Please Note: This concert will be held in the Landmark Center Cortile (1st floor).
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About the Artists
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.
Merilee Klemp is a well-known recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. Her notable accomplishments include an impressive list of featured recordings including an impressive list of featured recordings including The Lyrical Pickpocket: Chamber Music of Eric Stokes (Innova 962), Falls Flyer: Music for Oboe and Guitar (Schubert Club), Carols and Lullabies (RCA), 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 on the series of Lifescapes recordings distributed throughout the country. Her performances have been broadcast on Public Radio International, National Public Radio, and Minnesota Public Radio (including appearances with the Dale Warland Singers on Prairie Home Companion). She 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. In 1996 she gave the Midwest premiere of Joan Tower’s Island Prelude. Following graduation from Augsburg College, she received her M.A. in Musicology from the University of Minnesota where she studied with Dr. Susan McClary. Ms. Klemp has written a performance edition with critical commentary of Giuseppe Sammartini’s Six Solos for a German Flute, Violin, or Hautboy with a Thorough Bass, Op. XIII. Ms. Klemp’s principal mentor is Richard Killmer of the Eastman School of Music where she is completed her D.M.A. Ms. Klemp is a Professor at Augsburg University and teaches oboe as an adjunct faculty at Bethel University and Carleton College.
Jennifer Gerth is in her 21st season as principal clarinet of the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra. A substitute with the Minnesota Orchestra since 1995, she has performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, VocalEssence, and in orchestras for touring Broadway shows, and ballet companies. Jennifer has a BA degree from St. Olaf College in music and mathematics, an MM degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and was a DMA candidate at the University of Minnesota (1992-1995), studying with Burt Hara. During her DMA she was a Concerto Competition winner, performing the Debussy Rhapsody with the University of Minnesota Orchestra. In 1999 she was a founding member of the Prospect Park Players, a chamber music group that was active in the Twin Cities for seven years. Jennifer continues her love for chamber music playing at the Festival of the Lakes chamber music festival in Alexandria, MN. With 27 years of collegiate teaching experience, Jennifer has taught at St. Olaf College, St. Cloud State University and College of St. Benedict. She currently teaches at the University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas and maintains a private studio.
Charles Hodgson is a versatile performer and music educator who is equally adept on the concert stage as he is in the Broadway pit, teaching studio, or recording sound set. Chuck was born in Vancouver, WA and raised in the Pacific Northwest and northern Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and a Master of Music degree in Horn Performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and studied there with Dale Clevenger, David Kamminga, Bruce Houglum, and Arnold Jacobs. Chuck has been engaged as a Hornist with the Minnesota Opera Orchestra since 1987 and his performance career includes symphonic work with the Chicago Symphony, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Fargo Moorhead Symphony, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, and Illinois Philharmonic.
He has performed with innumerable Broadway National Touring and regional theatrical productions including: Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Joseph, Beauty and the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, Evita, Porgy and Bess, Miss Saigon, West Side Story, the Sound of Music, Cinderella, Paint Your Wagon, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Prince and the Pauper, Les Miserables, South Pacific, Chess, and many others! Locally, Chuck regularly performs with Vocalessence, Minnesota Dance Theater, Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, Riverside Wind Quintet, and with his brass quintet, the North Shore Brass.
Teaching has always been an important part of Chuck’s musical life. He is currently on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and has been a band director and Horn instructor at Concordia College and an adjunct instructor at Bethel and Macalester Colleges in the Twin Cities. In addition, Chuck maintains an active studio out of his home. Outside of his Musical activities, Chuck is an avid cyclist and has enjoyed competing in distance running and triathlon. He lives in West St Paul with his wife, Michelle, and their dogs, Romeo and Goddard!
Laurie Merz is in her sixteenth year as Second Bassoon/Contrabassoon in the Minnesota Opera Orchestra. She is a busy free-lance player in the Twin Cities, performing with VocalEssence, Minnesota Sinfonia and is a guest artist for the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. An MPR Class Notes Artist, Merz performs educational outreach programs with her wind quintet, the Riverside Quintet. She has been a professor of bassoon at Augsburg University since 2002 and is also on the faculty of Century College.
Merz received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Bassoon Performance with Distinction from the Eastman School of Music and her Master of Music with Honors from the University of Minnesota. When not performing, teaching, presenting & adjudicating, Laurie manages a home-based business selling her bassoon reeds to clients around the country.
About the Composer:
The music of David Evan Thomas has been praised for its eloquence, power and craft. A recipient of two McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowships, an Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Möller-A.G.O. Award in Choral Composition, Thomas has received commissions from the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the American Composers Forum and the American Guild of Organists. His music is published by ECS, MorningStar, Augsburg Fortress, Jeanné, Fatrock Ink, Cherry Classics, Classical Vocal Reprints, Tritone-Tenuto, North Star Music and VocalEssence Press.
David Evan Thomas was the first composer-in-residence for the Schubert Club, which recognized him with the An die Musik Award for outstanding service in 2016. He served Westminster Presbyterian Church (Minneapolis) and the Cathedral of Saint Paul through a FaithPartners residency. Other residencies have taken him to the Ucross and Brush Creek Arts Foundations in Wyoming, and to California’s Villa Montalvo.
Recent honors include the VocalEssence Welcome Christmas Carol Contest and the Renée B. Fisher Composer Awards. In 2018, Thomas was initiated into Sigma Alpha Iota Fraternity as a National Arts Associate.
Born in Rochester, New York in 1958, David Evan Thomas received degrees from Northwestern University, Eastman School and the University of Minnesota. His teachers included Dominick Argento, Samuel Adler and Alan Stout, with further study at the Aspen Festival and with David Diamond at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Thomas lives in Minneapolis, where he is also active as a program annotator for the Schubert Club. More: www.davidevanthomas.com.
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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