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December 19, 2019

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

Please note that Jeana Ogren, piano has cancelled.


Performer Information

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Nokomis Piano Quartet

   Essie Commers, violin; Judy MacGibbon, viola; Daryl Carlson, cello; Max Radloff, piano

Monica Murray, soprano

Monica Murray, soprano

Dr. Monica Murray received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Minnesota. She also holds degrees from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music - Bloomington and St. Olaf College. Dr. Murray is an active performer in the Twin Cities, having served as a section leader with the Minnesota Chorale, a frequent recitalist for Thursday Musical, and as member of the Minnesota Opera Company Chorus. She is a member of the music faculty at Concordia University, St. Paul, and also serves as the Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. Dr. Murray holds a Juris Doctor degree from William Mitchell College of Law and is a member of the Minnesota Bar.

Esther Wang, piano

Esther Wang, piano

Esther Wang is an active soloist and collaborator and has played in North America, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. The San Jose Mercury News has called Wang "a forceful, take-charge kind of artist with personality...spirited and vital," and the Double Reed journal called her a "magnificent accompanist."

Wang is a devoted chamber musician and has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra, as well as with colleagues from around the country.

Wang received the Bachelor of Music at Baylor University, where she studied with Roger Keyes. She continued studies with Frank Weinstock at the University of Cincinnati, earning the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. She studied privately with renowned pianist Lilian Kallir and attended the Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, and Taos Chamber Music summer festivals.

Wang is an enthusiastic teacher and adjudicator. She has served on faculties at The University of Texas at Austin, University of WI-Oshkosh, University of WI-Platteville, Baylor University, Lutheran Summer Music, the New England Music Camp, and Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT. She performs and lectures on J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier as a member of The Bach Four and has recorded solo and chamber works by Jan Radzynski on the Centaur label. In the summers, she teaches at the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Adamant Music School (VT). She is Associate Professor of Piano at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

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