MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (Jan. 2, 2014) — Thursday Musical’s Guest Moderator Steve Staruch will host the Thursday Morning Artist Series Living Concert Notes.
The series is to be held at the Schneider Theater for the Performing Arts located in the Bloomington Center for the Arts on Feb. 20, 2014 at 10:30 am. Staruch is an announcer on Minnesota Public Radio’s Classical Music Station (99.5 FM) and an accomplished violist and vocalist. Living Concert Notes breaks from the traditional concert experience by including performer interviews and live in-depth commentary about the music being performed.
The program includes Jennifer Kennard, flute and Mary Jo Gothmann, piano, who will perform the world premiere of Murray Gross’ Muher Solitária for Alto Flute and Lowell Liebermann’s Sonata for Flute and Piano, Op. 23. Murray Gross’ compositions have been broadcast over National Public Radio receiving a Broadcast Music Incorporated Award and performed by many professional and collegiate ensembles.
Elliot Wilcox, piano, a performing member of Thursday Musical since 1983, will perform Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata in E major and Sonata in A minor and selections from Alexander Scriabin’s 24 Preludes, Op. 11. Mary Budd Horozaniecki, violin, and Jill Dawe, piano, will perform Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano. Also featured on the program is 2013 Young Artist Scholarship Competition winner Kristina Meanley on the clarinet.
An avid educator and performer, Jennifer Kennard has performed with orchestras throughout the Northeast and Midwest and has performed as a solo and chamber musician throughout the United States and Australia. Kennard received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Michigan State University and her Bachelor of Music degree from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam.
Pianist Mary Jo Gothmann has worked for some of the most prestigious opera companies in the United States including the Metropolitan Opera and Santa Fe Opera. In 1998 Ms. Gothmann was one of two pianists invited to join the Lindemann Young Artist program at the Metropolitan Opera, and was then asked to become an assistant conductor on the music staff that same year. She has performed in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s chamber music series, with the EOS Orchestra in New York City, the Taos Chamber Music Group, and as piano soloist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
THURSDAY MORNING ARTIST SERIES
• Thursday, Jan. 9, 10:30 a.m., Concordia University. James Rosamilia, cello; Julie Greif, soprano and David Schut, piano. Paul Kovacovic, piano; Libby Laufers, flute and Amee Gallagher, piano.
• Thursday, Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m., Bloomington Center for the Arts. Sarah Bushara, oboe; Harriet McCleary, soprano and Ruth Palmer, piano; David Viscoli, piano; Ingrid Koller, violin, Mitch Blatt, clarinet, and Mary Hunt, piano.
• Thursday, Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m., Bloomington Center for the Arts. Toni Andres, flute; Kathleen Van Doeren, piano; Laura Handler, cello and Gail Olszewski, piano; Mary Kirchner, mezzo-soprano and Jim Reilly, piano.
• Thursday, Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m., Bloomington Center for the Arts. Living Concert Notes: Moderated by Steve Staruch; Kristina Meanley, clarinet; Elliot Wilcox, piano; Mary Budd Horozaniecki, violin and Jill Dawe, piano; Jennifer Kennard, flute and Mary Jo Gothmann, piano.
• Thursday, March 6, 10:30 a.m., Bloomington Center for the Arts. Michael Tang, piano; Elizabeth Woolner, soprano and Jim Reilly, piano; Shannon Loehrke, piano and Beth Blackledge, flute.
• Thursday, March 20, 10:30 a.m., MacPhail Center for Music. Christopher Garwood, guitar; Vern Maetzold, piano and the Lake Quartet; Clarinet 1 2 3 (Karen Hansen, clarinet; Mary Albachten, clarinet; Chelsea Kimpton, clarinet); Elizabeth Ericksen, violin, Faith Farr, cello, and Mary Jo Gothmann, piano.
• Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:30 am | Bloomington Center for the Arts. Rebecca Davis-Lee, piano; Carlynn Savot, cello; Carolyn Finley, mezzo-soprano and Ed Turley, piano.
Thursday Musical is dedicated to presenting fine classical music programs featuring outstanding local musicians and offering educational opportunities to artists and audiences alike.
Founded in 1892, Thursday Musical has a legacy of providing innovative and affordable concert programs to area audiences. Thursday Musical supports three distinctive recital series featuring the wealth of classical solo and chamber ensemble repertoire: the Thursday Morning Artist Series, Home Programs, and Community Concerts.
Since 1894, Thursday Musical also has a rich tradition of providing musical inspiration and education to young audiences. The Young Artist Program encourages developing musicians through recital and scholarship competition opportunities. The Music in Our Schools program brings Thursday Musical singers and instrumentalists into the classroom to present exciting musical experiences.
Season Tickets and Membership for the 2013-14 concert season are available to renewing and new subscribers. Thursday Musical continues its legacy of providing outstanding concert programming at affordable prices. Subscribers can access 12 Thursday Morning Artist Series concerts and 4 Home Programs for under $5 each ($75 general\$65 seniors). Subscriptions can be purchased online, by phone or in person at any Thursday Morning Artist Series concert.
Individual tickets for the Thursday Morning Artist Series can be purchased at the door for $10. All concerts are open seating. For more information, call (612) 333-0313 or visit thursdaymusical.org/membership.
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