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Apr14

Canceled - House Concert in Cleveland Heights, OH

Cleveland Heights, OH

Due to Covid-19, this house concert will be re-scheduled for a later date. Stay well and safe, everyone!

Apr16

Canceled - First Settlement House Concert in Marietta, OH

Marietta, OH

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this concert has been canceled. We'll re-schedule for a later date. Please stay safe and well, everyone!

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"Loretta's almost operatic alto and Curtis' rich tenor form a lush, polished and varied vocal blend. The pair's instrumental interplay is equally compelling, with Loretta's harp textures dancing in and around Curtis' deft guitar and mandolin lines."                          ... Dirytyy Linen

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Video of final "When There's Good to Be Done" concert 

The final concert of our "When There's Good to Be Done" tour throughout Minnesota, funded in part by the MN State Arts Board, was held at the Owatonna Arts Center, on May 4. Here's the link to the video, which was made courtesy of Limberg Productions. Click on the link, then scroll down to the Curtis & Loretta video.

 

http://www.owatonnalive.com/Arts-and-History.html

 

It was a very special afternoon, with a wonderful crowd filling the chairs. The Arts Center is located in the building that was…

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Two final concerts of "When There's Good to Be Done" Tour 

We are so thankful to the Minnesota State Arts Board, for awarding us the Arts Tour Minnesota Grant. It has been a wonderful year of touring across Minnesota, presenting our concert, "When There's Good to Be Done," at many locations. It's hard to believe that we have only two more concerts remaining! Thursday, May 2 we'll be at the Princess Theater in St James, and May 4 we'll be at the Owatonna Arts Center in Owatonna. 

Thank you to everyone who has helped make this 22 city concert tour happen! From…

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LATEST NEWS ON ARTS TOUR MINN GRANT 

Here's the latest on our "When There's Good to Be Done" tour, backed by an Arts Tour Minnesota grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

-- Our March 9 concert at the Owatonna Arts Center had to be postponed because of extreme winter weather. It has been re-scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at 2 pm. All the details are here.

 

-- We continue to marvel at the subjects in our songs! Just a few days ago, we heard that a man who heard our song, "When There's Good to Be Done," was inspired to donated his own…

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Next "When There's Good to Be Done" concert March 9 

We'll be in concert at the Owatonna Arts Center on Saturday, March 9 at 2 pm. This is the 21st concert of a 22 concert tour across Minnesota, funded in part by the Arts Tour Minnesota grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The program is "When There's Good to Be Done," original songs of Minnesota unsung heroes. 

This is a very special concert, since I wrote two of the songs about men who grew up at the Minnesota State School Orphanage, which was housed in the very building that is now the Owatonna…

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Arrowhead Library Concerts! 

We have had such wonderful audiences at our concerts up here in northeastern Minnesota! We are doing 19 concerts at Arrowhead Libraries, from Baudette way over to Grand Marais. We've covered lots of miles, seen lots of deer, and had a great musical experience. As we share our original songs of Minnesota heroes, many people have told us their stories! Yesterday a woman in the audience told us of her nephew, who donated a kidney to a person he didn't know. After the concert in Moose Lake, someone in the…

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Survey form for "When There's Good to Be Done" Concerts 

Have you attended one of our "When There's Good to Be Done" concerts? We're doing 22 concerts across Minnesota, backed by an Arts Tour Minnesota grant from the MN State Arts Board, starting with Oct 13 at the Barn Theatre in Willmar. Click here to see where the rest of the concerts will be!  http://www.curtisandloretta.com/gig

If you were at one of our concerts, and didn't fill out a survey form at the end, please download it here and mail it to us at Curtis & Loretta, PO Box 18652, Minneapolis, MN 55418…

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Harvey Ronglien turns 90 years old 

You can come wish Harvey Ronglien a Happy 90th Birthday tomorrow, Fri May 5, at the Owatonna Center for the Arts / Orphanage Museum, in Owatonna, Minnesota. Open House from 3 pm - 6 pm. This extraordinary gentleman endured a love-less upbringing at the orphanage, but somehow grew up to be a generous and caring husband and father. He spent many years educating people about the history of the orphanage, starting the museum there, writing a book, and giving talks and tours. Such dedication.

I wrote the song…

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Larry & Doreen Von Berg - "Give Love a Chance" 

Larry Von Berg picked up the Star Tribune one day in September of 2013, and read an article about homelessness in the Twin Cities. Toward the end of the article, a name jumped off the page at him. Doreen Marie Donovan.  He had finally found her! It said she was working at a homeless shelter in Minneapolis. It was five miles from the Courage Center, where he worked. He hadn’t seen Doreen since 1974. They had volunteered together at the U of M back then, and went out together a few times. They had both…

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Chuck & Sherri Leyda - What Each One Needs 

We’ve known Chuck & Sherri Leyda for many years. One night I was scrolling through Facebook, and  noticed Sherri was posting in the middle of night (Yeah, I stay up late!). Something about frying bacon for the kids. They have three children, two of whom are severely autistic. I started prowling their Facebook page, trying to discover what their life is like these days.

“Pulled another all nighter with Ro and Clara. Clara actually went to sleep at 5 am,” read one post.  Another post reported, “ She was up…

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Mary Ann Peltier Rigney - aka Dragonfly 

Mary Ann Peltier Rigney was a friend of mine growing up in Stillwater, Minnesota. She was always a very positive person, but I never noticed it as much as when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November of 2008. I got together with her February 5, 2015 for an interview at her home. I asked how she had first discovered the cancer. She told me she was working in a chiropractic office at the time, and had to lay flat on her stomach on the floor one day to reach under a shelf to adjust the stereo…

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