Join us this May for the Silver Tea series, featuring toe-tappin’ tunes including traditional Celtic, Yiddish and German music to the quintessential Great American Songbook and pop songs from the late 1800s to early 1960s and even new, original songs.
The Silver Teas series, now in its 12th year, presents programs especially for folks age 55 and older.
Programs are free.
Paula Lammers Jazz Combo
Reminisce to a variety of songs from the Great American Songbook with words written by Johnny Mercer, the quintessential American lyricist who wrote the words to "Moon River," "Blues in the Night," "Skylark," "Charade" and more, and enjoy light refreshments. Performance begins at 11 a.m.
Wednesday, May 3, 10:30 a.m.–noon
Eisner’s Klezmorim’s Khupe*
Enjoy the Eastern European Yiddish music of “the wedding canopy” or Khupe. Get a glimpse of an Ashkenazi wedding through art, photography, poetry, and klezmer music performed by Eisner’s Klezmorim.
Monday, May 8, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
A Celtic Breeze with Laura MacKenzie
Hear traditional Celtic music on a fascinating variety of windpowered instruments, including wooden flutes, tin whistles, concertina, an array of bagpipes (smallpipes, border pipes, medieval greatpipes, French cornemuse), gemshorn, and voice. Learn how air is transformed into music and what makes these airs, dance tunes and songs “Celtic.”
Wednesday, May 10, 2–3 p.m.
Go on a musical journey through Becky Schlegel’s original songs that explore new places, introduce new people, and draw on the influence of classic country, bluegrass, folk and her own thoughtful spirit.
Thursday, May 11, 10:15–11:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 11, 12:15–1:30 p.m.
Brian and Sheralyn Barnes*
Hear Brian and Sheralyn Barnes present pop masterpieces from the late 1800s to the early 1960s using the Spanish guitar, Italian mandolin, African banjo and Hawaiian ukulele, and enjoy stories about both the music and the people behind the songs.
Friday, May 12, 1–2 p.m.
Experience the chilling and fun musical theme centered around two human certainties — love and death — through the music of violinist Margaret Humphrey and award-winning composer and harpsichordist Asako Hirabayashi.
Monday, May 15, 1–2 p.m.
The Looney Lutherans*
Discover the fun and looney secret of living a long and healthy life from these talented ladies through an entertaining combination of music, comedy and help from the audience. There’s no need to be Lutheran to love these ladies. Refreshments provided by the Rambling River Center. Free tickets required — available at the Farmington Library and Rambling River Center.
Tuesday, May 16, 11–12:30 p.m.
Rambling River Center
431 3rd St
The Jolly Huntsmen*
Put a little oompah in your life with local German polka band the Jolly Huntsmen and enjoy light refreshments.
Wednesday, May 17, 1–3 p.m.
Hear vocalist Lila Ammons, whose artistry spans the history of jazz and is known to audiences in both Europe and the United States, perform songs from bebop, swing, Brazilian Bossa Nova and classic blues. Space is limited.
Thursday, May 18, 2–3 p.m.
*Programs are sponsored by the Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.