NORTHERN LIGHTS MUSIC FESTIVAL
The Northern Lights Music Festival is a three week classical music performance program and music school which is held each summer on the Minnesota Iron Range.
Founded 20 years ago by concert pianist and Aurora native Veda Zuponcic, Northern Lights brings together award-winning students and internationally known performers and teachers in a unique program that includes daily lessons, chamber music coachings, masterclasses and numerous performance opportunities.
With the addition nine years ago of the Northern Lights Festival Opera, the festival now includes fully staged professional operas featuring international opera stars and a roster of rising young performers.
QUINTENS!VE - CHIONE QUINTET
JULY 19-22, 2021
quINTENS!VE is an annual music camp hosted by Chione, a Twin Cities-based woodwind quintet. This camp is open to all students of the woodwind family (flute, clarinet, oboe, french horn, and bassoon), including incoming high school freshmen through incoming college seniors.
This year’s quINTENS!VE will take place online, with the option to participate in some activities in-person. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about their specific instrument in daily masterclasses. They will also be placed in a primary ensemble where they will receive online coachings by members of Chione Quintet. Participants will record their individual parts at home, and the week will culminate in the release of the student ensembles’ fully recorded performances.
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MN MUSIC TEACHERS CONVENTION - VIRTUAL RECITAL PRESENTATION, JUNE 13
Pianist Matt Harikian and I will be performing a full program of clarinet and piano repertoire for the MMTA Convention in June 2021. Works by Guastavino, Brahms and Coleman. Click here for more information.
10TH WAVE CONCERT - MUSICAL EMERGENCE: VOICES UNHEARD
The chamber music collective 10th Wave and a phenomenal sound and production team put together a video concert with works by diverse composers including Jessie Montgomery, Valerie Coleman, Elwyn Fraser, and Quinn Mason. I am honored to be a guest musician performing Trio for Flute, Clarinet, and Percussion by percussionist, composer and professor Joe W. Moore III. Check out excerpted pieces from the video concert here.
2020 - AN ALBUM BY CHARLIE MCCARRON
Humbled to be a part of a new "quarantine" album composed by Twin Cities lauded composer and media producer Charlie McCarron. About his album, he writes: "I'm creating an album that I hope will bring peace to those who listen. I've written and recorded some of my most deeply personal songs, about lost relationships, anxiety, and the search for meaning in life." Check out the album website here.
GUEST MUSICIAN AT MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH - PLYMOUTH, MN
Online services each weekend featuring one artist per month - click here for information about online services.
CLARINETFEST® 2019 - KNOXVILLE, TN
Gemini Winds with pianist Tingting Yao are looking forward to performing works by Jennifer Higdon at the annual International ClarinetFest®, held this year at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN hosted by Victor Chavez. Click here for more information about this event.
BLUESHIFT ENSEMBLE AT CROSSTOWN CONCOURSE - JUNE 14
An evening of soul, brass band, and contemporary music by groups Lucky 7 Brass Band, Blueshift Ensemble and 926 Stax Band. More information can be found here.
OPUS 901 AT MEDDLESOME BREWING - JUNE 13
The Opus 901 Series was recently started by Memphis-based musicians Leah Cripps, Kelly Herrmann and Jenny Davis with efforts to bring classical music to places outside of the concert hall. This concert will be at Meddlesome Brewing, free admission, donations appreciated! Click here for more information.
BLUESHIFT ENSEMBLE AT INTERNATIONAL PRIZM FESTIVAL - JUNE 11
At the annual Prizm Festival in Memphis, TN, Blueshift Ensemble will present a performance of works by Michael Gordon, Missy Mazzoli, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Nico Muhly, and Rhodes College professor Evan Williams. The program features works that incorporate the use of electronics in different ways, including live processing, prerecorded track, and amplified instrumentation. Performers include Jenny Davis (flute), Amelia Smith (clarinet), Marisa Polesky (violin), Priscilla Tsai (violin), Jennifer Puckett (viola), Jonathan Kirkscey (cello, guitar), Chris Butler (bass), and Renee Kemper Murray (piano). Click here for more information.
TUESDAY COFFEE CONCERT - HASTINGS ARTS CENTER [MAY 28, 2019]
The Hastings Arts Center holds frequent free coffee concerts Tuesday mornings throughout the year. Amelia Smith and pianist Matt Harikian will perform works by Schumann and Poulenc. Additionally, the Brahms Horn trio, Op. 8 will be performed. More information can be found here.
MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA PRE-CONCERT CHAMBER MUSIC
Members of the Encore Wind Ensemble, led by Professor Jerry Luckhardt, will be performing chamber music before the Minnesota Orchestra concert on May 17, 2019. Will include works by Kevin Puts, Samuel Barber, and Paquito D'Rivera. This pre-concert event is free. Click here for more information.
CHAMBER RECITAL - GERMANTOWN, TN
Gemini Winds with pianist Tingting Yao will be performing works by Valerie Coleman, Jennifer Higdon, Gabriel Fauré, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. This recital will take place at 2pm at Germantown Presbyterian Church.
MID SOUTH FLUTE FESTIVAL 2019 - UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS
Gemini Winds (Amelia Smith, clarinet and Delara Hashemi, flute) with pianist Tingting Yao will be performing works by Jennifer Higdon at the Mid-South Flute Festival, hosted by Elise Blatchford at the University of Memphis. Click here for more information about this event.
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA OPERA PRESENTS: ALBERT HERRING
This comic opera by English composer Benjamin Britten is being performed by the University of Minnesota Opera Department. Scored for chamber orchestra, each of the instruments represents different characters of the opera and animates their mannerisms during the chaotic flurry that ensues during a small English town's May Day parade. Performances are at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the West Bank of the Twin Cities campus. More information including ticket prices can be found here.
NORTH STAR WINDS AT FIRST FRIDAY ART NIGHT
The Twin Cities-based wind octet North Star Winds, led by director Matthew Wanken, performs in downtown Northfield, MN for their monthly First Friday Art Night. This evening will include a myriad of art events such as poetry readings, art exhibits, dancing, crafts and live music. North Star Winds will perform transcribed works by Prokofiev, Brahms and Malcolm Arnold. Click here for more information about North Star Winds and here for more information about the event.
Standard works by Poulenc, Schumann and Prokofiev will be performed with Twin Cities-area pianist Matthew Harikian. This event is free to the public and will be live-streamed here as well. Located at the Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus in Ferguson Hall. Click here for more information.