Winter 2014 Recital Album

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May Class News, Vol. 13, No. 6

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Dear Students and Parents,

Here are a couple of photos from our recent Patricia Kopachinskaja weeks. The first is with my former violin teacher, Taras Gabora, who came to town from B.C. to hear her. The second is backstage with students after her final concert at Ted Mann.


This Saturday, December 13, is our dress rehearsal for our Sunday recital.                          Saturday morning:

at 9 a.m. the Halls rehearse with Jiyoung.

At 9:30, Finn and Fiona rehearse with Jiyoung.

At 10 a.m. Group A, (Books One and Two) plus Sean, Ansley, Giovanna have arrived and are ready to go. The Schubert kids Meriel and Imala will be rehearsing until they come upstairs to play their solos after our 11 a.m. break, along with Selena.

Please arrive ten or 15 minutes early to tune, warm up your hands, and be ready to go. It takes a few minutes to remove your boots and coats! For those of you newbies, a dress rehearsal has nothing to do with what you wear. You can save your fancy clothes for the recital on Sunday at 3. Please arrive at 2:30 on Sunday. We’ll have pizza on Sunday afterward. Stay tuned for food sign ups!

Bruce and I are looking forward to the weekend. Practice carefully stay healthy, and sleep well!




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Concert discount code!

Here are the details for the ticket offer for the Patricia Kopatchinskaja Concerts:

We are offering half price tickets for students and their families to any of the “Welcome Patricia Kopatchinskaja” concerts this weekend or next! The coupon code is now live and can be redeemed online by selecting tickets, proceeding to the basket and entering the code “halfprice.” The code should work at all price levels. We have the best availability for the concert tomorrow in Eden Prairie and the concerts on this Sunday 11/23 in Mahtomedi and the concert next Sunday 11/30 at Ted Mann.

If you or any of the students have any trouble you can call the ticket office at 651-291-1144 or can reach me directly at 651-292-4348. Feel free to email me with questions as well!

Sam Tygiel
T 651.292.4348 |

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May Class News, Vol. 13, No. 5

Hello Students and Parents,

Please join us at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra concerts this week and next! I am sure they will be as unforgettable as every concert I have heard with Patricia Kopatchinskaja.

Over the course of the next couple of weekends, she and the chamber orchestra will be performing some works that you’ve heard in our class from Alec, Imala, and Meriel, namely, the Bartok Roumanian Dances and Ravel’s Tsigane. This is not to be missed.

There is availability especially this Friday at 8 pm at Woodale Church, and on Sunday at 2 pm at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church at Mahtemedi.

Tune in for more ticket info here soon.

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May Class News, Vol. 13, No. 4

Dear Class,
This morning’s Performance Class will be short, and we will not need snacks. I have Jiyoung coming at nine for those students who are not in our Saturday Group A class: Sean, Giovanna, Fiona. The Saturday kids will begin class at 9:30. Then Bruce has a short Mozart movement from some university students. We are looking forward!

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May Class News, Vol. 13, No. 3

Dear Parents and Students,

How quickly the month went by! This Saturday, Oct. 25, will be our next performance class. Here is an approximate schedule:

8:20 Selena rehearses
9:00 piano rehearsal for Finn, Sean, Giovanna, Sean
9:30 everyone else arrives. Meriel, Imala, Selena, Bartok duos and the four above play
10:30 break for snacks
10:45 Group A plays. (Saturday class students)
11:30 possible quick break
11:45 Bruce’s chamber group–Schubert Quintet
12:15 end?

I’ll have crayons on the dining room table for siblings and younger students who need a break. Please supervise them. We are excited–this should be a terrific class!

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May Class News, Vol. 13, No. 2

Dear Students and Parents,

This Saturday, Sept. 27, will be our first Performance Class of the year. I’d like to start rehearsing The Group B kids (Finn, Giovanna, Sean) at 9 a.m. The Group A kids (those in the Saturday morning classes) can come and rehearse at 9:30. At 10:15 we’ll start class. At 10:45 we will take a break and then hear the Group B kids. We will finish by 11:30. We won’t be hearing chamber music at this class, but will at the October class.

This schedule leaves some of you Group B kids waiting around, but you can use the time to play some of your Bartok duos, read, or listen to the others’ rehearsals. You and parents do not need to stay the entire time, but it may be most convenient and you are welcome to.

I’ll provide apple juice and cookies. It is always nice when you help by bringing nut-free snacks, fruit, bagels, or veggies. I’ll have crayons for the youngest siblings. It is usually best if they listen from the dining room table with a parent.

For the calendar, please note that I will not be teaching between Saturday, Oct. 4, through Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Bruce and I look forward to Saturday. It should be festive!


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