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Evening of songs and stories at The Phipps

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Rick Anderson, John Chouinard, Bob Dowma and Jim Foy make up the River City Quartet. Submitted photo3 / 3

Dan Chouinard, the acclaimed host/pianist/accordionist; singer/songwriter Ann Reed; the River City Quartet; and Marty Harding's River Singers; along with biologists, farmers and poets weave together an evening of songs and stories in celebration of the St. Croix River on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

"Once Upon a River" recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act which designated the St. Croix as a National Scenic Riverway, a unit of the National Park System.

For three decades, Chouinard has been the pianist and accordionist of choice for a who's who of Twin Cities performers, an enabler of community singalongs, and a writer of hit shows for public radio, concert hall and theatrical stage. He has appeared across the upper Midwest and turned up often on "A Prairie Home Companion."

Reed, a songwriter, singer, and guitarist, has performed for more than 35 years with her rich, dark-chocolate voice, telling stories from the human experience, and playing songs that find a permanent place in the heart. She has toured North America coast to coast, playing concerts, clubs and festivals.

Only five years together as a group, Rick Anderson, John Chouinard, Bob Dowma and Jim Foy bring to the River City Quartet a combined 175 years of barbershop singing experience. Together and individually they have appeared in numerous productions of "The Music Man," on public radio and in theaters and concert halls across the metro area.

Other guests include St. Croix National Scenic Riverway Superintendent Julie Galonska; Margaret Pennings and Dan Guenthner, farmers and owners of Common Harvest Farm, Osceola; and photographer Craig Blacklock.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for students of any age. Discounts are available by purchasing season tickets. Reservations may be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or online at