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Festival of the Lakes set for August 1, 3, 7 and 10

The 22nd annual Alexandria Festival of the Lakes Chamber Music Concert Series will feature favorite Russian composers, including Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Prokofiev.

The concert series is scheduled for Friday, August 1;

Sunday, August 3; Thursday, August 7; and Sunday, August 10 at United Methodist Church in Alexandria.

Tickets are $15 for adults and can be purchased in advance at Cherry Street Books or at the door the evening of the concert. Students are admitted for free.

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Adam Kuenzel, flute

Adam Kuenzel, principal flute with the Minnesota Orchestra, is a native of Cincinnati and studied at the Oberlin Conservatory with Robert Willoughby.

After graduating, he studied with Tom Ny-

fenger in New Haven and played in jazz groups for two years in Cincinnati. He became the principal flute of the Charle-

ston Symphony in 1983 and later became principal flute of the San Antonio Symphony.

He made his Minnesota Orchestra subscription debut in 1991, performing the Ibert Flute Concerto. He performed the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra under Music Director Osmo Vänska.

During the 2009-2010 season, he was invited to perform as guest principal flutist with the Pittsburgh and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.

Colin McGuire, violin

Colin McGuire grew up in Mankato and began his study of violin at age 4. He has studied with Patti Tryhus, Marilyn Bos and his brother, Peter McGuire, second concertmaster of Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.

After playing full time with the Thunder Bay Symphony, McGuire returned to Minnesota and now holds a permanent seat in the Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra as Associate Concertmaster.

He has had other orchestral opportunities with the Minnesota Orchestra, Mill City Opera, Minnesota Opera, Music St. Croix, and other orchestras and ensembles in the region.

Recently, he has been part of the Hennepin String Quartet and other larger chamber ensembles. McGuire is also a tennis teaching pro and coach.

David Auerbach, viola

David Auerbach received his Doctor of Musical Arts from Stony Brook University in 2007. Previously, he received a Bachelor of Science in music performance and molecular biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School.

He has given many solo and collaborative recitals throughout New England and the Midwest and has been a prizewinner in several competitions.

Auerbach is the principal violist of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and has played with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for the last several seasons. He also regularly performs with the chamber orchestra A Far Cry, based in Boston.

Auerbach recently joined the faculty of the University of St. Thomas and has a private teaching studio.

Dina Michelson Namer, piano

Dina Michelson Namer was born in New York City and now lives in Ottawa, Canada. She received her master’s degree in piano performance from the Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music.

Namer has had a career in both the U.S. and Canada as a harpsichordist and pianist and is associated with the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Canada in Ottawa.

She currently teaches piano, harpsichord and chamber music performance at Queen’s University in addition to running a private studio in Ottawa.

Namer has been a member of the Aulos Ensemble, Ottawa Baroque Ensemble, Kingston Baroque Soloists and Sh’ma Ensemble. More recently, she collaborated with violist Lisa Moody in a CD release of Canadian works entitled Magdalene Wood.

Jill Olson Moser, violin

Jill Olson Moser performs as an orchestral and chamber musician in the Twin Cities. She is a regular substitute with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Opera Orchestra and is a founding member of the Hennepin String Quartet.

Moser was the concertmaster of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony and the Fargo-Moorhead Opera Orchestra. She was also a member of the Britt Festival and Wintergreen Performing Arts Orchestras in Oregon and Virginia, as well as the Heidelberg Schlossfestspiele in Germany.

Moser is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated from the Eastman School of Music in New York. She has a Suzuki violin studio and is on the faculty of Gustavus Adolphus College.

Kirsten Whitson, cello

When Kirsten Whitson moved to Sarasota, Florida her senior year of high school, she joined the Florida Orchestra as its youngest member.

At Indiana University, she received a Bachelor of Music and an artist diploma. She also won the Perfor-

mer’s Certificate.

Whitson has played and toured with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Cha-

mber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony and the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway.

Whitson has an active studio in St. Paul. She is trained in Suzuki Pedagogy and has taught in Suzuki programs at MacPhail and in Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin. She also taught at Carroll College, St. Olaf College, and in a Norwegian fishing village accessible only by boat.

A year ago, Whitson formed the Ambassador Trio with violinist Ray Shows and pianist Ned Kirk.

Maria Jette, soprano

Maria Jette, a Minnesota soprano, has appeared with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and the Symphonies of Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Grand Ra-

pids, Kansas City, Charlotte, Santa Rosa and Buffalo.

She has also appeared with VocalEssence, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Los Angeles Master Chorale and several original instrument ensembles.

Jette has sung everything from fully-staged operas by Mozart and Virgil Thomson to oratorios by Handel, William Bolcom and Francis Grier.

Peter McGuire, violin

A native of Mankato, Peter McGuire began studying violin at age 4 with Patti Tryhus at the Mankato Suzuki School. He continued studies at St. Olaf College with Charles Gray and at the Manhattan School of Music in New York with Sylvia Rosenberg.

He joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003 as a member of the first violin section.

McGuire has also served as associate concertmaster of the Cedar Rapids Symphony Orchestra, first violinist of the Pioneer String Quartet of the Des Moines Symphony, and guest principal second violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

He is currently second concertmaster of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.

Rebecca Arons, cello

Rebecca Arons is a performer, producer, music contractor and teacher. She has played with the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Mill City Summer Opera and has been a member of the Minnesota Opera Orchestra for 16 years.

Arons has served at Gustavus Adolphus College, MacPhail Center for the Arts, St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts and Chapel Hill Chamber Music Festival and has taught at Ramsey Center for Performing Arts and St. Paul Academy. She is currently adjunct professor of cello at the University of St. Thomas.

Arons received her Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory and her master and doctoral degrees in performance from the University of Minnesota School of Music.

Arons has played more than 30 touring Broadway productions, recorded the Original Cast Recording of Disney’s Lion King and appeared with artists like Pavarotti, Josh Groban, Mariah Carey and Prince.

Richard Bock, cello

Richard Bock began studying cello at age 12 with Harvey Shapiro at The Juilliard School. At age 18, Bock became the youngest principal cellist in the history of the American Symphony Orchestra.

He has been principal cellist in the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra in Florence, Italy, and, for 24 seasons, The Phoenix Symphony.

Bock joined the Musicus Concentus Chamber players as solo cellist, the Pro-Arte Chamber Orchestra and the Soviet Emigre Orchestra. He also founded the Westminster Chamber Orchestra during his time in Buffalo.

While with The Phoenix Symphony, Bock appeared as soloist with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra directed by Jeffrey Siegel.

Bock owns a restaurant in Phoenix that was featured on the Food Network in 2009.

Sonja Thompson, piano

Pianist Sonja Thompson is active as a performer, educator and vocal coach. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she has appeared locally and nationally in a wide variety of performance settings with both singers and instrumentalists.

In addition to performing, Thompson is assist

ant professor of music at Augsburg College and assistant music director at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis.

Tamás Strasser, viola

Tamás Strasser was a violist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) since 1975, retiring in 2013. He was previously a member of the Kansas City Philharmonic, United States Army Strings, New Art String Quartet and Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia; has performed with The Vienna Trio and the Muir, Moscow and Bakken string quartets; and has been a soloist with the Santa Fe Opera, the SPCO and the Kansas City Symphony, among other orchestras.

Strasser received his bachelor’s degree from the Kansas City Conservatory and his ma-

ster’s degree from the Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Strasser has performed as principal violist with the Wintergreen Festival, the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, the Aspen Chamber Symphony and the Music in the Mountains Festival in California.

He now teaches violin and viola and leads the String Orchestra at the University of St. Thomas.

Timothy Lovelace, piano

Timothy Lovelace is associate professor of collaborative piano and coaching at the University of Minnesota and was formerly assistant professor of accompanying at The University of Texas at Austin.

He is active as a soloist, conductor and continuo player and most often collaborates as a chamber music pianist and art song partner.

He has been featured at Rio de Janeiro’s Sala Cecilia Meireles, Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Philadelphia’s Trinity Center, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts and more.

He presented the world premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s Third World, and has performed under the supervision of many other composers.


Friday, August 1, 7:30 p.m.

François Devienne: Duo Concertant for Flute and Viola, Op. 5, #4

Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Flute and Piano

Maurice Duruflé: Prélude, Recitative and Variations, Op. 3

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50

Musicians: Adam Kuenzel, Peter McGuire, Tamás Strasser, Richard Bock, Sonja Thompson, Timothy Lovelace

Sunday, August 3,

7 p.m.

Franz Schubert: String Trio in B-flat Major, D. 471

Sergei Rachmaninov: 6 Romances Op. 38

Aleksandr Glazunov: Elegie, Op. 44

Dmitri Shostakovich: 5 Satires, Op. 109

Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87

Musicians: Maria Jette, Jill Olson Moser, Tamás Strasser, Kirsten Whitson, Sonja Thompson

Thursday, August 7,

7:30 p.m.

Edvard Grieg: Violin Sonata #2 in G Major, Op. 13

Sergei Prokofiev: Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio #7 in B-flat Major, Op. 97 “Archduke”

Musicians: Jill Olson Moser, Colin McGuire, Richard Bock, Sonja Thompson, Dina Michelson Namer

Sunday, August 10,

7 p.m.

Aleksandr Borodin: String Quartet #2 in D Major

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio #2 in E minor, Op. 67

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: String Sextet “Souvenir de Florence,” Op. 70

Musicians: Jill Olson Moser, Colin McGuire, Tamás Strasser, David Auerbach, Kirsten Whitson, Rebecca Arons, Sonja Thompson