Thursday Morning Artist Series
Winter Winds Concert
Parking Information: Click here
Complimentary Coffee and Donuts at 10:00 am
Tickets $15, $10 (groups of 8+), $6 student, sold at the door, general seating
Toshiro Mayuzumi: Bunraku
Sam Viguerie, cello
Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2016
Eric Ewazen: Trio for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano (2005)
The Incidental Trio
Karen Hansen, clarinet
Steve Staruch, viola
Sue Ruby, piano
Alfred Prinz: Nachtstück (Night-Piece)
Paul Schulz: Beginnings
Jules Semler-Collery: Legende et Divertissement for Bass Clarinet and Piano
Paul Schulz, bass clarinet
Mary Goetz, piano
Elizabeth Tang: La Danza del Genio (2014)
Henri Tomasi: Concert Champêtre (1938)
The Second Winds
Amy Morris, flute
Nina Olsen, clarinet
Laurie Hatcher Merz, bassoon
Karen Hansen is principal clarinetist of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and Mississippi Valley Orchestra and clarinetist with Dolce Wind Quintet and Rochester Symphony Orchestra. Favorite gigs include Classical MPR’s Class Notes Artists with Dolce Wind Quintet, Merce Cunningham’s OCEAN, the Moody Blues’ backing orchestra, and Schubert Club Courtroom Concerts. Karen teaches clarinet and saxophone at Cadenza Music and is a music lecturer onboard cruise ships. She earned her B.A. from St. Olaf College and M.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sue Ruby earned a B.M. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and M.M. from Columbus State University in Georgia. She has been a teaching artist at MacPhail Center for Music since 2001 and a teacher and co-owner of K&S Conservatory of Music in Woodbury since 2014. Sue works throughout the state as a collaborative pianist. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, Sue is a co-founder of the Association of Professional Piano Instructors and Fridays in the Valley chamber music series.
Steve Staruch performs with his folk/country music group, Belvedere Oasis, and with the Bach Society of Minnesota, Consortium Carissimi, and the Beethoven Festival Chorale. He serves as cantor at his parish church in Minneapolis and is featured as a soloist on Dale Warland Singers recordings. Classical MPR listeners know Steve as an on-air host and producer. He recently completed yoga teacher training at the Yoga Center.
Paul Schulz was graduated summa cum laude with music performance degrees in clarinet and horn from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and received his Master of Music degree in horn performance from Arizona State University. He has performed with many local professional and amateur ensembles. The principal clarinetist of both the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Minnesota Sinfonia, he works full-time as an IT professional.
Mary Goetz is an active soloist and collaborative pianist in the Twin Cities area. A native of Wisconsin, she received her performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the New England Conservatory of Music. In addition to performing she teaches piano in her studio in St. Paul and is on faculty at the K&S Conservatory in Woodbury and the Minnesota Valley Conservatory of Music in Burnsville.
The Second Winds is comprised of woodwind players from the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. They present to school children throughout the Twin Cities under Thursday Musical’s Education Programs. Amy Morris teaches at Hamline University, and has performed with the Minnesota, Omaha and Mankato Symphonies. She received flute performance degrees from the University of Iowa and Northwestern University. Dr. Nina Olsen teaches clarinet at the MacPhail Center for Music and Carleton College. In addition to performing with many groups in the Twin Cities area, she performs regularly with Thursday Musical and on faculty recitals at Carleton and MacPhail. Laurie Hatcher Merz performs with various local ensembles, including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Sinfonia. She is presently teaching at Augsburg College and Century College. Ms. Merz received her bassoon performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Minnesota.