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5/18/2017 7:26:00 AM
Minocqua music weekend May 27, 28

Jerry and Tara Woolpy will host Old Town School of Folk Music instructor and artist-in-residence Mark Dvorak for a concert and two guitar workshops on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28. The events are sponsored by Bats In the Boathouse Press and will take place at 8395 Woolpy Drive.

The Woolpys live in a spacious, renovated home on Lake Kawaguesaga. It is also the headquarters for Bats in the Boathouse Press, which has published several of Tara Woolpy's novels.

On Saturday, May 27 at 6 p.m. Dvorak will return to their house concert series. "Mark is a favorite in Minocqua," Jerry Woolpy, a retired professor from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, said in a press release. "We're always delighted to have him return."

On Sunday, May 28 from 1 to 3 p.m., Dvorak will present "Beginning Guitar." The workshop will focus on providing a simple, solid approach for those interested in starting the guitar, or starting over. The session will cover the fingerings for basic chords, keeping a steady rhythm and exploring some longer-term strategies for improving skills, including picking out single notes, bass runs, and simple finger picking exercises.

Also on Sunday, May 28 from 4 to 6 p.m., "Acoustic Guitar Styles" will be offered. The workshop is for those who can change basic chords comfortably and are looking to take the next step. The session will cover basic finger-picking accompaniment, picking out a melody finger style, some theory and working with a five-note scale. Students will improve their knowledge and improve their skills.

Since 1986, Dvorak has been an integral member of the faculty at Chicago's remarkable Old Town School of Folk Music. Since 1986 he has worked with thousands of music students who have passed through his classes. He has helped many a beginner get through their first chords and strums, and has hosted a catalog of master classes and workshops on a range of subjects from old-time banjo picking to the legacy of the great Lead Belly, to just about every other topic related to the study of American folk music.

In 2012 Dvorak was named "Chicago's Troubadour" by WFMT 98.7 FM fine arts radio and is the recipient of FARM Lantern Bearer Award for his contribution to the field of folk music. His songwriting has been called "wondrous," and "profound." His performance "an elegant balancing act of the traditional, the original and the powerful." The Chicago Tribune calls him "masterful," while SING OUT! magazine says, "Dvorak shines!"

"We're blessed to have Mark return to our series," said Woolpy. "He's gotten rave reviews from the audiences who have packed our home for previous concerts. He's an incredible teacher, very patient and knowledgeable, and can work with people of various skill levels at the very same time."

The concert and the workshops are open to the public. Reservations are recommended. The concert is offered at a free will donation, $10 suggested. A light potluck will be served during intermission. Bring a dish or beverage to share.

Registration for either workshop is $25 per adult.

RSVP to to reserve a seat at a workshop or the Saturday concert or phone 715-356-6276.

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