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Becky Schlegel will perform Friday in Zumbrota.

ZUMBROTA — Bluegrass songstress Becky Schlegel and her banjo-playing husband, Heath Loy, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota.

Schlegel, a South Dakota native, specializes in bluegrass and classic country sounds in her original compositions. Loy grew up in a bluegrass household. His father, Bob Loy, owned a music store in Rochester and was one of the founders of the Minnesota Bluegrass Music Association.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, available at and 507-732-7616.

Absolute to announce season Aug. 8

Absolute Theatre of Rochester will announce its fourth season lineup of plays and its new home venue at a fundraising event Aug. 8.

The "Reveal" celebration will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m at Castle Community, 121 N. Broadway.

Refreshments, music by Ravensfire and a champagne toast will be part of the event. Tickets are $25, available at the door.

Absolute Theatre is moving to a new home this season after performing the past two years at Rochester Civic Theatre.

Beethoven Festival announces 2020 season

WINONA — The 2019 Minnesota Beethoven Festival in Winona has just concluded, and the 2020 lineup of artists is already finalized.

Once again, violinist Joshua Bell will headline the festival. He opened this year's festival and will perform the closing concert on July 19, 2020.

The rest of the 2020 lineup: June 28, Anderson & Roe; June 20, the King's Singers; July 2, Los Angeles Guitar Quartet; July 7, Manhattan Chamber Players; July 9, pianist Benjamin Grosvenor; July 12, Borodin String Quartet; July 14, cellist Johannes Moser.

Ticket package options will be announced in the coming months at, with season tickets scheduled to go on sale in April 2020. 

Author to present library programs

Singer/songwriter and author Elisa Korenne will present programs at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Pine Island Public Library and at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Plainview Public Library.

Korenne is the author of "Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story," about her move from New York City to New York Mills, where she married a local man.

The Pine Island performance is a showcase of stories and songs about compelling figures from Minnesota history. At Plainview, Korenne will present "Book & Ballad," a reading, performance and Q&A session.

Admission to both programs is free.

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Tom covers primarily arts and entertainment for the Post Bulletin and 507 Magazine. He also often writes feature stories about local history. He is a native of Milwaukee, WI, and enjoys reading and traveling.