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A publication of Thursday Musical NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013


From the President

Liz Nordling, President

CONTENTS President’s Letter


Artist Series




Community Concerts 3 Performing Members 5 Events of Notes


Whenever I introduce someone to Thursday Musical, I try to explain in a few words who we are and what we do, and it’s not easy! I usually say we are an organization that for 122 years has presented the finest local musicians in concert. But that’s really only part of what we do. We also encourage young artists and present music programs in the local schools. And we try to preserve our history – which is long and distinguished. To do all of this takes the actions of a lot of people. Thursday Musical is fortunate to have two part time employees: Vanessa Voskuil, our Operations Manager, who answers our phone, updates our website, prints our programs, and a zillion other things and Holley Thompson, our Accountant, who keeps track of our monies – those coming in and going out. But all of the rest of the work of this organization is done by volunteer power. As with most organizations, we have a president, secretary and treasurer, but a large complex organization like Thursday Musical, which has three concert series, a student section and an educational outreach program, requires a large board. We have a total of 27 board members, which seems like a lot, but each member is a very important part of this incredible organization. There are large jobs – like our Vice Presidents of the Artist Series, who program all twelve of the Thursday Morning Artist Series concerts, or our Community Concerts co-chairs, who program and coordinate the 23 Community Concerts. And there are many smaller jobs, like our Auditions chair, who coordinates our yearly performing member auditions. Besides the board members, we also are grateful to those who are willing to serve on a committee, help out as an usher, or work at our student competition. Each person is vital to the success of Thursday Musical, and we obviously couldn’t do all that we do without them. Continued on page 3


Thursday Morning Artist Series On November 7, the Thursday Morning Artist Series concert will be presented at the 480 seat Buetow Music Auditorium complete with a forty -three rank Schlicker pipe organ and Steinway grand piano. Buetow Music Auditorium is located on the campus of Concordia University, St. Paul in the Herbert P. Buetow Music Center. Please plan extra time to find available parking for university classes will be in session. Directions and parking information can be found on page 2 and at Concordia University is neighbor to both the Midway and Grand Avenue areas of St. Paul, which include a variety of restaurants to enjoy before and/or after the concert! The November 7 concert features Young Artist Scholarship Competition winner Christine Kim, violin, with Susan Garrelts, piano, Deanne Mohr, piano, Ona Pinsonneault, clarinet, with James Kurschner, piano and The Semada Trio. On November 21, Thursday Musical presents its first Thursday Morning Artist Series program at MacPhail Center for Music. Performers include: Young Artist Scholarship Competition winner Sarah Knott, mezzo-soprano, with Nanyi Qiang, piano, David Holmes, cello, with Marianne Bryan, piano, Teresa Tierney, soprano, with Ruth Palmer, piano, and new performing member Jerrod Wendland, piano. On December 5, concerts return to the Bloomington Center for the Arts featuring Living Concert Notes. Minnesota composer Abbie Betinis will join performers to provide live, in-depth commentary about the music being performed. Performers include: Nina Olsen, clarinet, Mary Hunt, piano and Marion Judish, violin, with Jenya Trubnikava, piano. Monica Murray Co-Vice President, Artist Series


Announcements Membership Volume XXVI, No. 2 November/December 2013 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 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. Submission deadlines: January/February December 5 March/April February 6 For more information 612-333-0313

Thanks to all who have renewed their memberships. Our numbers are up and that is good news for us all! A continued effort to gain new members continues. The membership committee spent September and October distributing Thursday Musical brochures, flyers and posters at various arts organizations, museums, churches, clubs, public libraries, music schools and stores, colleges and various residences. Hopefully, these materials will attract attention. Another effort has been made to encourage groups to come to some of our Artist Series concerts. Emails and phone calls have gone out to selected organizations such as Osher Learning and Senior Living residences. It is especially good to see old friends at our concerts but also wonderful to see some new faces. At our first concert I had the chance to talk with one of our newest subscribing members and it turned out that she lives only one block from me! That is one thing that I love about our organization. It brings people together who share a love of music. If you are familiar with Facebook, please take a moment to “Like” Thursday Musical. This is a great way to let your friends know about us. Or take it one step further and set up an “Event” to notify your friends of upcoming concerts. If you have not renewed your membership for this year, yet, I encourage you to do so at your earliest convenience. It is so very helpful and necessary for organizational planning to have our membership current. I look forward to seeing you at a future concert! Judy Olson Chair, Membership Committee

