Class Notes Artists made its first visit to the Minnesota State Academy for the Blind on Monday with a performance by the Mirandola Ensemble.
Situated in the wooded, rolling outskirts of Faribault, MSAB's mission is "to educate, create opportunities, and motivate students for an independent future." The school celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2016.
Music, given its universality and its aural and tactile qualities, plays a key role in MSAB students' lives and education. The Mirandola Ensemble's visit was initiated by music therapist Jenny Pelletier and performed for many of MSAB's students and dedicated staff.
The four singers and guitarist offered works by composers from six continents knit together with spoken annotation from Mirandola tenor and countertenor Nick Chalmers traditional songs from Asia, Australia, and the Middle East alongside works of John Dowland, Stephen Foster, Gaspar Fernandes, and Orlando di Lasso.
After taking questions from the group, the performers spent time interacting with the audience one on one.