The Cedar Presents


Bethany Battafarano, Ritika Ganguly, Dameun Strange

Fri, February 3, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Cedar Cultural Center - The Cedar Commissions

Minneapolis, MN

$10 General Admission

This event is all ages

This is a seated show.

Tickets are available online, by phone, ​and at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows.

$15 Series passes for both nights of The Cedar Commissions are available online and by phone. 

The 2017-18 Cedar Commissions Night One
The Cedar Cultural Center presents the seventh annual Cedar Commissions on February 9th & 10th, 2018, featuring new works by City Counselor (Nicky Steves), Julia Hobart, Shawn Mouacheupao, Leah Lemm, Julian Manzara and Ashantiva (Elizabeth Ashantiva). The Cedar Commissions is a flagship program for emerging artists made possible with a grant from the Jerome Foundation, and has showcased new work by nearly 40 local emerging composers and musicians since its inception.
Bethany Battafarano
Bethany Battafarano
Choral composer and soprano vocalist Bethany Battafarano will collaborate with Peruvian poet Helmut Jerí Pabón and Chilean musicians Vladimir Garrido and Nicolas Muñoz in an exploration of Western classical and Latin American sounds focused on choral and Andean roots. Danceable rhythms, soaring harmonies, and social justice themes engage our many cultural commonalities, which too often remain divided. Minnesota is home to one of the strongest choral traditions in the country and also to a powerful Latin@ population. Battafarano’s work will challenge the underrepresentation of Latin American sounds and languages in the state’s choral music canon.
Ritika Ganguly
Ritika Ganguly
This is a project where poem meets song. It explores the inherent musicality of literature straddling 19th century Bengal to contemporary New Delhi to Victorian England to 20th century Chile. Composer and vocalist Ritika Ganguly is collaborating with Mexican and Indian musicians to render this poetry into musical patterns that draw on the Baul heritage of Bengali music, North Indian music, and yes, Neo Soul! The performance will incorporate instrumentation not commonly used with these genres, including the bansuri, acoustic guitar, and the cajón.
Dameun Strange
Dameun Strange
Helianthus is an afrofuturistic conceptual operetta that will tell the story of Dameun Strange as a composer and time traveler visiting his matriarchal ancestors at points in time when they learned valuable lessons that were then passed down to him. The operetta will be a series of 5 musical vignettes, each from a different era reaching back as far as the 1890’s and ending 50 years into the future. Strange will work in collaboration with librettist Venessa Fuentes to craft the lyrics. The work will be performed with his current collective, Strange New Music Experiment.
Venue Information:
Cedar Cultural Center - The Cedar Commissions
416 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN, 55454


Ticket options and info

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are not always available at Depth of Field, Electric Fetus & The Cedar.

Check the top of this page under the “Buy Tickets” button for up-to-date ticket information.

  • Phone: 612-338-2674 ext 0 between 12 noon and 4pm M-F ($2 fee per ticket)
  • In person: Tickets can be purchased at The Cedar when we are open for shows. Check our calendar for show dates and door times  (no fee; cash, check, credit card). Our other ticket outlets are Depth of Field (no fee; cash or check only), and Electric Fetus (approximately $2 fee).
  • Online: (On Ticketfly, typically $2–$3 fee/ticket + $1 restoration fee) until 2 hours before door time on day of show
  • The Cedar is an all ages venue
  • Discounts: Students with ID, seniors over 65, and children under 12 may purchase tickets at a discount at the door (subject to ticket availability).
  • Access: The Cedar strives to make our facilities and programming available to as many community members as possible and will accommodate special requests to the best of our ability. To request special accommodations or seating at an upcoming Cedar show, please contact our box office at 612-338-2674 or