Thursday Musical Artist Series
Music from the Heart
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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.
Karen Hansen is the clarinetist with Dolce Wind Quintet, which has again been hired by Classical MPR as Class Notes Artists to give concerts in schools, and has performed for many MPR on-stage and on-air programs. She is also principal clarinetist of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and Mississippi Valley Orchestra and clarinetist with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra. Her additional freelance work includes the Schubert Club Courtroom Concerts and other artist series, the Moody Blues backing orchestra, OCEAN with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and The Ladysmith Story opera premieres. She teaches clarinet and saxophone at Cadenza Music and is a substitute instrumental music teacher at Saint Paul Academy. During vacations, Karen gives music enrichment presentations on board cruise ships. Karen earned her B.A. from St. Olaf College and her M.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison and studied music and theater in London.
Adjunct Professor of Flute at Concordia University (SP) and the University of St. Catherine, Dr. Jennifer Kennard has performed with the Minnesota, Grand Rapids, and Lansing Symphony Orchestras and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Dr. Kennard has performed and taught throughout New York and the Midwest, Alaska, and Australia. Her teachers include Richard Sherman, Ervin Monroe, and Ken Andrews.
During her career as a professional musician, Jeana Ogren has shown great versatility as a pianist, singer, and teacher. She has collaborated with many well-known singers throughout California and the Midwest. Currently, she is faculty accompanist at Concordia University in St. Paul, an Artist member of Thursday Musical, pianist with the Women Performhers chamber group and an active freelance performer in the Twin Cities. She has been on the faculties of Santa Clara University, the Community School of Music and Arts, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
Meghann Schmidt has appeared in operas and musicals with Theater Latte Da (La Boheme, Susannah), Skylark Opera (Iolanthe), Colorado Lyric Opera (Into the Woods), CU Opera (La Boheme, Turn of the Screw, Die Fledermaus, Dialogue of the Carmelites), Top Hat Theater (Cinderella), and the Black Hills Summer Music Festival (Carmen, The Old Maid and the Thief), as guest soloist with the Minnesota Philharmonic (Knoxville: Summer of 1915), the St. Thomas Liturgical Choir and performing German Lied in the Stephaniensaal and Johaneum concert halls in Graz, Austria. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of St. Thomas and a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder.