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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday Morning Artist Series

Complimentary Coffee and Donuts at 10:00 am

Tickets $15, $10 (groups of 8+), $6 student, sold at the door, general seating

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Edward MacDowell: First Modern Suite, Opus 10

Emma Taggart, piano
Young Artist Student Competition Winner 2016

Franz Schubert: Sonatina in A minor, Opus 137, No. 2

Mary Budd Horozaniecki, violin
Jill Dawe, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Duettino: Sull’aria…che soave zeffiretto, K. 492
   From Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Duet: Nein, das ist wirklich doch zu keck!
   From Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Trio: Sigh No More Ladies
   From Sir John in Love

Elizabeth Longhurst, soprano
Patricia Kent, soprano
Maggie Lofboom, mezzo-soprano
Barbara Brooks, piano

Edvard Grieg: Sonata in E minor, Opus 7

Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair, piano

Performer Information 

Emma Taggart, now age 14, started lessons at age four. She currently studies with Julliard graduate, Dr. Reid Smith. Emma has won many competitions, both locally and internationally and taken master classes with legendary pianists such as Nelita True and Oxana Yablonskaya. She has performed at festivals in both the United States and Europe, and played with several orchestras. Emma received the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award in 2016, which was accompanied by a $10,000 scholarship. She and her ten-year-old brother, Jacob, performed at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts as a duo on the nationally syndicated radio show, From the Top, in November 2016. For more information about Emma, please visit: 

Throughout her lifetime career, Mary Budd Horozaniecki has been in equal demand as an outstanding violinist, distinguished scholar, classical performing artist and honored pedagogue. She has appeared nationally as a soloist and in collaboration with chamber ensembles and orchestras. A frequent master class presenter and guest artist at colleges and universities, Mary currently holds the title Senior Lecturer in Music at Carleton College and teaches at Augsburg and Macalester Colleges in Minnesota. 

Jill Dawe is a native of Newfoundland, Canada, and a graduate of Eastman School of Music (M.M. & D.M.A.). She enjoys a career that combines solo and collaborative performance with teaching and cross-disciplinary projects. Ms. Dawe has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician in Canada, England and the United States and has taught on the faculties of the Chautauqua Institute, Oberlin Conservatory, and Lenoir-Rhyne College before making Augsburg her teaching home. 

Patricia Kent has performed as soloist with many orchestras including Wooster (OH) Symphony, the Duluth Superior Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, where she won the coveted Schussler Vocal Prize. Patricia is a featured artist on several recordings, including the Minnesota AIDS Quilt Songbook, “All in the Family” a CD of songs of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn with pianist Robert Koopmann and a CD of French songs, la Vie Intérieure, with Roderick Phipps-Kettlewell. She is also an experienced operatic singer and chamber musician and serves on the music faculty of Macalester College and The College of St. Benedict/ St. John’s University. 

Maggie Lofboom, mezzo-soprano, is a Minnesota native, and a graduate of Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota. She performs regularly with Minnesota Opera, as well as Nautilus Music Theater and Mixed Precipitation's “The Picnic Operetta.” When not on stage, Maggie enjoys tending her rose gardens, collecting vintage china, working on sassy cross-stitch patterns, and rooting for her hapless Minnesota Twins. 

Note: Ms. Kent, Lofboom, and Longhurst have spent countless hours together in the close quarters of the Minnesota Opera dressing rooms. 

Barbara Brooks is an active vocal coach, pianist and music director in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Ms. Brooks has served as a vocal coach for several opera companies including Canadian Opera, Minnesota Opera, New Orleans Opera, Opera Banff, Kentucky Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and Berkshire Opera. She has served as Music Director for the Tony Award winning theaters, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, and The Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company.

Born in Montreal, Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair is a French Canadian pianist who has repeatedly stirred audiences with his ability to communicate. Known for his tireless energy and solid focus, critics have greatly complimented his powerful and rich sound, and his consistently clear and intelligible sense of form, structure and polyphony.

In the recent seasons, he has performed Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor with KSO, OSI and OPMEM and has been broadcasted on Baby Blue Arts and Radio Ville-Marie. Gabriel regularly performs in Canada and United-States, giving solo and chamber recitals, along with lectures on pianism.

Currently in his last year of Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota with Lydia Artymiw. He holds a Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal.

Earlier Event: December 1
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Later Event: February 2
Thursday, February 2, 2017