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Season Opening Concert

  • MacPhail Center for Music 501 South 2nd Street Minneapolis, MN, 55401 United States (map)

Thursday Musical Artist Series


This concert is FREE and open to everyone!

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9:30 a.m. Silver Tea Reception


To be announced


Performer Information

Sara Shiff,  soprano  Young Artist Scholarship Winner 2019, 1st Place High School Voice

Sara Shiff, soprano
Young Artist Scholarship Winner 2019, 1st Place High School Voice

Sara Shiff, soprano 

Russell Dedrick,  flute

Russell Dedrick, flute

Russell Dedrick studied at the Manhattan School of Music and directed the New Music Ensemble at Mannes School of Music in New York. He played in the Orquesta del Estado de Mexico, in Toluca, Mexico, for two seasons. Locally, he has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, VocalEssence and many other orchestras and chamber music groups, including the Dedrick Flute Duo and Monarch Trio.

Gail Olszewski,  piano

Gail Olszewski, piano

Gail Olszewski, DMA, has played solo and chamber recitals on piano, harpsichord, fortepiano, organ, harmonium and synthesizer in the US, Canada, Europe, Central America and Australia. Locally she has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Chanhassan Dinner Theaters, Ordway Productions and Garden of Song Opera. She is a founding member of The WolfGang, performing music of the Classic period on authentic instruments, Duo Tastiera with harpsichordist/composer Asako Hirabayashi and with the Stillwater-based chamber group Music St. Croix. Gail has a private studio and teaches at MacPhail Center for Music. FFI:

Amelia Smith,  clarinet  Thursday Musical Debut

Amelia Smith, clarinet
Thursday Musical Debut

Amelia Smith is currently a doctoral candidate in clarinet performance at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. Originally from a small suburb west of Minneapolis, she earned her bachelor’s degree at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and her master’s degree from the University of Memphis, both in clarinet performance. Her past instructors include Howard Klug, Dr. Robyn Jones, and Alexander Fiterstein and Timothy Zavadil. Amelia has maintained the principal position of both the University Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra throughout her graduate degrees. She most enjoys performing chamber music and collaborating with her friend and colleague, Delara Hashemi (flute) in their duo, Gemini Winds. They have performed numerous concerts and masterclasses throughout the Midwest and Mid-South regions of the country. Amelia has also taught private clarinet lessons to students of all ages for several years, and is currently teaching at Wayzata High School, Anoka High School and Anoka Ramsey Community College. She also mentors the clarinet students in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies program. Most recently she has completed a brief appointment at the University of Mississippi serving as interim clarinet faculty for the first part of Fall semester 2018.

Earlier Event: May 2
1666 Coffman Condominiums
Later Event: October 17
Music for Two