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Premieres, Concerts and Lectures
Oct
18
Fri
Marilyn Biery Plays “Simple Gifts” in Chicago @ Fourth Presbyterian Church
Oct 18 @ 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Marilyn Biery Plays "Simple Gifts" in Chicago @ Fourth Presbyterian Church

Organist Marilyn Biery plays Variations on Simple Gifts in recital at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, part of the GIA Fall Institute. Hear music by composers with Chicago connections at Fourth Presbyterian Church, featuring Comes Autumn Time by Leo Sowerby, organist-choirmaster at St. James Episcopal Cathedral from 1927-1962, as well as associate organist at Fourth Presbyterian in 1919, Pavane by Richard Proulx, who had a long association with Holy Name Cathedral, Fanfare, Variations and Toccata on “Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding” by James Biery, In Quiet Mood by Florence B. Price, the first African-American woman to have a work performed by a major orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, in 1933 and Thomas’s Variations on Simple Gifts.

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 2:15 PM
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611

Marilyn Biery, AAGO, ASCAPlus award winner, was born in Elmhurst, Illinois, in 1959. Her childhood years were spent in Sandwich, Illinois, where her father, a Presbyterian minister, was pastor of The Federated Church.  Her organ training began there, with Norma Washburn Kentner, a student of Robert Reeves at Northern Illinois University.  She is a Pi Kappa Lambda graduate of Northwestern University with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance, where she studied with Richard Enright and Grigg Fountain.  In 1982 she was a finalist in the National Open Competition in Organ Playing, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.  Marilyn has served as Director of Music Ministries at The First Church of Christ in Hartford, Connecticut, Associate Director of Music at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Minister of Music at Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan, and is currently Music Director/Organist at Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit.  She holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance from the University of Minnesota, and has been on the music faculty at Wayne State University.  Marilyn is a former Director of the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, sponsored by the AGO.

Marilyn has collaborated with a number of American composers, including Libby Larsen, David Evan Thomas, Stephen Paulus, Pamela Decker and James Hopkins.  A series of her articles on American Organ Music was printed in The American Organist from July 2000 to June 2003; other articles have been published in The Diapason, on composer Harold Stover, organ professor Grigg Fountain, and the late Roy Johnson, former organ professor at the University of Arizona.

 

Oct
27
Sun
Kantorei premieres “Sing to Me” @ The Church of Christ the King
Oct 27 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Two smiling guysKantorei, the Minnesota-based a cappella choral ensemble conducted by Axel Theimer, opens its 2019-20 concert season with its traditional Fall Audience Appreciation concert.

The choir will premiere David Evan Thomas’s “Sing to Me,” a setting of a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, commissioned by the choir and dedicated to Kantorei director Axel Theimer. (left: Theimer and Thomas, 2015)

Directed by Axel Theimer since its inception in 1988, Kantorei is one of the premier a cappella choral ensembles in Minnesota. The choir’s approach to singing, with an integral focus on vocal freedom, allows the singers to communicate the emotional and expressive content of music and text with natural beauty. Kantorei’s mission is to share a passion for lifelong singing, with emphasis on distinctive and diverse choral literature. This will be the sixth work by Thomas sung by Kantorei. Others include Light Upon the Water, 3 Psalms and For God so Loved the World.

Sunday, October 27, 3 PM
The Church of Christ the King
5029 Zenith Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410

Nov
7
Thu
Sewell & Thompson Play Courtroom Concert @ Landmark Center 317
Nov 7 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Sewell & Thompson Play Courtroom Concert @ Landmark Center 317

Cellist Laura Sewell and pianist Sonja Thompson play DET’s From the Land of Song, a suite of Welsh folk-songs, on a free Schubert Club Courtroom Concert. Sewell is a founding member of the LARK Quartet. Thompson, one of the Twin Cities finest collaborative pianists, is on the faculty at Augsburg University.

Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 12 Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Downtown St. Paul

The Courtroom Concerts take place October through May on Thursdays from 12 PM – 1 PM in Courtroom 317, Landmark Center, Downtown St. Paul. Hosted by Abbie Betinis. Admission is free. Seating is limited and first come first served. Doors open at 11:30. Please call if you are attending as a group of 10 or more (651.292.3267).

Nov
9
Sat
Lux Quartet Premieres 3rd Quartet @ The Baroque Room
Nov 9 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Lux Quartet Premieres 3rd Quartet @ The Baroque Room

The Lux String Quartet (Erika Blanco and Stephanie Skor, violins; Kirsti Petraborg, viola; Eric Graf, cello) premieres David Evan Thomas’s String Quartet No. 3, Una corda

Saturday, November 9 @ 3 PM
The Baroque Room
275 East 4th Street #280, St. Paul
Tickets at door, $30

Also on the program: Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, Opus 10.

Lux String Quartet is a Twin-Cities based ensemble, bringing a dynamic edge to performance and education since 2013.  As avid recitalists, Lux maintains an active presence in a wide array of musical spheres, from concert halls and churches, to coffee shops and podcasts. Their concert series, “Lattes with Lux,” established an enthusiastic fan base and is currently hosted by several local, independent coffee houses around the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

A wide spectrum of musical backgrounds and tastes contributes to the group’s creativity, which is reflected in their collaborative projects with other artists. In addition to presenting classical repertoire, Lux  frequently collaborates with other musicians, actors, and composers to perform contemporary works, pushing boundaries of presentation, form, and aesthetic.

