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2017 SEASON

The Good Shepherd International Concert Series seeks to present captivating music, played by some of the brightest rising stars on the international scene, to the people of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area. Pope Benedict XVI described classical music as an "encounter with the divine," which can help us experience "very deeply the Lord's presence." We believe that musical expression is necessary for the culture of our community to thrive. As God's grace and love toward humanity is reflected through musical creativity, we can tangibly witness Him "making all things new."

All concerts are open to the public with no admission charge. A free-will offering will be taken to help cover our expenses. Each concert is followed by a reception where the audience may enjoy refreshments and fellowship and an opportunity to greet the performers.

We are able to present these recitals free of charge due to generous donations from the congregation and the free-will offerings.

Gedymin Grubba (Poland), organ

February 28, Tuesday @ 6:15 PM

Gedymin Grubba – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Concerto in A Minor after Vivaldi, BWV 593
Choral: An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564
Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Sonata Op. 65, Nº 3 in A Major

 Gedymin Grubba (b. 1981) is an international organist, composer, and conductor performing about 100 concerts each year around the world. He is currently one of the most active Polish concert organists. So far he traveled around the globe five times on world concert tours across Europe, South America, North America (including 20 concerts in the US), South Africa, Asia, Australia, and Oceania. Last year (2016) marked the 20th anniversary of his artistic work, amounting to 1,500 recitals given so far. Geydmin has recorded several of CD’s (19 incl. DVD) and numerous recordings for radio and television in the world. He frequently conducts master-classes and is invited to be an adjudicator for organ competitions in the world. Since 1999 he is the Director of the International Festival of Organ Music at the Cathedral in Pelplin which is one of the most significant and prestigious cultural events of its kind in Europe. Since 2003 he is also Chairman of the Promotion of Art Gabriel Fauré Foundation which organizes about 50 concerts a year. This concert and reception are co-sponsored by the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota

Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota (PACIM) 

Arthur Villar (Brazil), piano

March 11, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Arthur Villar – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN

Étude in D# Minor Op. 8  – A. Scriabin
Piano Sonata Op. 27, Nº 2 “Moonlight” – L. V. Beethoven
Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman" – W. A. Mozart
Étude in B Major Op. 8 – A. Scriabin
Ballade in B Minor S. 171 – F. Liszt
Piano Sonata Op. 110 – L. V. Beethoven

Pianist Arthur Villar was born in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in June 1984. He started his studies in piano, chamber music, theory and conducting in 2004, at the age of 21, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and joined the piano studio of Miriam Grossman, a renowned Brazilian pianist and pedagogue. Among his achievements, he won the first prize in the Souza Lima National Piano Competition in São Paulo (Brazil), in 2007, for his piano performing and musical excellence and performed in 2009 Bach’s twenty-four preludes and fugues at the Forum Internacional del Piano de Barcelona. In February 2008 Arthur Villar was granted a scholarship to pursue his Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance at the Hartt School (University of Hartford, CT) under the tutelage of Luiz de Moura Castro.

Mr. Villar is recipient of the following scholarships and awards: E.B. Storrs Scholarship, Hartt Performing Arts Scholarship, SUNY Purchase Conservatoire of Music Merit Scholarship and F. Parker Scholarship. Mr. Villar participated in the following festivals and workshops: SIPO (Portugal), Forum Internacional del Piano in Barcelona (Spain), Performing Bach in Baroque Style in New York (US), Prague Music Performance Institute and Festival in Prague (Czech Republic) and Gijon International Piano Festival (Spain). Arthur Villar has attended both master classes and individual classes with renowned pianists throughout the world, such as Andrei Gavrilov (Russia), Paul Badura-Skoda (Austria), Martin Bally (Czech Republic), Yun Ha Huang (SouthKorea), Julian Martin (US), Boris Berman (Russia), among others.

Most recently he recorded the first book of The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach. The twenty-four preludes and fugues album was recorded between September and November (2012) and was released in February 2013. Arthur Villar received a Master's degree in Piano Performance from SUNY Purchase University (NY), where he studied with pianist Paul Ostrovsky. Mr Villar is currently a piano faculty member of the Hartt School Community Division (University of Hartford, CT).

