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
Five Duets for Two Violas
Ingrid Koller, viola
Judy MacGibbon, viola
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
Salam Murtada, piano
Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Nokomis Piano Quartet
Max Radloff, piano
Carolyn Boulay, violin
Judy MacGibbon, viola
Daryl Carlson, cello
Please note, Jennifer Kennard has cancelled.
Ingrid Koller is a freelance violist and violin/viola teacher in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. She has played in numerous ensembles and orchestras and has been a member of the Lake String Quartet for over 25 years. Nationally recognized artists for whom Ingrid has played include Roy Clark and contemporary Christian recording artists Michael Card and Fernando Ortega. Ingrid is a member of the contemporary Christian rock group EDGE and is a founder and co-director of the Early Bird String Academy. Inspired by her students, Ingrid writes fun and imaginative pieces for string orchestra and small ensembles. She studied with John Tartaglia at the University of Minnesota where she obtained a BM in Viola Performance. Other teachers include Rennie Regher of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Milton Thomas at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.
Nokomis Piano Quartet: Carolyn Boulay, violin; Judy MacGibbon, viola; Daryl Carlson, cello; Max Radloff, piano
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 River School 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 is organist at Bethel Lutheran Church in St. Paul and is former program annotator for the Minneapolis Chamber Symphony. He and his wife love to travel and view total solar eclipses. The 2017 eclipse in Nebraska was the eleventh that he has seen.
Carolyn Boulay studied classical violin with Mary West as a child, and later with Shirley Santoro, John Tartaglia and Lea Foli 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. She is happy to be here.
Judy MacGibbon is a graduate of Hopkins High School, the University of Minnesota, and makes a living playing and teaching the best instrument of all, the viola. She is currently freelancing in the Twin Cities, playing with the Duluth Superior Symphony and is an alpine ski instructor.
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
He is an active teacher and maintains a studio of cello students. He has also participated in many school presentations as an individual and as a member of the Nokomis Piano Quartet, the Lake String Quartet, and the Northern Lights String Quartet. 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 cello under way.
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.