Activities and Events in May

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The Kenwood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

For more information call 612-374-8100.

Upcoming Events

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Washing hands under running waterIn response to the growing concern about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), leadership at the Kenwood has made the decision to prohibit all visitors to the community. Health care workers and caregivers are still able to provide services for residents at the community.

We are making every effort to stay on top of this developing situation, as we recognize our residents are the most vulnerable to the virus. We pledge, as always, that the health and safety of our residents is our most important priority.

We look forward to welcoming the public into Kenwood events and activities again very soon.


More from the State of Minnesota

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, public health officials urge the general public to take the same precautions as during flu season — with renewed vigilance:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean often touched surfaces frequently
  • Maintain social distance (3 feet) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid visiting long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, especially if you’re sick
  • Stay home if you do not feel well
  • Plan a safe visit to the doctor if you experience any symptoms

The Kenwood is a rental retirement community which provides senior housing in the form of senior independent living and assisted living apartments. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.

Typically the Kenwood hosts hundreds of activities and events each month, many are free and open to the public. We look forward to welcoming the public into Kenwood events and activities again very soon. For more information call 612-374-8100.

Birthday Celebration: Plymouth Rockers

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Since 1991 the Plymouth Rockers Performing Senior Chorus of Plymouth, MN, has entertained Twin Cities audiences. They boast a membership of more than 65 men and women, all 55+ years old, from 15 cities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.   The Plymouth Rockers is a non-profit 501(c3) organization sponsored by the City of Plymouth and supported by Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) grants. For the past nine years, under the leadership of David Halligan, the Plymouth Rockers has become a premier singing group performing 30-40 concerts for a variety of civic organizations and 2 major public concerts each year.

The Plymouth Rockers sing music from Folk to Broadway and Gospel to Golden Oldies. David believes that civic organizations like the Plymouth Rockers give those who wish to continue that feeling of belonging and performing in a group the opportunity to reconnect with their musical journey, enriching their lives outside of work, family obligations and retirement. It also provides an avenue to get involved in your community while entertaining audiences across the area with great music. David also believes that great performances come with a lot of hard work, dedication and a whole lot of fun. The rewards are simply “priceless.”

Outing: Courtroom Concerts

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**This outing opportunity is for Kenwood Residents Only**

In their tenth season as Artu Duo, pianist Garret Ross and cellist Ruth Marshall are based in Minneapolis, and enjoy concertizing and teaching on tour and at home. Highlights of the 2019-2020 season include artist-in-residence collaborations with the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, and Minnesota Public Radio, and a return to the Apollo Music Festival in Houston MN, where they have been ensemble-in-residence since 2013.

After forming in 2011, Artu Duo completed a winter residency course on the Beethoven Sonatas and Variations for Cello and Piano at the Banff Centre in Canada. In 2012, Artu Duo traveled to the Aldeburgh Festival in England, where they completed a residency course on the chamber music of Brahms and Schumann. These immersive experiences sparked a deep love of the music of Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann in Artu Duo, which has been the foundational repertoire for them ever since- not only as a duo, but as a piano trio, quartet, and quintet, when joined by colleagues. From that foundation, Artu Duo also enjoys performing contemporary and rarely-heard works, especially works by Elliott Carter and Thomas Adès. Artu Duo has toured extensively in the United States, playing concerts in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Oregon, Montana, Washington, New York, California, Minnesota, and Louisiana. In both 2013 and 2016, Artu Duo played on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, which was broadcast live on WFMT. They performed on the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series in Saint Paul in 2014, 2016, and 2018. And in 2016, they gave their debut at Carnegie Hall, playing a complete program in the Weill Recital Hall.

Mr. Ross and Ms. Marshall are both committed teachers, and have enjoyed giving masterclasses and performing outreach concerts while on tour. Artu Duo community and educational performances have been presented by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Conservatory, the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, the Mineral Point Chamber Music Festival, Minnesota Public Radio, and through the Britt Festival Education and Engagement resident artists program. These performances are tailored to the developmental stage of the students, and engage listeners on topics such as form, texture, meaning and expression, and rhythm, alongside relevant musical examples. Additionally, Artu Duo has given collegiate-level masterclasses at the Apollo Music Festival, the University of Louisiana, the State University of New York at New Paltz, Indiana State University, and Humboldt State University.

In 2019, Ms. Marshall and Mr. Ross founded Florestan Chamber Music in order to share more music with their home community of the Twin Cities. For more information on upcoming concerts, please visit

Home for Life Presentation

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Home for Life Animal Sanctuary

Meet the animals and learn how their lives were transformed by this care-for-life sanctuary.

