Folk musician Ann Zimmerman to perform

Ann Zimmerman, folk musician from Salina, Kan., will perform at The Hub at Northwestern College Saturday, Nov. 14, at 9 p.m.

The concert is sponsored by Terra Nova, Northwestern's ecology club, and the Orange City Arts Council. There is no charge, but donations are welcome. Door prizes will be awarded.

Zimmerman sings of life on the prairie. She has performed not only in the windy plains states of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota, but also in New York, Seattle, Boston and Alaska. Last year she won the People's Choice award in the Wildflower! Festival singer-songwriter contest near Dallas. She was recently nominated for a "grass-roots grammy" in the Just Plain Folks national song contest.

She has shared stages and harmonies with John McCutcheon, Steve Gillette and Connie Dover, and has opened for author Wendell Berry. She is featured annually at The Land Institute's Prairie Festival in Salina.

"She has the ability to seamlessly blend humor and sadness in that unique way that makes you want for more," wrote a reviewer for Singer Magazine.

Zimmerman has performed several times in northwest Iowa, and her renditions of Bad Attitude Blues, Home Grown Tomatoes and The Plumber is the Man are popular in the area.

She is spending the week of Nov. 9 as an artist in residence at MOC-Floyd Valley elementary schools, working with students on singing early American pieces, vocal technique, and songwriting. The public is invited to an all-school assembly at Orange City Elementary on Monday, Nov. 9, at 2:15 p.m., and to an assembly at Hospers Elementary on Nov. 9 at 8:30 a.m.

Zimmerman will also perform  Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at De Koffiehoek; Nov. 8 and Nov. 11 in Vermillion, S.D.; Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. at The Gathering Place in Cherokee; and Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. at the Le Mars Art Center.