Walking Together

Walking Together weaves together prose and poetry on the topic of cultural experience with and original music by Catherine Dalton. The compositions underscore text by poets Peter Blue Cloud, Kao Kalia Yang, and Naomi Shihab Nye read by people representing the community in which the perfrmance takes place.

This project was born out of Catherine's desire for neighbors to meet and get to know each other's stories. Her composition is inspired by, and a response to, the personal and intimate acounts of navigating daily life as it sheds light on the ways people from different backgrounds experience our shared world. 

Next Performance: Feburary 2, 2020 at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis

All music composed by Catherine Dalton to accompany prose and poetry from mutiple authors including 

  • Readers: Selected from the Twin Cities Community
  • Violin: Margaret Humphrey
  • Cello: Jacqueline Ultan
  • Percussion: Bjorn Grina-Shay

Past Performances: 

  • Wildwood Elementary School, Mahtomedi, Minnesota, November 5, 2017 (Premiere) 
  • Schubert Club Courtroom at Landmark Center in St. Paul, March 21, 2019 

Interested in hosting this program in your community or faith organization? We are currently scheduling events. Please contact Catherine for availability by clicking on the "Contact Catherine" tab above.

The commission and premiere of "Walking Together was made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) through a grant from The McKnight Foundation.



Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color...  

We are so pleased to announce we had a successful showing of "Bluets" on February 28 and March 3 at A-Mill Artist Lofts in Minneapolis! And I am excited to announce I am the recipient of a Minnesota State Art Board Artist Initiative Grant. Our next event will be a Staging Workshop in December 2018 at Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis. 

Thank you to everyone that came to see the showing. Thank you also to our donors who will help us continue this project, to those of you who bought unique blue items from the Silent Auction, and to everyone that stayed to share a glass of wine and conversation. We are so gratefull!

“Bluets,” based on MacArthur winnning author, Maggie Nelson's, book of the same name, takes advantage of Nelson’s at once, intimate, edgy, and profound text, tracing the emotional journey of a woman grappling with the universal experiences of loss, love and friendship - all expressed through various imaginings on the color blue.

  • Catherine Dalton, composer/librettist
  • Tamara Ober, choreographer/projection designer
  • Singers: Bethany Battafarano, Linda Kachelmeier, Alia Jeraj, Kim Sueoka, KrisAnne Weiss, Lizz Windnagel
  • The Band: Maja Radovanlija (electric guitar), Liz Draper (electric bass), Sarah Johnson (drum set)
  • Leslie O’Neill, dancer

This activity was made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) through a grant from The McKnight Foundation.


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