Courtroom Concert Program Details
February 16, 2017, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Alan Dunbar, baritone • Meredith Mihm, piano
Music of Patrick O’Shea and John Musto
Inner Landscapes—Patrick O’Shea
II. Blue Within Blue
III. We Stride Out, Toward Home
Shadow of the Blues—John Musto
IV. Could Be
Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano • Roy Heilman, tenor • Mary Jo Gothman, piano
Music of Linda Kachelmeier
Song of the Ship
Dark the Night
Springtide of the Soul
The Months (Premiere)
Give My Heart
Baritone Alan Dunbar is a versatile performer, lauded for his beautiful tone and his nuanced musical and textual interpretation. Upcoming engagements include Bach’s St. John Passion with Voices of Ascension, and the role of Papageno in Madison Opera’s production of The Magic Flute. Past performances and accolades include a staged version of Dominick Argento’s The Andrée Expedition at the Ordway, numerous productions with Madison Opera (most recently as Schaunard in La Bohème, Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Owen Hart in Dead Man Walking), Barber’s Dover Beach at the Apollo Music Festival, the title role of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde at Santa Fe Opera, Handel’s Messiah with the Santa Fe Symphony and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and recitals at the Ravinia Festival Steans Institute. Alan has performed with Madison Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and at the Natchez Opera Festival. In 2009 Alan made his European solo recital debut at the Oslo Grieg Festival, performed as bass soloist in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and won the grand prize at the 2009 Grieg Festival in Winter Park, FL. He also sang the role of Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin at the Tanglewood Music Festival with Renée Fleming and Peter Mattei, and has collaborated with choreographer/director Mark Morris in performances with the Mark Morris Dance Group, as well as in the Stravinsky chamber opera Renard.
Alan holds a BA in music theory and composition from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and an MM and DM in vocal performance from Indiana University. Alan was a founding member of the Minnesota-based internationally acclaimed male chamber vocal ensemble Cantus, and sang throughout North America and Europe with the ensemble from 1998-2004. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Voice at Winona State University.
Meredith Mihm studied under Jeremy Denk while pursuing a Master’s degree at Indiana University. After completing her Master’s, Dr. Mihm moved on to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she completed doctoral studies with Dr. David Korevaar and Robert Spillman.
During her time in Boulder, she was given the prestigious STAR award for her work teaching piano classes to music majors and elective students, as well as undergraduate piano pedagogy. She joined the faculty of the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts during her doctorate, where she taught private and group class piano lessons.
After completing her doctorate, she taught and helped establish the first series of piano classes for children through the continuing education department at the University. These classes became instrumental for children as well as for the undergraduate pedagogy students who observed and helped teach them. She also established a large private piano studio, where her students were very active in events organized by local chapters of the Music Teachers National Association, where she served both as program chair, and 2nd co-vice president.
The Mihms began their life in Minnesota in 2015, where Meredith currently enjoys her position as an Adjunct Lecturer at Saint Mary’s University of Winona, and also plays piano and organ at Faith Lutheran Church when she is not teaching private students in her home studio. She enjoys running, hiking, camping and canoeing with her husband, daughter, foster children, and two dogs.
Clara Osowski is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. Hailed for her artistry and “rich and radiant” voice (Urban Dial Milwaukee), her recent awards include, the runner-up un the 2016 American Prize for Art Song, runner-up in the 2016 Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition, and a 2016 Oregon Bach Festival Vocal Fellow. Clara’s passion for song creation and collaboration is evident in her most recent premieres with Linda Tutas Haugen (Gjendine’s Lullaby), Jeremy Walker (Alma Gentil) and James Kallembach (Songs on Letters of John and Abigail Adams and St. John Passion). Highlights in the 2016-2017 season include a residency at the 50th Contemporary New Music Festival at Indiana State University, soloist in Paul Rudoi’s premiere oratorio with Magnum Chorum in the Twin Cities, and several recital engagements across the United States. Clara is featured on numerous recordings with Consortium Carissimi (Naxos), and James Kallembach’s St. John Passion, released with high acclaim on Roven Records. In collaboration with pianist Mark Bilyeu and composer Libby Larsen, Clara serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Source Song Festival, a week-long art song festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to her solo work, she participates in a number of ensembles, including Consortium Carissimi, Lumina Women’s Ensemble, the Rose Ensemble and Seraphic Fire. For more information and schedule, please visit www.claraosowski.com.
Tenor Roy Heilman is familiar to Twin Cities audiences, appearing in concert halls and churches to present works from Medieval to modern times. Described as “sweetly lyrical” by the Star Tribune, he has recently been heard in major pieces such as Mozart’s Requiem and Grand Mass in C, Britten’s Cantata Misericorium, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and as Evangelist and aria soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, and St. John Passion. He also recently performed the title role in Pasquini’s Il Tirinto with Consortium Carissimi, and in May will present Monteverdi’s Marian Vespers of 1610 with the same Twin Cities based ensemble. Other upcoming performances include Bach’s Easter Oratorio and Graun’s Der Tod Jesu. In addition to being a versatile soloist Roy has associations with many ensembles, most notably with Glorious Revolution Baroque, Consortium Carissimi, and for three seasons with the Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Chorus. He recently recorded three albums of Italian baroque pieces with Consortium Carissimi, which will be released on the Naxos label in 2016 and 2017. He holds degrees in vocal performance from Gustavus Adolphus College and the New England Conservatory of Music. He rehearses and lives in Shoreview, Minnesota with his wife and two children and can always be found at www.RoyHeilman.com.
Pianist Mary Jo Gothmann enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, soloist, opera coach and organist. Her recent chamber music engagements have included performances with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Hill House Players, Bakken Trio, Music at Trinity, Colonial Chamber Music Series, Lakes Area Music Festival, and the Taos Chamber Music Group. Mary Jo is the founder and Artistic Director of the JOYA Chamber Music Series at Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka. Mary Jo performs frequently with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra and has performed with EOS Orchestra in New York City, and as a piano soloist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Civic Orchestra. She has worked for some of the most prestigious opera companies in the United States including the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Minnesota Opera and has performed recitals with singers from the Metropolitan Opera as well as with instrumentalists from many of the country’s major symphony orchestras. Mary Jo is a graduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Program, University of Minnesota, New England Conservatory and St. Olaf College. Mary Jo has been the principal organist at Zion Lutheran Church since moving to Shoreview, Minnesota in 2005.
October through April
Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Hosted by Schubert Club
Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.
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