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
To be announced...
Salam Murtada is a native of Amman, Jordan. He was a semi-finalist in the Fourth Van Cliburn International Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2004, a semi-finalist in the Washington International Piano Artist Competition in 2006 and a prize winner in the Greensboro Music Academy National Piano Competition in 2000. He has been featured on the WDAV 89.9 FM (Charlotte, NC), several newspapers in North Carolina, the Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Tribune, the London Times, HDTV and BBC Radio. In addition to competing, he enjoys performing for various fundraising and community events. He believes in the power of music to heal and build peace between people and nations. His instructors include John Ruggero of Raleigh NC, Christine Kefferstan of West Virginia University at Morgantown, Lita Guerra of University of Texas at Austin, and Samia Ghannoum in Amman, Jordan. He has also coached with Walter Hautzig and Vanessa Cornett-Murtada.
Salam is a civil and environmental engineer currently working for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Nokomis Piano Quartet: Carolyn Boulay, violin; Judy MacGibbon, viola; Daryl Carlson, cello; Max Radloff, piano
Carolyn Boulay studied classical violin with Mary West as a child, and later with Shirley Santoro, John Tartaglia and Lea Foil at the University of Minnesota, where she served as Concertmaster. Since then, she has played her violin in arenas, auditoriums, Target Center, the White House, cathedrals, bars, one garage sale and the peak of the real Charlie Brown's roof. She was a first violinist in the San Antonio Symphony, plays Swedish folk fiddle, Klezmer, Renaissance, and country fiddle. She has played in bands opening for artists such as Vince Gill and the Gatlin Brothers. Carolyn has played frequently Theater Latte Da, the Children's Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theater and the Guthrie. She plays regularly at the Basilica of St Mary and St Bartholomew's, and teaches at Mount Olivet.
Daryl Carlson is a Minneapolis native and began cello studies with Paul Thomas and Ruth Fischer. He went on to studies with Tanya Remenikova at the University of Minnesota and with Sachiya Isomura and Mina Fisher. He is the founder of the Lake String Quartet, which has performed continually in and around the Twin City area since 1981.
He is an active teacher and maintains a studio of cello students. When not performing or teaching, he pursues a strong interest in the making and restoration of stringed instruments of all kinds. He currently has a viola da gamba underway.
Max Radloff majored in piano performance at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he studied with Robert Below and has a MFA and DMA in piano performance from the University of Minnesota where he was a student of Paul Freed. He teaches piano at his home studio and at Minnesota Valley Conservatory of Music in Burnsville. At various times he has taught at Concordia University and The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul and at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota. He is active as recitalist, lecture-recitalist, chamber musician, and adjudicator. He performs with the Nokomis Piano Quartet and is organist at Bethel Lutheran Church in St. Paul and is former program annotator for the Minneapolis Chamber Symphony.
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.