Dedicated to music education and instilling a love for their art in the next generation, Lux String Quartet presents at elementary schools and other music education programs. They have served as quartet-in-residence at Augsburg University Suzuki Talent Education and the Oskaloosa Music Festival.

Thomas’s quartet is a lyrical experiment and a pun, asking the players to play—as much as is practical—on only one string: una corda. The piano has an una corda pedal, which moves the dampers to allow only one string to be struck. Transferred to strings, the first movement of this work is played on each instrument’s lowest string, the G (for violin) or C (viola and cello). Movement II is played the middle two strings. The final movement uses only the highest string.

With “light” its very name, it’s particularly appropriate that the Lux Quartet is presenting the premiere of this work.

Nov
17
Sun
Artaria, Jette & Mary Oliver 1 @ Sundin Hall, Hamline University
Nov 17 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Artaria, Jette & Mary Oliver 1 @ Sundin Hall, Hamline University

The Artaria Quartet with soprano Maria Jette

David Evan Thomas’s To Live in This World: Three Poems of Mary Oliver, for soprano and string quartet.

Sunday, November 17 at 3 PM
Sundin Hall, Hamline University, St. Paul
Tickets: $17/15 seniors/youth & students free

Also on the program: Mozart: K. 575 and Brahms: Quartet No. 2

Commissioned in 2002 by Music in the Vineyards of Napa, California, To Live in This World sets three poems by beloved American poet Mary Oliver (1935-2019). It is dedicated to the memory of MITV’s Founding Executive Director Gail Adams.

The Artaria String Quartet (Ray Shows and Nancy Oliveros, violins, Annalee Wolf, viola, and Patricia Ryan, cello) is embarking on its fourth decade of string quartet playing and teaching. Winners of the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and named 2013-14 Minnesota Public Radio Artists-in-Residence, Artaria was also featured on Twin Cities Public Television as part of the “Minnesota Originals” series. Artaria’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them to major venues throughout the United States and Europe, on national television and public radio stations, and at top summer festivals including the Banff Centre in Canada, Festival de L’Epau in France, and the Tanglewood Music Center. They are founders of the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, which showcases the nation’s top high school age string quartets each April.

Soprano Maria Jette’s wide-ranging career has encompassed everything from early Baroque opera to world premieres, in the United States and abroad.  Her orchestral resumé includes The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony and many other orchestras. She’s often heard withVocalEssence (led by conductor Philip Brunelle), Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Minnesota Sinfonia The Schubert Club and Lyra Baroque Orchestra. A regular guest over many seasons at the San Luis Obispo Mozart and Oregon Bach Festivals and the Oregon Festival of American Music, she was often heard nationally over 20+ years of  Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Jette has sung many works by DET, including Petals Fallen from the Moon, which she commissioned, and By Heart.

 

Nov
18
Mon
Artaria, Jette & Mary Oliver 2 @ MacPhail Center for the Arts
Nov 18 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Artaria, Jette & Mary Oliver 2 @ MacPhail Center for the Arts

The Artaria Quartet with soprano Maria Jette

David Evan Thomas’s To Live in This World: Three Poems of Mary Oliver, for soprano and string quartet. Also on the program: Mozart: K. 575 and Brahms: Quartet No. 2

Monday, November 18 at 7:30 PM
Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis
$20/15 seniors/youth & students free

Commissioned in 2002 by Music in the Vineyards of Napa, California, To Live in This World sets three poems by beloved American poet Mary Oliver (1935-2019). It is dedicated to the memory of MITV’s Founding Executive Director Gail Adams.

The Artaria String Quartet (Ray Shows and Nancy Oliveros, violins, Annalee Wolf, viola, and Patricia Ryan, cello) is embarking on its fourth decade of string quartet playing and teaching. Winners of the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and named 2013-14 Minnesota Public Radio Artists-in-Residence, Artaria was also featured on Twin Cities Public Television as part of the “Minnesota Originals” series. Artaria’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them to major venues throughout the United States and Europe, on national television and public radio stations, and at top summer festivals including the Banff Centre in Canada, Festival de L’Epau in France, and the Tanglewood Music Center. They are founders of the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, which showcases the nation’s top high school age string quartets each April.

Soprano Maria Jette’s wide-ranging career has encompassed everything from early Baroque opera to world premieres, in the United States and abroad.  Her orchestral resumé includes The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony and many other orchestras. She’s often heard withVocalEssence (led by conductor Philip Brunelle), Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Minnesota Sinfonia The Schubert Club and Lyra Baroque Orchestra. A regular guest over many seasons at the San Luis Obispo Mozart and Oregon Bach Festivals and the Oregon Festival of American Music, she was often heard nationally over 20+ years of  Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Jette has sung many works by DET, including Petals Fallen from the Moon, which she commissioned, and By Heart.

 

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