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
If you join after March 1st, your membership will extend through the following concert season!
Ariel has cancelled due to illness.
Ariel Wilberg, soprano
Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2016
Sergei Prokofiev: Flute Sonata in D major, Opus 94
Zixuan Yan, flute
(Thursday Musical debut)
Bei Yu, piano
Songs and Dances
Johnny Green: Coquette (1928)
arr. Peter Arnstein
Franz Liszt: Dance of the Gnomes
Federico Mompou: Song and Dance No. 5
Peter Arnstein: Coquettish Fugue (2017)
Samuel Barber: Piano Sonata
Peter Arnstein, piano
Jean Marie Leclair: Sonata for Violin and Piano in D major, Opus 9, No. 3
Carolyn Boulay, violin
Jeana Ogren, piano
Zixuan Yan is studying with Immanuel Davis to earn a Master of Music degree in flute performance at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Zixuan received her bachelor’s degree at Wuhan Conservatory of Music, China in 2014 under the supervision of Ling Yan. She has also studied with Laura Trainini Principal Flute of the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra. Zixuan been performing as a member of orchestra and wind ensemble at the University of Minnesota since 2015. She was also a performer with Wuhan Oriental Orchestra for several years. In 2016, she participated in Madeline Island Music Camp and in 2017, Zixuan won the Honorable Mention award in the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition.
Bei Yu will be accompaning Zixuan Yan on piano.
Dr. Arnstein is well known in the Twin Cities area as a pianist and composer. He has often served as pianist and harpsichordist with the Minnesota Orchestra, and has accompanied and recorded with many members of the Twin Cities’ two main orchestras and college music faculties. A winner of international competitions in both composition and piano, he has toured the Midwest as pianist and composer-in-residence for the Sylmar Chamber Ensemble, was a frequent pianist with the Macalester Trio, and is currently an active composer and arranger. He teaches all levels of piano and composition at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music, the Evergreen School for the Performing Arts in Edina, the Mt. Calvary School of Music in Excelsior, and at his studio in Minneapolis. He has performed numerous times at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, as both piano soloist and harpsichord soloist, as accompanist for violinist Michael Antonello, and as part of the piano trio, Trio di Vita, which premiered his Trio Jazzico Nostalgico and Scottish Fantasy. He has a doctorate in piano from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master's from the University of Illinois-Urbana, and a bachelor's from the Manhattan School of Music.
Carolyn Boulay studied classical violin with Mary West as a child, and later with Shirley Santoro, John Tartaglia and Lea Foil at the University of Minnesota, where she served as Concertmaster. Since then, she has played her violin in arenas, auditoriums, Target Center, the White House, cathedrals, bars, one garage sale and the peak of the real Charlie Brown's roof. She was a first violinist in the San Antonio Symphony, plays Swedish folk fiddle, Klezmer, Renaissance, and country fiddle. She has played in bands opening for artists such as Vince Gill and the Gatlin Brothers. Carolyn has played frequently Theater Latte Da, the Children's Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theater and the Guthrie. She plays regularly at the Basilica of St Mary and St Bartholomew's, and teaches at Mount Olivet. She is happy to be here.
During her career as a professional musician, Jeana Ogren has shown great versatility as a pianist, singer, and teacher. She has collaborated with many well-known singers throughout California and the Midwest. Currently, she is faculty accompanist at Concordia University in St. Paul, an Artist member of Thursday Musical, pianist with the Women Performers chamber group and an active freelance performer in the Twin Cities. She has been on the faculties of Santa Clara University, the Community School of Music and Arts, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.