Campus, city make beautiful music

Friday, June 26, 2009

Kenton Frohrip (center) receives the 2004 St. Cloud Arts Award from then Mayor John Ellenbecker (left) and City Council member Carolyn Garven

Kenton Frohrip (center) receives the 2004 St. Cloud Arts Award from then Mayor John Ellenbecker (left) and City Council member Carolyn Garven.

President Earl H. Potter III (left) and Mayor Dave Kleis offer a lemonade toast to community  Kenton Frohrip (center) receives the 2004 St. Cloud Arts Award from then Mayor John Ellenbecker (left) and City Council member Carolyn Garven Dan Barth and Mark Barth accept the St. Cloud Arts Award Gary Zwack accepted a Rock-On Award on behalf of the St. Cloud All-City Marching Band Steve Hennes (left) accepted a Rock-On Award on behalf of the Whiteny Senior Center 

Under azure skies and gentle breezes, Kenton Frohrip sits enthralled in the third row at the June 25 Lemonade Concert.

In his lap is an autographed score of "Fanfare for a Celebration," an orchestral work commissioned to honor the emeritus music professor's 75th birthday and his enduring contributions to campus and community music.

On the east steps of Atwood Memorial Center is the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra Frohrip helped found in 1975.

Dressed in evening black-and-white, orchestra members are performing Michael Halstenson's fanfare for brass and percussion, under the direction of guest conductor David Arnott, an assistant professor of music at the College of Saint Benedict.

"Oh, it's wonderful," Frohrip said of his birthday fanfare. "I love Michael Halstenson. I know him well. I've played for him for ten years in the Lake Wobegon Brass Band and he's a wonderful arranger and composer."

Awards Aplenty

St. Cloud State people were among those honored with awards at the Granite City Days grand opening.

Receiving Rock-On Award recognition were:

  • Fartun Hussein, a 2007 and 2008 graduate, is a community health worker and advocate for Somali-Americans in the St. Cloud area
  • St. Cloud All-City Marching Band, under the direction of Gary Zwack, a 1979 graduate
  • Whitney Senior Center, whose director is Steve Hennes, a 1977 graduate

Honored with the St. Cloud Arts Commission's award for furthering the arts were Dan Barth and Mark Barth, proprietors of Pioneer Place on Fifth, one of downtown St. Cloud's premier venues for music and theater.

Mark is a 1984 graduate. Dan graduated in 1989.  

Frohrip, a trombonist and former chair of the Music Department, remains active as a player and music volunteer. July 4 he will perform in a nationally broadcast concert with the Lake Wobegon Brass Band, during Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" show on Minnesota Public Radio.

Frohrip was the 2004 recipient of the St. Cloud Arts Award. He is a past president of the orchestra, former member of the St. Cloud Arts Commission and founder of several major music initiatives, including the Classics for Kids program for fourth graders in St. Cloud public schools.

The concert concluded the 36th Lemonade Art Fair and Concert, St. Cloud State University's signature summer event.

More than 240 arts and crafts vendors drew thousands to campus between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Festival-goers enjoyed musical acts and other live entertainment, including one of Minnesota's premier male vocalists, Robert Robinson.

For years the festival has served as a kick-off for the larger community celebration -- first Wings, Wheels and Water and now Granite City Days.

Helping emcee the concert and grand opening ceremony was Granite City Days coordinator Jason Stock, who holds four degrees from St. Cloud State.  

The collaboration between campus and community was echoed in the remarks of Mayor Dave Kleis and President Earl H. Potter III.

"When the university does well, the city does well," said Kleis, a 1989 graduate of the university.

Potter detailed for the concert audience the broad participation in the Lemonade Art Fair and Concert -- participation that exemplifies the bonds between community and campus.

"Whether you're a faculty member, a staff member, a student, a neighbor, an alum, a community partner, a future student, or just a Minnesotan who's come here for great music, this is your university," said Potter.

[ Photos by Sherron Eisenhart for University Communications ]


- Jeff Wood

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