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Kevin Kling and Simone Perrin

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Storyteller Kevin Kling (right) and his co-star and accordionista, Simone Perrin

September 14, 2012, 7:30 p.m.
Weber Music Hall

Kevin Kling brings his unique blend of storytelling to UMD with assistance from accordion player Simone Perrin.

Kling, a lifetime Minnesotan who never let a birth defect or severe motorcycle accident slow him down, takes listeners on a journey through his life that is no less poignant for the humor Kling’s telling imparts. This show provides Access for ALL

Kling is best known for his commentaries on NPR’s All Things Considered. He also is the author of three books, Big Little Brother being the most recent.

Joining Kling will be Minneapolis-based theater actress, composer, vocalist and accordionista Simone Perrin, who has been featured on A Prairie Home Companion. During her five years in New York City, this Winona native helped form an east village sketch comedy group. She learned to play the accordion in order to accompany herself as a love-scorned vampire.
Performance will be ASL interpreted and Audio Described.

For tickets contact 218-726-8561 or

A book reading and discussion with Kevin Kling and Chris Monroe will be held at 6 pm on Thursday, September 13 a Glensheen, the historic Congdon Estate. Monroe and Kling will read Big Little Brother. This first children’s book by Kling, with whimsical drawings by Monroe, traces a familiar arc from sibling rivalry to brotherly love. Kling and Monroe read this fun book at a free book reading in Glensheen’s Rec Room. NOTE: there is limited seating available on a first come first served basis. Grant Nettleton Elementary’s after-school program will receive a special performance earlier in the afternoon.

Kevin Kling and Simone Perrin will present a storytelling workshop on September 14. This Invitation-only storytelling workshop captures the essence of Kling’s magic with accordionist Simone Perrin. Fifteen handpicked UMD students from UMD’s College of Liberal Arts, UMD Department of Music and UMD Department of will receive intimate free training on storytelling from Minnesota’s masterful storyteller.


Written by Cheryl Reitan, September 2012

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