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Thursday, April 12, 2018

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

Thursday Morning Artist Series


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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


Philippe Gaubert (1879-1941)

Elizabeth Kleiber, flute
Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2017 – High School Winds


Vincenzo Righini (1756-1812)
Affetti, non turbate

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Mi lagnero tacendo, III
   from Musique Anodine

Stefano Donaudy (1879-1925)
Come l’allodoletta

Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

The Monk and His Cat

Herbert Kingsley (1882-1961)
The Green Dog

Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)
To This We’ve Come
   from The Consul

Debra Gilroy, soprano
Eric McEnaney, piano


Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
Transcribed by Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938)
Adagietto from “L’Arlésienne ”

Scott Joplin (1868-1917)
Bethena (A Concert Waltz)

Jon Charles Roberts (1954-2015)
The Piano Piece

Elliot Wilcox, piano


Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Sure on This Shining Night

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
“Stride la Vampa!”
   from Il Trovatore (Azucena, a Gypsy)

Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)
“Am I Afraid?”
   from The Medium (Baba, a fortuneteller)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Von Ewiger Liebe, Op. 43, No. 1

Lee Hoiby (1926-2011)
The Jabberwocky

April Hanson, mezzo-soprano
Thursday Musical Morning Artist Series debut
Dr. Marc Jaros, piano



Performer Information

Elizabeth Kleiber , flute  Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2017

Elizabeth Kleiber, flute
Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2017

Elizabeth Kleiber, flute
Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2017 - High School Winds

Elizabeth Kleiber is seventeen years old and is a junior at Hudson High School.  She started playing flute at the age of 5 with Susie Kuniyoshi under the Suzuki method. Susie Kuniyoshi continues to teach Elizabeth as well as Julia Bogorad-Kogan in recent months. Elizabeth is principal flute in the Symphony Orchestra of Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies conducted by Mark Russell Smith, and has previously been a part of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies. Elizabeth has performed in various masterclasses including Amy Porter, Jeffery Khaner, Alberto Almanza, William Bennett, Mimi Stillman, and Adam Kuenzel. Elizabeth’s most valued accomplishment is sharing her music for people around the world. She had traveled to Argentina, Cuba, England, and Ireland for music purposes and will tour more of Europe this summer. Other than playing flute, Elizabeth enjoys singing in her school choir, art classes, and dancing with the St. Croix Ballet.

Debra Gilroy , soprano

Debra Gilroy, soprano

Debra Gilroy, soprano, is a member of the voice faculty at Hamline University, MCTC, and maintains a private voice studio in Minneapolis. An accomplished soloist, Ms. Gilroy enjoys an active performance schedule. Throughout the year, she can be seen and heard in operas, recitals, chamber ensembles, orchestral concerts, and community and company events. Ms. Gilroy holds section leader and soloist positions with Minnesota Chorale and First Unitarian Society of Mount Curve. She is also a guest vocalist at local churches and is available for weddings and memorial services. She earned her post-graduate certification in Vocal Pedagogy from the University of Minnesota and holds an MM degree and BA degree in Music.

Eric McEaney, piano

Eric McEaney, piano

Eric McEnaney enjoys a multifaceted career as one of America’s foremost opera pianists and vocal coaches, having assisted on the musical preparation of more than 100 productions for companies throughout the country.  He maintains active associations with Florentine Opera Company as Principal Pianist and Coach and Minnesota Opera as Master Coach, and has worked as a guest coach for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Central City Opera, Virginia Opera, Opera Southwest, Skylark Opera, and Lyric Opera of the North, among others.

As a recitalist, Dr. McEnaney has collaborated with singers from the rosters of the nation’s leading opera houses.  His performances have been broadcast locally and nationally on Minnesota Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, Twin Cities Public Television, KSTP-TV's Twin Cities Live, WCCO-TV’s Mid-Morning, and American Public Media.   He has assisted many of the most renowned vocal artists of our time in masterclasses and private sessions.

Dr. McEnaney is an alumnus of young artist programs at Music Academy of the West, Wolf Trap Opera Company, Des Moines Metro Opera, and Minnesota Opera, where he worked four seasons as Resident Artist Coach/Accompanist.  He holds degrees in piano performance and collaborative piano from Eastern Illinois University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Minnesota and maintains a private coaching studio in Minneapolis, where he also resides.

Elliot Wilcox , piano

Elliot Wilcox, piano

Elliot Wilcox has been a performing artist for Thursday Musical since 1983.  He holds master’s degrees in piano performance from Northwestern University and in music theory from the University of Minnesota.  Mr. Wilcox is a member of the music faculty at Century College in White Bear Lake where he teaches music theory and conducts the Century Chamber Orchestra.

April Hanson , mezzo-soprano  (Thursday Morning Artist Series debut)

April Hanson, mezzo-soprano (Thursday Morning Artist Series debut)

Mezzo-soprano April Hanson has appeared as Maurya in Riders to the Sea at the MN Fringe Festival. She also has performed in the University of Minnesota’s productions L’incornazione di Poppea as Arnalta, Suor Angelica as Principessa, Street Scene as Emma Jones, Le Nozze di Figaro as Marcellina, Turn of the Screw as Mrs. Grose and Gianni Schicchi as Zita, Iolanthe as the Fairy Queen with the Gilbert and Sullivan Light Opera Company, and Margot in SkyLark’s production of The Vagabond King. In concert, Hanson has performed as mezzo soloist in the Mozart Requiem with the University of Minnesota’s Orchestra, Handel’s Messiah with the Dakota Valley Symphony and performed Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater, Also, as a young artist with Pine Mountain Music Festival, Hanson covered the role of Dame Quickly in Falstaff and performed the role of Mama Lucia in Cavelleria Rusticana. Hanson serves as Co-Chair for Thursday Musical Home Programs and is also on the board for Women’s Arts and Resources of MN. Hanson will be giving a performance/artist talk at the St Paul Art Crawl April 27th, 28th, 29th.

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Dr. Marc Jaros has taught at Normandale Community College since 1996, where he is the Director of Choral Activities and teaches courses in Music History and World Music.  He earned a B.A. in Music from St John’s University, an M.M. in Musicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.   He has participated in choral ensembles in the Twin Cities such as the Minnesota Chorale, directed community and church choirs, and has accompanied vocal recitals and musical theater.