Courtroom Concert Program Details
November 10, 2016, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Mimi Tung, piano
Gaspard de la Nuit — Maurice Ravel
II. Le Gibet
Aura Duo: Laura Sewell, cello and Ora Itkin, piano
Sonata in C Major, Op. 119, for Cello and Piano — Sergei Prokofiev
Allegro, ma non troppo
A native of Hong Kong, Mimi Tung began piano studies at age 4. She earned her degree in piano performance from Santa Clara University and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate for outstanding musical performance. She has studied with Hans Boepple, Jean-David Coen, Sheldon Steinberg, and has been coached by John Perry.
Though serious about pursuing her passion for music, Mimi has always had a “day job.” Following a successful career in college admissions and university development, she now serves as International Principal Gifts Officer at Mayo Clinic. An accomplished and active musician in the Twin Cities, Mimi has performed numerous times at Schubert Club’s Courtroom Concert series and Thursday Musical’s Artist Series.
Cellist, Laura Sewell, enjoys an active and varied musical career and has distinguished herself as a highly respected chamber musician. From 2007-2016 she was a member of the esteemed Artaria String Quartet. Earlier in her career she was the founding cellist of the award-winning Lark Quartet.
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 study with the legendary cellist, Jacqueline DuPre.
Ms. Sewell plays as a substitute cellist with both the Minnesota and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras and has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, the Bakken Trio, and the Musical Offering. She has appeared on “Saint Paul Sunday” and on “A Prairie Home Companion” on several occasions. 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. Over the past two decades she has been on the faculties of the MacPhail Center for the Arts, Augsburg College, 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.
Pianist, Ora Itkin, graduated from the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. After emigrating to Israel and graduating from Tel-Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rubin Academy of Music, her performing career blossomed. An active soloist and chamber musician, she has performed across the Twin Cities at venues such as The Schubert Club, Minnesota Orchestra Hall, Sundin Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Temple Israel, and University of Minnesota.
Ms. Itkin has also performed internationally, in Russia, the Middle East, Europe, as well as Latin America, and has been broadcasted live on MPR, Radio of San Juan, Kol Israel Radio, and Moscow Radio. Recently, Ms. Itkin was a guest performer and clinician at the Second Caribbean Festival of Humanities and the Latin American Composers Forum. Ms. Itkin is the founder and artistic director of an ongoing series of multidisciplinary music forums entitled Muse Salon, featured thus far by the University of Minnesota’s Campus Club, The Weisman Art Museum, The Schubert Club, and Alliance Francaise. She is also the writer and producer of her original, multimedia series ArtAffects, the first two installments of which are entitled “To be … Goya,” and “Fiddler without a Roof.” Her experience of living amongst different cultures and her passion for music, visual art, literature, and philosophy, encouraged her to bring the idea of ‘salons’ in Enlightenment Europe to fruition in the modern day.
Ms. Itkin also serves as a faculty member at the University of St. Thomas, MacPhail Center for Music, and the St. Paul Conservatory of Music. She also maintains a private piano studio and leads a community group for amateur pianists in the Twin Cities. A life-long advocate of interdisciplinary learning, Ms. Itkin treats music, both in her teaching and performing career, as an essential element that connects minds across backgrounds and generations. She seeks to promote an interconnectedness of music with the arts, humanities, and sciences in everything she does, especially in her multimedia productions and work with students.
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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