Courtroom Concert Program Details
January 8, 2015, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Clara Osowski, mezzo soprano
Mill City String Quartet
Jessica Schroeder, piano
Courage – Charles Arthur Ridgway
La Mort D’Ophélie – Hector Berlioz
3 songs from Songs on Letters of John and Abigail Adams – James Kallembach
Banquo’s Buried – Alison Bauld
We’ll Find a Way – Paul Rudoi
Hailed for her artistry and rich mezzo color, Clara Osowski was a 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Upper-Midwest Regional Finalist, runner-up in the 2012 Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition, and was named the winner of the 2014 Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artists Competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Active as a recitalist with pianist Mark Bilyeu, she recently completed the Vancouver International Song Institute, Académie Francis Poulenc, and was also featured at the 2014 Baldwin-Wallace Art Song Festival, in Berea, Ohio. The duo will also be competing in the Das Lied art song competition in Berlin, Germany this February. Highlights in 2015 include Dominick Argento’s Casa Guidi with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra of Minneapolis, and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee. Clara is an Adjunct Faculty of Voice at the University of Minnesota-Morris, and is the Associate Artistic Director of Source Song Festival, the Twin Cities new festival devoted to art song composers, performers, and enthusiasts. For more information visit www.claraosowskimezzo.com.
The Mill City String Quartet was founded by Angela Hanson and Erika Hoogeveen (violins), Huldah Niles (viola), and John Eadie (cello) in the fall of 2007 with the intention of studying and performing the major works of the classical repertoire. In addition to our season of public concerts, we also perform at private events, frequently collaborate with the singers of Kantorei, and have worked with music students in Monticello, Andover, and Stillwater. This season, we were thrilled to be chosen as a 2014-15 Artist-in-Residence throughout southern Minnesota through Minnesota Public Radio’s Class Notes program. In addition to creating a curriculum for the school music teachers, we had a fantastic and successful time performing and teaching our world music program at 7 elementary schools in early October. Through a generous grant from the Mankato Symphony and the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, we toured extensively through small communities throughout southern Minnesota in the 2013-14 season. Over the course of our 13 performances, we were humbled by the warm and eager audiences and enjoyed bringing them classical music up close in their own communities. These concerts were also made possible the Minnesota Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. In late 2011, MCSQ released a recording of Christmas music, entitled “Christmas in Mill City.” It continues to be heard on Minnesota Public Radio throughout the holiday season.
Jessica Schroeder holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from Western Washington University, a M.M. in Piano Performance from Northern Illinois University, a M.M. in Collaborative Piano from the University of Oregon, and is currently finishing her D.M.A. in Collaborative Piano from the University of Minnesota, where she studies with Dr. Timothy Lovelace. Jessica Schroeder has performed around the country, as well as Europe, and has studied with many internationally renowned pianists. She has had the opportunity to play at the La Musica Lirica International Music Festival in Novafeltria, Italy, the Franz Schubert Institute in Baden, Austria, the Vancouver International Song Institute in Vancouver, B.C., as well as Songfest in Los Angeles, California.