Courtroom Concert Program Details

February 18, 2016, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center

I.  David Walton, tenor; Erik Barsness, percussion

Dear Theo: Letters from Vincent Van Gogh—Jocelyn Hagen

II. Dolce Wind Quintet

Variations sur un thème libre, Opus 42—Eugene Bozza
    Theme: Andantino    Variation I: Allegretto    Variation II: Andantino    Variation III: Allegro
    Variation IV: Calme    Variation V: Allegro    Variation VI: Allegro vivo    Variation VII: Lento, Vivo

Scenes from a Comedy—Christopher Ball
    I. Comedy Overture    II. Hilda Broods and Hatches a Plot    III. March Past of the Jaunty Boys
    IV. Waltzing with Hilda    VI. All’s Well that Ends Well

hagen_webJocelyn Hagen composes music that has been described as “dramatic and deeply moving” (Star Tribune). Her first forays into composition were via songwriting, and this is very evident in her work. The majority of her compositional output is for the voice: solo, chamber and choral. In 2015, Test Pilot, her dance opera collaboration with choreographer Penelope Freeh received a Sage Award for “Outstanding Design,” and the panel declared the work “a tour de force of originality.” She has been commissioned by Conspirare, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Houston Chamber Choir, The Singers, the American Choral Directors Association, the Texas, Minnesota, Connecticut, and Georgia Choral Directors Associations, Cantus, VocalEssence, the St. Olaf Band and the Metropolitan Symphony, among others. Her work is independently published through JH Music, as well as Graphite Publishing, G. Schirmer, Santa Barbara, and Boosey and Hawkes. Visit for more information.

davidwalton_webDavid Walton was most recently heard as Tamino in The Magic Flute with the Minnesota Opera in their Duluth performance. Other past roles include Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Il Postiglione in La fanciulla del West and Ed Mavole in the world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate. Later this season, he will perform as the Huntsman in Rusalka, Spoletta in Tosca and Delbert Grady in the world premiere of The Shining. He has sung Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi) and Marco (The Gondoliers) with the Ole Miss Opera Theatre in Oxford, Mississippi and also appeared as Tamino (Magic Flute) and Ernesto (Don Pasquale) with the Atlantic Music Festival. He spent three years with the Cantus Vocal Ensemble in Minneapolis. Mr. Walton recently toured Azor in Grétry’s Zemire et Azor with Opera for the Young and was a regional finalist in the Upper Midwest Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

barsness_webErik Barsness has performed as a soloist and with ensembles throughout the US, Europe, Russia, and Cuba. Erik was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to study percussion in Stockholm, Sweden, receiving his Masters Degree from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He is currently a member of CRASH and The Minnesota Percussion Trio. With the Minnesota Percussion Trio, Erik was a finalist for the 2015 McKnight Artists Fellowship. An avid instrument builder, Erik was recently a recipient of 2015 The Knights Arts Challenge for his project “The Ice Orchestra,” to build a set musical instruments out of ice for the 2017 St. Paul Winter Carnival.

dolce_web2Dolce Wind Quintet has been performing since 1995 for recitals, weddings, receptions, worship services, schools, charity benefits, and other events, including pub nights! Engaged by Classical Minnesota Public Radio as “Class Notes Artists” for 2013–14, the quintet presented concerts for elementary and middle-school children in inner city and suburban schools and was featured often on air on Classical MPR 99.5 FM. Dolce has been performing on the MPR stage at the Minnesota State Fair since 2013, and was the house band for MPR’s 2010 Taste of the Holidays Concert at the Fitzgerald Theater in 2010, and was featured on the station’s Holiday Sampler broadcast in 2009. In 2007 Dolce performed live on-air during MPR Day in Rochester and for MPR’s Music Alive event at Calhoun Square in Minneapolis. Dolce regularly performs as part of the Fridays in the Valley concert series and Hennepin County Bar Association Memorial Service in the Twin Cities, the Munsinger/Clemens Gardens summer series in St. Cloud, and the international Vintage Band Festival in Northfield. The members of Dolce are freelance performers and teachers, and hold positions with other ensembles, including Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Duluth-Superior Symphony, Lake Wobegon® Brass Band, Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Mississippi Valley Orchestra, and Rochester Symphony Orchestra.

Concert Info

October through April
Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center


Hosted by Schubert Club
Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.

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Seating is limited and first come first served. Doors open at 11:30. Please call if you are attending as a group of 10 or more (651.292.3267).

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