Dylan Younger (USA), woodwinds

June 3, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Dylan Younger – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN

Concerto in C Major, RV 443 – Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Lamento – Cristiano Rizzotto (b. 1989)
Dance of the Blessed Spirits – Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787)
Carinhoso – Pixinguinha (1897-1973)
Four Sketches for Flute and Piano – Walter Sinclair Hartley (1927-2016)

  

Minneapolis, Minnesota-based multiple woodwind specialist Dylan Younger regularly performs with ensembles in a wide variety of musical styles including classical (chamber and orchestral), jazz, rock, funk, ska, avant-garde, Dixieland, opera, and musical theater. Dylan recieved his B.M. in Clarinet Performance from Lawrence University in June of 2016 with a heavy emphasis on studying and performing on woodwind instruments. In addition, he devoted much time at Lawrence to the study and practice of music education and pedagogy. Dylan is currently working on projects including several contemporary music ensembles and chamber ensembles. One such ensemble, Lilith, has commissioned pieces by composers including Joanne Metcalf, JP Merz, Brad Wells, and Shara Nova.

At home in the world of musical theater and opera, Dylan has performed on multiple woodwinds in numerous productions of varying styles and eras. He frequently performs with the College Light Opera Company, a summer theater company in Falmouth, MA. In February 2016, he played clarinet for the Lawrence University production of The Beggar's Opera. He played clarinet, saxophone, flute, and oboe for a production of 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee in April 2016. Other upcoming engagements include performances with theater companies around the Twin Cities including Park Square Theatre in Saint Paul in January and February.

Wyatt Smith (USA), organ

July 8, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Wyatt Smith – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley MN

Toccata in F, BuxWV 156 – Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 669 – J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 670 – J. S. Bach
Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 671 – J. S. Bach
Galliard et Variatio ex d – Heinrich Scheidemann (ca. 1595-1663)
Sonata in B-flat, Op. 65, Nº 4 – Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 676 – J. S. Bach
Fantasy and Fugue in g, BWV 542 – J. S. Bach

American concert organist Wyatt Smith is a native of Rapid City, South Dakota. He performs with “nuance, polish, and personality” (Michael Barone, APM Pipedreams). Wyatt concertizes extensively throughout the United States by keeping an active concert schedule. he has performed in twenty-eight states throughout the US over the last seven years, and more recently in Europe. Notable performance venues include the US Air Force Academy Protestant Cadet Chapel (Colorado Springs), St. Thomas Church (New York), St. Andrew’s Cathedral (Honolulu), St. George’s, Hanover Square (London), St. Mark Episcopal Cathedral (Seattle), the Spreckels Organ Pavilion – Balboa Park (San Diego), National City Christian Church (Washington D. C.) King’s Chapel (Boston), Trinity Church – Copley Square (Boston), Woolsey Hall – Yale University (New Haven), William Jewell College (Liberty), the Community of Christ Auditorium and Temple (Independence), the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles), and Overture Concert Hall (Madison). He performed at the 2012 AGO National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee as a Rising Star, having won the AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists – Region VI in 2011. His performances have been heard on several episodes of American Public Media’s Pipedreams.

His achievements in performance were recently recognized when he was named as a member of the "Class of 2016" by The Diapason's program, "20-under-30", which recognizes young leaders in the fields of organ, harpsichord, carillon, and church music. Wyatt has a passion for commissioning and performing new works for the organ. Over the last several years, he has commissioned and premiered works by David Cherwien, Carson Cooman, Emma Lou Diemer, Kurt Knecht, Kristina Langlois, Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra, among others. Wyatt is currently a doctoral student at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he studies organ performance with Dr. Carole Terry. He received his Master of Music degree from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the Yale School of Music, where he studied organ performance with Dr. Martin Jean. His Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance is from the University of South Dakota, where he was an organ student of Dr. Larry Schou. Wyatt is the Organist at St. Alphonsus Parish in Seattle, Washington, where he plays the Fritts-Richards organ, Opus 4.

