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Thursday, April 11, 2019 - Cancelled

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

Thursday Musical Artist Series

This concert has been cancelled due to inclement weather.


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Complimentary Coffee and Donuts at 10:00 am

Tickets $15, $10 (groups of 8+), $6 students, sold at the door, general seating


Othmar Schoeck (1886-1957)
Sonate für Baßklarinette und Klavier (Op. 41)
   I. Gemessen

Dirk Brossé (b. 1960)

Paul Schulz (b. 1964)
Spring Waltz

Paul Schulz, bass clarinet
Mary Goetz, piano


Deodat de Severac (1872-1921)
Valse Romantique

Enrique Granados (1862-1916)
Spanish Dance No. 5

Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)
Rumores de la Caleta

Federico Mompou (1893-1987)

Federico Mompou
Song and Dance No. 6

Federico Mompou
Song and Dance No. 5

Susan Hellerud, piano

A Tribute to Puerto Rico

Félix Astol Artés (1813-1901)
La Borinqueña

Puerto Rico se Re-Inventa

Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (1805-1847)
Trio, Op. 11(1840)
   I. Allegro molto vivace
   II. Andante espressivo
   III. Allegreto
   IV. Allegro moderato

José A. Zayas Cabán, saxophone
Joel Gordon, saxophone
Casey D. Rafn, piano


Please note that Carolyn Britton and Richard Tostenson, piano duo have cancelled.


Performer Information

Paul Schulz, clarinet

Paul Schulz, clarinet

Paul Schulz was graduated summa cum laude with a music performance degree in clarinet and horn from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and received his Master of Music degree in horn performance from Arizona State University. He joined the Minnesota Sinfonia as principal clarinet in 2011 and has been a member of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra since 1991 (bass clarinet 1991-1999, co-principal 1999-2005, principal 2005-present) and served as its board president for three years. He has performed with many local professional and amateur ensembles, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Allegro Sinfonia Symphony Orchestra and Grand Symphonic Winds. He is the former principal clarinetist of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and former bass clarinetist of the Greensboro (NC) Symphony Orchestra. An adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas, he teaches private bass and contrabass clarinet students. He works full-time as an IT professional and enjoys music composition, games of chance, and playing with his Shih Tzu.

Mary Goetz, piano

Mary Goetz, piano

Mary Goetz is an active soloist and collaborative pianist in the Twin Cities area. A native of Wisconsin, she received her performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the New England Conservatory of Music. In addition to performing she teaches piano in her studio in St. Paul and is on faculty at the K&S Conservatory in Woodbury and the Minnesota Valley Conservatory of Music in Burnsville.


Susan Hellerud, piano

Susan Hellerud, piano

Susan Hellerud has been a performing member of Thursday Musical for more than four decades. She retired in 2017 after serving for fifty-one years on the piano faculty of MacPhail Center for Music, and continues to perform frequently as a solo pianist and chamber musician.  In 1996, Susan established the Shin Tanaka Piano Scholarship at MacPhail in memory of her husband, an endowment which she has supported and enlarged by curating and performing a series of annual benefit concerts. She also enjoys making joint appearances with her twin sister, author and poet Sara DeLuca. Susan has also had a long career as an organist in several Twin Cities area churches.

{Trés} Casey D. Rafn, piano Joel Gordon, saxophone José A. Zayas Cabán, saxophone

Casey D. Rafn, piano
Joel Gordon, saxophone
José A. Zayas Cabán, saxophone

{Trés} started as a collaborative project by José Antonio Zayas Cabán and Colin Young, with the purpose of creating transcriptions for the — two saxophones and piano — ensemble to perform. The trio has since performed chamber music by a wide range of composers in Central America, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States.

Recently, the trio finished a national tour titled A Tribute to Puerto Rico that was partly devoted to help raise funds and awareness about Puerto Rico and the island’s efforts to recover from Hurricanes Irma and María. This has now led to our 2019 project, our first annual multi-week residency in Puerto Rico. Through collaborations with composers such as MacArthur and Guggenheim Award recipient Miguel Zenón and Dublin, Ireland based Amanda Feery, {Trés} will bring free concerts – that will include new music – to low income communities across the island. (Learn more about these projects at:

As a concert saxophonist and pedagogue, José A. Zayas Cabán has presented performances and taught master classes throughout Europe, the Caribbean, and North America. As a member of an underserved (Latino) community, and in addition to the trio’s Tribute to Puerto Rico tour, José has worked to develop non-traditional projects that allow him, and his collaborators, to address our concerns about current events. Of these projects, two of them have been collaborations with Princeton University based composers Shelley Washington and Gemma Peacocke, and the subsequent recordings of Skin and Big Talk. Skin, for alto saxophone and electronics, is a work that considers the disparity individuals experience based on the color of their skin and Big Talk, a duo for two Baritone Saxophones, is, in effect, an open letter to those who tolerate, or take part in, discrimination and harassment that asks them to cease and desist, and a refusal to accept or normalize these acts.

José is a D’addario Performing Artist.

Born in Iowa, grown in Missouri, and sprouting throughout the Midwest, Joel Gordon is a cultivating saxophonist and music educator.  Most recently, Joel recorded and released a full-length album, “Along Those Lines,” with the Kansas City-based Matt Cook Collective.

As a saxophonist, Joel was selected as a resident of the 2014 David Liebman Saxophone Masterclass and was chosen as a semifinalist in the 2013 Naftzger Young Artist Competition.  Joel studied jazz improvisation with Tim AuBuchon and Matt Otto and classical saxophone with Randall Smith and José Zayas-Cabán.  

Joel holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education (2015) and a Master of Arts in Education of Music (2016) from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.  Currently, Joel is the Director of Bands at Platte City Middle School.  As well, Joel maintains an active private studio teaching jazz improvisation and classical saxophone.  Joel lives in Platte City, MO with his wife, Megan.

Located in the Twin Cities area, Casey Rafn currently holds positions at the Lundstrum Center for Performing Arts, Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and is the pianist for the Bloomington Chorale. An award winning performer and active freelancer, his upcoming season includes performances in Switzerland, Uruguay, and Shell Lake, WI. Originally from Two Harbors, MN, he received his bachelor's and master’s degrees in piano performance from The University of Iowa studying under Dr. Ksenia Nosikova.

Earlier Event: April 10
St. Therese Care Center
Later Event: April 17
Arianna Wegley at Capella Tower