May Class News, Vol. 12, No. 14

Hi, Parents and Students,

A friendly reminder: performance class on Saturday, April 5.

At 9:15 Jiyoung and I will rehearse with the Group A students, then have class immediately following. Break is at 10:15.

The Schubert trio will rehearse as usual at 9:30. At 10:30 we have older kids play their solos in the second part of class, and then their Schubert trio at 11.

The Schubert kids need to be prepared to play the first movement  for class.

I’ll bring the juice and the banana bread. Please bring snacks!

See you all Saturday.

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Look what just came in my snail box:
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra would like to offer you and members of your studio $10 best available tickets to upcoming performance of Haydn, Stravinsky and Kernis—a savings of up to $32 per ticket! Tickets for children ages 6-17 are always just $5.
See below for concert information and ordering instructions. We hope you will join us!

Haydn, Stravinsky and Kernis
Thursday | April 24 | 7:30pm
Friday | April 25 | 10:30am
Ordway, Saint Paul

Stravinsky: Apollon Musagète
Kernis: Viola Concerto (world premiere, SPCO co-commission)
Haydn: Symphony No. 101, The Clock

Roberto Abaddo, conductor
Paul Neubauer, viola

Roberto Abbado’s first program of the season combines Haydn with twentieth-century masters. Stravinsky’s ballet score Apollon Musagète, one of the composer’s most elegant works, evokes the splendor of Haydn’s devilishly inventive Clock Symphony. This program also features the world premiere of preeminent American composer Aaron Jay Kernis’s Concerto for Viola, performed by one of the instrument’s finest proponents, Paul Neubauer, for whom the work was composed.

Visit to select the seats you would like. At the final checkout page, click “use discount coupons,” enter code “kernis10” as the coupon ID and click “add coupon” to get $10 tickets (coupon code is case sensitive). Or, call our Ticket Office at 651.291.1144 and mention code “kernis10.”

Limit 4 tickets with discount. Valid for Thursday April 24 and Friday April 25 concerts only. Not valid on previously purchased tickets.

Kate Roarty Audience Development Manager
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
T 651.291.1144 | F 651.292.3281

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Schubert Club Competition 2014 Results

Our Witherspoons are all over this.

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Blond Boy

Please check out this evocative book trailer made by Jon Engman for my book, Blond Boy. It is from another side of my life; I promise to keep these page-crossings rare.


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Our Giovanna’s mom

3-30 Artymiw-Keefe-Smith-Osmo REV

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May Class News, Vol. 12, No.13

Hi, Parents and Students,

Heraclitus said that there is no constant but change, and this is true of our upcoming classes. I thank you in advance for being such flexible people.

Here is the scoop: our performance class that was scheduled for March 29 needs to be changed to Saturday, April 5. After that I will be out of town again from April 12 through April 24. I will miss your lessons and two Saturdays, April 12 and April 19. Thankfully, Hillary Kingsley will be available again, so please contact her for your lesson times. Chamber music kids and the Saturday Group A class can come as usual.

Keep practicing well. I’m hearing a lot of progress.
Cheers to all of you.

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May Class News, Vol. 12, No. 12

Hi, Parents and Students,
Wonderful class on Saturday, if small.
I think I’ve spoken to all of you about this coming week, from Feb. 26 to March 5. I have arranged for you to have substitute lessons with Hillary Kingsley. I have emailed you her contact info so you can be in touch with her to confirm your time and day. She will perhaps be able to see you here and at your regular time, but please confirm this with her, as she does have other students.
She and I have talked about each of you and what you’ll be needing in your lessons. She has also heard all of you play. It will be a wonderful opportunity for you to play for someone new and listen to her ideas.

I will see you after March fifth. Practice well and enjoy your work with Hillary!

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