FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Leslie Shank, viola; Merilee Klemp; oboe; Trudi Anderson, flute; Mimi Tung, piano
About the Artists
Leslie Shank leads an active musical life as a soloist and chamber musician. She was a member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for 30 years, 24 years as assistant concertmaster. Shank gave her New York recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall as a winner of the Artists International Competition, and was twice re-engaged to perform on its Special Presentation Series. She was appointed Visiting Assistant Violin Professor at University of Wisconsin, Madison, for the year 2014-15. Shank currently serves as concertmaster of the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado, and has performed at numerous other festivals including the Aspen, Grand Teton, Mainly Mozart, Marlboro, and the Britt Festival, where she served as concertmaster of the festival orchestra. As a member of the prestigious Musicians from Marlboro, she toured the East Coast.
Merilee Klemp received the B.A. in Music Education from Augsburg College, the M.A. in Musicology from the University of Minnesota, and the D.M.A. in Oboe Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. Her notable accomplishments include an impressive list of featured recordings including Falls Flyer: Music for Oboe and Guitar (Schubert Club), Carols and Lullabies (RCA) and The Music of William Grant Still (Collins Classics) with Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota, The Three Hermits (D’Note) and A Chamber Fantasy (Innova 539) by Stephen Paulus, Singing Wilderness: Music of Cary John Franklin (Singing Wilderness), Fritz Bergmann’s Minnesota Landscapes(Innova), as well as CD’s by Janet Jackson, Elton John, Mariah Carey and Lorie Line. She performs regularly with the Minnesota Sinfonia and has performed with the Guthrie Theater, the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, Vocalessence, and is a frequent recitalist and soloist in the Twin Cities. Her principal teacher was Richard Killmer and she received a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship for further study with John MackShe has received a Minnesota State Arts Board fellowship and has also appeared at the Aspen Music Festival, the Centrum Festival in Seattle, the Bach Aria Institute and Festival, and the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin. Along with her avid interest in Baroque music, she is a strong advocate of contemporary literature premiering dozens of works and commissioning compositions from Libby Larsen, Fritz Bergmann, Randall Davidson, Dan Kallman, and David Evan Thomas. Ms. Klemp is a Professor at Augsburg University and teaches oboe as an adjunct faculty at Bethel University and Carleton College.
Trudi Anderson is an active free-lance musician in the Twin Cities and has performed with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minneapolis Civic Orchestra, the St. Cloud Symphony, and the Orquesta Filarmonica de Merida (Venezuela). She holds teaching positions at Augsburg College and Bethel University. Her students have won a variety of competitions and several are currently pursuing careers as professional flutists. Anderson is a founding member of FluteSpiration Quartet and is a published arranger of music for flute ensemble (Score Vivo). She has served as President and Vice President of the Upper Midwest Flute Association and is a member of the National Flute Association.
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.
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 as a solo pianist. She has also collaborated with members of the National Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Minnesota Opera Orchestra. Mimi is a past member of the Schubert Club’s Board of Directors.
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 is also a two-time McKnight Artist Fellow, and has won grants from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and Jerome Foundation, and at age 31, was listed in NPR Music’s Top 100 Composers Under 40. Abbie has been a Composer-in-Residence with New York State School Music Association, The Rose Ensemble, The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists, and Schubert Club. In 2019, she will be the American Composers Forum’s ChoralQuest composer, visiting schools around the U.S. to write new choral music with middle school singers.
Originally from Wisconsin, Abbie is a graduate of St. Olaf College (B.A.), the University of Minnesota (M.A.), and holds a diplôme from the European American Musical Alliance Institute in Paris, France. She lives in Minnesota, where she is Adjunct Professor of Composition at Concordia University-St Paul and executive director of Justice Choir.
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Seating is limited and first come first served. Please call if you are attending as a group of 10 or more (651.292.3267).
Schedule & Programs Subject to Change
MusiciansLeslie Shank, viola
Merilee Klemp, oboe
Trudi Anderson, flute
Mimi Tung, piano