Young Artist Program Registration for the 2014 Young Artist Scholarship Competition is now open. Rules are available online at scholarship-competition. Applications are due January 6, 2014 and will be accepted online only.

Each year, Thursday Musical awards up to $20,000 in prizes. The competition is open to junior high, senior high and college students up to age 25. The competition categories include voice, piano, strings, combined winds/ brass, and guitar. New this year, in addition to studying music privately, applicants must attend a school in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota or North Dakota. Student brochures have been mailed to area colleges, many private music schools, and high school music teachers in the seven-county metropolitan area that are members of the Minnesota Music Educators Association. For more information about qualifications and requirements, visit scholarship-competition. Sylvia Wilson Vice President, Student Section

Directions and Parking Herbert P. Buetow Music Center Concordia University 300 Hamline Avenue North Saint Paul, MN 55104 From the North: 35E to 94W. Then follow the directions “From the East.” From the South: 35W to 94E. Then follow directions “From the West.” From the West: 94E to Snelling Avenue exit and keep straight on Concordia Avenue. Take a right on Hamline Avenue. Herbert P. Buetow Music Center will be on your left. From the East: 94W to Hamline Avenue exit and turn left to cross the highway. Herbert P. Buetow Music Center will be on your left. Parking: The Buetow Music Auditorium is located in the Herbert P. Buetow Music Center. The auditorium can be accessed through the E.M. Pearson Theatre building (north of Herbert P. Buetow Music Center) or at the south end of Parking Lot B located next to the E.M. Pearson Theatre building. Thursday Musical program directors have secured that all university parking lots will not be ticketed the morning of November 7. General and handicap parking can be found in Parking Lot B and E. Free street parking is suggested on Concordia and Marshall Avenue.


Community Concerts offer Variety and Diversion It is no secret that Thursday Musical presents concerts in three unique environments. While the Thursday Morning Artist Series and Home Programs are well-attended by members, the Community Concerts sometimes get overlooked. These venues allow performers to take a more familiar approach, often announcing their repertoire and giving their program notes orally from the stage. Concerts in these venues can also draw from a wide variety of styles, ranging from Baroque to Modern classical styles, to selections from musical theater, and even popular music. Thursday Musical is proud to offer concerts featuring outstanding musicians in these settings, and to offer its members the opportunity to attend these events. On November 14, audience members at Timber Hills Presbyterian Homes will be treated to pianist Jeana Ogren playing Lyric Pieces by Edvard Grieg and Intermezzi by Johannes Brahms, as well as works by Ernst von DohnĂĄnyi and Fanny Mendelssohn. A concert presented at St. Therese Care Center two days later will feature Sara Kantor, soprano and Mindy Eschedor, piano, performing a tribute to singer Julie Andrews. The songs performed will represent five well-known musicals: My Fair Lady, Cinderella, Camelot, Mary Poppins, and The Sound of Music. Flutist Amy Morris celebrates International Pirate Day a bit late by performing unique works by Ruera, Robbins, Rutter and Reineke. Community Concerts in December are equally diverse and delightful. Menorah Plaza will host a concert given by the Vecchione/Erdahl Duo (oboist Carrie Vecchione and bassist Rolf Erdahl) entitled "A Musical Journey," in which they will perform the entertaining and engaging musical works that describe and define their musical path. Cellist Timothy Perry will be performing several selections at Walker Place, including music by Gabriel FaurĂŠ. Mr. Perry will bring an even more personal touch to Walker Place, by collaborating with Pauline Cartford, a musician who is a member of that community. As a Thursday Musical member, you are encouraged to attend a concert at a Community Concerts venue. The Events of Note listing on page 8 of this issue lists all the venue dates, times and locations. Find a venue close to you, and share in the enthusiasm generated by our wonderful musicians. Mary Goetz Co-Chair, Community Concerts

