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A publication of Thursday Musical MARCH/APRIL 2014


From the President

Liz Nordling, President

CONTENTS President’s Letter




Home Programs


Winners Concert


Community Concerts 4 Artist Series


Staff Focus


Events of Notes


A dear friend of mine – and fellow singer – recently gave me a bumper sticker that says, “SING’s a big world!” It is a big world and our message can easily get lost if we don’t speak out. Yesterday, I attended an incredible Thursday Morning Artist Series concert. On the program was Mozart, Scarlatti and Beethoven – how can you ever go wrong with their music on the program? But, also performed was a flute sonata by Lowell Liebermann that blew me away. Wow! I had never heard that piece before and I wondered if I ever would have if not for Thursday Musical. Membership with Thursday Musical entitles you to twelve Thursday Morning Artist Series concerts and four Home Programs and the opportunity to hear music not performed anywhere else. What an incredible benefit! So, I will “SING LOUD” about Thursday Musical! Attend a concert. You will be happy you did! Liz Nordling President

Thursday Morning Artist Series Moves to MacPhail Center for Music The Thursday Musical Board of Directors is pleased to announce that beginning with the 2014-15 concert season, all the Thursday Morning Artist Series concerts will be held in Antonello Hall at MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis. Thursday Musical has had a long relationship with MacPhail, going back over 100 years. Mrs. Margaret Gilmore MacPhail, wife of founder William MacPhail, was on the Thursday Musical Board of Directors in 1912 and she and her husband appeared on Thursday Musical


programs. In the 1930’s student recitals were held at MacPhail. In more recent years we have held our auditions there as well as some of our concerts. So, we are really excited to expand and deepen our relationship with MacPhail. Thursday Musical has been searching for a new home for its concerts for several years and there are several reasons why the board has decided to move to MacPhail. In addition to the beautiful facility, central location, and walkable restaurants, the biggest and most important reason is financial. Thursday Musical has a long history of affordable programming and rental costs at the Bloomington Center for the Arts have increased and the management has informed us that it will only continue to increase. MacPhail’s quality facility is within Thursday Musical’s annual budget. Plus, Antonello Hall is beautiful, with excellent acoustics and we will be back home in Minneapolis, on the bus lines and close the to light rail. We know that we have a very faithful Bloomington audience, and we invite you to continue to support us at our Minneapolis location. Liz Nordling President

More about MacPhail MacPhail Center for Music is fully ADAcompliant with four handicapped parking stalls, ramps at curbs on all entrances and exits, two elevators and accessible restrooms on all levels of the building. Special seating is available for events held in Antonello Hall for patrons unable to transfer out of wheelchairs. There are several parking ramps and a surface parking lot nearby which range in price from $4 on weekdays to $3 on weekends, as well as metered street parking which costs $1 an hour. There is also a drop off and pick up site on the east side of the building.


Volume XXVI, No. 4 March/April 2014 A publication of Thursday Musical 709 8th Ave. SE #8 Mpls., MN 55414 612-333-0313 Editor Amy Morris Graphic Design Vanessa Voskuil

2013-2014 Board of Directors Officers

THURSDAY MUSICAL ANNUAL MEETING Thursday, May 1, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Bloomington Center for the Arts Rehearsal Hall 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington Coffee and Refreshments will be served at 10:00 All members are welcome! As a membership organization, each member of Thursday Musical is entitled to a vote at the Annual Meeting. You will also hear short reports from some of the officers and vote on the election of officers.

Spring Home Programs Think Spring! Thursday Musical’s Home Programs will be on April 24, 2014. These wonderful solo and chamber music concerts are often a favorite among members. Four Thursday Musical members have graciously offered their homes for these programs. Deirdre Michael-Mechelke in Apple Valley, Shirley and Michael Santoro in Maplewood, and Carol White in Minneapolis will host the morning programs at 10:30 AM with coffee served at 10:00 AM. Mary Kirchner will host the evening program in Edina at 7:30 PM with dessert at 7:00 PM. Consider volunteering to be a food hostess or a greeter for one of the venues. It is an excellent way to meet members. Reservations can be made online at or by phone at 612-3330313. Sandra Haines Home Programs Reservations Chair

Elizabeth Nordling President Judy Olson Vice President - Membership Monica Murray Debra Gilroy Co-Vice Presidents - Artist Series Elliot Wilcox Vice President - Auditions Sylvia Wilson Russell Dedrick Co-Vice Presidents - Student Section Beth Blackledge Recording Secretary Nanette Scott Goldman Treasurer