Silviya Mateva (Bulgaria), organ

July 22, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Dr. Silviya Mateva graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Doctorate in Organ Performance in May 2016. She is a Professor of Music Theory at Oklahoma City University and is also the Director of Music Ministries and Organist at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore, OK. Dr. Mateva started studying piano at the age of seven and has studied under the tutelage of Svetlana Kosseva and Michael Rickman. She studied organ with Velin Iliev before coming to the US in 2005. In 2008 Dr. Mateva received her Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance (summa cum laude) from Stetson University’s School of Music, where she was a student of Boyd Jones. In addition to studying the organ with him, she also studied the harpsichord. She completed her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in 2010, where she studied with Hans Davidsson. While at Eastman, she took pedal clavichord lessons with Ulrika Davidsson. At OU Dr. Mateva studied organ with John Schwandt. While at OU she had an assistantship in the music theory department, where she taught aural skills and theory classes. Dr. Mateva’s doctoral dissertation focuses on theoretical analyses of the organ works of Rachel Laurin. She performs frequently in the community, as well as abroad. Some of her recent performances include an alumna recital at Stetson University, a recital for an Organ Historical Society National Convention, and recitals in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. 

Maurizio Mancino (Italy), organ

August 5, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Maurizio Mancino – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN

Concerto in Judas Maccabeus – Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)
“Vater unser im Himmelreich” – George Böhm (1661-1733)
Fantasia e Fuga in sol minore BWV 542 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Fantaisie Nº3 – Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Variations sur “Christus vincit” – Denis Bédard (b. 1950)
Scherzo in sol minore –Marco Enrico Bossi (1861-1925)
Cantabile Nº2 – Enrico Pasini (b. 1921)
Toccata – Bonaventura Somma (1893-1960)

Born in Melzo, Italy, organist, harpsichordist, choir director, and orchestral conductor Maurizio Mancino completed his musical studies at the L. Marenzio Conservatory in Brescia, graduating with honors in Organ and Organ Composition, under the tutelage of Maestro Franco Castelli. He furthered his musical studies through several courses in interpretation and organ performance practice under internationally known maestros such as L. F. Tagliavini (Early Italian Music), H. Vogel (German Baroque), L. Rogg (Improvisation), W. Krumbach (J. S. Bach), G. Parodi (Romantic and Contemporary Music), and C. Stella (Early Spanish Music). He is the titular organist of the largest mechanical Nenninger organ (München / Melzo 1997) at the Church of SS. Alessandro and Margherita in Melzo, where he plays the Organ Mass every Saturday and Sunday throughout the Liturgical Year. Maestro Mancino is the Founder and Director of the St. Andrea Choir of Melzo, which performs in various Italian cities, notably Siena, Florence, Milan, Brescia, Massa (Cathedral, 2001) and Rome (St. Maria in Trastevere, 2002). He is the Artistic Director of the Rassegna Organistica (Organ Festival) of Melzo, which for a number of years has hosted world-renowned organists.

As a conductor, he directs the Guido d'Arezzo Orchestra in the same town, offering a variety of chamber music repertoire, sacred and symphonic. He regularly performs numerous concerts in Italy and abroad (France, Switzerland, Germany, England, Mexico) as both a soloist and in a duo with solo voices and various instruments (oboe, flute, English horn, violin, clarinet, baghèt, Alphorn and natural trumpet), as well as continuo organ and harpsichord in various vocal and instrumental combinations. For several years he collaborates with Claudio Monteverdi Choir of Crema (Cremona) under the direction of Bruno Gini. He has recorded for several labels including La Bottega Discantica and Svanå. He is passionate about organ building and he has consulted for advice regarding construction and renovations of church organs. In July 2002 he gave an organ seminar and recital on the performance practice of Italian organ music in Schluchtem (Frankfurt), at the Kirchenmusicalische Forbildungsstatte. He is professor at the Salesian Secondary School in Melzo (FMA) and Treviglio BG (SDB). He is also professor of Organ and Composition at the Guido d'Arezzo School of Music in Melzo.

Cristiano Rizzotto (Latvia-Brazil), organ

October 14, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Invocazione Brillante, Opus 1217 – Carson Cooman (b. 1982)
Adoro te Devote: Prelude with 4 variations – Gerald Near (b. 1942)
Præludium in E Minor “The Great” – Nicolaus Bruhns (1665 – 1697)
Introduction and Pastorale “He Who Yields Before the Hands of God in Heaven” – Aivars Kalējs (b. 1951)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Via Dolorosa – Aivars Kalējs
Toccata on the chorale Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr’ – Aivars Kalējs

Having performed extensively in North America, Europe and South America, Latvian Brazilian Cristiano Rizzotto is an active international recitalist who frequently premières and performs the works of contemporary composers. Composers such as Carson Cooman, Composer in Residence at Harvard University, Antoine Giovannini, Titular Organist at L’église Saint Vincent de Nay (France), and Aivars Kalējs, Concert Organist at Rīgas Doms (Latvia), have dedicated pieces to him. Cristiano is currently a doctoral candidate at The American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma, under Dr. John Schwandt, and is the Organist & Choirmaster at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN, where he works with our adult choir, our bell choir, and our children's choir, as well as with all of our school children. He became a published composer after his Toccata was released by Wayne Leupold Editions in March 2014. Rizzotto was previously the organist at Benedictine Abbey in Rio de Janeiro, owner of one of the oldest organs in South America and where the Carioca monks have kept the tradition of the chants and liturgy alive since the 16th century. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Magna cum Laude, 2010), and a Master’s degree in Sacred Music from East Carolina University (2013).

Mateusz Rzewuski (Poland), organ

October 28, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Mateusz Rzewuski – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN

G. Muffat (1653-1704) – Toccata Decima
J. S. Bach (1685-1750) – Choral: O Mensch bewein dein Sünde groß, BWV 622
M. Rzewuski (b. 1991) – Improvisation: Concerto-Allegro
J. S. Bach (1685-1750) – Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 548
M. Rzewuski (b. 1991) – Improvisation in contemporary style
F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847) – Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, Op. 37, Nº1

Mateusz Rzewuski was born in 1991 in Łuków. He completed with honors and with the highest mark a Master’s degree course at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in an organ class conducted by prof. Andrzej Chorosiński and Master’s Programme – Master of Music in Musikhochschule in Lubeck in an organ class under prof. Franz Danksagmüller. He is leading vivid artistic activities. He actively participated in many master classes run by: Guy Bovet, Piter van Dijk, Hans Fagius, Gerhard Gnann, Olivier Latry, Ludger Lohmann, Christophe Mantoux , Michael Radulescu, Daniel Roth, Wolfgang Zerer and many others. During international festivals Mateusz performed concerts in Poland, Germany, France, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In 2011 Mateusz became a finalist of the International Festival of Sacral Music of the Reverend Stanisław Ormiński in Rumia and in the following year he also participated in archive recordings for the Polish Television.

In 2013 he became a finalist of the All-Poland Competition for Organ Improvisation in Legnica. In the same year he won first prize and was awarded special prize at the International Organ Competition “Organists of New Europe” (Organiści Nowej Europy) in Bardo. He also took part in the Erasmus student exchange programme in Musikhochschule in Lubeck, where he studied in an organ class under prof. Franz Danksagmüller. In 2015 he won II prize and was awarded a special prize at the VII International M. K. Čiurlionis Organ Competition in Vilnius. He was twice awarded a scholarship by President of the capital city of Warsaw and a scholarship by Rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He was also awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Science and won the ‘Young Poland’ (Młoda Polska) scholarship of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage to study for a Master’s Degree in Germany for his outstanding artistic achievements. In 2013 he also initiated the Organ and Chamber Music Festival in Łuków, in which he acts as an artistic director. Currently he is studying organ and improvisation at Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Paris as a part of „La cycle concertiste” course in a soloist class under prof. Christophe Mantoux. 

Good Shepherd Choir

December 16, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Good Shepherd Catholic Church Choir

Join our fun group! The choir rehearses in the Gallery on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9. We invite any curious members to join us for a rehearsal!  This choir has a solid core of paid section leaders and committed volunteers.  To join us, you do not need to have an angelic voice or advanced knowledge of music.  In fact, not all members in the choir know how to read music. There are really only three criteria necessary for joining: 1) Willingness to commit to scheduled rehearsals and masses, 2) ability to match pitch, 3) ability to carry a tune. Again, we invite you to come to the loft during rehearsal and check it out if you think you might be interested. High school students are also encouraged to partake, as this may be a very formative experience for them. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call the Director of Music.

 

2018 SEASON

Chris Stroh (Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis), organ

February 10, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Chris Stroh – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN

Christopher Stroh has served as Principal Organist at The Basilica of Saint Mary in downtown Minneapolis since September 2006. Prior to his Basilica appointment, Christopher served as Organ Scholar at the Cathedral of Saint Paul, Saint Paul, Minnesota, from 2005 to 2006, with Music Directors/Organists James and Marilyn Biery. Christopher earned the BA in organ performance and theology and the MA in organ performance and sacred music at Saint John's University and Graduate School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota. He has studied with Kim Kasling, James Biery, Marilyn Biery, David Jenkins, Axel Theimer, Don Saliers, Leo Nestor, and Joanne Pearson.

