Home of Sandra Haines
Pre-concert reception at 7:00 pm
Reservations are required and can only be made by subscribers.
Frederick Chopin (1810-1849)
Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Suite Pour Le Piano
Brant Thomsen, piano
All pieces will be announced from the stage and are original works by The OK Factor.
The OK Factor
Karla Colahan, violin
Olivia Diercks, cello
Edie Hill (b. 1962)
I. A Look Ahead
II. Momento: after Clara’s Grey Pearl
III. Here, Now
IV. Backward Glance
Commissioned through a 2017 University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Award
Tyler Kline (b. 1992)
from Orchard (2018)
Marc Chan (b. 1975)
from Dr. Brahms’s Book of Rags (2018) (A Miscellany of Hemiola Hijinks and Other Syncopated Musings)
4. E minor. Unrushed.
15. A-flat major. Andante.
Commissioned through a 2018 University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Award
Ann DuHamel, piano
Please note Mary Kirchner, mezzo-soprano and Jim Reilly, piano have cancelled.
Brant Thomsen lives with his wife and daughters in Saint Paul. He is a clinical social worker with a private therapy practice in Saint Paul. His primary specialization is trauma focused therapy. His work also focuses on supporting musicians with their unique way of experiencing life and its challenges. After high school he studied at New England Conservatory of Music as a piano performance major. He is actively involved with the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, as a parent and performer.
Praised for the "grace and sensitivity" of her playing as well as her enthusiastic teaching, pianist Ann DuHamel serves as Head of Keyboard Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris. An ardent proponent of modern music, she has enjoyed working with several contemporary composers including Lowell Liebermann and Christopher Marshall as well as commissioning works from award-winning composers Marc Chan, Joseph Dangerfield and Edie Hill. She premiered one of these new works at the 12th Annual International Saxophone Conference in Mexico City, where her playing and teaching was described as "a delight for the ears and the soul."
Recent engagements include an invitation to perform at the national College Music Society conference in Santa Fe, NM; a program of French music with cellist Charles Asch; an upper Midwest tour of Winterreise with baritone Stephen Swanson; and a European tour of American music with saxophonist Preston Duncan. Past performances occurred at venues in twelve countries and over twenty states, including two appearances in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall.
Upcoming performances will feature the Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion by Bartók at DePauw University in Indiana, the D minor Concerto of Bach with the UMM Chamber Orchestra, and a solo program showcasing works of Brahms as well as commissions inspired by Brahms. Additionally, Ann is expanding her musical horizons and studying jazz piano with Laura Caviani. Ann earned a DMA from the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Ksenia Nosikova. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was Assistant Director to Paul Wirth at the Central MN Music School.
Olivia Diercks and Karla Colahan, cellist and violinist of The OK Factor, have one word to describe their musical connection: lucky. The ease with which they write and perform their original music is organic, and their new-classical crossover style has caught the attention of the Minnesota music community in which they live and work. It continues to bring them success on stages such as The Dakota Jazz Club, The Cedar Cultural Center, The Aster Cafe, The Stone Arch Bridge Festival and more. Olivia and Karla are passionate about educational outreach and community engagement. They conduct workshops for string students of all ages, using their instruments as vehicles for creative and innovative musical thinking. Olivia and Karla also provide programming to reach community members where they're at, creating an experience that inspires and encourages communities to explore music, and cultivate a curiosity about its role in their lives. Following four years of writing, performing, and regional touring, The OK Factor is excited to share their fourth studio album, "That's Enough of That", released in August of 2016.