Info on the Dan Chouinard Concert on June 30, 2017

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Performer bios:
For three decades DAN CHOUINARD has been pianist and accordionist of choice for a who's who of Twin Cities performers, an enabler of community singalongs and a writer of hit shows for public radio, concert hall and theatrical stage. He's appeared all across the upper Midwest and turned up often on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion.
As a writer and host he's often asked to create special live programs for Minnesota Public Radio, the MN Historical Society, the Rose Ensemble and others. His essays have been published in Minnesota Monthly, Saint John's Magazine, the Minnesota Orchestra's Showcase magazine and in the Minneapolis StarTribune.
He has traveled extensively in France and Italy, with bicycle and without, and has presented French and Italian sing-alongs at the Alliance Franšaise in Minneapolis.
He spent the last months of summer 2015 working in Italy on an independent Hollywood film, Smitten! to be released early next year.
He's a musical consultant and concert organizer at the progressive St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community in South Minneapolis, and leads monthly community sing-alongs in downtown Minneapolis and St. Anthony Park. He grew up in a big musical family near Lindstrom MN, attended St. John's University in Collegeville MN and spent four years as a teacher of French and Italian as a graduate student at the University of Minnesota.
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Songwriter, singer, guitarist ANN REED has been performing for more than 35 years with her rich, dark-chocolate voice, storytelling from the human experience, and songs that find a permanent place in the heart. Of course some of her songs and stories might end up closer to your funny bone a little irreverence never hurt anyone. Ann has toured North America coast to coast, doing concerts, clubs, festivals, and she's met wonderful fans and made friends all along the way. The basics: Ann is a Minnesota native. She began teaching herself how to play the guitar at the ripe old age of 12 and has been a performer for her entire adult life.
Growing up with two older brothers, she was influenced by whatever they were listening to Kingston Trio, early Joni Mitchell, Vanilla Fudge, Cream, Buffalo Springfield, Beach Boys, Beatles, Pete Seeger plus the writers and singers of her parents' era: Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney. Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary fame was the first singer Ann heard who sang low, just like her. Validation!
You may have heard her on countless radio stations across the U.S. or on your very own iPod. Better yet, you may have attended one of Ann's concerts, where her rich vocals, masterful guitar work, and keen wit are center stage.
"Ann Reed's songs move me. I'm not easily moved, having heard a thousand or two songwriters, and her songs go to my heart. Some of them are completely perfect." - - Garrison Keillor
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ANN BANCROFT is an American author, teacher, and adventurer. She was the first woman to successfully finish a number of arduous expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. She was inducted as honorary member of the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1995.
Ann Bancroft grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. She described her family as one of risk takers. Bancroft was a camper and staff member at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan and became a wilderness instructor and a gym teacher in Minneapolis (at Clara Barton Open School) and St. Paul.
She gave up her teaching post in 1986 in order to participate with the "Will Steger International North Pole Expedition". She arrived at the North Pole together with five other team members after 56 days using dogsleds. This made Bancroft the first woman to reach the North Pole on foot and by sled.
She was also the first woman to cross both polar ice caps to reach the North and South Poles, as well as the first woman to ski across Greenland. In 1993 Bancroft led a four-woman expedition to the South Pole on skis; this expedition was the first all-female expedition to cross the ice to the South Pole. In 2001, Ann and Norwegian adventurer Liv Arnesen became the first women to ski across Antarctica.
She currently co-owns an exploration company, Bancroft Arnesen Explore, with Liv Arnesen. She is also the founder and emeritus director of the Ann Bancroft Foundation whose purpose is described as "to empower girls to imagine something bigger and help them reach their full potential."
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UNEXPECTED COMPANY is a local community choir made up of people of all ages and musical backgrounds. It is a mixed adult chorus which has delighted audiences with show tunes, pop music, classical, jazz and holiday concerts. Performances take place at the Chisago Lakes Performing Arts Center, along with other venues. The chorus is always looking for new voices.
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  THE RIVER CITY QUARTET is a local favorite and includes John Chouinard (Dan's Father), Rick Anderson, Bob Dowma and Jim Foy.