Christopher has performed in recital throughout the Midwestern United States, in France and Belgium with The Basilica Cathedral Choir, and has been aired multiple times on American Public Media’s Pipedreams. He premiered selections from The Minnesota Organ Book to audiences of the 2008 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists held in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. In 2009, he played a Midnight concert that initiated a series of 23 consecutive and varied performances of John Cage’s “Organ2/ASLSP (As SLow aS Possible),” a collaboration between The Basilica of Saint Mary and the Walker Arts Center as part of the exhibit “The Quick and the Dead.” Most recently, Christopher performed for audiences of the August 2017 National Convention of the Organ Historical Society and during the annual January 2018 Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians. He has served as a staff member and faculty presenter for the annual Collegeville Conference of Music, Liturgy, and Sacred Arts (CCMLA) for the past six years on the campus of Saint John’s Abbey and University, Collegeville, Minnesota. In his free time, Christopher enjoys a hobby of railroad photography, walking with his dog, drinking coffee, discovering new scenic by-ways, and reading about any number topics that include history, organ building, and geography. 

Sean Lundquist, tenor

May 12, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Sean Lundquist – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN

Sean Lundquist is a senior studying Vocal Performance at the University of Minnesota with Philip Zawisza. He currently serves as the tenor section leader at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley. He has performed with the Isthmus Vocal Ensemble, Moraine Chorus, and as the occasional sixth voice in the QuintEssentials. Sean has an Associate Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Washington County, where he studied with Deanna Gibeau. 

Chere Ko (Hong Kong), organ

June 16, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Chere Ko – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN

Born in Hong Kong, now based in NYC, Chere Ko was educated at St. Leonards-Mayfield School (U.K.). She went on to read music at the University of Manchester, and later at the Royal Northern College of Music. She also undertook private studies with Ann Elise Smoot. In 2010, she was able to study in The Netherlands and was awarded a scholarship by Flentrop Orgelbouw. Throughout her time in Manchester she was in great demand as an organist and harpsichordist and had been a prize-winner in competitions. Chere was the recipient of the Artistic Excellence Award (Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University) and the John R. Rodland Memorial Scholarship Competition (Third Prize, 2014). She has given recitals at notable venues such as St. Mark's Cathedral (Seattle), St. George's (Hanover Square, London), Central Synagogue (New York City), and St. James Episcopal Church (Historical Keyboard Society North America conference 2017). She is currently a doctoral candidate under Dr. Janette Fishell at the Jacobs School of Music. Aside from her academic studies, Chere is an active church musician and harpsichordist. She previously served as Organist at First Presbyterian Church (Columbus, IN), Centenary United Methodist Church (Lebanon, IN), and as Associate Organist and Choirmaster at the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Garden City, New York). 

Michael Tsalka (Israel-Netherlands), piano

July 14, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Michael Tsalka – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN

Early keyboard performer and pianist Michael Tsalka has won numerous prizes and awards in Europe, the U.S.A., the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. A versatile musician, he performs with equal virtuosity a wide span of repertoire from the early Baroque to our days on the harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano, chamber organ and modern piano. Dr. Tsalka was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Tel-Aviv University, he continued his studies in Germany and Italy. In 2001, he received a Piano Solo Diploma from the Scuola Superiore Internazionale del Trio di Trieste, where he studied with Dario di Rosa. From 2002-2008, he studied at Temple University under the guidance of Joyce Lindorff, Harvey Wedeen, and Lambert Orkis. Tsalka holds three degrees from that institution: a Master’s degree in Chamber Music/Accompanying, a Master’s degree in Harpsichord Performance and a Doctorate in Piano Performance. Dr. Tsalka maintains a busy concert schedule. Recent engagements include performances at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Forbidden City Hall in Beijing, Bellas Artes Theater in Mexico City, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, St. Denis Festival in Paris, Der Gasteig in Munich, Beethoven House in Bonn, Tokyo’s City Opera, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Volksbuehne Hall in Berlin, the Jerusalem Music Center, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori in Florence, and interviews and live performances for radio stations in Hong Kong, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Munich, St. Petersburg, Beijing, Stockholm, Helsinki, Auckland, St. Louis, Sydney, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, London, Mexico City, and Jerusalem. He has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, among them The Sydney Consort (Australia), the University of Birmingham Chamber Orchestra (U.K.), Temple University Chamber Orchestra (Philadelphia, U.S.A.), Krasnoyarsk Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Guatemala Symphony Orchestra, Musica Raritana (New Jersey, U.S.A.), Silvestre Revueltas Chamber Orchestra (Guanajuato, Mexico), St. Louis’ City Orchestra (U.S.A.), Hermitage Festival Orchestra (St. Petersburg, Russia), Saarbrucken Symphony Orchestra (Germany), Baroque Camerata (Kaohsiung, Taiwan), Filharmonica Orchestra (Manila, Philippines), and ThoroughBass (Sydney).

