Treat mom on Mother’s Day to an afternoon of music

Published 7:43 am Thursday, May 11, 2017

What could be better than taking your mom to a concert on Mother’s Day? Treating mom to a concert created specifically for Mother’s Day by world-class pianist Ian Shapinsky.

Shapinsky will perform “Sunshine and Music” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Historic Paramount Theatre.

“He is a world-class classical pianist, so it will be a high-level performance,” said Laura Helle, executive director of the Austin Area Commission for the Arts.

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Originally from New York and the son of two musicians, Shapinsky was a piano child prodigy who began performing professionally at age 9. He graduated from the Juilliard School of Music and has won numerous awards, including the Presidential Citation from the New York Federation of Music Clubs and first prize at the Mannes College Concerto Competition. He currently resides in Austin.

The last time Shapinsky performed at the Historic Paramount Theatre was in 2013.

Helle describes the chance to see Shapinsky as a unique opportunity for Austin residents.

“It’s not the kind of thing you would expect to find outside a major metro area and it just so happens we can present it in Austin at a very reasonable cost,” she said “I think people would want to take advantage of that. They will experience something new they can’t see everyday.”

Tickets for Shapinsky’s “Sunshine and Music” concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

There are a limited number of seats available on-stage for $20. Piano students will receive a $1 discount. Tickets can be purchased at the Austin ArtWorks Center until Saturday. Tickets may only be purchased at the Historic Paramount Theatre on Sunday, May 14.

For more information, call 507-434-0934 or visit

Weekend at a glance

May 12

•Autism Family Respite Night, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the YMCA of Austin. For K through 6th grade kids – an evening of ASD-appropriate fun staffed by ASD professionals. Activities may include snack making, swimming, crafts, and games. For children with restricted diets, please send their own snacks. Cost is $5. Register at the Hormel Historic Home – no payment will be taken at the YMCA. For more information, call 507-433-4243.

May 13

•Strides for a Cure 5 Mile/5K Run/Walk, 8 to 11 a.m. at Todd Park. Annual race to raise awareness of and funds for breast cancer research. All proceeds go to the Hormel Institute. Sponsored by the Austin High School Youth Leadership.

•City of Austin/Mower County Electronics Recycling, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mower County Fairgrounds. For more information, see below or call 507-437-9940.

•Family Art Studio, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Austin Artworks Center. Drop in as a family and get creative with materials provided. Free. All ages encouraged to attend and create together. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Funded by a grant from the Austin Area Foundation. For more information, call 507-434-0934.

•Author Visit – Jeff Ollman, 1 to 3 p.m. at Sweet Reads Books and Candy. Meet author Jeff Ollman and learn about his newest mystery, “The Devil’s Kettle,” set up in North Minnesota. Free event. For more information, call 507-396-8660.

May 14

•Dad’s Belgian Waffles Fundraiser, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Austin Eagles Club. All you can eat waffles and toppings. Tickets $8 (children five years and under are free). Sponsored by the Early Risers Kiwanis, Noon Kiwanis and Eagles.

•Ian Shapinsky: Sunshine and Music, 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Historic Paramount Theatre. For more information, see above or call 507-434-0934.

Electronic collections

Austin and Mower County will collect electronics for recycling from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Mower County Fairgrounds. Electronic items that will be accepted are:


Computer monitors (flat screen or CRT),




Kitchen appliances

Miscellaneous small electronics (wires, mice, keyboards)

Other miscellaneous items (vacuum cleaners, printers, speakers, CPUs, laptops)

There will be an extra cost for Freon units (refrigerators/freezers/dehumidifiers) and hard drive cleansing.

They will NOT accept: smoke detectors, hazardous waste, broken glass, equipment with PCBs (capacitors), liquids, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes or devices containing mercury.

For more information, call 507-437-9940.