From the President Continued from page 1 Who are these volunteers? They are members of Thursday Musical, who value this organization and are willing to do the work necessary to keep it thriving. We are always looking for volunteers, and I hope that you will come forward because we thrive on volunteer power! Liz Nordling, President


AUDITIONS Become a Performing Member of Thursday Musical! Application Deadline: Postmarked by January 9, 2014 Audition Date: January 30, 2014 | 9:00am - 1:00pm Applications and Information: 612-333-0313

Presenting Minnesota's Finest Classical Musicians in Concert Since 1892


Meet Thursday Musical’s Newest Performing Members Jerrod Wendland Jerrod Wendland is a classical pianist living in Minneapolis. Virtuosic and versatile, he is equally at home as soloist or collaborator. Fluent in many different styles and genres, he has coached singers and instrumentalists, accompanied choirs of all stripes, performed on various keyboard instruments (harpsichord, fortepiano, organ) and has conducted a chamber orchestra. All of Jerrod's diverse activities are united by his belief in classical music as a living art. Music is, above all, a form of communication; by listening to it, we hear the sincerest hopes and dreams of people from all times and nations. Jerrod grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and has earned a Bachelor in Music from the Oberlin Conservatory and a master’s from the University of Minnesota. He has studied piano with Stefanie Jacob, Jane Allen, Peter Takacs, Laura Loewen and Timothy Lovelace. From 2006 to 2007, he served as Artistic Director of the Annas Bay Music Festival, an organization that presents classical music in rural Washington State. The recipient of a 2012 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, he is currently working on Piano Chats, a series of short lecture-recitals for people who want to learn more about classical music in an intimate setting.

Carlynn Savot Cellist Carlynn Savot has been teaching and performing in the Twin Cities since 2012. As a chamber musician, she has a particular interest in performing new music and working closely with composers, including recording projects with composers Kyle Gann and Dan Romàn and the commissioned work Built on Gravel by Ruby Fulton. In 2011, she was a Goldberg Fellow at the International Musical Arts Institute, a chamber festival in Fryeburg, Maine. She has won the Miami String Quartet Competition at the University of Hartford and the University of Connecticut Chamber Festival Competition. While living in Connecticut, she performed with the West End String Quartet (WESQ), presenting a number of contemporary works in collaboration with their composers, including the touring production Criminal Intent with the chamber opera company Rhymes With Opera. WESQ served as the Young-Ensemble-inResidence at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival and participated in both performing and teaching capacities at the Soundfest Chamber Music Festival. Strongly committed to encouraging the next generation of performers, Dr. Savot teaches at St. Joseph’s School of Music and MacPhail. She holds performance degrees from St. Olaf College, the University of Hartford, and the University of Connecticut, where her primary studies were with David Carter, Pamela Devenport, and Kangho Lee.

Jason Hernandez Tenor Jason J. Hernandez has completed coursework at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (student of Inci Bashar) and is currently completing a vocal performance degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (student of John DeHaan and the late Barbara Kierig) where he is a recipient of the Dwan Scholarship. He has performed in productions with the Minnesota Opera Chorus, Skylark Opera, Mixed Precipitation Picnic Opera and the University of Minnesota Opera Theater. Jason is the director of the Adult and Bell Choirs of Peace Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale and is also a soloist and section leader at St. Olaf Catholic Church for the afternoon Contemporary Mass. He plays piano and guitar at Walker Methodist Health Center for senior groups, individuals and spiritual programs. Jason also plays occasionally in retirement communities. Upcoming performances for Jason include roles in the U of MN Opera Theater productions of Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio) and The Cunning Little Vixen (Mosquito/Schoolmaster). He will also be giving a recital at the U of MN School of Music on November 20th. Jason lives in Minnetonka with his wife, Libby Laufers (also a Thursday Musical performing member), their 17-year old cat, Tiger and their 3-year old goldfish, Richard Wagner.



