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Line-Up for 2013–14 Season of “Live at Five” Announced – Charlie Christenson Set to Kick Off Series on Oct. 1st

McNally Smith College of Music has unveiled the line-up for a fifth installment of Live at Five — an on-campus concert series featuring intimate performances by select members of the school’s accomplished faculty.

Voice Department Head and indie rock/jazz darling Charlie Christenson kicks off the new season on Tuesday, October 1st. Recognized by revered music authority DOWNBEAT Magazine as 2005’s “Outstanding College Jazz Vocalist,” Christenson will be unveiling new material from his forthcoming release, “Shipwreckee.” Guitar guru Bobby Stanton, drummer Matt Edlund and trumpet player Adam Meckler will accompany him on stage.

Complete 2013–14 Live at Five Line-Up: 

  • October 1, 2013: Charlie Christenson — Voice Department Head
  • November 5, 2013: Jeff Bailey — Bass Department Head
  • February 4, 2014: Scott Agster — Brass & Woodwinds Faculty, Ensembles Dept Head
  • March 18, 2014: Joe Elliott — Guitar Department Head

All Live at Five concerts are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. Each event begins with a 5:00 p.m. reception in the McNally Smith Atrium, featuring free appetizers and performances by student ensembles. Wine and beer are also available for purchase. At 6:00 p.m., the featured faculty member takes the stage in the McNally Smith Auditorium.

“Live at Five is a great opportunity to share our faculty’s talent and passion for creating and performing music with the Twin Cities community at large,” says McNally Smith President Harry Chalmiers. “Folks hear me brag about the teachers we have here at McNally Smith all the time — this is their chance to come down and hear what all the noise is about.”

McNally Smith College of Music is located at 19 Exchange Street East in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. Live at Five guests are encouraged to use the History Theatre entrance at the intersection of 10th and Cedar Streets.

About Charlie Christenson:

Charlie Christenson, a Midwest native, received his Bachelors of Music in Education from Lawrence University, a private college currently ranked in the Top 50 Colleges in America by Forbes Magazine. In 2005 Christenson was recognized as the “Outstanding College Jazz Vocalist” by DOWNBEAT Magazine.

After a stint teaching music in the Chicago Public School system, Christenson moved to New York City to continue his education at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music (MSM). After receiving his Masters of Music in Jazz Performance, he went on to work and teach at MSM in the Young People’s Division. During this time he also had the opportunity to perform with such greats as the New York Voices, Kurt Elling, and Eliane Elias, as well as up-and-comers Fabian Almazan (Terrance Blanchard), Linda Oh (Dave Douglas, Herbie Hancock) and Roy Assaf (Dizzy Gillespie Big Band) in many venues including the Cornelia St. Cafe, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the world-famous Birdland.

Christenson has studied privately with Peter Eldridge (New York Voices), Theo Bleckmann (Meredith Monk), Kate McGarry, Fred Sturm, John Harmon, Matt Turner, Mark Soskin and Christine Salerno. He is currently the Head of the Voice Department at the McNally Smith College of Music. Christenson’s new EP, “Shipwreckee,” will be released early this fall.

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