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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Chione Wind Quintet

Thursday, March 8, 12:00PM

Landmark Center Courtroom 317


Thursday, March 8, 2018, 12pm

Featuring Chione Wind Quintet



 ‘Celebrating Women’s History Month’

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About the Artists:

Chione [kiōn] noun:

1. Goddess of winter winds
2. Twin Cities-based woodwind quintet comprised of innovative and cross-disciplinary women.

Chione Wind Quintet is a Twin Cities-based woodwind quintet comprised of innovative and cross-disciplinary women. The unique and evolving medium provides an outlet to explore and create new sounds while redefining and rediscovering lesser known music. Chione is committed to collaborating with professionals of all genres and creative outlets, with particular interests in commissioning new pieces and performing works by women artists. Throughout each endeavor, Chione aims to reach a wide range of audiences with the hopes of inspiring contemporary and aspiring artists as well as supporters of the arts.

Hannah Peterson Green, flute player, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Dr. Bradley Garner and Dr. Heather Verbeck Harrison. She is an active performer and teacher in the Twin Cities, having appeared with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and the Mankato Symphony as well as solo and chamber performances at The Schubert Club and on Minnesota Public Radio. During the 2016-17 season, she appeared as part of The Cedarwood Duo with Leah Gallas and Blake Nellis through Minnesota Public Radio’s Classnotes Artist program.

Susan Miranda, oboist, graduated high school from Interlochen Arts Academy. Her performance resumé includes various countries across Europe, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Huron Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and most recently the Mankato Symphony Orchestra. Susan holds a Bachelors of Communications from the University of Minnesota and is currently studying with Basil Reeve through the School of Music. Her Chromatic Fusion Oboe Studio is an established studio where she teaches a diverse group of students throughout the Twin Cities.

Rina Sugawara is an aspiring music theorist and clarinetist working on an M.A. and D.M.A. at the University of Minnesota. She holds her M.M. in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan and a B.M. in music theory from Baldwin Wallace University. She is active in multiple aspects of the music business, ranging from substituting in The Cleveland Orchestra to teaching undergraduate theory courses. A native of Columbus, OH, she is currently working on enhancing her skills in research, pedagogy, and performance to teach at the university level one day.

Allison Akins, horn player, is an accomplished solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She holds a Master’s degree in Horn Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor’s degree in horn performance from The University of Kansas. An avid performer, she has worked with the Kansas City Symphony, Rochester (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra, Portland (ME) Symphony as well as the national tours of Tony Award-winning musicals Billy Elliot and Mary Poppins. Ms. Akins enjoys a rich freelance performance career in the Twin Cities, collaborating with such local ensembles as VocalEssence, Oratorio Society, Magnum Chorum, and as soloist with the Itasca Symphony Orchestra.

Thea Groth, bassoonist, has performed on stages throughout the United States, Canada, and Brazil. Currently the Principal Bassoonist of the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, Groth is a former member of Ensemble 212 and Hudson Valley Chamber Winds, and has made numerous freelance appearances with Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Amore Opera, Savannah Philharmonic, Greater Newburgh, Bergen, St. Cloud, and South Dakota Symphony Orchestras. Groth has recorded with The Hartt School Wind Ensemble, and trombone soloist Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic, on Passaggi, released on the Naxos Wind Band Classics label. Groth holds a Bachelor of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The Hartt School, and a Master of Music in Orchestral Performance from The Manhattan School of Music. Groth has served as faculty at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Fortaleza, Brazil, and now maintains a small teaching studio in Northfield, MN.



[icon color=”Accent-Color” size=”small” image=”icon-info-sign”] Concert Info

October through April
Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center


Hosted by Abbie Betinis.

View the Frequently Asked Questions about the Courtroom Concerts.

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).

Schedule & Programs Subject to Change

About the Host:
Composer Abbie Betinis writes music called “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), “superb, whirling, soaring” (Tacoma News Tribune), and “the highlight” of the program (Boston Globe).  With over 50 commissioned works for ensembles such as Cantus, the New England Philharmonic, and The Rose Ensemble, Abbie has been awarded a McKnight Composer Fellowship, grants from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and Jerome Foundation, and was recently listed in NPR Music’s Top 100 Composers Under 40.  A resident of Saint Paul, she is adjunct professor of composition at Concordia University, and was composer-in-residence with the Schubert Club from 2005-2017.