Members may advertise free of charge in a classified ad format with a five-line maximum. For more information 612-333-0313

Renewing Membership It has been a harsh winter for us this year but in a few weeks we hope that spring will be evident. It would seem that we have earned it! March is usually the transition month for us in Minnesota. It is also the time of the year when we start to make initial plans for the following year, and when Thursday Musical members will again be invited to renew their memberships. Letters will be coming to you with information about the coming season and how to renew your membership. The membership committee continues to look at ways that Thursday Musical can increase it visibility and expand its membership. As a member, you can help by letting your friends know about our wonderful organization and how they can join. New members who join in March will automatically receive benefits through the 2014-2015 concert season. Your thoughts and feedback are always welcome. Please feel free to contact me. Judy Olson Vice President, Membership

Top 6 Reasons to Attend a Spring Home Program on April 24 1. The performers: six pianists (including one piano four-hands and one piano duo), two sopranos, three string ensembles, and three wind players. 2. The variety of musical selections, from old favorites to brand new works. 3. The variety of locations to choose from: Edina, Minneapolis, Maplewood, Apple Valley. 4. The intimate settings for the enjoyment of chamber music. (If you have never experienced chamber music in a home setting, take advantage of this opportunity!) 5. The gracious and generous hosts and smiling greeters that welcome you at the door. 6. The delicious beverages and treats served. Kathryn Christie Co-Chair, Home Programs


Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winners’ Concert The Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winners’ Concert will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Buetow Music Auditorium at Concordia University, St. Paul. This is a new venue for our Winners’ Concert. First place competition winners in the categories of strings, woodwinds, piano, voice, and guitar will be performing. You will be amazed at the young talent emerging in our local area. One hundred and forty-five students competed for scholarships in Thursday Musical’s Young Artist Scholarship Competition that was held at St. Catherine University on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Students traveled from all over to participate, including: Thief River Falls, Deer River, Granite Falls, Winona, and Madison. Thanks to the many teachers, volunteers and judges who made this event possible. To assist with the Winners’ Concert, please contact Sylvia Wilson at Sylvia Wilson Co-Vice President, Student Section


Community Concerts Bring a Wealth of Music Thursday Musical’s Community Concerts have so much to offer this spring! Some of the performers you love to hear on the Thursday Morning Artist Series stage will be bringing their talents to venues all over the Twin Cities. If you enjoy these performers, be sure to take in a Community Concert and see them in a new setting. I promise you won’t be disappointed! Judy Olson, soprano, will be appearing in a concert given at the Kenwood in Minneapolis on March 28. Judy’s selections will include some delightful Italian arias, Lieder by Robert Schumann and a group of American songs by Samuel Barber, David Evan Thomas, John Duke, Celius Dougherty and Roger Quilter. Pianist Richard Tostenson will also be performing on this program. On April 3, Thursday Musical will present a Community Concert in Prescott, WI at the United Church of Christ, sponsored by the Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council. Performers will include Mimi Tung, piano, who will be playing two beautiful pieces by Heitor Villa-Lobos: Saudades das Selvas Brasileiras No. 2 (Longing for the Brazilian Jungle), and Choros No. 5 Alma Brasileira (Soul of Brazil). Mimi will also perform Ginastera's Danzas Argentinas, and finish with Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G minor. Soprano Melyssa Rice will complete the program. Summit Place in Eden Prairie is a new venue for Community Concerts this year. On April 11, soprano Nancee Soteroplos will collaborate with pianist Lawrence Henry to present “A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table” by William Walton, and two selections from the operetta Bitter Sweet by Noël Coward. Oboist Susan Jones will also be performing with Julie Moyer, violin, and

Marjean Postlethwaite, piano. The trio will play works by Baroque composers, including a sonata by George Frideric Handel. On April 24, tenor Jim Reilly and pianist Beatrice Giere will collaborate to bring a selection of songs from the five Nordic countries of Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Sandra Saliny and Jean Krinke will also perform a varied program of piano duets, including a Handel Concerto. This concert will take place at Covenant Village in Golden Valley. Finishing the Thursday Musical 2013-2014 concert season on May 4 is the Community Concert at Oak Grove Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis. Kathryn Moen is programmed to perform organ works by Bach and Buxtehude, a work for organ pedal solo by the late French composer Jean Langlais, and a new work by Lebanese composer Naji Hakim. Hakim was Olivier Messiaen's successor at the organ at La Trinite Church in Paris. Pianist Nicola Melville will also perform at this venue. Please take a look at the Events of Note on page 8 of this issue for a complete list of Community Concerts. With such a vast selection of concerts on the books, Thursday Musical members are sure to find something that suits their taste and location preferences. Find a venue near you, or take a day-trip and travel to a place you have not seen before. You may end up with a musical adventure that you won’t forget. Mary Goetz Co-chair, Community Concerts

