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Pre-concert reception at 10:00 am

Reservations are required and can only be made by subscribers.



J.H. Fiocco (1703-1741)

William Grant Still (1895-1978)
Incantation and Dance

Susan Jones, oboe
Lydia Holsten, piano


Frank Milholland
Suite After Old English Songs
   I’ll Love My Love
   Green Bushes

Susan Jones, English Horn
Lydia Holsten, piano


Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)
Where the Bee Sucks
(Ariel’s verse, incidental music, Shakespeare’s The Tempest)

Madeleine Dring (1923-1977)
Three Songs
   The Enchantment
   My True Love Hath My Heart

W. Denis Browne (1888-1915)
To Gratiana Dancing and Singing

Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
Three Songs
  Go Not, Happy Day
   When You Are Old
   Love Went A-Riding

Nancee Soteroplos, soprano
Thomas Bartsch, piano


Peter Arnstein
Nyeah Noir 2018 (world premiere)

Peter Arnstein
Nyeah Noir Upside-down (world premiere)

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Sonata in B-flat Minor
   First movement

Peter Arnstein, piano


Please note, Autmn Zander, piano has cancelled.


Performer Information

Susan Jones, oboe

Susan Jones, oboe

Susan Jones is a graduate of Minnesota State University, where she studied oboe with Dr. Clayton Tiede. She also studied with R.J. Angelucci of the Minnesota Orchestra and at the University of Northern Iowa with Thomas Barry. Susan performs as a soloist, in a trio, and in a woodwind octet. She has been a member of the St. Paul Civic, Minnetonka, Augustana, Mankato Symphonies and The Larry Dalton Orchestra. She teaches private lessons and ensemble classes at Chaska Music Studios.

Pianist Lydia Holsten has been a church musician (choir director/organist) since the early 60's and is presently working in that role at the Congregational Church of Excelsior. She has taught piano for sixty years and is a life member of MMTA, and has taught music at Minnetonka Montessori for 50 years. Her ministry is playing for seniors in memory care.  Holsten has a B.A. in music from Wagner College in NY, did graduate work in music education at NYU, and studied piano with Dorothy Curtis and Mary Chamberlain in Minneapolis.

Nancee Soteroplos, soprano

Nancee Soteroplos, soprano

Nancee Soteroplos attended the U of MN (BFA) and continued her vocal studies at the Mozarteum Hochschule für Musik, Salzburg, Austria, later singing in German opera houses. She married an Englishman and moved to London, there performing in theatre, concerts and recitals. In Arizona, she sang leading roles with the Tucson G & S Society and concerts with the Chamber Music Society. In Boston, MA she continued her German studies at the Goethe Institut Boston, singing several recitals and concerts at the Haus, at Longy School of Music, and New England Conservatory. While in Massachusetts, Nancee also taught a German Lieder Master Class at Bridgewater State College. Eventually she moved “back home” continuing to hone her German Language skills at the Germanic American Institute and performing German lieder and opera at various events there. She currently studies voice with Debra Gilroy, has recently performed at the Hastings Art Center, is a soloist with CORO!, and is a performing member with Thursday Musical.

Pianist Thomas Bartsch pursues an active career as a free-lance coach/accompanist. He has appeared on many different venues including Thursday Musical, Schubert Club, Fringe Festival as well as numerous degree recitals at all the local colleges and Universities. Tom is the staff accompanist at Augsburg University in Minneapolis and at Carleton College in Northfield. He is also the organist at Temple of Aaron Synagogue in St. Paul and at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Roseville.

Peter Arnstein, piano

Peter Arnstein, piano

Dr. Peter 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 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 and currently teaches at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music. He has performed many times at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland as both piano soloist and harpsichord soloist. This last March he participated in the Nautilus composer/librettist program, for which he wrote five song/theater scenes in two weeks, working with five different authors. Most of his recent compositions are songs in French, German, or both.

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