2023 BRIDGE SESSIONS

Welcome to our 2023/24 Bridge Sessions Viewing! 

We had a few things in store for you this season starting with three wonderful band collaborations arranged by Wendy Durrwachter & Greg Moore for three separate dates throughout this past summer. Concerts took place at The Depot Theatre and now in your living room!

What are Bridge Sessions?

‘Bridging the Gap’ is more than bridging the space between musical genres around our community. It’s about the community itself. It’s about introducing the beauty and drama of classical music through collaborations whereas persons may not have had an interest prior. We invite you to enjoy  

Superior Siren

S U P E R I O R S I R E N is an eerie folk project from Duluth, Minnesota. The music is inspired by Lake Superior and Siren mythology, and offers an alluring & dangerous expression of vulnerability & desire. Superior Siren is led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Laura Sellner. In 2014, Sellner debuted her captivating vocals and heartfelt lyricism with the solo EP ‘Lotus in the Muck’. In 2016 she joined forces with cellist Rachel Gobin, bassist Nyssa Krause, and drummer Emma Deaner to craft a mesmerizing blend of strings and percussion. The all-female band released the full-length album ‘Superior Siren‘ in 2018, followed by a tour of the Midwest. In 2021, Superior Siren released another ethereal solo EP titled ‘Kill Your Darlings’. Superior Siren continues to perform as a solo or full band act, and is in production of the next full-length album.

Vocals, Guitar / Laura Sellner
Cello / Rachel Gobin
Bass / Nyssa Krause
Drums / Emma Deaner 

TIMPANI
JEREMY CRAYCRAFT 

 HARP  
JANELL LEMIRE 

VIOLIN I  
ERIN ALDRIDGE
MARY ALICE HUTTON 
LAURIE BASTIAN
AMANDA WIRTA 

VIOLIN II  
JEAN LEIBFRIED 

CELLO  
BETSY HUSBY 
LUCIA MAGNEY 

 

Bill & Kate Isles

Bill & Kate Isles are an acoustic singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, Minnesota. Using a wide variety of musical styles, their performances carry audiences through a broad landscape of experiences from metaphorical worlds to small town family stories and to zany comedy. Consummate performers, they are known for their catchy melodies and memorable songs. They have a deep-seated love for the audience, and each other, and it shines before, during, and after the performance. They tour nationally, presenting their profound songs for audiences large and small, from house concerts to festival stages and everything in between. Words like ‘Mesmerizing, ‘Transcendent’, and even, ‘Hysterical’ are common descriptions from audience reviews and audiences members feel that they are listening to stories of their own lives, told by two of their best friends.

She released her debut solo album, “From Home” in November of 2015.

FLUTE
MELANIE SEVER 

CLARINET  
THEODORE SCHOEN

FRENCH HORN  
JAMES POSPISIL

PERCUSSION
CAITLIN LUCIC

PIANO  
ALEXANDER SANDOR

VIOLIN I  
ERIN ALDRIDGE
MARY ALICE HUTTON

BASS  
TIMOTHY CHURCHILL

Breanne Marie & the
Front Porch Sinners

Great Lakes country music from a front porch in Duluth, MN. Breanne Marie broke into the Minnesota music scene as a solo performer with an acoustic guitar and a repertoire of country covers and originals. Her 2013 debut album “Six Strings of Peace and Sanity” was a collection of sweet and deeply personal songs she wrote following her father’s suicide and her brother’s death in a car accident. The success of the album set the stage for the formation of her full-blown backing band The Front Porch Sinners and they began to prepare for Breanne’s sophomore effort. The “Timothy John” EP was a journey of pain and healing, dedicated to her brother.

Kicking off with a bluegrass tune (Central Hillside ‘91) and ending with a slow burn (Juniper) the album gives you a peek into the versatility of the group. The Front Porch Sinners consists of Evan Tepler on guitar; Johnny Peterson on pedal steel and mandolin; Kyle Gondik-Anderson on bass; Matt Groom on drums; Kailyn Spencer on fiddle and Danielle Gondik-Anderson on background vocals. The group plays “Great Lakes country music” which is an alt-country sound using classic country instruments mixed with lyrics that speak to the hard times and natural beauty of rust belt communities like Duluth, MN.

FRENCH HORN  
JAMES POSPISIL

TRUMPET  
EARL SALEMINK

TROMBONE
CHRISTOPHER CAINE

PERCUSSION  
MARC HILL

PIANO  
ALEXANDER SANDOR

VIOLIN I  
ERIN ALDRIDGE

VIOLIN II  
LAURIE BASTIAN

CELLO  
BETSY HUSBY

 

Past Bridge Sessions!

Danny Frank and the Smoky Gold

After two decades of writing songs, years of performing as a solo artist, and the release of his debut album Smoky Gold, singer-songwriter Danny Frank has curated an all-star cast of seasoned musicians that fully compliments his skillfully-crafted works. Based in Duluth, MN, “The Smoky Gold” is comprised of banjo player Harrison Olk (Tin Can Gin, Cascade Crescendo, Kind Country Band), bassist Joe Scarpellino (Smokin’ Joe, Dead Larry), and fiddle savant Erin Aldridge (Concert Master – Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra). Danny Frank & The Smoky Gold’s unique sound blends soulful lead vocals with rich harmonies and virtuosic instrumentalism. Steeped in musical traditions of folk, bluegrass, country, classic rock, and blues, Danny Frank & The Smoky Gold offers a genre-blending Americana sound that is captivating, invigorating, and sure to get your toe tapping. 

South of Superior

South of Superior is a four-piece band consisting of Hannah Rey, Andy Hauswirth, Tom Berrigan, and Luke Perry. They are known for their high-energy covers and also perform original songs. In addition to their regular gigs, the band had the honor of playing with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra in their 22-23 Bridge Sessions series. Their unique sound and dynamic performances make them a must-see act. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to experience South of Superior live!