Dr. Tsalka has recorded 20 CDs for labels such as Naxos, Grand Piano, Ljud & Bild (Stockholm), Brilliant Classics (Amsterdam) Paladino (Vienna), and the Israeli Music Institute (Israel). Additionally, seven of his scholarly articles have been published by music journals, including De Clavicordio (Italy), Piano Bulletin EPTA (Netherlands), Early Keyboard Journal and Early Music America (U.S.A.). Dr. Tsalka often collaborates with composers: In 2016-2018, he will perform sixteen world premieres dedicated to him by composers of fourteen different nationalities. He has presented more then hundred master classes and lecture-recitals in academic institutions in all continents. During his doctorate years, he taught at the Esther Boyer College of Music. From 2009-2014, he was a professor of harpsichord and chamber music at the Escuela Superior de Música, National Center for the Arts (Mexico City), and a professor of early keyboards at Lilla Akademien (Stockholm). Currently, he is a visiting professor at Celaya Conservatory in Guanajuato, Mexico. Dr. Tsalka is on the board of directors of ECMTA (European Chamber Music Teachers Association) and the HKSNA (Historical Keyboard Society of North America). In 2011, he was the artistic director of the Bach Festival, at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Qingdao’s Grand Theatre and Wuhan’s Qintai Concert Hall. From 2012 to 2015, he was the co-artistic director of the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Kuopio, Finland. In December 2014, he was the artist director of a mini-festival, titled “Fanfares and Ornaments” for the Dutch Embassy in Stockholm. In 2014 he became the artistic director of the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival in the Netherlands. Currently, he is also the artistic director of the Across Bridges International Piano Summer Academy (Shanghai and Valencia).

Christopher Henley (United States), organ

July 28, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Christopher Henley – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN

A native of Talladega, Alabama, Christopher Henley serves as the organist of Anniston First United Methodist Church, where he provides service music for the 8:30 and 10:30 traditional worship services, manages the Soli Deo Gloria Concert Series, and accompanies various vocal and instrumental ensembles. Prior to his service at Anniston First, he served as the organist of the First United Methodist Church in Talladega and Pell City, Alabama. He is the founder and artistic director of The Noble Camerata, an auditioned vocal ensemble, that sings choral services in the Anniston, Alabama area and seasonal concerts. In addition to his church responsibilities, he serves on the faculty of the Community Music School of the University of Alabama, where is an instructor of piano. In March 2017, Christopher was named a member of the Class of 2017 “20 Under 30” by The Diapason magazine, an international journal of organ music, for his leadership in the field of organ and choral music. Mr. Henley is currently a senior in pursuit of the Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance at The University of Alabama where he studies with Dr. Faythe Freese.

Active as a performer, Mr. Henley has performed across the United States as a soloist. Recent performances have taken him to Saint Thomas, Fifth Avenue in New York City; First Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln, Nebraska; Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois; and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley, California. Upcoming performances include appearances in Atlanta, Georgia; Ashland, Alabama; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Washington, D.C.; New York, New York; Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Portland, Oregon. As a competitor, he received first prize in the 2013 University of Alabama Organ Scholarship Competition, the 2013 Minnie McNeil Carr Organ Scholarship Competition, and the 2012 Clarence Dickenson Organ Festival (Beginner). In 2015, he was a finalist for the Southeast Regional Competition for Young Organists for the American Guild of Organists in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Baltic Duo: Ilona Kudiņa & Aija Rēķe (Latvia), flute & violin
Cristiano Rizzotto, piano & organ

September 22, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Aija Rēķe – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN    Ilona Kudiņa – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN

The Baltic Duo was founded in 2015 in Boston and represents the identity of both Latvian musicians and one of the main goals – to popularize chamber music written by Latvian composers internationally. Their concert repertoire is very wide range starting from baroque music to contemporary and rare compositions written for the unique combination of violin and flute. The Baltic Duo has performed in the USA and Latvia including venues such as Boston’s King’s Chapel, Durbe’s Castle in Latvia and Martin Luther’s Cathedral in Daugavpils, Latvia.

