Courtroom Concert Program Details
October 20, 2016, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Dolce Wind Quintet
Three Shanties — Malcolm Arnold
Allegro con brio
Humorous Bagatelles — Carl Nielsen (arr. Clark McAlister)
Aria and Quodlibet for Woodwind Quintet — Arne Running
Christopher Atzinger, piano
Nocturne, Op. 45 — John Knowles Paine
Four Characteristic Pieces, Op. 25 — Paine
Dolce Wind Quintet has been performing for audiences of all ages for concert series, recitals, school audiences, weddings, receptions, worship services, charity benefits, soirées, pub nights, and festivals since 1995, drawing from an enormous repertoire of classic and contemporary woodwind quintet literature, transcriptions, popular songs, dances, ethnic music, show tunes, holiday favorites, and more.
In addition to serving as Classical MPR Class Notes Artists in 2016-17 and 2013-14, Dolce performed on the MPR stage at the Minnesota State Fair in 2013 and 2014, and in 2015 was live on-air from the Fair. Dolce represented MPR at a Galleria-Edina holiday concert in 2013, was the house band for MPR’s 2010 Taste of the Holidays Concert at the Fitzgerald Theater, 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.
In addition to Schubert Club Courtroon Concerts, Dolce regularly performs for the Fridays in the Valley concert series, Munsinger/Clemens Gardens summer series in St. Cloud, the international Vintage Band Festival in Northfield, and for musical salons and soirées. Dolce has also performed on summer artists series in Hayward and Bayfield, Wisconsin.
Praised in Gramophone for his “abundant energy, powerful fingers, big sound and natural musicality,” and in the San Francisco Chronicle for his “fervency and panache”, pianist Christopher Atzinger has performed throughout Europe and North America, highlighted by concerts at Carnegie Hall (Weill), Salle Cortot, St. Martins-in-the-Fields, the American Academy in Rome, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. In addition to live performances broadcast on WFMT (Chicago), WJR (Detroit), KPAC (San Antonio), WXEL (West Palm Beach), WUOL (Louisville), WGTE (Toledo) and WFCR (New England), his artistry has been heard on American Public Media’s Performance Today, and on Minnesota, Wisconsin and Vermont Public Radio. Mr. Atzinger has performed at the Banff, Brevard, Chautauqua, Mendocino and Bridge music festivals, lectured at the Juilliard School and Berklee College of Music, and has given masterclasses across the country.
As a medalist of the New Orleans, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Shreveport, and Seattle International Piano Competitions, Atzinger has been praised by critics for his “personal interpretive vision” and “virtuoso aplomb”. He was also winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Artist Competition, the Simone Belsky Piano Competition, and the Premio Città di Ispica prize at the IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Ragusa-Ibla, Italy in addition to receiving honors from the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, the National Society of Arts and Letters, and MTNA. Additionally, he has received grants and fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, the Theodore Presser Foundation, the American Composers Forum, the Minnesota State Arts Board, Foundation La Gesse, and the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation.
In addition to degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan, Atzinger earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He counts among his teachers Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, Anton Nel, David Renner, and Carolyn Lipp. He is currently an Associate Professor of Music at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
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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