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A political philosopher, classical musicians and an iconic rock band are on the menu for early October with the Central Lakes College (CLC) Cultural Arts Series.

“Marx in Soho” is a one-man play performed by acclaimed actor Bob Weick, and will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Dryden Theatre. Marx launches into a passionate, funny and moving defense of his life and political ideas in Howard Zinn’s brilliant, timely play. It’s an introduction to Marx’s life, his analysis of society, and his passion for radical change. Marx urgently uses current news and events to show how his ideas still resonate.

The Schubert Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Chalberg Theatre. Now in its 10th season, the Trio has covered an array of music, from the Vienna classics of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven to the more obscure corners of the repertoire, including Faure and Frank Bridge. They’ve performed on many prominent chamber music series in the upper Midwest, including the St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral Music Series in 2009 and 2012. The group’s concert will consist of Mozart C Major Trio, 3 Miniatures by Frank Bridge for piano trio and the mighty Trio in C minor by Mendelssohn, whose finale has a stirring Lutheran chorale in the finale.

Members of the Trio include violinist Helen Chang Haertzen, who joined the Minnesota Orchestra’s first violin section in 2003. She was principal second violin of the Bamberg Symphony in Germany, has toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and played with the orchestra of St. Luke’s. As soloist, Haertzen has performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops Esplanade and Junge Philharmonie Erlangen and at the Braunschweig Staatstheater.

Cellist Thomas Rosenberg is nationally known as a dynamic teacher, chamber music coach, performer and since 1981, the artistic director of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He is on the faculties of Carleton and Macalester colleges, maintains an award-winning pre-college studio of cellists and chamber ensembles and is a member of The Schubert Trio and The Isles Ensemble. A founding member of the highly acclaimed Chester String Quartet, Rosenberg is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Eastman School of Music where he was teaching assistant to both Paul Katz and Laurence Lesser.

Pianist and conductor Daniel Rieppel founded the Shubert Trio and made his Twin Cities solo recital debut at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in 1990, a performance which was subsequently broadcast in its entirety by Minnesota Public Radio. A recognized Schubert scholar, Dr. Rieppel has published articles in Vienna for the journal “Durch die Brille” of the Internationales Franz Schubert Institut, has been invited to perform the composer’s works in New York City and Vienna, has lectured on Schubert’s piano sonatas at Oxford University and the University of Leeds in England, and has been honored with a Fulbright Senior Scholar award for research on Schubert in Vienna, Austria.

At 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Transit Authority, the premier tribute band to the music of Chicago will perform in Tornstrom Auditorium. This 8-piece powerhouse ensemble includes some of the Midwest’s most talented musicians. Each show is a high energy, spot-on tribute to some of the greatest music of all time. Taking you through more than three decades of music and countless hits, Transit Authority provides a non-stop show that will keep you dancing and singing all night long.

The playlist for Transit Authority includes some of the most enduring songs of the past three decades: “25 or 6 to 4,” “Baby What a Big Surprise,” “Only the Beginnings,” “Colour My World,” and “Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is?”

Transit Authority is a St. Paul band and consists of founder and drummer Tim Ellis, guitarist/vocalist Bill Davis, trombonist Alan Lecher, woodwinds player Scott Johnson, trumpeter Tom Tange, bassist Butch Zierath, keyboard player Matt Kalin and vocalist Barry Patrick.

Transit Authority appears as part of the classic rock series of the Cultural Arts Series. ‘“Marx in Soho” and the Schubert Trio are offerings of the main portion of the series.

Tickets for all three events are now available from the CLC Theatre Box Office at 855-8199. Box office business hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m. weekdays. Tickets can also be purchased online at

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