Donation – $5.00 minumum suggested. No advance ticket sales for this event. Entry by donation at the door
Keyboardist Tim Mesun, of Ironwood Township, will perform his 18th benefit concert for area charities on Saturday, July 14th at 7:00 PM here at the Historic Ironwood Theatre. Tim earned his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Gogebic Community College. He is continuing his musical performance education at Northern Michigan University (NMU), where he has been a member of the University Choir, the Arts Chorale, the Jazz Band, and the Jazz Combo. He has become a permanent fixture on the Dean’s List at NMU . Tim also won the 2017 Northern Stars Talent Show. We are thrilled that while he is home from Marquette for the summer he will perform for us here at HIT.
Tim has frequently been involved with local theatre, including as a band member and rehearsal pianist for Theatre North’s various musical productions. He has also created original music for a number of shows. Prior to taking up residence in Marquette, Timperformed Barton organ preludes before most shows at the HIT. He also accompanied a silent movie, playing an original score he developed for the film – a wonderful presentation of Buster Keaton’s “The Navigator”.
Joining Tim for the eighth consecutive year is Paul Butcher on trumpet and accordion. The director of Jazz Studies at Florida Southern College, Paul has a long and varied career as a musician in classical, jazz, R&B, and reggae groups. He has performed principal trumpet in touring Broadway shows, and been a featured soloist on Baroque piccolo trumpet. He has worked in Nashville as a recording studio musician, and performed with major artists such as Ray Charles and Henry Mancini. Paul has performed on television shows including The Dove Awards show, The Original Amateur Hour with Willard Scott, Muppet Special and Music City Live. Paulteaches here in Ironwood during the summers, and has been Tim’s jazz instructor since 2006.
Tim’s other guest performer will be vocalist Erin Colwitz, the NMU Choir Director. A native of the Green Bay area, Dr. Colwitz became part of the music faculty at NMU in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Music degrees from the University of Southern California. At USC, she was awarded a full teaching assistantship as conductor of the Thornton Oriana Choir, the University’s only women’s chorus, a post she held for three years. At USC, Dr. Colwitz performed in the award-winning Thornton Chamber Choir, touring France and Belgium in 2003 and East Asia in 2006. She was guest conductor and clinician at a 2014 international collegiate choral festival in Bangkok and Chiangmai, Thailand, under the auspices of the US Embassy. Among her extensive credits as a professional chorister, Dr. Colwitz was a member of the acclaimed Dale Warland Singers, performing with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. Dr. Colwitz has been a frequent guest conductor, lecturer, adjudicator and choral clinician.
Tim, Paul, and Erin will perform works from a variety of musical genres including jazz, pop, and blues.
Admission is by donation at the door (suggested minimum $5.00). Thanks to Tim’s generosity all proceeds will benefit the theatre’s Barton Organ fund.