Next noonartsound at St. Thomas Library to Focus on 'The British Invasion: 1964-1967'

noonartsound, a series of University of St. Thomas programs that blend musical performance and historical perspective, will feature a program on “The British Invasion: 1964-1967” from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in the first-floor O’Shaughnessy Room (Room 108) of O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center on the university’s St. Paul campus.

noonartsound hosts Shelly Nordtorp-Madson and Chris Kachian.

Shelly Nordtorp-Madson and Chris Kachian.

The program, free and open to all, brings together the talents of Dr. Shelly Nordtorp-Madson, chief curator and a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Art History, and Dr. Chris Kachian, guitarist and professor of music.

Those attending are welcome to bring their lunch; beverages and light dessert will be provided.

“The British invasion was, in a word, groovy,” Kachian said. “But it wasn’t all tie-dye. It was Mods, Rockers, and Teddy Boyz, white lipstick and Twiggy … and pop art and op art. Unfortunately for all those who see the British invasion that it was ‘peace out’ you will be lectured by someone who strove mightily to be not only groovy, but far out and right on. And, kids, the right-on music that goes right in that rockin' grooviness? You don't need me to tell you!”

Nordtorp-Madson and Kachian have been performing these popular lecture-concerts together for 12 years. They are known for their unique style and humor, along with beautiful and satisfying, yet “unstuffy,” presentations of their art.

The final noonartsound of the semester will be May 5 and feature songs of the 1930s and the early labor movement.

You can check the library blog for more information, and if you have any questions, contact Julie Kimlinger at or (651) 962-5014.