Connie and Ray Dretske have been immersed in music for most of their lives. They have lived in and loved Winona, Minnesota for 25 years. In that time, Winona has evolved into an amazing arts community with world-class festivals, museums, music, dance, visual arts, and theater. With a desire to add to that vibrant energy, they purchased one of the original lumber baron's homes on historic Windom Park in 2015 and now offer house concerts in their grand living room overlooking the park.
"The intimacy and presence of the house concert is so compelling from both the artist's and the audience's perspective. Every lyric, every note and each nuance is so easily heard, and the artist can feel that the audience is totally aware of it all," says Ray. "That can make for some magical moments and we are excited to offer these concerts as a way to build a greater community. Oh, and, they are also a heaping ton of fun!"