Before moving to Boston in 2001, Ilona Kudiņa was orchestra artist in the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. Her academic credentials include a Professional Diploma in Music Performance from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Arts in Music Performance from Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, a well-regarded institution located in Riga, Latvia. Since 2000, she has played flute and piccolo for the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, been the Flute Chair for the Greg Hopkins Jazz Orchestra in Boston, MA, and formed, led, composed, and arranged music for the Ilona Kudiņa Quintet and the Amber Flute Quartet. This is in addition to the numerous projects that include recording and performing at Jazz Festivals in the US and abroad, an international jazz celebration at the UN, classical solo recitals in the US, Canada, and Latvia, performances at the Latvian Embassy in Washington, DC, and many other concerts across various genres. In 2016, she received the American Latvian Association's Lifetime Achievement Award for success in the music field and for promoting Latvian music and culture in the USA.

Ilona has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. She also has more than 20 years of experience as an educator. Her former students include accomplished professional flute players who perform worldwide. She currently teaches music at the Brimmer and May School, Chestnut Hill, MA. She has also taught at the Boston Center of Adult Education and at Coolidge Corner Music. Ilona returns to Europe each summer to perform and teach master classes. She has also performed at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, at Boston University, and in the American Repertory Theatre's production of Marat/Sade. Since 2015, Ilona Kudiņa is Willow Flute Ensemble music director. The Willow Flute Ensemble is a seven-member group of musicians, specializing in all flutes – from piccolo down to the deep-toned bass flute. Ilona Kudiņa founded the Amber Flute Quartet in 2008 as a vehicle for showcasing music for flute by Baltic composers. She continues to serve as the Quartet leader. In 2014, the Amber Flute Quartet was enthusiastically received in a USA concert tour organized by the Latvian Cultural Association TILTS ("Bridge"), Inc., with additional support by the American Latvian Association (ALA) and USA Latvian communities. Various concerts in Latvian cities such as Sigulda, Riga, Ogre, and Daugavpils, were also always received with enthusiasm. For many years, Ilona has served as a board member and currently as president of the Baltic American Society of New England, in Boston, MA.

Aija Rēķe is a violinist, chamber musician and pedagogue. She graduated Boston University (MM, 2015), USA and Rotterdam Conservatory (BM, 2013) in the Netherlands. Winner of “Solo Bach Competition” at Boston University (2014), a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, American National Music Honor Society since 2015 and a recipient of the Boston Latvian Cultural Heritage award (2014). She has performed extensively in Europe and North America as a soloist, chamber musician and in numerous orchestras. Aija is a founding member of the Theia Piano Trio, which toured in the USA. As a passionate pedagogue, she has taught in El Sistema program in the USA. Her second instrument is baroque violin. Aija has performed with the baroque orchestra Collegium Musicum at the University of Toronto (Canada) among others. Her collaboration with several composers led to multiple world premieres, including microtonal “Musings” for violin solo by Lara Poe. Composer Lara Poe wrote a Violin Concerto for Aija Rēķe, which will premiere in the 2017/2018 concert season. 

