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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


Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
Ouvre ton coeur (Open your Heart)

Sara Shiff, soprano
Young Artist Scholarship Winner 2019
First Place,
High School Voice
Bryon Wilson, piano

Louis Cahuzac (1880-1960) 
Cantilene for Clarinet and Piano

Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937)
Rondo for Clarinet and Piano (Op. 72)

Amelia Smith, clarinet
Thursday Musical Debut

Oskar Merikanto (1868-1924)
Finnish Folk Songs, Op. posth.

Kottarainen (The Starling) 

Miksi laulan (Why do I sing?) 

Soi vienosti murheeni soitto (Lament)

Yksin (Alone)

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) 
Scène romantique, Op. 101, No. 5

Ilmari Hannikainen (1892-1955) 
Valse, Op. 17, No. 1

Leevi Madetoja (1887-1947) 
Iltatäti (In the Evening), Op. 21, No. 1

Selim Palmgren (1878-1951)
Det onda samvetet (The Guilty Conscience), Op. 31, No. 3

Iltarauha (Evening’s Calm), Op. 11b No. 1

Kesäilta valssi (Summer Evening Waltz), Op. 1

Gail Olszewski, piano


Claude Bolling (b. 1930)
Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio (1973)

Russell Dedrick, flute
Laura Stone-Jeraj, piano
Andrew Meyerding, drums
Case Meyerding, bass


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

Originally from a small suburb west of Minneapolis, Amelia Smith holds degrees in clarinet performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, the University of Memphis, and the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Her instructors include Howard Klug, Dr. Robyn Jones, Alexander Fiterstein, and Timothy Zavadil. She most enjoys collaborating with others through chamber music and performs frequently with her Memphis-based friend and colleague, Delara Hashemi (flute) in their duo, Gemini Winds. Over the years they have offered numerous concerts and masterclasses throughout the Midwest and Mid-South regions of the country.

In Spring 2018, Amelia was an audition finalist with the President’s Own Marine Band in Washington, D.C., and shortly after awarded first prize in the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition with a performance at the Ordway Performing Arts Center in St. Paul. Amelia is also a very passionate and dedicated educator, having taught private and group clarinet lessons for several years. She currently teaches at the Wayzata and Anoka school districts, Anoka Ramsey Community College, and works as a Clarinet Specialist at Midwest Musical Imports. In Fall of 2018 she held a brief appointment at the University of Mississippi serving as interim clarinet faculty.

Earlier Event: May 2
1666 Coffman Condominiums
Later Event: October 2
Walker Place