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Piano Extravaganza

  • MacPhail Center for Music 501 s 2nd St Minneapolis, MN (map)

Thursday Musical 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


To be announced


Performer Information

Carolyn Britton was for many years a professor of music at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, where she founded the piano ensemble program. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music from Indiana University and a D.M.A. from the University of Minnesota. Britton is a former President of Thursday Musical. Britton and Tostenson met through a mutual student who thought that since they had similar pedagogical and musical ideas, they should perform together. They began talking and playing together and realized that the student was very perceptive. They have been performing together for seven years.

Richard Tostenson, piano

Richard Tostenson, piano

Richard Tostenson graduated with a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Richard is an active solo performer focusing mainly on music from the 20th and 21st century. Recent solo piano performances include Basilica of Saint Mary, The Baroque Room, The Museum of Russian Art, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. In addition to his performing career, Richard is on the piano faculty at MacPhail Center for Music where he is the MacPhail Keyboard Department Specialist, coordinator for the MacPhail Advanced Piano Camp, and a participating faculty member of the MacPhail Young Artist for Piano Program. Richard’s students have won the MacPhail Concerto Competition, SPPTA Concerto Competition, MMTF Mozart Piano Concerto, Chicago International Piano Competition, and the opportunity to participate in the International Junior e-piano competition.

Ann DuHamel, piano

Ann DuHamel, piano

Praised for the “…grace and sensitivity” of her playing and described as “… a delight for the ears and the soul,” pianist Ann DuHamel serves as Head of Keyboard Studies at the University of Minnesota, Morris. An ardent proponent of modern music, she enjoys working with and commissioning contemporary composers, and this past season premiered works of Marc Chan, Luke Dahn, Joseph Dangerfield, Jake Endres, Edie Hill, and Linda Kachelmeier. A versatile artist and scholar, Ann’s recent performances and presentations span a variety of eras, works and styles. Past performances include venues in fourteen countries and over twenty-five U.S. states, with two appearances in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. The 2019 season brings a solo program of music inspired by Brahms, with recitals in Malaysia, Thailand, Belgium, Italy, Serbia, England, and across the United States. She earned a DMA from the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Ksenia Nosikova.

Amy Grinsteiner, piano

Amy Grinsteiner, piano

Amy Grinsteiner teaches piano and Music through History classes at CSB/SJU. She holds a BM degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a MM from the Eastman School of Music, a Performer’s Diploma and L.R.A.M. Teaching Certificate from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a DMA from the University of Washington. Dr. Grinsteiner also serves as the Faculty Program Coordinator and Faculty for Session II of the Seattle Piano Institute, a summer program for aspiring young classical pianists at the University of Washington, Seattle. As a recipient of both the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Award and the P.E.O. National Scholar Award, Dr. Grinsteiner has traveled extensively building awareness and appreciation for the arts. She was the recipient of the Sister Mary Grell Teacher of Distinction Award in 2017.

Earlier Event: April 2
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