Press Release  
December 17, 2014
Media Contact 
Vanessa Voskuil


Thursday Musical’s Thursday Morning Artist Series
Living Concert Notes
 Moderated by Steve Staruch and Jan Gilbert

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – Breaking from the traditional concert experience, the Thursday Morning Artist Series includes two programs that feature Living Concert Notes. MPR announcer Steve Staruch (Jan. 22) and composer Jan Gilbert (March 5) will interview performers and offer in-depth commentary on the music being performed.
On January 22, Steve Staruch will interview José A. Zayas Cabán, saxophone, the Allen-Mishler Piano Duo (Monica Allen, piano and Ann Mishler, piano) and, in her debut with Thursday Musical, soprano Stephanie Thorpe.

Steve Staruch can be heard on Classical Minnesota Public Radio Monday through Friday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Previously he hosted a number of programs on WCAL, including a weeknight program of sacred and contemplative music. An accomplished musician, Staruch is a violist with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra and his own group, the WolfGang. He was a tenor in the Dale Warland Singers for seven seasons and also sang in the Oregon Bach Festival. 
Stephanie Thorpe is currently a member of the voice faculty in the Department of Music at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Most recently, she performed full-time with the Carnevale di Venezia in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a winner of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas Concerto Competition, and of the Nevada District National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA), and a Regional Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Stephanie received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
On March 5, Jan Gilbert will interview Amy Morris, flute, and two artists in their Thursday Musical debuts: Susana Pinto and Pinar Basgoze Piano Duo, and Laura Hynes, soprano.

Jan Gilbert is a nationally recognized composer.  Her work has been commissioned by Chanticleer, the Dale Warland Singers, Ars Nova Singers, LISTEN, the American Guild of Organists, St. Paul Civic Symphony, the University of Illinois Chamber Singers, the University of Maine Chamber Singers, Hamline University A Cappella Singers, WomanVoice and the United Nations Association International Choir. She has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Walker Art Center, American Composers Forum, and Otto Bremer Foundation. 
Susana Pinto & Pinar Basgoze Piano Duo has been receiving significant acclaims since their debut concert in 2009.  Pianist and pedagogue Susana Pinto, a native of Portugal, has been on faculty at MacPhail Center for Music for more than 10 years. Pınar Başgőze, born and raised in Turkey, is currently on faculty at MacPhail Center for Music. She has appeared in the Balkan Music Festival at the University of St. Thomas, the Spotlight Series at MacPhail Center for Music, at Steinway Hall in New York City, and as a guest artist with the Bakken Trio and The Baroque Room ensembles.
As a Fulbright scholar in Paris, coloratura soprano Laura Hynes spent six years abroad in France and Germany, performing repertoire ranging from baroque opera with Les Arts Florissants to "classical cabaret" on French television and radio. She has performed lead opera roles, solo recitals, and concerts throughout Europe and the US, including New York's Alice Tully Hall, the Barbican in London, and the Châtelet in Paris. Since moving back to the U.S. in 2010, Laura Hynes has performed as a soloist with the Oratorio Society, Vocal Essence, Skylark Opera, and for the Westminster Forum Series. In addition to performing, she is part of a collaborative direction team for a newly emerging baroque opera company in the Twin Cities and she maintains a private voice and coaching studio in St. Paul.
On Feb. 5, Rolf Haas, violin, will also debut with Thursday Musical. Most recently, Rolf has appeared performing recitals in Germany, Poland, Spain, London, and Chicago. He has been a featured soloist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Georgian Ballet (GA), and in concerts with Meadowmount (NY), The International Summer String Academy (Czech Republic), and The Sommer-Akademie at the Mozarteum, (Austria). Haas is a prize winner in competitions held by the Music Teachers National Association and American String Teachers Association. 

January 22, 2015 
Living Concert Notes | Moderated by Steve Staruch – MPR
José A. Zayas Cabán, saxophone
Allen-Mishler Piano Duo
(Monica Allen, piano and Ann Mishler, piano)
Stephanie Thorpe, soprano* (Thursday Musical debut)
February 5, 2015
Crystal Cheng, piano
2014 Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner
Rolf Haas, violin*(Thursday Musical debut) and Miki Aoki, piano
Robert Adney, percussion
Jocelyn Kalajian, mezzo-soprano
Shannon Loehrke, piano
February 19, 2015
Chase Bernard, guitar
2014 Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner
Suzanne Greer, piano
Music by Pyotr IIyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Prokofiev
Carrie Krause, soprano*(Thursday Musical debut)
Carolyn Boulay, violin
March 5, 2015
Living Concert Notes | Moderated by Jan Gilbert - Composer
Christina Christensen, mezzo-soprano
2014 Young Artist Scholarship Winner
Amy Morris, flute
Susana Pinto & Pinar Basgoze Piano Duo*(Thursday Musical debut)
Laura Hynes, soprano* (Thursday Musical debut)
March 19, 2015
Eli Ross, trumpet
2014 Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner
Shirley Santoro, violin and Michael Santoro, piano
Michael Davis, flute
Esther Wang, piano
April 16, 2015
Noah Qui, piano
2014 Young Artist Scholarship Competition Winner
Triple Play Trio
(Claudia Schnitker, flute; Robert Murphy, piano; Timothy Perry, cello)
Carolyn Britton, piano and Richard Toftenson, piano
Nancy Cox, soprano and Jim Reilly, piano
April 30, 2015
Ensemble L'Autumno
(Elizabeth Ericksen, violin; Faith Farr, cello; Mary Jo Gothman, piano)
Ann DuHamel, piano
Krista Palmquist, soprano and Tom Bartsch, piano
Individual Tickets and Membership
Annual Membership for the 2014-15 concert season are now available to renewing and new subscribers. Thursday Musical continues its legacy of providing outstanding concert programming at affordable prices. Subscribers can access 12 Thursday Morning Artist Series concerts and 4 Home Programs for under $5 each ($75 general\$65 seniors). (Note: Home Programs are only accessible to members.) Subscriptions can be purchased online, by phone or in person at any Thursday Morning Artist Series concert.  
Individual tickets for the Thursday Morning Artist Series can be purchased at the door for $10. All concerts are open seating. For more information, call (612) 333-0313 or visit
More Information
Thursday Morning Artist Series Concert Location:

MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd St, Minneapolis

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Detailed program information will be released throughout the season.

All programs, artists, dates, and times are subject to change.

Thursday Musical is dedicated to presenting fine classical music programs featuring outstanding local musicians and offering educational opportunities to artists and audiences alike.
Founded in 1892, Thursday Musical has a legacy of providing innovative and affordable concert programs to area audiences. Thursday Musical supports three distinctive recital series featuring the wealth of classical solo and chamber ensemble repertoire performed: the Thursday Morning Artist Series, Home Programs, and Community Concerts.
Since 1894, Thursday Musical also has a rich tradition of providing musical inspiration and education to young audiences. The Young Artist Program encourages developing musicians through recital and scholarship competition opportunities. The Music in Our Schools program brings Thursday Musical singers and instrumentalists into the classroom to present exciting musical experiences.