
“Our Valentine’s Day Concert is unique and special every year,” said Martin Stern, Owner of Squire House Gardens. “Yet I can always promise beautiful music, great conversation, plenty of laughter and a inspired celebration of romance and love.”
Tickets for the event cost $32 and are available by calling 651-436-8080 or emailing at info@squirehousegardens.com Seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
2014 concert performers:
• Patrick Harison, accordion (back by popular demand) — Patrick Harison is an American button accordionist adept in a wide variety of settings and genres. He currently performs in a diverse array of projects including Patty and The Buttons, Jack Klatt and The Cat Swingers, Eisner’s Klezmorim and others. Harison is also active as an orchestral soloist playing both classical and pops programs with top orchestras across the United States. When not performing, he is an in demand composer, session musician, educator and arranger.
• Maud Hixson, vocals — After being presented as “Best New Voice” at the KBEM Winter Jazz Fest in 2003, Hixson has since worked with a variety of local groups from the Wolverines to the Jazz MN Big Band, as well as international artists such as Warren Vaché, Jon Weber and Evan Christopher. She is also the co-founder of the continental sextet French 75 with clarinetist Tony Balluff.
• Rick Carlson, piano — Rick is a devotee of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, and has played with The Wolverines since 1984. Carlson has recorded with local singers Maud Hixson, Charmin Michelle, Judi Donaghy, Sue Tucker and Ame Fogel. Carlson has backed many national artists including Kathryn Crosby, Rosemary Clooney and Wynton Marsalis.

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