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U of M, Crookston to Host Award-Winning Composer Musician Charlie Maguire in Concert on Thursday, February 7, 2008
January 16, 2008

What: Composer Musician Charlie Maguire in Concert

When: Thursday, February 7, 2008

Contact: Rand Rasmussen, Director of Student Support Services, 218-281-8555 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minnesota  (January 16, 2008) – Award-winning composer musician
Charlie Maguire
Charlie Maguire
Charlie Maguire will recognize Minnesota’s rich history and150 years of statehood in a series of special events sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Wednesday and Thursday, February 6-7, 2008. Highlighting the visit, Maguire will perform in concert on the Crookston campus on Thursday, February 7, 2008, at 7 p.m. in Bede Ballroom in the Student Center. Admission is $5 or $2.00 with the donation of a canned good to be given to the local food shelf. Admission is free for U of M, Crookston students.

Along with the concert, Maguire will be entertaining children at Washington Elementary School in Fargo, N.D., and Highland Elementary School in Crookston on Wednesday, February 6. The two concerts, sponsored by the U of M, Crookston, will provide elementary school children with the opportunity to explore history through song. Maguire will also lead a songwriting workshop for students at the Crookston campus during his visit.

Known as the “Minnesota Sesquicentennial Troubadour,” Maguire is renowned for his music in the American folk tradition. For 10 years beginning in 1974, he made regular appearances on Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion. Maguire has been honored with many grants and awards, including a Bush Artist Fellowship and the New York Film and Television Festival Gold Award. Maguire was also named a "Humanities Scholar" by the Minnesota Humanities Commission.

Maguire lectures throughout the region on the role of women in environmental history; and he is an adjunct professor of language arts at Hamline University in Saint Paul, teaching a course on songwriting. He has written for the Star Tribune (Minneapolis), and for All Things Considered and Options in Education, both on National Public Radio.

The events are sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Crookston Concerts and Lectures, Sesquicentennial Committee, UMC First Year Experience and Student Support Services along with a grant from the Coca Cola Foundation.

For more information on Charlie Maguire or the performances, visit his Web site at or contact Rand Rasmussen at 218-281-8555 (

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