Read The Cedar’s 2017-18 Annual Report

From Local… to National… to Global…. The Cedar’s work amplifies artistic voices and brings communities together through music.    Welcome to The Cedar Cultural Center’s 2017-18 Annual Report. In the pages to follow, we’re focusing on the ripple effect of music in our community, celebrating the incredible artists who graced our stage in the last year, […]

Apply To Be A 2018-19 Cedar Commissions Artist

Are you a musician interested in creating original new work? Apply to be a 2018-19 Cedar Commissions Artist! The Cedar Commissions is a program that commissions 6 local, emerging artists each year to compose and perform new music, made possible by a grant from the Jerome Foundation. Applications are open now, and are due on […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Leah Lemm

  Leah Lemm is a singer/songwriter and member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and one of six 2017-18 Cedar Commissions artists. Lemm’s RUINS, debuting February 10th (get tickets here), travels through the course of moments, the times between waking and dreaming, and across a land that has intelligence and emotion – at the […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: City Counselor

  Vocalist and musician City Counselor is one of six 2017-18 Cedar Commissions artists. Their project “Questions & Lies” debuting on February 9th (get tickets here), is a collection of avant-pop songs on political themes. Performed live by an 8-piece orchestra pulled from the corners of the Minneapolis DIY scene, the songs prominently feature Nicky’s soaring mezzo-soprano voice. The body of […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Ashantiva

  Vocalist and musician Ashantiva is one of six 2017-18 Cedar Commissions artists. In her project “Book of L” debuting on February 10th (get tickets here) indie-pop and experimental electronic soundscapes open a door into the inner life of L, a young woman writer created by collaging pieces of Ashantiva’s journals with those of Sylvia […]

2016-17 Annual Report

I am pleased to share with you The Cedar’s 2016-17 Annual Report. This year, we’ve chosen to highlight the voices of some of the artists and community members that have been involved in our past season. I hope you’ll find inspiration in their words, just as we have.

2017-18 Cedar Commissions Artists Announced

The Cedar Cultural Center is pleased to announce the seventh round of the Cedar Commissions, The Cedar’s flagship commissioning program for emerging artists made possible by a grant from the Jerome Foundation. To date, the series has supported the creation of new music by more than 36 artists across genres.   The 2017-18 round of […]

Apply to be a 2017-18 Cedar Commissions Artist

Are you a musician interested in making new work? Apply to be a 2017-18 Cedar Commissions Artist! The Cedar Commissions is a program that commissions 6 local, emerging artists each year to create and perform new music, made possible with a grant from the Jerome Foundation. Applications are open now, and are due on June 5th, […]

Don’t miss The Cedar Commissions this Friday & Saturday

Our  2016-17 Cedar Commissions artists Dameun Strange, Zack Baltich, Krissy Bergmark, Bethany Battafarano, Ritika Ganguly and SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE debut their commissions this Friday, February 3rd, and Saturday, February 4th. Read excerpts of artist guest blogs and watch short video spotlights about each of their pieces below. The Cedar Commissions (formerly the 416 Commissions) is a flagship program […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Bethany Battafarano

Choral composer and soprano vocalist Bethany Battafarano is one of six 2017 Cedar Commissions artists. Her project “Oda a la paz”, debuting on February 3rd (get tickets here), is a collaboration with Peruvian poet Helmut Jerí Pabón and Chilean musicians Vladimir Garrido and Nicolas Muñoz, exploring Western classical and Latin American sounds with a focus on […]