Thursday Musical Artist Series
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Tickets $15, $10 (groups of 8+), $6 students, sold at the door, general seating
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23 No. 5
Serenade in B-flat Minor from Five Pieces Op. 3
Alexina Louie (b. 1949)
I leap through the sky with stars
Sofia Mycyk, piano
Jean Berger (1909 -2002)
Suite for Flute and Piano
Judith Ranheim, flute
Dee Ann Crossley, piano
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Preludes Book I
IV. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir (Sounds and Perfumes Floating on the Evening Air)
Preludes Book II
III. La Puerta del Vino (The Wine Gate)
Hector Villa-Lobos (1887-1959)
I. alsa Mística (Mystic Waltz)
II. Num Berço Encantado (In an Enchanted Cradle)
III. Rodante (Round Dance)
Nancy Paddleford, piano
Christoph Nils Thompson (b. 1978)
Sonata for Horn and Piano
Jenna McBride-Harris, horn
Casey Rafn, piano
Sofia Mycyk has appeared as soloist with the Hart House Orchestra in Toronto and has performed twice in the Lyell Gustin Recital Series in Saskatoon, as well as in solo recitals at the Dekker Centre in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, and for the Landowska Harpsichord Society in Chicago. In 2017, she performed many solo piano and collaborative recitals in Saskatoon, Minneapolis, and a faculty recital at the University of Minnesota. International performances include solo and chamber performances in Valencia, Spain, Vaison-la-Romaine and Aix-en-Provence in France, and at PianoFest in the Hamptons, New York. A Winter Creative Music Residency at the Banff Centre of the Arts and the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival have featured Sofia as a solo and chamber musician. She was appointed Music Director of the Saskatoon Opera's tour of The Brothers Grimm by Dean Burry in 2014, and was their répétiteur for the Saskatoon Opera's production of Madama Butterfly in the spring of 2015. In the fall of 2017 she commenced a doctoral program in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota and holds a Teaching Assistantship in Collaborative Piano. Her advisors are Dr. Michael Kim and Dr. Timothy Lovelace.
Judith Ranheim, flute, is an active teacher, performer and adjudicator. She holds an undergraduate degree from Luther College and a graduate degree from the University of Iowa. She was a long time board member and Past President of Thursday Musical. She also was a long time board member and Past President of the Young Peoples Symphony Concert Association, in which capacity she also served on the Minnesota Orchestra Board of Directors. She served on the Board of Directors of the National Flute Association and was a founder of our Upper Midwest Flute Association. She also was a long time member and Past President of the Advisory Board of the Interlochen Center for the Arts. She has loved her experiences in this wonderful musical community, including serving on the boards of several other arts organizations and leading several musical competitions.
Dee Ann Crossley earned a B.A. in piano and choral music education from Cornell College and a M.A. in music history from Smith College. She continued graduate study in organ at Boston University and in Montreal. She is a past prize-winner of the J.S. Bach Competition in organ, held in Bruges, Belgium. She taught piano at St Paul Academy for many years and recently retired from Augustana Lutheran Church in West St. Paul after 38 years as Co-Director of Music and Organist. Ms. Crossley has served on the Boards of the Schubert Club, the American Composers Forum, the Bach Society, and the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Nancy Paddleford, Professor of Music at St. Olaf College, studied at Indiana University and the University of Minnesota. Her teachers included György Sebök, Alfonso Montecino and Bernhard Weiser, and she studied chamber music with Janos Starker, Joseph Gingold, William Primrose and Franco Gulli. She has been active as a chamber and solo piano recitalist as well as adjudicator at piano competitions in the United States and Central America, a number of her performances and interviews have been broadcast on radio here and abroad. Paddleford was the artist-in-residence at the University of Costa Rica, performed various times at the International Festival of Music in Costa Rica as well as at that country’s Monteverde Music Festival. She is the recipient of the Pro Lingua Award for promoting cross-cultural understanding between the U.S. and Latin America, as well as the NCCLA Award of Merit for her work in Latin American music and related areas. Paddleford served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Perpich Center for Arts Education, a Minnesota state agency, for four years. Her research emphases have been Hispanic music, piano pedagogy and memorization techniques. Paddleford’s teaching areas include piano performance, chamber music, theory skills and piano pedagogy.
Jenna McBride-Harris, enjoys a varied freelance career performing and teaching in the greater Twin Cities metro area. After earning her Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, McBride-Harris moved to Ohio where she earned her masters and doctoral degrees at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and The Ohio State University respectively. In Ohio, she held positions as second horn in the Canton and Kentucky Symphony Orchestras and enjoyed performing with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, and West Virginia Symphony Orchestra among others. Jenna relocated to the Twin Cities in August of 2017 where she has presented dozens of masterclasses, has enjoyed performing regularly with the Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Opera, has established a private teaching studio in St. Paul and is the founding director of the Twin Cities High School Horn Club. McBride-Harris is also a founding member of two new Twin Cities based chamber ensembles, the North Star Winds and Minnesota’s premiere horn trio, SixtyThreeFeet. Jenna is instructor of horn at the University of Northwestern—St. Paul, the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University and most recently at St. Olaf College.
Located in the Twin Cities area, pianist Casey Rafn currently holds positions at Lundstrum Performing Arts and the Bloomington Chorale. An award winning performer and active freelancer, his upcoming season includes performances in New York, Arizona, Missouri, and elsewhere. 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.