Saturday, April 2 at 7:30pm at the First United Church of Christ (3rd and Union) the music of Johann Sebastian Bach will be presented under the auspices of Friends of Way Park to benefit the implementation of the professional and beautiful Way Park Landscape Plan.
The hour-long concert, performed by St. Olaf music faculty Andrea Een, violin and viola, Dana Maeda, oboe, and St. Olaf Music Professor Emerita, Theo Wee, organ and piano, will be followed by a dessert reception in the Assembly Room at the church.
Suggested donation at the door: $15 (adults and seniors), $10 (students over 12 years of age) and $5 (children 5-12). Doors open at 7:00pm.
The featured work will be the "Concerto in C minor for Oboe and Violin", BWV 1060, a reconstruction of a lost concerto by Bach for two keyboards. The concert will open with the "Violin and Keyboard Sonata No. 3 in E-major", BWV 1016 and continue with Suite No. 1 in G major for Solo Cello, performed on viola. The first half will close with two organ pieces, one of which is based on the famous Preludium for Violin Solo from the Partita No. 3 in E major. Two fine instruments belonging to the UCC church will be used: the Boesendorfer grand piano and the Johnson organ from the 1880’s which was moved from a church in Buffalo, N.Y. and refurbished and installed at the church a few years ago.
This will be a family-friendly event appropriate for children five years and above to benefit one of the most well-used and beloved parks in Northfield. Friends of Way Park have a wonderful plan in place to integrate the two halves of the park which are at last joined together. Prior to last summer’s street work, First Street had bisected the land. Now the landscape is one contiguous plat of land with parking cul-de-sacs created on both ends of 1st St. A map of the Master plan will be displayed at the church for those interested in the next Phase of development.
I’ll be one of several musicians (faculty and some guests) performing "The Soldier’s Tale" by Igor Stravinsky tonight, 8:15 pm in the Urness Recital Hall at the Christiansen Hall of Music at St. Olaf.
In addition to me on violin: Connie Martin, string bass; Jun Qian, clarinet; Mark Kelley, bassoon; Martin Hodel, trumpet; Larry Zimmerman, trombone; Fernando Meza, percussion; Steven Amundson, conductor; Gary Gisselman, narrator.
Depression is a devastating illness with many root causes, some of them genetic. This summer I participated in a wonderful healing program called, "Resilience Training" which was developed by Dr. Henry Emmons at the at the Penny George Institute of Health and Healing at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Here is my story which I presented on Dec. 14, 2009 at the St. Olaf College Boe Chapel. The video of my presentation is available from the college.
Strib columnist Kim Ode wondered this about holiday sweaters earlier this week:
How do you know whether your neighbor is wearing hers ironically — or sincerely? And how do you make sure people know that you’re wearing yours ironically?
Six more Norsk Julegudstjeneste photos:
Andrea Een was in promo mode yesterday at GBM, letting everyone know about the Way Park benefit concert on Saturday at First United Church of Christ. She and Theo Wee will be performing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. The event also is a tribute to Wee who’s now in her 40th year as organist at First UCC.
See Jane McWilliams’ blog post on Northfield.org for all the details.
Update 10/20: Here are four photos from the event:
Andrea Een, who has an office at the GBM next to mine, is one of the many local musicians performing in the 11th annual Bridge Chamber Music Festival. There are four concerts in the series and the first is tonight.
I stopped in at a practice session last week up at St. Olaf to hear Andrea practicing with Mary Horozaniecki, Elizabeth Ericksen, Hector Valdivia, and David Carter. They clearly needed the work but judge for yourself by watching this 1 minute video clip.