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Saint Paul College is proud to present the 4th Annual Saint Paul College Music Series performances:

Rochester Chamber Music Society Trio

Rochester Chamber Music Society

Russell Bergum, Bass
Terrance Gresser, Percussion
Karen Salz, Vocal
Ralph Schornack, Piano
David Townsend, Woodwinds
CoriAnn Vought, Vocal

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Saint Paul College Theatre

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Please join us for a program of Latin Jazz, featuring Songs by Jobim, Van Heusen, Gershwin and Others, featuring a Sextet Version of George Gershwin’s Cuban Overture.

Rochester Chamber Music Society Trio

Horacio Nuguid, pianist
Laura Sewell, cellist
David Townsend, clarinetist

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Saint Paul College Theatre

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Join the Rochester Chamber Music Society Trio for a special evening performance at Saint Paul College at 7:30pm, January 21, 2016, in the College Theatre. The trio will be performing Beethoven's Trio in B♭, Op. 11 for Piano, Clarinet and Cello, which is also known by the nickname Gassenhauer Trio because of the very popular theme used in the third movement. This work will be the final number in this concert. Other works in the program include a mixture of duos by Villa-Lobos, Ravel, Piazzolla and Guastavino and a trio by Nino Rota.

Pianist Horacio Nuguid has collaborated as soloist with various orchestras such as the Manila Symphony, Rochester Symphony, St. Cloud Symphony, Austin Symphony and the Southwest Minnesota Symphony in the performances of some of the standard concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg, Ravel and Rachmaninov among others.

David Townsend is a soloist, educator, and woodwind repair technician. He was the principal clarinetist of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale for 32 years, and is a founding member of the Rochester Chamber Music Society which began in 2003. His concerto performances include works of Mozart, Weber, Spohr, Bruch, Krommer, Molter, Hindemith, and Copland. His quintet performances include works by Mozart, Brahms, Reger, Reicha, and Hindemith.

Cellist Laura Sewell enjoys an active and varied musical career and has distinguished herself as a highly respected chamber musician. Since 2007 she has been a member of the Artaria String Quartet which was appointed as one of Minnesota Public Radio’s ensembles-in-residence, was featured on Twin Cities Public Television’s Minnesota Originals series, and recently performed the complete Shostakovich quartet cycle to critical acclaim. Earlier in her career she was the founding cellist of the award-winning Lark Quartet.

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Blues and Ragtime

Hilary Thavis, blues singer
Butch Thompson, ragtime piano master 
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Saint Paul College Theatre

Join “A Prairie Home Companion” blues singer Hilary Thavis and ragtime piano master Butch Thompson for a special evening performance at the Saint Paul College Open House at 7:30pm, November 4, 2015, in the College Theatre. Both passionate about the blues, they’ll breathe new life into some very old tunes—including the first blues song ever recorded, “Crazy Blues” by Mamie Smith, and classics by Memphis Minnie, Jelly Roll Morton, Ethel Waters and the “Empress” Bessie Smith.

Hilary Thavis, born in Rome, Italy, toured extensively with Italian band Gaia Groove, opening for Lou Reed at Italy’s biggest blues festival in Pistoia. She recently moved to the Twin Cities where she is working on a follow-up to her first studio album Trouble & Truth. Lately, she has appeared as a regular on Garrison Keillor’s nationally syndicated radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.”

In a career spanning over 45 years, pianist and clarinetist Butch Thompson has earned a worldwide reputation as a traditional jazz and ragtime master. He tours widely as a soloist or at the helm of any of his several ensembles, and is well known for his 12-year stint as house pianist on “A Prairie Home Companion.” He has performed with many symphony orchestras, including the Hartford Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Erie Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Cairo (Egypt) Symphony. Among Thompson’s many recordings are his acclaimed 10-volume solo series on Daring/Rounder, the 1997 Grammy-winning Verve release Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton, and his latest release, the critically acclaimed duo CD Vicksburg Blues with guitarist Pat Donohue.  

As echoes of this powerful music reverberate throughout the theater and hallways, we hope you make yourself at home as Saint Paul College gives you its warmest welcome yet!