Lara will be here to give you insight on how the sanctuary came to be and how it works.



(This event is not intended to raise money of any kind, it is purely informational)

Student Piano Recital

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Presentation of classical music from selected European Masters

By Ari Mandela Williams

Sunday, March 1st

3:00pm ~ Parlor

Ari is a student at the Walker-West Music Academy in St Paul and is tutored by Master Teacher Grant West. He is also the 12 year old grandson of resident Mahmoud El-Kati.

Parlor Music with Ute and Mary Jo

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Performance is in the Parlor on Friday night, February 28th at 7pm. Seating may be limited and refreshments will follow.

Ute Zahn Bio:

I was born in Germany into a musical family, started music lessons at age four and took up the cello when I was ten.  I soon became interested in the mystery of instrument construction and, after making my first violin at age eighteen, I wanted nothing more than to spend the rest of my life making violins. 
  I graduated with Merit from the Newark School of Violin Making in Newark, England in 1987, and proceeded to work as  a violin maker and restorer for the Beverley Music Center in the UK and for Sandra Wagstaff Violins in Hong Kong.  In 1992 I set up my own business as a violin maker and restorer in Hong Kong.  I also played as a freelance cellist, performing all over Hong Kong and going on several tours of China and Taiwan.  This experience really put me in touch with the needs of the working musician.

In 1998, I was asked to assist in setting up the workshop of Vintage Violins in Vancouver, B.C, and spent three months there.  

  After years of working on my own, I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1999 where I worked for Claire Givens Violins, followed by a few years at House of Note in St Louis Park, MN. While continuing to make instruments in my home workshop I also pursued music-making, playing in a succession of chamber groups and pit orchestras as well as a minimalist avant-garde pop-band by the name of Smattering. 

In early 2011, I joined the non-profit “Luthiers sans Frontieres”, an organization which supports cultural life in underprivileged places by dispatching teams of luthiers, alongside donations of instruments and tools. To find out more about LSF, click here

  From 2012 through 2016, I taught  violin making at Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing, MN. 
  In the interest of continued professional growth, I have been attending the VSA’s Violin Makers’ Workshop in Oberlin, OH, annually since 2012.  Memberships include  the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, the VSA, and the Twin Cities Musicians’ Union.

​  I currently divide my time between making fine instruments, doing restoration, playing as a freelance cellist, subbing with the Mankato Symphony as well as the Duluth and Superior Symphony, serving on the advisory board for the violin repair program at Southeast Technical College in Red Wing, MN, and serving as board president for Luthiers sans Frontieres USA

Outing: Mill City Museum

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**This outing is for the Residents of the Kenwood Only**

This tour of the Mill City Museum will last approximately 2 hours from start to finish.  Cost is $10 and you should wear comfortable shoes.  We will return to the Kenwood following the outing.  We leave at 1:00pm.

Mill City Museum was built within the ruins of the Washburn A Mill, the flagship mill of the Washburn-Crosby Co. (later General Mills). It was the largest and most technologically advanced flour mill in the world when it was completed in 1880.

Millers at the Washburn mills in the 1870s perfected a new process for milling, a revolution that made fine wheat flour available to the masses for the first time. Soon thereafter Minneapolis became the flour milling capital of the world, a title it held from 1880 to 1930.

The Washburn A Mill Complex is a National Historic Landmark. The Minnesota Historical Society opened Mill City Museum in 2003.

Great Course: Music and the Brain

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The new course “Music and the Brain” will begin at 10:15am on Mondays, starting February 24th. This is an 18 week course and a discussion will follow each class.


Music is an integral part of humanity. Every culture has music, from the largest society to the smallest tribe. Its marvelous range of melodies, themes, and rhythms taps into something universal. Babies are soothed by it. Young adults dance for hours to it. Older adults can relive their youth with the vivid memories it evokes. Music is part of our most important rituals, including those marking birth, weddings, and death. And it has been the medium of some of our greatest works of art.

Yet even though music is intimately woven into the fabric of our lives, it remains deeply puzzling, provoking questions such as:

  • How and why did musical behavior originate?
  • What gives mere tones such a powerful effect on our emotions?
  • Why does music with a beat give us the urge to move and dance?
  • Are we born with our sense of music, or do we acquire it by experience?

