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Thursday, September 20, 2018

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

Thursday Musical Artist Series

2018-19 Season Opening

This concert is FREE and open to everyone!


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9:30 a.m. Silver Tea Reception



Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Fantasie No. 3 for solo flute in B minor, TWV 40:4

Marilyn Bliss (b. 1954)
Murali for solo flute (2004)

Catherine Ramirez, flute
Thursday Musical Debut


Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Transcribed for Flute and Piano by Emmanuel Pahud (b. 1970)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 18 (1887)

Catherine Ramirez, flute
Thursday Musical Debut

Kathryn Ananda-Owens, piano


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata No. 5 for Violin and Piano in F major, Op. 24 (“Spring”)

Mary Budd Horozaniecki, violin

Jill Dawe, piano


Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Sehnsucht (Longing), Op. 50, No. 2
Im Feld ein Mädchen singt (In the field a girl sings), Op. 50, No. 3
Die stille Stadt (The silent city), Op. 50, No. 5
Rosenlied (Song of Roses), Op. 50, No. 6

Svarta rosor (Black Roses), Op. 36, No. 1
Den första kyssen (The First Kiss), Op. 37, No. 1
Flickan kom infån sin älsklings mote (The girl came from meeting her lover), Op. 37, No. 5
Var det en dröm? (Was it a dream?), Op. 37, No. 4

Sofia Ardalan, soprano
Thursday Musical Debut

Thomas Bartsch, piano


Peter Arnstein
A Cup of Rococo (2018)
   featuring a melody by Luigi Boccherini

Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Children's Corner (1908)
   I. Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum
   III. Serenade for a Doll
   VI. Golliwogg's Cake-walk  

Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Etude in G-flat major, Op. 10, No. 5 (“Black Key”)

Peter Arnstein, piano


Performer Information

Catherine Ramirez,  flute  Thursday Musical Debut

Catherine Ramirez, flute
Thursday Musical Debut

Catherine Ramirez is a three-time international prize-winning flutist and Artist-in-Residence at St. Olaf College. Noted for her sensitive musicianship and compelling artistry, she has actively performed and taught across four continents to high acclaim. As a soloist and chamber musician, she has been featured at the Teatro del Giglio in Italy, Beijing Concert Hall in China, the Universidad Nacional Conservatorio de Musica in Colombia, The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C., the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, Salt Lake City’s Temple Square, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York. Artists with whom she has collaborated include Leone Buyse, Marzio Conti, James Dunham, Eva Beneke, René Izquierdo, the ICE Ensemble, and with members of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In addition to performing and teaching, her work on optimal musical communication has been published in major print and online flute magazines. As a recent winner of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Initiative Grant, she just released her CD “Shelter from the Storm” on Albany Records. For more information, please visit

Mary Budd Horozaniecki,  violin  ©Daniel Kieffer Photography

Mary Budd Horozaniecki, violin
©Daniel Kieffer Photography

Throughout her lifetime career, Mary Budd Horozaniecki has been in equal demand as an outstanding violinist, distinguished scholar, classical performing artist and honored pedagogue. She has appeared nationally as a soloist and in collaboration with chamber ensembles and orchestras. A frequent master class presenter and guest artist at colleges and universities, Mary currently teaches at Augsburg University, Macalester College and holds the title Senior Lecturer in Music at Carleton College in Minnesota. Visit for more information about Mary.

Jill Dawe is a native of Newfoundland, Canada, and a graduate of Eastman School of Music (M.M. & D.M.A.). She enjoys a career that combines solo and collaborative performance with teaching and cross-disciplinary projects. Ms. Dawe has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician in Canada, England and the United States and has taught on the faculties of the Chautauqua Institute, Oberlin Conservatory, and Lenoir-Rhyne College before making Augsburg her teaching home.

Sofia Ardalan,  soprano  Thursday Musical Debut

Sofia Ardalan, soprano
Thursday Musical Debut

Soprano Sofia Ardalan has appeared as guest artist with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra singing Strauss' "Vier letzte Lieder" and with the Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus in Handel's "Messiah." She was recently heard as the soprano soloist in Verdi's "Requiem" with the Minnesota Youth Symphonies and MN Chorale. Ms Ardalan has sung recitals in Germany and Austria, where one reviewer wrote of her performance, "with her beautiful legato and elegant tone, her expansive breath control and commanding stage presence, this young American soprano belongs on the world stage." An avid recitalist, Ms Ardalan has presented numerous Lieder concerts in the Twin Cities, most recently a program of Sibelius, Brahms and Strauss. Upcoming recitals include a Sibelius program in Finland in July 2018, and Schumann's "Dichterliebe" in Minneapolis. Ms Ardalan received her vocal training from the late Oksana Bryn at The MacPhail Center for Muisc in Minneapolis, also studying at the Lotte Lehmann Akademie in Perleberg, Germany. She coaches regularly with conductor Klaus Sallmann (Staatsoper Berlin), and master teacher Hakan Hagegard in Stockholm Sweden. In addition to singing, Ms Ardalan is an accomplished violinist, pianist and conductor.

Winner of first prize in the 1993 Neale-Silva Young Artists Competition, pianist Kathryn Ananda-Owens enjoys an active career as performer, teacher, and scholar. A laureate of the American Pianists Association Biennial Fellowship Competition, she made her Asian debut in 1997 under the auspices of the government of Macao and her European debut the same year in Vienna. She has performed as a soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, toured internationally as piano soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra and has appeared at Lincoln Center. A founding member of the New Horizons Chamber Ensemble, Ms. Ananda-Owens also performed for several years as pianist of the Melius Trio. She received degrees from Oberlin College, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Julian Martin. Her concerts have been broadcast on radio and television on three continents and recorded on the MSR, Centaur, Limestone, St. Olaf Records, and Westmark labels. Dr. Ananda-Owens serves on the board of directors of the Performing Arts Medicine Association. 

Peter Arnstein,  piano

Peter Arnstein, piano

Dr. Peter Arnstein is well known in the Twin Cities area as a pianist and composer. He has often served as pianist and harpsichordist with the Minnesota Orchestra, and has accompanied many members of the Twin Cities’ two main orchestras and college music faculties. A winner of international competitions in both composition and piano, he has toured the Midwest as pianist and composer-in-residence for the Sylmar Chamber Ensemble and currently teaches at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music. He has performed many times at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland as both piano soloist and harpsichord soloist. This last March he participated in the Nautilus composer/librettist program, for which he wrote five song/theater scenes in two weeks, working with five different authors. Most of his recent compositions are songs in French, German, or both.

Earlier Event: May 9
Walker Methodist - Place
Later Event: October 3
St. Therese Care Center