Courtroom Concert Program Details
March 5, 2015, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Angela Grundstad, Carrie Henneman-Shaw, Kathy Lee and Kim Sueoka, sopranos; Clara Osowski, alto; Ginna Watson, medieval harp;
Linda Kachelmeier, alto/artistic director
The Music of Linda Kachelmeier
Aer Enim (based on a chant by Hildegard von Bingen)
We Grow Accustomed to the Dark Tanka (from From the Valley of the Wheat)
Silver Dagger (Traditional Appalachian)
Laura Sewell, cello • Ora Itkin, piano
Sonata for Cello and Piano in B-flat Major, Op. 45 – Felix Mendelssohn
I. Allegro vivace
III. Allegro assai
LUMINA is a new professional women’s ensemble in the Twin Cities dedicated to the mystery, beauty, and hope inherent in music. Our goal is to share the spiritual experience of music with others in both sacred and secular settings, with a focus on churches, hospitals, and care facilities for older adults. Our programming draws from a rich well of musical sources, including Medieval chants, Renaissance motets, folk song traditions, and works by living and local composers.
Linda Kachelmeier (b. 1965) is a composer, conductor and professional singer in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Her music has been described as having “luscious counterpoint, deliberate dissonances and assertive vocal interaction.” She has been the two-time recipient of the Jerome Composers Commissioning Program for Emerging Composers, along with being chosen for two Faith Partners residencies through the American Composers Forum. Linda was awarded a Minnesota Regional Arts Council “Next Step” grant to write a song cycle based on the poems of Minnesota poet Arthur Upson. The Rose Ensemble, The Singers and VocalEssence have all performed her works, and her music was featured on three Schubert Club Christmas Courtroom Concerts. Since 1991 she has been the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in South St. Paul.
Cellist, Laura Sewell, enjoys an active and varied musical career and has distinguished herself as a highly respected chamber musician. Since 2007 she has been a member of the esteemed Artaria String Quartet. In recent seasons the quartet was appointed as one of Minnesota Public Radio’s ensembles-in-residence, was featured on Twin Cities Public Television’s “Minnesota Originals” series, and performed the complete Shostakovich quartet cycle to critical acclaim. Earlier in her career, Ms. Sewell was the founding cellist of the award-winning Lark Quartet. During her tenure in that ensemble the quartet won the bronze medal at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, served as the graduate quartet-in-residence at the Juilliard School, and had a teaching residency at San Diego State University. Her chamber music teachers have included members of the Juilliard, American, Tokyo, Guarneri and Budapest quartets, as well as master teachers Felix Galimir, Josef Gingold, and William Pleeth.
Ms. Sewell received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Juilliard School where she was a student of Leonard Rose, and her Master’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Alan Harris. She also had the unique opportunity, at the age of 17, to spend half a year in London studying with the legendary cellist, Jacqueline DuPré. Ms. Sewell has appeared in solo recitals in New York and throughout the Midwest including the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series on WFMT in Chicago. She has premiered solo works by Paul Schoenfield, Stephen Paulus and Steve Heitzeg, and chamber works by Libby Larsen, Peter Schickele, Jon Deak and Stanislaw Skrowacewski. She has performed on American Public Media’s “Saint Paul Sunday” and on “A Prairie Home Companion” on several occasions, and has been in a trio with her violinist father, Fred Sewell, and prominent pianist, Thelma Hunter, for over thirty years. Ms. Sewell plays as a substitute cellist with both the Minnesota and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras and has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, the Bakken Trio and the Musical Offering. Over the past two decades she has been on the faculties of Augsburg College, the MacPhail Center for the Arts, Madeline Island Music Camp, Stringwood, and the Artaria Chamber Music School. From 2000-2008 she served on the board of Chamber Music America, the national service organization for chamber musicians, and was its Chair for four years.
Ora Itkin was born in Moscow where she started her piano lessons at age four with her father, an accomplished jazz musician. After graduating from Moscow Academy of Music, she emigrated to Israel where she graduated from Tel- Aviv University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music. She was awarded a grant from the American Israeli Cultural Foundation Karen Sharet. Ms. Itkin is a member of the piano faculty at MacPhail, the University of St. Thomas and the St. Paul Conservatory of Music, and maintains a private piano studio. Recently she was a guest performer and clinician at the Second Caribbean Festival of Humanities, and Latin American Composers Forum.
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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