Community Concerts Timber Hills Presbyterian Homes 6307 Burnham Circle, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 Jeana Ogren, piano Carolyn Boulay, violin

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 10:30 AM St. Therese Care Center 8000 Bass Lake Road, New Hope, MN 55428 Sara Kantor, soprano and Mindy Eschedor, piano Amy Morris, flute

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2013 3:00 PM Menorah Plaza 4925 Minnetonka Blvd. St. Louis Park, MN 55416 Vecchione/Erdahl Duo Carrie Vecchione, oboe Rolf Erdahl, string bass

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013 7:00 PM Walker Place 3701 Bryant Ave., S. Minneapolis, MN 55409 Paul Schulz, bass clarinet Timothy Perry, cello

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2014 1:00 PM Boutwells Landing 5600 Norwich Parkway Stillwater, MN 55082 Carolyn Liptak, violin and Marianne Bryan, piano Mary Goetz, piano



THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2014 7:00 PM Friendship Village of Bloomington 8100 Highwood Drive Bloomington, MN 55438 Shirley Santoro, violin and Michael Santoro, piano Stanley King, oboe

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Events of Note (A) Thursday Morning Artist Series (C) Community Concerts (H) Home Programs *Performer Debut (A) Thursday, November 7; 10:30 am Concordia University Buetow Music Auditorium 1282 Concordia Avenue, St. Paul, MN Christine Kim, violin (Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2013) - Ona Pinsonneault, clarinet and James Kurschner, piano - Deanne Mohr, piano - Semada Trio (Dana Donnay, oboe, Matthew Bertrand, bassoon and Seth Engelby, piano)

(A) Thursday, November 21; 10:30 am MacPhail Center for Music 501 S. 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN Sarah Knott, mezzo-soprano (Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2013) - *Jerrod Wendland, piano - Teresa Tierney, soprano and Ruth Palmer, piano - David Holmes, cello and Marianne Bryan, piano (C) Wednesday, December 4; 3:00 pm Menorah Plaza 4925 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN Vecchione/Erdahl Duo (Carrie Vecchione, oboe and Rolf Erdahl, string bass)

(C) Thursday, November 14; 6:30 pm (A) Thursday, December 5, 2013; 10:30 am Timber Hills Presbyterian Homes Living Concert Notes 6307 Burnham Circle, Inver Grove Heights, MN Moderated by Abbie Betinis Bloomington Center for the Arts Jeana Ogren, piano - Carolyn Boulay, violin 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd. Bloomington, MN (C) Saturday, November 16; 10:30 am St. Therese Care Center 8000 Bass Lake Road, New Hope, MN Sara Kantor, soprano and Mindy Eschedor, piano - Amy Morris, flute and Mary Goetz, piano

Breaking from the traditional concert experience, Living Concert Notes include performer interviews and live in-depth commentary about the music being performed. Nina Olsen, clarinet - Alexander Adams-Leytes, baritone - Mary Hunt, piano - Marion Judish,

violin and Jenya Trubnikava, piano - (Elizabeth Longhurst has canceled) (C) Wednesday, December 11; 7:00 pm Walker Place 3701 Bryant Ave., S., Minneapolis, MN Paul Schulz, bass clarinet - Timothy Perry, cello (A) Thursday, January 9, 2014; 10:30 am Concordia University Buetow Music Auditorium 1282 Concordia Avenue, St. Paul, MN James Rosamilia, cello (Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2013) - Julie Greif, soprano and David Schut, piano - Paul Kovacovic, piano - Libby Laufers, flute and Amee Gallagher, piano (C) Saturday, January 18, 2014; 1:00 pm Boutwells Landing 5600 Norwich Parkway, Stillwater, MN Carolyn Liptak, violin and Marianne Bryan, piano - Mary Goetz, piano

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