Please join us for Prairie Rhapsody

You are invited to Prairie Rhapsody, a benefit concert for the life and work of Holy Wisdom Monastery, on Thursday, September 29, 2016.

2016 concert

Come prepared for a delightful evening of classical, opera, and popular music from the 1940s and 50s.

Prairie Rhapsody will feature pianist Father Bob Koopmann and counter tenor Ryan Belongie who will blend classics such as Clair de lune with I Left my Heart in San Francisco. Join us for this unique concert that will bring back memories and create new ones!


Ryan BelongieRyan Belongie, originally from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, now lives in Chicago and has performed throughout the United States gaining critical acclaim. He is a graduate of the prestigious Merola Opera Program, the Adler Fellowship at San Francisco Opera, and the Vocal Honors Program at Northwestern University. In addition, he was the first-place winner of the Igor Gorin Memorial Award, received the Lola Fletcher Award from the American Opera Society of Chicago, and the recipient of numerous grants including a career grant from the Metropolitan Opera. Ryan has appeared with opera companies and symphonic orchestras throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Father-Bob-Koopmann2Father Robert Koopmann, OSB, is President Emeritus of Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and Professor of Music at Saint John’s University and The College of Saint Benedict, where he has taught piano, music literature, and courses on creativity since 1975. He has performed as a piano soloist and accompanist, as well as in chamber ensembles and with orchestras throughout the USA and abroad, including Europe, South Africa, Chile, Kenya, and Tanzania. He has released a number of recordings since 1994. Father Bob was president of Saint John’s University from 2009 until July 2012. He recently presented concerts in Collegeville, New York City, and seven cities in Japan. Father Bob has been a friend and frequent visitor of Holy Wisdom Monastery for many years, and has been giving recitals and presentations at Holy Wisdom since 1993.


5:30 pm – Reception with light refreshments

6:30 pm – Concert in the monastery Assembly Room


Adults – $50

Students – $20

Registration closed.

More information

For more information about the annual event, or to learn about sponsoring the event, contact Janet Neurauter at, 608-836-1631, x124.

Thank you to these individuals and businesses for sponsoring the 2016 Prairie Rhapsody concert and 2016 art exhibits at Holy Wisdom Monastery:

Alliance Benefit Group


American Printing Company




Buy Right Purchasing Group


Donna Carnes


Cider House of Wisconsin


Consulting for Non-profits, LLC


DRS, Ltd. Asphalt Paving


Jeff Engelkes, Agent –
American Family Insurance


James Forrest, Forrest Piano Service


Meicher CPAs & Associates


Monona State Bank


Jayne Neuendorf


PKK Lighting


Judy and Sal Troia


Thompson Investment
Management, LLC


Dick Wagner


Mary Zaborski, Merrill Lynch