Thursday Morning Artist Series Continues The Thursday Morning Artist Series will conclude with two wonderful spring concerts! On March 20, the series returns to MacPhail Center for Music with performances by Trio Musikeren (clarinetists Karen Hansen, Chelsea Kimpton, and Mary Albachten). They will perform works by American composers Carl Vollrath and Edward Marcus, as well as works by Meyerbeer and Mozart. Soprano Monica Murray and pianist Tom Bartsch will present works by Argentinean composer Carlos Guastavino, Colombian composer Jaime León and Spain’s Enrique Granados. Ensemble L'Autmno (Elizabeth Ericksen, violin, Faith Farr, cello and Mary Jo Gothmann, piano) will round out the program with the Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 by Felix Mendelssohn. On April 10, the series returns again to the Bloomington Center for the Arts. Musicians Ruth Bergman and Meredith Vaughan, violins, Katie Ekberg, viola and Carlynn Savot, cello will present Beethoven’s String Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4. Pianist Rebecca Davis will perform Beethoven’s famous Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 and Intermezzo in B-flat minor, Op. 117, No. 2 by Brahms, and Etude Op. 10, No. 12 in C minor by Chopin. Soprano Deb Gilroy will present a varied program that includes selections from Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Voi lo Sapete by Mascagni, and Lieder by Brahms. Performing Member Elizabeth Ericksen, violin

Monica Murray Co-Vice President, Artist Series



Community Concerts FRIDAY, MARCH 28 7:00 PM The Kenwood 825 Summit Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403 Judy Olson, soprano Jim Reilly, piano THURSDAY, APRIL 3 6:30 PM Timber Hills Presbyterian Homes 6307 Burnham Circle Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 Faith Farr, cello Max Radloff, piano THURSDAY, APRIL 3 7:00 PM Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council United Church of Christ 206 Locust Street East N Prescott, WI 54021 Melyssa Rice, soprano Mimi Tung, piano FRIDAY, APRIL 11 3:00 PM Summit Place Senior Living 8501 Flying Cloud Dr. Eden Paririe, MN 55344 Nancee Soteroplos, soprano Susan Jones, oboe THURSDAY, APRIL 24 1:30 PM Covenant Village 5800 St. Croix Ave. N. Golden Valley, MN 55422 Jim Reilly, tenor and Beatrice Giere, piano Sandra Saliny and Jean Krinke, piano duet SUNDAY, MAY 4 3:00 PM Oak Grove Lutheran Church 7045 Lyndale Avenue South Richfield, MN 55423 Kathryn Moen, organ Nicola Melville, piano


THURSDAY, MARCH 27 1:00 PM Struthers Parkinson's Center, Park Nicollet 6701 Country Club Dr. Golden Valley, MN 55427 Suzanne Kennedy, soprano Nina Olsen, clarinet

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Staff Focus: Thursday Musical’s Operations Manager Vanessa Voskuil Thursday Musical’s primary administrator, Operations Manager Vanessa Voskuil, does a lot behind the scenes for Thursday Musical, however outside of the office she is also a choreographer and director. Her upcoming world premiere, “The Student” is an epic, community-inclusive, dance and music theater piece that premieres April 3 and 4, 2014, at The Vanessa Voskuil in rehearsal O'Shaughnessy as part of the “Women of Substance” series on the campus of St. Catherine University, St. Paul. In development nearly two years, “The Student” involves a large-scale and diverse group of performers featuring an estimated 70 local dancers, actors and community members, and 100 student vocalists from St. Catherine University, Hamline University, and Perpich Center for the Arts Education. "The Student," told through the elements of dance, theater, and music, tells the story of a student who falls away from his/her self and, through learning and awareness, finds clarity and resolve, and a way to move forward. “We are always learning, but not always knowing," said Voskuil. "The student can learn, but does not always listen. This is the heart of ‘The Student’ – awareness of self.”