In the last 20 years, researchers have come closer to solving these riddles thanks to cognitive neuroscience, which integrates the study of human mental processes with the study of the brain. This exciting field has not only helped us address age-old questions about music; it also allows us to ask entirely new ones, like:

  • Do the brains of musicians differ from non-musicians?
  • Can musical training promote cognitive development in children?
  • Does making or listening to music help patients with brain damage?
  • Is there a deep connection between music and language?

In Music and the Brain, neuroscientist and Professor of Psychology Aniruddh Patel of Tufts University probes one of the mind’s most profound mysteries. Covering the latest research findings—from the origins of music’s emotional powers to the deficits involved in amusia, or the inability to hear music—these 18 enthralling half-hour lectures will make you think about music and your brain in a new way.

“Ani’s series of lectures hit all the right notes. A gifted and engaging guide, he delivers an extraordinarily comprehensive and accessible dive into the most fascinating topics in the neuroscience of music. Watch all of these and you’ll know what one of the greatest minds in the field has to say about the exciting world of music and the brain.” -Daniel J. Levitin, Author of This Is Your Brain On Music and Professor of neuroscience and music, McGill University

Designed for music lovers and brain enthusiasts at all levels, Music and the Brain assumes no prior background in the subject. The course is truly interdisciplinary, covering fundamental ideas of music theory, neuroanatomy, and cognitive science, while spotlighting the diverse range of experiments, discoveries, and debates in this fast-changing field.

A Whole Brain Phenomenon

You will learn that music is not just about the auditory system; it’s about the links between sound processing and all the other things that brains do, such as moving, planning, remembering, imagining, and feeling. This means that music shows up in some surprising contexts. For instance, learning to play a musical instrument improves the brain’s processing of speech and helps children who are learning to read. Another example: patients with Parkinson’s disease can enhance their motor skills by participating in musical activities.

Indeed, music happens in so many different parts of the brain that it defies the left brain/right brain distinction. Music cognition is a whole brain phenomenon, as you will discover in numerous brain scans that document where the various aspects of music are centered.

To help you experience these concepts for yourself, Music and the Brain is also filled with dozens of original musical examples composed especially for the course. Having never heard these passages before, you will have no prior associations as you listen to different pitch sequences and rhythms, experiencing some of the many feelings that music can evoke. Among the musical sensations considered in the course are these:

  • Getting chills: Why do certain passages of music elicit what is essentially a fear response—chills and goosebumps—even though we take great pleasure in such moments? Researchers have proposed several theories to explain the reason for this strange reaction.
  • Melodic mastery: Among animals, humans appear to have a unique ability to recognize melodies as the same when transposed up or down in pitch. Professor Patel suggests an evolutionary connection to the difference in pitch register between male and female human voices.
  • Music and spoken rhythm: Why does the music of the French composer Claude Debussy sound so different from that of his English contemporary Sir Edward Elgar? Compare the rhythmic patterns of their music and respective languages for intriguing clues.
  • Sounds of nature: The mix of tones that makes a piano sound different from a violin or a trumpet is called timbre. One reason we find musical instruments with complex harmonic tones so attractive is that they are reminiscent of the timbre of the human voice.

A Transformative Spark

Professor Patel has been lauded by scientists and musicians alike. In 2008, he garnered the prestigious Deems Taylor Award for outstanding coverage of music, presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. His work has also received acclaim from neurologist Oliver Sacks, best-selling author of Musicophilia. An exciting and inspiring thinker, Professor Patel draws fascinating connections that stay with you, such as when he compares the invention of music to the discovery of fire. He argues that neither is genetically predetermined, but once developed, both were so useful that they spread universally. Fire provided the physical benefits of cooking, warmth, and protection, while music’s advantages were almost entirely mental and social—as an emotional stimulant, aid to memory, and energizer for group bonding.

But music is even more remarkable than fire, because it can alter the structure of our brains. Learning to play a musical instrument improves speech perception, which in turn makes learning to read easier and aids in gauging emotions in others. Music also enhances the capacity to understand hierarchical structures, handle multiple tasks, and remember long sequences of information. And for patients with stroke, Alzheimer’s, and other brain disorders, it is a potential path to enhancing neural and motor functions. How does it do all of this and more? Music and the Brain is your unrivaled explanation of this marvelous gift.

Birthday Party with Erin Livingston

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Erin Livingston is a full-time, free-lance musician in the Twin Cities. She sings jazz, r&b and blues…with an emphasis on jazz. She is a classically trained flutist as well and writes and performs cabaret. She has a full roster of both voice and flute students which she teaches out of her home studio.


Join us at 1:30 pm in the Lowry Hill Room for an hour of music, fun, and of course cake!

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