Miriam Grosman (Brazil), piano

October 6, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Miriam Grosman – Recitalist at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, MN

Miriam Grosman desenvolveu seus estudos no Rio de Janeiro, onde obteve vários prêmios em concursos de piano. É Doutora em Artes Musicais (DMA), título concedido pela Catholic University of América, em Washington DC, onde foi orientada pelo Prof. Dr. Thomas Mastroianni. Graduada pela Escola de Música da UFRJ, é também Mestre em Música pela mesma Instituição. Professora Associada da U.F.R.J., integra os quadros dos Cursos de Graduação e Pós-Graduação como professora de Piano e orientadora de dissertações de Mestrado.. Recebe convites para Master Classes, oferecendo, ainda, cursos de extensão e seminários voltados para aspectos didáticos, estilísticos e interpretativos, como por exemplo: Aprendizagem e Memorização, Desenvolvimento do Pianismo, Chopin: obra e estilo, Beethoven: estilo e interpretação. Ë autora de vários artigos publicados em revistas especializadas de circulação nacional: Liszt e a Técnica Pianística, O Pianismo no Brasil, Ginastera e Música de Câmera com Piano, A Importância do Trabalho Mental, entre outros. Apresenta regularmente trabalhos nos Colóquios internos da Pós-Graduação, com ênfase em aspectos didáticos como Técnica Pianística, Medo de Palco e a Importância do Ritmo.Muitos de seus alunos se destacaram em concursos nacionais de relevância, alguns deles atualmente em programas de pós-graduação no exterior. Paralelamente à docência, desenvolve atividade artística relevante como solista e camerista, já tendo se apresentado em várias salas de Concerto no Brasil, Portugal, Espanha, Áustria e Estados Unidos. Integra o Trio Francisco Mignone com o violoncelista Ricardo Santoro e o flautista Afonso de Oliveira com gravações inéditas que incluem os dois trios do compositor para esta formação. Os comentários da crítica especializada foram excelentes, incluindo a Revista Diapason que avaliou o CD com a cotação de 5 Diapasons.Sobre a interpretação dos 6 Estudos Transcendentais, Carlos Dantas declara:….” a pianista Miriam Grosman nos dá uma versão que prima pela dinâmica filigranada, pela conduta técnica dominada senhorilmente. Performance nota 10”. (Tribuna da Imprensa, 3 de maio de 2006). Exerceu a chefia do Departamento de Teclado e Percussão por 5 anos e foi Coordenadora dos Cursos de Extensão da Escola de Música da UFRJ de 2007 a 2015.

Amanda Māra Rizzotto, soprano
Cristiano Rizzotto, piano

November 3, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Amanda Māra Rizzotto, soprano, is finishing her Master's degree in Vocal Performance at North Park University in Chicago, under Annie Picard. She is Latvian Brazilian and started singing at the age of seven with the Children's Choir of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) where she remained as a soloist until the age of sixteen. That year she joined Brasil Ensemble and Sacra Vox, the two select chamber choirs of the same university. She performed at the Municipal Theater (Rio’s Opera House) and the most important cultural spaces and venues of the state of Rio de Janeiro and other states of Brazil. In 2010 she was a soloist at the UFRJ Choir concert in Buenos Aires celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Independence of Argentina. In 2015 she performed in America with her brother, the organist Cristiano Rizzotto, at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana and at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver. Amanda is also a harpist and holds a bachelor degree in speech therapy. Amanda is part of the North Park University Chamber singers and she has performed with them in venues across the country. Last spring she played Cendrillon (Cinderella) in the North Park Univesity Opera Production of Cendrillon by Jules Massenet in Atheneum theater.

Good Shepherd Choir

December 15, Saturday @ 6:15 PM

Join our fun group! The choir rehearses in the Gallery on Thursday evenings from 7 to 9. We invite any curious members to join us for a rehearsal!  This choir has a solid core of paid section leaders and committed volunteers.  To join us, you do not need to have an angelic voice or advanced knowledge of music.  In fact, not all members in the choir know how to read music. There are really only three criteria necessary for joining: 1) Willingness to commit to scheduled rehearsals and masses, 2) ability to match pitch, 3) ability to carry a tune. Again, we invite you to come to the loft during rehearsal and check it out if you think you might be interested. High school students are also encouraged to partake, as this may be a very formative experience for them. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call the Director of Music.

  

Good Shepherd Catholic Church is enormously grateful to all those who have supported and continue to support our Music Program through their presence and generous financial contributions.

For additional information about these recitals, the music ministry, the pipe organ, and the harpsichord at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, Minnesota, please call the Music Office at 763-544-0416 ext. 853 or contact us via e-mail.

Would you like to play a recital at Good Shepherd?

Good Shepherd International Concert Series is looking for performers for upcoming seasons. If you are are interested in playing a concert, please apply here by submitting links to recent recordings of your performances, your biography, and website. Soloists and ensembles are welcome!

 
 

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