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Saint Paul College is proud to announce the first performance of the 4th Annual Saint Paul College Music Series:

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Blues and Ragtime

Hilary Thavis, blues singer
Butch Thompson, ragtime piano master 
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Saint Paul College Theatre

Join “A Prairie Home Companion” blues singer Hilary Thavis and ragtime piano master Butch Thompson for a special evening performance at the Saint Paul College Open House at 7:30pm, November 4, 2015, in the College Theatre. Both passionate about the blues, they’ll breathe new life into some very old tunes—including the first blues song ever recorded, “Crazy Blues” by Mamie Smith, and classics by Memphis Minnie, Jelly Roll Morton, Ethel Waters and the “Empress” Bessie Smith.

Hilary Thavis, born in Rome, Italy, toured extensively with Italian band Gaia Groove, opening for Lou Reed at Italy’s biggest blues festival in Pistoia. She recently moved to the Twin Cities where she is working on a follow-up to her first studio album Trouble & Truth. Lately, she has appeared as a regular on Garrison Keillor’s nationally syndicated radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.”

In a career spanning over 45 years, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson has earned a worldwide reputation as a traditional jazz and ragtime master. He tours widely as a soloist or at the helm of any of his several ensembles, and is well known for his 12-year stint as house pianist on “A Prairie Home Companion.” He has performed with many symphony orchestras, including the Hartford Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Cairo (Egypt) Symphony. Among Thompson’s many recordings are his acclaimed 10-volume solo series on Daring/Rounder, the 1997 Grammy-winning Verve release Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton, and his latest release, the critically acclaimed duo CD Vicksburg Blues with guitarist Pat Donohue.  

As echoes of this powerful music reverberate throughout the theater and hallways, we hope you make yourself at home as Saint Paul College gives you its warmest welcome yet!