Courtroom Concert Program Details

March 26, 2015, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center

Samuel Rosenstone, piano

Cuarto Piezas Españolas – Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
Malagueña — Ernesto Lecuona (1895-1963)

Ladyslipper Ensemble
Sahar Hassan, mezzo-soprano • Claudia Chen, piano

Fetes galantes, from Deaux Poèmes de Louis Aragon – Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Les Chemins de l’amour – Poulenc
Combat del Somni – Frederic Mompou (1893-1987)
     Damunt de tu només les flors
     Jo et pressentia com la mar
12 Canciones Populares – Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000)
     La Rosa y el Sauce
Cinco Canciones Negras – Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002)
     Canción de cuna para dormir un negrito
     Canto negro
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rosenstone_webSamuel Calvo Rosenstone is the Robert J. Schlafle scholar at the University of Minnesota where he is pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance under Professor Alexander Braginsky, a student of Alexander Goldenweiser and Theodore Gutman. A native of Minneapolis, Samuel began studying piano at the age of four with Nancy Peterson with whom he studied for ten years before joining the studio of Alexander Braginsky in 2009.

Samuel’s acknowledgements include honorable mention in the 2011 Thursday Musical Young Artists Competition, first prize in the Marvin O. Mechelke Competition in 2013, and finalist in The Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition in 2014.

During his four years at the Bravo! Summer String and Keyboard Institute, Samuel played in a range of chamber ensembles. In 2013 he performed the world premiere of Dan Musselman’s “Sojourn.” In 2012, Samuel co-founded the funk and soul group “Center Coast” for which he composes and performs both piano and voice. Center Coast has performed throughout Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota, including venues such as The Kitty Cat Klub, 612Brew, and Northrop Auditorium. During the summer of 2013, Samuel participated in the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshop at the University of Louisville, and will be returning in 2015.

Over the years, Samuel has performed in several master classes including those of Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Logan Skelton, Lydia Artymiw, and Ariane Alexander. Samuel graduated from Minneapolis Southwest High School where he completed the International Baccalaureate diploma. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and French and travels regularly to Spain and France to visit family and friends.

hassan_webEgyptian American mezzo-soprano Sahar Hassan is a gifted and exciting singer. Her lush and vibrant voice is beautifully enhanced by her innate musical sensitivity. She made her operatic debut with Fresno Lyric Opera, as Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. She earned her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she was co-founder and soloist of Ensemble Rossignol for five years. She continued her studies at the Hochschule für Musik in München, Germany and the Conservatoire de Versailles, France. She is a frequent oratorio and chamber soloist in the Twin Cities and is the artistic director of Ladyslipper Ensemble (, with whom she maintains a busy performance schedule.

chen_webPianist Claudia Chen enjoys an active career as performer and teacher. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician in the USA, Canada, Eastern Europe and Chile. She has been a frequent guest on the chamber music series of the Minnesota Orchestra at MacPhail and Sommerfest. Her performances have been aired nationally in Canada on CBC and in the USA on National Public Radio. Ms. Chen often collaborates with her husband, cellist Arek Tesarczyk. In 2008, their performance was awarded a McKnight Fellowship for the Performing Artists. She received degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the University of Minnesota. Her principal teachers have been Julian Martin, Margo Garrett, Doris Pridonoff Lehnert and Patricia Parraguez. She has also worked with Leon Fleisher, Lydia Artymiw, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Richard Goode and John Perry.


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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