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Thursday, November 9, 2017

  • MacPhail Center for Music 501 South 2nd Street Minneapolis, MN, 55401 United States (map)

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

Guest Moderator for Living Concert Notes Steve Staruch, MPR

Steve Staruch, MPR

Steve Staruch, MPR

Steve Staruch can be heard on Classical Minnesota Public Radio from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays, including hosting the Regional Spotlight and the popular Friday Favorites. Prior to working at MPR, Steve presented a variety of radio programs at WCAL in Northfield, MN. He began his radio career at WXXI in Rochester, NY. A graduate of Oberlin College and the Eastman School of Music, Steve is an active freelance singer and violist. As a former member of the Dale Warland Singers, he can be heard as a soloist on a number of the ensemble’s recordings. Steve is a certified yoga instructor having recently completed a 230-hour teacher training. He and his wife, Naomi, enjoy traveling, gardening and hosting dinner parties.



Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856) 
Toccata in C, Opus 7

Austin Cheng, piano
Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2017 – Junior High Piano


Jocelyn Hagen (b. 1980)
Kiss: A Song Cycle (2011)
   Poetry by Julia Klatt Singer
In the Dreamed of Places
How to Bone a Fish
Your Hands
One More

Stephanie R. Thorpe, soprano
Vonnie Elker, piano


Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828) 
Impromptu, Op. 90, No. 3, in G-flat major 

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
Für Alina 

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849) 
Nocturne, Op. posthumous, in C-sharp minor 

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849) 
Ballade No. 1 in G minor

Mimi Tung, piano


Anna Ignatowicz-Gliñska (b. 1968)
Toccata (2001) 

Marta Ptaszynska (b. 1943) 
Blue Line (2011) 

Casey Cangelosi (b. 1983) 
Character Piece #2: “Furioso and Quote” (2008) 

Scotty Horey, marimba
(Thursday Musical Debut)


(Please note, Ariel Trio has cancelled)

Performer Information

Austin Cheng , piano  Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2017

Austin Cheng, piano
Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2017

Austin Cheng, piano
Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner 2017

Austin Cheng is 15 years old and a sophomore at Wayzata High school. He has been playing piano since he was 5 years old, and continues to study with Professor Alexander Braginsky. Austin has won the first place award for the MMTA Senior Young Artist Competition, and performed as a soloist at the Minneapolis Convention Center. In the past, he has attended the International e-Piano Musikfest, where he participated in chamber music, performances, and master classes with world renowned teachers. In his free time, Austin enjoys playing video games, travelling with family and he is a member of the Wayzata Tennis team.

Stephanie Thorpe, soprano

Stephanie Thorpe, soprano

Stephanie R. Thorpe, soprano and Vocologist, is a member of the voice faculty in the Department of Music at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she teaches classical, musical theatre, and contemporary vocal genres. Prior to her faculty appointment, she performed full-time in Las Vegas, Nevada for many years. Stephanie is a member of Thursday Musical, a performing arts organization in the Twin Cities. She continues to be active in opera/oratorio, musical theatre, contemporary music, and recital.

Stephanie is a winner of the Nevada District National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA), and a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She also participated in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Intern Program, where she worked directly with master teacher and renowned tenor, George Shirley.

Stephanie is an active member of NATS, currently serving as the secretary for the Minnesota NATS Chapter, and is also a member of the College Music Society. She has served as an adjudicator for the North Central Regional Chapter, the Minnesota Chapter, the Cal-Western Regional Chapter, and the Las Vegas Chapter of the NATS Student Auditions, as well as for the Minnesota State High School League.

She received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and also holds degrees from the University of Iowa, and Briar Cliff University. Stephanie is certified in Contemporary Commercial Vocal Pedagogy and the Somatic VoiceWork Method. She also received a Vocology Certificate from the National Center for Voice and Speech under the tutelage of Dr. Ingo Titze and Dr. Katherine Verdolini Abbott."

Mimi Tung, piano

Mimi Tung, piano

A native of Hong Kong, Mimi Tung began piano studies at age 4. She earned her degree in piano performance from Santa Clara University and was awarded the Performer's Certificate for outstanding musical performance. Mimi has performed on the Thursday Musical Artist Series and at the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert series.

Dr. Scotty Horey, marimba  (Thursday Musical Debut)

Dr. Scotty Horey, marimba
(Thursday Musical Debut)

Dr. Scotty Horey (B.A., M.M.A., D.M.A.) (USA) is a passionate and versatile percussionist, solo artist, and teacher based in the twin cities. He performs locally, nationally and internationally as a solo percussion artist, a percussionist for hire, and is a drums/percussion teacher of all levels: children, teen, college level, and adult students. He is currently Assistant Professor/Lecturer of Percussion at the University of Minnesota-Morris, Principal Percussionist of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, and an active solo performer and clinician as a SABIAN endorsed artist and VIC FIRTH endorsed artist. His strongest passions in music and teaching include classical music, contemporary-classical music,  jazz/fusion, solo marimba, mind/body ""holistic"" awareness, and cross cultural understanding, specifically with Latin American countries, where he has become prolific in recent years as a guest artist/teacher.

Notable engagements as featured solo artist include the Marimba 2010 International Festival and Conference, the First Annual International Festival of Percussion Ensembles of Costa Rica, the Federal University of Uberlandia International Percussion Festival in Brazil, the 13th International Percussion Festival Patagonia in Argentina, the 10th International Percussion Festival of FOJI in Santiago de Chile, and the International Percussion Festival Salvador, Brazil, as well as universities and classical concert series around the twin cities area. Visit

Earlier Event: November 8
Carondelet Village
Later Event: November 29
Walker Methodist - Place