Voskuil is an award-winning choreographer, director, performer, designer, community organizer, teaching artist, and creator of dances, interdisciplinary performances and films. She has created more than 20 contemporary performance works ranging from large community performance projects to ensemble and solo works for site-specific locations and theater settings. For this large production, Voskuil has collaborated with award-winning composer Janika Vandervelde and sound artist Jesse Whitney of A. Wolf & Her Claws to produce an original score. Vandervelde has composed three choral pieces for performance by three choirs. The choral text is taken from “The Book of Wisdom.” The passage chosen (2:23) — "For God created humanity to be inexterminable, and made humanity in the image of its own eternity" — suggests that humans, imperfect as we now may seem to be, will inevitably be revealed as the personification of wisdom (God's creative agents). A native of Wisconsin, Vandervelde has written more than 100 works for orchestras, choirs, chamber ensembles, soloists, and the stage, including the operas Hildegard (1989) and Seven Sevens (1993). She was twice a Bush Artist Fellow and a McKnight Foundation Composer Fellow. She has been commissioned by such organizations as The Minnesota Orchestra, The Guthrie Theater, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and others. Performances begin at 7:30 PM at The O’Shaughnessy (2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul). Tickets are online at or 651-690-6700.


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Events of Note (A) Thursday Morning Artist Series (C) Community Concerts (H) Home Programs (Y) Young Artist Program (A) Thursday, March 20, 2014 10:30 am MacPhail Center for Music 501 S. 2nd Street, Minneapolis Monica Murray, soprano and Tom Bartsch, piano; Karen Hansen, clarinet, Mary Albachten, clarinet, Chelsea Kimpton, clarinet; Elizabeth Ericksen, violin, Faith Farr, cello, Mary Jo Gothmann, piano; Christopher Garwood, guitar, Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2013 (has cancelled); Vern Maetzold, piano and the Lake Quartet (has cancelled) (C) Thursday, March 27, 2014 1:00 pm Struthers Parkinson's Center, Park Nicollet 6701 Country Club Dr., Golden Valley Suzanne Kennedy, soprano; Nina Olsen, clarinet (C) Friday, March 28, 2014 7:00 pm The Kenwood 825 Summit Avenue, Minneapolis Judy Olson, soprano; Jim Reilly, piano (C) Thursday, April 3, 2014 6:30 pm Timber Hills Presbyterian Homes 6307 Burnham Circle, Inver Grove Heights Faith Farr, cello; Max Radloff, piano

(Y) Thursday, April 3, 2014 7:00 pm Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winners’ Concert Buetow Music Auditorium - Located in the Herbert P. Buetow Music Center at 300 Hamline Avenue North, St. Paul

(H) Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:30 am Home of Shirley and Michael Santoro 847 Connor Ct., Maplewood Vern Maetzold and Charles Lilienfeld, piano duo; Luana Mitchell, soprano; Dana Donnay, oboe

(C) Thursday, April 3, 2014 7:00 pm Hastings Prescott Area Arts Council United Church of Christ 206 Locust Street East N, Prescott, WI Melyssa Rice, soprano; Mimi Tung, piano

(H) Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:30 am Home of Deirdre Michael-Mechelke 13609 Embry Way, Apple Valley Claudia Schnitker, flute; Shannon Loehrke, piano; Julie Moyer, violin

(A) Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:30 am Bloomington Center for the Arts 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington Deb Gilroy, Soprano; Rebecca Davis-Lee, piano; Carlynn Savot, cello; Carolyn Finley, mezzosoprano (has cancelled); and Ed Turley, piano

(C) Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:30 pm Covenant Village 5800 St. Croix Ave. N., Golden Valley Jim Reilly, tenor and Beatrice Giere, piano; Sandra Saliny and Jean Krinke, piano duet

(C) Friday, April 11, 2014 3:00 pm Summit Place Senior Living 8501 Flying Cloud Dr., Eden Paririe Nancee Soteroplos, soprano; Susan Jones, oboe (H) Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:30 am Home of Carol White 1922 Penn Ave. S, Minneapolis Pat Smith, cello & ensemble; Mary Lois Dick, soprano; Suzanne Greer, piano

(H) Thursday, April 24, 2014 7:30 pm Home of Mary Kirchner 7470 Cahill Rd, Edina Faith Farr, cello; Nicola Melville, piano; Mitchell Blatt, clarinet (C) Sunday, May 4, 2014 3:00 pm Oak Grove Lutheran Church 7045 Lyndale Avenue South, Richfield Kathryn Moen, organ; Nicola Melville, piano

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