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Thursday, November 8, 2018

  • 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


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) 
Piano Sonata in F major, K. 332

Nicholas Susi, piano
Thursday Musical Debut

George Crumb (b. 1929)
Sonata for Solo Cello (1955)

Arianna Wegley, cello

Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)
Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 27, No. 3, “Ballade”

Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 27, No. 5

Dragan Stojković, violin

Bob Becker (b. 1947)
Now-Thaan (1998)

Bart Quartier (b. 1961)
Image (20 Children’s Songs) (1991)

Paul Smadbeck (b. 1955)
Rhythm Song (1984)

Bob Adney, marimba and snare drum


Performer Information

Nicholas Susi,  piano  (Thursday Musical Debut)

Nicholas Susi, piano
(Thursday Musical Debut)

Pianist Nicholas Susi enjoys a multifaceted career as performer, clinician, adjudicator, and lecturer. His artistry has been recognized through prizes in such competitions as the NFMC Young Artist Award, while his research has been awarded prestigious grants from organizations such as the DAAD, Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, and Legacy Foundation for the Arts. Noteworthy appearances include two concerts for the Princess von Hohenzollern, his semifinalist recital during the 2014 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition (Utrecht), piano recitals and masterclasses across the United States, and concerto solos with the Omaha Symphony, St. Louis Chamber Orchestra, Wiener Residenz Orchester, and Sinfonieorchester der Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln amongst others. His debut recording, Scarlatti Now, has received critical attention and nationwide airplay.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Nicholas is currently based out of Duluth, Minnesota, where he is Assistant Professor at The College of St. Scholastica. Nicholas received his doctorate from the University of Michigan, with previous studies at the University of Kansas and Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. Primary teachers include Zena Ilyashov, Jack Winerock, Nina Tichman, and Arthur Greene. For more information, please visit

Arianna Wegley,  cello

Arianna Wegley, cello

Arianna Wegley recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota, where she double majored in music and English, studying cello performance with Tanya Remenikova. An active soloist and collaborative musician in the Twin Cities, she also teaches youth string programs at the City of Lakes Waldorf School and in the Saint Paul Public Schools system. For many years, she has been actively involved—as a musician and a supporter—with U of M ensembles as well as local music organizations in the Twin Cities, such as the MacPhail Center for Music, Thursday Musical, Schubert Club, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Minnesota Orchestra, among others. Alongside her passion for music is one for literature, and she takes a special interest in the Shakespearian and American postmodernist sorts. (One day, she hopes to finally finish reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest).

Dragan Stojkovic,  violin

Dragan Stojkovic, violin

Dragan Stojković is a native of Belgrade, Serbia, where he received a bachelor of Music degree at the Music Academy.  He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and a Master of Music degrees in violin performance from the University of Minnesota.  Dragan has been a violin and viola teacher and a freelance violinist for over twenty years in the Twin Cities.  He currently teaches at home, and is a violin instructor at Normandale Community College.  Locally he has performed with the Minnesota Opera, Vocal Essence, Minnesota Sinfonia and other ensembles.

Robert Adney,  percussion

Robert Adney, percussion

Bob Adney has been a teaching artist at MacPhail Center for Music, since 1976. He is in his 6th year as Principal Timpanist for the South Dakota Symphony. During the summers he also plays timpani for the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. He is a founding member of the Minnesota Percussion Trio (1987). The trio has performed in over 1000 schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin and has been featured on KARE 11 and WCCO 4. His latest book, entitled Ready, Set, March is a compilation of 10 marches by John Philip Sousa, edited for beginning through advanced levels of percussion instruction. On the administrative side, he coordinates MacPhail’s School Clinic Program, Musical Passport Program, All-State Video Online Tutorials as well as the MacPhail Online School Partnership program. He is co-owner of and author of and

Earlier Event: November 5
Waverly Gardens
Later Event: November 11
Catholic Eldercare Community