Events and Opportunities

Events with Christopher Norton in Willmar, MN

(Made possible by a Local Association grant from the Minnesota Music Teachers Association Foundation)

  • Saturday, June 9th - Christopher Norton Piano Festival, Day 1
    A two-day piano festival with Christopher Norton himself! Students will work in group settings with Norton on improvisation; they will also play for him in a master class setting. Students are arranged based on ability level. Select students and ensembles may be asked to perform in the GALA CONCERT.

    Ridgewater College | Willmar, Minnesota
    9:00am - 4:00pm
    Please visit for registration information


  • Sunday, June 10th - Christopher Norton Piano Festival, Day 2
    Ridgewater College | Willmar, Minnesota
    9:00am - 4:00pm


  • Christopher Norton Piano Festival GALA CONCERT
    A celebratory concert featuring students and groups from the piano festival. 
    Ridgewater College | Willmar, Minnesota
    Free admission


Ragtime Documentary

The Entertainers features six piano players from across the country (and Mexico) vying for the title of world’s best ragtime piano player at the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest in Peoria, Ill. Heart-warming and often hilarious, the film shows how a librarian, a machine operator, a secretary, a computer programmer, an author, and a high schooler devote their lives to this incredible old-time music, which provides joy to the people around them and, for the players themselves, a small escape from the trials of their everyday lives

Watch the Trailer:



Free Concert

Juan Li, Piano
Hong Wang, Guest Cellist

April 28, 2012
7:30 p.m.
Bethel University
Benson Great Hall


Scriabin Sonata No.4
Liszt's transcription of Schubert song "Grethen am Spinnrade"
Rachmaninoff's transcription of Mendelssohn's "Scherzo from A Midsummer night's dream"
Barber Sonata, Op.26
Franck Sonata for Piano and Cello